The Vans Warped Tour kicks off this Friday inside the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, California, and it's time for the popular touring festival to reveal the tracklist to their yearly compilation. Every Warped Tour compilation reads like a time capsule of the experiences that fans have at the event, and the announcement of the tracklisting is sure to please everyone. This year's compilation features tracks from acts such as Pierce The Veil, I Killed the Prom Queen, Being As An Ocean, We Came As Romans, and Koo Koo Kanga Roo. You can check out the entire tracklisting below. Obviously, the compilation will be sold at the Vans Warped Tour, but you can also grab a copy over at iTunes or various other retailers right now.
As previously mentioned, Warped Tour kicks off this weekend and concludes at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn, Washington on August 8. The U.K. will also get their taste of Warped Tour on October 18 at the Alexandra Palace in London. You can find out where the tour is headed in your area here. Warped Tour have also released the 2015 Stage Guide, which displays where your favorite band will be performing this year.
"A Match Into Water" - Pierce the Veil
"TiP TOE WiNG iN MY JAWWWDiNZ" - Riff Raff
"My House" - PVRIS
"Cheap Shots & Setbacks" - As It Is
"Crown of Thorns" - Black Veil Brides
"The Wake" - August Burns Red
"Regenerate" - We Came As Romans
"Youngbloods" - Blessthefall
"My Generation" - Memphis May Fire
"Gone" - Miss May I
"Don't Lean On Me" - Amity Affliction
"A Midwestern State of Emergency" - Silverstein
"Thirty-One & Sevens" - I Killed the Prom Queen
"The Human Calculus" - '68
"All You Need Is Already Within You" - Senses Fail
"Nothing To Prove" - H2O
"Dead" - Beartooth
"Born" - Rotting Out
"Hooked" - Fit for a King
"See Beyond" - Hundredth
"Heart Vs. Head" - Handguns
"Invincible" - Beautiful Bodies
"Starving For Friends (feat. Vic Fuentes)" - Slaves
"I've Never Felt This Way" - Our Last Night
"Fanny Pack" - Koo Koo Kanga Roo
"There, There" - The Wonder Years
"Reservoir" - PUP
"Cement" - Citizen
"Bukowski" - Moose Blood
"Bedford Falls" - Knuckle Puck
"My Hippy (feat. Dizzy Wright)" - MOD SUN
"Let It Go Back" - Man Overboard
"Mileage" - Neck Deep
"Boom!" - Never Shout Never
"Savior" - Metro Station
"Circus" - Baby Baby
"Always Never" - Lee Corey Oswald
"Nicotine" - The Dirty Nil
"Kaleidoscopes" - Major League
"Your Best Friend" - Seaway
"Howl" - Have Mercy
"No More Bad Days" - This Wild Life
"My Name On Paper" - Trophy Eyes
"Forever Stuck In Our Youth" - Set It Off
"I Am" - Hands Like Houses
"The Poets Cry For More" - Being As An Ocean
"All the Ways You Let Me Down" - Candy Hearts
"Never Afraid (feat. Watsky)" - MC Lars
"Hangin Out" - Kosha Dillz
"Sunday Funday" - New Beat Fund
Vans Warped Tour - Presented by Journeys
Vans Warped Tour is a "punk rock summer camp" on wheels where music, athletes and lifestyles co-mingle and thrive in an atmosphere dedicated to music fans of punk, alternative, hip-hop, ska, pop punk, electronica, alternative rock, emo, hardcore and more. Now entering its 19th year, the VWT has become America's longest running festival concert tour and reaches more than 600,000 kids every summer. Warped is also responsible for introducing music fans to such artists as No Doubt, Katy Perry, Blink 182, Papa Roach, Sublime, My Chemical Romance, Eminem and Fall Out Boy, among hundreds of others, as well as creating the blueprint for concert tour sponsorship integration that is now used throughout other tours today.
FREE PARENT TICKET IS BACK!
Over our 22 years on the road, the Vans Warped Tour has always tried to adapt and change with our fan base. We are now in the very unique position to be able to have fans as young as 13 and as old as 40-45 (shout out to the '95 vets!)
We have tried to strike the balance, but this year we admit, we tipped too far. So now we are re-working the Parent Program instead of eliminating it entirely.
1 ticket = 1 parent
(1) parent (age 28 and older) will be permitted to accompany a child (under the age of 16) with a PAID TICKET to the event for FREE. This is a
wristband; the tour reserves the right to deny entry.
To get the PARENT WRISTBAND the morning of the show, the PARENT must bring their photo ID, the child they are accompanying, and the PAID ticket to the yellow guest list tent by the main gates
NO EXCEPTIONS - if you do not have all 3 items listed above, we will not provide you with a wristband.
- No switching parents out halfway through the day
- No older siblings permitted to act as the accompanying adult
- If you have a non-parental appointed legal guardian, please bring any available documentation the day of the show and we will work with you!
ALREADY BOUGHT A TICKET? - If you are a parent that already bought a ticket and are unable to find another use for it (ie. your child's friend); please bring the paid ticket with you to the yellow guest list tent the morning of the show.
If you have specific questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
3OH!3 doesn't like to brag. Sean Foreman and Nathaniel 'Nat' Motte say that making their loud, distorted, electronic-pop music is not about the trophies and notoriety. No, forming 3OH!3 (named after the duo's area code in Boulder, Colorado) was always about something larger than themselves. It was and remains about being FUN!
If we go back to the beginning, we can find Sean in his parents basement, clicking incessantly on his mouse for 'friend-requests' on 3OH!3's sparkling new MySpace page. Meanwhile, across town, Nat is working on earth-shattering beats, hunched over his computer, in what he charmingly referred to as his 'dungeon' apartment. There, in a pair of blown-out computer speakers, Nat brought to life what the world currently knows as 3OH!3. Those sounds and songs became the band's 2007 self-released album, which were handed off across the states until they fell through the mail slot at Photo Finish Records and into the hands of label president Matt Galle.
