Ever since our last Escape Through Music: Panic! At The Disco back in January of 2017, not much has changed. Except the fact that the band now consists of Brendon Urie, Kenneth Harris, Dan Pawlovich, and Nicole Row, Brendon got to star in a Broadway musical, and that Panic! At The Disco’s music is still absolutely slaying the music game with brand new songs like “Say Amen (It’s Saturday Night” and “Fuck A (Silver Lining).”
Oh, and we forgot to mention all the love that is STILL in this new Panic! era. After all, the musical that Brendon was in (Kinky Boots) was all about love and acceptance. Don’t believe us? In honor of Panic!’s new music, the band did a few pop up shows for fans at a low price at small venues. Up close and personal shows at a low price? Um, count us in! That alone shows just how much love this band has for their fans.
With songs like “Say Amen (It’s Saturday Night” and “Fuck A (Silver Lining)” being ones to jam to and not care about what anyone else is thinking, we’re excited to see what the rest of the album will sound like! Listening to lyrics like, “If every night I go to sleep knowing / That I gave everything that I had to give / Then it's all I could've asked for / I've been standing up beside everything I've ever said, but / Oh, it's Saturday night,” from “Say Amen (It’s Saturday Night,” we have the confidence to go out, try our hardest, and enjoy life.
After years of Panic! At The Disco, the fans continue to love and support the band's music, and our submissions for this article prove that. We had over 700 submissions come in from Panic! fans all over the world.
We took the time to speak to some Panic! At The Disco fans from around the world, and this is what they had to say. (Any photos belong to the person's name directly above it.)
Serena Marròn | 15 | California - "Hi my names Serena Marròn. I am 15 and have been a fan of P!ATD since the age of 13. I’ve gone through so much emotionally with this band. Brendon helped me keep my head up everyday in the darkest of times, when I was suicidal, when I was anorexic and when I lost someone. From my worst time to my best. Panic has influenced me to be who I am. I really mean it when I say that I wouldn’t be here without Panic. Brendon and Sarah have changed me for the better. Mrs. Urie is sweet and kind and deserves the world, which is Brendon."
"I still go through tough times and sometimes I just want to through everything away. But I remember the little things that Brendon will say. For example, in a live on Instagram he responded to comment that said, “What should I do instead of cutting?” He said something that always echos in my head. He said, “Distract yourself, do something you like, something that makes you happy, just do it and don’t stop doing it.” So that’s what I do. I do what makes me happy, I play and write music. I’ve gone through so much as a kid. Living in hotels, separated from my family and parents a lot of the time, divorced parents, bullies. But Brendon Boyd Urie taught me things I would’ve never learned. To say f*ck it, f*ck you, f*ck them. I’m so grateful, my first tattoo will be his face over my scars on my left forearm where he has Sinatra, because where he has his hero, I’ll have mine."
Shaun Blakeney | 47 | Mississippi - "I love P!ATD because they saved my daughter's life. She is the biggest fan of P!ATD and I don't know if she would be here if she had not found them at her lowest low. She was in high school, was bullied a lot. Was left out of lots of things and was even "taken" to the fair with all the popular girls only to be left there all alone. Things like this happened a lot to her. She resorted to music, which has always been a constant in our home. She fell in love with Brendon Urie and he has been a constant. At the time she didn't know that she had loved him a very long time."
"I used to play lots of his early stuff when she was little. My daughter fell into a deep depression in High School due to serious mean girls and their issues with her. She got decent grades and worked jobs and graduated. And got away from all that drama. She sank further into P!ATD. The first time she got to go see them I drove her. It was all she had ever dreamed of, me and my special needs son got in as well and Laken was absolutely the happiest I had ever seen her in her whole life. Mean girls didn't matter."
"It was all she could talk about. The second she was old enough she got a tattoo with lyrics from her favorite song. The one that totally saved her. It's a beautiful tribute to P!ATD. It has the lyrics "let me save you , hold this rope while I pull you in." Those lyrics changed her life. She got to see them again on her birthday January 1st. She waited in the rain just to see his smiling face. He makes her the happiest. She says that was by far the best birthday ever.
