When some people think of All Time Low, they think of four silly guys that put a smile on their face with either their funny jokes, or just simply their fun music. But when some people think of them, they also think of their meaningful lyrics.
When it comes to their meaningful lyrics, three songs in particular come to mind for me personally. Those three songs are "Therapy," "Kids In The Dark," and "Missing You." Each of these songs have a powerful meaning to them and each of these songs tell a story describing how life isn't always easy, but in the end, it's all going to be okay.
Love yourself so no one has to. - "Therapy"
I heard that you've been / Self-medicating in the quiet of your room / Your sweet suburban tomb / And if you need a friend / I'll help you stitch up your wounds. - "Missing You"
Beautiful scars on critical veins. - "Kids In The Dark"
Now don't lose your fight, kid / It only takes a little push to pull on through. - "Missing You"
In a city of fools / I was careful and cool / But they tore me apart like a hurricane. - "Therapy"
But if you need a friend, just say the word. - "Missing You"
I'm a walking travesty / But I'm smiling at everything. - "Therapy"
Come together / State of the art / We'll never surrender / The kids in the dark. - "Kids In The Dark"
Paint the walls black and scream, "Fuck the world 'cause it's my life / I'm gonna take it back" - "Missing You"
Strife Magazine took the time to speak to some All Time Low fans from around the world,
and this is what they had to say.
Oriana | 14 | Slovenia - "I love All Time Low cause they make me feel like I can do anything and be anyone I want. The way they express themselves through music is so amazing to me I always have to stop and really listen to what the song is about. They make me happy when I'm sad and for that I will always be thankful to all four of them."
Leticia | 16 | Chicago, Illinois - "I love All Time Low because they're not afraid to show their weird side. They love all of their fans and they connect with us through their amazing music. They're a family to each other and each others' families. They give me and others hope in hard times and I love them so much for them."
James | 16 | Portugal - "I love All Time Low for they have helped me through so much, not only through depression but through coming out as a trans male. Their music is so inspirational that I can have a little hope on my future and transition."
"Alex always gives me a reason to smile when things get ugly. When I'm going through misgendering, Zack makes feel a little body positive when I'm feeling dysphoric. Rian, well just look at his face! And Jack makes me laugh. They are so talented, there are no words to describe how grateful I am for these 4 boys. I just know that one day when I meet them I'll be able to show my gratitude."
Casey Farley | 21 | Tontogany, Ohio - "All Time Low has been in my life for about nine years and they have been one of my favorite bands ever since I heard them. Nothing Personal absolutely changed my life. I loved their albums released before Nothing Personal, but I never connected with a song like I did with "Therapy." I think I was about to start my freshman year of High School when Nothing Personal came out."
"I'm sure we all know how rough High School is for most people, especially Freshmen. "Therapy" will forever be my favorite song by All Time Low. I love how they write music that relates to every mood you experience in your life. I've cried to All Time Low, I've been angry, I've danced around my room at 2 AM, I've experienced drunken nights to All Time Low,. You name it, I've done it. They've always been there, and even if they aren't aware that they have helped me get through some rough times, they've always been there for me and for that, I'm eternally grateful."
Jack | 19 | Wisconsin - "All Time Low was one of the first bands I listened to on my own free will. It wasn't what everyone around me was listening to, and nobody forced me to like them. I have such an authentic appreciation for the members, their attitudes, their messages to their fans, and of course, their music. They've been one of my favorite bands for the past seven years and I know they're going to stay that way."
Veera | 15 | Finland - "I love All time low because they make me feel like I'm worth something and they have helped me with my depression and self harm more than anyone ever. I love them and they mean the world to me.
Simone | 17 | Lithuania - "The reason I love All Time Low is mostly because I can escape from my thoughts and problems by listening to their songs, their lyrics usually describe how I feel so well that I don't feel like an outsider anymore. They also have a unique sound which I appreciate a lot. Their love and dedication for their fans is amazing as well."
Valerie | 13 | California - "I love All Time Low because their music is inspiring in many ways and helps me to push through anything that might be in my way. The band brings me so much joy."
Kaylee | 17 years | Netherlands - "The reason why I love All Time low is because every time I listen to their music, it gives me hope. They give me the hope that everything is going to be okay."
Mag | 15 | Warsaw - "I discovered All Time Low not by their music, but actually by Full Frontal. I was going trough some podcasts when I saw naked guys stepping out of the shower on the cover of their show and I was like "what is this?!" It actually turned out to be two guys, genuinely funny and interesting, and so I looked them up. They turned out to be in a band called All Time Low. I was going trough some sort of phase in my life and the lyrics in their latest album, Future Hearts, really hit me."
"It was the first band that made me feel safe and got me to acknowledge that there are people that actually have similar feelings to mine. That's why I fell in love with All Time Low, they helped me become who I am today, made me a stronger individual, and inspired me to create and explore new genres in music."
"Although I love All Time Low for their music, I love them even more for how funny they were in Full Frontal, which I played non-stop when I was sad or just felt like it. Another reason, completely separate though, is one exact song, "Therapy." I believe it was on a playlist called "Sad Songs" or something like that and it made me get into the band's other stuff, then the latest album. But most important of all, the song fueled my love for guitar by the intro riff. I started playing guitar again and I couldn't be happier about it."
"I also love these dorks for sharing their lives with us. For example, Jack's videos of him warming up on Snapchat totally make my day. That's why I love All Time Low. I'm proud to say that they're a part of my life, and one of the best parts."
Mo | 15 | United States - "They got me into music and probably was the first and to give me an eye opening experience to music. Great music, lovely jokes."
Isabelle | 15 | South East London - "I love them because they are the nicest most genuine people. Their music has inspired me to keep going and I plan to get a tattoo related to their music one day. Their songs helped me more than I could ever even try to put into words. Their lyrics resonate with me and I also love the tunes they put with them. I have posters all over my walls, t shirts and everything. I try to incorporate a lot of things I do around them! They are a constant reminder that it's worth it to not lose my fight."
Madeleine Katy | 19 | Cornwall, United Kingdom - "I've known about All Time Low for nearly five years. I found out about them when I was 14 and now I'm 19. They've pretty much been my favourite band from my teen life to me becoming more of an adult, so I really think they've sort of helped to shape a big part of who I am."
"They always manage to help me take my mind off of any negative thoughts and focus on positive things in my life, they've changed my outlook on life, helped me through difficult times and make me feel strong and positive even if they don't realize it."
"Their music can make me smile no matter what mood I'm in and I have so many memories connected to each song. Whenever I've been sad, I've listened to their songs and cried til I ran out of tears. Whenever I've been happy, I've danced around and yelled the lyrics full volume. I've said it so many times, but there is an All Time Low song for every mood! They have such incredible stage presence seeing them live was hands down the best experience of my life so far. I wouldn't be who I am today without them and I'm so happy and thankful that they're in my life."
''Alex in particular has always helped me so much. His endless creativity with lyrics and music always leaves me speechless. He inspires me every single day to become better and to work at what I want and he never fails to make me smile just by being himself. I can genuinely see how much he appreciates all of us, and it makes me so happy."
Just remember that there's always someone who loves you, and if you need an extra person, we love you. - Strife Magazine
Has All Time Low or inspired you in any way? Is there a lyric from one of their songs that you find special, that wasn't mentioned above? Feel free to let us know in the comments below or by tweeting us @StrifeMagazine.
Written by Melanie Gomez
If you look around online you’ll find a ton of artwork inspired by the inspiring band, Twenty One Pilots, done by the one of the most dedicated group of fans out there, the Skeletøn Clique. This group of fans even labeled their art Clique Art!
Although members of the Skeletøn Clique consider it Clique Art, this type of artwork is better known as fan art. Fan art is artwork created by fans of a work of visual media, such as comics, movies, television shows, and video games. Or in this case, based off of a person or character, such as Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun from the band Twenty One Pilots.
We took the time to speak to some Twenty One Pilots fans from around the world, and this is just some of the amazing talent that we found. Each piece of artwork belongs to the person’s name below it.
Abel | 15 | Netherlands - "I made some art inspired by TØP because they inspire millions to create art themselves. They just carry such an amazing message; to support each other and to stay alive. I used watercolor and fineliners in both the pieces and they took around 1-2 hours to create each."
Nikki | 19 | New Jersey - "I painted/collaged this ceiling fan based on a Twenty One Pilots song. It took me about four hours to paint and glue all the pieces. The lyric I really focused on was "ceiling fans and idle hands will take my life again."
"I was inspired by how each album stemmed from the same place, hence why each blade of the fan is representative of each of the band's albums, coming from the pink center, which is supposed to represent No Phun Intended, the first album Tyler Joseph "released" on his own. The way he turned his feelings and thoughts into lyrics that consistently inspire people ever day made me want to create. No longer idle hands."
Paryss | 13 | West Virginia - "What inspired me was the bands amazing messages in their songs. Since I watched Josh drum, I started drumming too! I used pencil for this art. It probably took me 2 hours."
Sammy | 17 | New Jersey - "The inspiration for each piece was kind of all the same. I saw the pictures online and was like, "that would be so rad to draw lemme get on that." So I spent most of my Summer on just band art. Whenever I see something cool, I always feel a need to remake it and make it my own."
"These are my personal favorites since I put the most time and effort into them. The Twenty One Pilots self titled album cover took at least 3 weeks, and the drawing of Josh and Tyler took only two days, but at least 4 hours each day."
Stephen Tupas | 17 | Philippines - "TØP really inspired me to make fan art for them. I've been a fan of them for a long time now. They give me a reason to stay alive everyday. They've been my inspiration to my studies and artworks. I really hope to see them live soon."
"The wall art is hand drawn by me. It took me around 2 hours (top right.) It's hand drawn and I used a plate to draw a circle then draw them using red and black sharpie. It took me really long because my sharpie is so small and it's quite big. But it really pay off the hard work. My mom also liked it."
"The bottom left one took me around 20 minutes. Its a calligraphy consist of things about TØP. I wrote all things related to Twenty One Pilots such as their names, songs and other things. I used brush pen for this. It took me not too long. I did the digital fan art (bottom right) during my free time at university. I am always alone so I always spent my time doing digital art. Since I can't bring paints and brushes in school, it took me around 1 hour and a half per digital artwork."
"Then the top left one is a work in progress of a painting of TØP. I'm already working on it for like 10+ hours and its not yet done. I used acrylic paint in this painting. I really like the picture of them that I used as a reference for them. Such cute smol beans. I really hope i can give this to them or show this when they go here in the Philippines."
"Twenty One Piløts went here last July in 2015. Sadly I didn't have a chance to go because of my schedule. I started to be a fan of them last 2014. They really inspire me to make fan arts for them. And since TØP merch inst available here in our country and the shipping fee is expensive, so I really have to make my own. They give me a reason to stay alive everyday. They've been my inspiration to my studies and artworks. I'm really hoping that they will have a concert here again soon or they will start selling TØP merch soon here since there is quite few Skeletøn Clique members here in the Philippines."
"Josh and Tyler, if you're reading this, I really love you guys so much. Thank you for existing and giving me a will to live. Your lyrics are such an inspiration and pure art. I hope you will stay together forever as a band. You don't know how much important both of you to me. Your music makes me feel complete and happy when I'm alone. Thank you so much. I cant thank both of you enough for all the good things you did and all the albums you wrote. Your'e the best drummer Josh! Once again, thank you Josh and Tyler. I love you so much."
Lee | 17 | Israel - "I did a Twenty One Pilots inspired nail art. I love doing nail art and I wanted to do another Twenty One Pilots design, so I did this set which was inspired by Tyler, Josh, their tattoos, and Tyler's kimono. It took me about 5 hours total for both hands and I used nail polish of course and some acrylic paint."
Vanessa M. | Salt Lake City, Utah | 40 - "I was inspired to pick up art again thanks to Twenty One Pilots, specifically because of their song "Kitchen Sink." I hadn't done art for many years, and have been struggling with the apathy of depression for over a year. But I decided to try doing some art in hopes of finding my kitchen sink. And I think I'm starting to find it now. This band has changed my life so much. I can feel the apathy slowly lifting and I'm starting to feel alive again. Tyler Joseph said "the beginning of purpose is creating something that only you understand" and that's what drives me to continue creating and making more art."
"This is the first fan art I ever made (left.) Someone was doing a lyrics sticky note challenge. I wrote out the lyrics on the sticky notes and taped them to my bathroom mirror and took photos of them. Then I used editing apps to create the finished project. This one holds a lot of personal meaning for me."
"This is my most recent piece (right.) I used a screenshot from the "Fairly Local" music video for reference. This is a digital piece made using the ArtRage app on my phone. I used a layering technique for the first time with this picture. So I drew the body as one layer and then the background is two separate layers. The text was added afterwards with a photo editing app. I worked on it for several hours, over the course of a few days. I'm really happy with the way it turned out."