Blown away by Sean and Nat's visionary production and clever lyrics, Galle immediately flew the boys into scenic Beltsville, Maryland, to record with the brilliant producer Matt Squire. Feeling at home in the studio, Sean and Nat worked day and night, piecing together their 2008 success, Want. With the help of their furry little producer friend Benny Blanco, 3OH!3's first single, "Don't Trust Me," crawled slowly up the charts for 15 months to attain a No. 1 spot at pop radio, going double platinum and selling over 2.6 million tracks in the process.
3OH!3 hates to brag, but if they had to they would tell you that they were nominated for "Best New Artist" alongside Lady Gaga, Kid Cudi, and Drake, at the 2009 Video Music Awards. Though they didn't bring home the moon man, Nat and Sean had just as much fun performing "Don't Trust Me" in Radio City's hallowed halls. Nat was actually happy 3OH!3 wasn't announced best new artist as he claims he would have peed his pants, having not been able to find a bathroom all night. "Drinks impair the ol' judgment," he says.
The Amity Affliction
While many bands can claim to have a large fanbase, it's rare to find a group with a following as incredibly dedicated as The Amity Affliction. Their fans travel the country, get lyrics and band art tattooed, and make their love for the band known as often as they can (the band and their records constantly top media polls). It's why they sell out shows across their home country of Australia to deafening roars and why they are constantly one of the top bands on all social media networks. Most recently, their new album Youngbloods debuted at #6 on the Album Charts in Australia and went on to get unprecendented nominations for Best Hard Rock Performance at both the ARIA and IMA Awards – surprising the entire industry and proving that a real fanbase wins over media hype and radio play. Following extensive touring overseas and an early evening slot on Soundwave 2011, the band returned to headline Australia in late May, selling over 15,000 tickets in 8 shows, including 4500 tickets at their Brisbane homecoming at the outdoor Riverstage arena. Youngbloods was voted Best Album of 2011 on Triple J's Short Fast Loud program and in Blunt Magazine, where they are set for their third cover in 18 months this coming October 2011.
So what is it that has made people lose their mind over a heavy band that originated 6 years ago in a small town in Queensland, Australia? Well part of it is hard work, with the band being a mainstay of the touring circuit for their entire existence. They also understand small towns and make an effort to constantly tour places that many bands can't be bothered with.
But that's only part of the chemistry that made this band what it is today. The truth it's the stories and personalities of the members themselves that has set Amity apart from the pack and made them one of the most loved and respected acts in Australia.
Behind the cheeky song names and party atmosphere the guys carry around on tour, The Amity Affliction is a band with a message and a story. In a recent blog to fans Joel Birch explained a lot of the album – about the struggles of the past year in the lead up to it's release, and always delivering the positive message that no one is alone, and everything is fixable. The entire album is delivered in the same tone from the opening track "I Hate Hartley" and its gang chant of "I Won't Die Defeated" right down to the finale "Fuck the Yankees" – which Birch offers as a thank-‐you to his mother for all she's given him. The music and the message are both delivered with impact and experience – this is a band full of people who have fought for everything they have, and a band of people who are encouraging young people to do the same.
In a day and age where few heavy bands of any substance cross over to a greater audience, The Amity Affliction are using their voices to deliver a message as powerful as their music.
As It Is
The transatlantic pop-punk quintet hails from Brighton, UK consisting of Patty Walters (vocals), Benjamin Biss (vocals, guitar), Andy Westhead (guitar), Patrick Foley (drums), Alistair Testo (bass). The band has established a devout fan following with their heart-on-sleeve, honest and relatable lyrics, charged with pop-rock melodies. Managed by KMGMT (home of other Fearless acts such as Tonight Alive and The Summer Set), As It Is has molded their craft, steadily building their reputation as one of UK's brightest new names.
"I haven't found a way yet of wording how surreal and wonderful it feels, signing to one of my favorite record labels. Fearless and their artists have played a huge role in my life, inspiring me massively, giving me something to aspire to reach," states lead singer Patty Walters. "To be able to say something as immense as 'My band was the first UK band that ever signed to Fearless Records,' is mind-blowing to me."
Guitarist and vocalist Benjamin Biss adds, "One of the things I've always loved about Fearless is that they have a relatively small roster but I know every single one of those bands. Chances like this don't come around too often, especially for UK bands in a genre that is mainly dominated by American acts; so we want to help prove that the UK can hold their own in the scene."
Next week, the band will go into the studio with producer James Paul Wisner (Paramore, Dashboard Confessional) to record their Fearless debut, to release in 2015. The new album will follow their latest release This Mind Of Mine, which was funded completely through their loyal fanbase.
Assuming We Survive
Assuming We Survive is taking the world by storm, using raw passion and good old hard work has them becoming the new face of pop punk. Their roots run deep, rising up through the ranks from the local scene to national tours with big names such as Atreyu, Falling In Reverse, Attila, and many more. AWS was founded in 2007 by front-man Adrian Estrella and drummer Kris Pasos. The lineup is rounded out by bassist Joe Lawson with guitarists Phil Adams and Johnny Silva. By the time the band released their second EP "Get Busy Living", they had already booked themselves on two Western United States tours; defining their ability to work hard and willingness to sacrifice for their craft. These tours built a massive following both local and abroad, earning them enough recognition to be invited onto "A Day To Remember's" Self Help Fest in 2015. On top of these festivals, they have also played several Warped Tour dates in 2012, 2013 and 2014. 2015 and the 2013 Aftershock Festival. As well as getting invited on the Super Villains Tour with Falling In Reverse, Attila, and Metro Station as well as the Christmas Vacation Tour with Falling In Reverse and Atreyu.
