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Right On, Kid Reveals How ‘Dissociation’ & Embracing Your Feelings Inspired ‘Life Is A Movie’

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Right On, Kid Reveals How ‘Dissociation’ & Embracing Your Feelings Inspired ‘Life Is A Movie’

Mental health struggles, living life as an ‘overly-caffeinated 20-something,’ and a lot of growing up went into the making of Right On, Kid’s debut album, and the band discusses it in this EXCLUSIVE track-by-track review.

Boasting enough energy to power all the lights in Tinsel Town and more heartfelt lines than a well-practiced Oscars awards speech, Right On, Kid bursts on the scene with their debut album, Life Is A Movie (via Manic Kat Records.) Hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Right On, Kid — Zach Rose (Lead Vocals), Nick Encinias (Guitar/Vocals), RJ Butler (Lead Guitar), Matt Jaramillo (Bass), and Eli Shinn (Drums) – delivers eleven songs of honest punk goodness over the course of thirty minutes. From start to finish, Life Is A Movie is a surging, head-bopping experience, with electric production coupled with infectious rhythm. However, as the band shares with HollywoodLife, Life Is A Movie touches on some serious subject matter.

“The whole point of this album being titled Life Is A Movie is based around my experiences with dissociation and negative projection,” Zach Rose shares with HollywoodLife. Themes of disassociation and mental health struggles are woven throughout Life Is A Movie, from the album opener to modern punk ballad “Head Sick” to the emo-fueled “Expressionless.” Life Is A Movie also covers the pain of drifting apart (“Stay Close,” “9/22”), coping with your feelings (“No Fireworks”), and the challenges of growing up as an “overly caffeinated, 20-something-year-old” in 2021 (“Blame It On Luck”).

Luck might have had a hand in the band’s recent success, but a lot of hard work has gotten Right On, Kid where they are today. The group has toured with bands like The Ataris and Senses Fail (and recently opened for the Foo Fighters.) Their two EPs – Forever Missing Out and When Words are Enough – built a buzz for the group, with the latter hitting Billboard’s Heatseeker’s Chart. Life Is A Movie has continued that trend, reaching No. #8 on the Alternative New Artist Albums Chart

With Life Is A Movie, things might turn out all right for Right On, Kid. But, as the album shows, not every Hollywood ending is a happy one. The glitz and glamour don’t linger long once the film ends. “Oftentimes, we forget that the grass is not always greener on the other side,” Zach says when discussing “No Fireworks.” It’s a theme that closes out the album on “Cold Night, Blank Stares,” a song about the highs and lows that come with success – and how positivity can turn toxic. In this EXCLUSIVE track-by-track review, Zach shares details into what went into Life Is A Movie and how this album helped him realize that “there is no real [one] way to go through life.”

“Introspective”

This short intro track sets the mood for the album. It talks about how it can be extremely easy to get inside your own head and experience intrusive thoughts without even knowing what kind of damage is being done. The whole point of this album being titled Life is a Movie is based around my (Zach) experiences with dissociation and negative projection. This song ultimately points out that being introspective and allowing yourself to talk about how you feel is the only way to get better.

“Stay Close”

Stay Close” was written about how hard it can be to deal with friendships that grow apart as both people grow up. Everyone is off doing their own thing, and it’s really cool to see your friends progress through life. However, it can be hard when life turns into a competition, and those around you start to give your success their own definition. Everyone is different. There is no real way to go through life.

“Head Sick”

I (Zach) wrote the lyrics this song about how divided mental health awareness has become in the past five years, especially with certain organizations praying on the idea of “hope” rather than help. Depression, anxiety, and PTSD are diseases that should be treated professionally and equitably, people can’t continue to count on hope.

“Indigo”

“Indigo” was specifically written about dissociation. The word “daydream” in this song should not be defined literally. It represents the feeling of watching yourself do things when you are dissociating. This feeling is totally new to me and is something that I am working on learning to cope with more effectively. This song was one of the ways that helped me rationalize my feelings.

“Expressionless”

We have never written a song quite like this one before. It is groovy, fun, but also kind of dark. The lyrics for “Expressionless” are about the different ways people cope with stress and the different stigmas that surround stress itself. A lot of the time, instead of dealing with stress, people will use coping mechanisms. But this song is about how sometimes those coping mechanisms are all you have, and that’s okay.