You can find more of Vanessa's Clique Art on her Twitter page @MaMa_NeZra.
Anna | 18 | California - "What inspired me to draw this art piece was Twenty One Pilots. Why? Because they inspire me every single day to keep creating Clique Art and any kind of art."
"This band means so much to me they have helped me so much and saved my life. This drawing (top left) took me 10 hours to do and I used all sharpie. For the top right one I used all colored pencils, for the bottom left I used prisma colored pencils, and for the bottom right I used colored pencils."
Amber | 18 | Netherlands - "What inspired me to create this drawing (and every other Twenty One Pilots related drawings I do) is their music. Their music helped me be a much happier person and taught me to keep creating even though it might be worthless. I've spent about 10 hours working on this drawing and I used a cheap mechanical pencil for most of the face, for the really dark parts I used a 7B Derwent graphite pencil."
Molly Coffey | 16 | - "This art is inspired by a song Tyler Joseph wrote when he was only about 17. "Tonight" is an amazing song that has such a strong meaning to me that I had to pay it some sort of tribute. TØP's meaningful songs have allowed me to start drawing again and just simply stay alive. I love that I can put on headphones and get this inspiration to create."
"Considering I'm learning how to draw again it took me about a couple hours for a few days to finish but I enjoyed every second of being able to have my own creative outlet. This piece started as a pencil until I decided to digitally draw the background and edit Tyler on top."
Josefa | 15 | Chile - "I used a fineliner and both drawings took me around 30 minutes. What inspired me to draw? My inspiration was obviously Twenty One Pilots as well as all the other Clique artists. I always draw whenever I have free time or when I'm bored. I really like to draw because I can show what I feel. So many people said I was good at it and that makes me feel so happy. It's a nice feeling."
Lena | 15 | Germany - "The music of Twenty One Pilots inspires me to make art. While drawing my hands, I never really think about what I'm going to draw. This time I was listening to Blurryface and improvised. I used normal canvas color and it took me around 2 hours because the colors always took a while till it was dry."
Sierra | 20 | Ohio - "We did it." Two weeks before Tyler uttered those words, I was at my show whispering similar words of my own, through a stream of tears. It was during "Trees," as reflected on what I'd gone through to make it that far."
"You see, a year, a few months, a few weeks before the show, I truly didn't think I'd make it to see the guys live. I was done, truly spent. I'd used up every ounce I had left trying to live and I couldn't hold on much longer. But as I looked around at the crowd on that magical night and saw everyone's arms raised, fingers in the shape of the TØP symbol, confetti raining down, it felt like I was home. And I couldn't help but whisper, "I made it" over and over again. This piece took me 5 hours to make and I used all acrylic paints."
Lillian | 14 | Pennsylvania - "I was figuring out what to draw and when I was listening to "Goner," the lyrics "I'm inside out," had me thinking for a while. So I took a scene from "Holding Onto You" and drew it. This piece took me about 6 hours total since I was watching Netflix at the same time. I used led pencil and crayola colored pencils."
Tiffany Dean | 28 | Buckhannon, West Virginia - "This is my most recent piece of Clique Art and probably my most favorite because it was a collaboration between clique members. It was inspired by something a fellow clique member said in a group chat on Twitter. Tess Jordan said, "I've said it before, but it's worth a repeat. If the skeleton clique is a body, Tyler is the mouth/voice/brain and Josh is the heartbeat. I don't think we could do without either of them."
"I asked her if I could try to bring this quote to life in a piece of clique art and she said yes. And this is what I created. The original piece I created actually has to be viewed by video because it features a video of Josh Dun playing the drums in the anatomical heart cutout. But because you can't see that in a photo I chose to use the heart cutout as a frame for another artists clique art and this is how I plan to frame it to hang in my house. It's a portrait of Josh Dun drawn by the talented Montey Cooper aka @hac.knslash on Instagram."
"I put a lot of thought into every detail. Tyler's neck is black for Blurryface. The lyric I chose is from the song "Fake You Out" on Vessel. The letters are blue and red like Regional at Best. And the lightbulb is from their self-titled album. Tyler speaks what so many of us feel and articulates his thoughts in such a way that we can all find hope, inspiration, strength, and peace. Josh is the heart of the clique and it's our heart that makes the beat. Without our heart none of this would be possible. And Tyler's body depicts us, the fans."
"We may not know each other's names, we may not know each other's faces, Tyler and Josh may not know each of us personally. But we're all an important part of this and together we keep going. Together we breathe to the beat. Together we stay alive. Together we are the Skeletøn Clique. Together they're Twenty One Pilots and so are we. |-/"
"This piece is 14x17 & took around 8 hours split up over a few days. I used colored pencil and sharpie for this piece."
Has Twenty One Pilots helped or inspired you in any way? Feel free to tweet us some of your Clique Art @StrifeMagazine.
Remember, there's always someone who loves you, and if you need an extra person, don't forget that we love you. |-/
Written by Melanie Gomez
Melanie Martinez is singer who isn't afraid to be herself or make music that comes out of real situations that people face. Although some of her music is fictional, such as the character Cry Baby, the music is still in some way about her.
On Melanie's official website bio, she shares saying, “I’ve always felt like I was a cry baby. I’m so emotional and I take things very personally, and I’ve been made fun of for that. The name has stuck with me. This album is me figuring out how to embrace being imperfect and accepting the things I can’t change about myself, and being happy and comfortable with who I am. In the beginning, when I started writing, I was insecure. As the album went on I got more comfortable with myself. It’s interesting because what happens to my character also happened to me through the writing process of the album.”
She continued saying, “I got into this zone to write songs where the titles came first. I made a list of all these things that reminded me of my childhood and I would relate each to a current situation I was going through. ‘Carousel’ ended up being about a relationship that felt like we were going around in circles and never able to reach one another. I like the contrast between the theme of childhood and the adultness of the situation.”
“I want it to help anybody who felt like they were a cry baby growing up,” Melanie says. “Writing this album made me more comfortable in my own skin. Through the process I accepted myself and who I am. I hope it can do that for someone else when they listen to it.”
Strife Magazine took the time to speak to some Melanie Martinez fans from around the world, and this is what they had to say. (Each photo belongs with the name of the person in the text above it.)
Diana | 14 | Chicago, Illinois - "I found about Melanie when she first auditioned for The Voice and I've been in love ever since. Melanie has changed my life significantly, both the Dollhouse EP and Crybaby have helped me through a lot. I've been in a deep depression for about 3 1/2 years, and Melanie's music has given me the strength to keep going. A specific song she wrote called "Tag You're it" is by far one of my favorite songs and is one that has helped me through a lot of tough times."
"I'm a rape survivor and this song means so much to me I can't even explain. I couldn't help but cry and yell the lyrics when I saw her live in Chicago in April, which was probably one of the best days of my life. She's taught me that it's okay to be different,to not give a shit of what others have to say about you. I love what she's done for the youth and how far she's come as an artist. I love how she sings about important issues and I love that she cares so much about us.
:I hope I get to personally meet her one day and explain how much not only her music, but Melanie has helped me throughout the years. I really love her and i'm proud to say that i'm a gigantic fangirl of her. I hope she achieves everything she strives for. And to end this huge essay I just want to say thank you. For everything. I'm probably the 1000th person to say this, but I most likely would not be alive if it weren't for her and her music."
Sierra | 13 | Georgia - "I know Melanie isn't just an inspiration for me but also for tons of other people. She is a style icon to me. She doesn't care what anyone has to say about the way she looks. She dresses for her and has inspired me to do the same. The entire Cry Baby album is amazing, but my favorite song on this album is called "Dollhouse." It has helped me get through my struggles I've had with my family and my parents and has made me feel like I'm not alone."
Joséfine | 18 | France - "I think Melanie has been really important in my life because she taught me through "Dollhouse" that every family can have problems. I learned with "Sippy Cup," that I had the right not to be perfect to the eye society as long as I was fine with myself. I remember crying to "Mrs. Potato head," not because I was sad, but because I had realized I was trying to act and look like everyone else, but I had lost myself in the process. She is eccentric but most of all she's herself, and that's great because she does it with so much talent. She's such an inspiring person and I consider her as a role model."
Haley | 15 | Delaware - "Melanie has taught me that I shouldn't be afraid of my past. I should turn my pain into something beautiful and that I might be "crazy" as most people call me because of how or what I think. But as Melanie said "all the best people are crazy". The picture below is of me at my state pride day in my "Pity Party" shirt."
Sydney | 13 | Houston, Texas - "When I listened to Melanie for the first time I thought her music was very different and intriguing. But now, I love her so much. I missed her show in the Spring when she stopped by Houston and I'm disappointed she is not coming back. Nonetheless, her music helped me to find and identify some feelings or experiences I've had. One is too personal to disclose, but her music helped me to gain courage and get over the experience myself. Her music also helped me to become more courageous in social situations and overall. Melanie has done me a service I can never repay, and I hope to see her live."
Eva Love | 15 | Los Angeles, California - "I love Melanie because she's helped me so much through her music. I grew up having a hard time talking to people and making friends, but when I started talking about my favorite music, I found more people with the same interests and it really has helped my transition into high school. That made last year, a whole lot easier. Her music has definitely helped me find people that I can surround myself with that make me happy and share similar interests."
Katy Montague | 16 | Wales, UK - "Melanie Martinez has been a unique inspiration of mine and many other people around the world. Her style and her music have inspired many including me. Her style is very cute/girly and colourful, which has helped me to create new colourful looks with my makeup and etc."
"Also Melanie has brought me closer to a friend as we are going to a concert together in November! We both really enjoy Mel's music and are finally able to go see her. I have also incorporated Melanie into my previous art projects as a I have a passion for art, Overall, Melanie is just a great idol and role model. Her music is different and unique compared to others. Love you Melanie."
Bastian | 16 | Germany - "Melanie's music is a big part of my life. It became something I can really relate to and it ended up saving me. I am truly grateful for her music. I listen to her almost daily. I can't help but sing along every time, and I even got my boyfriend to listen to her. I am truly grateful to have discovered her, and I look forward to seeing her live, again in Hamburg next month."
Emma Sherar | 18 | Hertfordshire, England - "Melanie has had a huge impact on my life not only through her music, but also her style. She's made it not so weird to wear bright eye-shadow and have coloured hair. With her in the limelight, it has given me increased confidence to be myself. Her songs speak to me lyrically and I am able to very much escape my anxiety when listening to her."
Tash | 14 | UK - "I love Melanie so much. Her music, especially "Cry Baby, "s so. unique and has a great message behind it. I love her face and tattoos and piercings. She impacted my life because her lyrics are so meaningful and I somehow relate to what she sings, aside the ones about being kidnapped and stuff. She also kinda made me feel like I'm not alone. That sounds so cheesy but it's true."
Elisa | 14 | Uruguay - "I love Melanie because is my role model. She is my inspiration because their songs have a lot to do with me and make me well."
Aine Caunter | 16 | England - "Melanie completely altered my view on all music as she explored different issues in such creative ways. The way in which she progressed, from her early YouTube videos and unreleased originals to her EP and full album, gives me so much inspiration and admiration as we got to be part of her journey to find her voice and style. And it's not over yet!
"I have so much I could say about her and how she's inspired me to keep trying even when everyone is pulling you down, but there just aren't the words to explain how much Melanie and her music mean to me. Seeing her for the second time in November and being reminded how this angelic masterpiece is just like us at heart will (yet again) be the highlight of my life so far. The photo below is of a top I stitched before seeing her on May 7th which was, as expected, in-cred-ible."
Lucy Maxwell | 17 | Scotland - "I love Melanie because before I listened to her music or watched her videos I was afraid to be myself since I have a very similar style to her. But after becoming a very big fan of her I feel more confident and now I actually dress how I want and with crazy bright make up on. She helped me become more confident in myself."
There's always someone who loves you, and if you need an extra person, we love you. Never let anyone else stop you from being yourself. If Melanie taught us one thing, she taught us that.
Has Melanie Martinez helped or inspired you in any way? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.
Written by Melanie Gomez
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When most people think of Panic! At the Disco they think of the only remaining original member, Brendon Urie. But this band of thirteen years also currently consists of Dallon Weekes, Kenneth Harris, and Dan Pawlovich. Without them, P!ATD wouldn't be who they are today.
With songs like “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” “This Is Gospel,” “Ready To Go”, “Victorious” and more, it's not hard to find a song to jam out to. But what's interesting about this band is that they don't only make feel good music, they make music with a deeper meaning that only the true P!ATD fans can see.
In the song "Girls/Girls/Boys," Brendon sings, "Girls love girls and boys / And never did I think that I could be caught in the way you got me/ But girls love girls and boys / And love is not a choice."