With the stage set for 2016, Assuming We Survive is poised to unleash a full length record that will take no prisoners as well as a March tour that will pave the way for their performances at both SXSW and the South By So What festival in Austin, Texas. On top of all of these big things happening for the band this year, there is still more they have yet to unveil such as playing the Journey's stage on all of Warped Tour 2016.
August Burns Red
There are a galaxy's worth of metal bands active today. But stare at all of those stars long enough and some lines start to
form; everything starts to take shape. The Constellations begin to bloom.
Just two years ago, Lancaster, PA's AUGUST BURNS RED were, to the naked eye, just another young band jockeying for position in the modern metal scene. Then came Messengers, the band's 2007 full-length release for Solid State Records, and a new frontrunner emerged. Without hype, devoid of any smoke and mirrors, the album debuted at #81 on the Billboard charts, going on to ever-so-quietly sell more than 80,000 copies. Fueled only by the honesty and dynamism of the music, fans multiplied exponentially, driving ABR's MySpace plays well past the 17 million mark and flocking to the band's 2008 headlining tour – which included sold-out venues across the country.
Meanwhile, AUGUST BURNS RED kept their heads down, conquering fans at Warped Tour, on the Take Action tour and at destinations from Dubai to Dallas, and increased their profile through placement of their beloved take on "Carol of the Bells" on the movie trailer for "The Spirit." The band also packed up their Phillies T-shirts and ever-present flip-flops and headed overseas for a tour of 12 countries throughout the UK and Europe. The star was shining bright. "It's extremely encouraging to see your band growing," says guitarist and primary songwriter JB Brubaker with characteristic modesty. "It helps keep you motivated and forces you to set the bar higher so that you can continue to grow and put out the best music you're capable of writing."
To that end – the band returned to the studio this past February to record its hotly anticipated follow-up with lauded producer Jason Suecof (SEVENDUST, ALL THAT REMAINS, TRIVIUM). Fans flocked to the band's in-studio Stickam site by the tens of thousands to observe the band recording the album in real time. The result was Constellations, the third full-length offering from AUGUST BURNS RED, set for release on July 14. A crushing metal tour de force, the album pushes ABR's trademark aural blitz into directions previously unexplored by the band. "We spread our creative wings a bit on Constellations," says JB. "But I can say for sure that this record will definitely be as unrelenting as our previous ones." Accenting the blistering guitar work and syncopated breakdowns that AUGUST BURNS RED fans have grown to love are dynamics previously unexplored by the band. Constellations features more diverse tempos and cohesive song compositions than on previous ABR records, as well as the band's maiden voyage to the land of guitar solos.
"We've managed to push ourselves as musicians, as lyricists and performers," says drummer Matt Greiner. "As a whole, I feel like we're expanding, reinterpreting and refining our sound." That kind of sonic wanderlust has pushed AUGUST BURNS RED since the members first united in 2003 while still in high school. Armed with fearless innovation, uncanny technical ability and an innate near-classical songwriting style, the band started turning heads immediately upon the release of its 2005 Solid State debut, Thrill Seeker. The band's 2007 sleeper hit, Messengers, minted ABR as one of the pacesetters of the next generation of metal bands. The band has already proven to be the type that gets kids to put down Guitar Hero and pick up an actual guitar – look no further than the number of bands on MySpace that list ABR as an influence. With Constellations, that swelling army of fans will make sure that there's a racket from day one. "I am probably as excited for Constellations to come out as our most diehard fans," Brubaker exclaims. "I'd like to think there is something for everyone on the new album."
Already one of the year's most anticipated metal albums, Constellations will make good on the promise of the past two years, and will serve as proof-positive that AUGUST BURNS RED's success is no mere solar flare-up. This supernova's here to stay.
Broadside is a five piece Pop-Punk band originated in Richmond, Virginia. Signed to Victory Records on March 10th, Broadside were listed as one of the '100 Bands You Need To Know in 2015' by Alternative Press. Broadside also appeared in another Alternative Press magazine listed under 'AP Recommends.'
Vocalist, Oliver Baxxter also made a special appearance on Alternative Press' Blog in 2015 under 'How To Look Pop-Punk: Style Essentials with Broadside's Ollie Baxxter.'
Oliver also has a clothing line called "Damaged Kids" that speaks up for anyone lost in their own regret, fear or anxiety… For the beaten, broken and bruised, for Damaged Kids. View clothing brand here.
Drummer, Andrew Dunton created custom coffee/tea mugs for the Alternative lifestyle named "Hard Luck Mugs." View Hard Luck Mugs here.
One year in a dog's life equals seven for a human. Dog years are a lot like touring musician years: Being on the road and learning from more seasoned bands, playing music every night, traveling together every day, a lot of growth happens at super-human speed. "For a fulltime musician, a year is a long time; one album is a huge difference. We love the album [Desolation of Eden, Chelsea Grin's debut] but like any musician, old stuff is old stuff, when you get better you want to write different things," Chelsea Grin bassist David Flinn says, revealing, "We all sat down and talked about what we wanted the new album to be--we wanted it to include ideas that date back to our EP but open up to things we listen to now like Thrice, Black Dahlia Murder, and other styles of music. We don't want to put out the typical deathcore album." Chelsea Grin are now finalizing their third full length for Artery Recordings titled Ashes to Ashes. The cd will be available on this summer's Warped Tour 2014 and will showcase the bands most thought out work to date.
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 is 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."
Vocals – Rory Rodriguez
Drums – Mike Karle
Guitar – Shawn Yates
Guitar – Gino Sgambelluri
Bass - Ramone Valerio
Deez Nuts is an Australian hardcore band that formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2007. It was named after Dr. Dre's song of the same name.
