Oceano, Vanna, Within The Ruins, The Plot in You, Surrounded By Monsters
201 E. 4th St.
St. Paul, MN, 55101
Doors 4:30PM / Show 4:30PM (event ends at 9:00 pm)
This event is all ages
iwrestledabearonce don't play by the rules.
If that's what you're expecting from the band's sophomore album, Ruining It For Everybody, perhaps you should go play in traffic. However, if you're down for a little danger, this will be your soundtrack.
The fearless five-some from Shreveport, LA still bludgeons with the best of them. In fact, their psychotic polyrhythmic groove fuels Ruining It For Everybody. Simultaneously, Iwrestledabearonce completely embrace their inner Radiohead, elegantly exorcising eerie emotion via singer Krysta Cameron. She's not Regan in The Exorcist, but she is letting the demons out to play.
Breakneck guitar battery subsides during a haunting chorus on the album's first single, "Karate Nipples." Elsewhere on "Next Visible Delicious," glitchy electronics derail into a vaudevillian death metal delirium. Closing track "Button It Up" ventures into raw, real darkness. Iwrestledabearonce have ruined heavy music, because no one can compete with them now.
Bradley encapsulates the band's sound this time around. "It's heavier, catchier, and better organized than anything we've done so far. We took a really spastic blend of genres and made it more cohesive."
Iwrestledabearonce dove headfirst into writing and recording Ruining It For Everybody after a marathon of touring in support of their 2009 Century Media Records debut It's All Happening. The album debuted at No. 121 on the Billboard Top 200, moving 4,300 copies during its first week and landing at No. 1 on the Heatseekers chart. In 2010, they followed it up with a CD/DVD entitled It's All Remixed, featuring remixes, videos, and so much more. No venue was safe when the band toured with the likes of everyone from Dillinger Escape Plan to August Burns Red and smashed through summer on the Vans Warped Tour.
All of that time on the road opened the door for the next phase of Iwrestledabearonce's burgeoning career. "The album is another story and chapter in my life," reveals Cameron. "A lot has happened since the release of our debut, and it means a lot to me that I get to express my thoughts, beliefs, and feelings through this album."
She and her bandmates don't hold anything back either. The band's spazzy fusion of metal, grindcore, jazz, electronica, and show-tunes has been consolidated into one violently vibrant assault on "Karate Nipples." For Cameron, the song's meaning is two-fold. "SLUGGO [producer] told us he wouldn't do any more remixes for us if we didn't title a song after the name he gave Ricky—'Karate Nipples.' So that's one reason. It's also a very personal story for me, and you can feel it in the lyrics."
Iwrestledabearonce don't shroud anything in mystery, and they're doing exactly what they want. For Bradley, the title serves as the ultimate middle finger to expectations, conventions, and the norm.
"We do whatever the fuck we want, and that normally ends up pissing people off," he declares. "We like to take elements from every style and genre and ruin them for everybody."
For Cameron, that deconstruction includes delving deeper than your average metal singer. On "Next Visible Delicious", she serves up a warning about the dangers of not thinking for oneself. "People believe anything fed to them if they are told by someone with power that it's truth. Your head will spin trying to rationalize religion, politics, and environment. The song references mother nature becoming fed up with our ways and swallowing us whole. It's a warning of our long-awaited Armageddon. No, not the movie…"
The intensity inherent within Ruining It For Everybody will undoubtedly be replicated on stages worldwide when the band hits the road. About their live show, Bradley comments, "We continue to break more stuff and have even more fun. Also, we have a pretty insane light show now that we always bring with us so that definitely makes it a much more entertaining show."
The music still shines the most, especially on songs like album finale, "Button It Up." It's an expansive hymn of destruction catapulted to transcendent heights by Cameron's vocals. "It's a dark song," the singer reveals. "It tells the tale of a girl who has her life taken from her. I'd read about young girls exploiting their bodies on the Internet and lying about their ages. The next thing you know, they go missing, are raped, and found dead. It's terrifying."
However, Iwrestledabearonce continue to offer a release and reprieve from all of the world's madness. They've created something that listeners can clench onto tightly. Cameron concludes, "I want fans to feel like they can find something to relate to and that this is music to get them through a bad day or situation in their lives. I also hope they find something new about us that they like."
Every rule will be broken in the process…
"Originally formed in 2006 as a grindcore band by guitarist Jeremy Carroll, Chicago's Oceano went through a revolving cast of players until settling on a new lineup and a new sound in 2007. The final lineup, consisting of Andrew Mikhail (guitar), Danny Terchin (drums), Adam Warren (vocals), and Kevin Colabuono (bass), would go on to develop the group's current sound. Pushing the limits of extreme music and influenced by Behemoth and the Acacia Strain, the band transitioned into a heavier, more technical death metal sound. This change was helped along by adopting the severely detuned "dropped A" from one of Mikhail's past bands, creating a guitar sound that was as thick and murky as Warren's anguished growls. In 2008, the band signed to Earache Records, and began a heavy touring schedule. That year also saw the departure of Carroll and Colabuono and the arrival of bassist Jason Jones. In 2009, the band released its full-length debut, Depths, on Earache Records." - AllMusicGuide
New England post-hardcore group Vanna have spent the last several years on a personal journey, and it's the experience of living on the road that has helped them to discover who they truly are. After years of relentless touring and musical growth, the band has found balance with A New Hope, both literally and figuratively.