She went to college as a theater major and she was having a pretty decent time and got another chance to go see P!ATD again."
"This time was the most special of all. She took a sign that said "YOU SAVED MY LIFE" and Brendon sent her a heart made out of his hands and that was it. She was the most happiest girl I because the whole world and the "mean girls" didn't matter again. She is the most loving person I have ever met (yea I know I am biased) but she would give everything she has to anyone. In our home we don't have hate, only love and acceptance for Everyone. No matter what. So you see this band is extremely special to us. They have not only saved my child's life but in turn saved mine because with out her I have no life. So thank you so much. We will ALWAYS be your Number 1 and number 2 fans. Forever."
Jenna | 19 | NJ - "Panic! saved my life. At a time when my whole world was falling apart and no one was there for me, Panic! was. They still are. They're the only thing that puts a smile on my face anymore. They give me a reason to keep going. I owe everything to them."
Hannah Simpson | 17 | Florida - "Panic! and Brendon Urie especially will always be very dear to my heart. Their music changed my life from the time I was as young as eight years old and I heard them for the first time I remembered. Here is this band that says it's okay to be who you are and to like who you like and not to be ashamed of anything that you feel is different from other people's opinions. Here is this person who is so crazy and fun and energetic that is telling me that it's okay for me to have ADHD it's okay for me to have anxiety it's okay for me to feel these things and that I really do feel them and no one can tell me that those things are not valid no one can tell me that my opinion does not matter because of his opinion matters, my opinion matters. Brendon Urie is such an uplifting and incredible person and even though I'll never meet him he has changed my life I lived my whole life being told that even though I was diagnosed with ADHD and Asperger's and anxiety that I don't have an excuse to act differently than other people and I should just deal with it."
"But he shares his experiences with those things and tells us that those are actual valid things that we deal with. Brendon Urie, his wife, and all the members of Panic! at the Disco from the past are all just such as accepting and kind people. Their passion for music and their passion for people is just amazing. I was bullied all through Elementary and Middle School relentlessly to the point of tears and nearing suicide, but because of music which I found by playing flute in 8th grade and by listening to Panic! at the Disco, I never went through with it because I felt like there were things I had not experienced in life. Music kept me going. The thought of missing all of Brendon's music that he had not yet produced made me change my mind."
Simone Greenspan | 14 | New York - "There are so many reasons why I love Panic! at The Disco. The biggest reason is how supportive they are of all of their fans. Brendon is very supportive towards all people: any sexuality, any race, any gender. He is truly inspirational. He always talks about how you can always be yourself and it’s your life. Panic! At the disco has a song about accepting yourself and the LGBT community, "Girls/Girls/Boys." His band has changed the lives of so many people including mine. Brendon shares his stories about his anxiety and how he dealt with it, why being yourself is important and he even told a fan why they shouldn’t commit suicide. Brendon holds up LGBT flags at concerts and his speeches about being yourself is life changing. I can’t imagine my life without this band and they have helped me in so many ways."
Holly | 20 | Australia - "I can barely put into words how much I appreciate this band. I love Panic! At The Disco because their music is nothing like I have heard before. They're so unique from other artists and everything they release always surprises me."
"Not only do I love their music, but it has been a huge comfort for me through the years. It helps to calm me down when my anxiety gets bad. A few years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer and while I was going through treatment, I always put on their music to cheer myself up. To be honest one of the things that kept me going and gave me the strength to fight was that I had purchased Panic! concert tickets for the following year, and I refused to miss out on that. I'm happy to say that it was my first concert and it was such an amazing experience."
"Brendon is such an inspiring person to me. He's talented, always kind towards his fans and teaches them to always stand up for what they believe in. He is proof that you can do anything that you put your mind to. I'm really thankful that I discovered this band all those years ago and now I can't imagine a world without them. I cannot thank them enough for what they've done for me."
