Vans Warped Tour - Presented by Journeys

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.

Bert McCracken – Vocals
Quinn Allman – Guitar
Jeph Howard – Bass
Dan Whitesides – Drums

Vulnerability is commonly defined as "the inability to withstand the effects of a hostile environment." It can be a time frame, when "defensive measures are reduced, compromised or lacking" or more personally, the soul-shaking moment when we stare in a mirror, finally seeing every last flaw. The answer is to somehow find the strength to heal, repair and improve, and for the Used, music is that salvation.

Turning personal adversity into art is the Used's trademark, and the band's fifth full-length, Vulnerable, was a record that simply had to be made. It marks a particular triumph for singer Bert McCracken, who is now reenergized after suffering a broken hand and elbow last year, falling from a stage in Orange County, Calif., and then spending four months getting surgery and recuperating. The experience partially birthed the title and concept of Vulnerable.

"Me feeling that vulnerability kind of sparked this creative fire inside of me," says McCracken. "This record's really about becoming more than just who you are, and allowing yourself that vulnerability to be a more powerful person. It's a lot more positive than a lot of records we've written in the past. I think everyone could use some positivity nowadays."

The Used—which also includes guitarist Quinn Allman, bassist Jeph Howard and drummer Dan Whitesides (who replaced original drummer Branden Steineckert in 2006)—formed in Orem, Utah in 2001, signing to Reprise Records that same year. Championed by producer and collaborator John Feldmann, the band issued their gold-certified Self-Titled debut in 2002, quickly cementing the Used as leaders among the post-hardcore elite, thanks in part to unforgettable singles like "Box Full of Sharp Objects," "The Taste of Ink" and "Buried Myself Alive." The band then released the CD/DVD combo Maybe Memories in 2003, now certified platinum, featuring B-sides, live cuts, demos and unreleased tracks, while still another gold record followed—2004's In Love And Death—spawning singles "Take It Away," "All That I've Got" and "I Caught Fire."

After Steineckert's 2006 departure, the band regrouped and issued 2007's Lies For The Liars, hitting #5 on the Billboard Top 200, later naming Whitesides as their permanent drummer. The retooled outfit's newfound solidarity led to 2009's Artwork, which peaked at #10 on the Billboard Top 200, and featured Whitesides on the recordings for the first time. As if that weren't enough to keep a band busy, since 2001 the Used has also destroyed countless stages the world over, touring with a who's who of modern rock and heavy music contemporaries, and have been featured acts at major festivals like Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos, Ozzfest, Projekt Revolution and the UK's Reading and Leeds festivals.

Still, after more than a decade's worth of relentless touring and recording, the Used's members recently needed to take some much-deserved time off. McCracken's longtime writing partner Allman tied the knot, while Whitesides also exchanged vows and welcomed a baby into the world. McCracken spent much of his recovery in a haze of painkillers, then "awoke" to a creative limbo, in an entirely unfamiliar emotional space. At this point 2 years had passed and the band had completed numerous writing sessions that would last for 2 months at a time and in the end came out with more then 60 songs ideas. Thus when McCracken's inspiration struck to record the songs, it came about in an entirely different fashion than the band's previous method; with his drummer and guitarist temporarily unavailable, McCracken and Howard teamed up with Feldmann to take on the initial writing on their own while incorporating the 60 ideas they had previously worked on.

"We went in with Feldmann and wrote 11 songs and recorded them in 11 days. It was pretty magical," says McCracken. "It was a bit more of the record I wanted to make. I think Quinn and Dan were stoked about that. I could go in one day and be like, 'I really like the vibe of 'Bombs Over Baghdad,' so let's start with a bass line and a drum beat like that.' It was the most amazing time; the most fun I've had making a record."

McCracken and Co. emerged from Feldmann's studio toting the 12 tracks that comprise Vulnerable, the band's first full-length since departing Warner Bros. Records. Without a label for the first time since their debut, the band opted to go indie, forming their Anger Music Group imprint, which will be distributed through Hopeless Records. The release of Vulnerable marks a new chapter in the band's enduring career, at a time when the Used's music is organically evolving, as well.

"I think [Vulnerable] is really new for us. There's a lot of hip-hop influence, beats and drum and bass kind of stuff, but it's also still a Used record, by all means," explains McCracken. "Just like any other Used record, it's a horse of many colors: There are a lot of soft and heavy sounds, there are a lot of brutal, sharp, bright sounds, and the tempos are anywhere from ultra-slow to super fast and heavy. There are a lot of different conceptual feelings on the record."

Opening track and leadoff single "I Come Alive" sets the tone for the record from the start, with the sort of "down, but not out" sentiment McCracken has always channeled into his lyrics. "The song, for me, is about falling down or hitting the ground; when things happen to you in life," says McCracken. "That's pretty much what 'Box Full of Sharp Objects' was about as well, on the first record. Taking a hit can be the most inspirational thing that can happen to you."

The drive to overcome all obstacles, whether physical or emotional, also informs "Put Me Out," which McCracken says centers on "the turmoil from a relationship you could have with anyone in your life; how people just kind of feel cheated and fucked over sometimes. Falling down and rising above that can make you a more powerful and stronger person."

Album closer "Together Burning Bright" ends the journey on a romantic, yet appropriately darkly tinged note. McCracken says the song was heavily inspired by the Chuck Palahniuk book Damned, as well as the film Melancholia.

"Maybe the end of everything, so long as you can be with the person you love, everything will be alright, no matter what," McCracken says. "It's kind of a sappy, end of the world song."

That may be true, but for now the Used's world is far from ending. With Vulnerable slated for a March 26th, 2012 release, a world tour behind the record will follow, including appearances at Warped Tour, Soundwave in Australia, dates in Asia and Europe, and full headlining runs through the U.S., not to mention a DVD in the works to commemorate their decade-plus anniversary. The Used may have spent recent years nursing wounds and taking honeymoons, but 2012 and beyond will be all about bringing Vulnerability, and its uplifting message, to the masses.

"This record is for all those people who weren't the coolest people around. We never were. This record's for kids like us, who just love music, because it saves their lives every day," McCracken says. "At the end of the day, I'm the only one who has to live and die with myself. I want to make it a good one for me. I only have one life to live."

Recently reunited with original vocalist Craig Owens and drummer Derrick Frost, Chiodos are reinvigorated and hitting the road this Fall.

Look for them on the cover of Alternative Press' September issue!

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.