Don Broco are a British rock band formed in Bedford, England in 2008. The band consists of Rob Damiani, Simon Delaney, Tom Doyle and Matt Donnelly.
Every Time I Die
Every Time I Die have never been an easy act to categorize and that’s one of the key reasons why the band’s fans have never turned their back on this innovative act’s unique brand of music. While the band started out in the late ’90s hardcore scene, over the past decade they’ve continued to evolve and push the boundaries of heavy music, a process that’s culminating with their sixth full-length Ex Lives. Recorded by Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens Of The Stone Age) Ex Lives sees the band—vocalist Keith Buckley, guitarists Jordan Buckley and Andy Williams, drummer Ryan Leger—coming together to create the most forward-thinking album of their career.
“Everything about this record was new,” Keith explains. “Normally I’m in a comfort zone when I write lyrics because I’m just holed up in my apartment but this time I was finding little corners of clubs in Europe with [side-project] the Damned Things trying to squeeze in a couple of hours of writing and I think that process really affected the way this album came together.”
Keith adds that although Every Time I Die’s party vibe has been well-documented in the past, Ex Lives saw the band approaching the album from a more serious perspective. “There’s no song like ‘We’rewolf’ on this album,” Keith explains. “I was pretty angry when we were writing these songs which isn’t a good spot for a human being but is good if you’re a guy singing in a band,” he continues with a laugh. “I was just really angry and disappointed with a lot of things in my life at the time and I think that definitely comes through on a lot of these songs; I was wondering if it was all karma because I was a horrible person in a past life and that’s where the album title came from.”
From the syncopated chaos of the opening salvo “Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space” to the progressive mosh anthem “A Wild, Shameless Plain” and relentless metal riffage of “The Low Road Has No Exits,” Ex Lives sees Every Time I Die further tempering their aggression while also implementing new instrumentation such as banjo (see the sinister intro of “Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow”) and, yes, flute (see the end of “Indian Giver”) in order to recontextualize exactly what it means to be a heavy band, which is something that has endeared them to fans for thirteen years.
“I don’t think us doing anything different is a surprise to Every Time I Die fans because one of the main reasons why a lot of people have stuck by us for so long is because they know they can expect the unexpected with each release,” Keith explains, adding that if you listen close enough you’ll take note of plenty of sonic subtleties on Ex Lives. “There are a lot of little weird things that I think people will start noticing more as they listen to the album,” he elaborates. “I’d never added any keyboard or synthesizer elements to an Every Time I Die song before so it was a really cool opportunity to expand the sound on this disc.”
Similarly Ex Lives also sees Keith pushing his limits on songs like “I Suck (Blood),” which proves how versatile the band’s vocalist has become whether he’s cathartically screaming or crooning an upper register melody. “On albums like [2007's] The Big Dirty no one heard my vocals until the album was totally done but on this one everyone had their input on what I was doing vocally and they could give me suggestions to improve them,” Keith says, adding that this disc was more collaborative for the band. “I think I was also more energetic because I was nervous to sing in front of everyone.”
It’s impossible to deny that in an increasingly stagnant musical climate Every Time I Die are still pushing the limits of their own sound—and Ex Lives is aural evidence that after over a decade together they’re anything but complacent. “I had to prove myself 100 percent from the beginning like I did when we put out our first record to show the other guys in Every Time I Die as well as myself that I could do this and I couldn’t be happier with the end result,” Keith summarizes when asked to describe Ex Lives. “This feels like a new band in a way… it’s just its own thing and that feels really, really good.”
Four Year Strong
A single word can hardly describe the kind of career Four Year Strong have experienced since the release of their 2007 debut album, but "epic" comes pretty close. Alan Day (Vocals/Guitar), Dan O'Conner (Vocals/Guitar), Joe Weiss (Bass), and Jake Massucco (Drums) are Four Year Strong. The band has long since graduated from their closet venue and community center background, selling out 2000-capacity headlining shows with their perfected formula of unrelenting spirit, gut-wrenchingly good music, and no flashy gimmicks. Their unique blend of brutal breakdowns and soaring choruses incites a riot like nothing seen before, leaving live crowds and CD listeners alike simultaneously blown away and fired up.
After a lineup change, sound change and some much needed personal time away from music F.Y.S has reemerged more driven and focused than ever.
The guys headed back into the studio with producer Machine (Enemy of the World/Explains It All) late this winter to start crafting new music that they're really proud of and that fans will be absolutely pumped on.
After a quick spring tour playing to mostly sell out crowds supporting Bayside, the band sets their sights on their FOURTH summer on the Vans Warped Tour.
You can be sure they'll bring their infectious energy back to the Warped stage playing crowd favorites like "Heroes Get Remember, Legends Never Die" and the summer sing a long "Wasting Time".
No matter what shifts or changes in the Four Year Strong universe you can expect one constant. F.Y.S will continue to RISE, OR DIE TRYING...
An Alternative/Emo/Pop-Punk band from Philadelphia, PA
Derek Parker- Bass
Andrew Kyne- Guitar
Collin Walsh- Vocals
Dallas Molster- Guitar/Vocals
Nick Veno- Drums
Ice Nine Kills
Ice Nine Kills, the band named after the ultimate weapon of mass destruction from Kurt Vonnegut's novel Cat's Cradle, will, like its namesake, awe you. On their new album The Predator Becomes The Prey, Ice Nine Kills seamlessly weaves soaring melodies with the raw emotion and aggression of post-hardcore and metal. The band utilizes multi-textured guitar hooks, a dual vocal attack and a pummeling rhythm section, which grabs the listener by the throat and refuses to let go.
The drive and dedication of Ice Nine Kills has made a lasting impression on fans the world over, which creates an electric energy at their live shows. "It's always an amazing feeling to show up in a place you have never played before like Dallas, TX or Orlando, FL and have kids scream your lyrics back to you," says vocalist Spencer Charnas. "We were absolutely blown away by the reaction we had from the kids at Vans Warped Tour and The All Stars Tour this past summer."
