Alive Like Me
Platinum selling pop rockers American Hi-Fi are back and have announced plans to release Blood & Lemonade, their first album in 5 years this September via Rude Records.
The Boston outfit, who have been on a "semi-hiatus" over the last few years, made the announcement to fans, last night at a sold-out, one-off show at London's legendary 100 Club.
Perhaps best known for the hits "Flavor Of The Weak", "Another Perfect Day" and "The Art Of Losing", Blood & Lemonade is American Hi-Fi’s fifth full length and their first since 2010’s Fight the Frequency. The record wholly embraces the sound and spirit of classic, balls-to-the-wall, guitar rock mixed with the power pop sensibilities that lead to their worldwide smash “Flavor of The Weak”.
Singer Stacy Jones adds: "We can't wait for people to hear Blood & Lemonade! It's a return to a big guitar sound that is most reminiscent of our first album. I am so proud of the songs on this record. It looks like we have finally hit our stride in defining our sound. Jones continues, "We recorded this album in my studio here in Los Angeles over the course of a few sessions. We tracked with all four of us playing live in the main room, then went back and did whatever overdubs we felt we needed; I think recording the majority of the record live lends itself to an energy that can't be captured any other way. We are proud to represent an era where musicians had to get in the garage with their friends, play cover songs, get in a van and play crappy gigs wherever they could, until they found their voice. Rock 'n' roll music at its best has, and will always be, created this way."
Jones recently chatted with Billboard about the new record and you can read the interview here.
Blood & Lemonade will be available worldwide on September 16th via Rude Records.
Beebs And Her Money Makers
What others are saying about Beebs And Her Money Makers:
"Beebs and Her Money Makers new album is the Wurst...Flush it."-The Aquabats
"Beebs and Her Money Makers New record is the Wurst… just like
hotdogs" - Koo Koo Kangaroo
"Beebs and Her f*in' Money Makers. If I had known what Reel
Big Fish was going to inspire, I would have never started the band."
- Aaron Barrett of Reel Big Fish
"Who? Is that a new app or something?" - Suburban Legends
"It might not be the best thing you buy this year, or ever, but its the only way I'm gonna get paid" - David Irish- Engineer at Pot 'O Gold Recording
"No comment." - Paul McCartney
Orlando, FL's Beebs And Her Money Makers will release their new LP "Wurst Album Ever" on May 27th, in advance of their summer long stint on the Vans Warped Tour, which kicks off on June 13 in Houston, TX and runs through August 3.
The band has just premiered a new music video for the song "Out The Door" which can be seen here.
With the kazoo-wielding songstress Beebs as their fearless leader, BaHMM is taking audiences by surprise with their high-energy performances, sassy songs and refreshing blend of psychedelic ska, sassy funk and soul.
The band has toured with ska/punk legends Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger and has shared stages with the likes of Willie Nelson, Donovan Frankenreiter, Dirty Heads, Pepper, Cypress Hill, The Original Wailers, Big Bad VooDoo Daddy and many others. After having been discovered personally by legendary promoter Kevin Lyman, BaHMM was asked to perform on last year's entire run of Vans Warped Tour.
On their return to this summer's Warped Tour, Beebs says, "We are very excited to be a part of the Vans Warped Tour this year! There is nothing better than free, sweaty hugs and dance parties with new and old super friends all summer! Get ready for the most amazingly fun, explosive,and best dance party ever!"
"Wurst Album Ever" was recorded at Pot 'O Gold Recording in Anaheim, CA. The album was engineered by David Irish and produced by David Irish, Aaron Barrett (Reel Big Fish) and Beebs and Her Money Makers.
Out The Door
Waterfalls ( TLC cover)
Crazy (Feat. Aaron Barrett)
Dialect of Preset
MIss Kaptain Kangaroo
Death To Ego
A Nights Dream
Vans Warped Tour Dates
Jun 13, 2014 - Reliant Center, Houston, TX |
Jun 14, 2014 - AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Jun 15, 2014 - Gexa Energy Pavillion, Dallas, TX
Jun 17, 2014 - Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque, NM
Jun 18, 2014 - Quail Run Park, Mesa, AZ
Jun 19, 2014 - Luxor Lot, Las Vegas, NV
Jun 20, 2014 - Pomona Fairplex, Pomona, CA
Jun 21, 2014 - Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
Jun 22, 2014 - Seaside Park, Ventura, CA | 11am
Jun 25, 2014 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA
Jun 26, 2014 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Wheatland, CA
Jun 28, 2014 - White River Amphitheater, Southeast Auburn, WA
Jun 29, 2014 - Portland Expo Center Parking Lot, Portland, OR
Jul 2, 2014 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, MO
Jul 3, 2014 - Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN
Jul 4, 2014 - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON
Jul 5, 2014 - Parc Jean Drapeau, Montreal, QC
Jul 6, 2014 - PNC Bank Arts Concert Center, Holmdel, NJ
Jul 8, 2014 - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
Jul 9, 2014 - Toyota Pavilion, Scranton, PA
Jul 10, 2014 - Xfinity Center (formerly Comcast Center), Mansfield, MA
Jul 11, 2014 - Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
Jul 12, 2014 - Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheater, Wantagh, NY
Jul 13, 2014 - Xfinity Theatre (Formerly Comcast Theatre), Hartford, CT
Jul 15, 2014 - First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
Jul 16, 2014 - Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
Jul 17, 2014 - Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Jul 18, 2014 - The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
Jul 19, 2014 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL
Jul 20, 2014 - Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN
Jul 22, 2014 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
Jul 23, 2014 - Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, VA
Jul 24, 2014 - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
Jul 25, 2014 - Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, FL
Jul 26, 2014 - Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL
Jul 27, 2014 - Central Florida Fairgrounds, Orlando, FL
Jul 28, 2014 - PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
Jul 29, 2014 - Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Nashville, TN
Jul 30, 2014 - Marcus Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, WI
Jul 31, 2014 - Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KS
Aug 2, 2014 - Utah State Fairpark, Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 3, 2014 - Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO
Before Their Eyes
Before Their Eyes is a post-hardcore band from Findlay, Ohio. Founded by vocalist Nick Moore, the name of the band is taken from the New Testament verse Romans 3:18: "There is no fear of God before their eyes." Their second album, The Dawn of My Death, was released October 28, 2008. The album reached #10 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Their third album, "Untouchable", was released March 16, 210. The album reached #22 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. Their fourth album "Redemption" was released March 26, 2012 and reached #29 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and #30 on Billboards Top Christian Albums Chart.
The band has played many tours, including: Warped Tour 2011, "Spring Break Your Heart Tour" with Forever The Sickest Kids, Tonight Alive, We Are The In Crowd & Breathe Carolina, "The Bangover Tour" with Bless The Fall, the "Coaxial Flutter Tour" alongside Saosin, In 2009 with headliners Silverstein, Norma Jean, and Bless The Fall, the Hot N' Heavy Tour alongside Drop Dead, Gorgeous, and He Is Legend, the Artery Across The Nation Tour with A Skylit Drive and Four Letter Lie, the Black on Black Tour with Escape the Fate, the Scream the Prayer Tour in 2008 with Here I Come Falling, and Agraceful,and the One Moment Management Tour with Eyes Set to Kill, and LoveHateHero. Their first tour ever was the Rise Records tour with The Devil Wears Prada, Drop Dead Gorgeous and Dance Gavin Dance back in 2007.
Bruised But Not Broken
Charlotte, NC metalcore 5-piece, Bruised But Not Broken are just out of high school, but they are hitting the scene with a unique blend of hard-hitting metalcore with a techno twist that is captivating crowds every show they play.
Hudson Hower (vocals, lyrics)
Matt Bentley (drums)
Josh Rhodes "J-Ro" (guitar)
Trevor Floyd (guitar)
Zac Johnson (bass)
Five friends that used to jam, and still do.
Consider Me Dead
Chris Brewington - @ChrisBrewington
Brandon Pettitt - @Brandon_Pettitt
Kevin McGuire - @Kevin_McGuire_
Since forming in 2011, Arizona Electronic/Rock outfit Consider Me Dead have virtually exploded onto the music scene with their Self-Titled and Up In Lights EPs, in addition to tour dates with Blood On The Dance Floor and Jeffree Star. The band's debut full length is available now through Standby Records.
Courage My Love
Homeskool Prom Records/Warner
What is courage? When you’re a young rock ‘n’ roll band—courage is throwing yourself into your music fully and completely. It’s stepping onto a stage and just given’r. It’s touring new places far from home, and opening up, scars and all, to your fans. Courage is saying what you really think. It’s being unafraid of change, of becoming who you really are.
Courage My Love is all of these things.
The Kitchener, Canada band consists of twin sisters Mercedes Arn-Horn (vocals, guitar) and Phoenix Arn-Horn (drums. vocals) with their friend Brandon Lockwood (bass).
Call them a power trio, pop-punk, alternative metal. As you wish. They grew up on it all. But while you are jumping around and banging your head with abandon, don’t miss the message: They have no appetite for destruction. They do not seek to destroy. No, Courage My Love is here to uplift, inspire.
Becoming, the band’s new EP, produced by Chris Perry in Toronto, is eight tracks bled out of Courage My Love during a period of exciting changes. “Our first EP For Now came out when we were 17,” explains Mercedes. “When you’re our age, a lot can happen in two years.” Yes, many good things. Like heavy rotation on MuchMusic/MusiquePlus, more than 3.8 million YouTube views, and being on Alternative Press Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Bands to Know in 2012. “Before we went on tour we’d never been away from home,” says the guitarist. “You meet all these new people, and you learn about yourselves. We’ve all grown a lot. That was the inspiration for Becoming.”
Opening track “Skin and Bones” captures the fear and longing of leaving something behind. “We’re too old to die young,” they sing over thunderous beats, the heart of the matter. Hard- knocking first single “You Don’t Know How” cranks it up, intense and defiant: “Find out I’m strong enough on my own now.” By the time the EP closes with the haunting ballad “Dark Wood, Dark Water,” about finding the one thing that pulls you out of the darkness, Courage My Love’s mission is clear: rock out, be happy, stay true.
For this next generation of musicians, that means truly embracing social media. With their popular DIY podcasts and viral videos, Courage My Love not only connect with fans, they reveal more of their true selves. It’s all part of what they do best. “This whole band is about being yourself,” says Phoenix. “You don’t need to play by the book to be successful. Being a girl isn’t that big of a deal in music anymore. You don’t need to have a certain look. Break the rules, stand apart.”
Hometown: Jersey City, NJ
Label: Texiera Records/The Orchard
About Coy Kids:
Coy Kids consists of Johnny Chlup on bass, Chris Weber on drums (not the basketball player…Weber with one "b" never forgets how many timeouts he has left) and Shen Pan on vocals and guitar. Are they a power trio? How dare you! Indie rock? Meh. Emo? Nope...only one of them wears skinny jeans and only two of them own a Sunny Day Real Estate record and it’s Diary. So if you were to pick a genre (dirty word alert!) to describe their sound, what would it be? Tweecore? Perfect. What is tweecore? It’s the combination of twee and core. Duh! (Fun fact #1: Tweecore was invented in 1989 when Calvin Johnson (yes, the football player) met Henry Rollins after a Tulalah Gosh show and discussed making music together over a meal consisting of vegan head cheese and foie gras.)
Coy Kids formed in early 2012 when Shen and Chris began playing music together in order to escape the boredom and apathy resulting from normal day-to-day life in Jersey City. They met Johnny and soon learned that he shared their love of New Jersey, day drinking, and dick jokes. They began playing random basements, weddings, bar mitzvahs and bars in the Jersey City area. (Fun fact #2: Chris’s father was Johnny’s high school principle! They were both unaware of this fact until Chris tried to give Johnny detention one drunken evening by locking him in a 4 door Mazda sedan and a sense of familiarity ran through both their veins.)
Artists ranging from Pavement to the Reigning Sound to Quicksand influence the individual band members. But the music they create together isn’t a mere combination of the aforementioned artists. In actuality, they sound absolutely nothing like any band you can think of. Go ahead and give it a try. I promise you’ll fail. Instead Johnny’s bass lines, Chris’ drum beats and Shen’s guitar and voice combine to form a charming and catchy blend of soft/loud dynamic love songs. Some would describe them as anti-love but how’re you supposed to know what love is if you’ve never been jaded and heartbroken? (Fun Fact #3: Shen once dated the daughter of the inventor of Post It Notes!)