Motion City Soundtrack

Life is complex but we've got plenty of tries to get it right–which is why when Motion City Soundtrack frontman Justin Pierre sings, "All the destruction will one day end and you'll finally know exactly who you are"—it's a sentiment of self-­‐discovery filled with optimism instead of regret. Correspondingly after putting out one album on Columbia, Motion City Soundtrack are in the midst of a career renaissance as they return to their longtime label Epitaph to release Go, the most mature and developed album of their fourteen-­‐year career.
Having previously worked with Ric Ocasek, Adam Schlesinger and Eli Janney, as well as Mark Hoppus, Go saw the band—which is also composed of guitarist Josh Cain, bassist Matt Taylor, drummer Tony Thaxton and keyboardist Jesse Johnson—reconvening in their hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, to spend an extended stretch of time with producer Ed Ackerson (who the band worked with on their acoustic singles collection). The result is a cerebral collection of sounds that confronts big questions without sacrificing any of the energy or raw emotion that has endeared Motion City Soundtrack to fans worldwide.
"I think honestly I was really obsessed with death," Pierre explains when asked about his mental space during the writing of Go. In addition to entering his mid-­‐30s his obsession with mortality was also provoked by the passing of his grandmother who he spontaneously visited the night before she passed away. "That's where it started and I don't necessarily think of it in terms of life or death but more as love and death as two sides of the same coin," he explains. "There are choices you can make as far as holding back or embracing your existence and choosing life and that ties into the album title for me."
While this might seem like heady subject matter for a band who burst on the scene more than a decade ago with their pop-­‐culture-­‐heavy single "The Future Freaks Me Out," in reality Motion City Soundtrack have always maintained a striking dichotomy between upbeat music and darker lyricism—and Go sees the band entering the next stage of their
career in a flash of brilliance. "I feel like this album is a choose your own adventure book in the sense that you can look at these songs from different angles depending on your mental state," Pierre explains, "my hope is that they will make sense to you no matter where you're at."
From the expansive-­‐sounding, intricately arranged ballad "Everyone Will Die" to the sweetly syncopated, falsetto-­‐fueled rager "Boxelder," Go sees Motion City Soundtrack stretching out sonically to push the limits of their sound without altering the solidly constructed foundation that it's built upon. "We're not trying to be anything, we just write songs and the best ones float to the top and this time around it was clear which songs made the cut," Cain explains. "I think this was one of the hardest records we ever made because it was so emotionally draining and we recorded it in the middle of winter but in the end I think that frustration helped us make a better record."
Like all classic albums Go is teeming with happy accidents such as the guitar solo on "Son Of A Gun," which Cain originally played as a joke that the band fell in love with. "We did a lot of stuff like that," he explains, "when we had a unique moment happen we kept it and that's really what I love about this album." Ackerson also had a huge influence on the final product, which features many firsts for Motion City Soundtrack including a string quartet on "Everyone Will Die." "We probably wrote 30 songs for this album but nothing was written in stone and we really had the freedom to make up some of the moments as we went along, which we had never done before and was a really exciting experience for us," Pierre adds.
Equally thrilling is the fact that Go sees Motion City Soundtrack returning to their first label Epitaph Records. "We've done it all and we're going home to Epitaph and it still feels like our home because Brett Gurewitz has always made us feel so welcome at the label," Cain explains. Additionally the band have started their own label The Boombox Generation which released the Motion City Soundtrack/Trampled By Turtles 7-­‐inch last year and they've also partnered with Drexel University's student-­‐run label Mad Dragon Records to curate and produce a series of vinyl and digital releases called Making Moves that will continue throughout the year.
Despite the full-­‐circle musical evolution they've undergone with Go, the band members agree that in some ways they feel like the same way they did when Motion City Soundtrack was starting to make their mark in the early 2000s. "We weren't on a record label when we recorded this album so we didn't have to answer to anyone, which was exactly how we worked when we were first starting out," Pierre explains. "We've never tried to consciously write a certain kind of song which is why we've never fit into some specific category, but I do think that from start to finish this album has a very cohesive narrative that ties it together."
The band are also quick to point out that their fans have been open to the evolution, a fact that was evidenced by the series of full album shows the band played last year. "That
experience was great because it closed a chapter of our career and it was incredible to see how enthusiastic people were about each record in different ways," Cain explains. "Most people that listen to a band from their first record go in a completely opposite direction as the band progresses and it's very rare you grow with a band but that seems to be a common thread with our fans," Pierre astutely adds. "There are certain bands where every record they put out speaks to me in the moment and hopefully Go can be one of those albums for the people who love our band."
"Do you ever wonder how you got to here?" Pierre wonders aloud on the infectious pop tune "Timelines" and ultimately that's a sentiment that resonates with anyone who thinks about life's big questions. "A song like 'Happy Anniversary' may seem bleak on the surface but I feel like there's a lot of love in that song and this album, you just have to know where to look," Pierre summarizes, likening the album's arc to the film Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. "You know how it's all going to end but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy yourself in the moment and love the process of it."

Bring Me the Horizon

Bring Me The Horizon is a five-piece band from Sheffield, England. Despite only forming in March 2004, the band has gathered a surprisingly large fan base both in the UK and the U.S. Their debut EP, This Is What The Edge Of Your Seat Was Made For, came out in December 2004 and was the first release from the independent label Thirty Days Of Night Records. The band has since embarked on a number of UK tours supporting well-established bands such as Bleeding Through and Aiden, and also signed with Visible Noise Records in the autumn of 2005. The EP was re-released in January 2006 ,via Visible Noise, to a mainly positive critical response.

In September 2006 the band won Best British Newcomer at the Kerrang! Magazine Awards. Their debut album, Count Your Blessings, was released on 30th October 2006 amid a large headlining UK tour. As a very open and aggressive person the lead vocalist Oliver Sykes greatly encourages “Wall of Death” (or Braveheart) moshing, and has also asked for a “Piggy-back Wall of Death” during concerts and gigs. Their second full-length album, Suicide Season, released 29th September through Visible Noise (UK) and 18th November through Epitaph (US) has brought the band wordlwide recognition as one of the leading bands in its genre...

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.

Reel Big Fish was one of the legions of Southern California ska-punk bands to edge into the mainstream following the mid-'90s success of No Doubt and Sublime. Like most of their peers, the band was distinguished by their hyperkinetic stage shows, juvenile humor, ironic covers of new wave pop songs, and metallic shards of ska. The group cultivated an underground following that broke into the mainstream in summer 1997, when their single "Sell Out" became a modern rock radio and MTV favorite. Reel Big Fish's popularity gradually waned in the subsequent years, following the decline of ska-punk as a marketable genre. Nevertheless, the band restructured its lineup and continued issuing new material to a smaller (yet considerably rabid) fanbase.

Based in Huntington Beach, CA, Reel Big Fish was originally a trio comprised of vocalist/guitarist Aaron Barrett, bassist Matt Wong, and drummer Andrew Gonzales. At that stage, the group was a conventional rock band with pop-metal leanings that covered both classic rock and Top 40 songs -- essentially, it was music designed for frat parties. After several months, the band discovered ska and decided to bolster its lineup with the addition of horn players. Reel Big Fish had a difficult time maintaining a stable horn section, and it took several years before their final lineup -- featuring Tavis Werts (trumpet), Scott Klopfenstein (trumpet, vocals), Grant Barry (trombone), and Dan Regan (trombone) -- fell into place.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Sleeping With Sirens

Sleeping With Sirens is an American rock band from Orlando, Florida currently residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, formed in 2009 by members of For All We Know, Broadway and We Are Defiance. The band is currently signed to Rise Records and has released two full-length albums, With Ears To See and Eyes To Hear and Let's Cheers To This. The first album debuted at number 7 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart, and at number 36 on Top Independent Albums. Their second album was released on May 10, 2011.



Band members:
* Gabe Barham - drums (since 2009)
* Justin Hills - bass guitar, backing vocals (since 2009)
* Jesse Lawson - rhythm guitar, backing vocals (since 2010)
* Kellin Quinn - lead vocals, piano, programming (since 2009)

Black Veil Brides

"LA’s up-and-coming dark rock sensation, Black Veil Brides, has set a July 20th release date for their highly anticipated debut full-length album, 'We Stitch These Wounds', to be released on Standby Records. Black Veil Brides will hit the road in support of 'We Stitch These Wounds', headlining the Hot Topic Presents: The Sacred Ceremony Tour, along with Vampires Everywhere!, Modern Day Escape, and Get Scared. The six-week trek is set to kick off in San Diego on July 2nd.
Riding the success of “Knives and Pens”, and a brief headlining tour, the band promptly headed into the studio with their manager-turned-producer, Blasko, to begin recording 'We Stitch These Wounds', before hitting the road again as part of the Royal Family Tour, alongside From First to Last, Eyes Set to Kill, and Confide.
The band’s continued success earned them shelf-space in Hot Topic stores nation-wide, where their merchandise has ranked as high as number two in sales. With a thriving and dedicated following of fans (The Bridesmaids), and a highly trafficked MySpace profile (averaging over 10,000 plays a day, peaking in the 9th spot on MySpace’s Top Music Charts in the ‘Metal’ category), Black Veil Brides stand out as LA’s lone breath of fresh air."

We Came As Romans

Recorded with up-and-coming producer Joey Sturgis (The Devil Wears Prada, Emarosa, Attack Attack) at his Foundation Recording Studio, the 10-song follow-up to their breakout EP, Dreams, finds the band expanding their blend of pop-infused metal.

Although recorded with the same producer, there is still an intentional difference between the two albums. We Came As Romans didn't let the fact that they are only a six-piece hold them back from achieving a more symphonic sound on To Plant A Seed. "I played the trombone from Elementary school until I graduated high school and I always took the sound of a symphonic band or an orchestra with me," explains Moore of their decision to add orchestral elements to the album such as the violins, brass, and piano interlaced throughout the album's dynamic layers.

Not unlike the EP, the lyrics on To Plant A Seed reflect We Came As Romans' goal of spreading a positive message through their music. The band hopes, "when people hear the album, they might not change the way they think or the way they act right now, but hopefully we've planted that ‘seed', that thought of love, and it can grow."

The theme of the album is carried through to the artwork. Painted by acclaimed artist Paul Romano (Mastodon, Chiodos), the album cover depicts a "very innocent looking boy in which the ‘seed' has been planted in his mind and it grows to his heart, out of his palms and becomes branches," describes Moore.

