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Interview With Notedead

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Are you ready? Are you sure you’re ready for this? We don’t think you are, but you better get ready. Switching Styles has the answers you need with this interview with Notedead.

Introductions All Around!

Max Preuss (drums) and Trymer Martin (guitars/vocals) combine to form the band, Notedead. It all started where all great bands start, with a passion for music. The band found their start during the 2020 global COVID-19 pandemic, despite the hardships. Everything was rough. That didn’t stop them. For Notedead, this was a new beginning. The band formed in 2020 and has been rocking the world since.

Q&A Between Switching Styles and Notedead!

In an interview with switching styles, they’ve opened up about their band, their process, and their goals. Read below to get to know Notedead even better!

What is it about music that makes you feel passionate?

 Music emits emotion. I long to feel what the artist felt when they wrote the song and kind of experience it together. Music is also everywhere, from malls to elevators. And rhythm is in footsteps and your heartbeat, it’s everything.

 The emotions a song can put you through makes me feel alive

How did Notedead start and how did the Covid 19 Pandemic impact your band?

 Early on in Covid times when everything stopped and when we couldn’t jam with our bands Trymer started writing his own stuff and asked Max to write drums along with it. We both quickly realized that our writing for our respective instruments clicked together.

We started ripping out songs super-fast, so we decided to continue writing under our own band together which is Notedead.

How is being an Edmonton-based band impacted Notedead?

 It’s funny because only half of the band (Max) is Edmonton based and the other half (Trymer) is from Lacombe so it’s almost a long-distance type band relationship.

 The local music scene in Edmonton has a great group of people who support and encourage us, and we are forever grateful.

What inspired you to start playing and making music?

Trymer:

 Before I got into my own music I listened to my dad’s classic rock/metal, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Foreigner, ZZ Top, etc. Anyways but I’m in grade 5 I had some project to do at school and there was another classmate who did his project, but his was on Sum 41 and it caught my eye, so I got the CD “all killer no filler” at a Walmart in Manitoba, and that cd changed me.

From there I adopted my first taste of music away from my parents and it inspired me to want to play guitar, the ball started rolling from there!

Max:

Rock band. I loved the game because I was able to some of jam along to my favorite songs while simultaneously learning a basic version of the drums. I got very good at that game, and it made my transition into real drums very easy.

My music teacher in junior high band class then asked if anybody knew how and I volunteered to learn some percussion. The rest is history, between drum lessons, drumming for my high school jazz band & winning jazz artist of the year, it’s safe to say I’m a real drummer now

What bands or genres inspire your sound?

 Counterparts, Napoleon, Dance Gavin Dance, to name a few… but it’s really so hard to say what inspires our sound, so many bands growing up shaped us into the musicians we are and what our preferences are as well.

We also use it a lot! Of dead notes haha

Describe your creative process when you write new music.

 We both write our music on Guitar Pro. being as we are far away from each other, and we both enjoy the punctualness we can read. Trymer usually comes up with the first riff and then sends it to Max and Max writes the drums and then we work together from there, writing the song section by section.

Sometimes there will be a pre-discussed idea before we start on our next track, but we always write song by song and never add too much to our plates.

What’s your favorite venue for performing? Why?

 We don’t play shows as we are only a 2 man band writing songs to share with people, but if we could Trymer would want to play the St. Andrews United Church in Lacombe as he used to play local punk shows there growing up (it’s kind of odd I know, but it was so much fun!) and Max wishes we could play at Polar Park Brewery in Edmonton but it unfortunately just closed down.

What are some of your current projects?

 Currently, we have some new music in the bank but nothing to confirm aside from our new album “Separate Paths”. However, Max is in 2 other bands, Withered Days and Sol Runner.

What advice would you give to musicians just starting?

 Listen to music as often as you can. Find something that you wish you could make your own and take that drive to make your own with your inspiration and feelings

 Don’t give up, you’re going to suck at times, but music is a lifelong partner if you let it be.

