Review: Stick To Your Guns - Disobedient

Stick To Your Guns have always been a band to defy convention. Whether they’re writing about political opinions or are sticking to the brand of hardcore they know and love, the band have held their own throughout the years and have managed to achieve a career many long for. This year, they’re hoping to continue their upward trajectory with their explosive fifth studio album, Disobedient, and it’s one that doesn’t miss a beat.

Artist Feature: Kids

“We set out on an adventure to write this record. We took time off [from] our jobs to hike and camp the Appalachian Trail and [followed] up our adventures there in a log cabin in Chattanooga, TN, where we converted the entire living room into a writing studio,” says Kids vocalist and bassist Joshua Diaz about the band’s upcoming debut album, Rich Coast. “We played old spaghetti westerns and kung fu movies on silent – films we watched as a kid – as we documented musically the feelings of the adventures we just had, paired with lyrics inspired over the last few years of our lives.”

Diary of an Anorexic (Part 1 of 2)

Writer’s Note: Last week, I had the idea of writing a few diary entries from the point of view of someone with anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder characterized by the restriction of food. As someone who is currently recovering from anorexia, I have seen and heard pretty much all the stereotypes placed upon someone with it, and feel these entries might open some eyes and show readers the reality of the disorder. It’s a two-part series, with each part focusing on a different journey: the first part on the disorder’s development and part two on one's recovery from it.

It's Time to Stop Romanticising Mental Illness

“Oh, it’s just my OCD acting up”. “I didn’t eat so I could be pretty”. “I’m just a little ADHD”. If you’ve heard one of these statements, then you’ve experienced the ever growing romanticisation of mental illness. Incidences in which mental illness is used as the butt of a joke or to describe a quirk are on the rise and it looks like this trend isn’t going away. Mental illness is being downplayed and the view that it’s a cute personality trait instead of a debilitating disorder is hurting those who genuinely suffer from one.