S.A.W. Events Presents
(Hed) P.E. & 36 Crazyfists
Straight Line Stitch, Know Lyfe, Sickfrown
209 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL, 61701
Doors 5:30PM / Show 6:00PM
This event is 18 and over
The quest to uncover the truth has given California-based hardcore pioneers (Hed)p.e. new life. While the band has weathered the stormy waters of the music business for over a decade and enjoyed a slew of successful albums, it's their quest for answers that has given them purpose. Now with the release of their eighth studio album, "Truth Rising", (Hed)p.e have become the voice for a movement that empowers youth and reveals the seedy underbelly of our current political affairs.
While early (Hed)p.e. albums found the group mixed up in the rock n' roll lifestyle, they were reborn after aligning themselves with California based Suburban Noize Records. The group's first release under the partnership was 2006's "Back 2 Base X", which saw (Hed)p.e. adopting a socio-political mindset and picked up the torch that giants like Rage Against The Machine had once carried. Since then (Hed)p.e. has been embraced by underground music fans all across the globe who don't subscribe to mainstream trends. (Hed)p.e's grassroots rebirth has given the band the biggest success of their career, as their 2007 release "Insomnia" charted at #138 on the Billboard Top 200, and 2009's "New World Orphans" jumped to #72, proving that the group's movement continues to grow.
"I believe (Hed)p.e's longevity is due to the fact that our records than more than just music," concludes Jahred. "Some of the greatest artists have used their music for social commentary. Bands like Rage Against the Machine, System of a Down, Sex Pistols, and The Clash, have all empowered their fans to rise up to fight injustice. Since we've got involved with The Truth Movement, I've heard from thousands of fans who are excited that we're using our music to explore things other than girl and boy problems. The best bands use their music for more than dancing and getting wasted."
With the release of "Truth Rising" (Hed)pe has their sights firmly set on the New World Order and they are using their brand of hardcore to bring it down. While early (Hed)pe albums found them mixed up in the rock n' roll lifestyle, the group have been reborn to become the voice for a movement that empowers the youth and uncovers the seedy underbelly of current political affairs. Always pushing the envelope, (Hed)pe stays true to form on their new album and earmark it with their signature brand of raunchy tracks to round out the mix.
Since forming 16 years ago, the band's released four records through three different labels, lost members to everything from the usual band in-fighting to fatal car crashes, and they've shared the road with the likes of Alice in Chains, Atreyu, Killswitch Engage, Chimaira, Diecast, God Forbid, Walls of Jericho, and Poison the Well. They've steadily made a name for themselves and faced several ups and just as many downs. But this summer, one of Alaska's finest exports will return to the vibrant metal scene it helped forge with 'Collisions and Castaways,' the band's fifth record and first since 2008's 'The Tide and Its Takers' became 36CF's only studio offering to open in Billboard's Top 200 Chart.
'Collisions and Castaways,' the band's forthcoming second set for Ferret Music, was written and recorded between October 2009 and May 2010 and is scheduled for release July 27, 2010. It follows on the heels of last year's DVD outing, 'Underneath a Northern Sky,' and is the band's second straight effort to feature guitarist Steve Holt in the producer's chair and Andy Sneap handling the final mix, 'Collisions and Castaways' sees the band evolving into a three-piece unit following the 2008 departure of bassist Mick Whitney, who left the group to spend more time at home with his wife and children.
Inspired by legends like Metallica, Deftones, and Only Living Witness, 36 Crazyfists, who helped anchor the inaugural RockStar Mayhem Festival, first formed back in 1994, taking its moniker from the Jackie Chan flick of the same name. Several players came in and out of the fold (including bassist JD Stuart, who was killed in a 1996 crash) before the band's core was solidified well before 36CF inked its first label deal with Roadrunner Records.
Taking inspiration from his own life, Lindow says songs like "The Deserter," "Anchors," "Death Renames the Light," and "In the Midnights," while vague in their lyricism, tackle a number of personal issues from the singer's past that he admits "I may have swept under the rug." Some of the songs address the constant mistakes he'd made during his 20s, which he says were something of a daze.
"Its definitely about life, my life and possibly all our lives," Lindow says.