“Interlude”

We actually had the lyrics for the interlude done before any other song on the album. It’s a transition in the album from songs about internal emotions to how those emotions can be projected onto others either positively or not.

“Blame It On Luck”

“Blame it on Luck” has a very tongue-in-cheek feel to it. I (Zach) have always wanted to write a song about being an overly caffeinated, 20-something-year-old and feeling like you should have to blame every piece of success on luck. Unfortunately, people don’t know how to give themselves enough credit, and this song points that out.

“9/22”

“9/22” is about lost connections with people you feel like could be something extremely special in your life. I think sometimes it’s easier to view life as a timeline and disregard the people you met in college or through a job you had in High School. But sometimes, those people either stay connected to you in some way or make a return and are incredibly influential. It’s important to take those second chances to reconnect because you never know what could happen.

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“Come Back into View”

We always have one cute/sad acoustic song on our releases. These songs are always fun to write because they allow us to step out of our comfort zone and really focus on making a song that is greater than the sum of its parts.

“No Fireworks”

“No Fireworks” can be defined easily by its name. This song is about projecting inner thoughts onto those around you and slowly breaking those connections over time. Oftentimes, we forget that the grass is not always greener on the other side and continue to put a strain on meaningful relationships selfishly.

“Cold Nights, Blank Stares”

Ultimately, this song is about the struggles that come with being in a touring band. Being thousands of miles from home, struggling to make money, and having to put a strain on home life can be extremely difficult. We’ve been told that we should be grateful for what we get to experience, but sometimes that point of view can be harmful. We want our musician friends to know that it is completely okay to feel burnt out, lost, and unmotivated. Being in a band is hard, but you should be proud of the work that you put in, no matter what the outcome is.

Right On, Kid’s Life Is A Movie is out now. For information about the band, click here.

 

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‘RHOC’s Heather Dubrow Reveals The Reason Why She’ll ‘Never’ Join ‘RHUGT’

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‘RHOC’s Heather Dubrow Reveals The Reason Why She’ll ‘Never’ Join ‘RHUGT’

Although she’s returned to ‘RHOC,’ Heather Dubrow shared she’s ‘never’ going to consider joining ‘Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip’ in the latest episode of our podcast.

Heather Dubrow just made her triumphant return to The Real Housewives of Orange County, but she’s not planning on joining The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip any time soon. While speaking with the reality star on our Pay Attention Puh-Lease podcast, Heather shared why she’d forgo an “all-stars” experience.

“Never. It’s never happening,” Heather firmly stated on the podcast. “I think it’s a phenomenal idea and I am not judging it at all. It looks fun and I haven’t watched it yet … it’s just not my thing.” The 52-year-old explained how it’s “so hard” to deal with the drama of a regular season of Housewives, much less a Housewives mash-up. “At least, you know, with one group of people that I know and this is an authentic group that I have friendships with and relationships with is one thing, but to go off … I don’t know, it sounds like too much anxiety for me!”

Heather Dubrow in NYC (Mike Reed/ACE Pictures/Shutterstock)

Heather, who was on the show from Season 7 through 11, made her return to Season 16 much to fan excitement. When we asked whether or not she’d consider returning if she was asked back again, the podcaster noted that at this point in the game, she “couldn’t say,” but she certainly stays open. “I think we’ve made a really good season. I think the audience is going to be incredibly satisfied and it’s what I think they were asking for and in that way I think it’s great,” she shared.

“It’s a transitional season in the best way and it ends in a way that I’ve never ended a season before so I think it’s gonna be great,” she teased, also saying, “Ask me again in a few months!” about returning.

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Heather & Terry Dubrow (Chelsea Lauren/Shutterstock)

Heather returns for Season 16 along with Shannon Beador, who joined during Season 9 and Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson, who both joined for Season 13. Newcomers Noella Bergener and Jennifer Armstrong also join the cast to shake things up.

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Irina Shayk & Bradley Cooper Fuel Reconciliation Speculation At Premiere Of His New Movie

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Irina Shayk supported ex Bradley Cooper at the premiere of his film ‘Nightmare Alley,’ sparking speculation that the two are back together.