The Predator Becomes The Prey follows studio albums Last Chance to Make Amends (2006) and Safe Is Just a Shadow (2010).
In Hearts Wake
Nature is known for camouflaging power. A great wave begins as a ripple; an iceberg hides its bulk under the surface. Nowhere is this more evident than what lies above us, behind the veil of the beautiful blue sky lies the infinite universe.
A closely guarded secret, In Hearts Wake's third album Skydancer has been lying dormant for well over a year. Recorded alongside Earthwalker – In Hearts Wake's award-winning ARIA Top Five sophomore album – in Michigan with Josh Schroeder (The Color Morale, King 810) in late 2013, the album is both a stunningly assured heavy record in its own right as well as a companion to its predecessor. What frontman Jake Taylor, guitarists Ben Nairne and Eaven Dall, bassist Kyle Erich and drummer Caleb Burton have unveiled is nothing short of the most ambitious and heartfelt album of 2015.
"The tracks on Earthwalker were more focused, personal, emotional and subjective," says Taylor, "whereas the topics on Skydancer were written more from an eagle eye's point of view on the broader issues of the world. It's important to understand that both are very relative."
The existence of Skydancer makes perfect sense when placed next to 2014's Earthwalker – after all, with the earlier album focusing on the feminine beauty and unpredictable chaos of Mother Nature, the sometimes-dark masculine power of Father Sky brings everything into sharp contrast. The concept is drawn from the Native American creation myth that details the attraction and mutual dependence between the two. "Modern society currently treats the masculine and feminine worlds as very separate: from law to religion, social to political and from health to commerce," notes Taylor. "As a species, we cannot survive or reproduce in harmony without the union of both, and this is the same sacred cycle found within nature. Earthwalker (the feminine) and Skydancer (the masculine) illustrate both worlds, and aim to bridge the connection."
Hence the constant dialogue on Skydancer between the personal and the political, the intimate and the social. Our generation's decisions will impact the planet – both positively and negatively – more drastically than arguably any other before us, so the need for people to be conscious of the systems that control us and how they affect us on a human level is huge. These issues affect all of us, whether we like it or not. Our choice is whether or not to be conscious, whether or not to fight back.
This battle reached Taylor's own doorstep, as he recounts in 'Cottonmouth'. His grandmother was ill in a nursing home, but it wasn't clear what was causing her more pain – the illness, the neglect or the medication? "Twenty-odd pills a day to combat her rapidly deteriorating physical condition. Each pill produced a side effect that required a prescription by the other. Behind Western medicine there's a pharmaceutical war being waged by multi-billion dollar corporations, churning profit at the expense of others. I symbolised the pharmaceutical evil with the deadly Cottonmouth viper. It is said that the white lining of the snake's mouth is the last thing victims will see."
Lead single 'Breakaway' perfectly encapsulates the harsh realities of man's inhumanity to both man and planet, takes on those who seek to profit from mass murder on an industrial scale. "Compared to tracks on Earthwalker it's more rigid, punchier, faster, and aggressive, which for me sparked the need to speak about the harsh shadows of war and those that financially fuel it – a fragmented figment of the masculine psyche."
The genesis of the project came when the band collectively reached breaking point. Touring for the sake of touring wasn't enough, and something had to change. "We found ourselves asking the question, what is it all for?" remembers Taylor. "This was the turning point that we needed to create a real purpose to get out of bed for (or off the floor in the case of touring). At the source of it all, we just love feeling healthy and getting outdoors – it's exhilarating. So we wanted to create a side that would stand for what we loved and believed in. No longer were we spectators, we wanted to be a part of the bigger picture so that one day our children might (hopefully) enjoy the Earth as much as we did."
Any journey begins with a single step. In Hearts Wake might be idealists but they also know how to express those ideals in real terms; just as through the course of the 'Earthwalker' campaign they planted 1,379 trees and revitalised a small patch of the planet in the process, with Skydancer they're seeking to make even more of a difference.
By working with non-profit organisation Economics Of Happiness they are combating the creeping insidiousness of globalisation by working to promote local economies and produce. "There are over seven billion people out there, so at the end of the day we can only make a small difference to the bigger picture," smiles Taylor. "But hey – it's still a difference! If more and more people become aware of the real issues at hand rather than who won the latest talent quest, then the difference will start to grow on a much larger scale. We'd like to prove to both ourselves and the world, that if a bunch of average dudes from a tiny coastal town in the most isolated country in the world can make a difference, then anyone can."
Los Angeles-based ska band The Interrupters will release their self-titled debut album on August 5 on Hellcat Records. Listen to the first track "Family (Feat. Tim Armstrong)" now on Soundcloud. The album is available for pre-order at The Interrupters Store.
Bound by their rebel spirit and deep love for 2 Tone, The Interrupters make super-high-energy ska-punk that's equal parts catchy and confrontational. Produced by Rancid's Tim Armstrong, the band's self-titled debut for Hellcat Records sees frontwoman Aimee Interrupter, guitarist Kevin Bivona, bassist Justin Bivona, and drummer Jesse Bivona spitting out lyrics that take on matters as thorny as martial law and Big Brotherism while churning out rocksteady rhythms and snarly guitar riffs.
After teaming up with Armstrong—whom Kevin got to know while taking over as touring keyboard player for The Transplants in 2005—The Interrupters and Tim wrote and recorded all of their debut in a matter of days. "Working with Tim, nothing ever gets overthought—it's like lightning in a bottle," says Kevin, adding that many of the songs on The Interrupters were captured in one take. Aimee also points out that the fast-and-loose approach was key to giving her a vocal performance the raw urgency that the lyrics demanded. "Recording the vocals, the most important thing was to be real and honest and if things weren't perfect, that was totally okay."