Read more: http://www.myspace.com/wecameasromans#ixzz0thWyJMU7

Never Shout Never

Never Shout Never is the alias of American acoustic pop musician, Christofer Ingle. Ingle began making music as NeverShoutNever! in September 2007. His first exposure came through the internet, where he achieved success on MySpace before issuing the Yippee! EP on July 29, 2008.[10] On July 30, 2008, he was featured on TRL, where he performed his single 'Bigcitydreams'. He toured with Hellogoodbye and Ace Enders in the fall of 2008.

As of November 17, 2008, the official spelling of Ingle's alias became NeverShoutNever! It had previously been listed as Never Shout Never on iTunes and his management company's site. An official statement regarding the reason behind the spelling change has not been made available. In an interview, Ingle revealed that there is no longer an exclamation point after his name and that he will spell NeverShoutNever as one word when he is feeling happy, but three words when he isn't. Warner Bros. Records is spelling his name as "Never Shout Never" for the upcoming release.

Never Shout Never started touring with The Scene Aesthetic, The Honorary Title, and The Bigger Lights in late February 2009 and then toured with bands such as Forever the Sickest Kids, The Cab, and Mercy Mercedes, among others in spring 2009 as part of The Bamboozle Roadshow 2009. He played at both The Bamboozle Left 2009 and The Bamboozle 2009.

The next EP from Never Shout Never was released on June 23, 2009. The first single off the EP was released on iTunes on March 3, 2009.

It was announced on May 29, 2009, that Ingle had signed to Warner Bros. Records, ending a major-label bidding war. As part of the deal, Ingle will run and make releases on his own imprint label, Loveway Records.

The debut full-length album from Never Shout Never is being produced by Butch Walker.

Ingle follows a strict vegan diet. His music career caused him to drop out of his high school, Joplin Senior High, before graduation.

Phoenix, AZ's blessthefall stormed to the forefront of the new evolution of the post-hardcore/metalcore genre with the release of critically-acclaimed second album "Witness", produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Incubus, Escape The Fate, Story Of The Year). Upon release, the album debuted in the Billboard Top 200 at #56 and the Independent Chart at #6. Having played dates in 16 countries in 2010 ...in support of Witness with the likes of As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Atreyu, and August Burns Red, blessthefall stormed into 2011 as part of Soundwave festival in Australia. After returning from the Outback, the band went into writing mode for their third full-length album "Awakening", and started recording in May 2011. The album has already been named by Alternative Press as one of 2011’s Most Anticipated Albums. Trying to win over new fans while appeasing the old may be a difficult task for some bands, but blessthefall accept it eagerly as a challenge that they’ll work toward with their forthcoming tours and releases. “There is a lot more drive since Beau has joined the band,” Lambert said. “We know we have a lot to prove and we are all hungry for it.”

"Taking its name from the TV show The Wonder Years, the Philadelphia punk pop band was formed by guitarists Matt Brasch and Casey Cavaliere, vocalist Dan “Soupy” Campbell, bassist Josh Martin, drummer Mike Kennedy, and keyboardist Mikey Kelly. The sextet got its start in 2005 when previous combo the Premier split up. Regrouping under the new name, the band began playing shows and released two split singles that year (with Bangarang! and Emergency and I). In late 2007 the Wonder Years self-released an album, the emphatically titled Get Stoked on It!, and quickly caught the eye of California label No Sleep, which signed the band. Their first record for the label was the EP Won’t Be Pathetic Forever, which came out in June of 2008. Following a split single with All or Nothing, Kelly left the band. After a year spent recording its second album, the group released The Upsides in January of 2010. The record made a dent in the lower regions of the Billboard charts and also gained the Wonder Years a deal with the larger indie Hopeless, which reissued the album in September with four bonus tracks. In the time between releases, drummer Kennedy quit the band and was replaced by Nick Steinborn. Kennedy soon returned to the fold and Steinborn bounced over to play keys and guitar." - Tim Sendra, AllMusicGuide

Memphis May Fire

MEMPHIS MAY FIRE have consistently pushed the envelope to redefine both themselves and the various sub-genres they’ve made their mark within. 2009’s “Sleepwalking” full-length yielded no exception as the band ventured into the territory of Post-Hardcore / Southern Rock with no reservations. Their fresh approach to an otherwise stale scene gathered critical acclaim and found “Ghost In The Mirror” f...eatured on the both the Saw VI Soundtrack and DVD/Blu-Ray releases. Subsequent touring with the likes of Asking Alexandria, From First To Last, and Alesana facilitated the delivery of their music to the masses and established a live precedent that the band continues to build on today.



Following well-received releases on both Trustkill & Bullet Tooth, domestic/international touring success (featuring the band’s first visit to Japan) and a tag as one of Revolver Magazine’s “Top 25 Under 25,” we’re left with only one certainty; members Matt Mullins (vocals), Kellen McGregor (guitar), Ryan Bentley (guitar), Cory Elder (bass), and Jake Garland (drums) are headed somewhere fast.



In fact, it’s safe to say that MEMPHIS MAY FIRE are “Sleepwalking” no longer. Their latest effort, “Between The Lies,” boasts an elevated aggression that tastefully combines elements of melodic metal, southern rock, and electronics amidst a platform of carefully crafted songwriting. Existing solely in the digital realm, this EP is clearly an indication of things to come in terms of its unique dynamics & cross-genre experimentation.



Fast forward to 2011 and MEMPHIS MAY FIRE have now partnered with Rise Records as an outlet for their musical creativity. This move continues to broaden the band’s reach and welcomes a new world of possibilities within the scope of their burgeoning career. MMF’s high-octane live show acts as a testament to their ever-increasing identity and always leaves the audience wanting more. Expect their RISE debut to enter your lives later this spring alongside a massive touring cycle that is sure to reach your doorstep. Critics beware; MEMPHIS MAY FIRE are not only here to stay, they’re paving the way.

Formed in 2000 in Burlington, ON Canada, Silverstein has become as close to a household name as you can get in the post-hardcore scene. After 5 full length albums, 3 EP's, a live album, mini album, and numerous 7" singles and collections, Silverstein have sold more than 1 million albums worldwide. The lineup has remained largely the same over their 12 years on the scene and features Shane Told (vocals), Paul Koehler (drums), Josh Bradford (guitar), Billy Hamilton (bass) and Paul-Marc Rousseau (guitar).

Silverstein has played more than 1500 shows in 34 countries, and have been a staple on many festivals and tours. They have been a part of Vans Warped Tour, Take Action!, Taste of Chaos, Rock Am Ring (Germany), Soundwave (Australia), Give it a Name (UK), and also co-founded the Scream It Like You Mean It tour in 2010.

Since 2003, Silverstein has remained consistent releasing full length albums every 2 years. They burst on the scene with When Broken Is Easily Fixed (2003) which would shape the scene to come with its dynamic approach of mellow clean tones contrasted with screaming and heavily distorted riffs. In 2005, their sophomore and best selling release Discovering The Waterfront was critically and fan acclaimed with more structure and melody, but still keeping the emotion Silverstein had become known for.

In 2007, the band worked with legendary producer Mark Trombino and released Arrivals & Departures. Sticking to a more stripped down rock sound that went against the slick sampled tones of many bands at the time, the album had 2 of their biggest songs, and a video in heavy rotation on MTV. 2009 brought back 'Discovering' producer Cameron Webb and a return to the bands early sound with A Shipwreck In The Sand, a high concept album that also tackled some political topics for the first time. The album brought a number of guest vocalists including Liam Cormier (Cancer Bats), Lights, and Scott Wade (Comeback Kid).

After a departure from Victory Records in 2010, the band came right back in 2011 with their 5th full length Rescue on indie giant Hopeless Records. With new producer Jordan Valeriote at the helm, the album featured some of the bands best performances and songs ever, with songs like "Forget Your Heart", "Burning Hearts", "The Artist" and "Sacrifice" all being successful singles.

Never a band to rest for long, Silverstein also released Short Songs in early 2012, a "mini album" featuring 11 original songs and 11 covers all under 90 seconds long. This release took the band back to their punk rock and hardcore roots and was a huge critical success garnering extremely positive reviews.

With a new full length release and lots of touring planned in 2013, SIlverstein shows no signs of slowing down.