There’s one word that comes to mind when you listen to a Coy Kids song: empathy. That’s because they’ve: loved, lied, given, stolen, helped, hurt, fucked up, done good, wished they were older and wiser, yearned for their youth, experienced happy/sad/funny/awkward moments in random places with random people…just like you. These are their stories…these are your stories…these are everybody’s stories.
Short Version: We’re 3 dudes who write songs about gals. We drink cheap beer. Sometimes we drink fancy beer. We’ll fight anyone who talks shit about New Jersey. (Fun Fact #4: New Jersey is the best place on earth)
Fun Fact Check
1 Absolutely Not.
3 Nah. That fun fact was based on the movie Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion. The real girl's father owned a stationary store and wasn't nearly as awesome as Romy or Michelle.
Crown The Empire
It’s true: A picture does paint a thousand words, even if the artist uses sound—rather than pigment and pencil—to create that image. For the Dallas-based outfit Crown The Empire, that means making music on a level rarely seen nowadays, combining visual aesthetics, theatrical sonic textures and thought-provoking lyrics for an audio experience that takes the listener on a wild ride of epic proportions. And they’re just getting started.
Armed with The Fallout, the band’s recent full-length debut, Crown The Empire are bringing a high-energy, visually stimulating and thematically engaging side to post-hardcore, that’s already created a massive buzz for the still-embryonic outfit. Set amid a charred post-apocalyptic landscape, listening to The Fallout is an unforgettable excursion into the imaginations of its makers.
“We wanted this music to constantly make you feel what we were feeling and what we were writing about, whether it’s the softer or heavier songs,” explains Andy Leo, “We were trying to make it the sound of what you should be feeling; if you were watching a movie, this would be the score.”
Crown The Empire—which includes vocalists Andy Leo and David Escamilla, guitarists Brandon Hoover and Bennett Vogelman, drummer Brent Taddie and bassist Hayden Tree—formed in Dallas, Tex. in 2011, after Leo connected with Hoover and Tree, with the goal of starting a new project. Taddie and Vogelman—both discovered through videos of them playing covers on YouTube—joined later that year, and those early efforts led to the November 2011 EP Limitless. Then in March 2012 second vocalist Escamilla was added to the fold, solidifying the lineup as it currently exists, giving birth to the band’s full-length debut, The Fallout, released November 2012. Over the past two years the band has toured both nationally and abroad, with slots on the recent Our Last Night run, the 2013 Take Action tour with The Used, select dates with Falling In Reverse, and a U.K. run with Pierce the Veil. Crown The Empire were also recently featured on the cover of Alternative Press’ annual “Bands You Need To Know” issue.
Sequestered in Michigan with famed producer Joey Sturgis (The Devil Wears Prada, We Came As Romans, Miss May I), the band spent August and September of 2012 laying down the intricate compositions that comprise The Fallout, recording well through the night on most evenings. A painstaking process by all accounts, Leo says he spent six weeks living in Sturgis’ basement, subsisting on ramen noodles and microwave meals, but couldn’t be happier with the results. Sturgis is known for both his sparkling sonic touch, as well as his knack for adding cinematic elements to the music, and both qualities help make The Fallout shine.
“Joey didn’t change much song structure-wise; he mainly made it sound good,” explains Leo. “We have a more defined approach of what we want an album to sound like, and Joey is the perfect producer for that. We wanted all this real sound, and he captured that.”
“What would be left behind at the end of the world? Metal, gears…The bass booms on the record have explosions in them, and glass breaking, and gears turning over, sounding like a broken-down industrial park,” says drummer Brent Taddie, regarding the album’s end-of-world vibe. “There would be power grids, wires, steel left behind. All those explosions, the heavy parts, the aggressive vocals are breaking down the end of the world. The strings, the clean vocals are kind of the harmony coming through, but the guitar, the kick drum, the explosions—that’s supposed to be the destruction…the end of the world.”
The dark and cinematic soundscape that pervades The Fallout reflects the album’s post-apocalyptic theme, which actually began as a metaphor for a failed relationship. Leo says the idea came about after a member had broken up with a girlfriend, later realizing the full impact of his decision. Using some poetic license, the split was transformed into a global doomsday-inducing event.
“Her friends kept saying, ‘You ended her world,’” Leo remembers. “I was sitting around with a Brandon, telling him about it, and we decided, what if it did actually end the world with that breakup? From there, we started building this idea of the end of the world, and built a setting for it around this theme of being alone and faced against people. It all spawned out of a breakup, but it turned into this huge, massive world.”
Perhaps no track on The Fallout conveys this central them more than “Memories Of A Broken Heart.” Although one of the softer moments on the album, Leo says the lyrics are especially impactful in the record’s overall context. “That song has the perfect syllogism for the end of the world and the breakup. It talks about both,” says Leo. “I was outside and thought of the idea for the lyric ‘I stand on the ash of all I’ve ever loved.’ I was so stoked, because we’d already come up with the idea for the end of the world being a breakup. That line was about the ashes of a building, or the ashes of relationships.”
To date the band has released two music videos to accompany the The Fallout’s release: a two-part series for the tracks “Oh Catastrophe” and the title track. The visual story arc in the two videos conveys a tale of star-crossed lovers separated by differences in ideology, rather than being united by love.
“We came up with this idea of a weird Romeo and Juliet thing, with people not making the tough choices and arguing over things like religion, and all these things that at the end of the world wouldn’t matter. Somebody’s gonna be wrong,” says Leo. “I was thinking of how stubborn someone could be to see the end of the world not ending the way their book said it would, and still trying to argue. In the video, there’s this idea that love—this couple—could disband the army that was trying to keep them apart. They couldn’t see the love that was in front of them.”
With The Fallout still fresh, Crown The Empire have an extensive tour itinerary planned for the coming months, with a headlining run booked for spring and a slot on the Rise Records Tour (alongside labelmates Like Moths To Flames), then a full slate of dates on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour. Leo says as the group continue to build momentum, they plan on making their live shows progressively more elaborate and cinematic, further bringing Crown The Empire’s evocative brand of music to life.
“We’re constantly talking about new backdrops, new cabinets, new gear…how we can sound better. Eventually we want to be talking about what kind of rigs can we build on stage, what kind of lighting can we bring, what sort of pyrotechnics. That’s a huge part we love, that a lot of the bands have lost out on: the idea of a big festival for your eyes and not just your ears,” says Leo. “I think the shows will take a whole new level in the future. They’re always going to just get bigger.”
Ben Ferris - @Bensshh
Cory Ferris - @Cory_Ferris
Brent Guistwite - @BrentGuistwite
Omar Magana - @OmarMagana
Dance Gavin Dance
Tilian Pearson - Vocals
Jon Mess - Vocals
Will Swan - Guitar/vocals
Josh Benton- Guitar
Tim Feerick - Bass
Matt Mingus - Drums
Orange County, CA
Vocals - Rory Rodriguez
Drums - Mike Karle
Guitar - Alex Polk
Guitar - Gino Sgambelluri
Bass - Andrew Sharp
Diamond Youth brings quite the diverse resumé to the table. Claiming Baltimore as their home, members of Diamond Youth are spread across Chicago as well, creating an obstacle in terms of actually practicing as a band. However, using tools of the trade such as 3-way iChat, garage band, and voice note files, Diamond Youth has released 2 EP's in their short tenure since the summer of 2010 and are set to release their third EP, Orange, on January 22nd, 2013.
Despite the varying musical tastes of each member in Diamond Youth, they all share a very common back catalogue of bands who have inspired and defined their developing years as budding artists. From Weezer to Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, and all the way back to the Beach Boys, the influence these bands had on Diamond Youth is ever-apparent in the music they write.
When it comes to what Diamond Youth has to offer, what you see is what you get; what you get is often times more than you can handle. With a rigorous background in art, design, and skateboarding, the boys of Diamond Youth are known for their ability to create and produce all of their own artwork, merchandise, web sites and videos. From silkscreen printing their own t-shirts, directing and editing their own music videos, to designing their own album art, Diamond Youth is a band that has a tight grip on their career and firmly believe in the DIY mentality which allows them to do all of this, and still give away their music for free.
On the upcoming release, guitarist Sam Trapkin says, “Putting out a new record is kind of like raising a kid and then sending it to school for the first time. Like, you think you did a good job raising it, and you have this really intimate relationship, then all the sudden they're out in the world meeting new people. And you know your kid doesn't stink but they're kind of different than the rest and you're really proud but what if everyone else hates them and think they suck? You know?”
Evergreen Terrace has been blazing their own path through the melodic hardcore scene for over a decade. Anchored by guitarist/singer Craig Chaney's clean vocals, punctuated by lead singer Andrew Carey's viciously screamed vocals. Evergreen Terrace parted ways with founding guitarist Josh James, drummer Caleb James, and left Metal Blade Records in 2012. Former bass player, Jason Southwell, rejoined the band at the end of 2012, moving Alex Varian from bass to guitar. Drummer Brad Moxey filled out the lineup on drums. In 2013, the band signed with Rise Records and recently finished tracking their Rise debut entitled "Dead Horses" produced by Stan Martell of Martell Studios in Kingsland, Ga, and is planning a fall/winter 2013 release. The Florida-born five-piece never depended on anyone to push them forward. With their blistering combination of melodic hardcore, metal and punk rock, Evergreen Terrace has toured the world with As I Lay Dying, August Burns Red, Hatebreed, Rise Against, Circa Survive, Every Time I Die, Strung Out, Agnostic Front, Katy Perry, New Found Glory and more. They have jammed tours like Sounds of the Underground, Vans Warped Tour, Persistence Tour, Hell on Earth Tour, Thrash and Burn Tour and Soundwave Festivals. Known for their intense live performances, a Evergreen Terrace show is not a show to miss.
Famous Last Words
JT - Vocals
Ethan Osborn - Lead Guitar
Craig Simons - Drums
Tyler Myklebust- Guitar
Jesse Maddy - Bass
Farewell My Love
Ryan Howell - Vocals
Röbby Creasey - Guitar/Piano
Chad Kowal - Drums/Vocals
Charlee Conley - Bass
Logan Thayer - Guitar
Rock n’ Roll should be larger than life. Rock stars are superheroes who take the stage propelled by a pomp and circumstance rivaling the royalty of old. They adopt fantastical personas that enrapture an audience, transporting participants away from their every day struggles and problems into a world of freedom and possibility.
Farewell, My Love has arrived carrying the torch aloft for a new generation hungry for the power, energy and magnetic combustibility inherent in the best rock. The five young men of Farewell, My Love have come together to share their individual hardships, triumphs and passions through a collective vehicle. They’ve taken the sum total of the lives they’ve lived thus far and fashioned them into a unique weapon to hand over to their audiences for the mutual uplifting of all involved.
The conceptual artistry and theatricality of My Chemical Romance, the reckless danger and skillful musicianship of Avenged Sevenfold, the dark mystique and anthem-inducing sing-alongs of AFI and the brash experimentalism and attitude of 30 Seconds to Mars are all components that have a home in the Farewell, My Love manuscript. With forceful determination and wonderfully soaring grandiosity, Farewell, My Love put a unique spin on theatrical hard rock with utmost dedication.
Standby Records was proud to ink a deal with the band and put them into Cleveland, Ohio’s Studio D Productions with producer Don Debiase, who has worked with Modern Day Escape, Beneath the Sky and For All Those Sleeping. The resulting debut full-length "Gold Tattoos" is the type of album that is sure to skyrocket the young quintet.
Ryan Howell’s intense and diverse vocals sit atop the heavy, precise and melodic guitar work of Röbby Creasey and Logan Thayer, all ably backed by the percussive but tasteful rhythm section of bassist Charlee Conley and drummer Chad Kowal. Additional instrumentation, including string arrangements and bells, bolster the band’s guitar-driven rock, adding to the artistic atmosphere on display throughout.
A band with many dimensions from their music, to their lyrics, their stage show, their videos, their image and their concepts, Farewell, My Love present true emotion, authentic passion and pour their hearts and souls into everything they do. Farewell, My Love aspires to nothing less than to be a hill of hope in the flood of life.