Is there anything you wanted to mention that I didn’t ask about?

 Yes, our new album ‘Separate Paths’ is out September 9th

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Featuring Notedead

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This content was sponsored by Notedead. Thank you for supporting local music blogs like Switching Styles!!

Are you sure you’re ready for this? Are you ready for truly hardcore music? We don’t think you are, but you better get ready. Notedead is one of the most hardcore bands in the province, and they’re not stopping any time soon.

Introductions

The band formed in 2020 and has been rocking the world since. They’ve been releasing music since their debut in 2021 with the release of their Best Wishes EP. Then the single “Labyrinth” was released a year later.

Max Preuss (drums) and Trymer Martin (guitars/vocals) combine to form the band, Notedead. It all started where all great bands start, with a passion for music. Despite the hardships, the band found their start during the 2020 global COVID-19 pandemic. The covid pandemic was a tough time for Canadian musicians. Venues were closed. Live performances were limited. Finances for everyone were rough. Everything was rough. That didn’t stop them. For Notedead, this was a new beginning.

Getting Started.

Trymer started writing instrumental tracks solo during the quarantine. Channelling the pressure, uncertainty, and anxiety into the melodies, he created three of Notedead’s first songs. But something was missing, and that something was Max. As a drummer, Max had felt the impact of the pandemic firsthand. Trymer reached out and Max took to his role like a fish to water. They both quickly realized that their writing was an amazing match. That’s the exact moment that Notedead was created.

You may think you know the post-hardcore genre, but not like this. Max is a drummer, not only for Notedead but also for Withered Days and Sol Runner. His skill combined with Trymer’s artistry makes entirely unique music. This band brings something fresh to the post-hardcore genre. The band is inspired by classic rock and metal legends; Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Foreigner, and ZZ Top. That’s not all. Notedead’s influences also include contemporary bands such as Counterparts, Napoleon, and Dance Gavin Dance. Notedead is breathing a new kind of life into the genre with its music.

“A dynamic, immersive, and progressive assimilation of heavy influences. Rangy guitars work that balances urgent and melodic astutely and a pummeling vocal delivery intertwines deftly with the instrumental unit”

Raves Katie from Carry The 4 PR.

Their Music

This post-hardcore Canadian band is bringing out all the stops in their music. Notedead is bringing forth impressive drums, emotive lyrics, and an emotional connection to each one of its listeners. All their music has such a profound level of depth to it. Each note, each strum, and each word have a meaning and a purpose. That purpose is to connect with the listener within that moment.

Their most recent release is an album called “Separate Paths.” This album of 11 hardcore songs has been available as of September 9, 2022. Not even one of the album’s songs is flat when it comes to emotions. The songs all tell a story of humanity and share a part of the human condition. Pain, anger, joy, rage, and misery, it’s all there in their music.

Notedead is aiming to be one of the greats coming from right here in Edmonton, Alberta. The goal was never to impress people. It never has been. It’s been about the music. The real goal is to write great music that speaks to the human heart. Find their music online on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, and Bandcamp.

Check them out and let us know what you think!!
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Introducing Almost there but not really (ATBNR)

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Almost There But Not Really is a Latinx indie group from the Southside of Chicago. With the genres of alternative Spanish rock dream pop indie rock post-punk, these Chicago local musicians showcase what it means to be musical.

They play sad, sombre and sometimes political songs complete with chimney Fender guitars, syncopated rhythms, as well as ambient trails. This Chicago-based band has a range of amazing sounds.

Releasing a collection of demos in the spring of 2021, ATBNR has persevered despite the pandemic impacting the entire world. On their Bandcamp account, they explain that “Emerging out of the pandemic is our first release, a set of our self-produced and recorded demos”.

DEMOS Album Art by ATBNR

Check out the Demos tracklist!