Having toured with Rancid in 2013—along with regularly playing with Armstrong as Tim Timebomb and Friends—The Interrupters have built their live act on unstoppable energy and a feeling of easy community that reflects their familial vibe. The Interrupters's shared commitment to "never taking ourselves too seriously" also goes a long way in offsetting the heavy subject matter at the heart of so many of their songs. "We have a lot of things that we're outraged about and we need to sing about those things, but we make sure to keep it fun," adds Aimee. "Sometimes it's good to be happily outraged."
"Remember me? I'm that voice inside your head that said:
'You'll never make it. You are worthless.'
Oh I remember, you're the conscience that I beat!"
We all face challenges. Often those challenges are coming directly from the mirror or from the people we trust to love and care about us the most. Many of us love and hate ourselves in equal measure. But through all of the adversity, struggle and hardship, there's a chosen few rise above to accept themselves and each other. We all have issues. We must identify them. We must overcome them.
It is with this in mind that the band ISSUES was born, united by the idea that self-doubt is the disease and music is the cure. Issues arrive on Rise Records with a bold mission statement, which is to be themselves. They aren't worried about fitting into any scene, nor bending their sound to the contrived conformity of other bands. Music industry politics haven't dictated what their songs sound like. Their talent is undeniable and their drive is equally unshakeable.
Even with his excellent R&B/pop solo work in development, Tyler Carter's fans knew that his voice wouldn't be absent from the modern metalcore scene for long and true to form, the former Woe, Is Me frontman has returned together with a career-defining new band.
Carter is a creative visionary who goes in hard with everything he does. Co-frontman Michael Bohn is the guy keeping everyone laughing with his good-natured vibe and good-humor, offering boundless creative energy and optimism as well. Bassist Cory Ferris is the most business-minded of the bunch and extremely levelheaded when it comes to any sort of crisis control within the group. Drummer Case Snedecor is intensely devoted to building new skills with his instrument and anchored by his Christian faith. Then there's guitarist AJ Rebollo, who spends endless hours communicating with the fans Issues have rapidly gathered in their short time as a band.
"We have learned more about communication and professionalism as a band," Carter explains, acknowledging the time and work they've put in paying dues with other bands and projects. "Everyone has a role. We stick to those roles and communicate together. Everything is open. We all know the system better now. We've got this on lock."
Issues have crafted a sound, a manifesto, a stage show and an image that is the proverbial "next level," filled with steady purpose and bursting at the seams with energized emotion. Issues put it all on the table: their own brokenness, their own doubt. They refashion those emotions into self-empowering weapons to help both themselves and others conquer their troubles and move forward with strength and positivity.
Issues debut EP, Black Diamonds, announces their arrival with confidence and power. Issues has made cautionary tales like "Princeton Ave." their stock and trade, detailing what can go wrong in someone's life when they suffer from abuse or isolation. "King of Amarillo" set the Internet ablaze when it was unleashed upon the public. "Love Sex Riot" (featuring Chris "Fronz" Fronzak from Attila) and the EP's title track are sure to become crowd-favorites, with bands singing along around the world.
Kids that mosh at Vans Warped Tour, metalheads who their heads at Rock Star Mayhem and mainstream acolytes who sing-a-long to Top 40 can all get behind Issues, whose sound incorporates seemingly disparate elements in a way that suddenly makes perfect sense together.
As a band, they put every ounce of their God-given energy into their music for the benefit of their fans. "We want to change lives and see the world as we're doing it," says Carter. "We want to be iconic."
With a "scene" that is increasingly overcrowded by bands with no clear vision or anything relevant to say to their audience, Issues are primed to breakthrough quickly thanks to their style, substance and forceful dedication to their craft. The guys in Issues are all Black Diamonds themselves. They can relate to the struggles their fans are facing, because they've faced them themselves.
A black diamond is mysterious, dark, edgy but also extremely beautiful; it's the perfect way to sum up Issues music and mission. "We are all Black Diamonds in the rough. Our fans are all Black Diamonds as well," Carter declares.
Dad shorts. Taco bell. Pizza. Skateboards. JAIL.
American thrash metal band from Minneapolis, Minnesota formed in 1984 and disbanded in 1988.
Less Than Jake
Less Than Jake are back!
"But they never went anywhere," you protest. Well reader, in that sense you are correct. But this fall they're not only serving up their first full-length in five years, but--after more than two decades together--also embracing a total back to basics approach.
Throughout a career that has run the gamut from self-releases and small indie imprints to large independent labels and major music conglomerates, the band has always been more than the sum of its parts. Now more than ever, though, they espouse their stature as a DIY collective that works together--or at least in tandem with a few trusted allies--on every element of their creative output. Drummer Vinnie Fiorello recalls, "We started out very internal, and nowadays we handle a lot internally again. "
The result of their old school approach is the old school sound of See The Light, created without any external meddling from corporate lackeys. "Everyone had their alone time with chords and some quick structures; we all put our ideas down before we got together," says Vinnie. "Then we sat at an octagon table in our warehouse and went through: this is what we think about this song, maybe we should do it ska, maybe we should do it punk--true band songwriting in essence."
Not only was the songwriting a true group effort, but--like the three EPs the band have released since 2008's long-player GNV FLA--so was the actual recording of See The Light, which was tracked entirely at Gainesville's The Moathouse, owned by LTJ bassist Roger Lima, who took lead production duties with communal input and assistance from his four band mates and live sound engineer.
"Roger has been recording our demos since the beginning of the band and steadily has worked his way up learning about studios from everyone we've worked with in the past," says trombone player Buddy Schaub. With no ticking clock and no studio fees piling up, the band used their breathing room to create somewhat of a rarity in today's prefab music world: a full-length album that gels as a complete thought, lyrically and musically. Buddy adds, "I think this is one of the closest representations of our band to date. We're all really excited for this record to get out into the world and we can't wait to hear what people think!"