Rachel, Andrew, Saysha, Tim
Fire In The Radio
FIRE IN THE RADIO REVEALS ALBUM TITLE, ARTWORK, AND TRACK LIST; DEBUTS OFFICAL ALBUM TRAILER AT ABSOLUTEPUNK.NET
On May 12, 2015, Philadelphia’s Fire in the Radio will release its new record entitled “Telemetry” on Wednesday Records.
Work on the record, which contains eleven tracks, started last year when Fire in the Radio spent time at Inner Ear studios in Washington, DC, with engineer Don Zientara (Fugazi) doing a series of demos. The demos turned into the foundation for a full-length record that was recorded in the summer of 2014 at Miner Street Studios in Philadelphia (The Menzingers, Restorations) with producer Thom Flowers (Lagwagon) and engineer Matt Schimelfenig (Cayetana). The record was mixed by Jesse Gander (Japandroids) at Rain City Recorders in Vancouver, and mastered by Alan Douches in New York. The band, who derives their name from the Charles Bukowski poem “Regard Me," has a unique sound that has been appropriately described as an amalgamation of Jawbreaker, Tigers Jaw, Weezer and Title Fight.
The "Telemetry" album art features a photograph from Don Hamerman's "Found Baseball" series,which has been prominently featured in Juxtapoz magazine and NPR.
1 June 14th
2 Best Shot
3 Motor Boys and Girls
5 Are We On Tonight
7 The Push
8 Luna, I'll Be Home Soon
9 Steve McQueen
10A Ghost To Haunt You
11Was It Something I Said
Absolutepunk.net is running an exclusive feature of a film trailer detailing the recording of the record at Miner Street. The trailer was shot by Brandon Dexter. The “Telemetry” video trailer can be viewed here.
Line-up: Richard Carbone (vocals, guitar), Adam Caldwell (drums), Jon Miller (vocals, guitar) and Ed Olsen (bass).
The album and hi-res photos can be downloaded here. Link not cleared for posting. For review purposes only please.
Flannel Gurl Records
Foxy Shazam has never been good at following the rules, but the latest chapter in their rollercoaster tale is undoubtedly the most groundbreaking. Exploring musical territory only hinted at in previous releases, the band's latest album GONZO depicts Foxy Shazam in their most penetrating and exposed form. It is at once this phenomenal band's most soothing, searing, heavy, biting, dreamy, and generally jarring statement to date, in a career built upon unorthodoxy. Prepare yourself for Foxy Shazam in their most penetrating and exposed form, their characteristic grandiosity clearly evident but captured in a severe new light.
Remember when today’s middle-aged working stiffs were once young Generation X-types who were wearing ironic T-shirts reading “FREAK” or “LOSER,” words that mirrored their grunge-centric ennui? Then there was one band who made that pervading nihilism even more stylish by rocking black shirts with the word “zero” in silver glitter. But while the z-word has the capacity to taint test scores, bank balances and attempts at self-actualization in ways no other common integer can, it does represent more positive ideals. Consider the terminology used by project managers to herald the beginning of a big project: Year Zero. What’s the numerical equivalent used when someone uses the metaphor of “hitting the reset button” on their lives and/or careers? That’s right: zero.
For the members of Hawthorne Heights, the word (or number) isn’t the providence of losers, nor a bastion of stylish disconnection. Zero, the fifth album from the Dayton, Ohio, outfit, represents a positively incandescent future. Now aligning themselves with Red River Entertainment, Hawthorne Heights—singer/guitarist JT Woodruff, guitarists Micah Carli and Mark McMillion, bassist Matt Ridenour and drummer Eron Bucciarelli—are rising above their post-hardcore roots in ambitious measures. Overseen by producer Brian Virtue, Zero marks a wider breadth of the band’s capacity to create compelling work, regardless of the social implications found in certain music subcultures. (Translation: Team HH tossed the punk-rock rulebook into a wood chipper.)
“When people hear Zero, they’re going to be hearing a new band,” Eron Bucciarelli beams. “What we’re trying to accomplish is to reinvent ourselves and not be so attached to our history. I think there are elements of Zero that pay homage to Hawthorne Heights’ past, that we should by no means attempt to ignore. To a certain degree, we are the same people that wrote The Silence In Black And White. We’re just older now.”
While many of the participants in America’s post-hardcore sweepstakes have toiled in the underground with a mere modicum of success (if any), Hawthorne Heights achieved much in their 12-year existence. Since their inception in 2001, the band made heads swivel with their brand of melodic post-hardcore heightened by the interplay between frontman Woodruff’s “clean vocal” and the late rhythm guitarist Casey Calvert’s screaming. Their 2004 debut, The Silence In Black And White was not only a benchmark for the band (the release was certified gold-status), but also for the attendant “screamo” aesthetic both critics and fans credit the group with bringing into the forefront. 2006’s If Only You Were Lonely repeated gold-selling success for the band, further establishing them as a dynamic live act.
“I think for a lot of people, Hawthorne Heights were that bridge band that got people into more commercial acts like Green Day and Blink-182 to transition into more underground music,” Bucciarelli opines. “For one reason or another, we were people’s first introduction to screaming in music. So for better or worse, that’s one of the main things people think about our band. Maybe our contribution to the larger canon of underground rock is to be a segue into that underground world.”
After the untimely passing of Calvert in 2007, Hawthorne Heights carried on as a quartet, issuing two more full-length albums, Fragile Future (2008) and Skeletons (2010). But after extricating themselves from their last label deal, the band returned to the roll-up-your-sleeves, DIY aesthetic that got them on the post-hardcore radar all those years ago, recording, distributing and marketing two EPs Hate and Hope. “When we made those EPs,” Bucciarelli begins, “we had a chip on our shoulder. But all the while that we were angry, we still had a lot of confidence in ourselves and our ability to make music our fans wanted to hear. We were definitely a lot more optimistic for the future.”
In addition to marking a significant growth in the band’s artistry, Zero also represents the culmination of how Hawthorne Heights conduct themselves as a unit. Knowing full well that today’s bands are businesses through and through, each member was assigned a certain aspect of the band’s affairs, from recording and mixing, booking tours, merchandising and promotion. After playing with the band live for three years, longtime friend of the band Mark McMillion would become an official member. (“It made sense to have him with us,” figures Bucciarelli. “He’s a great guitarist, he can sing, and it’s nice to have another set of ears in the studio.”) The band decided that the follow-up release to their two EPs would be conceptual, with a story arc. “We wanted to make a grand album, something we’ve never done in our entire career,” says the drummer. “We focused on what songs would work toward supporting the story line, as opposed to front-loading the album with all the ‘best’ songs first. At first, there was some hesitation in the studio. ‘This is kinda weird.’ ‘Is this possible?’ We all came together and assured ourselves that we just had to commit to it in order to make it happen.”
The backdrop of Zero takes place in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian future where a totalitarian government (the Coalition Of Alternate Living Methods, aka CALM) systematically drugs the populace in order to keep them docile. The central protagonist awakes one morning to find his whole life completely decimated, as if he was dropped into the middle of a desolate vista of scorched earth and wasteland. The hero has to battle the government—as well as the constant barrage of memories that haunt him—in order to find answers. While the song-cycle format is an interesting departure for Hawthorne Heights, the songs are still vibrant, even when dissected from the greater concept. Tracks like “Memories Of Misery,” “Darkside,” “Golden Parachutes” and “Anywhere But Here,” contain equal measures of pop sensibility, as well as lyrical heft. But there are also touching and unnerving moments at play: The acoustic melancholy of “Hollow Hearts Unite” is a mix of altruist sentiment and helplessness colliding. The title track sports Woodruff’s wounded vocal and a guitar solo that wouldn’t sound out of place on a David Gilmour album. “Lost In The Calm” is a deathbed spectator trying to cope, set to a rapid beat that mirrors the song’s urgency. When you consider the current controversy surrounding the activities of corporations intersecting with government (stick “Monsanto” or “fracking” in your search engine of choice and see what happens) futures, Zero doesn’t sound like contrived fiction. In his role as both recording artist and doting father, Bucciarelli genuinely worries about these constructs.
“Some of the themes [found on Zero] factor into my daily thought processes of things, moments like, ‘Should I give my daughter this kind of food to eat,’ and on top of that thinking, ‘What can we do to stop this from happening?’ it’s kind of scary to most people, and that’s why a lot of these ideas have been branded as conspiracy theory—nobody wants to acknowledge it in a hear-no-evil, see-no-evil kind of thing. If some listeners associate some of the themes from this record to real-life situations and it opens their minds up, I think that’s definitely a good thing.”
It’s also a good thing that Hawthorne Heights are still out there. As one of the founding names in the foundation of post-hardcore/contemporary punk, the quintet are reinvigorated and ready to go where their new vision will take them, from the stage of this year’s Warped Tour to the rest of the world. It might sound like a self-deprecating quip, but the truth has a much greater resonance: The sum total of Hawthorne Heights’ parts equals Zero. And it’s far more valuable than mindless slacker nostalgia.
Republic of St Marino
Matt Labinaz - Vocals (@mattlabinaz)
Jackie - Guitars, Vocals (@big_jackie)
Jimmy - Guitars (@jimmyburrow1)
Angelo - Bass Lines (@angelohelia)
Ricky - Drums (@rickyhelia)
Releasing their most recent record "Spilled Ink" through Rise Records Honour Crest is stepping up their game and touring the world to spread their music one show at a time.
Formed in 2009, in the Virginia Beach and Norfolk areas of Virginia, Honour Crest seamlessly blends fast paced beats into an electronica-metalcore hybrid.
Zach Fitzpatrick, Jimmy Dillon, and Cory Beaver perfectly compliment Luke Borza's aggressive vocals on guitar, bass, and drums respectively. Rounding out the five-piece and adding an extra dimension to their contemporaries lack is Chad Orange's electronics programming, fusing perfectly with the bands intense guitar work and vocals.
Honour Crest's live shows are more like parties with something for every music fan to enjoy.
Porterville, CA / Phoenix, AZ
Cam - vocals
Jordan - guitar
Dan - drums
It's not about sharing finances, or even art, it's about sharing Love.
This all started because we believe Love exists, and you deserve to experience it.
We believe in God, and we believe in Love. But also, we believe that if you don't believe in God, you still deserve to be Loved.
Love is not exclusive.
Landis Daniels - Vocals
Kevin Franklin - Guitar
Wes Edmonson - Guitar
Garrett Grothe - Drums
I Am King
Nate Newhard - Vocals
Sam Sky - Vocals
Justin Mitchell- Guitar
Dan Artim - Guitar
Jake Tacker - Bass
Tito Rivera - Drums
In Hearts Wake
Byron Bay, Australia
INHEARTSWAKE began in 2006 as five individuals brought together through a common interest in heavy music. Inspired by the natural surrounds of Byron Bay they shared an enthusiasm for a better world, which solidified them as friends and acted as the catalyst for creativity. The Byron Bay five piece released their highly acclaimed UNFD debut "Divination" in August of 2012, cementing their position in the hardcore/metal scene.
The first few years saw the band take to the roads around Australia off the back of several independently released EP’s, sharing their music, learning from their peers and each other whilst gaining an insight into the fundamentals of what it was to be a young touring act.
The natural progression towards a full-length release was imminent and in early 2012 INHEARTSWAKE made the trip to Random Awesome Studio’s in Michigan, USA to record with renowned engineer ‘Josh Schroeder’ (The Color Morale, For The Fallen Dreams, Legend). Meanwhile at home, national interest was increasing and it caught the eye of Melbourne based company UNFD, who went on to release “Divination” and sign the band for worldwide management.
INHEARTSWAKE have since shared stages across Australia and New Zealand with bands such as Parkway Drive, Enter Shikari & Northlane. Playing over 100 dates in the first eight months of their album’s cycle, INHEARTSWAKE have developed into a seasoned act while more recently being included as part of the ‘Brother In Arms Tour’ across venues in Australia, Europe and the UK with The Amity Affliction. INHEARTSWAKE have also delivered capacity shows across two incredible headline tours as part of the “Divination” album cycle. The latter being The Survival Tour, which saw them bring out Canadian’s Counterparts for nine dates around Australia.
Findlay, OH based record company
Being As An Ocean
Famous Last Words
Let It Happen
Until We Are Ghosts
Do you really need to read this?