The Black Dahlia Murder

Hailing from Detroit, MI this five-piece band does not compromise the integrity of their music for anyone. Heavily influenced by Swedish metal and infused with the very brutal sounds of Florida death metal scene, The Black Dahlia Murder's debut release Unhallowed blends the perfect mix of the blast beats, heavy guitars and melody. What starts off with a low audio clip of vocalist Trevor reading from a book on cannibalism quickly and quite brutally jumps right into a full force attack on your senses, that does not let up until the album's end. This venomous, yet melodic death metal outfit named after the brutal unsolved slaying of wannabe actress and temptress Elizabeth Short draws influence from forefathers such as At The Gates, Dissection and Carcass. What The Black Dahlia Murder does is up the speed and intensity of the style into a gore-soaked whirlwind all their own. They seamlessly twist from destructively fast blast beats to beautiful and dark melodic textures, creating a soundtrack to the horror and insanity surrounding the Black Dahlia legacy. The only thing better than hearing this band on their new full-length release is to catch them drawing blood live. The stage presence of this band completely transcends the hair swaying posing that this genre has become accustomed to, reintroducing an unbridled energy long absent from the current death metal scene. The Black Dahlia Murder is a band that is not to be missed, and once witnessed cannot be denied.

We are Woe, Is Me from Atlanta, GA! Some good ole' boys from down South. We aim to connect with our fans, with our number[s] we would be nothing.

Influences: power, greed, money, nepotism, vanity, slothfullness, ire...whiskey, sluts & Springsteen.

I SEE STARS captured the hearts of America's youth in 2010 on Warped Tour and a highly acclaimed run with A Day To Remember, but refusing to rest of their laurels the band quickly went back into the studio to start tracking the long awaited follow-up to their groundbreaking 3D release. That album strayed away from all the musical cliches blending all musical genres to set the bar for a new unique sound. Since there has been a surplus of "electronica/hardcore" music as of late, the pages will be turned once again, and new eyes will be opened, to bands and fans alike. The much anticipated new effort, The End of The World Party, is going to be one of 2011's most talked about albums within the rock genre and perfectly demonstrates the band's impressive depth, maturity and originality.

3D is currently over 30,000 units sold in North America mainly as a direct result of the band's relentless touring that also supported Attack Attack, Forever The Sickest Kids, We The Kids and Emarosa. The group's first headliner with We Came As Romans as direct support selling 500 - 1000 tickets in many markets. I SEE STARS also continues to be one of the top selling bands at retail in Hot Topic.

I SEE STARS is a band made up of lifelong friends and it's that exact dynamic that makes them so entertaining. All members; Devin Oliver (vocals), Andrew Oliver (drums), Brent Allen (guitars) and Jeff Valentine (bass) lived in the same neighborhood as kids. The friendship goes back as far as elementary school. Zach Johnson (keyboards, screaming vocals) later joined in middle school to help the band evolve adding in synth and samples. Jimmy Gregerson (guitars) then completed the six piece group taking Devin off guitar and making him the permanent lead vocalist. Over time as the album 3D was being created people all over the map were already starting to become familiar with the band. Sumerian Records quickly signed the band and released the debut album, 3D, on April 14th, 2009 to rave reviews.

I SEE STARS will be doing their first overseas tour in 2011 with We The Kings in the UK and will also be stopping in Indonesia before performing at the Soundwave Festival in Australia with such genre titans as 30 Seconds To Mars, Iron Maiden, Queens Of The Stone Age and Bring Me The Horizon. Their sophomore record, The End Of The World Party, could possibly be the heaviest pop album yet. This new offering has lots of substance and is very theatric in scope. There is literally something for everyone. The culmination of all this hard work pays off in the spring of 2011 as the band is featured on the Alternative Press tour with Black Veil Bride, D.R.U.G.S and Verse Emerge.

I SEE STARS states: "We are taking I SEE STARS to the next level. This new chapter is bringing mainstream pop to hardcore music alongside build ups that spawn from the core of techno/dub-step/electro music. Catchy and melodic vocals that illustrate a concept that we feel raises the bar. You're going to dance way more, you're going to want to throw your fists way more. When you put those two together, you have a whole different game. We didn't limit ourselves, and teaming up with 3D producer, our buddy Cameron Mizell and a balls to the wall producer like Joey Sturgis (The Devil Wears Prada, Attack Attack, Asking Alexandria), further proved that the sky is the limit to what we can do. The wait is over, and the end is near"

In 2011, I SEE STARS further cemented their status as visionaries of the genre and gain legions of new diehard followers.

Like Moths to Flames

"Emerging from Dayton, Ohio in 2010, Like Moths to Flames hit the ground running from their inception and haven't had the time to look back. The band came together after singer Chris Roetter (formerly of Agraceful and Emarosa) and bassist Aaron Evans (of TerraFirma) decided to collaborate after their respective bands had broken up. Not wasting any time, the two recruited guitarists Zach Huston and Eli Ford and drummer Lance Greenfield, and by the end of the year the band had signed to Rise Records and released its Sweet Talker EP. In 2011, the band made its full-length debut on Rise with When We Don't Exist, which found the fledgling metalcore outfit breaking onto the Billboard Heatseekers chart with its bludgeoning, breakdown-heavy sound." – AllMusicGuide

While She Sleeps

All of the greatest bands to ever plug into an amplifier wanted to change the world. Be that by their socially or politically charged lyrical narrative, their musical power and aggression standing tall to rebel against the tidal wave of shit dominating the airwaves or creating something totally unique due to the frustration and stagnation of what their peers around them are serving up. Meet Sheffield's While She Sleeps. How do they want to change the world? By channeling all of the above into their phenomenal debut full-length album, 'This Is The Six'.

"We want this to be an album that people can grow up to," says guitarist and founding member, Mat Welsh. "We've grown up to landmark albums by Slipknot, Thrice and bands that meant the world to us and we want this album to mean the world to people. 'The six' means 'Sleeps'; there's 6 letters in the word sleeps. We've all got a 6 tally chart tattooed on us. We want this to be a cult that people can join and believe in and seeing the 5 grouped together next to the one is a reminder that you're never alone. We wanted to say 'This is While She Sleeps' to the world."

Since the release of their mini-album, 'The North Stands For Nothing', in the summer of 2010, While She Sleeps have been on a trailblazing path that has seen them become one of the fastest rising bands on the UK hard rock and metal circuits for some years. From a sold out headline tour, their tent-swelling set at last year's Sonisphere festival, venues on this year's prestigious Kerrang! tour having queues of people snaked around the block so that fans could get in to see Sleeps open the bill, critical acclaim across the pages of Kerrang! Metal Hammer and Rock Sound and regular plays on Radio 1, Scuzz and Kerrang! TV, the Sheffield natives have rapidly and justifiably become one of the highest regarded rock bands in Britain.

"It feels like we're building an army and that the people that have started following us are as much a part of this as we are," says Mat. "We've felt like respect's been building and the crowds are getting bigger and people telling us songs have helped them get through tough times reassures you why you do this and we want to take it to as many people as we can."

If things feel as though they're reaching boiling point at present, things are set to go supernova following the release of 'This Is The Six'. A tour de force of everything that's great from across the landscapes hard rock and metal, it's a genre-defying masterpiece that draws from the contemporary intensity and unshakeable authenticity of post-hardcore, the progressive song-structure and unrelenting aggression of metal, a keen ear for melody and a raw impenetrable passion that makes it relatable to anyone with a love for guitar driven rock music.

"We're trying to open people's eyes to the genre problems within the rock music scene," explains vocalist Lawrence Taylor. "People are strict about putting things in a certain box and we've made an effort to make something that can't be defined in that way. If people think we're hardcore, there'll be a piano out of nowhere. People will think it's metal and then it'll get super melodic and stripped down. I want it to be an eye opener and for people to like it no matter what musical tribe they're from." Not only is the album rich with musical diversity and a sound that is uniquely While She Sleeps, it comes with a voice that refuses to be silenced. Addressing issues that currently plague Britain, from the frustration of disenfranchised youth and staunch political issues to stirring feelings of patriotism and the work of their forefathers, it's an album that spits in the face of the notion that rock music is boneheaded and applies a fierce bite missing amongst so many of their peers. "Rather than have an album that screams about tearing people's heads off and standard rock clichés, we want to use this platform to have a voice and say things that hit home to people," enforces Lawrence.

"It's not just saying that the country's shit, we're trying to provide solutions and challenge people to step up and change things," adds Mat. "The lack of respect shown by people for the country we live in and the things our forefathers fought for runs deep throughout the album."

Fuelled by a militant DIY punk rock ethic (the band design their own artwork and t-shirts, send their own merch by hand and insisted that only the members of the band performed every last note on the record), while success has been forthcoming at a staggering rate in Britain, Sleeps have already got an eye on world domination. "I want this to be an eye-opener for America," says Mat. "I don't think there's a band in America that are doing anything like what we've captured on this album so I want this to be a fresh take on heavy music for people all over the world to get into. This is the band we want to show the world that we are."