Since the bands formation in 2004 Vanna – Chris Preece (vocals), Nick Lambert (guitar/vocals), Evan Pharmakis (guitar/vocals), Shawn Marquis (bass) and newcomer Chris Campbell (drums) – have built a strong following based on their killer live shows, which helped garner attention from Epitaph Records. The band signed with the label in 2005 and released their debut EP, The Search Party Never Came, the following year. With the EP's release came extensive touring until it was time to release their full length album, Curses, in 2007. Signaling growth sonically from the EP, Curses highlighted the band's metalcore side establishing them as one of the most interesting up-and-coming bands in the post-hardcore scene.
After almost two years of touring in support of Curses, the band returned to their roots and entered the studio with producer Steve Evetts (Every Time I Die, Story of the Year) to record A New Hope. With widening musical vision and hard-won experience under their belts, Vanna tackled the writing and recording of A New Hope with an added perspective and understanding.
"The writing and recording process naturally becomes more dialed and decisive with each record," explains Preece. "This record was approached with more of a group mentality. We talked a lot about what we liked and disliked about our last two releases, and each one of us were able to express ourselves in every step of the process."
"Steve Evetts was honestly just a great fit for us," adds Pharmakis. "For me personally it was great because I feel my relationship with the producer is important. If we mesh well it shows in the recording. The more comfortable you are the better you perform, the better you can concentrate and the better ideas you come up with as a team, as far as harmonies and melody ideas. And Steve was a great mentor. Chris Preece and I really meshed our lyric and vocal ideas together in a different way on this album and it worked out great. We definitely got to show a more melodic side on the record. I'd like to think this new record is like the perfect mix between our last two releases but with the sound we always wanted...and the skill it took time to earn."
The result of their collaborative efforts are twelve smartly written tracks that highlight the band's musical evolution, balancing the perfect fusion of emotive rock and perilous hardcore.
"Into Hell's Mouth We March," the first song released from A New Hope, rips the album open with the group's finest mix of melody and hardcore yet. While fans will appreciate Vanna's signature mix of weighty breakdowns and uplifting choruses, they'll also hear a progression in song-writing, gang vocals and more melodic singing from guitarist/vocalist Evan Pharmakis which makes for a much more accessible sound. Anthemic tracks like the first single "Safe To Say" and "We Are Nameless" bring the goosebumps, pushing with trashing guitars and pulling with captivating melody until you are chanting alongside the dueling vocalists.
"I feel like A New Hope is a fresh start," says Pharmakis. "This is exactly where we want to be, and I couldn't be happier with the direction of our music. This is Vanna, we are finally Vanna."
As Vanna looks forward with A New Hope, they continue down their unpredictable path of self discovery, continually growing and evolving with new purpose and A New Hope.
Within The Ruins
"Recognizing the talent and passion of Massachusetts natives, WITHIN THE RUINS, it's no wonder Victory Records added them to its growing roster. This quintet is armed with a unique take on blending technology and metal together to write music that sets their band apart from the numerous metal bands today. WITHIN THE RUINS have mastered their technique of bringing breakdowns, riffs, tempo and a dash of personality together in order to form one cohesive entity. The development of WITHIN THE RUINS first began in 2002. That was when founding members Joe Cocchi (Guitar) and Drummer (Drums) began taking a more serious approach and started heading out on the road, doing DIY tours from 2006-2009. At that point in time the lineup was comprised of Tim Goergen (Vocals), Mike Beaujean (Bass), and Kyle Marcoux (Guitar), in addition to Cocchi and Drummer. As things progressed for the band, January of 2010 brought change when Jay Van Schelt (Guitar) was brought in to replace Marcoux; this change refueled the band to write their best record to date entitled INVADE." - last.fm
The Plot in You
What started as a side-project of former Before Their Eyes (Rise Records) guitarist/vocalist, Landon Tewers, quickly became his main focus.
After parting ways with BTE, a solid line-up for the band was formed and work on their debut EP was underway. "Wife Beater" (InVogue Records) was both heavy as well as haunting, where lyrically Tewers gives you a look inside the lives of people he has come into contact with over the years.
Surrounded By Monsters
"That's my favorite part of it. We don't really have a genre. We don't have hooks and we don't have choruses. The mood is just constantly changing and everyone puts in a piece of what they like that just makes craziness."
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