Ella Borstein | 15 | Israel - "I heard about Panic! when Too Weird To Live Too Rare To die came out, and that was the time I fell in love with these amazing band. For me, Panic! Is not just a band, it’s a band that has saved my life, as literally as it could get. I had (and still recovering) depression, and got bullied in school for many years. There were many times I’ve wanted to give up, but I always has Panic! on my side. It was the lyrics that spoke to my heart, or the fact that Brendon is such a caring person and someone to look up to, I felt like there was someone that got what I’m feeling. I survived because of Panic!, as crazy as it sounds, and I own them my life."
"Moreover, I was really shy about my voice before I met Panic!, and now I’m much more confident and looking forward for future in the music industry, because singing is the thing I love doing the most. Very sadly for me, I don’t have the money to afford ticked to fly to the US, and Brendon has never came to Israel, but I’m filled with hope that one day, I will get to see live the band that I admire and love most . Soon I’m getting a “BU” tattoo on my wrist, which represents the biggest life lesson Brendon has taught me, always stay true to yourself and be yourself (B U - be you). And after thinking about that, I noticed that it’s also Brendon Urie, (BU), which is daily thank for the man who made me accept myself and stay alive, everyday.
If somehow this gets to Brendon, I love you, thanks for everything."
Joey | 13 | New Jersey - "I have struggled with self harm and anxiety for about a year or so. I saw Brendon talk about it a few times on a live stream and it really helped me to stop. To here something like that from someone you love and look up to can help tremendously. All of Panic! At The Disco’s songs are truly remarkable. They deserve every ounce of fame, money, and every other benefit that comes with a career like this. I don’t know where I would be without them. Not only the amazing help they provide with my anxiety and other issues, but their music is so amazing I’m having trouble finding the right words to say. Words cannot describe how much they’ve helped me and how much I love Panic! At The Disco. I am going to their concert July 27, and I can’t wait. xoxo"
Chanelle | 19 | France - "I discovered Panic! At The Disco almost two years ago and their music inspires me in multiple ways. I don't know much about the other band members, but Brendon seems to be the nicest guy in the world and I owe him a lot. He might be the greatest singer I've ever known and I admire him as the modest singer I am."
"Panic! At The Disco's music helped me more than ever recently as I've been struggling with cancer. They were already helping me a lot in my everyday life, of course, but this time... It was about living or dying, more than ever. Brendon's joyful personality and lyrics gave me reasons to keep smiling, and to believe in the future. I am doing better today and I will keep going just the way I did during cancer treatment. Words will never be enough but I hope I'll have the chance to tell them how grateful I am for everything they did, for how much they helped me. For saving my life."
Sophia | 13 | Canada - "I love Panic! At The Disco for infinite reasons. When I’m sad or happy there’s always a song that i cant listen to. It’s like medicine. I’ll be so upset or angry and then turn on some Panic! and it’ll all just go away. This year I got the opportunity to have a panic show in the perfect location, right on the day of my birthday. I’ve been dreaming about this for so long and it’s finally coming true. Brendon himself has helped me through a lot of things and he is part of the reason i’m still here today. The lyrics in all the songs just get me and it makes me feel like I've got someone. Because of Panic!, I've gotten into a lot of other bands (Fall Out Boy, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me, The Young Veins) and some of the band members solo work (heavily advise you to checking out Kenny’s solo stuff, it’s amazing)."
"They’re also part of the reason why I’d like to learn to play bass guitar and play in a band one day, and also write my own songs. For the Panic! show I'm going to, I got the chance to participate in #PATDhearts, which is a project s where fans print, cut, and hand out thousands of coloured hearts to be held up during the song "Girls/Girls/Boys." It’s going to go great and really make this experience amazing. The Panic! fandom to me is mostly made up of nice, devoted fans who all share the same passion as me, music."
Amber | 19 | California - "When I was young my brother was the first person to fall in love with Panic! At the Disco, if it wasn’t for him, I would not have discovered this amazing band. Now I’ll be honest, it wasn’t until 2012 that I fully immersed myself into their music, but here is the reason why I have an immense love for Panic! At The Disco. At a young age I’ve never had the “picture perfect” family. I always found myself in a position where I felt inner conflict and pain. As a child and as a young adult, I found myself struggling with both stress and anxiety. I was always the quiet girl in class, the weird girl, the girl who was strange just because I was introverted. Listening to Panic! Changed a lot of that."