Talking about the song to NPR, Brendon said, "I believe that you can't control who you are. It's something that I've experienced myself, that girls do love girls and boys.. Girls are just more sexual in nature, much more so than guys."
He continued saying, "A lot of times people want to label something just to make themselves feel comfortable. They wanna call this person gay or this person straight. I have had similar experience with homosexuality, with bisexuality, and that's something I feel comfortable talking about."
"It's not something anyone should have to hide, and that goes along with the message of the song, that it's important to know who you are, to be able to be proud of that, and have the courage behind your convictions," said Brendon. "People can say whatever they want; it doesn't matter unless you let it affect you. That's an important lesson I had to learn with the band."
The band even brought back their shirts that were based on the song with the words “Girls love girls and boys,” on it, in order to support the Pulse Victims Fund, with all proceeds going to the foundation.
With a band that sticks up for equality and gives to charity, what more can you ask for really. Panic! At The Disco is honestly just one of those bands that we are truly thankful for.
Strife Magazine took the time to speak to some Panic! At The Disco fans from around the world, and this is what they had to say.
Vanessa | 21 | Los Angeles, California - “I love this band because their music is able to do so many things for me that other stuff can't. Whenever I'm sad or in a bad mood, Panic!'s music is there for me. Whenever I want to be motivated, Panic! has that fast beat music that gets me going.”
“Not only that but the lead singer Brendon, has been a very important inspiration in my life. Through his actions he's taught me to be who I truly am and not care what others think of me. I've seen this band live 16 times and I plan on doing so again until they no longer tour again.”
Haley Medina | 15 | Grand Junction, Colorado - “I love Panic! At the Disco because they've saved my life. I get really bad anxiety when I worry too much. Whenever I feel an attack coming on I either put on Panic! or Twenty One Pilots. Both these bands mean everything to me.”
“Whenever I feel like giving up I listen to Panic! Whenever I need inspiration I always listen to Girls/Girls/Boys. Brendon is such a big help you my health. Whenever I feel down, I watch interviews about them. True Twenty One Pilots are my main band because they have also saved me from myself, but Panic! is also a savior. Without these two bands I wouldn't be here. And I can't thank them enough for it. They don't know I'm thanking them, but I am. Without them, you wouldn't be reading this.”
Jenna | 17 | California - “When I first started listening to Panic! At The Disco, I never realized how much my life would be influence by them. I found them during a difficult time for me and latched on, constantly walking around with my headphones in to distract myself with Panic!. I've really grown to appreciate the diversity in sound and style with each album change because the music never gets old.”
“The thing I love most about Panic! is Brendon by far. I've never so closely related to another person. I hear him talk about himself and his life on Periscope and in interviews and I just constantly feel like "wow, I'm like that too!" I find solace in the fact that someone so successful is so much like me. I'm so proud of how far he's come and how he's carried on with the band and is the reason it's reached new heights.”
“He's my biggest inspiration and he's the driving force behind my passion for art, music, wanting to things I love and above all, standing up for what I believe in. I am who I am today because of him and his band and I'm friends with so many people because of him. I'm endlessly thankful for that. I can imagine I'd be much more troubled had I never found Panic!.”
Marlena Hartkorn | 52 | Pennsylvania - “Believe it or not, I'm 52 and a huge Panic! fan. Well, a Brendon Urie Fan (same thing really). Panic!'s music is my escape from the everyday thing called life. It's my happy place, where I don't have to worry about anything, and let the music take me away.”
“I think Brendon has the best voice in the business with the best vocal range. And even though I loved him/them for ten years, I'm going to my first concert in February. I never went before, because of my age, and felt funny. But now, I changed, and don't care if I look out of place. I have to do what makes me happy. And I can't tell you how excited I am to see him. I wish he was doing meet and greets with this tour, but he's not. Made me so sad. But at least I got 3rd row from the stage.”
Raquel | 20 | New York - “I’ve been listening to Panic! For seven years now and I fell in love with their music. Each album is different so you're never bored, you can put their whole discography on shuffle and be surprised with each song that comes on, it's crazy. I mean their second album, Pretty. Odd. is basically country although they've been classified as pop-punk/rock! But I became this huge fan because of the community.”
“There's fans I’ve met from all over the world that have become some of my greatest friends. One in London one in Spain some in Canada, and everyone has always been so kind. I've built a following because of this band, Panic! gave me a voice and I'm really grateful for that. The music is amazing, Brendon is extremely talented and he never ceases to surprise me, and the fans are some of the best people I've ever met.”
“I'm really thankful that I discovered this band all those years ago I can't imagine a world where I don't constantly have one of their songs stuck in my head. I love Brendon, their music, and their fans.”
Bethany Sherlock | 15 | England Essex - “I've loved P!ATD since I was literally about eight or nine years old and was lucky enough to see them live this year. It was one of the best nights of my life mainly because I have admired the band for many years and it meant a lot to me to finally see them perform live especially when being with my friends. We waited around 7 hours outside to see them and it was 100% worth it, they will always be one of my favourite bands.”
“I’ve been listening to them for a long time and it's been amazing to watch as a fan how much they have grown and the sheer amount of progress they have made over the years.”
Arianna | 16 | Massachusetts - “I love P!ATD because Brendon Urie has the voice of an angel. I love how many different styles of music they have put out. From songs like “Death of a Bachelor” to songs like “Don't Threaten Me With a Good Time,” you never know what you are going to get.
“I never really listened to their type of music before and when I did, because of my friend, it opened me up to a whole different type of music that I have now fallen in love with!”
Elizabeth Haase | 15 | Ohio - “I love Panic! At The Disco because the music and style Brendon Urie is able to create is very unique. He is very talented and with that talent he has been able to create music that has changed my outlook on society for the best.”
Abigail | 13 | Texas - “The reason I love Panic! so much is because I love the style and how it can get me up and dancing around my room. Brendon's voice gives me chills and it's very hard to find music that can do that to me.”
“The amount of love he shows his fans is incredible. His smile makes me smile. There are so many more reasons why I love P!ATD. I will never stop listening to it and I can't wait to see Panic! perform at my town in April!”
Madison | 18 | Texas. - “I love Panic! at the Disco for a lot of reasons. I love the how funny and positive the band members are (past and present). I love how accepting of differences they are. I love how happy their music makes me.”
I love their unique and ever changing sounds. I love how exciting their concerts are. I love how supportive Brendon is of his fans. I love how their songs tell a story. I can't think of what I love the most because they make me so happy all every day.”
Kariana | 14 | Jacksonville, Florida - “I love Panic! for so many reasons. It's too hard to explain. The music that they create is something that nobody else can. It's unique and different, the type of music that gets you in good mood. Panic's music is not like music we hear on the radio now days. It's lyrics that you can actually say "damn, I know how he feels.”. This is why I love Panic! At The Disco.”
Christine | 18 | Hamburg, Germany -” I love Panic! At the Disco for their special style which is an escape for every of my problems, gosh for literally everything. Their music makes me feel save and make me smile. They support that love is love, which means a lot for me.”
Audrey Pearl | 16 | Vermont - “I love Panic! because they never fail to surprise me. For twelve years they've been creating clever, unique, astounding music and through so many lineup changes they've always kept going.”
“Unlike many modern artists, they write music that makes me think, and more importantly, makes me feel. Each song tells a one of a kind story and has character of its own. Panic! has inspired me, along with so many others to be a better lyricist, vocalist, instrumentalist, performer, and person, and there is no doubt in my mind that they will continue to do so for many years to come.”
Rae | 19 | Cologne, Germany - “A few years ago a person who turned out to become my best friend, told me to listen to Panic! At The Disco. I did and even though it took its time, I fell in love. Listening to them reminds me of my best friend and it reminds me that, just like their music, life has sad but mostly happy sides. They remind me to surround myself with beauty and to be aware of my own emotions. They make me happy.”
Teagan Hall | 15 | Cumbria, United Kingdom - “I love P!ATD so much as their music just gives me a release from all of the negative things that have happened in the day. Their music is mostly upbeat and happy and really puts a smile on my face. All the members of panic just have great personalities and you see it shine through when they perform and record.
"As a whole, there is simply not enough words to describe how much I love Panic! At The Disco and their music, and there never ever will be enough words to describe it. I just honestly wish that one day I get to meet the wonderful people behind the music as Brendon, Kenny, Dan and Dallon honestly just inspire me so much and their music is simply a haven for me.”
Always remember that there’s someone who loves you, and if you need an extra person, we love you. - Strife
Has Panic! At The Disco helped or inspired you in any way? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.
Written by Melanie Gomez
If you look around online you’ll find a ton of artwork inspired by music in the scene. This type of artwork is better known as fan art.
Fan art is artwork created by fans of a work of visual media, such as comics, movies, television shows, and video games. Or in this case, based off of a person or character, such as a musician or member from your favorite band.
We took the time to speak to some music fans from around the world, and this is just some of the amazing talent that we found. Each piece of artwork belongs to the person’s name below it.
Aimee | 19 |England - "I drew Gerard Way because I really love My Chemical Romance and I wanted to give something back to Gerard for giving me music through MCR. This took me a couple of days because I kept going back to it. This piece was all done digitally."
Klaudia Zubčáková | 20 | Slovakia - "I drew Denis Stoff from Asking Alexandria, which I made a few weeks ago. It took about 10 hours working only with pencil and colour pencil, nothing more. I drew it because Denis really means a lot to me, and I love drawing people. I especially love drawing musicians who inspire me snf help me through hard times in my life with their music. Denis is one of them."
Tatiana | 14 | England - "I drew this when I was 12. I wasn't really "inspired", I just enjoy drawing cartoon-like album art because it's the style I find easiest and I generally love All Time Low so I thought maybe they'd notice me if I did something cool. I did it a while ago now, but I think it took me around 2-3 hours & I drew the outline in pencil and went over it in sharpie."
Avery Laur | 15 | Wilmington Delaware - "I was inspired to draw Frank Iero simply because I just wanted to draw him. He's just really nice and helpful. Honestly, I could probable write a very long essay about why I like him. I used a pen and it took me maybe a day or a day and a half to draw."
Emma | 15 | York, England - "I was inspired to do this because I was at a block in my designs and was listening to their music, so I started this and am going to put it in my final design. It took me about 4-5 hours overall and all I used was a piece of paper and an hb pencil."
Anne-Dauphine Borione | 22 | France - "I'm an artist, graphic designer and supermassive Lana Del Rey fan. My favourite piece I've made is perhaps a movie poster for Lana Del Rey's song "Diet Mountain Dew." It took me around 15 hours to finish it as I'm completely self-taught digitally."
"I drew it on Photoshop and Illustrator. What inspires me to make fan art is my extreme passion for music, and specifically for putting visuals on songs, trying to put in reality what the artist, and myself as a fan, imagined. Embodying both my vision and the interpretation of the artist's music is my ultimate goal upon creating a piece. You can find more of my art work at http://daytonamess.tumblr.com."
Rachel Bainbridge | 16 | England - "I've never been much of an artist and this was one of the first portraits I ever drew. Frank Iero especially is someone who has indirectly helped me a lot over the past few years. Not only is he obviously an incredible musician but he is also so down to earth, sweet and humble. His album Stomachaches was released just a month after one of the worst days of my life, and having that music there meant more to me than I could ever put into words."
"I felt I owed this to him, even if it was in the form of a low quality drawing. I had the privilege of giving this to him at a recent show and I'm just so glad that I could put a smile on his face, even just for the brief seconds I could talk to him. I just used regular HB pencil and I think it took around 3-4 hours."
Has a musician helped or inspired you in any way? Feel free to tweet us some of fan art @StrifeMagazine.
Remember, there's always someone who loves you, and if you need an extra person, don't forget that we love you.
Written by Melanie Gomez
In Part 1 of Asking Alexandria's Escape Through Music, many AA fans (including myself) shared their story to why Denis Stoff, Benjamin Bruce, Cameron Liddell, Sam Bettley, and James Cassells changed or impacted their life in some way.
After the release of the first article, Benjamin Bruce noticed it and took the time to read it. He tweeted, "No word of a lie, this brought me to tears. This is absolutely incredible. I love you guys so much. THANK YOU." Words can't describe how thrilled each and every person in the article felt to have their idol read how much Asking Alexandria means them. But that wasn't the end of it. Denis Stoff also noticed the piece along with Asking Alexandria's Facebook account, causing the people featured in the article to feel exhilarated by that point.
Many members of the AA Family also took the time to read the piece, and told me how much it meant to them. Tessa, who will be included in this piece, is one of the people who reached out to me after reading Part 1. She said, "The last one was so heart touching that I cried. I read it like four times in a row. It was the best article I've ever read."
She's a perfect example of how much words can truly mean to someone. We feel that it's important for people to share how they feel and not hold it in. Even if someone doesn't feel comfortable sharing their story, they should at least always know that they aren't alone. And that's what Escape Through Music is for.
