Remember the days when tattoos were taboo in the workplace? If a person was covered in body art, the only assumption was that he/she was bad business. Well, times have changed as well as viewpoints and regardless of ink, business is business. Just ask Pam Tonazzi.
When a young band like Paramore explodes out of nowhere (Franklin, TN?) there are always repercussions. On their third album, the group’s pint-sized singer with the giant voice, Hayley Williams, outlines the trail of mistrust and broken relationships. Fame has taught her that you “can’t be too careful anymore” (“Careful”), and later, on “Feeling Sorry,” she looks back at her small-town roots, firing, “I got out … and this could be you.” The music recalls early Fall Out Boy, but breaks come on tracks like “Misguided Ghosts,” an acoustic song that feels like a lost Jewel track. Later, Williams’s voice hits glass-shattering levels on closer “All I Wanted,” a sure Warped Tour hit. This only means one thing: More emo, more problems.
Past Lives may feature three members of the defunct act the Blood Brothers, but if you’re expecting fractured post-screamo you’re in for a surprise. On the band’s debut full-length, Tapestry of Webs, the four-piece transpose their sound into a more pop context without forsaking their avant-garde edge. The result is an album that’s teeming with ambitious, guitar-driven songs—such as “Past Lives”—that are as eerie as they are enchanting. While Tapestry lacks the aggression of Past Lives’ previous act, songs like the droning “K Hole” sound like a logical progression for these musical misfits. If the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are a little too safe for you, Past Lives could be your new favorite act.
We've dressed them up, stripped them down, oiled them up, and washed them off. Now, in honor of our anniversary, we collect some of our favorite tattoo bodies from the past two years of INKED.
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