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Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive Q&A

Australian rockers Tonight Alive have climbed their way from the underground hardcore scene into the mainstream with fresh new sound that has caught the attention of rock lovers everywhere. It all started a few years ago when two guys on guitars joined forces with a teen that could carry a tune - singer Jenna McDougall. Find out more in this Kidzworld Q&A with Jenna!

KW: What made you first interested in music?

  • Jenna: I'd been a singing since a young age, getting into choir and musicals once I started school. It wasn't til I was cleaning out my Aunty's attic in 2003 when I found an old classical guitar that I started teaching myself to play and write music.

KW: How did you get discovered?

  • Jenna: As a band, it's hard to say! We'd been playing in our local scene for a couple of years before we were picked up by an indie label. We recorded a handful of demos and put them on the net in our first year.  Between that and playing every show we could, our fanbase grew and once we acquired management in 2009 our second two EPs found more exposure and we began attracting a lot of attention online.

KW: How would you describe your sound?

  • Jenna: Aggressive, versatile, poppy, edgy, fun!

KW: How do you come up with song ideas?

  • Jenna: Lyrically, I'm always writing every idea I get down into my phone or on scraps of paper so I find a lot of them stem from my day to day thoughts. Musically, Whakaio will have a guitar in his hands most hours of the day so we're generally inspired by experimenting and listening to a wide range of music; often a lot different to the kind of music we play.

KW: What does each person in the band add to the group?

  • Jenna: I think something we all add to the band is a good sense of humour. We're always having a good laugh and paying each other out. After touring extensively over the past two years, everyone has learnt their role in the band and everything just rolls smoothly!

KW: You have a new album coming out in February, can you tell us a little bit about it?

  • Jenna: Firstly it's called What Are You So Scared Of? and it's an album about moving on and moving forward and the idea that everything happens for a reason. We hope that the 14 tracks will inspire out listeners to have ambitions, work hard for what you want, be happy with what you have and don’t ever let anybody tell you you can’t.

KW: What is the best piece of advice you’ve received since starting out?

  • Jenna: In regards to song writing we were once told that the 'chorus is the most important part'. It helped us put our songs into perspective and pushed us into the right direction towards making progress!

KW: Do you ever get stage fright?

  • Jenna: I don't, but I remember when I thought I'd be sick every night before I went onstage. It was less about caring for what people would think of me but more about the pressure I put on myself to be the best that I can!

KW: Who are some of your musical inspirations?

  • Jenna: Missy Higgins is my number one! She's an Australian singer/songwriter and I've listened to and loved her since 2004. I look up to her in every sense! She's talented, gorgeous, but above all grounded. It was her music that I was listening to when I started writing and will probably always listen to for the answers to my questions! I'm also a huge fan of Rufio, The Script, Jimmy Eat World, The Starting Line and Thrice!

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Hello and welcome to the first installment of my new series "Alpha Reviews". Whenever I see a new movie, I'll write a review of it here. Don't worry, the first part of the review will be spoiler free, and I'll make sure to give a warning when I talk more about the specifics of the movie.  Today I'll be looking at Roland Emmerich's sequel to (arguably) his greatest work, Independence Day. His original alien disaster film came out in 1996, and while it wasn't a major hit with the critics, it trounced the box office by raking in more money than any other film of that year. Over the past two decades, love for the movie has only grown, and it's now seen as the ultimate popcorn movie.  So how did the sequel hold up? Well...it's not easy to tell. On the one hand, there are some things that this movie did really well. On the other, this movie had moments that I absolutely hated. This is such a hard movie to crituique. Not because there's nothing to critique, but because there's so much right and wrong in the movie that making a final call on it is hard to do.  For one, the story is serviceable. I can buy pretty much everything that they're saying. While there are a few obvious plot holes, impeccable writing isn't what you expect from ID.  The characters vary from the fun and interesting to the idiotic and annoying. Jeff Goldblum does a great job here, and so does Bill Pullman and William Fitchener. As for the new characters? Not so much. The (arguably) two main characters are played by discount Chris Hemsworth (Liam Hemsworth), and discount Micheal B. Jordan (Jessie Usher). Neither give a stunning performance. And my goodness, there is one character in this movie who is so stereotypical and unrealistic, that it literally made me facepalm when I saw it. You'll know who I'm talking about if you've seen the movie. But, the movie is set up so that everyone gets a healthy slice of screen time, so it's okay.  The action is phenomenal, but kind of unoriginal. The first real action scene we have is the destruction of London. Know what it looks exactly like? The destruction of Paris in 2012. Know who directed 2012? Roland Emmerich. Now, I'm one of the few who enjoyed that movie, so I'm fine with it. And most of the other scenes do have a more original feel to them. But, this guy doesn't stop at copying his own movies. There's an action scene where they're on the moon, it looks exactly like Prometheus. I guess I can forgive some of this, but come on, really?  The nostalgia was WAY off the charts. I count this as a category for review because it's what old movie sequels do now. Some do it at the right amount, some don't do it enough, and some...like this film...do it all the time. Almost everything is recycled from the past movie, and there so many callbacks that it's hard to remember them all. But I will give it credit, some of them had me laughing. But, some of them made we want to scream "You're not even trying!" in the theater.  All in all? I'd say that you need to see this movie if you had any enjoyment out of the first one. But, just know that this has a lot more nonsense to put up with, even though it does give much of the entertainment value of the first one in return. I can't guarantee that you won't be disappointed, but if you go into it expecting a mix of good and bad, you'll be glad to see the good parts of a true classic film on the big screen once again.  That's it here. What were your thoughts on the movie? Who do you think gave the best performance? What did you want to see more of? Post what you think about Independence Day: Resurgence below. 
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