There will always be the comments that say things like, "but their music isn't that great." That's the negativity that this band DOESN'T stand for. It's people like that, that you can't let bring you down. Nobody should make someone else feel bad about something they love, something that makes THEM happy. Because honestly, this band is something special.
Once again, Strife Magazine took the time to speak to some Asking Alexandria fans from around the world, but this time along with some photos that mean something important to each person who decided to share one. (Each photo belongs with the name of the person in the text above it. Names with a * before it were in Part 1 as well.)
Inet Tino | 19 | Los Angeles, California - "It was 2010 when my life was changed when I was on YouTube and stumbled upon a band named Asking Alexandria. I innocently clicked the link to their demo track "I Was Once, Possibly, Maybe, Perhaps a Cowboy King". I instantly fell in love and purchased their debut album, Stand Up and Scream. I didn't know back then how important this band would be to me."
"Fast forward, six years later and here I am now. I'm 19 and off to college, and the fact that I've grown up with them besides me has been the greatest motivation ever. I first met the lads when I was only 13 years old on April 19th, 2011. It was the best day of my life. The minute I stepped to the meet and greet, I started bawling my eyes out because I couldn't believe the men who kept me going and inspired me the most were right in front of me! (http://youtu.be/SJ5W0MzD2Qk ) Since that day, I have developed a very close relationship with the band due to the fact that I created a fan account by the name of @AfuckingAnews. I never thought it would open a door to actually getting to know them!"
"Over the past years, I've had to travel to San Diego, San Francisco, San Bernardino, Ventura, and etc, just to see them play live. I have not regretted any moment and the money spent because the guys always know how to treat me right. I've met them over 15 times, probably more because in all honesty I've lost count. This band means the world to me because of all the countless times I've spent crying my eyes out, or feeling worthless. I know that all I have to do is put on their music, and I instantly feel at ease. I never knew a home until I found their music. I don't only love them for their music though, I love them because they are all such genuine giving people. They care so much about their fans, and that's something that stands out to me. I've gotten to know them as people. They are not only my heroes, they are my friends, my family. I will never turn my back on this band. I will stick with them through everything. Shout out to Ben, James, Sam, Cameron, Denis, and even Danny for being such a big part of my life. I can't imagine it without them. They are a part of my identity."
Lucy | 15 | Scotland - "I love Asking Alexandria because they're the band that got me into heavier music and introduced me to all of that and also because so many of their songs, especially from the new album. Their newer songs just seem so relatable and make me feel really happy. Although I haven't been a fan for too long, only since around January although I first listened last September, I'll be sticking around for a while.
*Tina Lou | 43 | Chico, California - "What can I say? I'm a dork for Asking Alexandria. I'm absolutely ridiculously in love with them and their music. As a fan I should have a picture, a tattoo maybe even some art or something, but I don’t. But I can offer them my love and dedication to them and the AA family. I’m going to see them December 4th in San Francisco, California. Ben Bruce said he'd chug a brewski with me next time at a meet and greet, so I’m going to hold that to him. Hopefully this time take a picture of my first time meeting Denis, after meeting Danny twice already. Asking Alexandria means the world to me. I’m proud of my boys, and proud to say they are my light in the darkness."
Miranda | 17 | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - "Asking Alexandria has helped through my uncle and my grandmas passing in not even a six months apart. My uncle passed at only 53 years old from a bad heart in August of 2015. After his passing there was always arguments. It was hard seeing my uncle in his casket being so young. My whole family was devastated after his passing. Not even 6 months later my grandma that was the only one alive when I was growing up cancer had gotten worst."
"The doctors gave her a week or a little more to live. She didn't want to die at the hospital so we took her home. The following weekend she couldn't even get out of bed or drink from a straw. We had to spray her mouth when we asked. It took all her energy she had left. Me and my mom slept somewhat right by her side. Till Sunday I had to leave and go back to school I kissed her forehead and told her I love her she said I love you back. That morning before school started she passed away. I wanted to give up because she was the only grandparent I had."
"I almost failed school because I just gave up on everything. My grandma survived three of her children passing. Losing two important people in my life was hard in a short period of time. All I wanted was my grandma to see me graduate cause I’m the youngest grandchild of the family. I wanted to give up on life after she died. But I didn’t cause of AA. I wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for AA. They have saved my life. They are my idols. They are the people I look up to in life. I hope to meet them one day. Thank you Denis, Ben, Sam, James and Cameron for saving me."
Tessa | 17 | Slovakia - "I've been a fan of Asking Alexandria for three to four years now and they fully changed my life. They helped me through the hard times I had then, they were (and still are) my escape from the world."
"They are my best friends, who I don't know in person. They mean more to me than my life actually. And now with Denis, I'm happy to see they are alright and happy with him. This is the best summer in my life, because I'm going to see them for the first time in Hungary and I really can't wait for it. So I want to say thank you, for Ben, Denis, James, Cam and Sam for being there for me whenever I feel miserable and alone. For helping me forever and always, for making incredible music and especially for breathing and existing! Thank you, Asking Alexandria. You saved me!"
Amanda Swain | 15 | Melbourne Australia - "I love Asking Alexandria so much because every time you hear their music, it makes you feel all these emotions you don't get with other bands. I love how their so positive and funny. I love how they got back up and wrote a kick ass album with Denis when everybody thought it was the end of AA. Overall, I love how they treat their fans like there family because to us fans, Asking Alexandria is our family."
* Elena | 22 | Italy - "Asking Alexandria changed my life because thanks to them, I made many new friends who are now a very important part of my life. I love AA because they're funny, lovely and care so much about their fans. They truly have a passion for music, they don't make it just for money.Their lyrics speak to my heart and my soul, and that's what makes their songs awesome."
* Cassie Swain | 17 | Melbourne Australia - "Where do I even begin to explain how much Asking Alexandria means to me? It all started a good three years ago (I can't remember the exact date). I was going through a heap of shit, probably the worst I could be. I didn't know who my real friends were. I got to the point where I really couldn't care less what people thought of me. I stopped following the crowd, trying to impress everyone. I got into metal and found Asking Alexandria, something I'll NEVER regret doing!"
"They've changed my life for the better and I couldn't be more thankful. I still go through those shit days (like everyone else) and I know I can rely on Asking Alexandria to cheer me up. On the 7th of April 2016 I got to see Asking Alexandria live at the U18 Melbourne concert. It was safe to say I was super excited! I stayed up all night as I couldn't get any sleep (I was that exited). Finally arriving to the venue I stood in love for three hours or so. I talked to some of the girls while waiting and we were all so excited! The concert was fucking incredible! Ben actually waved at me and man I'll never forget that! Just thinking it now I get goosebumps."
"I wish I could have told the boys in person how thankful I am of them (but this will do for now). I've made some pretty incredible friends because of Asking Alexandria. I'd do anything for the Asking Alexandria and the AA Family. I even have AA tattooed on my wrist, dedicated to Asking Alexandria. It'll be there forever, just like my passion for Asking Alexandria. People are going to think I'm in Alcoholics Anonymous but nah I'm mate I'm in the AA Family! I was there when Asking Alexandria was going through a shit time, I was there when Danny left, I was there when Denis came, I was there when Sam had that horrible crash, I was there when The Black was released and no matter what happens I'll be here. I'm not leaving. I'll always be here when the family needs me, I'll always be here when Asking Alexandria needs me. Without Asking Alexandria and without the AA Family I would still be following the crowd that got me nowhere, the crowd that made me feel like shit. There will never be a family stronger than us!"
Eva Ternik | 13 | Slovenia - "I discovered Asking Alexandria a few years ago when "The Final Episode" showed up in my recommended videos on YouTube. I clicked on the video and I fell in love with it. I was really suicidal and depressed. And I was bullied in school. No one liked me and I was all alone."
"After discovering AA my life changed. I can't explain how much they mean to me and how much I love them. They saved my life forever. And I'm so thankful for that. I'm so happy to be a part of the best family in the whole world. #AAFamily. I feel safe and loved in this family. This family is forever. I'm speechless and I can't explain how much they changed my life. I'm not depressed and suicidal anymore. I'm more than happy, and I love it. Thank you Asking Alexandria. Thank you for everything you did for me."
Desiray | 14 | Ohio - "I've been listening to Asking Alexandria for about three years and they've helped me through so much! Not to long ago I lost my uncle and my grandfather in the span of eight months. I was in the worst times of my life and Asking picked me up out of those times and lifted me up when I needed it."
"Their music always makes me feel a certain way, like I can finally relax a little bit (even though songs like "Let It Sleep" and "Not The American Average" gets me excited. Their posts on social media always make me smile or laugh, especially Denis' and Ben's. It's amazing how much they care for their fans and we return it right back. I love the AA family and I always will be apart of it."
* Alexis | 14 | Utah - "The reason Asking Alexandria means so much to me is because their music has helped me through some crazy shit. When I feel alone, I can turn to their music and feel better no matter what sort of problem I'm facing at the moment. They have done so much for me I could never thank them enough for everything."
"Not only does the band help me, but I have talked to so many people in the AA Family, and everyone is so supportive of each other. I don't think I've seen such a strong and supportive fan base. I'm so proud of how far they have come and the success with the new album,. It's an amazing album! I love all five of them so much."
* Jorden Mclaughin | 17 | England - "I did this drawing a while ago inspired by Ben's Never Take It Off bracelet and his quote in the music video "Here I Am." I have plans to get the blade tattooed on my wrist when I'm 18 along with the "I Won't Give In" Asking Alexandria tattoo I've been planning for the past couple of months."
Patrick | 14 | South England - "Asking Alexandria mean a lot to me because of the issues they tackle in their songs. I listen to them when I'm worried and need to feel that someone knows what I'm going through. I can't wait to see them at Reading Festival!
Tahlia | 23 | Australia - "Asking Alexandria mean the absolute world for me because all through high school and even now, they are the only constant in my life. They have seriously helped me through so much and they helped me to believe in myself and to always stay positive and that no matter what."
"They will always love me and their fans, even if no one else does. They have seriously been through so much shit in their lives and yet look at them, they are strong and they are making it through the day. And they always try and help their fans get through their day if they are having a rough time. No matter what they go through, no matter what get thrown at them, they ALWAYS find the silver lining. And if they are having a rough day, they still try and interact with their fans. Because that's who they are. They are amazing people. And that is why they are my inspiration. My idols."
Jasmine Negrete | 16 | Houston, Texas - "I love Asking Alexandria for many reason. But I guess my favorite is that they're always true to themselves and to us. They are an amazing band who doesn't get enough recognition in this world. Their music inspires me to try harder, to push myself to the limits, and to never give up."
"Their music always picks me up when I'm down. Just hearing Denis' voice and feeling James' drums mix with the sound of my heartbeat. Somehow the day I heard of Asking my life somehow instantly became better because that's what they do. They make people feel better and they help people. Asking Alexandria just means the world to me. I am forever proud of being a member of the AA Family. P.S.- Brucestoff forever.
* Shannon Snyder | 41 | Hastings, Michigan - "Asking Alexandria encourage me to always pick myself up when I get knocked down and to keep pushing forward. They inspire me to always be better today then I was yesterday. I love them like no other! They are my five favorite humans, forever and always!
* Kristen Calderoni | 20 | South Plainfield, New Jersey - "I previously wrote about how much Asking Alexandria meant to me in the last submissions, but I forgot to explain how much their last album "The Black" has meant to me. It is my favorite album by far."
"The lyrics in the songs speak to me, especially in "Sometimes It Ends." "Sometimes it ends, sometimes you fall. / Crossing out the man that I've become / I'm standing tall / Stronger than I ever did before. Against them all"
"In life there will be friendships and relationships that end and that is okay, they just did not work out. This song shows to me that you pick up the pieces and walk away from them stronger than before. Also, recently Ben has noticed me on social media whether it was a picture I posted on Instagram in his clothing line (Serpent & Co.,) or even the time his cousin Tim (who also runs the line with him) posted a picture of me on the Serpent & Co. Instagram in my merch from them."
"Ben has also noticed me on Twitter when I really didn't want to go into work one day and asked him to send some good vibes my way to get me through the day. He liked my tweet and when I got to work I noticed it and I was shocked and extremely happy that he noticed me again. I went into work that day extremely happy, little did Ben know that he made my day. I am seeing and meeting Asking Alexandria in November and I am beyond excited to finally meet them all, (I met Ben outside in May in Sayreville) talk to them all, and thank them for everything they have done. This band has helped me through some tough times and I feel that they should know this when I meet them. They have a great future a head of them and I couldn't be more proud to be apart of the AA Family!"
Kat Brooks | 15 | Kentucky - "Asking Alexandria is my favorite band for many reasons. First of all, their music is so amazing and it didn't take long for me to completely fall in love after just hearing a few songs. I like lots of bands, but something about AA just stood out to me. Something about them was just special. Their lyrics are so powerful."