Irina Shayk gave a pinstripe suit a sexy update at the premiere of ex-boyfriend Bradley Cooper’s film Nightmare Alley in New York on Wednesday, Dec. 1. The model, 35, paired the black suit with plunging leather suspenders as she posed on the black carpet, once again sparking speculation that she and Bradley, 46, have reconciled following their 2019 split.

Irina Shayk attends the premiere of ‘Nightmare Alley’ in New York on December 1, 2021 (JUSTIN LANE/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

The model slicked her hair back and opted for a bold red lip for the evening, while Bradley — whom she shares daughter Lea, 4, with — looked dapper in a black suit. The former couple did not pose together at the premiere of the film, a 1940s crime thriller about an ambitious carny who has the talent of manipulating others. The movie is based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham.

Bradley leads the ensemble cast as Stanton Carlisle. Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, and Richard Jenkins also star in the Guillermo del Toro-directed rendition, which serves as a remake of sorts of the 1947 film adaptation. At the premiere on Wednesday evening, Bradley told Entertainment Tonight that having Irina there was “very special.”

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Bradley Cooper attends the premiere of ‘Nightmare Alley’ in New York on December 1, 2021 (Stephen Lovekin/Shutterstock)

It’s unclear if the couple, who dated for four years prior to their split, are back together. However, the premiere isn’t the first time they’ve sparked reconciliation rumors. Ahead of Thanksgiving, Bradley and Irina were spotted strolling arm-in-arm in New York in mid-November. Following the sighting, a source told Page Six that the co-parents celebrated Thanksgiving together with Lea.

According to the outlet, the former couple and their daughter went to the ballet together for The Nutcracker, reportedly meeting up with Anne Hathaway and her husband Adam Schulman. “They looked very happy,” the source said. “Everybody was smiling and giggling.”

While generally private about her relationship and family, Irina offered rare comments about co-parenting while on the digital cover of ELLE‘s March issue: “I never understood the term co-parenting. When I’m with my daughter, I’m 100 percent a mother, and when she’s with her dad, he’s 100 percent her dad.” Irina also called Bradley the “most amazing dad.”

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Jonah Hill Rocks Bushy Beard & Long Hair As Jerry Garcia On Set Of ‘Grateful Dead’ Biopic — Photo

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Jonah Hill Rocks Bushy Beard & Long Hair As Jerry Garcia On Set Of ‘Grateful Dead’ Biopic — Photo

Jonah Hill was almost unrecognizable as he was seen dressed in a tie-dye hoodie and matching shorts while getting ready to portray Jerry Garcia in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Grateful Dead biopic.

Jonah Hill, 37, is gearing up to take on the incredible role of Jerry Garcia from the Grateful Dead on the small screen and is already looking the part! The actor was photographed walking around the set of the upcoming biopic about the band, which is directed by Martin Scorsese, in West Hollywood, CA on Nov. 30, and looked a lot like the late singer with a bushy beard and long hair. He also wore a tie-dye hoodie and matching shorts by Camp High, which was clearly inspired by the 1960s era in which Jerry lived.

Jonah Hill on the set of the Grateful Dead biopic. (TheHollywoodFix.net / BACKGRID)

In addition to his shirt and shorts, Jonah wore tie-dye socks and Off-White x Nike Dunk Lows that appeared to be a tribute to their fashion designer Virgil Abloh, who died at the age of 41 a few days ago. He also puffed on a cigarette and looked relaxed as he gets ready to film what will definitely be a memorable flick.

The untitled Grateful Dead biopic will “chronicle the band’s formation in the Bay Area as the ’60s psychedelic counterculture movement started to take off,” according to Variety. The band was known for being one of the bands that catapulted the rise of psychedelic counterculture and toured the country with devoted fans known as Deadheads. Jerry, who struggled with heroin and cocaine addictions throughout his life, died of a heart attack at the age of 53 in 1995.

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Jerry Garcia on stage. (Bob Minkin/Shutterstock)

In addition to starring in the highly-anticipated film, Jonah will produce it with his company Strong Baby along with his producing partner Matt Dines. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski of American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson will write the script and surviving Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann will executive produce it along with Jerry’s daughter Trixie Garcia, Eric Eisner and Bernie Cahill.

The movie is being developed by Apple and when asked about why he chose to direct it, Martin reportedly said, “The Grateful Dead were more than just a band. They were their own planet, populated by millions of devoted fans.”

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