"I would blast all of their albums through my earphones and lose myself into their melodies, each musical note would hang into the air as I would milk every last bit of that unique tune. Whenever I felt like I was hanging on a thread, about to breakdown crying, I would blast on music from Panic! and hear Brendon’s voice fill my ears and automatically I knew that everything was going to be alright. Little by little I found myself falling more in love with this band. Soon I started to share my love for it with everyone I knew. Every time I spoke about this band with others, I would find myself smiling and lose myself to laughter. I can hardly believe this myself, but it’s thanks to this band that I have met so many incredible people. I found myself becoming less shy and more extroverted. I started communicating with other people who loved the band just as much as I did and it’s been honestly such a honor. Sometimes I forget that I feel pain when I listen to their music and for just a second, I lose myself in Panic’s euphoria. If I could meet Brendon one day and tell him how thankful I am towards him, I would be happiest person in the world."
"Brendon is a heartwarming, loving, and caring person. You can see and feel the light he radiates from his personality into the world and He translates that into his music. Panic! At the Disco is the reason why I am able to push myself throughout the day And the reason why I aspire to be myself in the most rawest shape and form. Thank you Panic! At the Disco, for making me feel like being different is okay and thank you Brendon, for being raw with your fans and showing us the beauty of being unique."
Kelli | 18 | Nevada - "Panic! At The Disco has been the biggest impact of my life. Back in 2006 when I was 6 years old growing up in Vegas, the people around me considered them a local band as A Fever You Can't Sweat Out was just barely released. Everything changed when I first came across them performing their new songs on MTV. At the time Brent Wilson was around and Brendon was super sick during the performance. The people around me thought they were terrible, but I thought they had potential. By the time the music video for "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" came out, I instantly fell in love. Since that day up until now, I've grown with them. I watched everything happen, members come and go, everything. I always and still have the biggest soft spot for Brendon, he's the reason I'm still here today. At this point I've given up on trying to meet him since it's been 13 years, it's just not bound to happen but I still wish every single day to meet him."
"My mother wasn't too fond of him on the other hand and refrained me of seeing Panic! live up until I was 16 during the summer tour where I finally saw him with my own 2 eyes in 2016 in Chula Vista, CA. That was 10 whole years ripped away from me, and was just so overwhelmed that I was crying the whole time. Him and this band has been a big impact in my life. My first band, my first crush, my first obsession, everything. I thought it would be the only time I would ever get to see him, but Brendon came around for a hometown show during the Death Of A Bachelor Tour and was so ecstatic but yet again, I wasn't refrained from going until I secretly bought tickets last minute and it was the best risk I've ever taken. The show was so amazing and beautiful just as I expected. Now for absolutely sure, I thought I would never see him again."
"As if I thought it can't get any better, Panic! announced their Pray For The Wicked Tour and Vegas was there again! I had the privilege to get front row seats, and to this day I still don't believe that I've gotten them. I went 13 years of getting nowhere near or even interacting with Brendon and now I'm lucky enough to be front and center of him. Never would I have thought I would ever get this opportunity and I'm just so so so grateful. Even the tiniest interaction would just make my world. I have so much love and support for Brendon and this band, and always will."
Lone | 14 | Norway - "What got me into Panic! At The Disco was the music. I heard to songs and was already convinced I’d found a new favourite band. Brendon writes his lyrics in such a beautiful way, and even in the bands “party”-songs, I sometimes start crying because the lyrics are so good and I relate so much. The melodies are also so incredibly great. Almost every single one of their songs can be danced to. And Brendon’s voice.. where do I start? His ability to hit both super high and low notes is unbelievable! He truly is one of the greatest singers of all time."