"I've got a problem with bands that come from an area but don't reflect where they're from," adds Lawrence, proud to plant the flag for British rock on whatever continent the band find themselves. "I know a lot of bands that will sing with American accents but we want to reflect that we're not representing anything but exactly who we are. We're British, we've got an album that we really think can shake things up and we've got a sound that's ours and that we want to take and make successful all over the world." With a record of this quality, only a fool would bet against them.

letlive. is one word

In 2003, the hardcore underground received a fresh burst of raw, scorching energy in the form of The Chariot. Under the leadership of front man Josh Scogin, the band spent two years touring under their debut album Everything Is Alive, Everything Is Breathing, Nothing Is Dead, and Nothing Is Bleeding and their 2005 EP Unsung. After solidifying their lineup, The Chariot hit the recording studio again to release the full-length album The Fiancee in 2007. "The Fiancee" was well received by hardcore listeners and helped to boost The Chariot's constantly growing fan base. Their final full-length record for tooth & Nail, Wars and Rumors of Wars, was just in May of 2009, and The Chariot signed with Good Fight Records, with a release called Long Live in the fall of 2010.

The Chariot is currently in the Studio recording their fifth full length record.

All elements of the band come together to create an aggressive presence that appeals to punk rock, hardcore, and metal fans alike. They are known for their adrenaline-fueled live performances that can only be described as pure, boundless rock and roll.

There is one thing everyone can be certain of: The Chariot will continue to be a driving force on hardcore punk scene. Current and soon-to-be fans alike have a lot to look forward to as the band's reputation continues to grow, and "Wars and Rumors of Wars" is no exception.

Upon A Burning Body

The new album RED.WHITE.GREEN. is available in stores and on iTunes NOW!

OH, SLEEPER stands armed and ready for domination. Children of Fire, their third album for Solid State Records, is a career-defining mission statement further establishing them in the heavy music pantheon.

From the opening salvo of "Endseekers" to the melodic bombast of "Hush Yael" through to the album's epic conclusion, which arrives in the form of the blistering title track, Children of Fire pa
ints a horrific picture of a world gone mad which can only be redeemed through the hope of pure truth. Upping the stakes of the conceptual storyline woven throughout their last album, Son of the Morning, the Texas based band has meticulously crafted a dozen songs that explore grand themes while anchored in basic human struggle.

Longstanding founding members Micah Kinard (vocals), James Erwin (guitar) and Shane Blay (guitar / vocals) returned to longtime collaborator and producer Andreas Magnusson (Black Dahlia Murder, Haste The Day) with a devastating new rhythm section in tow, which includes powerhouse young drummer Zac Mayfield. Together they assembled what now stands as a singular, cohesive, fluid body of work with an aggressive pulse that pushes extreme music forward. Children of Fire will most assuredly reinvigorate the genre in many ways.

"In the Wake of Pigs," "Claws of a God" and "Dealers of Fame" are among the new tracks that boast a commitment to combining anthemic certitude with thoughtful contemplation and introspection. There is no stone left unturned with the band's self-examination both musically and lyrically.

Kinard and Blay (ex-Between The Buried & Me) offer the most potent scream / sing combinations put to record since the most classic releases from Thrice, Glassjaw and Underoath. Expertly executed musicianship in the drums, guitar and bass department are all over the album. Children of Fire offers hope through an exploration of apocalyptic themes and the ongoing struggle of good vs. evil.

Children of Fire was mixed by Machine (Lamb Of God, Chiodos), which resulted in an extra layer of aesthetic absolutism. Oh, Sleeper sounds confident, proud and unashamed of their furious songs which twist and turn across a broad spectrum of emotion, displaying technical ability and memorable songcraft in equal measure.

Oh, Sleeper has built a dedicated international fanbase on tours with Bring Me The Horizon, Underoath, Every Time I Die, Demon Hunter, Silverstein, Finch and more. Their "broken pentagram" symbol has become synonymous with breaking from societal norms, uplifting spirits and merging melody with might.

The Armored March EP announced the arrival of Oh, Sleeper upon the heavy music scene with raw power. Their debut full-lenght album, When I Am God, sold over 30,000 copies based on the strength of its songs, the group's live show and the music video for "Vices Like Vipers," which remains a staple of the group's setlist.

The broken pentagram symbol made its first appearance on the bold cover for Son of the Morning. The graphic quite literally subverts and "evil" symbol by breaking off the top points, in direct reference to the line "I'll cut off your horns!" which Kinard screams while posturing as the voice of God against the devil. Many fans have connected with the purpose associated with this new symbol and have tattooed it upon their bodies.

Children of Fire is exactly the album Oh, Sleeper fans have expected and the type of record that will widen the band's audience even further. There's no compromise in sound or vision, but rather, refinement of intent.

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.

"You should do whatever it takes to have fun and enjoy the music you're hearing. A party is whatever you make it out to be."


Party death metal rockers Attila formed in their hometown of Atlanta in 2005, meeting each other at their high school and through mutual friends. Their mutual love of music (and partying) brought the guys together to form what would eventually become the fourth imprint on the Artery Foundation/Razor & Tie joint venture, Artery Recordings.

When the guys set out to name their newly formed band, they knew they were looking for a simple, one word name that didn't imply the typical death metal cliché terms such as "blood, dying, and darkness." One day they found themselves in a bookstore passing around a book about Attila the Hun, and so Attila was born.

Over the years Attila has gone through a few lineup changes, but founding members Fronz and Sean have remained a constant staple. For the past two years, the band has consisted of Fronz (vocals), Nate (guitar), Chris (guitar), Sean (drums) and Paul (bass). This lineup really brought together Attila's sound and image that they are known for today. The band began touring full time and as of summer 2010, has been on the road almost non-stop for two years.

Attila released two prior albums, Fallacy and Soundtrack To A Party, on Statik Factory Records, and have previously toured with Arsonists Get All The Girls, See You Next Tuesday, Chelsea Grin, America Me, and We Are The End. RAGE, Attila's Artery Recording/Razor & Tie debut will be released May 11, 2010, and is a unique mix of heavy music infused with elements that make each song fun to listen to and put the listener in the mood to party. "The title can be perceived in many ways, one obviously being a state of extreme anger, and the other being the slang meaning – to party! I have always been a fan of play-on-words and double meanings, and that's what drew me to this title more than anything," Fronz commented.

While Attila certainly evokes thoughts of partying, the band is trying to expand the public's immediate thoughts about party metal through RAGE. They describe the album and their overall take on music as a way of letting loose and having fun, and allowing the listener to take away that message in whatever context they find fitting. As Fronz said, "All we want is for the listener to have a fun experience, and that is the main message behind RAGE."

Band Interests
Drinking, Smoking, Parties, Meeting new people, Meeting fans, we love to get wild and let the good times roll

Story Of The Year

Hard work, determination and success go hand and hand—and no one understands that better than STORY OF THE YEAR. In that spirit it should come as no surprise that these post-hardcore sensations decided to title their fourth full-length The Constant. However that doesn't mean that the band's latest disc isn't a logical progression for St. Louis' favorite breakout act. In fact in many ways The Constant is a fresh burst of energy for the band who exploded onto the scene in 2003 with their ubiquitous single "Until the Day I Die" and also marks the beginning of an exciting new musical chapter for this fearless fivesome. While the band have already released three studio full-lengths: 2003's Page Avenue, 2005's In The Wake Of Determination and 2008's The Black Swan, The Constant picks up where the band left off and proves that STORY OF YEAR sound more top of their game with each subsequent release.

Recorded with Elvis Baskette (who also co-produced The Black Swan) at his secluded studio in Virginia, The Constant was written and recorded in a scant three months—a fact that allowed the band to capture these songs' inherent urgency without getting bogged down in the process. "This was the fastest recording and writing experience for us ever and it was cool because we didn't overthink everything," explains the band's vocalist Dan Marsala—who alongside guitarists Ryan Phillips and Philip Sneed, bassist Adam "The Skull" Russell and drummer Josh Wills make up STORY OF THE YEAR. "Writing and recording The Black Swan was a long, grueling process and this time we wanted to do the opposite: just have fun, be spontaneous and make it exciting—and it worked out better," he continues. "Everyone is so happy with the end product and it was a great time."