I love to write music and perform songs live.
I'm not into covering pop songs.
I'm not into lighting kits.
I hate drums.
Kill Brand was launched in 2001 by musician Jonny Smith, who while on tour with his band, ran into a problem -- no clean t-shirts. With a hot pink T-shirt and black spray paint, Jonny randomly graffitied K-I-L-L across the front of the T-shirt, and took the stage. This fresh trend took fans by storm. Before long Jonny was designing, spray-painting, and selling his T's out of the back of the tour van. As demand grew he invested in a screen printing machine, that was used in his studio apartment to keep up with demand. Jonny personally screen-printed every item by hand with his signature, KILL. Kill Brand's notoriety grew as Jonny left the band to pursue his other passion full time.
Kill Brand designs are now sold in thousands of retail stores worldwide and have been featured in such publications as GQ, Maxim and Alternative Press. In 2008, Kill Brand partnered with All Time Low bassist Zack Merrick on the popularAmerrickan line.
Punk Rock 'n Roll Music
South Suburbs of Chicago
John Siorek - Drums
Joe Taylor - Vocals
Ryan Rumchaks - Bass
Kevin Maida - Guitar
Nick Casasanto - Guitar
Blair Shehan, Colby Mancasola, Sergie Loobkoff, and Edward Breckenridge
Let It Happen
Drew Brown- Vocals/Guitar
Sean Highley- Drums
Michael Vogel- Guitar
Nathan Joiner- Bass
Mixing a high-energy performance style with lyrics that are at the same time raw and accessible, Let It Happen has matured into a one of a kind Pop/Rock band, developing a loyal and steadily growing fan base along the way. Drawing from musical influences such as Third Eye Blind, Jimmy Eat World, and Relient K, Let It Happen has developed a catalogue of songs so personal and distinctive, you can’t help but hit repeat!
Toronto, Ontario Canada
Jonny O'Callaghan - Vocals
Mike Short - Guitar
Terrance Pettitt - Drums
Burton Lavery - Bass
LIFERUINER is a contiguous thinking melodic hardcore band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. "Future Revisionists" is their sophomore release that represents a strong message of equality, integrity, and passion. LIFERUINER hopes to inspire change not only with their music, but also their message.
Like Moths To Flames
Chris Roetter -Vocals- @croetter
Aaron Evans -Bass/Vocals- @SMCAaron
Zach Huston -Lead Guitar- @ZachLMTF
Eli Ford -Guitar- @_eliford
Greg Diamond -Drums- @theGregDiamond
LIKE MOTHS TO FLAMES have set the underground music scene ablaze in just a few short years, thanks to a decidedly unique, fresh and original take on an otherwise well-worn genre. Stomping sing-a-long anthems, pulverizing metal chaos and crystal clear/soaring shiny pop dance together with delicious freedom within the band’s sound. Bring Me The Horizon, Devil Wears Prada and Miss May I are some of the only bands doing it at the same level of intensity, precision and passion as Like Moths To Flames, who have taken their rightful place alongside their scene counterparts while steadily maneuvering a career that is uniquely their own.
Upon the band’s arrival, fans quickly became as passionate about the group’s songs as the young men who composed them. When We Don’t Exist took the early promise of the group’s debut EP, Sweet Talker, and expanded upon all of its ideas. When We Don’t Exist is broader, catchier and more fired up than the vast majority of the likeminded genre records being downloaded, streamed and otherwise consumed around the world. One listen to the group’s output is all the evidence one needs to understand why the Like Moths To Flames has dominated on the road on The AP Tour with Miss May I and The Ghost Inside, the Scream It Like You Mean It Tour with We Came As Romans and Attack Attack! or supporting groups like DRUGS. The two newer songs on the deluxe edition – “Learn Your Place” and “Shapeshifter” – inch even further toward that proverbial “next level,” looking toward the future.
Vigilant fans of the metalcore sound were well aware of vocalist Chris Roetter before the band began. Like Moths To Flames is the culmination of all of his travels, experience and relationships from the years he spent fronting Emarosa and Agraceful. The rest of the band cut their teeth in smaller acts as well. Guitarist Eli Ford was formerly in My Ticket Home. Drummer Greg Diamond came from The Air I Breathe, while bassist/backing vocalist Aaron Evans (who started LMTF with Roetter) and lead guitarist Zach Huston played in TerraFirma together.
“Aaron and I were in bands that had seen the bad side of the music business,” Roetter explains of the group’s formation. “This time around, we wanted to make sure that we were playing music that we had a good time with. We wrote music that we liked that we knew that we would like to play live. We knew we wanted to go out and have fun we want to do it our way, however we wanted.”
The band found their footing with their debut EP and then really developed their sound with their first full-length, which is chock full of angry bile and exposition reflective of a singer with plenty to get off his chest.
Like Moths To Flames embarked on the “A Metal Christmas” tour to support their inaugural EP on Rise Records, together with Texas In July and A Hero A Fake. After a lineup reshuffle that resulted in the current incarnation save for the drummer position (which shifted shortly thereafter), the band recorded their first full album, which was released in November, 2011. In the following January, they hit the road on the S.I.N. Tour with D.R.U.G.S., Hit the Lights and Sparks The Rescue. Next they found themselves back on tour with their friends in Texas In July. Next came the summer’s Scream It Like You Mean It Tour. The year wrapped up with Like Moths To Flames joining The AP Tour.
In an era of verse/chorus/verse screaming and singing, Like Moths To Flames aims for a more organic blend of the two styles that serves the song rather than a formula. Even as people continue to discover When We Don’t Exist, Like Moths To Flames are putting their eyes toward the bigger prize of album number two, which the band intends to make even “darker” and “more eerie.”
Spending ten months out of the year on the road, the group is fully committed to making music their long-term lifestyle. At the end of the day, the band’s raison d’etre is simple. “I want to be able to connect with people through writing songs,” Roetter says. “That’s something that I've been able to do since I was younger and that's something that I want to continue to do. We want to be able to meet fans and people and play our music. More time out on the road playing shows for more people is going keep lighting the fire under the band to keep it going.”
Rise Records/Lost Tape Collective
Man Overboard is a 5 piece pop punk band from New Jersey
Nik - Bass/Vocals
Zac - Guitar/Vocals
Justin - Guitar
Wayne - Guitar
Joe - Drums
One of Alternative Press' "Bands You Need to Know in 2014", Marmozets are not what you would call shy. This explosive, dynamic family quintet from Bingley in Yorkshire are tearing up the rock music rule book and rewriting it from the ground up. Inspired by the technical ferocity of bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Mars Volta and The Chariot, Marmozets blend this with their own chaotic live show and epic melodies to create a truly inimitable blend of math rock, hardcore and post-punk. A head on collision of two families, the Bottomley brothers have been joined by the MacIntyre siblings since the tender age of 14, making for an ultra-tight and devastatingly technical unit.
The band has played Download, Slam Dunk, Leeds & Reading, Hevy, 2000 Trees, Y Not, Boardmasters and many other festivals and has toured with the likes of Hyro Da Hero, The Used and Four Year Strong as well as on the Vans Off The Wall Tour alongside Young Guns, We Are The In Crowd and Your Demise.
For their most recent EP, Marmozets returned to the studio for a second time with James Kenosha (Pulled Apart By Horses, The James Cleaver Quintet) at the production helm and produced an astonishingly accomplished record.
Marmozets' latest single "Captivate You” recently premiered on BBC’s Radio 1.
Praise for Marmozets:
Kerrang! Magazine 4/5 - "The most exciting young band in Britain. A breathless, bold and brilliant effort from a band with a seemingly bottomless reserve of ideas"
Rock Sound 9/10 - "One of the most exciting new sounds to come out of the UK"
Front Magazine 5/5 - "Standing head and shoulders at the top of the math-core game"
PUNKTASTIC.com 4.5/5 - "Vexed sees the band crank the math rock elements of their sound way beyond its predecessor, and it's another indicator of just how far they're able to push boundaries"
Ourzone Magazine 9/10 - "Incalculably more intense. The musicianship has surpassed expectations of what was next for the Bradford five piece."
Memphis May Fire
Matty Mullins: Vocals @mattymullins
Kellen McGregor: Lead Guitar @mmfkellen
Jake Garland: Drums @jake_garland
Anthony Sepe: Guitar @ant_sepe
Cory Elder: Bass @mmfcory
Despite the name, Memphis May Fire are not from Tennessee, but rather Dallas, Texas, where everything is bigger and bolder. Unsurprisingly, the band’s musical output is extremely difficult to classify, having siphoned from the very best of its various post-hardcore / southern rock influencers to create something wholly unique; the result of which presents an unparalleled blend of elegance & aggression that can only be defined as Memphis May Fire. Nothing more, nothing less. No trends. No excess. Simply a group of individuals that stand in defiance of all things mundane.
Revolver Magazine selected Memphis May Fire as one of the "Top 25 Bands Under 25," at a time when MMF had barely scratched the surface of what was to come upon releasing their Rise Records debut, The Hollow. In what has proved to be quite the label partnership, MMF leapt past the sales of its entire catalogue in just a few months’ time. This pivotal point in the band’s history spawned a disciple-like dedication that continues to spread across the globe to this day. "I think that fans really connected with The Hollow because it dealt with personified life experiences and outside perspectives on a variety of relatable topics” spoke guitarist Kellen McGregor regarding the album's universal appeal and why it was so well received.
MMF followed The Hollow, a critical success far from the emptiness its title implies, with 2012’s Challenger. The album, which debuted at #16 on the Billboard 200 with sales of over 18 thousand copies in its first week, showcased the depth and breadth of their songwriting prowess and cemented their cohesion as a unit. A now well-oiled machine, MMF have proven themselves light years ahead of a scene in dire need of reinvention.
“The whole band is firing on all cylinders… Challenger is a blast” – Ultimate-Guitar.Com
“Challenger is sturdy and powerful, with the right mix of ebb & flow” – Alternative Press
The dynamic five-piece supported Challenger with a stint on Warped Tour 2012 followed by high-profile touring with Of Mice & Men in UK/Europe and Asking Alexandria in the United States. With a main-stage slot on Warped Tour 2013 and a devoted worldwide fan-base built from years of nonstop global touring, the band have all the tools and desire in place for a lengthy tenure in the heavy music scene. Eyes on the prize; there's no glass ceiling here. Only further places to go.
MISSER is members of Transit and This Time Next Year. We self released a 3 song EP called 'Problems. Problems. Problems.' Shortly after that we released our debut full length 'Every Day I Tell Myself I'm Going To Be A Better Person' on Rise Records.
Members Joe Harmon - Vocals
Mike Frederick - Guitar
Justin Lloyd - Trumpet
Dan Carter - Bass
Evan Dobbins - Trombone
Alex Bochetto - Drums
Alternative ska-rock band Mrs. Skannotto releases “Outlier” —its latest and fifth full-length album — on April 1, on the literal eve of a new national tour. Created while the six members were taking a victory lap following two years of national touring, they have crossed the finish line with overflowing creative energy and a musical depth that comes only when experience and passion are this deeply rooted. From reggae and third-wave ska to punk and heavy rock, “Outlier” reflects the eclectic musical backgrounds and styles of the Rochester, N.Y.-based musicians.
Their music is an exploration of divergent musical genres that ultimately delivers an original and intriguing sound. Their new album explodes as the smooth yet powerful vocals blend with ambitious guitar grooves and the dramatic drums, bass, and horns drive the tracks’ rhythmic energy and clever lyrics, making you think and then dance … and then hit the play button over and over again.
Mrs. Skannotto will build upon its fanbase in 2014 while supporting the new album, touring across the country with Mad Caddies in April and May. The tour begins in Reno and works its way to Manhattan with shows in major music cities like Austin and Chicago. Mrs. Skannotto is: Alex Bochetto (drums), Dan Carter (bass), Evan Dobbins (trombone), Mike Frederick (guitar), Joe Harmon (vocals), and Justin Lloyd (trumpet).
My Ticket Home
Ben Thompson - Guitars / Vocals
Lew Currie - Drums
Austin, TX rock duo One-Eyed Doll will release their new album, 'Witches' on Standby Records on March 24. The LP is now available for pre-order here.