"Secondly, they are all so inspirational and just amazing people in general and I love them so much. I got to see them live for the first time at Warped Tour in 2015 (it was also my first concert ever) and it was extremely fun! They all have so much energy on stage and I just loved seeing them perform. I got to see them for a second time in May and honestly it was one of the best days of my life. I got to meet Denis, Sam, Cameron, and James and they were all so nice to me. I was very nervous and excited, I couldn't breathe properly and Sam put his hand on my shoulder and asked, "Are you gonna be alright?" That was so sweet."
"The show was perfect! Ben smiled and waved at me while he was on stage and it made me so happy that I screamed. When they played "Not The American Average," Ben smiled at me again and we were basically singing together and he looked into my eyes even longer. It was just so great to experience that. It sounds like such a simple thing, but it honestly meant the world to me."
"Every time I think about that moment of Ben waving at me, I smile. I miss that day a lot! If I ever have the chance to see them again I definitely would! This band just makes me so happy and they can always put a smile on my face and make me laugh with their crazy personalities. Like when I watch their interviews, I laugh so hard I can't breathe. Especially Ben, his sense of humor is the best thing ever. I'm so glad I started listening to them because they have impacted me in such an awesome way."
* Nicole | 21 | Austria - "Asking Alexandria changed my life in a good way. Many people tried to change me, and I unfortunately gave in and changed myself. I was a completely different person. But thanks to AA I noticed how wrong that is and that I should stay the way I really am. Now I don't give a single fuck what people think! Asking Alexandria helped me through so much already! I'm forever thankful! They deserve everything."
Jailyn | 18 | Michigan - "I've been a fan of Asking Alexandria for almost eight years. They've helped through some of the hardest times in my life. I've always had self image issues and a hard time socializing with others. I tend to get very uncomfortable in social situations, and just anything that takes me out of my tight box of comfort. This made school for me extremely difficult as you can imagine. I did not fit in well with others due to the lack of social skills I had. Kids noticed this very quick and I was picked on from 4th grade all through high school."
"That's where AA played a major role. Obviously they weren't there when I was in forth grade, but I still remember when I discovered them for the first time. It was sometime in 2010, and everything just kind of changed. That sounds really cliche, but just hear me out. As I told you I was basically an outcast growing up I was never really happy and when I found AA I honestly think I found my happiness and my life line."
"They pulled me out of this mindset that I was somehow broken. Just listening to them made me realize it's perfectly ok to be this way and whenever things got too hard for me I would to them and they were and are ALWAYS there. They gave me a family that I fit into and a sense of security in myself. I still remember seeing them for the first time at Warped Tour in 2015 and how happy I was how. I felt like I was finally home. I have only ever gotten this feeling from this band. My own family doesn't make me feel like this and it's been proven to me three times, so I know it's true. The most recent time I saw them was May 18th of this year I'll never forget that day. That's the day I was able to meet them for the first time."
"I remember how nervous I was waiting to talk to them. I was visibly shaking, but when I got up there all my fear was gone. They all gave me the biggest hugs and it was taking all my strength not to cry. I'm pretty sure Cam noticed because he asked if I was alright. It was kind of embarrassing but a nice feeling that he noticed and cared enough to ask. I still remember the conversation I had with James and Ben. Oh god they where so nice to me they made me feel like they've know me for years. We just talked about the show and how they had just been here. I gave Ben a letter and James made a joke to Ben about it and then they thanked me. THEY thanked ME. What?"
"I was so confused I should be thanking them for what they've done, but instead they were doing that to me. I honestly couldn't feel anymore loved. Then right there and then I hugged them one more time and it was time for the show. I was front row and on the side Ben usually is on. Ben and I shared a lot of smiles and eye contact during the show which made me really happy. It made me feel like he remembered me from the meet and greet earlier on. When the show was coming to an end and they started playing "The Final Episode," Denis jumped down into the photo pit and started running up and down the isle."
"He came by me and I asked for yes, another hug. We were both MEGA sweaty but it was the best hug ever. After that the show was over. Now I know this is probably all over the place, but the point is AA is my family. I don't care what anyone tells me. I don't think I'll ever be as happy as I am when I see them, meet them, or just listen to their music. But honestly I think I'm ok with that because music lasts forever whitch means so will my happiness. Thank you Sam, Ben, Denis, Cam, and James. You made my life a brighter place. AA Family forever."
Always remember that family isn't always blood. Family is what you make it. There’s always someone who loves you, and if you need an extra person, we love you.
Has Asking Alexandria helped or inspired you in any way? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.
Written by Melanie Gomez
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Twenty One Pilots haven’t let anything slow them down this year. From succeeding in having
two singles played on terrestrial radio, having their first top 10 single on Billboard’s Hot 100
with “Stressed Out” to headlining arena shows all over the globe, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun seem to only be flourishing with time.
Even as they get more famous, it’s always about the fans, (the Skeleton Clique) and that’s what
makes this duo so inspiring to me. When asked to explain the lyrical content of their music on
the commentary version of Vessel, Tyler is even hesitant because he wants it to mean something
to someone else, he doesn’t want his definition of the song to ruin their meaning of it.
But in all honesty, Tyler’s definition of “Guns For Hands” isn’t too far from how I felt about it.
On the commentary version of Vessel Tyler shared saying how after playing a show in
Cincinnati, Ohio there was a large number of kids telling him what they were going through and
what their struggles were, whether that be depression or suicidal thoughts.
In the commentary he went on to saying, "Guns for Hands" is talking about- I want to tell you that
I know you have the ability to hurt yourself, you do, you have that ability. I feel like a lot of the
older generation when they hear about someone struggling with it their first reaction is “No
you’re not, you’re not struggling with that- think about something else. You’re just trying to get
attention”. But this song was really trying to say “Listen I know that you have the ability to hurt
yourself, I recognize that, but let’s take that energy and let’s point it at something else, let’s
divert that, lets kinda shift momentum and look at something like art or something like this
music specifically, or even point it at me, you know- just point it anywhere. Just don’t point it at
Many songs on terrestrial radio stay away from all these other real issues that are going on in the
world, so the fact that a band like Twenty One Pilots is being played shows that mainstream
music is going in the right direction. These struggles are just as important as all the songs about a
breakup being played.
Once again, we've chatted with several hundreds of Twenty One Pilots fans to find out what the duo means to them.
The answers were touching, inspiring and emotional. Below you'll find a selection of entries we've received from fans all over the world.
Country: United States
I actually have a long list of reasons why I love twenty øne piløts, but it breaks down into three main things. The clique, the songs, and the boys themselves.
I'm actually sorta new to the clique, came in around November of 2015. But so far everyone I've talked to has been extremely nice, and caring, and you can just see how much everyone looks out for each other. And knowing you're a part of that, that there's always going to be someone there, all you have to do is ask, its such an amazing feeling. Not to mention everyone's always helping keep each other updated on whatever new stuff drops. I've never been in a fanbase quite as lovely as this one, and I'm so incredibly happy to be able to say that i am a part of it, a part of all this wonderful group of people.
Onto the song aspects, the sound, the lyrics, they are everything. The sound is what first drew me in, and then when i listened, feeling like someone finally understood, that i could relate, was the best feeling in the world. I first heard the song migraine in 2014 but was kinda going through a rough time, and didnt have the motivation or energy to go find things out about the group, or even look up other songs. So the first time i heard stressed out on my local alternative radio station, and i heard how familiar tylers voice was, it really drew me in. So i listened to the blurryface album, fell in love with those, and looked up the other three albums. These songs have honestly gotten me through some really rough nights, and i dont know if I'd actually be here without them.
And brining me to my last reason, the boys. They wrote the songs that saved my life. Being able to use their life, and turn it into something so beautiful thats helped so many. And not even just that fact, but that they are two of the most genuinely sweet people ever to exist. Just seeing them interact with each other, with fans, children, in interviews even when they protect fans by not calling anyone out when they're asked that "whats the weirdest thing someones done/given/etc to you" question. The videos floating around where they say that they love us and they care, at concerts when tyler says to stay alive, the many quotes they've given about not giving up, looking out for people in the pit at their shows. They care. They genuinely care for all of us, no matter how big they get, how much they grow, and thats an absolutely amazing thing.
They're not like other groups, and i think thats the thing i love most about them. They're the reason why i and many others are here, and i can't wait to see where they go next, because they deserve all the success and recognition they're finally getting.
Country: United Kingdom
Tyler Joseph and Joshua Dun are my escape from reality, when I've one home from school and I just need to get away I can plug in my ears phones and listen to their music. Their lyrics are connectable yet so enjoyable at the same time, they are a true talent and I must thank them for everything they do. Without them I'd have no escape, everyone needs someone to go after a bad day.
Twenty one pilots have helped me through so many things. I've fought my demons and even though they come right back I know I have someone to lean on. Someone to help me get my mind off of my troubles.
I have people who care about me, even if they haven't met me they care.
Or at least I'm telling myself that. Nonetheless twenty one pilots have changed my life in the most strangest yet bestest way possible. The way I write has now changed and I have tons and tons of stories and poems written down, it could've never happened if I hadn't noticed the way tyler writes and if I hadnt said to myself that it's okay to feel to much. It's okay to write down your darkest things because in the end someone's gonna read it and understand it in their own way. I'm not the only one facing these types of battles and I'm glad that I'm not. Tyler and Josh don't know how much they've changed me, helped me, they've given me a life I think is worth continuing. Even though they might not see this I want to atleast say that I'd give anything to meet them, to tell them I'm dark inside, i feel so empty and theyre the only ones who seem to be the light in me. They're holding me up and seem to be making me put one foot in front of the other. They understand me in their own way and to know people struggle with the same emotions I do its comforting. To be able to look up a song that speaks to me on so many levels and to feel as though I can never be alone anymore, it's so good.
It's so good to know amd feel that they're helping me. Whether in the way of them just being there to pick my spirit back up. Or the way their words have an effect on my soul, messing my thoughts up. They're helping me and if I only found them out sooner maybe I'd be okay today. But I will be okay and I just lastly wanted to say that I am so much in love with this band. I love them and as weird as that felt to write I mean it. I love this band, and I thank them for being with me. Through the long nights of me just thinking they've dug me out and gave me a chance at happiness. Though I still fight battles with myself everyday I know I have this band to come back to when things seem to drive me insane. And I thank them for holding me up and never giving up on themselves, so they can help me, to help us.
Country: United States
Hi, my name is Erika Gutierrez. I am 14 years old and live in America. I love Twenty Øne Piløts because of the music, passion, emotion and love they put into this world. Tyler and Josh are outstanding inspirations. Every show they perform is so unique and indescribable. They make you feel safe and loved even when you think you'll never know that feeling. Their words are strikingly powerful and deserve to be treated as such. I love Twenty Øne Piløts for who they are and what they stand for.
Why I love TOP? It's because ever since I listened to 'Car Radio', it's like my whole life has been fulfilled, you know. Like I've discovered a part of me that I didn't know was missing.
Country: United States
I love twenty one pilots because they have helped me discover who I really am. When I am down, I can go turn to Car Radio or Kitchen Sink. When I am happy, I turn on House of Gold or Tear in My Heart. Every single one of their songs has a different effect on me, and they always help for the better. Tyler Joseph and Joshua Dun really show how much they care about us, and that makes all the difference for me. To know that they are always on my side.
Country: United States
I love TØP because they expose their struggles and fears for the fans. I connect with their lyrics and the beats are sick. No matter what age, everyone has their own problems/fears. They make me feel better about mine and that I'm not alone. That's a priceless thing in this life.
Hello, I'm Ludovic Steyt, an 18 years old boy from France. Why do I love Twenty One Pilots? Well, there are several reasons. First, they ain't a generic band, their music is original, no one sounds like they do. And their music is awesome, they make mindblowing kind of music. Then, they are always evolving, all their albums are different but every single one is a masterpiece that you can't stop listening to. And finally, the most important: the lyrics are perfect. Every single song in every single album means something, and something true. Tyler and Josh know humankind feelings, and they know how to express them in a song. Sadness, love, happiness.. You cannot just listen to TØP and then do something else. Their music affects you deeply and changes the way you see life. They saved me when I was at my worst and are still keeping my head above water thanks to what they did, do and are going to do. I love them and it will never change. Here's why a french boy loves TØP. Sorry for my English but I don't care, I just wanted to tell you what does TØP mean to me. And they mean a lot.
twenty one pilots has helped me more than anyone have and will. I've went through dark times since I was nine or ten, i've been diagnosed with depression when I was twelve and I just couldn't shake the thoughts that I was making my parents miserable. That's when music came through, I didn't know twenty one pilots at this time, and I didn't know how to handle all the darkness surrounding me, and to be honest sometimes it's still overwhelming. I was not doing anything to get better cause I didn't feel it was important: I didn't matter to anyone and I was good to nothing. the only thing I loved doing was reading, and I loved reading fanfictions. I was going through a dark period when I came accross "Car Radio" in some 5SOS fanfiction, the protagonist loved the song, and so did the author. she put the lyrics in one chapter and I started crying while reading them. I had these suicidal thoughts all day, a voice inside my head always went crazy at me, it was always screaming that I wouldn't be missed if I were to die, that I was really good to nothing and that no one liked it.