While countless acts have come and gone since STORY OF THE YEAR formed over a decade ago, Marsala credits the band's success to their ability to form a unique niche in the punk community. "We have such a wide range of tastes and influences that we can continue to progress in any direction and stay relevant at all times, and we've always taken pride in having no boundaries or limits with the music we write" he adds—and STORY OF THE YEAR's unwavering relevance has never been as evident as it is on The Constant. From emotional rockers like "I'm Alive" to driving, post-hardcore masterpieces like "The Children Sing" and the heartfelt piano ballad "Holding On To You," The Constant sees STORY OF THE YEAR sonically stretching out to create their most varied and accomplished collection of songs to date.

"This was the first time musically that we wrote the entire record together," Marsala explains. "We tried not to over think it. We just got together every day and jammed until something caught our ears. Our only real goal was to make sure we were having fun during the entire process. That's why we started playing music in the first place, and I think we definitely achieved that goal. I had more fun writing and recording The Constant than any other record in our career." This relaxed environment allowed STORY OF THE YEAR to experiment with ideas that they hadn't pursued in the past as evidence on tracks like "Eye For An Eye," a one-take punk song that started as a joke at practice or "Holding On To You," which sees the band showcasing a more vulnerable side to their typically aggressive sound. "That's probably the lightest song on the record but I think it turned out better than I ever could have imagined," Marsala says about the aforementioned track. "Musically, The Constant ranges from fast hardcore punk to melodic piano ballads with everything in-between."

This newfound freedom of expression also extends to The Constant's lyrics, which see Marsala exploring his own psyche with remarkable clarity. "I dug a little deeper personally with what's going on in my head with the lyrics this time around," he says. "There are still four or five songs that are socially political and similar to what we did on The Black Swan, but I definitely think it's a progression for me." The album title also embodies the band's work ethic and commitment to both themselves and their fans. "Music is the constant thing in life for us," Marsala explains. "When I go to bed I think about music and when I wake up it's the first thing on my mind," he continues. "The Constant can mean anything; hopefully our band will go on forever and we want music to remain a constant thing in our lives no matter what."

Ultimately having already conquered the mainstream charts and converted countless cynics via their music and incendiary—and acrobatic—live performances, which are documented via their DVD Our Time Is Now (Two Years In The Life Of…) and CD/DVD Live In The Lou/Bassassins, at this point STORY OF THE YEAR are making music simply because they love it without any other outside influences creeping in to distract them. "We're not trying to be the biggest band in the world or write songs to be on the radio," Marsala acknowledges. "We just want to make music that we love and that people will come see live; it's not about making millions of dollars, it's about having a solid label that will release your stuff and help you deliver honest music," he summarizes with more than a hint of hope in his voice. "We plan on doing this until we're old men and The Constant is just the next step on our musical journey."

Allstar Weekend

Even though Zach, Nathan, Cameron and Michael are still in their teens, they carry themselves like stars. So why not call themselves Allstar Weekend? The Hollywood Records quartet may be young, but they have the talent, nerve and off-the-chart charm needed to go all the way. And don't worry. They will.

Beyond their exceptional musicianship and stage presence, these guys write great pop songs: melodic, smart and edgy. Zach and Nathan do most of the writing (though Cameron and Michael weigh in). Moreover, they wield a mature craftsmanship beyond their years. It's unmistakable in songs like the synth-hook-laden "Dance Forever" and the introspective "Journey to the End of My Life," available as a download on iTunes."I'm a kid," says lyricist Zach, "so I feel issues a kid my age would listen to. I try not to write every song about a girl." Adds Nathan, "When we first came to this band, we just felt we had to write all the time. That's all we did. We just developed this cool writing process, and people started liking it."Currently Allstar Weekend is in the studio working the likes of Howard Benson, Eddie Galan, Charlotte Caffey, John Feldman and Dave Bassett. But long before that, San Diego band's homegrown demos were good enough to wow siblings Richard and Stefanie Reines, founders of Drive-Thru Records, and now managers of the band. "We don't freak out about bands too often, and we never insist every band we work with is destined for Top 40 success," says Stefanie. "Allstar Weekend is one of those rare instances where we just know they're going to be huge."The son of a working musician, Nathan credits his dad for teaching him the finer points of music appreciation. Zach was raised on a steady diet of Bruce Springsteen and Elton John, artists he credits for inspiring his artful approach to songwriting. Cameron fell in love with his parents' 80's pop classics, from Prince and Michael Jackson to Duran Duran, later graduating to Jimi Hendrix and B.B. King.

Consider pop punk defended. Man Overboard, the four-piece outfit out of New Jersey, have made a statement with their debut full length Real Talk that is much harder, faster, and louder than a catchy, often-quoted band mantra. While the band's previous material has been extremely enjoyable, climbing to the most coveted parts of my iTunes play counts, their latest offering is their first real spoonful of pop punk. Dual vocalists Zac Eiestenstein and Nik Bruzzese are more aggressive on Real Talk, and their vocals are paced by dirtier-sounding guitars, contributing to a more punk-influenced style. As an overwhelming initial wave of support shows, I'm in the same boat of thinking as most Man Overboard fans when I welcome the new style. It's the exact direction I was hoping this band would take, and the direction that they needed to take to back up their mantra. It's safe to say that Man Overboard have not only defended the genre, but have exceeded all expectations in the process.

Forever the Sickest Kids

Although Forever the Sickest Kids have been around less than a year, their roots date back to the members' childhood. Guitarist Marc Stewart and drummer Kyle Burns are stepbrothers and shared many musical discoveries in their early lives. Around the same time, guitarist Caleb Turman and bassist Austin Bello became friends and started writing songs. Years later, Stewart met keyboardist Kent Garrison in high school. Then, when Garrison went to college, he hooked up with singer Jonathan Cook and Bellows. For a while, Turman and Bellows played together in the Dallas band Ben Bradley and everyone else from Forever the Sickest Kids rocked with The Flipside. But in late 2006, both of those groups reached a creative standstill, and the Sickest Kids were born.

"We all had the same idea and vision of where we wanted to go and how important the music was to us," says Stewart. "This was something that we all really wanted."

Immediately after writing "Hey Brittney," Forever the Sickest Kids continued working on other ideas, and by the end of their first week, they had finished three songs. "The chemistry that we have together is awesome," Turman says. "Whenever we get in a room together with our instruments, ideas just start pouring out."

Within four month, the band had recorded Television Off, Party On and written many of the songs for their full-length debut. Then, Forever the Sickest Kids started playing shows, including a three-week stint on the indie stage of the Warped Tour. "That was the hardest thing we've ever done because a lot of people didn't know who we were and we were constantly having to prove ourselves," Stewart says. "But it was also the most rewarding thing because we were playing to over 1,000 people a day."

As rigorous as Warped was, it paid off. Before Warped, Forever the Sickest Kids averaged 10,000 to 12,000 daily plays on their MySpace page. When they got home, the number jumped from between 15,000 and 22,000. And the band's fanbase continues to grow.

On their latest full-length, Legendary, The Summer Set are issuing a simple, yet essential call to fans: Be legendary. As a sonic challenge to aim high and never back down, the 12 tracks that comprise Legendary aim to provide hope and inspiration, even if it's just to forget your problems and have some fun for awhile.

The Summer Set's singer Brian Dales says the core concept behind the new record evolved into a metaphor for the singer's own personal state of affairs, as well as the mantra The Summer Set hopes to inspire their listeners with.

"It's about wanting to be legendary to yourself and to somebody, and learning to love yourself and therefore finding someone to share that with. It's about being the best you can possibly be: being legendary," says Dales. "It dawned on me that I was sitting there, sulking over things that were over, and I needed to move on from it and be a better me. It all started right there."

The Summer Set--which also includes drummer Jess Bowen, guitarists John Gomez and Josh Montgomery, and bassist Stephen Gomez--was formed in Scottsdale, Ariz. in 2007, when Bowen and the brothers Gomez (all previously members of Last Call for Camden) recruited Dales and issued the self-released EP Love The Love You Have that fall. By spring, the band had landed a deal with The Militia Group, leading to the June 2008 EP In Color, followed by a third EP, Meet Me on the Left Coast, in December. It wasn't until signing with Razor & Tie in 2009 that the band began work on a proper full-length debut, and in October 2009 it finally arrived as Love Like This. The Summer Set issued their final releases with Razor & Tie with July 2011's Everything's Fine and November 2011's What Money Can't Buy EP, before signing a new contract with Fearless Records, which will release Legendary. During the last six years the band has traveled the world playing countless shows, including runs on the 2009 Alternative Press Tour, 2010 Vans Warped Tour, 2011's red-hot Dirty Work Tour with All Time Low and Yellowcard, the annual Bamboozle Festival in New Jersey, and extensive international dates in places like Australia, Brazil, Japan, the Philippines and Europe.