Straight Line Stitch
Armed with an unstoppable work ethic and a musical vocabulary that stretches from face-ripping metal to soulful, stratospheric rock, Knoxville, TN, quintet STRAIGHT LINE STITCH are poised to grab heavy music by the horns with their Raging Nation/KOCH Records debut, When Skies Wash Ashore. Though just 11 tracks in length, the album packs more dynamics and diversity than many bands' entire catalogs. Not surprising, then, that the five individuals that make up STRAIGHT LINE STITCH have spent a lifetime honing their craft to reach this point.
Technically speaking, the STRAIGHT LINE STITCH story begins nine years, a handful of lineup changes, and two early releases (a demo EP and album, to be exact) ago. However, to understand the force that is STRAIGHT LINE STITCH today, simply fast-forward to 2003, when vocalist Alexis Brown joined the band. Though without formal training (recent screaming lessons from vocal coach Melissa Cross aside), Brown completed SLS' sound with a multi-octave, multifaceted approach that could be snarling and guttural one moment, angelic and ethereal the next. Making her recorded debut on SLS' second full-length, 2006's self-released To Be Godlike, Brown defied gender and genre alike to emerge as one of the most promising vocalists, period, in modern heavy music.
Despite being followed by a few final lineup shifts, To Be Godlike cemented SLS' core sound and generated a key partnership between the band and Raging Nation Films' Dale "Rage" Resteghini. The award-winning director -- whose credits include Fall Out Boy, Hatebreed, Mudvayne, Shadows Fall and hundreds of other acts -- helmed the striking 35mm clip for the '07 The Word Made Flesh's "Remission," and in 2007, he made SLS the inaugural signing to his newly created KOCH imprint, Raging Nation Records. As When Skies Wash Ashore proves, STRAIGHT LINE STITCH have risen to new heights for their label debut.
Recording When Skies Wash Ashore in the remote village of Millbrook, NY, SLS pushed themselves to the proverbial limit, even as cramped living quarters, geographical isolation, and physically demanding sessions (from Brown's strained vocal cords to her bandmates' strained limbs, the members rose to the challenge) took their toll. "Unless you're really wealthy, there's not a whole lot to do in Millbrook," Thacker says of the longtime celebrity-attracting village, "so we literally ate, slept and breathed this record while we were there. It was the most intense session we ever did, but I feel like we became that much stronger because of it."
Whether it's in the crushingly brutal metalcore of the official lead track, the neck-snapping thrash "Black Veil" with it's incredibly powerful video or the next video track "Taste Of Ashes" (featuring a screaming duet between Brown and SLS fan/Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta), the epic, soaring rock of "Eucharist," STRAIGHT LINE STITCH's musical strength is undeniable. For every double-bass-pedal assault, death-metal-inspired guitar riff or finger-bending bass line (see the hyperactive "Adult Cinema"), there's an equally strong hook, texture or atmosphere. And whether she's shredding her throat on a verse or hitting a soulful melody at the chorus, Brown keeps SLS' songs grounded in enough raw emotion to cause goose bumps in even the most jaded listener. "My songs come from a really personal place," says Brown, who's as likely to draw inspiration from spirituality as she is from classic horror movies. "I'm pretty soft-spoken in real life, so this is the one outlet I have to let out everything I'm feeling."
Of course, SLS' studio performance is just half the story: Averaging some 200 shows per year since 2003, the band have shared stages with national heavyweights such as Slayer, Anthrax, Staind, Mastodon, Chevelle, Killswitch Engage and 3 Inches Of Blood, in addition to rocking the Atlanta stop of the 2005 Vans Warped Tour and multiple Jägermeister Music Tour dates (Jägermeister is a proud SLS sponsor). More recently, a run of shows supporting DevilDriver, Napalm Death and 36 Crazyfists on the 2008 "Bound By The Road" Tour found SLS winning over some of their biggest nightly audiences ever, while subsequent Headlining club dates with the Autumn Offering and the Destro saw them diving back into the underground where they cut their teeth.
No matter what size the stage, though, STRAIGHT LINE STITCH have the presence and drive to make it theirs -- and, as When Skies Wash Ashore makes punishingly clear, they also have the musical muscle to win over any audience within earshot. "When you get down to it, we're a really personal band," concludes Thacker, "and as far as I'm concerned, that should be the same whether you're watching us in front of 5,000 people or coming up to talk to us after a show. In the end, that one-on-one connection is all that matters."
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