"Like I said, what got me into Panic! was the music, but after getting to know the band a bit better, Brendon and the earlier members are the biggest reason why they men so much to me. Brendon is just such an amazing soul. He truly appreciates every single one of his fans, and keeps repeating it over and over, which for some reason is a bit rare in the music industry. Despite him expressing his love for us, as often as he does, we also have a lot of inside jokes in the fandom and with him. He jokes with us and on our behalf, but he makes sure to never drag it too far. He is so respectful when he talks about other people, and never has the intention to hurt anyone. If I lost interest in their music, I know for a fact that I’d still stay in the fandom because of the bond I have with Brendon."
"I found Panic! At The Disco when i was in a very bad mental state. I was losing friends and spending every single day inside my room. I was also struggling with my identity and coming to terms with my sexuality. Finding something that I was so passionate about and that made me forget everything that was happening around me, felt freeing and sort of satisfying. It was like a puzzle piece that was missing from my life. Brendon’s lyrics, especially in “Golden Days” and “House Of Memories”, we’re very relatable to how I was feeling at that point. I’ve spent countless nights crying over how perfectly the lyrics to those two songs fit my situation."
"Brendon has made me more comfortable with my sexuality and my identity. Panic!’s music has been my “escape” from school and drama. They helped me make some amazing friends and they are the reason I got into Fall Out Boy, Twenty One Pilots, My Chemical Romance, and Paramore who are my other favourite bands after Panic! At The Disco. The one thing at the top of my wish list is to meet Brendon and be able to thank him in person, for what he’s down to me. He truly has changed my life for the better and I will never be a able to put into words just how much he means to me. I love that man."
Caitlin | 15 | Manchester - "I love Panic! because not only have they helped me but they’ve helped millions of people worldwide. They touch you to express yourself as a person and through what you love. They encourage you to follow your dreams because ‘one day you’ll change the world’. They’re accepting of all fans no matter the sexuality, sexual orientation, skin colour, size etc. And they’re such loving people individually, you too Zack. The lyrics they write are so amazing, despite the whacky titles that I’ll never remember, and they help people through such hard times. They live and laugh with all fans/sinners. They give the best advice and they’re here for each and every one of us. The interaction they have with fans is so cool and amazing. They’re such big supporters of the LGBTQ community. Brendon openly talks about his mental health and how it’s affected him, which helps many people learn from. Every night they put on a show they make sure it was just as good as the last. The room is electrifying, from what I’ve seen on the videos, and I hope one day I’ll be able to see them live! I also hope to meet them one day, that’d be mint! (Remind me to not bring my dad to a show, Brendon takes his shirt of and my dad is embarrassing oops.)"
They continue to produce amazing music/shows/merch consistently not to mention them and everyone involved with Panic! continues to work their asses of every day. I can’t wait for Pray For The Wicked, out June 22nd. Pre-order your copy now! Wow I should be on promotional sales. Just kidding. Anyway I’m gonna stop this. I could go on and on and I’ll probably think of something great to say after this and be annoyed with myself lol! I love all of Panic! and I thank them for helping save my life. PS, Nicole (their new bass player) is doing amazing like OMG she’s sick."
Zara Salman | 16 | Pakistan - "I love Panic! At The Disco because it was a way for me to get away from the world in a time where everything seemed to be awful. Over the past year, some of my best friends didn't remain my best friends anymore. Someone who mattered to me so so much wasn't so close to me anymore. My class changed and I had to separate from many friends. It was a really tough year when I discovered Panic! and slowly, it felt as if I had a place to escape, a place to be happy and a place where I always belonged. Panic! changed my life in so many ways for the better and I love how the lyrics speak to me. Panic! At The Disco will forevermore have an essential place in my heart."
Elizabeth | 16 | Texas - "I have depression and anxiety and I have felt that Panic! At The Disco has made me feel not so alone. I'm don't have much friends and I've never had a boyfriend and sometimes I don't feel loved or cared about. Sometimes I think that no one would miss me if I was gone. I would have suicidal thoughts and feel like I was all alone in the world but then I listened to Panic! and Brendon Urie. He and his music have changed my life. He's gotten me through some awful times. He's the only person who can make me when I'm sad. I love how he cares about his fans. He made me feel like I was loved and that someone cared about me. He gave me the courage to change for the better. He's given me the courage to stand up for myself, not care what anyone thinks, and to just be me."