The band has announced a tour in support of the record, which kicks off on March 4th in Grand Junction, CO and runs through May 1st. See dates below.Tickets available here.
“This is a "concept" album and is based on historical research of the Salem Witch Hysteria,” reveals One-Eyed Doll’s vocalist, guitarist and visionary Kimberly Freeman. “Many of the lyrics are direct quotes from the original handwritten witch trial court documents. The songs explore different personal accounts from real people and touches on theories about why it happened. It's meant to be listened to in one sitting, from beginning to end, like a movie.”
“Even though this is probably our heaviest album yet, it was written almost completely on banjo and mandolin in the Redwood Forest near Santa Cruz, CA,” drummer “Junior” Sewell boasts. “It has this great "forest metal" vibe. It was also all written at once with several melodic themes that appear throughout the album."
One-Eyed Doll have gained an exceptionally loyal and rapidly growing fan base since 2006 with consistent touring, a solid memorable live performance, and a DIY connection with the fans. The band's live set is an interactive fan-friendly experience that's both heavy/sinister and sweet/vulnerable. Their darkly humored, intense, sometimes quirky and theatrical rock and roll captures the hearts of metal, rock, goth and punk all-ages audiences night after night.
In a joint statement the band says:
We're excited to be releasing our new album, "Witches" with Standby Records on March 24th, 2015. This is by far the best thing we've ever made, and it's amazing to have a talented and enthusiastic team to help us get it out there.
Since 2007 One-Eyed Doll has been almost completely DIY, taking care of recording, tour production and merch on our own. We were approached by several labels during this time, but none of the deals they offered felt right to us. Standby Records has been the first label that we feel has complete respect for our artistic vision and is hands off, willing to just let us do our thing.
Witches is by far our most artistically ambitious album yet. It's a colorful and intense telling of the true story of the Salem Witch Hysteria. We can't wait to show it off to our die hard fans that have been there with us over the years, as well as the new fans Standby Records will be helping us to reach. And come see us on the road in March and April on the USA Witches Album Release Tour.
Preorder 'Witches' here
'Witches' was produced by drummer Jason Rufuss Sewell.
One-Eyed Doll is:
Kimberly Freeman - Vocals / Guitars
Jason Rufuss Sewell (aka Junior) - Drums
03 Black In The Rye
04 A Rope For Mary
05 More Weight
07 Witch Hunt
11 The Ghosts Of Gallows Hill
Mar 04 Mesa Theater Grand Junction, CO
Mar 06 Moe's Original BBQ Denver, CO
Mar 07 Sunshine Studios Live Colorado Springs, CO
Mar 10 Jake's Lubbock, TX
Mar 11 Fitzgerald's San Antonio, TX
Mar 12 Trees Dallas, TX
Mar 18 Scout Bar Houston, TX
Mar 21 Texas Rock Fest Austin, TX
Mar 22 Southport Music Hall New Orleans, LA
Mar 26 Brass Mug Tampa, FL
Mar 27 Atmosphere Tallahassee, FL
Mar 28 1904 Music Hall Jacksonville, FL
Mar 30 SURREAL AT SURREY Augusta, GA
Apr 01 The Warehouse Clarksville, TN
Apr 02 The International Knoxville, TN
Apr 03 Muncheez Beckley, WV
Apr 04 Fish Head Cantina Halethorpe, MD
Apr 05 Championship Trenton, NJ
Apr 08 Amityville Music Hall Amityville, NY
Apr 09 Smiling Moose Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 10 The Loft Covington, KY
Apr 11 Cheers South Bend, IN
Apr 12 The Agora Ballroom Cleveland, OH
Apr 13 Basement Transmissions Erie, PA
Apr 15 Mojoes Joliet, IL
Apr 16 Vaudville Mews Des Moines, IA
Apr 17 The Firebird St Louis, MO
Apr 18 AfterShock Kansas City, KS
Apr 19 The Labyrinth Oklahoma City, OK
Apr 21 Launchpad Albuquerque, NM
Apr 23 The Flycatcher Tucson, AZ
Apr 24 Club Red Mesa, AZ
Apr 25 The Dive Bar Las Vegas, NV
Apr 26 House Of Blues San Diego, CA
Apr 29 DNA Lounge San Francisco, CA
Apr 30 Lost On Main Chico, CA
May 01 Fat Cat Music House And Lounge Modesto, CA
May 02 The Boardwalk Sacramento, CA
Only Crime is a combination of 5 veterans of the punk/hardcore scene who have pooled their collective experience to create a truly refreshing musical statement. Fusing elements of heavy rock and roll with the furious energy of punk rock from the 1970’s & 80’s, Only Crime has also adopted the creative abandon pioneered by jazz’s seminal protagonists. The band’s sound is heavy without being the least bit “metal”, melodic without sounding “pop”, and experimental without treading into the arcane realm of “art” rock. While the members of Only Crime aren’t new, their music is like nothing you’ve heard before. Only Crime was formed in 2002-2003 when vocalist Russ Rankin (Good Riddance) and guitarist Aaron Dalbec (Bane/Converge) realized they would have the time to pursue a band together; something they had talked about during a Good Riddance/Bane summer tour. Needing another guitarist to round out the sound, the two contacted Zach Blair (Hagfish/Gwar/Armstrong) who signed on instantly. As the trio, who all lived in separate states, began searching for a bassist and drummer they stayed in constant contact and began writing the original batch of Only Crime material. Soon Bill Stevenson (Descendents/ALL/Black Flag), who had produced projects for Russ and Zach separately, got wind of the project and, excited at the chance to play some drums and revisit a musical landscape he had helped pioneer, became the band’s drummer. The last piece of the puzzle was bassist Doni Blair (Hagfish/Armstrong) who joined the group just as they were preparing for their first recording. In early 2004 the band recorded material which would eventually comprise their debut release at the Blasting Room studio in Ft. Collins, CO. Only Crime then struck out on a string of successful eastern US dates with the Dropkick Murphys. By the spring of that year Fat Wreck Chords had signed Only Crime and the first album, entitled To the Nines was released in July. Only Crime was in the midst of a hectic summer schedule which saw them play a string of dates with Bane and Stretch Armstrong between extended runs on the Van’s Warped Tour which covered the eastern US and Canada. Between the fall of 2004 and the spring of 2005, Only Crime toured the midwestern US with Avail, the West Coast twice; first with Strung Out and then again with Rise Against, joined Lagwagon for the Fat Wreck Chords Japanese Tour and then finally headed to Europe to join the Deconstruction Tour where they shared the stage with the Mad Caddies, Boy Sets Fire and Strike Anywhere. Only Crime spent much of 2005-2006 convening at the Blasting Room for writing sessions as they began developing their second full-length album. The resulting material highlights the band’s cohesion and musical direction after over two years of playing together. Virulence, which will be released January 23rd, 2007 on Fat Wreck Chords, not only picks up where To the Nines left off, it utterly surpasses it. Using rhythmic experimentation and ambitious arrangements, Virulence will set a new standard for heavy rock music and raise the bar by which the band measures it’s success.
Outline In Color
For so many of today’s youth, they are forced to live in a world where they can’t simply express who they are, who they want to be, or the direction they plan to go into to get there. For so many, the “norms” of life force them into hiding where they are left feeling beaten down, bullied and downtrodden by society. For this unfortunate majority, the real person in them stays locked away behind a series of MASKS which inhibits them from enjoying the riches life provides. For Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Outline In Color, the time is now to let their heartfelt emotions out through their musical power. For Outline In Color, the time is now to shed their MASKS.
“It really seems that these days the bands that are just completely honest and real are starting to be the bands that have long lasting careers,” admits Outline In Color vocalist K.C. Simonsen. “It's really encouraging for a young band of dudes that genuinely love what we do to see the bands we admire not just for their music, but also their passion succeed.”
This honesty is easily identifiable in their music. With MASKS, Outline In Color have taken a more organic approach to their music than they did previously to create what most feel is their strongest work to date. it’s very clear that this new approach has given the band a great deal more depth and vision than they showcased on their previous release, JURY OF WOLVES. As Simonsen explains, this is caused by instituting a more honest approach to the new material. “This release is really honest,” Simonsen admits. “Not that JURY OF WOLVES wasn't, but this album doesn't spare any thing musically or lyrically. It's more raw and vulnerable. We literally pushed ourselves conceptually and physically to our limits on this one.”
That pushing of the limits has paid immediate and noticeable dividends. Listening to MASKS, you hear an amazing amount of growth from each member of the band. Guitarists Forrest Mankins and CJ Cochran have quickly developed into one of the most formidable guitar duos throughout the entire metalcore landscape. They rage wildly over the intensely thick and stable foundation created by the rhythm section comprised of bassist Michael Skaggs and drummer Austin Mcferrin. Throughout it all, the tag teaming of clean vocals from Simonsen combined with the screaming rage spit forth by Trevor Tatro makes Outline In Color one of the most easily identifiable bands on the scene today.
For now, Outline In Color are ready to take their band to the next level with MASKS. Armed with the backing of Standby Records, MASKS is set to prove that you don’t have to do anything in a standard fashion to exceed expectations placed on you by those that can’t think outside of the proverbial box. “I don't think that we have ever once gone about things in a conventional manner. We've never recorded an album with a producer, or anything like that. Hell, we even started a merch printing company so that we could print our own tour merch. Which we still do to this day,” Simonsen concludes. “We learned how to do it ourselves”.
Outline In Color’s MASKS is available on 6/24/14 on Standby Records. For more information on Outline In Color, visit them online at www.standbyrecords.net.
Louis Miceli - Vocals
Matt Marshall - Guitar
Xavier Adames - Guitar/Vocals
Earl Halasan - Producer/DJ
Brandon Sidney - Bass
Aaron Rosa - Drums
By teaming up with producer Cameron Mizell at Chango Studios (Sleeping With Sirens, Memphis May Fire, Woe Is Me), PALISADES has taken full advantage of the solid foundation built with the EP and used it as a launch pad to take it to the next level. The band were also joined in the studio by Andy from Crown The Empire, Chris from Like Moths To Flames and Tyler Carter of Issues who lent guest vocals to the new album! Armed with the strength of their new album "Outcasts", PALISADES will be unstoppable.
Polar Bear Club
Prawn formed in Ridgewood, NJ in the summer of 2007. The band has extensively toured the U.S., self released two EP’s and one tour demo. The band self-released their first full length "You Can Just Leave It All " in June 2011 and Topshelf Records released it on vinyl that winter. Prawn followed up their first full length with an EP/LP entitled "Ships." In the summer of 2012, Prawn made their first trip to Europe and the UK in the form of a five week tour. The band has continued touring throughout 2012 and 2013. A split release with Joie De Vivre is in the works for late 2013 and a new LP in early 2014.
Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival
Punk Rock Bowling was started back in 1999 as a way to bring the independent music community together for an annual party. It has since grown into a 3 day festival in downtown Las Vegas that brings out fans and bands alike from all over the world.
3 days of outdoor festivals, 4 Nights of Club Shows, a 2 day bowling tournament, Hotel Pool Parties, A Punk Rock Poker tournament and Comedy shows to boot, all wrapped up into one amazing weekend in the City never sleeps.
Make no mistake, this is a PUNK ROCK festival and we feature some of the best bands over the past 35+ years, from the old school pioneers and classics to mainstays and up and comers. The brothers Stern have been heavily involved in the PUNK ROCK community since the late ’70′s and spend countless hours scouring their record collections, memories and abilities to reach out to old friends and new to put together an amazing line-up every year. This is a 3 day outdoor festival starting in the afternoon and features 9 great bands each day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday celebrated with 6,000 of your close personal punk rock friends and many new lifelong friends to be made. And if that’s not enough, their will be 4 late night club shows each night in smaller more intimate surroundings featuring more great bands as well as some special surprises. All in all, over 70 bands will perform throughout the weekend.
Lynn Gunn – guitar/vocals/keys
Alex Babinski – guitar/keys
Brian MacDonald – bass/keys
There is a moment where every artist decides that it is best to create music based on instinct rather than expectation. For PVRIS, a three-piece rock band from Boston, that moment came during their conception. The trio formed in the studio while making songs for a previous project and realized that they needed to collectively eschew any preconceived idea of what music should be. “It occurred to us that we should just make whatever we want and not worry about fitting into the local scene,” Lynn says. “Our vision was whatever we felt like doing. It was about making what we felt like making in the moment.”
