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Getting someone… anyone… to notice you is the prime concern of most bands at the start of their musical careers.

Sadly for most, the reality is that no-one ever will. For some, hard work and persistence and a bit of luck will pay off.

But in the case of US band Wallows, massive interest is a given when your lead singer is in one of the most popular shows on Netflix.

Oh, and your guitarist played comedian Ray Romano’s son in a comedy-drama for two series.

Luckily, the Californian three-piece, fronted by actor Dylan Minnette, the star of 13 Reasons Why, have enough perky indie pop songs under their belt to warrant the extra level of attention they may find themselves dealing with.

Their debut album Nothing Happens was released in March, and the band have already booked a massive support slot with their musical heroes Vampire Weekend when they play at Alexandra Palace in London later this year.

“They’re one of our favourite bands of all time,” says drummer Cole Preston. “We did two shows just outside of Los Angeles last year, and those were underplays for them in like thousand capacity venues. But then to do these London shows, like proper, actual headline Vampire Weekend shows… it’s going to be insane.”

The band have been together since the age of 11, young for most bands. They began life as a duo until a rather fortuitous meeting at an event in California, literally called Join the Band.

“They both met before I entered the picture,” explains Preston. “They were both from the Midwest and moving out to LA to do acting and their moms met on an online ‘mom-moving-to-LA’ chat forum.

“They bonded over music in South Park and random things that nine-year-olds shouldn’t necessarily bond over. And a couple years later, they did this music programme in LA called Join the Band. And then I was assigned as the drummer to the group.

“It was a weird luck of the draw.”

Braeden Lemasters appeared with Romano in TV show Men of a Certain Age, and along with Minnette is something of a rising star in Hollywood. He says their similar backgrounds and musical diets, formed by early introductions to The Beatles, helped them become friends – even though he admits taking advantage of Minnette’s apparently trusting nature.

“I didn’t start playing like music until I was 11,” he says. “When I was nine, my dad played me The Beatles for the first time. And that changed my perception on reality.

“When I met Dylan, his dad had a very similar story of playing in bands and then we started writing songs together. And I always used to trick him that I wrote Led Zeppelin songs.”

Minnette – whose throat bug has rendered him largely speechless, makes a rare interjection: “The big one was Tangerine. He’s like, ‘Dude, let’s both write a song called Tangerine and see which one’s better.’ And I’m over there writing my own song called Tangerine. And then he’s playing Led Zeppelin’s Tangerine, which was like, perfectly written.”

Lemasters adds: “I used to ask my friends, ‘What song’s better? I’ve written a couple’. And I would sing them two Beatles songs. I stopped doing that when I was 18.”

It’s been two years since Wallows release their Strokes-inspired lo-fi debut single Pleaser, and they recently played their first set of UK headline shows. Already tracks like the hugely infectious Scrawny and Are You Bored Yet? have become fan favourites.

“That’s the phone song,” says Minnette. “People sing that really well. Which is cool.”

Which brings up an interesting point. The issue of phones at gigs is a thorny one, with some artists like Jack White banning them from his shows while other artists regularly urge fans to light them up at specific times in their sets.

“I see both sides of it. I’ve been guilty of pulling out my phone at shows,” admits Minnette. “It doesn’t bother me yet. I could see how it could get annoying. But right now I’m just sort of excited about everything. It’s like, ‘Oh, that’s a sign that people really like this song’. I’m sure in 10 years. I’ll be like, ‘Really?'”

With acting careers to consider, for Minnette and Lemasters the challenge is balancing the music with their day job.

“At the moment, Dylan has a crazy schedule,” says the guitarist. “But we have such professional management on both ends that it’s very easy to map out things.

“I feel like music is just something that we’re always just doing anyway. We always have guitars around, we’re always writing, even when Dylan’s gone. Or if I’m gone, we always make it happen. I feel like music is a huge priority, like the main priority in a lot of regards, that it’s very easy to balance them.”

Minnette says of his bosses at Netflix: “They’re being very supportive of it. As supportive as they possibly be. It’s a lot of respect and love all around, I think, which is good. It’s all very healthy right now. I definitely want to focus on this as much as possible.”

July 17, 2019        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Uncategorized

Hannah wasn’t the only one.

13 Reasons Why Season 2 – May 18th, 2018.

May 8, 2018        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        13 Reasons Why , Videos

May 8, 2018        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        13 Reasons Why , Photos

The truth is developing.