"Brendon Urie literally saved my life. If it wasn't for him, I probably wouldn't be here right now. His voice is the only voice that can always make me smile and laugh. I love the passion that he has for his music. It's amazing. He is such a kind, sweet, funny, charismatic, handsome, lovable goofball. I wish with all my heart that I could meet him in person and tell him what he's done for me. Brendon Urie and his music give me hope. He's the one who made me stop cutting and love myself. He made me feel like I was good enough and that it's okay because he was there. I love Brendon Urie and his music."
Always remember that there’s someone who loves you, and if you need an extra person, we love you. - Strife Magazine
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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 I first listened to Hey Violet (Rena Lovelis, Nia Lovelis, Miranda Miller, Iain Shipp, and Casey Moreta) I had no idea how big of a fan I would become down the road. But after continuing to listen to the music they released, seeing the band play live shows, and having the opportunity to meet them face to face multiple times, I'm glad I discovered them.
Between free meet and greets outside venues to getting to meet the band for free just by being some of the first people to buy a ticket to their show, there's no doubt that Hey Violet loves their fans, and in return, their fans love them back.
Although I love songs like "I Can Feel It", "Guys My Age", and "Fuqboi" because they're super fun to sing along and dance to, a song that stands out when Hey Violet performs live is "O.D.D.". During their New York date this year (2017), the band dedicated the song to a fan. With lyrics like, "I'm a little O.D.D. / Most people really don't get me / I'm the girl in the back of the class / Blank stare, don't care, don't ask," you can feel the emotions behind the words being sung. Hey Violet didn't have to dedicate this song to a fan of theirs, but they did. A simple gesture like that can change a person's life for the better.
There's nothing more that I love than when a band is able to create a song explaining things that mainstream radio just don't want to share. It's topics like feeling left out, bullying, and knowing that people CAN overcome those feelings that need to be put on the radio. People shouldn't have to feel like "it's just them."
Another song that stands out as a personal favorite is "Hoodie." There's something about hearing Rena sing, "I can't keep your love / I can't keep your kiss / Gave you everything and all I got was this," before she starts singing about how the hoodie is all she has left of her former love. It's a simple yet relatable feeling that many people have. At a recent Hey Violet show, I heard a young girl say to her friend how much she can relate to the song, especially when the words, "I'm still rocking your hoodie / And chewing on the strings," were sung. Hey Violet isn't afraid to push the boundaries when it comes to their music and their fans can feel that. So thank you Hey Violet. Never stop doing what you love.
Aside the ones mentioned above, here are some of my favorite lyrics from their album, From the Outside.
"Pictures disappear / And every memory will fade / So cut me, baby, deep enough / So that the scar will stay" - "Break My Heart"
"My sister, bless her heart / She was the only one who had my back when everyone / Else did not / Looking back, it's crazy / I almost turned into the person people told me I / I should be." - "O.D.D."
"You'll find a girl, she'll be just right / I promise babe, you'll be just fine" - "This Is Me Breaking Up With You"
"I haven't seen my ex since we broke up / Probably 'cause he didn't wanna grow up" - "Guys My Age"
"We're all emotional wrecks / But it don't matter cause" - "All We Ever Wanted"
"It makes me think about you / So I wear it when I sleep / I kept the broken zipper / And cigarette burns / Still rocking your hoodie / Baby, even though it hurts." - "Hoodie"
Strife Magazine took the time to speak to some Hey Violet fans from around the world, and this is what they had to say. (Each photo belongs to the person's name below it.)
Lizzy | 16 | Boston - "I love Hey violet because they help me escape whats going on in life and relax. They taught me to be more outgoing and take chances even if I might fail. Without Hey Violet I would probably never have found my best friends and I cant imagine my life without them. I listen to them when I wake up and when I go to sleep. I listen to them at school and at work. I cant imagine my life without Hey Violet in it."