1.South Side 04:43
2.No Quick Fix 03:21
3.Alma 04:15
4.All You Keepers 04:21

All of their songs are available on Spotify. Their release isn’t the only thing that this band has persevered with. As soon as they were able to perform live, they did.

Almost There But Not really Band Members

During the Halloween of 2012, they performed a Halloween show at Magoos Bar and Grill alongside Death of Self, Alive Alone, Punch Club, Nikko Blue, and Sweet Hudson. With more shows coming up regularly, they’re not likely to stop providing awesome songs to their fans. Check out their upcoming shows on their Facebook page.

Learn more about ATBNR right here and on Switching Styles!

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Pokémon Go Tips; Top 5 Walking Trails for Hatching Eggs

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Although it is not the first of its kind, Pokémon Go has made an augmented reality in video games at the forefront of everyone’s mind. This means that through your phone, you can have the Pokémon universe shown in your world.

Catching Pokémon that appear in your living room or playing with your Pokémon buddy out in the park, there’s a lot of ways that the game interacts with reality. One of the elements is walking to hatch eggs. Each egg requires a certain number of kilometres to hatch an egg ranging from 2 km to 15 km.

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What is the best way to hatch an egg?

Walking! It’s the simplest way to do hatch your eggs. Whether it’s a simple walk to the store or a long Sunday stroll, it all adds up to hatch your Pokémon. While the app is on and even when it is off, the app tracks the distance that the player walks to track the progress of the egg. Altogether, players have walked over 23 billion km as of March 2019 (Games Radar). In 2016 alone, players walked 8.7 billion km (Inverse). That’s enough to get to the end of the Solar System.

Here are some, YEG locations to walk to get your hatching started!

  1. Walking Down 124th
  2. Alberta Legislature Grounds
  3. Sir Winston Churchill Square/Jasper Ave
  4. Whyte Ave
  5. The River Valley

Why do you have to walk to hatch eggs in Pokemon Go?

It encourages players to get out in the world and walk. It’s inspired many to increase their physical activity. Thus, hatching more eggs and bringing in more exercise. Below we’ve got some musical suggestions to get you in the walking and hatching mood.  

“Viridian City“ by Jonathan Young feat. 331Erock. Check it out on Bandcamp.

“Pokémon Theme“ by The Holophonics. Check it out on Bandcamp.

“Pokémon Theme” By Leo Moracchioli Feat. Truls Haugen. Check It Out On iTunes.

“Pokémon Theme Cover + My Pokémon Rap“ by Myrtle Sarrosa. Check it out on Spotify.

Johto Journeys“ By The Covers Duo. Check It Out On Link tree.

“1・2・3” By Silver Storm And Meka Imperfect​. Check It Out On Spotify.

“Pokémon Medley“ By Mohmega. Check It Out On Patreon.

“Gym Leader Battle“ By Richaadeb. Check It Out On Spotify.

“Sinnoh Trainer Battle Medley” By Sinnoh Fusion Ensemble. Check It Out On Spotify.

“Pokémon“ by PhreniaBand. Check it out on Spotify.

Get everything you need for hatching your eggs but with a switching Styles Twist!! Buy Switching Styles merch now!

Pokémon Go Statistics & Techno Remixes

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Switching Styles has collected a list of Pokémon Go Statistics & Techno Remixes to show off whenever it comes in handy.

Niantic launched Pokémon go in the July of 2016. Since then, its popularity has grown exponentially. After only three months following the launch, the app had 500 million downloads. This increased to 1 billion in march of 2019!