That vision has manifested itself into PVRIS’s debut album White Noise, which follows an acoustic EP that came out in April of 2014. The album is its own entity, a collection of dynamic, surging rock songs that combine the musicians’ collective influences and inspirations. The band has continually fostered an interest in electronic music and hoped to organically bring those sounds into their pop-tinged rock numbers. “We knew we wanted to go in a more electronic direction on the album,” Lynn says. “We had that vision but we had no clue how it would actually sound. We let the music find itself.”
White Noise was recorded last winter with musician Blake Harnage, a longtime friend of the band, in his home studio. It was Blake’s first time producing a full-length album, but his influence became essential to the music. “Blake texted me after we signed to Rise saying he thought we could make an awesome record together and we worked it out and it was amazing,” Lynn says. “He doesn’t have a filter. He just makes the music. He doesn’t care what people think of him or his music – he just lets his ideas flow and embraces them. He changed our perspective on writing and making music.”
The songs on the album are connected through the lyrics and the title, which evokes both the supernatural and the harsh sound created by TV static and electricity. Ghosts, often metaphorical, populate the songs, a haunting theme resonating throughout. Lines reappear in various tracks, hinting back at one another and tying the album together. Each song exists as its own entity, embracing different musical vibes, but there is a sense of cohesiveness through White Noise. “St. Patrick,” a propulsive rocker, is driven by Lynn’s evocative vocals, which soar over an electronic flourish that surges beneath the guitars. “White Noise” has a moodier quality, its driving beats leading the way for a chorus that aches with longing, while “My House” balances insistent, pummeling rock sounds with melancholy reflection. Together, the songs create a darkly tinged album that resonates with confidence.
“There was some anxiety in the studio because we would think something sounded amazing but that no one would get it or take to it the right way,” Lynn says. “But we got over that fear. Blake helped us find confidence in what we were making. We had to be happy with what we were making no matter what and that was the mindset we had for the rest of the process. We’re super proud of the record and how it represents us as a band.”
PVRIS, who has toured the U.S. several times in the past few years and played Warped Tour in the summer of 2014, have reimagined their live set-up to reflect the album. Ultimately, PVRIS wants to make music that is their own. Without expectation, the musicians have songs that give something important to their audience – whatever that may be.
“I hope people can take anything they desire away from this record,” Lynn says. “It can be anything. We made the music because we loved it and now it can belong to everyone else.”
Reel Big Fish
Rock Ridge Music
Orange County, CA
Reel Big Fish was one of the legions of Southern California ska-punk bands to edge into the mainstream following the mid-’90s success of No Doubt and Sublime. Like most of their peers, the band was distinguished by their hyperkinetic stage shows, juvenile humor, ironic covers of new wave pop songs, and metallic shards of ska. The group cultivated an underground following that broke into the mainstream in summer 1997, when their single “Sell Out” became a modern rock radio and MTV favorite. Their appearance in the movie “Baseketball” as the halftime band also gained them more fans and helped the bands popularity to grow. Still fronted by original lead singer and song writer Aaron Barrett, they continue releasing albums and touring relentlessly, playing more and more countries and bigger venues all over the world.
Reel Big Fish recorded its self-released debut album, “Everything Sucks”, in 1995. “Everything Sucks” became a word-of-mouth underground hit in ska-punk and college circles, which gave the band enough leverage to sign with the indie label Mojo Records. The label’s president, Jay Rifkin, and former Oingo Boingo bassist John Avila co-produced “Turn the Radio Off”, which marked Reel Big Fish’s first album for Mojo. “Turn the Radio Off” was unleashed in August 1996, and over the next year, the group continually toured in support of the album’s release, expanding their fan base all the while. In spring 1997, the single “Sell Out” began receiving heavy airplay from several influential modern rock stations in the U.S., which soon translated into MTV support for the song’s quirky video. By summer, the song had become a moderate modern rock hit, and the album had charted in the Top 100.
In 1998 the song “Take on Me” from the “Baseketball” motion picture soundtrack was released as the promotional single for the movie and once again found the band in regular rotation on rock radio and MTV in the USA.
The Album “Why Do They Rock So Hard” followed a year later, once again enlisting Oingo Boingo Bassist John Avila as producer. The album was not as commercially successful but is still regarded by many fans as the bands finest work. The band filmed a music video for “the Set up (You Need This)”, the only single released from this album.
The guys wound up on Jive Records in fall 2001 when their current label, Mojo, was bought by Jive’s parent label, Zomba. Reel Big Fish’s first release for Jive, a more rock-oriented record entitled “Cheer Up!”, appeared in mid-2002. This album was very successful in Europe with the video for the single “Where Have You Been” receiving heavy airplay on many music video channels.
The band’s next album, the cynical yet catchy “We’re Not Happy ‘Til You’re Not Happy”, was issued in April 2005. Touring continued for the rest of the year, and Reel Big Fish happily parted ways with Jive in January 2006, having wished to be dropped from the label since the “Cheer Up!” release.
In August 2006, the group self-released a double-disc live CD (along with an accompanying DVD) titled “Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album”. A few months later — and much to the annoyance of the band — Jive issued its own Reel Big Fish album, a best-of compilation entitled “Greatest Hit…and More”. Reel Big Fish received no money from the album’s sales, as Jive Records now owned the rights to the bulk of their songs. The band has urged fans not to buy this album because it was not approved by them and the sound quality is inferior.
Nevertheless, the band returned with some new material in February 2007, splitting an EP “Duet All Night Long” with their friends in Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer. “Monkeys for Nothin’ and the Chimps for Free” followed several months later, marking Reel Big Fish’s first full-length studio release since leaving Jive’s roster, and 2009′s “Fame, Fortune and Fornication” found the band covering songs by the likes of Poison, the Eagles, and Tom Petty.
The band’s latest release is called “A Best of Us for the Rest of Us”. It includes a 22 song disc of re-recorded hits and classic fan favorites as well as a bonus disc of 14 Acoustic or “SKAcoustic” versions.
On July 31st, 2012 Reel Big Fish release their 7th studio album, Candy Coated Fury (Rock Ridge Music), an inspired and infectiously catchy return to the hyperkinetic ska and biting wit of the band’s beloved early albums. “This album is a lot like our first two albums. It’s got a lot of the same intensity, frantic energy in the music, and the same sarcastic sense of humor. I think these are the fastest songs we’ve done since those albums,” Aaron Barrett, founding vocalist, guitarist, and principal songwriter says. “We’re finally just doing what Reel Big Fish does best, and that’s what we did on those first two albums.”
“Candy coated fury pretty much describes what Reel Big Fish does,” Barrett says of the significance of the new album’s title. “It’s hateful, mean, sarcastic, and, sometimes sad lyrics, over happy, wacky, silly, joyous, fast music that makes you want to dance. This album is mostly love songs, but bitter, angry, hateful love songs. Just about everybody knows what it’s like to be in a bad relationship. These songs could be sung by a 15 year old about his first love-gone-wrong, or by a 55 year old about a bitter divorce after 30 years. They’re bad-relationship songs that everybody can relate to.”
Candy Coated Fury is Reel Big Fish’s first album of newly recorded original material in five years. Overall, it’s the seventh in the band’s twenty year history, and it feels as vital and vitriolic as RBF’s foundational releases. The record opens with the huge sing-along vocal, balmy horns, and hyperactive ska groove of “Everyone Else Is An Asshole.” The track is an exceptional distillation of Reel Big Fish’s classic euphorically-juvenile ska punk. The stately arena riffs in “I Dare You To Break My Heart” reference cock rock, new wave, and soul without sacrificing one iota of RBF’s signature simmering skank. “I listen to the Darkness a lot; it was only a matter of time till I wrote a song like this! I can’t really sing as high as that guy so this song sounds more like Kiss, if Kiss was a Motown band that played ska,” Barrett says, detailing the song’s diverse stylistic touchstones. The anthemic “I Know You Too Well To Like You Anymore” features some of Barrett’s finest cutely cruel lyrics. “I think that is an amazing bad-relationship song,” he laughs. “I really captured the hateful love of two people who were once madly in love, but have been together so long, they can’t stand the sight of each other anymore but still say ‘they drive me crazy, and I hate this and this about them, but I love them.’” No RBF album would be complete without playfully irreverent 1980s covers. The band rounds things out ska-ifying the Wonderstuff’s “Don’t Let Me Down Gently” and When In Rome’s “The Promise.”
Reel Big Fish continues to tour non-stop, playing over 250 shows a year to thousands of loyal fans all over the world, gaining more and more underground popularity as the Ska scene continues to flourish.
Instagram - @restlessstreets
Logan Carpenter - Vocals
Instagram - @loganatrest
Brandon John - Guitar
Instagram - @brandonjuan
Kyle Carpenter - Guitar
Instagram - #kcigs
John Alund - Bass
Instagram - @johnmalund
Nick Dumar - Drums
Instagram - @nicholasdumar
Brian Nellis- Keys
Instagram - @laststarfalling
RESTLESS STREETS is a progressive post-hardcore band hailing from Albany, NY. The outfit collages meaningful introspective lyrics with heavy dynamic musicianship to create a beautifully brutal mosaic of sound. Each member’s animation and enthusiasm manifests in every song and live performance – portraying the bands emotional and mental connection to their fan base, each other, and every track that they’ve grown to create.
San Diego, CA
Hailing from sunny San Diego, CA, SECRETS has already made an impact as one of the most promising up and coming acts in the scene. Armed with irresistibly catchy choruses, soaring vocals, and mercilessly dynamic breakdowns, its no wonder the post-hardcore five-piece has seen such success since signing to Velocity/Rise Records in the Spring of 2011.
Velocity Records’ Dave Shapiro says, "When I heard these songs, I knew San Diego had yet another band that would be at the forefront of their genre." Rise Records’ founder Craig Ericson is equally pumped on the signing, explaining, "Dave showed me the band and I immediately knew these guys were keepers.”
SECRETS released their debut full length The Ascent (Produced by Tom Denney) in January of 2012 to rave reviews. The record debuted at #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and became the first Velocity Records release to crack the Billboard Top 200, debuting at #185. SECRETS has toured heavily since the release of The Ascent, supporting such as Sleeping With Sirens, Attack Attack!, Escape The Fate, as well as appearing on the entire Scream It Like You Mean it tour this Summer. They will be hitting the UK and Europe this October with Of Mice and Men and Memphis May Fire before returning to the states in November and December with Woe Is, Me, and Chunk! No Captain Chunk!
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Set To Reflect
Tony McVaney- Vocals
Alan Bryan- Guitar
Matthew Scott- Guitar
Will Green- Drums
Trevor Jenkins- Bass
The band is composed of vocalist Tony McVaney, guitarists Alan Bryan and Matthew Scott, bassist Trevor Jenkins, and drummer Will Green. The follow-up to their debut EP, A New Path To Walk On, Artificial Sun takes the listener on an emotional journey from the lowest and darkest points of life to a more hopeful place as it ends. Each song has a unique taste with influences ranging from melodic metal and hardcore to flat-out aural insanity, that will keep fans listening to Artificial Sun on repeat for a long time.
The band has been on multiple national tours, destroying every stage they’ve been on with an intense and aggressive live performance you can’t help but move to. Set to Reflect plans to continue touring as much as possible in 2014, capturing new fans along the way.
Good Charamel Records
Shonen Knife (meaning "Boy Knife" in Japanese) is an all-female Japanese pop punk band formed in Osaka, in 1981. Heavily influenced by 1960s girl groups, pop bands, The Beach Boys, and early punk rock bands, such as the Ramones, the trio crafts stripped-down songs with simplistic lyrics sung both inJapanese and English.
Despite their pop-oriented nature, the trio maintains a distinctly underground garage rock sound rooted in edgy instrumentation and D.I.Y. aesthetics, which over the course of their long career has earned them a solid, worldwide cult following and made avid fans out of seminal '90s alternative rock bands such as Sonic Youth, Nirvana, and Redd Kross. The band has been credited with making "the international pop underground more international" by "opening it up to bands from Japan". They have also performed as a Ramones tribute band under the name The Osaka Ramones and have recorded music for numerous films including the theme song to the popular "PowerPuff Girls" cartoon series.