Becca | 15 | London, England - "I love hey violet because they're so unafraid to do what they believe in, they had hard placed rock roots, and they suddenly changed all of that to become electro funk because that's what they believed in and that's what they wanted to do. So many artists nowadays are scared to change their image/sound because they're afraid of 'selling out', but Hey Violet didn't care about that at all, they just went with their gut and made the art they wanted to make. Also, it's amazing seeing a band with three female members, especially a female drummer, as that's so rare and it gives such good role models for little girls who want to be musicians when they're older."
Ava | 14 | California - "I love Hey Violet because they inspire me to be who I am and play musical instruments and strive to accomplish anything. Because of Nia and Rena, I found the ability to play drums and be confident in my self that i can do better and striving to be the best I can be. I love Hey Violet a lot because they made me be the person I am today. Loving music more and more, they are the best musical artists I've seen perform and they put so much effort into making their fans happy and they make me so happy."
Greta | 15 | Michigan, United States - "i first heard of Hey Violet when I saw 5SOS live in 2015, and I thought they were great. I started listening to their music more and more, and saw them open for 5SOS again in 2016. When I began getting depressed, I listened to Hey Violet. When I was extremely suicidal, I listened to Hey Violet, when i hit my 1 month anniversary of being clean, I listened to Hey Violet. They have helped me through so much, and kept a smile on my face when i couldn't keep one by myself."
Lucy | 16 | Malmesbury - "I love hey violet because they have been a huge inspiration to me, they made me feel like I could do anything. Nia was a big inspiration because she was a female drummer and I'd just recently started and I thought it was amazing to have an amazing drummer who was female as a role model and it pushed all the ideas of gender norms away and made me feel more confident in myself. Rena was the reason I started playing bass and I even changed my strings so they'd be neon like hers."
"Overall they were and still are a massive influence and the fact that it has three female musicians in it makes it even cooler and makes me want to be in a band with females. In fact, my friend Alyssa is a huge fan of them and we became friends because of their music and are looking at starting a band. Hey violet produces amazing music that always puts a smile on my face and have made me more confident in myself, as well as made me want to work in the music industry. I only wish I could see them tour this year."
Carly | 14 | Ohio, United States - "I love Hey Violet because like their good friends from 5 Seconds of Summer, they make music that means something. From the Outside is an album that has good quality lyrics and music that's just fun to dance to. At first I wasn't a huge fan of Hey Violet, but once I saw them last year I really got into them and they're one of my favorite bands! O.D.D. is a special song to me because I have cerebral palsy and I'm often treated like an outcast and I feel like I don't belong, but I do belong with the Ultraviolets."
Cara | 16 | Cologne, Germany - "I love Hey Violet because they were one of the first bands who made a difference in my life. They've helped me through so many rough times and their music has always cheered me up and it still does today. They mean the absolute world to me and I honestly have no idea where I'd be without this band!"
Fika | 18 | Indonesia - "I really love Hey Violet so much. I even listened to them since Cherri Bomb. They are so adorable and amazing. I just love how they make music and put the feelings into it like this is so beautiful, but sadly I know that I will never have a chance to meet them. They are so far away and it's kinda impossible for them to have concerts here, but that doesn't make me hate them or anything. I love the way they love their fans, like we are all their friends. They're so sweet to their fans. I love seeing fans get a chance to meet them, it's so cute."
Alyssa | 16 | England - "There are more reasons than I can physically list explaining why I love Hey Violet because they're an absolutely amazing band both musically and personality wise. Since I became a fan of HV I've noticed three things in particular that stand out to me about them, and that's why I love them so much, here they are."
"1. They're always there for fans which I think is so important when you're in a band, they make sure that we know that our support means a lot to them and constantly send us love. It makes me so happy because it shows how genuine they are and that they truly care about us."
"2. Their music, this is an obvious one because as fans we love the music they make, but there's something extra special about HV's songs, everything they do is so unique and I've never heard anything like their material before. They're not afraid to venture out and try new things which is awesome!"
"3. Their live performances are breathtaking, they give each and every performance their all, their shows are always top quality whether they're a support or headliner, plus the live vocals are just as incredible as they are in studio recordings which isn't a reality for a lot of bands!"