Reading the lyrics of "Car Radio" made me forget my pain for a few minutes. I actually went on Spotify and searched the song to listen to it on repeat for a few hours. it helped me, and soothed me. and also made me forget how fucked up I was. .My first tøp concert was ... unbelievably wonderful, epically awesome ... it left me speechless.
I couldn't believe that the two men that saved my life more than once were finally in front of me, just giving me their energy for the night so I could survive a few more months. At the end of the show, I don't know how but i was given a meet and greet card. When Josh arrived, I didn't really realised that I was about to talk to him, like i said, this stuff never happened to me and i was unprepared. my hair was messy, makeup smuged everywhere, my eyes puffy from crying (and red from the makeup I used to recreate Josh's) and my neck still black from the paint that I put there to recreate tyler's makeup. He said “ hi, how are you? ” to which i replied “ I'm great, and you? ” and he - he looked surprised. like no one before me asked him how he was doing. so he replied that he was fine and he thanked me. we took a picture, and i was too scared to look a him in the eyes so I just said that i loved him and I was really thankful to have him in my life. he said he loved me back and when I was a bit away from him, I looked up and he waved at me. I know that a lot of people are still living thanks to those lyrics and those beats, and i'm glad that i'm one of those people. so yes, it's hard. but you have to fight for this life, you have to fight because suicide won't make things better. it will just pass the pain to another person. you are loved and you matter. you are important. i still have this voice in my head, i'm still depressed and anxious, but i'm creating now. and i'm working on making things better for me, to be happier and to make the people i love and who love me happy. just find something that can make you change. to me , it's writing, poetry or texts like this one. it might be nothing to other people but as long as it matters to you, it's important and valuable. they're twenty one pilots and so are you. |-/
After nine years of being a band, Asking Alexandria is still about one thing, love. And honestly, The Black era is showing that off the best.
Whoever isn't familiar with the scene may think, how's this metalcore band about love? Well if that's what they think, then it's safe to say that they clearly don't know who the band or the AA Family is (aka the fans.)
Asking Alexandria (Denis Stoff, Benjamin Bruce, Cameron Liddell, Sam Bettley, and James Cassells) express their love for their fans in many ways. One way is through their music. Off of their latest album The Black, there are five songs that stood out to me as inspiring right off the bat. Those songs include "The Black," "I Won't Give In," "Sometimes It Ends, "The Lost Souls," and "Here I Am."
Here are a few of my favorites lines from each of the songs listed.
“You make me feel like I'm fucking drowning / (I need to cut you out, I need to cut you out)” - "The Black"
“I've been crucified and hung out to dry / Yet my heart still beats and I feel so alive / This time I'll fight for myself as you try to fuck me over / I bet you never cared, I knew you never cared.” – “The Black”
“Every breath you take / I watch you slip away / You're slowly killing yourself / I won't give in.” - "I Won't Give In"
“I’m standing tall / Stronger than I ever did before / Against them all” - "Sometimes It Ends"
So sick of this game / I've spent too many years in this house of pain / If you can't find the words, read between the lines / So take it or leave it to me / So take it or leave it to me from here this time.” - "Sometimes It Ends"
“We are the ones that no one gave a chance / We are the ones that almost lost it all / Ghost in the hallway who never catch a glance / We are the lost / We are the lost souls.” - "The Lost Souls"
“Here I am / This is all of me / I'm not hiding / I'm standing tall for all to see.” - "Here I Am"
“So if you find it hard to breathe / You can put your faith in me / I'll be the light that leads your way / We are the voice of a generation / So take your chance and don't back down.” – “Here I Am”
Each of those songs encourage hope and strength in some way to me. In the music video for "Here I Am," Ben emphasized what the band stands for by including text across the screen for the beginning of the music video, which read, "In a world tainted by hate and negativity, stand out, shine bright and always be proud of who you are.” – Ben Bruce." That alone can and did inspire many, including myself.
Not only does the band express their love through their music, they express it in person and on social media. Meeting the band at their meet and greet this year and seeing Ben later outside, I was treated exactly the same, with respect and left feeling like I mattered. What's special about Asking Alexandria is that they talk to you as if you're their best friend. I was nervous at first to meet one of my favorite bands, but they have a way of making you feel safe and welcomed, just like a family should.
When it comes to social media, I've noticed that Denis and Ben are known to take full advantage of what they can do to put a smile on someone's face. While I've noticed that they both tend to like fan's posts on Instagram (including one of mine,) I noticed that Ben often comments as well. For example, a fan posted their Asking Alexandria themed birthday cake, Ben decided to be silly responding with, "looks tastyyyyyy."
What's cool about Denis is that he posts fan art quite often. So if you're good at drawing, painting, or even making a unique edit, he's bound to notice you. Speaking of art, Cameron also recently joined in on the fan art, thanking a fan as well! It's the small things that count the most sometimes, and each member of the band knows that something as a simple as a comment or like can make someone's whole day, or even life.
Thanks to Asking Alexandria nine years ago when Stand Up And Scream was released, I got into this music scene and I've met some amazing people through the AA Family along the way. And I know for a fact that I wouldn't trade that for anything.
Strife Magazine took the time to speak to some Asking Alexandria fans from around the world, and this is what they had to say.
Naomi Sanders | 19 | Wells England - “Although I only found out about Asking Alexandria late December last year/early January this year, their music has just been so inspiring. Their lyrics are so raw and true, while their musical accompaniment to those lyrics is just perfect and fits with what they want to say in their songs. They inspire me to keep going with what I love to do, and never stop with any setbacks, as shown during the production of "The Black", which is one of my favourite albums of all time. They also genuinely care about their fans, something that I think many famous artists forget about when the stage lights hit them. That’s why I love them and will continue supporting them with whatever happens.”
Jorden Mclaughlin | 17 | England - “Asking Alexandria’s music has really left a dent on me, it’s a good dent though. Their most recent album has definitely left the most change on me because it helped me through my darkest times. Songs like “I Won’t Give In” are a reminder to me to not give in and to be strong no matter what. “Sometimes It Ends” is another song that has helped me, because sometimes things end, whether that’s friendships or relationships. You just have to pick yourself up, keep going, not give up, and think of the good things you have. I think the whole song is really powerful.”
“The music that they write just really speaks out to me and just makes me feel like everything’s going to be ok no matter how bad it gets. I look up to the entire band so much and admire them for the strength that they have and the power that they have. I am so proud of everything they’ve done. Ben’s line on Never Take It Off sparked me to stop self harming for good. I’m doing it for the AA family, for my family, friends and myself. The whole band just make me feel happy and make me feel like I belong somewhere.
Emma | 17 | Paris, France - “I love Asking Alexandria because they all are really beautiful peoples inside and they love their fans so much, which is amazing. their lyrics are powerful and helps me a lot because I can relate to a lot of their songs, It's like they understand what I feel and it helps me. I'm still there today because of them.”
Lulu Tones | 15 | United Kingdom - “I love Asking Alexandria because their inspirational and amazing. Also, they care about their fans and I think they’re all just so awesome. I love them and The Black has been their best album yet.”
Elena | 22 | Italy - “I love Asking Alexandria because they're so nice, humble and down-to-earth. They always manage to make me laugh even when I feel like shit and I can't do anything but cry. Their music changed my life because it taught me that life should never be taken for granted.”
Alice | 15 | Poland - “I love Asking Alexandria because they have always been there for me. They can cheer me up when nobody else can, they make me happy. They've helped to become proud of who I am, to not be scared of speaking up and love myself. In their music I find everything I need. I find all the positive vibes and answers to so many questions. Their music is something what always is with me, and whenever I'm sad or mad, I just listen to their music and I feel much better. When I'm happy, I feel happier. I love them also because of the fan base. I've made so many friends there and I feel like this is my place. Words can't describe how much I own to them and how much I love them.”
Esme | 17 | Dallas, Texas - “Asking Alexandria has been one of those bands that I didn’t listen to a lot, but as soon as I heard “I Won’t Give In” I almost cried. That was the first song I heard, then I looked up their old stuff and I was hooked. When they released two more songs with their new vocalist that was it for me, I fell in love with the band.”
“Their music is something that has helped me and is still helping me go through my everyday life. When I’m talking to different people around the world who love AA it's really cool to see how they saved people’s lives. We are called AA Family, we have a song dedicated to us, the family. I love that they don't lie to their fans they are honest with us. Yeah they party and drink, but that doesn’t define who they are. These are talented and kind guys who are very passionate about music and will go above and beyond for us. When they cancelled a show because of Denis's VISA problems, they made a meet and greet for those fans. They do so much for their fans that I feel like we should really not take things like this for granted. Not many people do that. I haven’t met AA and they already have done so much for me.”
Shannon Snyder | 41 years young | Hastings, Michigan - “I love asking Alexandria because they are all amazing guys with huge hearts. They take the time to socialize with their fans, even if it’s a quick selfie before their set, they don't say no. I've never felt more comfortable around a group of musicians like I do with these guys. The first time I met them in March of 2016 (Grand Rapids) at the news station in the parking lot, Sam and James talked to me for 15 minutes before the others came out.”
“I was a little nervous, but for the most part I felt like I had known these guys for years. They made me feel that comfortable. Their music and their dedication to the AA Family helped me get through so many hard times in my life. They've given me hope and something to believe in. They are my addiction and their music is my drug. Ben always makes a point to make me smile and goes out of his way to do so. When I can't get good pictures of him on stage he stands in a spot where I can see him better. When I asked I'm for a guitar pick he made sure I got one. When I was in the hospital having back surgery, Sam told me they were here with me. When I was standing side stage for a show, Sam looked at me, made a funny face at me, and then flipped me off. Naturally I did the same back. The way these guys acknowledge me is amazing. They really have become my driving force and inspiration with pushing forward. When everything fails, I know I still have them and their music."
Cassie Swain | 17 | Melbourne, Australia - “Asking Alexandria have made such an impact on my life. I've been listening to their music for a good three+ years now. They are truly my everything, and without them I would be lost. I cannot express how thankful I am for Denis joining the family. The have been through so much, not just Asking Alexandria but as individuals. And yet here they are still going strong, playing every concert with all the energy they have. They're my inspiration, they're my idols, they're my world. I've been through some shit, so whenever I got to that shitty headspace I would put on an Asking Alexandria interview, or listen to their music. It would help me forget all the shit I'm going through.”
“However it's just not Asking Alexandria I'm thankful for, I'm am so grateful for the AA Family. I know they always have my back and I always have theirs. It will never just be a band. We are a family! Without this family, I wouldn't be who I am today.”
Emma | 15 | York, England - “I first heard of these guys from their Punk Goes Pop cover of “Right Now (Na Na Na.)” I didn't like the cover too much, but I decided to give them a chance and I'm glad I did now. They originally inspired me to carry on playing music, because even people from my local area can make it big. This band taught me to stand up to those people that talk rubbish about you and to love yourself even if they won't love you. Every day I hope for the chance to tell them how grateful I am for their music, and one day I hope I can.”
Amelie | 17 | Quebec City, Canada - "I known of Asking Alexandria for three years now. I met them in December 2014 in my own town, and it was the best day of my life. Ben is my hero. I saw them a second time in 2015 with Denis, and it was magic. AA helped me a lot through some bad moments in my life. I will never thank them enough for what they do for me, especially Ben. The AA Family is a second family for me. I love my family, I love Asking Alexandria and they will always be my favorite band. They're my heroes and my inspirations.
Amy | 15 | South Dakota - “The reason I love Asking Alexandria so much is because their music is amazing and has helped me through a lot. Another reason is because of how every member is as a person, and the way they care for their fans. I was lucky enough to meet them at Warped Tour last year, and they are some of the nicest, most genuine people I have ever met.”
Charlotte | 16 | Gloucestershire, England - “I only started listening to Asking Alexandria just before The Black was released, but there's something about their music that made me completely obsessed in such a short time! The AA Family are all so supportive and make me feel at home due to all the people that'll help and support me.”
Johan Ortmanns | 17 | Wuppertal, Germany - “I love Asking Alexandria because they're somehow different from the rest. Their music is great, their texts are very direct, and the things/problems they deal with in their songs are very important. They are all great people with very strong characters, especially Ben.”