Shonen Knife has toured worldwide playing their unique brand of rock touring in the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Japan, China, Australia, Thailand and more moving forward and growing as a band with each and every release. Their 20th album release titled "Overdrive" will be released in spring of 2014 with a World Tour to support the new CD beginning in the UK in June (with N. American dates to follow this fall).
Kelowna, BC, Canada
Shreddy Krueger was formed in May 2011 as a casual outlet for four really close friends. The goal was simple, make music that meant something to us first and that incorporated elements of our favorite artists. We weren't trying to ride the hype of a scene; we literally established our common ground through our favorite heavy acts and started writing. The process was light and fun, but we quickly realized there was a ton of chemistry.
It wasn't anything we were taking seriously as far as turning into a career, but like any artist, we want to share our music with as many people as possible.
We've paid close attention to the state of the music industry and as we navigate it we really want to do something different. Gone are the days of large-scale physical releases, print marketing and endless repetitive touring of stale markets. It's all about putting on a fun show, expressing your personality and humor online and creating music with integrity and records without filler.
We try to avoid the hype of today’s heavy music scene and keep the core goal of the band intact. Best friends having fun first and any type of success will follow naturally.
BAND TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/Sienna_Skies
BAND INSTAGRAM: @SiennaSkies
Steve Faull - Vocals
Josh Wade - Bass
Damon Brohier - Drums
Michael Sankey - Guitar
Nick Musgrave - Guitar
Matthew Wells - Keys/Synth
Silence The Messenger
San Antonio, TX
When thinking of music that comes from Texas, most would think of any number of country artists, or the almighty Pantera. It's time to think outside the box and make way for Silence The Messenger and their brand of heavy music.
Heavily influenced by anything that's fast and heavy, their sound is derived from a mixture of old and new metal such as Slipknot, Behemoth, Whitechapel, and anything in between. To expect anything less than an aggressive, violent, and pissed off creation would be completely asinine.
With a handful of tours, and a solid EP from 2010 entitled "Buried" under their belts, the band is ready to step it up and release their next album. Silence The Messenger have proudly signed with Standby Records and are recording their debut album at Studio D in Cleveland, Ohio with Landon Tewers of the immensely popular band, The Plot In You.
"We're not here to reinvent the wheel, we're here to play pissed off, heavy music that we love for as many people as we can, and have a great fucking time doing it." states frontman, Steve Tinnon. Be on the lookout for these guys to devastate your town, and drink all of your beer in the very near future.
ocals - Steve Tinnon
Guitar - Paolo Galang
Guitar - James Lyle
Bass - Jared Jobson
Drums- Fernando Lemus
Spartan Records is an independent record label located in Seattle, WA founded by John T. Frazier. Prior to taking Spartan full-time in early 2013, Frazier directed marketing efforts at Tooth & Nail/Solid State Records and played an important role in the careers of bands like Underoath, Anberlin, mewithoutYou, As Cities Burn, Norma Jean, and Mae to name a few. Prior to that, he headed up marketing at Drive-Thru Records and worked with bands like The Starting Line, Finch, New Found Glory, and Something Corporate. He started his career at crank! A RECORD COMPANY working with bands like Mineral, the Gloria Record, and others.
Currently home to Ourlives, Sullivan, Schematic, Shy, Low, Trespassers, Barren Womb, Waypoint, Young Fox, and Over the Ocean, our goal is to help artists create and share their art - and through that process, we hope to help facilitate "moments" that transcend everything that divides us. We believe in the power of music to move us -- to inspire and change lives.
Spartan bands have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, and American Songwriter among others and heard on NBC, ABC Family, MTV, DirecTV, and alongside brands like Quicksilver and Fox Racing.
Straight Jacket Legends
Welsh Pop Punks STRAIGHT JACKET LEGENDS' 'Lemon Party' EP Out November 11 on Self Made Digital Records/RED; Band's Video "She's Out of Line (feat. MC Lars) Now Streaming
With a fusion of catchy power punk songs, orchestral power riffs and dangerously slick harmonies it's no wonder Alex Barker of Kerrang! called Welsh pop punksStraight Jacket Legends a "Pop Punk Classic."
What started as a bedroom project in 2012 in Holyhead, Wales has flourished intoStraight Jacket Legends. Their irresistible hooks, orchestral arrangements, powerfully energetic live performances and cheeky humor helped propel the band to number 5 on iTunes in Feb '12 via their appearance on the 'What’s Hot Compilation' which featured the track "Sofia" from their debut EP, ’Lemon Party‘.
They've also nabbed track of the week on Amazing Radio twice and garnered spins on Kerrang Radio, BBC Radio 6 and BBC Radio Wales, while their debut video gained a spot on Kerrang TV & Scuzz TV UK.
Check out their latest music video for"She's Out Line (feat. MC Lars) here.
Straight Jacket Legends have toured with the likes of ZebraHead, Army Of Freshmen, The Misfits, INME, Sonic Boom Six, Population Four, TNB, OPM, MC Lars, Wheatus and more.
The "Lemon Party" EP is available on November 11th via RED-distributed Self Made Digital Records.
The band's debut full-length will be released in 2015.
1 - Paul Shakes
2 - Sofia
3 - Call Vic
4 - She’s Out of Line (feat. MC Lars)
5 - Alibi
6 - Night Time
Harris M. - guitar/vocals
Carl A. - bass/vocals
Cory C. - drums
Sundials is a 3-piece punk band who takes as much influence from The Lemonheads as they do Alkaline Trio. Their brand of hook filled pop has been filling basements, clubs, and garages since their inception in late 2009, and can currently be found on two full lengths, a collection LP, and a multitude of 7”s.
Teenage Bottlerocket Sign with Rise Records
Band on Warped Tour All Summer; Set To Record New Album w/ Bill Stevenson (Descendents, Rise Against, Hot Water Music) Producing
Forming in 2001, this Laramie, WY quartet is currently on the Vans Warped Tourspreading their pop-punk sounds across America. After Warped Tour they plan to write their debut Rise release, their 6th proper full length, and then head down the highway to the Blasting Room and record their album with Bill Stevenson producing (Descendents, Rise Against, Hot Water Music). In the meantime, “Like” their Facebook page and hang tight for new music.
The Acacia Strain
Vincent Bennett / Twitter- @xDIAMONDCUTx / IG- @dontcallmevince
Jack Strong / Twitter- NOPE / IG- NOPE
Kevin Boutot / Twitter- @kevinboutot / IG- @kevinboutot
Richie Gomez/ Twitter- @sacto_richie / IG- @sacto_richie
Devin Shidaker/ Twitter- @devinshidaker / IG- @devinshidaker
Hometown: Los Angeles
LA''s The Darlings will release their 3rd album "Made of Phantoms" on July 30 with iTunes pre-orders launching July 11.
Produced by Andy Carpenter and The Darlings front man Buddy Darling, “Made of Phantoms” captures the band's honest, infectious energy and boasts such special guests as Jason Cruz from Strung Out and Jason Freese from Green Day.
The band will support the new album via a summer west coast tour with Jason Cruz and Howl and the Pullmen starting July 16 in Ventura, CA. See dates below.
The Darlings uncompromising DIY ethic and years of paying their dues in the underground has finally brought them here; To the highly anticipated completion of their compelling third album.
Powered by moxie and a coming together of musical solidarity, “Made of Phantoms” is decidedly their most committed, impassioned album to date. A volatile narrative to whoever may be listening.
From the riotous stroll through, “There’s a Madman Living in Waco”, to the epic build and conquer of, “Little Teenage Thing”; every note is a stout brew. And just like their live performance, the band captivates with an explosion of sound that can only be cultivated by hard work, urgency and soulful intent.
The Darlings continue to respectfully nod to their deep retro-fittings, but effortlessly draw their listeners into uncharted territory; the aromatic essence of Rock 'n’ Roll, Blues, Punk and Americana that seeps from their sound, seems to have been simmering in a crock-pot full of Black Sabbath’s insidious darkness and Chuck Berry’s dexterous swagger.
The four skilled, California based musicians have already hit the stage with such legendary acts as Pennywise, Social Distortion, Bad Religion, Youth Brigade, TSOL, Jason Cruz and Howl, Strung Out, Face to Face, Sum 41, and the Circle Jerks., while also being championed by influential LA alt rock station KROQ.
With their weighty upcoming release and notable hard hitting live attack, The Darlings impending tour is sure to be a rousing success that will drip with Rock-and-Roll bravado.
Singer/Guitar: Buddy Darling
Bass: Chris Kranes
Guitar: Hunter Z
Drums: Andrew Tyler Murphy
Special Guests: Jason Freese on Keys
and Jason Cruz "Evangeline"
The Jazz June
Andrew Low, Justin Max, Bryan Gassler, Adam Gerhart and Daniel O'Neill
The Jazz June started their eight year run in 1996 in a small town in Pennsylvania named Kutztown. The 5 of them all met at Kutztown University and started playing shows in basements and garages throughout Kutztown, PA. The band took their favorite aspects of indie rock, punk and post hardcore and made it their own. Each songs precision seems to be countered by just the opposite - the ever-so-often changeups can throw the new listener off a bit, creating a conglomeration of noise and melody as if 5 different bands were to play at once.
The band stopped playing live in 2004, but remained close and continued to write songs and collaborate on each others projects. In 2013 the band has returned to form in a non-traditional or virtual sense and have indicated new songs are in the pipeline.
The Jealous Sound
Current: Blair Shehan, Bob Penn, Michael Richardson & Jeremy Tappero
Past: Pedro Benito, John McGinnis, Josh Staples & Adam Wade
Blair Shehan says that his time away from The Jealous Sound wasn't a matter of losing his way. It was a matter of finding it.
"I got zeroed out, and I had to figure out how to do things in a healthy way," the singer-guitarist says, recounting the long, strange trip it's been to 2012, when the Los Angeles quartet will release its first album in nine years, A Gentle Reminder. "I've been humbled, and now I'm a very different person than I was in 2003. I've learned a lot about just being in the world."
Many of those life lessons are revealed in the grandeur of the new album, a poignant and emotional triumph that not only proves a worthy successor to Kill Them With Kindness — named one of Spin's best albums of ’03 — but reveals the foursome at the top of its craft. Open-hearted, yes, but not really gentle at all, A Gentle Reminder represents a 44-minute epiphany set to cascading guitars, thundering rhythms and Shehan's evocative vocals.
Made in the Foo Fighters' Studio 606 with John Lousteau producing, A Gentle Reminder features founding members Shehan and guitarist Pedro Benito working alongside the Foos' Nate Mendel (filling in on bass for the departed John McGinnis) and new drummer Bob Penn. Josh Staples (the Velvet Teen) contributes backing vocals and bass on two tracks.
How the quartet coalesced to recapture the magic is a labyrinthine tale that covers three states and includes a lot of emotional baggage, but the first turning point came in late 2004 after rigorous touring behind Kill Them With Kindness. A major label was poised to come on board and help with a follow-up. "But we were simply out of gas," Shehan says. "I was spent. I remember John telling me, 'You know, you don't have to feel bad if you don't want to do this."
A half-hearted attempt at carrying on yielded only 2005’s Got Friends EP, and it was painfully evident The Jealous Sound had stalled completely. So Shehan set aside the band life, moved to Las Vegas and got a day job.
"There's a sense that I flipped out and left; people thought I went crazy," Shehan says. "But what's crazy? Staying in a band at my age with no stability? Ignoring the normal parts of becoming an adult? People don't necessarily understand what we do, and the commitment it takes to do what we do."
After two-plus years in Las Vegas, "things there fell apart in very dramatic fashion," Shehan says, so he moved to Florida and at one point was even poised to take the LSAT. He bought a guitar instead, and reconnected with Benito, whose friendship with Mendel helped The Jealous Sound land a spot opening a 2009 tour for the bassist's previous band, emo pioneers Sunny Day Real Estate. The old juices started flowing.
When that tour ended, The Jealous Sound began meticulously piecing together the ideas that would become A Gentle Reminder, an experience that at once thrilled and horrified Shehan. "Sometimes I'd be writing a song and think, 'Oh, man, I don't really want to say this, do I?'" Shehan says. "But the process of writing removes any filters you have — you're not as in control of things as you'd like to be. It ended up being very liberating.”