Sierra | 13 | Stockbridge, Georgia - "I love Hey Violet because I think their music is very fun and it always gets be in a good mood. They’ve helped me realize it’s okay to be myself and have fun with life, I love them because they all seem like amazingly nice and beautiful people and it’s helped know what I wanna do when I grow up. I feel like anyone can listen to them, like it doesn’t matter how old you are, what skin color you are, it’s just about how much you love the music."
Mattie | 14 | Alabama - " I love hey violet because their music is incredible, relatable, and just flat out some of the best music you will listen too. It can get you so excited but can comfort you when you need it that's why I love it so much. They have a very unique sound and are amazing at what they do, and have helped so many with their music."
Sammy | 18 | New Jersey - "I still remember the day I fell in love with Hey Violet's music the night 5SOS announced HV being signed to their record label. I've been a fan since day one and plan on being here until the last days of the band. Their music is something I've never listened to before and I find myself obsessing over their songs so much to the point where I even end up singing the guitar solos. HV deserves so much more recognition for their music; it's so well produced and put together I'm surprised more people haven't found them yet."
"My friend and I were fortunate enough to meet the band in October 2016 when we won a radio contest. All I can say is Hey Violet are the most down to earth, cutest people you could ever know. Nia especially is someone I look up to; she's the only female drummer I idolize and I aspire to be like her on so many levels. She alone makes me so happy and inspires me endlessly. All I can say is thank you Hey Violet for entering my life and showing me this world of music I didn't know about until now."
Cameron Mater | 17 | Los Angeles - " When I was 13 my parents had to send me away because I struggle with major depression and it caused me to attempt suicide. Two and a half years later, I returned home and started at a new school for junior year. The transition was pretty difficult."
A few months into the school year, I found the music video for "Guys My Age" in my suggestions on YouTube. I've found some great artists by listening to suggested ones, so I clicked on it. I found it pretty catchy and liked the song, and I kept listening to it until I got really into the band and started listening to their other stuff. Having good music eased the difficulty of having to figure out how to adapt back to normal life. Things are still really tough for me mentally, but whenever I'm feeling down I listen to Hey Violet or Cherri Bomb and it always helps me feel better."
"I saw and met them on June 21st, and it was genuinely the best night of my life. Above is a picture of me with Nia. I love it a lot because it's so rare for me to look and feel truly happy, and to be honest I tear up at this a little bit. Hey Violet has made such a big difference in my life, and they really help to keep me moving forward."
Via | 16 | Canada - "I love Hey Violet because their music has brought me up when I was down and has helped me through hard times. "
Marine | 16 | Switzerland - "I love Hey Violet for multiple reasons, but one of the most important to me is because Hey Violet are really close to the fans. They're really active on Twitter, give free M&G, take time to answer their fans and take pics with them. It's really nice and you feel like you're really close to them. They're really sweet person."
"Another reason is the music. I love what they're doing. Everybody put so much passion everytime. You can see Casey dancing with his guitar, Rena singing with all her heart, Nia playing drums like it's all her life, Miranda singing and playing the keyboard with a lot of feelings behind and Iain being really passionate about his bass. They're all putting part of themselves into the music and that's why I'm a big fan of Hey Violet."
Allison Harden | 21 | West Virginia - "Hey Violet are more than just a band I follow to me, they're like friends. And the fandom, Ultraviolets, are like a family to me. Hey Violet have helped me through a tough time of my life with not knowing what I want in life. They were the people who could always cheer me up on those days where I had just broken down. They're so connected with us fans that you never have to feel alone. Hey Violet have made me more outspoken and more positive about myself."
Sophie Little | 15 | Michigan - "I love Hey Violet for so many reasons. First of all, they have amazing music that is relatable to everyone. They make me feel like I can be myself and I am never alone. They help me feel better when I am at my low points. Hey Violet has also helped me find my best friends. I am so thankful for that! I can't wait to see how far Hey Violet goes. I am so proud of them!"
There’s always someone who loves you, and if you need an extra person, we love you. Has Hey Violet helped or inspired you in any way? Feel free to let us know in the
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
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