Like 2000's release Borders and Boundaries, the new record was mixed at the famed Blasting Room by punk rock legend Bill Stevenson (Descendents, Black Flag) and Jason Livermore, but don't let that lead you to believe that there's anything same-ish about See The Light. "If you're expecting retreads and repeats, this record will disappoint," exclaims Roger. "It's all new songs and new vibes only recorded in our old school way."
While some other bands of a certain vintage are latching onto musical trends, you won't find any dubstep beats or vocoder distortion on See The Light--a title that nods to the band's history of marrying dark lyrical content (the tunnel) to bouncy musical arrangements (the light at the end). Less Than Jake aren't turning away from their roots, and echoing Mark Twain, Fiorello points out that the rumors regarding their genre's demise are greatly exaggerated: "Punk has been declared dead every year for 30+ years and it's still going stronger than ever. People like to declare things dead just because it's dead to them, but if bands are passionate about what they're doing, they'll attract fans who are passionate."
As fits a band born long enough ago to now be of legal drinking age, Less Than Jake pulls in a multi-generational audience, which Vinnie notes is often a family affair. "Our crowd now is 16 to 40, and I've met kids as young as eight or nine. Dads bring their sons and it's a weird rite of passage; moms bring kids in saying, 'We've watched you guys for 15 years.' But will the band stick around long enough to draw in a third generation of fans? "I don't know man. I think our guys on that would be NOFX and Bad Religion. When you see Fat Mike or Bad Religion hang it up, maybe: but like them, we're gonna ride that out."
The Maine is an American rock band from Tempe, Arizona formed in January of 2007. Their first full-length Can't Stop Won't Stop was released on July 8th, 2008 to incredible fan reception.
With the momentum of their first release, The Maine dropped Black and White in the summer of 2010. It was instantly clear that what the group had was something special - it was this release that the fans and industry started to see their growth and maturity expand as creative artists and musicians.
When it came time to release their third album in 2011, Pioneer, it was clear that the record needed to be released independently without the input of anyone but the band members themselves. After making the decision to part ways with their major label, The Maine decided to film the experience and released the documentary Anthem For A Dying Breed.
On June 4th of 2013, The Maine released their fourth full-length album, Forever Halloween. The album was recorded live through analog tape without the use of computer editing techniques which have become the standard in modern recordings. This gave the album an energy that cannot be captured any other way than 5 people performing in a room together. "The tape machine was like having an older, wiser, intimidatingly glowing woman in the room" says frontman John O'Callaghan on the experience. "We were all meeting her for the first time, but she already knew everything there was to know about the five of us. In no single way judgmental, but she sniffed out the bullshit and wouldn't allow us to be anyone we are not. We are now better men for meeting that woman."!
For the past seven years, the members of Tallahassee, Florida's Mayday Parade have honed their patented style of catchy, kinetic pop-punk with an outpour of real rock energy. The Florida quintet knows its identity, but it's got more excitement for the future with new album Monsters In The Closet. Their fourth studio album, Monsters In The Closet is a collection of everything the group's fervent fan base loves about Mayday Parade. Evincing evolution in songwriting, the band's growth shines through shimmering soaring hooks throughout the unshakable 12-track collection. The fan-anticipated album hit #10 on the Billboard Top 200, #2 on the Independent Label Chart, and sold over 30,300 copies in the first week, landing the band in their best first week in their career.
Mayday Parade has come a long way since their landmark 2007 debut, A Lesson In Romantics which debuted at #8 on the Billboard Heatseeker's Chart, holding a chart position for seventy weeks and laying the framework for the band's path to success. To date, their album sales have exceeded 600,000 while track sales surpass 3,000,000. Their self-titled third album entered the Billboard Top 200 at #12 in 2011, and the band has been a standout on the Punk Goes... series. Having crossed the globe on countless tours, the band's impressive tour resume includes acts such as Plain White T's, Pierce The Veil, All Time Low, The Maine, We The Kings, We Are The In Crowd, and Set Your Goals. This Florida based five-some stand poised for the biggest and brightest chapter yet.
Motionless in White
Boldness courses through Motionless In White's second full-length album, Infamous [Fearless Records]. Instead of simply sticking to a formula or worrying about anybody else's expectations, the Pennsylvania six-piece challenges not only itself but the entire heavy music scene. A potent amalgam of industrial grind, metallic energy, hardcore spite, and rock 'n' roll bombast, this collection sonically sears, scorches, and soars at all the right moments. It's also a sign of the next phase...
Emerging from an overwhelmingly homogenous musical climate, it would've been easy to follow. However, for Chris Motionless [vocals], Ricky Horror [guitar], Ryan Sitkowski [guitar], Balz [keys], Ghost [bass], and Brandon Richter [drums] joining the proverbial pack wasn't an option.
"We wanted to distance ourselves from any kind of scene," admits Chris. "This is different from what we've done in the past. There's more experimentation, and almost every kind of heavy music is involved. We wanted to explore what inspires us regardless of the genre of music. Lyrically, it's less rooted in fictional stories and more focused on real life events and things people can relate to. This is our view of the world, and this is what we were always meant to sound like."
In order to capture that distinct identity while recording in 2012, the band enlisted the production talents of both Jason Suecof [Black Dahlia Murder, August Burns Red] and Tim Skoeld [Marilyn Manson]. "They were both crucial to the record," Chris continues. "Tim really reinvented me as a musician, an artist, and a human being. Listening to him talk and share his unique take on art helped me realize a lot of what I live by and do."