Alexis | 14 | Utah - “The reason I love Asking Alexandria is because they have helped me through a lot of hard times I've had in my life. Their music makes me happy, they're funny, and they make me smile. They are amazing boys who I know are always there, even though they don't know who I am. But I’m thankful that I know about them. Another thing I love about AA is our family. We are such a strong family and I've made many friends in the AA Family. We're all there for each other. The boys are here for us and we're there for them, and it is truly a beautiful thing.”
Kristen Calderoni | 19 | South Plainfield, New Jersey - “I love Asking Alexandria because of their fan base. Their fan base is one of the most supportive, creative, and amazing fan bases that I've ever been a part of. I've been a fan for seven years and went to my first show for them in Sayreville and saw how compassionate and caring the fans are for them. I met Ben before the show too, and he made me feel so important and kept asking me questions about the show and if I was excited, because he could tell I was nervous. I also love how thankful they are for their fans. Never have I seen artists so thankful for their fans. Finally, I love how funny they are. Whenever I watch interviews with them I'm always laughing hysterically.”
Michelle Presnar | 16 | Pennsylvania - “Asking Alexandria has had a huge impact on my life. They helped me through times where I thought I couldn't make it. I am here. I do matter. I feel like if they were not a thing, I wouldn't have had anything to give me hope. Thanks to them, I feel like I can get further, have a voice, and not back down to nothing or anyone. So thank you Asking Alexandria, for being my hope. Much love to each and every one of you.”
Tina Lou | 42 | Chico, California - “Asking Alexandria gives me passion and enthusiasm to dream big and wide awake because they give me the will and confidence to know how to be me through there lyrics and music. AA is my medicine forever.”
Denis | 14 | Finland - “I remember hearing “Not The American Average” in 2013. At first I was taken back due to the screaming, but I liked the part "Your thighs were made for cheeks to graze / My lips, your poison / They bring you to your knees."
"I listened to the song for a while and I remember From Death To Destiny being released. “Moving On” was and still is my favourite song from the album, but I avoided the heavy songs. In 2014 I got depressed and started to listen heavier songs. When Danny left the band I stopped listening them, but after “I Won’t Give In” was released I fell for them again. I started to search for information and now I'm a "professional" fanboy. Asking has helped me through so much, several suicide attempts, breakups, and hard times at home. I also met my girlfriend through my fan account on Instagram. I love the way they interact with fans, especially Ben who has supported me a lot.”
“Ben had a Q&A on Serpent & Co.’s Twitter and I asked him to say something to suicidal/depressed fans and the answer I got proves how much he cares. He tweeted to me, "there are a lot of people who love you, I am one of those people :) stay strong and keep your chin up"
He has also commented my Instagram photos, and every time he does it brings a smile on my face. I love Asking Alexandria because they're so loyal to their fans.”
Nicole | 21 | Salzburg Austria - “I was so excited to finally meet Asking Alexandria and I loved every second of it. I've gotten six AA tattoos, because that's one of the ways to show them how much they mean to me. I travel around the world just to see them live! I've met them about six times by now. They are amazing and talented guys and it feels like home when I'm around them.”
Lexi | 14 | Sydney, Australia - “Asking Alexandria is definitely my favourite band for many reasons. First of all, the music. It brings out the best in me. And the boys, those five beautiful dorks, never fail to make me smile. In the end it all comes down to the fact that I always feel like they're there, that they care. Even though the obviously don't know me, they're so loving towards their fans and it makes me happy. They truly are my heroes.”
Jasmine | 14 | Sydney, Australia - “Asking Alexandria, five gorgeous talented men who have always helped their fans through the worst of times. I still remember seeing them live like it was yesterday, April 15th 2016. I looked behind me and there up on the balcony stood Benjamin Bruce and Denis Stoff. Two of the 5 people who I have to thank for saving my best friend’s life were standing before me. Yes I was crying, but who wouldn't be?!”
“Later the lights dim and shine again, "HELLO SYDNEY! ARE YOU READY TO FUCKING ROCK?!," a voice yells. We scream. The rest of that night was the most beautiful night of my life. I'll never forget it. Denis, Ben, Cameron, James and Sam, they were there. The ones who help me through every single day. The ones who taught me to be proud of who I am. We were ready to rock and we did. Every time someone tells me "they're just a band," I will deny it. Because they aren't just a band. And this isn't just a fandom. This is a family. And we stand together.”
So keep in mind, family isn't always blood. Family is what you make it. There’s always someone who loves you, and if you need an extra person, we love you.
According to Ben's Twitter bio, you can join the official AA Family HERE.
Has Asking Alexandria helped or inspired you in any way? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.
Written by Melanie Gomez
After talking to Twenty One Pilots fans for Part 1 of Strife Magazine's "Escape Through Music," we took the time to speak to some more Twenty One Pilot fans from around the world. And here's what they had to say.
Kelsee Trasser | 18 | Ohio – “I love Twenty One Pilots so much. Tyler and Josh have created something that I've never been able to express myself. They've shown me that I have a purpose and that I need to find my self-worth. The both of them put their heart and soul into their music and their shows, which has shown me that if they can stay strong, so can I.”
“More specifically, Tyler's voice and words gives me hope. I've spent so many days listening to them nonstop and truly feeling the words that's he's spilled out onto the record and I see the world in such a different way because of it. The band has changed my life and I can't find the right words to say how incredible they are and how much they mean to me. Without them I don't know where I'd be or what state of mind I’d be in every day. Twenty One Pilots has become a part of who I am, and I wouldn't change for anything in the world.”
Atticus | 13 | England – “Twenty One Pilots to me is more than just a band. They're two insanely talented people who created something that offers their fans/listeners an escape through their music and a sense of, yes, you will be okay and you can do this. They talk about fear and to me that makes me realize that I'm not the only one who's like this, and if they can fight through it and win, then why can't I?”
“On my worst days I can just listen to them and instantly feel better because Josh and Tyler as people are amazing and funny but also their lyrics and music can just describe what I'm feeling. Josh and Tyler are so sweet and caring towards us (The Skeleton Clique) and think of us more than just fans. We're all a family together and they make us all feel loved. They preach that it's worth staying alive, and that's why I love them.”
Margaux | 16 | France - “I really love Twenty One Pilots. They are amazing on many levels. First of all, they are great musicians. They can play different instruments, and I really like the fact that they add ukulele in some of their songs. It's new and it is different from all of the other things that we are used to listen to. Then, their lyrics are really meaningful. Tyler is an amazing writer, and all of their songs tell a story. They are also great human-being and are really encouraging for their fans. They make us feel better about ourselves. They are here for us without being here."
"Tyler went through a lot of things and wrote about it. Now we can relate to his lyrics, see that we are not alone, and see that it can get better. I also love the fact that one of their mottos is "stay alive," and that they made a song out of it (“Truce”). It means a lot to fans. It really makes us want to stay alive. I really love these two men and I hope to meet them one day to thank them.”
Morgan | 15 | Tennessee - “I love Twenty One Pilots because even with sad/depressing lyrics, they can bring in hundreds of thousands of fans. Their music itself sounds so uplifting and happy, and you can dance to it and be sad, but maybe by the end you're not as sad.”
Rian Gabriel | 16 | United States - “I love Twenty One Pilots because let me know that I'm never alone. That we are all going through the same thing. With love and support we will always be able to get out of our rough patches. They're always making sure to remind us that.”
Elizabeth Haase | 14 | Ohio - “I love the band because of how musically different they are compared to other bands. Their music expresses a story that it seems Tyler and Josh have lived through to get where they are now.”
Josh Corzatt | 16 | United States - “I love Twenty One Pilots because they are uniquely genius in a music society that is all too common. I love them because they have a genuine passion not only for what they do, but also who they do it for. They inspire me to create, to find my purpose, and to be the best I can be for Christ. Their friendship is amazing and they are overall an amazing example for people through their actions, humility, care, and strength. I love Twenty One Pilots because they inspire me and give me a group to love and be a part of (the Clique.)”
Aimee V. | 17 | México - “I’ve been part of The Clique for a few years now, and let me tell you, Twenty One Pilots are one of the few musicians that actually give me chills. Their music treats issues that people go through every day, but they are scared or ashamed to talk about. They give hope. Their music has a message that cause a positive result in everyone that really listens to what they are trying to say. They tell us that we are not alone, that they know how it feels, to be comfortable in our own skin, and that is one of the best feelings in the world.”
“I love Twenty One Pilots, not only for their lyrics, but for the art they make. The drums, the piano, the ukulele, and etc., all create a masterpiece to the ear. I admire them because they are humble and real, with their feet on the ground, and they never forget where they came from. They stay real to who they are, and that inspire us to be real to ourselves.”
Cadence | 11 | United States - “I love Twenty One Pilots because they are so inspiring and so creative. I love singing to their songs in the car and then suddenly screaming and having everyone stare at me like I'm crazy. And I like that their music relates so much with the different emotions like fear and love. They inspired me to start my own band and cover their songs. And most of all, I love Twenty One Pilots because of their logo. I love how the red represents Tyler, the blue represents Joshua, and the black represents us (the fans.) I'm Twenty One Pilots and so are you. I also love how they trust us with all of their art work.”
Sofie Petrov | 15 | The Netherlands - “I love Tyler and Josh because they're different and special in their own way. They don't feel like celebrities to me, I feel like they're my friends. It's hard to explain because I see them as people I love even though I'm pretty sure that they have no idea who I am. They're special because of the people who are supporting them. All those people together creates a wonderful society in which people help each other in times of need. Josh and Tyler have achieved so much in the last few years, it's almost unimaginable. They're great, they're special and they're a band that has actually impacted my life in such an amazing way.”
Fionna | 19 | United States. – “Before I found Twenty One Pilots I had absolutely no coping skills. I couldn't bring myself to tell anyone but my psychiatrist I was depressed and I didn't know how to handle knowing the fact that I was different. I couldn't handle my thoughts, I couldn't handle stress, I couldn't sleep and I was scared of myself. I love Twenty One Pilots because their music helped me breathe. Hearing Tyler's lyrics made me realize I wasn't alone. He talks about things everyone is afraid to discuss and admit. Twenty One Pilots saved me from myself. They made me feel normal. Twenty One Pilots is my medication.”
Jolee | 16 | North Carolina - “I love Twenty One Pilots because their music helps me to calm down and get through tough times. Their songs have also brought me closer to many of my friends, too, which is cool. They have taught me to never lose faith and to never give up. Their music is awesome and the fact that it can help and inspire so many people is amazing. I also really respect Tyler and Josh because they stay true to their fans and their beliefs and work extremely hard to be good role models and put on great shows. They are real and that's what everyone needs more of nowadays; genuine people with real talent and passion for what they do.”
Corinne Cutlip | 17 | Chicago -“Twenty One Pilots mean so much to me because they help me feel like I am not alone in this battle and that I can get through this. They have helped me get through a lot in my life already and as they say "stay alive" helps me stay alive.”
Macey | 14 | United States - “The reason I love Twenty One Pilots is because of how real they are in their lyrics and how connected they are to their fans (The Skeleton Clique,) unlike so many artists these days. Also, I connect so much with their lyrics, especially spiritually. And finally, I love them because they use their talents for so much more than making money. They use their talents to help people and themselves.”
Madison | 16 | United States - “I love Twenty One Pilots because each of their songs can mean something completely different to different people, or even the same person. They remind us it’s okay to be sad and struggle. They teach us it's not weird or crazy feel what we're feeling and to write it down to get it out. They teach us to take the hurt and the pain we are feeling and use it to create something. They teach us to use music to cope and work on being okay. They remind us we aren't alone in this fight.”
Joska | 14 | The Netherlands - “I love Twenty One Pilots, because I've had a tough time in my life, and they helped me very much with their music.”
Louise Wright | 18 | United Kingdom- “My journey with this band started early last year, just as Blurryface was released. They were different, a little confusing at first but I kept coming back for more. Then with every music video and every interview I found myself tumbling into the world of Twenty One Pilots. Suddenly I realized they were what I had been searching for my whole life. Sure, there’s been bands that have helped me during the bad days and I am thankful for that… but this? This was different.”
“While listening to “Holding Onto You” I found something beautiful that would stick with me forever. A year later and my depression and anxiety has been at new heights, especially with moving away to university. That didn’t stop me though. I had a taste of home, something familiar. A little band called Twenty One Pilots.”
“I got through my driving test, my final weeks at college, my move to a different city and all my university stress with these guys. In just a year I’ve seen them live and even got their logo tattooed onto me. It’s surreal how much they’ve helped me escape all the bad moments, and enjoy those rare good ones even more. I owe them everything. Who needs a relaxing holiday away when you can easily put some headphones on and escape into the world of Tyler and Josh?”
Jessica | 14 | United States - “I love Twenty One Pilots because recently I was going through an extremely hard time and I actually ended up in the hospital because of it. I was there for almost two weeks and I loved Twenty One Pilots before I was in the hospital. While I was in the hospital I met others just like me, and we all connected through our past and music. A lot of the music they liked consisted of Twenty One Pilots, and it really helped.