13 Reasons Why Season 2 – May 18th, 2018.

Television Series > 2017 | 13 Reasons Why > Season 2 > Promos, Trailers & Features > Date Announcement

May 1, 2018        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        13 Reasons Why , Videos

Following a tragedy, a mother and her teen son move to a relative’s vacant vacation home, where eerie and unexplained forces conspire against them. Only On Netflix, January 19.

December 28, 2017        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        The Open House , Videos

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to the thriller “The Open House” starring “13 Reasons Why” breakout Dylan Minnette, sources tell Variety.

Written and directed by Matt Angel and Suzanne Coote, “The Open House” centers on a teenager (Minnette) and his mother (Piercey Dalton) who find themselves besieged by threatening forces when they move into a new house.

The pic is produced by Dan Angel and Chip Rosenbloom. The film will premiere everywhere Netflix is available Jan. 19, 2018.

Netflix and Minnette already have a solid relationship following the overwhelming success of “13 Reasons Why,” which has been greenlit for a second season. Prior to “13 Reasons Why,” Minnette had starring roles in Sony’s “Goosebumps” and Screen Gems’ “Don’t Breathe.” He is also known for playing President Grant’s son in ABC’s “Scandal.”

He is repped by WME and Monster Talent Management.

“The Open House” marks the directorial debut for Coote, who double-majored in film and music at the New School in New York City. Matt Angel got his start when he wrote and directed a pilot called “Half.” Inspired by a true story, the project was crowdfunded from a Kickstarter campaign, and sold to Sony Pictures TV and NBC. Angel then sold a large-scale drama titled “Ten” to Sony, and was commissioned to write feature scripts for both Millennium and Broken Road Productions.

Matt Angel and Coote are represented by Devon Jackson at Trademark Talent and attorney Derek Kroeger at Myman Greenspan.

Source: Variety

November 8, 2017        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        News

And it will supposedly feel like a very different show.

There’s a lot of mystery surrounding the upcoming second season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. So far, we know that the new episodes will bring fresh faces to Liberty High (and even some parents we didn’t meet in the first installment), but the season 1 finale definitely left viewers with a lot of questions: Will Alex survive the gunshot wound he suffered at the end of the first chapter? Will Bryce face consequences for two incidents of sexual assault? How will Hannah’s story continue throughout any future episodes?

Of course, one of the biggest questions surrounding season 2 has to do with how the show will address mental illness. Despite its undeniable popularity, the Netflix series based on Jay Asher’s novel garnered a lot of criticism from mental health advocates who thought the show didn’t go far enough to provide viewers with positive tools and helpful resources while delivering arguably triggering material. The show’s star, Dylan Minnette, has expressed that the cast and crew have listened to that feedback, and that season 2 will take those concerns into account.

Now, in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Dylan is opening up even further about what fans can expect from the next season. According to the actor, the new episodes will take place several months after season 1, and will have a common theme. “This season particularly is a lot about recovery,” Dylan explained, adding: “It’s naturally going to progressively get to a more emotional place, due to the nature of the story we’re telling. I’m sure we’re all heading in some dark directions again. I think anybody would be surprised if we weren’t.”

The idea that season 2 will focus on “recovery” is an interesting one, as it could be applied to lots of different characters. It could be a reference to Alex’s physical recovery, or Jessica’s emotional one. It could also apply to Dylan’s character, Clay, and Hannah’s parents, as they continue to grieve the loss of their daughter.

Katherine Langford (Hannah) also weighed in, telling Entertainment Tonight that season 2 “feels like a very different show.” And Steven Silver, who plays Marcus, added that the upcoming episodes are “juicy.”

There’s no doubt that 13 Reasons Why aims to tackle several important subjects that are all deserving of discussion and awareness. Hopefully the upcoming season will present that dialogue in a way that also gives viewers the proper tools for help if they need it.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text Crisis Text Line at 741-741.

Source: Teen Vogue

September 11, 2017        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        13 Reasons Why , News

A few days ago, Dylan Minnette and his “13 Reasons Why” cast attended Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’ FYC event at Netflix FYSee Space on June 2, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. More of 110 photos from the event have been added to our gallery.

Public Appearances > Public Appearances from 2017 > June 2 | Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” FYC Event

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