That sense of freedom rings throughout “A Gentle Reminder,” which finds Shehan taking inventory of the past, for better or worse, and looking stoically toward the future. He acknowledges the weight of his regrets in “Here Comes the Ride” but sounds up to the task of bearing it. The effervescent “Your Eyes Were Shining” seems on the surface directed to a sweetheart, but when Shehan sings “The heavens opened wide / and let you in,” he could just as easily be talking about reconnecting, happily, with his songwriting muse. That theme of renewal re-emerges in the “beating drum” and “beating heart” of “This Is Where It Starts.” There, as he likens his visions and dreams to “a rush of blood,” fans of The Jealous Sound’s open-hearted buoyancy will be happy that the quartet has once again opened a vein.
Indeed, after almost a decade, Shehan is still spilling blood. It's just more mature blood.
The Relapse Symphony
Bret Von Dehl - Vocals
JC Charles - Guitar
Ray Miller - Guitar
Brandon Kile - Bass
Alex Foxx - Drums
True rock n’ roll is about reckless abandonment, willfully taking chances and going against the grain with a freewheeling spirit and boisterous attitude. Danger, energy and inspiration coalesce with dramatic orchestral structure in The Relapse Symphony, who’ve blazed a trail of broken hearts and blissful devastation in a short amount of time and equally evokes the glory of rock’s most fun era and a postmodern future.
The Relapse Symphony combine the bombastic, emotive theatrics of My Chemical Romance, the unstoppably melodic but jagged punk hooks of Green Day and the forceful, confident and party-going atmosphere of Skid Row in a way that’s fresh and original. They’ve taken these components and structured a sound that sounds as vital today as “Youth Gone Wild” back in the day. It’s the sound of the greatest bands of yesterday colliding with the anxiousness of today. The Relapse Symphony is combustible and ready to ignite across the globe.
Bret Von Dehl is a frontman straight from the ‘80s but with the new millennium’s prowess, power and sensibility. Guitarists Alex Foxx and JC Charles blend shredding virtuosity with a keen sense of melody ably backed by the rhythmic pulse of fluid bass player Brandon Kile and powerhouse drummer Tyler Gloyd. The band is staunchly self-aware and meticulous about what they are putting forward, but filled with rock’s unpredictable nature. The Relapse Symphony represent structured chaos, or as JC puts it, “What a good rock band should be.”
The Relapse Symphony may have originated from Washington DC but their style, image, sound and attitude are straight from the Sunset Strip in its debaucheries-filled heyday. The five-song Time’s Running Out EP announced their arrival to the world with passion and intensity, issuing a warning to pretenders that The Relapse Symphony means business. This is no fly-by-night outfit. This is the real rock n’ roll deal.
Even an emerging, burgeoning success isn’t without its pitfalls. Not long after Standby Records signed the band, some personal relationships started to change for The Relapse Symphony. “A lot of people that we thought were friends started to act differently,” laments JC. The band wrote “Burning Bridges” about this situation. “It was also a point during our recording process where we threw the rulebook out the window and decided to really take some chances.”
“Forgotten” is the band’s response to the powerful interactions they’ve had with their fans. “Often our fans tells us that our music has helped them through hard times,” JC says. “We hear that a lot and we don't take it for granted. We were also those kids getting bullied and feeling like outcasts in school growing up. We would turn to our favorite records and shows to help get us through. To know that I can be even a small part of that for someone else makes everything we have done worthwhile.” At the end of the day, The Relapse Symphony wants their fans to know they are not alone and that things can and will get better.
Nostalgia takes center stage in “Make Your Move,” which reflects on past mistakes with an unapologetic candidness. “Writing that song was a little scary for me because of how honest it was,” JC reveals. But he knew their fans would approach the straightforward approach.
“Panic! (Time’s Running Out)” is already a standout within the band. It’s about being a part of something that is no longer going where you want it to and the inner struggle one feels trying to decide where to go next. Sonically, it brings together all of the band’s musical elements.
The Relapse Symphony stand in opposition to trends, to taking the easy path to success. They aren’t trying to be part of any “scene” or subgenre. They don’t want to be known as something they are not. The Relapse Symphony represents controlled chaos, indeed: the combination of determined force of will and unbridled passionate energy. To support The Relapse Symphony is to support an exuberance for life, to join in a movement of sorts about expression and fresh ideas.
In other words, The Relapse Symphony is what rock is all about!
The Saddest Landscape
The Saddest Landscape provides cathartic therapy for desperate and dark matters of the heart. With passionate vocals and pummeling, powerful musical landscapes the band never relents nor wavers as they drag you through their own personal hell.
Since forming a decade ago in 2002 the band has accumulated over 25 releases. These include seminal splits with scene-favorites like Funeral Diner and Trophy Scars. After a brief respite in 2006 the band reconvened for a few European dates in 2008 which was followed by a self-released vinyl discography (All Is Apologized For. All Is Forgiven.) and the full-length You Will Not Survive on Panic Records. Shortly after, the band released two splits with members of the Topshelf family (Pianos Become The Teeth and We Were Skeletons) and recently released After The Lights on Valentine’s Day 2012, their most recent and highly anticipated full-length.
Weathering several lineup changes has most recently left them with two original members (Andy Maddox — vox/guitar, Aaron Neigher — drums) and Eric Mauro on guitar and bassist Jeff Ramirez (also a designer with the UP Studio and member of Sleep Bellum Sonno).
Time away has only enhanced The Saddest Landscape’s aggressive vitriol. The band has redefined expectations firmly reestablishing themselves back in a scene that desperately needs them. After The Lights is The Saddest Landscape planting their feet in the ground: they are here to stay.
Until We Are Ghosts
Rob Anders - Vocals
James Blankenberg - Guitar
Jordan Blankenberg - Drums
Kevin Dickes - Bass
Kyle Hapeman - Guitar
We are a 5 piece Melodic Hardcore band from Rochester, NY that is looking to just play what we love in music and meet some great people in the process.
We would love to play any show that comes our way! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for booking or any other sort of band stuff!
Dave Shapiro (Booking Agent at The Agency Group, Los Angeles) and Portland, Oregons Rise Records formed partnership to create an imprint in the Rise Records family- Velocity Records. Dave Shapiro owns and runs the label with the help of the Rise team.
Abandon All Ships
Woe Is me
I Am King
A 6 piece post-hardcore band out of Houston, TX.
Joshua Calhoun (Unclean Vocalist), Kaleb Eddy (Clean Vocalist), and Jordan Sweeny (Lead Guitarist) established 'Whether, I' in March of 2013. After receiving recognition with C'est La Vie and Ambitions, they wrote and recorded the EP 'Dreamcatcher' with Robby Joyner in September of 2013 to be released December 3, 2013. Their next goal was to complete the arduous task of finding a drummer, rhythm guitarist, and bassist. Jonathan Amaya and Andrei Restrepo (Divisions), and Todd Lenting (Empire Voices) stepped up and filled the spots.
Being a huge buzz on social media with the release of the EP, caught the attention of Nick Moore (CEO of InVogue Records) to offer them label support. Whether, I gratefully took the offer and re-released 'Dreamcatcher' re-mastered by producer Tom Denney (A Day To Remember, SECRETS, and others) on April 1, 2014.
Now, the band is scheduling future shows and tours to share their passion for their music to others around the world.
Be sure to check out their social medias and get more updates on what the band is doing!
Joshua Calhoun - Screams
Twitter - @TheJoshCalhoun
Instagram - @thejoshcalhoun
Kaleb Eddy - Cleans
Twitter - @KalebStorme
Instagram - @KalebStorme
Jordan Sweeny - Guitar
Twitter - @JordanSweenyWI
Instagram - @JordanSweenyWI
Andrei Restrepo - Guitar
Twitter - @andrei_restrepo
Instagram - @andrei_restrepo
Todd Lenting - Bass
Twitter - @gnitnelddot
Instagram - @tadway90
Jonathan Amaya - Drums
Twitter - @jonnyyamaya
Instagram - @jonnyyamaya
Woe, Is Me
Hance Alligood -Vocals-
Doriano Magliano -Vocals-
Kevin Hanson -Guitar-
Andrew Paiano -Guitar-
Brian Medley -Bass-
David Angle -Drums-
When somebody stabs you in the back, don’t turnaround and do the same thing. Go directly for the face. Confront your enemies, stand up for yourself and fight through adversity: literally, figuratively and every way in between. When it comes to creating art, don’t hold back. Put it all out on the table.
That’s the message of Woe, Is Me, whose personal story of triumph through shared struggle blazes a shining pathway for their fans to follow. And it’s a point-of-view delivered through an engaging live show where crowd-participation is a must.
In Woe, Is Me, the sludgy, aggressive bottom end of vintage nu-metal collides with modern breakdowns and electronics-enhanced atmosphere, alongside the melodic sing-a-long anthem style of A Day To Remember and the arresting emotional ferocity of screamo standard-bearers like The Used and My Chemical Romance; all with a powerful new twist. When a fan asked the band on Twitter to describe their jaw-dropping and brutal yet deliciously poppy and inspiring album Genesi[s] in just five words, their reply was simply this: “Really fucking catchy and heavy.”
After a lineup shakeup that would have decimated lesser bands, the Atlanta-bred six-piece has risen like a phoenix from the ashes with their sophomore-slump-killing new album, Genesi[s]. Woe, Is Me’s second offering is truly a rebirth. It’s the beginning of something new, something of vital importance to the modern music scene that carries with it a message of consequence.
The band silences all doubters with these words, from “A Story to Tell”: “You don’t have the backbone that everyone believes you do/ so talk your shit / I’ll give you a reason to.”
Genesi[s] tracks like “Nothing Left to Lose,” “I Told You Once” and “Family First” have taken the blueprint laid down with 2010’s Number[s], blown it to pieces and rebuilt it stronger than before, ushering in an even bolder, in-your-face sound filled with musical confidence and bravado.
Woe, Is Me features two incredible singers whose versatility and power add dynamic dimensions. “This is exactly where I’m meant to be,” Hance Alligood declares in “Call it Like I See It,” decisively speaking for the entire band. “There’s not a chance in hell that you can take this from me.”
The fans first got a taste of Alligood when “Vengeance” hit iTunes in the fall of 2011. He has a melodic croon that could melt radio dials just as assuredly as co-voalist Doriano Magliano’s growl gives death metal’s finest a run for their money. The pair joins Woe, Is Me founding members Kevin Hanson (guitar) and Austin Thornton (drums) as part of a reconfigured lineup that is primed and ready for battle against the forces of mediocrity and repetition overcrowding the scene. Brian Medley (bass), Andew Paiano (guitars) and the rest of the band honed their craft on the road, analyzing and emphasizing their strongest elements together.
“Our music is what it sounds like to kick someone’s ass but to have fun while you’re doing it,” Thornton says proudly. “We’ve been through a lot of crap and we’re trying to show kids that you can triumph if you persevere.” The band recognized the basic components of songs from bands like New Found Glory and grabbed a hold of what made them smile. “There’s a reason why you turn on certain music in your car and when you’re hanging out with your friends,” notes the drummer. “That’s something our music lacked a little bit. We were tired of that. So our new music is heavy as hell, the heaviest we’ve written, but also the most catchy and melodic.”
More than ever, Woe, Is Me is focused on the big picture. They are aware of the power of insightful lyrics delivered with catchy melodies, the way that music can shape and take hold of someone’s experiences in a positive or sometimes negative way. “What we say can truly affect someone’s life,” Alligood notes with humility. Part of that impact on their listeners lives involves empowering them with forceful words of strength. “There were songs that would help me through anything from a breakup to something with my parents,” the singer adds.
Woe, Is Me works hard to craft the type of songs that will connect with people in deep and meaningful ways; the type of songs found all over Genesi[s]. When the band looks out in the crowd and sees people screaming the words back at them, they know they’ve accomplished something bigger than themselves.
Working Group Management
The Working Group Artist Management is a full service music management company based in New York City that represents bands, music producers, and songwriters.
Universal Republic Records
Warner Bros Records
Razor & Tie
Side One Dummy
Triple Crown Records
Old Friends Records
No Sleep Records
Run For Cover Records
You Blew It!
Tanner Jones, Andy Anaya, Trevor O'Hare