We’ve found some numbers that are sure to blow your mind!!  
  • The US accounted for only 19% of Pokémon GO downloads over 2019 (10 million, up from 16% in 2018). (Sensor Tower)
  • Brazil accounted for 10% (5 million) of the downloads, while India accounted for 6% (3 million). That’s a lot of downloads! (Sensor Tower)
  • Most of the users (69%), a whopping 38 million in 2019, use the app on Android, and the remaining 31% (17 million) iOS (Sensor Tower)
  • US was the top country for Pokémon GO revenue in 2019, contributing $335 million – or 38% of the total. Japan was second, with $286 million (32%), followed by Germany, with $54 million (6%) (Sensor Tower)
  • Although downloads have grown exponentially doubling from 500 million to 1 billion in less than 3 years, the in-app spending has not increased that much. It started at 832,000,000 in 2016 and increased only to 894,000,000 in 2019 (Business of Apps)
  • Between android and apple, the in-game spending is a bit more even. Android has 54% of 2019 Pokémon GO revenue ($482 million), while the apple revenue coming to $412 million (46%) (Sensor Tower)
  • Pokémon GO was fifth in terms of global mobile game revenue over 2019 (Sensor Tower)
  • Over the year 2019, there were 2.7 million attendees of Niantic live events (Niantic)
  • Here’s one for gender, as 59% of Pokémon GO users are men and 41% are female (Inc.)
  • In the first month of release in 2016, nearly 300 UK crimes were connected with Pokémon GO (BBC)
  • A study from Purdue University found that the game could be dangerous as there are two deaths, 31 injuries, and $500,000 in vehicle damage that could be blamed on the game in a single county in Indiana (Purdue University)

Where did I find these Pokémon go statistics? Check the links for my references!

Check out these Pokémon go remixes while you share these fun facts with your friends.

“Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire Music Medley“ by Dr. Pez – VGM. Check it out.

“Pokémon Dubstep Remix“ By Lindsey Stirling And Kurt Hugo Schneider. Check It Out On Youtube.

“Gym Leader Battle Music“ by The Musical Ghost. Check it out on Spotify.

“Pokémon Theme Song“ by FallenSuperheroSG. Check it out on SoundCloud.

“The Medley of Pokémon“ By Hapinano. Check It Out On SoundCloud.

“Route 24 “ by xKito Music. Check it out on SoundCloud.

“Pikachu Use Thunderbolt! “ By Asher Postman. Check It Out On SoundCloud.

“Pokémon – XY Theme “ by NateWantsToBattle feat. RichaadEB. Check it out on iTunes.

“Pokémon Lo-fi Music“ by GlitchxCity. Check it out on Soundcloud.

“Pokémon Dppt: Sinnoh Trainer Battle Medley” By Sinnoh Fusion Ensemble. Check It Out On Spotify.

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Top 10 #Yeg Cafes for Pokémon Go Dates

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Pokémon Go Dates. Need something casual for the first date? Want something cheap for a fourth date? Need a reason to relax together with a date? Pokémon Go provides an interactive game that allows for engaging activities with one another but takes away some of the nervousness and awkwardness of modern dating.

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The game itself is a great way to engage with your date as you can participate together in some regards. There are opportunities within the game to battle raids with one another, trade pokemon, evolve pokemon, battle one another and overall mutually benefit from in-game achievements.

There’s even an online dating site called Pokematch – aimed at getting pokemon go players together. Since 2016, it’s had 2,137 downloads. That’s one way to evolve a relationship! The app is described as, “Pokematch is an app to meet other people interested in Pokémon GO…Pokematch is a flirting app focused on a pretty specific group of people. Maybe in some faraway future, it could get a lot of users, but at the moment it seems like it’ll be pretty hard for it to compete with other apps like Tinder, Badoo, LOVOO, and Brenda, since many of these apps’ users probably play Pokémon GO too”.

Top 10 #Yeg Cafes for Pokémon Go Dates

Below are a bunch of amazing cafes that not only have a sweet menu but a sweet location for pokemon go. These locations are surrounded by both pokemon go gyms and pokestops. Put down a lure. Grab a latte. You’ve got a perfect date.

