Vinyl Music Hall Presents
Varials, Groundculture, Cane Hill
2 S. Palafox St.
Pensacola, FL, 35202
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
SYLAR is a celebration of self-expression, against a backdrop of down-tuned bounce, stadium ready choruses, and streetwise hip-hop flavor. The Queens, New York sonic stomp squad are positioned as a new voice for the voiceless, unapologetically championing the underdog, reigniting the rap/rock genre, and doing it all with style.
Seasons, the band’s third full-length, isn’t just an album. It’s a manifesto. In “All Or Nothing,” frontman Jayden Panesso affirms SYLAR’s dedicated solidarity with the downtrodden and outcast. “For the ones who can’t speak / for the ones who are too scared to dream,” he declares. It’s a mission statement, a post nü-metal call to arms.
“They take the Linkin Park template and update it for 21st century New York,” wrote tastemaker publication Kerrang!. “SYLAR’s slick delivery points to big things ahead.”
SYLAR crackles with unrestrained urgency and incessant energy. Guitarists Miguel Cardona (who also provides vocals) and Dustin Jennings, bassist Travis Hufton, drummer Cody Ash, and Panesso are musical disciples of genre-defining bands, adding a fresh spin for a new generation of adherents. They’ve taken the melodic might of Linkin Park, the swagger of Limp Bizkit, the atmosphere of Deftones, the straightforward bounce of P.O.D. and the heaviness of Marilyn Manson, and forged something uniquely their own, blazing a new path of individuality within metalcore.
Crafted with producer Erik Ron (Godsmack, Issues, Blessthefall), Seasons boasts the bravado of the upbeat and confident anthem “SHOOK!”, the persevering self-reflection of “Giving Up,” the melancholic romantic yearning of “No Way,” and the undefeated optimism of “Open Wounds,” about the crucial role of music itself.
For many fans, the records they listen to and the shows they attend are part of a lifestyle, as essential as breathing. The men of SYLAR are cut from that same cloth.
It’s a mentality that earned them the attention of Beartooth mastermind Caleb Shomo, who produced and mixed their full-length debut, To Whom it May Concern (2014). The band first connected with audiences as part of the All-Stars Tour and supporting Chelsea Grin and Emmure, but it was with their second album that SYLAR truly came into their own. HELP! (2016) debuted in the Top 30 of Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart and saw a handful of singles go to Number One on SiriusXM’s Octane. “Soul Addiction” even broke into the Top 40 at Active Rock radio.
SYLAR became road dogs in the process, winning over crowds on lengthy runs with Atilla, Ice Nine Kills, Insane Clown Posse, Issues, Memphis May Fire, and the Vans Warped Tour, as well as stops at major festivals like Welcome to Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Rock on the Range, and the UK’s Slam Dunk Festival.
Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor took notice of the band and gave them a shout-out on social media. Videos for songs like “Assume,” “Dark Daze,” “Live / Breathe,” and “Prescription Medication” have accumulated over 4 million views. They’ve been to Europe with Of Mice & Men and Australia with Miss May I. SYLAR embarks on a massive tour with Beartooth alongside Knocked Loose in fall 2018.
At a moment in rock history where so many bands have chosen to play it safe, SYLAR prove unafraid to push boundaries and wear their hearts on their sleeves. Every note is delivered with unapologetic realness and authenticity. Seasons change and change brings about growth. SYLAR charges headfirst into the fray, celebrating life and smashing through adversity, while taking their audience along for the ride.
The Philadelphia, PA quintet—Travis Tabron [vocals], Mitchell Rogers [guitar], James Hohenwarter [guitar], Sean Rauchut [drums], and Mike Foley [bass]—augment an airtight assault of metallic unpredictability and hardcore spirit with poetic punchlines and lyrical storytelling that wouldn’t be out of place on a Kendrick Lamar verse. Maybe it’s the water in Philadelphia, but the same gritty streets that inspired everyone from Rocky Balboa to Meek Mill powered these five musicians. The group’s debut Failure Control EP yielded a string of fan favorites such as “Deadweather” and “Stigmata,” which both cracked 100K Spotify streams. They released the Absolution split EP with Vicious Embrace in 2016 and earned acclaim from Alternative Press, Revolver, Punktastic, and more. Varials approach heavy music from a different angle altogether on their full-length debut, Pain Again [Fearless Records]. This mindset expands the possibilities of “heavy” throughout 11 brash, bruising, and brilliant anthems, with the band taking a collective step forward. They collated ideas for what became Pain Again before entering the studio with producer Josh Schroeder [King 810] during early 2017. Booked for six weeks, they tracked everything in under two with Travis often impressively writing lyrics in the booth and on the spot. Ultimately, Varials tell the story in their own way, and it’s bound to make a big impact.
We are five segments of the same vision. We are one culture cursed by a disconnect inside the fabrics of our conscious mind. We are the backs against the wall, determined to inspire change through connection.
A hard-hitting metalcore unit based out of New Orleans, Louisiana, Cane Hill's punishing blend of post-hardcore and nu-metal draws from a deep well of divergent influences, from Pantera and Slipknot to hip-hop and indie rock. Founded in 2013 by vocalist Elijah Witt, guitarist James Barnett, bassist Ryan Henriquez, and drummer Devin Clark, the band cut its teeth on the road, sharing stages with contemporaries like the Hollywood Undead, the Acacia Strain, blessthefall, and For the Fallen Dreams. They eventually inked a deal with Rise Records and released an eponymous debut EP in 2015. The following year the group issued its first full-length outing, Smile, again via Rise, and in 2018 they dropped their sophomore effort, Too Far Gone. ~ James Christopher Monger
$15.00 - $18.00
* General Admission * Standing Room Only- If Seating Is Available, It Will Be Limited And On A Strictly First Come/First Serve Basis * No Re-Entry * All Ages Event * Additional $2 Cash Surcharge At The Door For Attendees Under 21 * Attendees Under 16 Must Be Accompanied By A Ticketed, Adult Guardian *