“Now that I'm out of the hospital I still listen to their music nonstop, especially on a hard day. It really helps me through it to know someone understands when I feel like no one else would. And I am extremely excited to be attending The Emotional Roadshow this summer to be able to see the two people how helped me in my journey and will continue helping me on the way to my destination.”
Gema | 19 | Spain - ”I found bands whose music I could relate to and songs that made me feel understood, but never before have I come across a band like Twenty One Pilots. A person or band never told me to stay alive, and that life is worth living. Their music literally hold my mind in a save space from myself and they always make me smile no matter how low I am. They have inspire me to write again after two years without picking a pen. They’re my biggest thank you.”
Natalie | 15 | United States - “I love Twenty One Pilots because they got me through so much. I feel like when Tyler sings, his lyrics are voicing what I have been afraid to say out loud. It’s like I finally have someone that knows how I feel, and thanks to this band, I am finally starting to break free of my struggles. I am regaining strength with their help and I can never thank them enough for it.”
Jeannie | 18 | Canada - “I love Twenty One Pilots because they’re unique. They have kind of a vibe, an ambiance that comes with every song. We don't see a lot of things like that these days in the music industry. Not only the lyrics to every song are brilliant, they helped a lot of fans to get through some tough times. They unite people together and this is beautiful.”
Alexis Medina | 17 | United States - “I love Twenty One Pilots because their music make me feel alive. I feel so many emotions when listening to them and I love this because I usually don't feel much at all. They're sheer perfection.”
Amy | 15 | New Zealand - “Before I listened to their music my life was in a bad place. I felt extremely alone and I didn't know how to cope with everything. I can remember a quite a long time ago some random person tagged me in the song “Car Radio” from Regional At Best, I listened to it and I cried. I kept that song extremely close to my heart because I felt so many emotions while I was listening, I understood every word and the things he was talking about made sense in my head.”
“This is one of the many reasons Regional At Best is my favourite album, because that’s where I felt a connection. After that I decided to find out more about them, I tried finding songs and I wanted to know more about them and soon I came across their self-titled album , Twenty One Pilots. I listened to the whole thing over and over and I felt a comfort in knowing that there was other people out there dealing with the same things as me.”
“I felt a strong connection to Tyler's voice and what he sang about and when you part that with the beats they have, because each song was very powerful and moving. I became part of their music and I never stopped listening. Whenever I had bad thoughts I would listen to them and feel so amazing. I would most definitely say, Twenty One Pilots saved my life. That is why I love them. I still have my problems but I can’t thank the band enough for all that they have done and how many other people’s lives they save. They are truly amazing people and I love them with every part of my body. Stay Alive, I promise you, it’s worth it.”
Jules | 19 | United States - “I love Twenty One Pilots not only as a band, but Tyler and Josh as individuals too. Because of those two dudes, and their decision to pursue music together, it has saved so many people. I know a lot of people talk about how a band saved them. But with us, the meaning is much deeper than the words alone.”
“Two years ago, I was walking off an edge I didn't know I had been standing on. And that's when Twenty One Pilots entered my life. I have used their powerful words to fight depression, anxiety, increasingly strong self-harm and suicidal thoughts on countless nights. Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph have become part of my life and they always will be. And you know what's good to know? I’m not the only one waging these wars behind my face and above my throat.”
Naïma | 14 | France - “When you're in a dark place, you feel like you're alone. You feel like the light is gone forever and there's nobody in here with you. And the longer you stay, the darker it gets. But at one moment, you may see a point of light under the door. A ray of sun between the curtains. And that light, it makes you hold on a little bit longer. It gives you hope."
"For me, that light is Twenty One Pilots. They are the light that makes me get up every morning, which takes me every day a little bit further from the dark place I was in before I discovered them. Because this is what Twenty One Pilots is about. Fighting. Fighting our demons. Fighting our nightmares. Twenty One Pilots talk to us. They understand, because they've been there, and I'm pretty sure they still are. But they are not giving up. And you can feel it in their lyrics. They are always so accurate. They make me feel understood, and so much less alone."
"Their relationship with us (The Skeleton Clique) is also a big part of this feeling. They have created something so powerful. They encourage us to help, to support. And just the fact of going into the crowd, letting the fans hold Tyler during “Holding On To You,” is, for me, a beautiful message. Because we hold on to them... but they hold on to us."
"I could go on for days. They helped so many of us to find a purpose. Did I find mine? I'm not sure. But I'm on my way and they are here for me. They tell us to create to think. To do something of our hands, our brains, our eyes. And that's how we will find our purpose. And I trust them."
"So today, even if we don't have the strength to stay alive for ourselves yet, we can stay alive for them. And this is something I will always thank them for. Our brains are sick but that's okay."
Remember, there's always someone who loves you, and if you need an extra person, don't forget that we love you. |-/
Has Twenty One Pilots helped or inspired you in any way? Feel free to let us know in the
"It is one of the last songs we play in our set and by this song usually im exhausted during the live set. For some reason this song gives me a second wind, I don’t even know where it comes from. That’s special to me. Something bigger than myself happens during this song. It’s one of my favourites." - Tyler Joseph ("Trees")
Written by Melanie Gomez
PVRIS, consisting of Lynn Gunn, Alex Babinski, and Brian MacDonald, is an alternative band
that’s inspired by many different genres. With that said, they aren’t just like any band who have
a unique sound. They write their own music, meaning they have their own reasoning behind the
music they make. That’s one of the many things that help them stand out, along with the special
connection they have with their fans.
In a DIY Magazine interview with Lynn Gunn, she said, “I’m always really inspired by dark
things and the supernatural for some reason. Ghosts, paranormal stuff, death, anger, sadness.
Well, anything that’s not happy basically inspires me, which sounds kinda messed up. A lot of
that record, I wrote when I was having a really bad time mentally. I don’t like calling it
depression but it seemed like that and I couldn’t pinpoint what my issues were, or what was
wrong with me but I knew there was something wrong. My problems weren’t tangible things,
they weren’t thing I could see or explain to people so in a way it was like they were ghosts or
spirits that were haunting me.”
In the interview she also went on to explain how she thinks that a lot of people are afraid talk
about those topics that go along with depression. According to Lynn, writing about feelings that
are so raw is a big reason people connect with their music.
“To know that other people can connect to that makes you feel even better. As scary as it at first,
it eventually just pays off and turns out to be good in the end,” said Lynn.
Although that much is true, I feel like there’s more to PVRIS than just the songs that deal with
sad emotions. I feel like many of the songs are empowering as well. In the song “My House”
Lynn sings, “It's my house / And I think it's time to get out / It's my soul / It isn't yours anymore /
It's my house / I think it's time to get out / Yeah, I think it's time to get out,” while in the song
“St. Patrick” she sings, “You give me something to think about / That's not the shit in my head.”
For me, both songs include lyrics that stand for not letting someone walk all over you and do
what they want. But what makes the lyrics even more empowering is the fact that the person
singing the words to the song is a woman (Lynn.) The fact that a woman is singing such
powerful lyrics shows that strength doesn’t only exist the way society wants us to see it,
meaning, men aren’t the only dominant ones. Everyone has the strength to stand up for
Aside the two above, here are some of my favorite lyrics from their debut album, White Noise.
Don't blame your death / On the shit in your head that you claimed ate you like a virus for
days on end / I watched you decay / Watched you waste away / Who'd you think you'd fool,
baby, digging your own grave? - “Fire”
You're just a ghost of blissful feelings / A cloud of smoke that I keep breathing - “Smoke”
I hate to break it to you baby / But you're simply lost / You can right all the wrongs just to feel
you belong / But simply calling out sins don't bring you closer to God / You're just a ghost at
most / A set of empty bones / Searching for anything and everything to make you feel whole” -
I know you're dead inside / And that's what I like, yeah, I like / But when you float above my
body / Standing up right above me / I don't feel so lonely, lonely” - “Mirrors”
So go ahead, yeah just drop dead / And while you're trying to fool the whole world don't forget
that you'll decay / And you'll waste away / You can't cheat death when you're digging your
own grave - “Fire”
Although Lynn is a calmer type of performer, you can truly tell how into the music she is. One
of the most amazing things that I noticed out of the two times I’ve gotten to see them live was
that Lynn always takes the time to touch multiple fans hands. It’s so simple, but not every
musician takes the time to do that. By touching someone’s hand that they inspire, it can make
their whole day. I know it’d make mine.
In the DIY Magazine interview, Lynn said, “I hope we can impact people, inspire people and
motivate people to follow their dreams and do whatever makes them happiest. That’s the most
important thing anyone can take from a band.”
Strife Magazine took the time to speak to some PVRIS fans from around the world, and this is
what they had to say.
Sandra | 17 | Norway - “The main reason why I like PVRIS is because of Lyndsey! She
reminds me a lot about myself, specifically the way she acts. I've always seen her as a bigger
sister, because of our similarities.”
Katerina | 15 | Los Angeles, California - “I love the “You and I” video because the whole band
creates an aesthetic. I recently went to Warped Tour on June 19th and I heard of PVRIS. I
listened to them a few times and I thought they were great so I went to the concert and I fell in
love and I’m planning on going to another one soon. PVRIS has a vibe where they are three kids
that live in this world just them and they are all trying to find their sexuality and their different
strengths. That’s how I see this band and they are just incredible and I love their work.”
Chelsea Paige Thomas | Telford, West Midlands Shropshire - “It was more than a year ago
now I found them. As usual I was looking for something new to listen to so I heard. “Eyelids”
first. Once I listened to it everything was like a massive hole of emptiness, in a good way that
everything that made me feel so numb and hollow restored and I felt something again.
Personally I didn't even know Lynn and her sexuality until I told a close friend and they
mentioned it. However that doesn't matter. PVRIS and the band members matter and how they
change their fans life. I'm extremely a fan and their new song is to die for, I've fallen on love
with them all over again.”
“PVRIS has changed so much since I first heard them and I'm so proud. They should be
massively proud of what they have created as a team. I can't wait to hear their future album
coming up and more hopefully to come!”
Ali | 19 | West Virginia - “I love PVRIS because a girl fronted rock band is hard to find and I
feel like Lynn really breaks down barriers. They have an incredible and unique sound and Lynn's
vocals are insane. I think that they have an amazing future ahead of them!”
Jerelyn | 21 | Memphis, Tennessee - “I didn't hear about them until they opened for Mayday
Parade on the Honeymoon Tour, but once I saw them live I fell in love. They have so much
energy when they perform and so much creativity with their sound that it's hard not to like them.
I'm so proud of where they are now, and I can't wait to see what they do next.”
Leah Schoolcraft | 20 | West Virginia - “PVRIS has really inspired me to take on the world as if nothing can stop me! They have helped me to just be happy with myself.”
Sarah | 20 | Montreal - “I've only known PVRIS since this summer when they performed at
Warped Tour and they have impacted my life in many ways. First of all, there's always a song,
most often “Holy,” “Ghost,” or “St. Patrick,” to match my mood. I listen to them every day and
I feel empowered by their song and message. I look up to all three of them because they are
genuine and kind people. They're human beings with feelings and they are not afraid to show it.
They are the first artists that make me feel like I'm exactly like them. I don’t know if it makes
sense. They are not pretending to be anything but themselves and I find that very reliable. And
Lynn Gunn has helped me come to terms with my own sexuality. That’s how they impacted
Savannah | 14 | England - “Honestly they've given me this happiness and excitement no band
ever has. In a way, they've given me hope and motivated me to carry on. I can listen to them
and block out the horrible things that are going on. They're an amazing band and I'm really
happy they're getting the recognition they deserve because they honestly do save people's lives.
Deja | 16 | California - “I love PVRIS because their music sends a very beautiful message. I've
earned its okay to need someone but at the same time don't lose yourself in the process. It really
helped me as a person because I've learned that my well-being matters the most. I can't wait for
what the future has in store for them because I’m already so proud with how far they’ve come!”
Charlie | 16 | Washington - “I met Lynn Gunn back in January of 2015 while they were on tour
with Sleeping With Sirens and Pierce The Veil. I remember taking a picture with her and telling
her how gorgeous she was because, let's face it, she's stunning. Their set was incredible and I
never forgot about it, even though in 2016 my picture got deleted. When I found out that Lynn
was gay, it was a game-changer. I don't have many gay idols that I look up to because they're so
hard to come across. Finding out that Lynn was gay brought an overwhelming sense of joy to
me. She's an advocate and it’s incredible. As a gay person myself, having gay idols to look up
to means a lot to me.”
There’s always someone who loves you, and if you need an extra person, we love you.
Has PVRIS helped or inspired you in any way? Feel free to let us know in the
Written by Melanie Gomez
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