  1. Three Bananas Cafe
    9918 102 Ave Nw, Edmonton, Ab T5j 5h7
  2. Leva
    11053 86th Avenue Nw, Edmonton, Ab T6g 0x1
  3. Tsujiri West Edmonton Mall
    8882 170 St Nw, Edmonton, Ab T5t 4j2
  4. Rmedy Café
    10310 124 St
  5. Remedy Raymond Block
    10479 82 Ave Nw
  6. Credo Coffee
    10350 124 St
  7. The Clever Rabbit Vegetarian Cafe
    10722 124 St
  8. Canadian Brewhouse
    9538 Ellerslie Rd
  9. Block 1912 Cafe
    10361 82 Ave Nw
  10. The Woodrack Café
    10335 83 Ave Nw
Where would Switching styles be without our musical component? Here are some chill covers of Pokémon go’s soundtrack to serenade your date.

“Pokémon Diamond & Pearl Jazz“ by insaneintherainmusic. Check it out on Band Camp.

“Littleroot Town” by ThunderScott. Check it out on Spotify.

“Pokémon & Chill“ lo-fi hip hop cover by GameChops. Check it out.

“Pokémon Symphony“ by Yeuleexia. Check it out on Band Camp.

“Pokémon Heartgold & Soulsilver medley“ by yu-ichi1995. Check it out on YouTube.

“Pokémon Black & White“ by ToxicxEternity. Check it out.

“The Pokemedley “ by FreddeGredde . Check it out.

“Ecruteak City“ by Jone Ruiz. Check it out on Spotify.

 “Little root Town“ by MusicMike512. Check it out on Spotify.

Tag us on your social media to tell us your favorite Pokémon Go date spot!!

Top 10 Parks in Edmonton For Pokémon Go Picnics

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Do you know what goes together? Pokémon Go and picnics.

Out in nature, or as in nature as you can get in the heart of Edmonton, the engagement and immersion of Pokémon go is much improved. With the open space, it’s a lot easier and more fun to use the augmented reality (AR) aspect of Pokémon go. Anyone who has played Pokémon Go during the covid pandemic knows how hard it is to use the AR function inside.

Edmonton Parks perfect for Pokémon Go and picnics
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Within Edmonton, there’s a great deal of beautiful nature that shouldn’t be forgotten about. Here’s a list of amazing open areas that are fantastic not only for Pokémon go but also for their view and availability for social distancing. Once you have a chance to check each of these picnic places, share it with us @switchingstyles!

  1. The River Valley
  2. Broadmoor Lake
  3. Griesbach Community
  4. Alberta Legislature Grounds
  5. William Hawrelak Park
  6. Griesbach Barracks
  7. Sir Winston Churchill Square/Jasper Ave
  8. Edmonton Valley Zoo
  9. University of Alberta
  10. Queen Mary Park
Music for the Pokémon Go picnics

Now don’t think we forgot about the music element. Every picnic needs music and we’ve got you covered. Below here is our favourite list of Pokémon go covers in different styles for every kind of picnic.

“The Pokémon Theme” By Jonathan Young & Jason Paige. Check It Out On Spotify.

“Pokémon Theme Song“ By Chris Villain Ft. Jason Paige. Check It Out On YouTube.

“Pokémon“ By NateWantsToBattle Feat. Mat Pat Of Game Theory. Check It Out On iTunes.

“Advance Adventure“ By Jorporxx (Mark De Groot). Check It Out On Soundcloud.

“National Park“ By The Consouls. Check It Out On Spotify.

“Pokémon X/Y Elite” By Littlevmills. Check It Out On YouTube.

“Battle! Battle Tower“ By Falkkone. Check It Out On Spotify.

“Pokémon Theme“ By Scott Bradlee Feat. Sara Niemietz . Check It Out On YouTube.

Hop Final Battle Theme“ By Xenobii Piano Covers. Check It Out On Music score.

Pokémon Center Theme“ By Ascendancylf. Check It Out On YouTube.

Get out there and enjoy that sunshine and vitamin D! Tag Switching Styles with your Pokémon go selfies!!

Don’t forget to bring some Switching Styles merch with you!