Leading up to this latest record, the band moved into a house in Tempe, Ariz. to write, after spending many months on the road. Both a recharging and rejuvenation period as well as a creative retreat, the experience gave rise to the overall fun, lighthearted vibe of the new album, and the members contributed more as a unit than ever before, with even Stephen Gomez producing the bonus tracks to the album. The record builds upon The Summer Set's past releases, fusing the energy of Love Like This with the more mature songwriting on Everything's Fine.

"It's one of the best experiences we've ever had as a band, because it was the first time we were home, off the road, seeing our friends again, living our lives and having fun, and that energy inspired us, kicked us back into gear," Dales says. "We're very excited to release this record. I think this is the proudest batch of songs we've ever had. We wanted to go into this like we're a brand new band, and figure out what our best new sound is."

For the band, finding that new sound has had a lot to do with personal development, catching them at a particularly free-wheeling stage in life. After coming home from tour and having recently ended a relationship, Dales says he found himself desperately seeking a new direction, and found the answer by throwing himself headlong into his new life. It's the journey through life that drives Legendary.

"It's everything I've gone through in the last seven months. It's trying to get back to living. Something has to inspire you; you have to have some sort of muse. Mine was going out and drinking maybe a little too much [laughs]," Dales says. "Everything's Fine is mostly about boy-meets-girl trials and tribulations, which was very personal for me, but with Legendary we really wanted to inspire people to be a better person and have fun and live in the moment and enjoy every inch."

The key track "Maybe Tonight," was released on February 25, in conjunction with a campaign with Half Moon Kids (www.halfmoonkids.com), a community that shares Legendary's challenge to become the best version of one's self, share visions and meet likeminded people to gain added inspiration. "Maybe Tonight" was the perfect choice for the campaign, since the track drives home the album's core message.

"'Maybe Tonight' is my favorite song we've written as a band," Dales says. "It's the album's thesis song: It's about being able to start over and be the best person you can."

The next single off Legendary, "Boomerang," dropped in March, alongside a full nationwide Top 40 Radio campaign. The song details "all these extreme, outlandish, almost unfathomable things you would do for a girl to impress her," says Dales. He adds the key track was a collaborative writing effort, and a special "apex moment" when creative juices were flowing particularly well. It signaled a turning point in the making of Legendary.

"The single 'Boomerang' we wrote with our good friend Kevin Bard, who used to be in a band we toured with, and this producer Mighty Mike," Dales recalls. "We'd written a handful of songs before that weren't quite there, and by the time we finally wrote 'Boomerang,' it all kind of clicked."

Although Everything's Fine plumbed deep emotional depths, Legendary comes from a markedly different place. Filled with irresistibly catchy hooks and infectious beats, The band often uses Legendary's sunny musical backdrop to showcase their penchant for writing witty, tongue-in-cheek lyrics, like on the cheeky "Fuck You Over." "I really want to get back to that sarcastic lyrical sense, and I think that's where 'Fuck You Over' came into play," Dales explains. "It's a song about having fun and being a little reckless, and finding the sarcastic voice I used to have. There aren't a lot of love songs on the record."

Well, that's not entirely true: the Hollywood-esque romance--track "Heart On The Floor" was inspired by everyone's favorite heartthrob, actor Ryan Gosling. "It's about meeting a girl in a bar, and it's kind of my Ryan Gosling song. I'm hoping it's my ultimate pickup line," Dales says. "This song is about me wishing I was Ryan Gosling...that I was as smooth as Ryan Gosling."

The Summer Set already have kicked off their "legendary" tour itinerary, including an entire summer on the Vans Warped Tour, as well as a string of dates overseas and most excitingly, the band's sold out full U.S. headliner.

With the band's critically-acclaimed new album Legendary available online and in stores, featuring the irresistably catchy single "Boomerang", which has been receiving spins on Top 40 radio stations nationwide. The cover stars of Substream Magazine's April/May Issue, and winners of the Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Star competition, the band is en route to the top with a summer of succes in store. Everything the band has done to date has led up to this moment, right here and now.

"..one of the best records that this genre has ever seen" - Absolutepunk.net

"We've been a band for almost six years, but it still feels like the first day all the time. Every single day I'm still amazed," says Dales. "The last two years I'm really grateful for, and seeing the world really helped me hone in on what the new Summer Set record was supposed to sound like."

Hawthorne Heights

Having formed in the unlikely musical breeding ground of Dayton, Ohio in 2001, Hawthorne Heights learned early on that adaptation and diligence were the keys in the development of a successful career. Playing relentlessly from the start on self-booked tours across the country gave them some initial national exposure. But it wasn't until they signed to Victory Records in late 2003 that Hawthorne Heights became the face of a whole new generation of music fans.

As one of the first bands to utilize social networking to gain a fan base, Hawthorne Heights developed a huge MySpace following that became a catalyst that would launch them from underground heroes to international superstars. As the voice of a genre, the band became regulars on MTV, their signature hit Ohio Is For Lovers the anthem for the new wave of "emo". Their debut album The Silence In Black And White soon went Gold, and with their second album If Only You Were Lonely, the band scored Victory Records' biggest ever debut, landing at #3 on the Billboard 200 in 2006. The band appeared on Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel, and became magazine cover stars, sending sales of The Silence… to Platinum status. It was the dream many bands hope for, but few seldom achieve, and Hawthorne Heights were living it.

Sadly, as with every success story, the good times came at a cost. In November 2007, while in the midst of legal disputes, tragedy struck within the Hawthorne Heights family. Casey Calvert, the much loved guitarist and resident "screamer" of the band lost his life while on tour due to an accidental overdose of medications prescribed by his doctor and dentist, which proved to be lethal combination. The effects on the band were evident, both personally and musically, and the decision to carry on was the toughest they would ever have to make.

On August 5 2008, Hawthorne Heights return with Fragile Future, a brand new album. Although the sound is still distinctly Hawthorne Heights, the music, as with the band, has understandably evolved.

"After spending the last 2 years in a deep dark place, we decided to try to find the bright lights again with Fragile Future," noted singer J.T. Woodruff. "We, as a band, noticed that everyone has tremendous ups and downs, so we wanted this record to communicate that. We chose the title Fragile Future, because it sums up the current state of our band, as well as what is going on in the outside world. We must all make good choices to create a better situation in our lives."

"With the loss of Casey, and no plans to replace him, we've had to make some obvious changes to our sound on this record," added drummer Eron Bucciarelli. "Originally there were less screams planned for this record than the second one, but sadly we never got the chance to do even that. This forced us to take a creative approach to certain songs. We've beefed up the guitars in parts, added gang vocals, choirs and all sorts of effects to still capture some of the energy that Casey brought."

With their trademark strong melodies and hooks still intact, Hawthorne Heights have broadened their sound to emerge with a collection of 12 deliciously genre-free songs that will set the airwaves alight across the world. Hawthorne Heights may have already set on the path to global domination, but with the release of Fragile Future, the road in front of them will lead them to the biggest, most impressive heights of all.

GO RADIO

Armed with an enviable combination of musical prowess and an impressive collection of honest, melodic songs, Tallahassee’s Go Radio is one of the most exciting new bands to emerge from Florida’s hotbed of rock n’ roll talent. Second EP Do Overs And Second Chances is a perfect showcase of the band’s abilities, evoking the excitement of discovering something fresh, something exciting. Something real.

Singer/guitarist Jason Lancaster formed Go Radio in 2008, recruiting Matt Burns on bass, Alex Reed on guitar and Steven Kopacz on drums. The quartet released first EP, Welcome To Life, in August 2008, and after sensing that they had created something truly special, decided to test the new songs out on the road. “At first Go Radio was just an outlet to write and make music, but after a week or two, it all just started coming together,” notes Lancaster. “It became so much fun to start touring and playing for people, getting the responses from them. After we started touring more and decided to record the first EP, we knew this had the potential to grow and get bigger than we thought it could be.” The band spent the following two years captivating audiences with their refreshing take on pop-rock, signing to Fearless Records in January 2010.

