DOMINION COLLECTIVE’S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF SIGNS OFF

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PUBLISHED BY JOE FITZPATRICK

As the 90’s alt-rock band SEMISONIC sang in their infamous tune, “Closing Time,” every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end. After moving to Richmond, VA, I have gained perspective on where I’m at in my career, and the time has come for me to venture into a new project. The end of Dominion Collective marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life, but our success continues to thrive in our music and culture.

Since October 2012, the staff and contributors of Dominion Collective strived to foster a sense of community in music and art scenes throughout Virginia (the Commonwealth), as well as provide a voice to the local artists. We also provided a platform to aspiring music journalists throughout the region in honing their craft, learning more about local bands and businesses, and provided an opportunity to be involved in the collective experience of building our brand. When we expanded our coverage to include artists from Washington, DC (the District), we opened our doors to a wider, more inclusive market, and we were rewarded handsomely with interest and support from members of the community.

When I founded our website four years ago, it initially served as an outlet for me to continue to hone my skills as a budding journalist, eager to join the ranks of other music journalists I looked up to in publications such as Alternative Press. Since my late middle school years, I have had an intense passion for music, which fueled my interests in photography and writing. After earning my Bachelors degree in English with a journalism concentration, this website has been integral in my career development in so many ways beyond writing and photography. It taught me about branding and content management. It taught me leadership skills and how to manage a regional team. Furthermore, it taught me the value of collaboration with local partners, social media marketing, and digital strategy.

Even though we will no longer be publishing new posts on our website or social media pages, our experiences and the connections we’ve made will stay with us. I would like to thank all of the contributors for helping me to keep this website active and contributing their unique voices to our Collective. Thank you to all the talented artists, bands, and businesses that let us share their stories and build their brands, especially those we had opportunities to partner with in the support of local events and contests. It was a pleasure working with all of you, and I hope we can collaborate in the future on other projects.

In our absence, we encourage you to reach out to the following blogs for coverage:
Golden Age Review: www.goldenagereview.com
New Noise Magazine: www.newnoisemagazine.com
DC Music Download:  www.dcmusicdownload.com

If you have any questions, or if you would like to discuss other opportunities, visit www.about.me/joe_fitzpatrick to keep in touch.

DEBUT EP BETTER “BELATED.” THAN NEVER

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WORDS BY JOE FITZPATRICK AND TIM FOGG

PHOTOS BY JESSICA BRYCE AND BILLY SOURS

How do you take your emo pop? BELATED. prefers it “acoustic driven.”

In the driver’s seat is Jordon Ronan, the former vocalist of SHARP SLEEVES, a Blacksburg-based pop punk band previously known as HERO TO HUMAN.  In February 2016, in between college classes and writing music, Ronan drafted Tim Fogg from the Richmond punk band A COLLEGIATE AFFAIR to play lead guitar.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.’S IN YOUR MEMORY RELEASE DATES FOR “HOW I MET YOUR GIRLFRIEND TOUR”

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PHOTOS BY NICHOLAS KARLIN

Based out of Washington, D.C., IN YOUR MEMORY is a post-hardcore band with a “jazz-netic” twist to the genre, leaning on their punk rock influences. Formed in 2012, the band made its debut in 2013 with their self-titled EP, In Your Memory. During these past few years, the band has made some style changes and lineup adjustments that finally solidified their membership in 2014 with a roster consisting of singer Omar Veras, guitarists Casey Allen and Alex Scott, drummer Jonathan Shephard and bassists Troy Humphrey.

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CHESAPEAKE INDIE-FOLK BAND THE HUNTS PREPARE FOR THE RELEASE OF NEW ALBUM, THESE YOUNGER DAYS

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ARTICLE BY JOE FITZPATRICK

PHOTO BY VICTORIA STEVENS

Hailing from the southlands of Chesapeake, Va., THE HUNTS are an indie-folk band quickly taking the U.S. by storm. As of March 24, the seven member band of brothers and sisters — yes really — announced the release date, track listing, and album art for Those Younger Days, which will be released through Cherrytree Records on June 9, 2015. The album art and track listing can be viewed below, as well as their video for “Make This Leap,” which is track five on the album.

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RANDOM HOLIDAY ANNOUNCE BREAK UP AFTER FIVE YEARS AND ANNOUNCE DETAILS FOR LAST SHOW ON DECEMBER 26

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PHOTO BY TYLER PRIOLA

On December 3, the members of the Winchester, Va pop punk group RANDOM HOLIDAY hinted at a breakup coming later this month. Today, vocalist/guitarist and founding member Michael Frazier set the record straight by releasing a statement to us regarding the band’s decision to split up. You can read Frazier’s statement below:

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NOTHING LESS RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR DEBUT SINGLE, “SOMETHING TO STAND BEHIND”

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY BENJAMIN GREEN

As soon as “Something To Stand Behind” starts, it’s like a bull in a china shop –­ ­­high energy and aggressive. NOTHING LESS‘ vocalist Benjamin Green’s lyrics about self-destruction and his struggles with depression provide a dark background, which is complimented by his melodic voice.

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VIRGINIA’S LATEST EMO BAND, THE WEAK DAYS, RELEASE DEBUT EP — “A WEEK’S DAZE”

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY THE WEAK DAYS

The newest Virginia emo “twinkly” to hit the scene is Richmond’s trio THE WEAK DAYS, whose members include Tommy McPhail, Anastasia Rivera, and Dustin Reinink, who also plays in the pop punk duo WINNING THE LOSER’S BRACKET. The five tracks on this EP are pure, angsty, and downright beautiful, in their own right. You can stream the full EP below.

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ADVANCE STREAM OF DEAR ADAMUS’ SELF-TITLED EP

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PHOTO BY PERK’S PICS

DEAR ADAMUS will be releasing their self-titled EP on September 5, but they have given us the opportunity to share with you an advance stream of the album. The album is approximately 28 minutes long with five songs. The album will also be available to stream on their YouTube channel, Spotify, and on their Soundcloud page. Therefore, without much further ado, we give you the Dear Adamus EP.

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DEAR ADAMUS PLAN TO DONATE 75% OF SALES FROM “LUCY” TO THE VIRGINIA BEACH CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FINE ARTS PROGRAMS

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PHOTO BY PERK’S PICS

This week, the members of DEAR ADAMUS have recently released the following statement:

DEAR ADAMUS is finally making some moves to spread music, not only in the Hampton Roads area, but across the globe. We would like to announce that we’re on CDBaby and later this week will be on Spotify, iTunes, as well as other streaming websites. DEAR ADAMUS is a huge supporter of the fine arts, and in our area, there have been major budget cuts in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools system.

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DESPITE BEING BORN IN NEW JERSEY, CHARLIE PERRIS OF TAWNY PEAKS AND TRUMAN CALLS THE RICHMOND DIY PUNK SCENE HIS HOME

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INTERVIEW BY CHRIS SUAREZ

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY ETHAN HANSEN AND CHARLIE PERRIS

While THE DOMINION COLLECTIVE is typically exclusive to Virginia bands, there are also a number of musicians and artists who call the Old Dominion home but are in bands based in different cities. Charlie Perris is a Virginia transplant from Montclair, New Jersey, which is a suburb outside of New York City that has become a sort of feeder for plenty of college-aged emo and indie bands, such as ALEX G, GIRL SCOUTS, SMOOTHER, and PINEGROVE, settling in New York, Philadelphia, and other northeastern metropolitan areas.

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