His poetic perception takes the forefront on the irresistible single and active rock radio hit "AMERICA". Coupling an unshakable chant with an industrialized metal stomp, it's a powerful anthem. The story of excess gone wrong comes to life brutally and brilliantly in the music video by Slipknot mastermind M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan. Instantly, the clip racked up nearly 1 million views on YouTube/VEVO.
About the song, the vocalist reveals, "It's about the many things I see in this country I don't fully support - like saide idol, coked-out actresses and pop princesses that twelve-year-old girls are growing up idolizing. It's pathetic. The same song touches on the fast food industry, religion, politics, and many other various noteworthy topics that you experience living here day to day. For the video, 'Clown' knew exactly what I was talking about and wanted to accomplish. He took it to the next level with this freak show of characters I'm describing in the lyrics."
Motionless In White also assembled quite the cast of characters for the rest of the album. One of Chris's personal idols, Brandan Schieppati of Bleeding Through lends his inimitable scream to the piercing "If It's Dead, We'll Kill It", while Soilwork singer and metal legend Bjoern "Speed" Strid delivers a guttural cameo on "Puppets 2 (The Rain)". Meanwhile, an extra track on the Deluxe Edition of Infamous, "Sick From The Melt", features Trevor Friedrich of Combichrist and The Witch Was Right.
Chris goes on, "The collaborations really rounded out the record. It expands the sound further and allows fans to see who we're influenced by. It was great to have all of those guys involved. It really makes for an experience."
The group has been working towards creating that experience since their breakthrough 2010 full-length debut, Creatures. Since then, they continue reaching incredible milestones. Upon initial release, Infamous debuted at #53 on the Billboard Top 200, #19 on the Top Rock Albums Chart, #9 on the Top Independent Albums Chart, and #5 on the Top Hard Rock Albums Chart. They covered Outburn Magazine, have destroyed stages alongside the likes of Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides, and appeared at festivals with Guns N' Roses, Korn, Slipknot, Rammstein, Alice In Chains, and more. 2013 saw them ravage the countryside on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival alongside Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, and more.
However, Motionless In White have their sights set on much bigger things. "I want people to listen to our records and feel like I did about music when I was growing up," concludes the frontman. "It changed my life. Music really accentuates whatever you're going through. It still does that for me. We're going to continue creating what comes naturally. This is us."
There's no fear only art within Infamous.
Southern California 4-piece, Movements, brings a nostalgic yet refreshing touch to today's post-hardcore / emo revival. Fronted by charismatic lead singer Patrick Miranda, Movements delivers honest and engaging lyrics driven by aggressive and melodic instrumentals from Spencer York (Drums), Austin Cressey (Bass), and Ira George (Guitar). The bands debut EP titled 'Outgrown Things' is out now on Fearless Records.
An American metal band. Formerly on Solid State and now signed to Good Fight Music.
From Los Angeles, California.
The fashion-art rock band Palaye consisting of Remington Leith, Sebastian Danzig, Emerson Barrett has been named champions of MTV's "Musical March Madness" 2014. They are the first unsigned act ever to compete in and win this fan-voted tournament. The global Samsung Galaxy Note commercial that features Palaye Royale's single "Get Higher" continues to make an impression and make history.
Songwriters, performers, rockstars, co-producers, filmmakers, champions. Years ahead of their time, frontman Remington Leith, guitarist and organist Sebastian Danzig and drummer Emerson Barrett formed Palaye Royale in late 2011 and are now champions of MTV's "Musical March Madness," now in its fifth year. The history-making band is the first unsigned act ever to be fan-voted to compete in the NCAA-style music competition, pitting 64 bands against one another that ultimately saw Palaye Royale defeating Linkin Park in the championships. Palaye Royale can now call themselves victors beating out several major acts in the process including Vampire Weekend, Coldplay, Bastille, Tokio Hotel, We Are The In Crowd and finally Linkin Park.
A winning mentality has always been top-of-mind for the guys, whose last several months have been a whirlwind. Samsung Galaxy Note hand-picked Palaye Royale's "Get Higher" for a commercial that aired globally on digital billboards in London's Piccadilly Circus, Madrid, Spain and Singapore's Orchard Road in December 2013 - once again making history - as the first-ever unsigned act integrated into Samsung branding. In the illustrated and interactive ad spot, the trio's recent hit, the infectious retro "Get Higher" is the focal point with all members of Palaye Royale using Samsung products in their everyday routine - checking their Samsung watch for their tour schedule, drawing on the Note tablet, playing video and even walking down the legendary Abbey Road with devices in hand. Nearly closing in on 1 Million views on YouTube, the music video for "Get Higher" is quickly catching on with fans and brands as a favorite.
Palaye Royale kicked off their career with debut single "Morning Light" in early 2012, garnering 20 Million+ views on YouTube. The introspective, coming-of-age tune cemented the band's fan base, known as Soldiers of the Royal Council, which currently includes 75 fan groups globally, including Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, The Philippines, Brazil, UK and France. Palaye Royale's Soldiers of the Royal Council are part of a youth revolution and movement in music that is making history for the band, building via social media and powering their impressive view counts for their self-created music videos, which they call art films as well as attention around MTV's "Musical March Madness." Palaye Royale has also performed a string of successful sold-out west coast dates in California and Las Vegas.
"Palaye Royale are set apart by their artistry and integrity...'indie' in every sense of the word, completely 'hands-on' from their words and musical arrangements as well as directing and producing their own music videos to handling their own social media." -Pop Vulture
One of Alternative Press' Most Anticipated Bands of 2014, Real Friends is an emo/pop punk band from Chicago, IL. With their "do it yourself" attitude, they rapidly became one of the biggest unsigned bands in the genre, gaining the respect of bands and fans all over the map, signing to Fearless Records in December 2013. Real Friends continues to grow in popularity daily with their hard work, relatable lyrics, energetic music, and dedicated fan base.
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