CROWN THE EMPIRE: THE RETROGRADE TOUR
Blessthefall, New Years Day, Light Up The Sky, Too Close to Touch
261 Main Street
Worcester, MA, 01608
Doors 5:30 PM / Show 6:30 PM
This event is all ages
Crown The Empire
Crown The Empire... putting the "Fuck Yeah" into "Fuck Yeah Man"
The band grew out of high school practice sessions between guitarist Mike and drummer Matt, filling out the roster with singer Craig and bassist Jared to form blessthefall in 2004. They released a three-track EP in mid-2005 and added guitarist Eric to form their current lineup. Phoenix-area gigs with Greeley Estates and an openly religious orientation got the band local press and a deal with Warner subsidiary, Record Collection. The band then toured with Alesana and Norma Jean across the United States and Canada. Their debut album, His Last Walk, was released on April 10, 2007, to mixed reviews. The band completed the entire 2007 Warped Tour circuit nationwide.
Blessthefall toured with Escape The Fate, LoveHateHero, and Dance Gavin Dance on the Black On Black tour during September and October of 2007.
Blessthefall is apart of From First To Last’s fall headlining tour, entitled “RATHER BE SLAYIN’ N00BZ” starting November 1st with A Skylit Drive, and Vanna. Then after they’ll be going on tour with Silverstein, this tour is their first ever UK and European Tour, with their first UK show at the Colchester Arts Centre on Novemeber 16th 2007.
New Years Day
New Years Day formed in 2005 after bassist Adam Lohrbach left the band Home Grown. Home Grown's final EP, 2004's When it All Comes Down, had diverged from the band's previous style of humorous pop punk and incorporated many emotional elements that Lohrbach carried over into New Years Day. Meeting with vocalist Ashley Costello and guitarist/keyboardist Keith Drover, the three began rehearsing songs that Costello and Lorhbach had written. These songs were heavily influenced by the members' shared emotional experiences, as Lohrbach and Costello had both recently been through difficult relationship break-ups.
The group soon added guitarist Mike Schoolden (formerly of Wakefield) and drummer Russell Dixon and took the name New Years Day.
The band began building a reputation through promotion and posting songs on the MySpace social networking website, and were featured on the MySpace Records Volume 1 compilation CD and in the soundtrack of the video game Saints Row. After considering an offer from the Pete Wentz-run Decaydance Records label, the band signed to TVT Records and released a debut self-titled EP in 2006. Originally referred to as the Razor EP, it was primarily a digital release made available through download services such as iTunes, though CD copies were also available at the band's performances. They also performed at the South by Southwest music festival that same year.
From 2006–2007 New Years Day self-financed and self-produced their debut album My Dear, recorded over an eight-month period at the home of producer Eugene Perreras. The album was released on May 8, 2007 and includes collaborations with members of Reel Big Fish and Motion City Soundtrack. The band's debut music video for the lead single "I Was Right" won an MTVU "Freshman Face" poll and was added to the channel's playlist.
The band started writing new material in early 2009. Around September 2009, NYD posted two new songs on their MySpace page. When asked about a new EP, vocalist Ashley Costello said, "The EP is in its demo phase right now and we are still writing for it and recording it at the same time. The EP should be out in the spring of 2010."
On March 12, 2010, Alternative Press announced that New Year's Day have been added on the Warped Tour's summer dates. New Year's Day released their Japanese debut album called "Headlines & Headstones" on July 2nd, 2010 under Spinning Inc. The album contains music from their first EP, their first LP "My Dear", a Lady Gaga cover and new songs from their upcoming 2nd full-length US album.
Too Close to Touch
Too Close To Touch are still in their infancy as a band, but the Lexington, Kentucky, quintet already have a clear understanding of the music they want to make and the message they hope to convey. Although their sound flows easily from alternative to theatrical rock to post-hardcore, one thing remains consistent from song to song: Each one leaves an impact. "We want it to hit hard, and not just in a music aspect, but meaning wise too. Every transition of song, every word, every note that's played, we want people to feel something from it," says vocalist Keaton Pierce. "There are no gaps in songs where we just throw something there because we need something to go there. Everything's carefully placed and planned to keep the listener entranced. We want it to be a different experience than just somebody listening to a record. It's a story that you tell. You have four minutes of someone's undivided attention to get a meaning and a message across however you choose to do that. We view music more as an opportunity."
Too Close To Touch, which also includes guitarists Mason Marble and Thomas Kidd, bassist Travis Moore and drummer Kenneth Downey, officially came together in late 2013, but its members have been playing together since 2012. In the past two years, they've focused on refining their songwriting and growing at their own pace, decisions that have no doubt paid off for them. "We take our songs really seriously," says Mason. "If we're not happy with something, it goes in the trash, and we start again. We just started keeping songs that we liked and writing more and more, and the more that we did it the more confident we became in the songs." Just as important to the band is their aesthetic. Taking cues from the 1975, Walk The Moon and the Neighbourhood, they've refined it to a look that's mixes indie and classic cool, all while remaining 100-percent them. Too Close To Touch began to grow in popularity thanks to their DIY work ethic, buzz on social media and impressive demos, which caught the eyes (and ears) of Epitaph founder Brett Gurewitz.
The band, who already have tours with Emarosa and A Lot Like Birds under their collective belt, will release their full-length debut in early 2015. However, longtime fans and first-time listeners will be able to get a taste of their new material when their self-titled EP is released digitally Oct. 21. From the fast-paced rock opener "The Deep End" which showcases Keaton's varied vocal range to "Perfect World" with its biting verses and sing-along ready chorus to the powerful, emotionally raw closer "You Won't Listen," it's clear Too Close To Touch have found the one thing many bands spend years searching for: balance. Dark and light. Soaring vocals and guttural screams, dark lyrical content and pop-ready melodies. All combine to create a sound that is unique and exciting yet relatable. "Every song has its own personality and its own emotions to it," Mason says. "If you're looking at a picture or watching a movie, you feel a certain way. We really want to bring out all the emotional aspects of our songs." Adds Keaton, "First impressions are everything. You've really got to kick the door down and really have that explosive start."