“Fuck an apology, I’m not sorry for anything/I’ve been holding back my apathy for far too long/You don’t deserve what you haven’t earned…” screams singer Parker Cannon in “High Regard,” a song off The Story So Far’s first album Under Soil and Dirt. The Story So Far has built themselves on those very words – you only deserve what you earn. Earning is something The Story So Far has been doing for years now, meeting and forming the band when they were all barely out of middle school. The band, made up of Parker Cannon (vocals), Kevin Geyer (guitar/vocals), Kelen Capener (bass), Ryan Torf (drums) and William Levy (guitar) look at where they are now and can hardly believe how far they’ve come.
“It all blew up a little too fast for all five of us to handle. I don’t think any of us really knew what we were capable of doing with our music, we’re still unsure,” says guitarist Will Levy. “We just continue to play like it’s the last chance we’ll get to play together.” Since the band’s formation, the Walnut Creek California locals have taken over the pop punk world. Since releasing two EPs and two full lengths, including their latest, What You Don’t See, the band has toured the country many times over, along with Europe, Japan and Australia. And it doesn’t stop there, with performances at festivals all over the world and taking on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour. The Story So Far is currently embarking on a nationwide headlining tour with Stick To Your Guns, Heart to Heart, Rotting Out, and more.
What You Don’t See, produced by Steve Klein of New Found Glory and The Story So Far’s latest release, is the album the band had wanted to make for a long time. Like Under Soil and Dirt, this album shows off the band’s edgier take to pop punk, but unlike their first full length, What You Don’t See shows the band has grown both as musicians and as people.

What You Don’t See showcases the band’s growing success by debuting at #46 on the Billboard Top 200 chart with over 13,000 copies sold in its first week. Other rankings the album saw its first week include #1 Vinyl, #8 Alternative, and #8 Independent – proving The Story So Far to be one of the greatest pop punk bands of their generation.

“Music is really what keeps us going,” says Will. “Our intentions are to make music that we enjoy and that we can listen to for a really long time.”

The Story So Far’s newest album, What You Don’t See, is available in stores now.

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.[3] 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.[8] 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.

For The Foxes

Out of towner guys on Hopeless Records

Already a superstar in her native New Zealand, Gin Wigmore is fast becoming a household name in North America. Songs from her upcoming album "Gravel & Wine" have already been heard in nationwide TV & Radio campaigns for Heineken ("Man Like That" with Gin performing for James Bond himself, Daniel Craig), Guinness ("Black Sheep") and Lowe's ("Don't Stop"), and on national TV shows on ABC, CBS, MTV, Showtime, Fox, CW and more.

Wigmore, a singer-songwriter since age 12, is a sensation in New Zealand. At age 18, she won out over 11,000 other entrants at the International Songwriting Competition in the U.S. with "Hallelujah," which she wrote two years earlier, in response to her father's death. That put her in league with (among others) previous ISC winners Kasey Chambers and Catie Curtis, and gained the attention of Island Record Australia who inked her as their very first artist in 2008.

A self-titled EP featuring "Hallelujah" went multi-Platinum in New Zealand, and was soon followed by Gin's album debut, "Holy Smoke," recorded with Ryan Adams' band the Cardinals, and noted producer Mike Elizondo. "Holy Smoke" has been certified 5 x Platinum and "took a grip on my homeland for a hearty year of praise, adulation and radio saturation," Gin says offhandedly. It debuted at #1 (NZ), and at one point, four of its songs were simultaneously in the Top 40 chart. Gin was named Break¬through Artist Of the Year at the 2010 NZ Music Awards, and "Holy Smoke" was the big winner, taking home Best Pop Album, Highest Selling Album, and Vodaphone Album Of the Year honors.

Before beginning work on her follow-up album, and hungry to feed her Blues appetite, Wigmore took a two month solo trek along the Mississippi Blues Trail and the heartland of America "to wrestle my emotions and bring out the raw grit hiding in my tightly guarded sub-conscious." Working her way from juke joints to the Rev. Al Green's church in Memphis, Wigmore finally landed in Santa Monica to work on her sophomore album with producer Butch Walker (Pink, Cee-Lo, Hot Hot Heat, Katy Perry, Gavin DeGraw). Already 3 x Platinum with a #1 debut back home, "Gravel & Wine" will be released in American by Mercury Records in early 2013.

The Early November

Six years have passed since New Jersey's The Early November released what, at the time, appeared to be their final album. Sprawling across three discs, The Mother, The Mechanic & The Path was a conceptual, grandiose and challenging record. Challenging for listeners but even more so, for the band that created it. Plagued with recording and creative struggles, it left the band feeling drained and frustrated. More so than anyone, it left songwriter and front-man, Ace Enders, feeling defeated. While proud of the record and response, he knew that it was not what he originally dreamed it would be. Less than seven months after it's release, the band decided to call it day and announced their "indefinite hiatus" in March of 2007.

Since then, much has happened. Enders immediately set out with a new solo moniker, Ace Enders & A Million Different People, determined to do everything "right" this time. In the music industry, that includes going to Hollywood to work with a hotshot producer and make a "hit" record. A deeply personal and sensitive songwriter, Enders found the experience less than gratifying to have his songs manipulated and contorted. As someone who has always produced their own material, the last straw came when he was asked to leave his own session only to come back and find a song completely re-arranged and re-recorded. The final product was ultimately scrapped and Enders vowed to never again make a record on someone else's terms. After re-gaining his confidence and recording independence, he went on to release multiple full-lengths and EP's under multiple project names (…And A Million Different People, I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody's Business, solo) while keeping a continuous tour schedule.

The other members stayed active as well. Guitarist Joseph Marro moved to California and joined indie-pop band HelloGoodbye. Drummer Jeff Kummer released a solo album, completed college and began working in television production. Bassist Sergio Anello toured with Enders for a period. Guitarist William Lugg worked in organic farming and even dug graves at a point. While still remaining close friends, the members appeared to have completely moved on from the band. Just a couple months before they all took the stage again at the sold-out Electric Factory in Philadelphia, an Early November reunion seemed to be about the most unlikely thing to would happen. Even before playing a second time, the old friends knew that they wanted to make a record together and be a band again.

Things had changed for the little underdog band from the farming town of Hammonton, NJ during all those years. They found themselves with new purpose, drive and knowledge. Having signed their first recording contract at the ripe, old ages of 17, 18 & 19, they knew what they did and did not want to do this time around. They found the perfect partner in Portland, OR label Rise Records and set out to record a new album in Ace Enders recently built, Living Room Recording studio with Enders at the helm.

In Currents is a record that could have only been made by this band, at this specific point in time. The Early November had to have the experiences they did in the past 10 years which are documented on this new album. The good and the bad, the ups and the downs. The tastes of success and the crushing disappointments. The band has grown up, lived life and seen both its beauty and dismay. An atmosphere and tension hovers over the entire record leaving one unsure whether they should smile or sigh. In Currents is an introspective and thought provoking record displaying a gamut of emotional territory. In the opening track, A Stain On The Carpet, Enders recollects a regretful evening and confronts the threat of losing someone to dementia. The alt-country tinged, The Smell Of This Place, reminds himself and his loved ones that those very ups and downs have been worth the ride and are responsible for where and who they are now. In the short but poignant Digital Age, Enders addresses an issue facing every musician; how to survive in a industry that seems to be abandoning its art.

With their first new record in six years, The Early November have made an album that strongly and positively represents their entire career. The raw and youthful attitude from 2003's, The Rooms Too Cold blends with the ambitious, sonic experimentation of The Mother, The Mechanic & The Path. Enders describes In Currents as "a journey through life's joys and struggles" and "being pulled in a direction you can't control…like an ocean current or the flow of electricity". It's a scenario everyone in this world is in and can relate to. It's not about where those currents will eventually take you, it's about the journey you'll have and the experiences you'll take with you that matter the most.

Big D And The Kids Table

Big D and the Kids Table frontman David McWane has said, “There are people who want to be in a band and then there are musicians.” However once in while a group come along who decide to make music simply because they have no other choice—and those are the acts who tend to stick around. For the past fourteen years Big D And The Kids Table have proven that regardless of fame or poverty they will forever be addicted musicians—and their latest full-length Fluent In Stroll is the apex of their decade-and-a-half long career.

The best person who ever put it was [Warped Tour founder] Kevin Lyman, McWane explains. “My girlfriend once asked him if we were a big band and he replied, ‘I’ll tell you like this, they’ve been around for 14 years and each year they’re relevant.’ I think that’s a great description of what this band is all about.”

This fact is nowhere near as evident as it is on the band’s sixth proper full-length Fluent In Stroll, an album that sees this group of Bostonian college friends—McWane, guitarist Sean Rogan, bassist Steve Foote, drummer Derek Davis, trumpet player Dan Stoppelman, saxophonist Ryan O’Connor and trombone player Paul Cuttler—coming together to craft an album that defies categorization and takes the band’s ska-influenced sound to the next level. “This album reminds us of our very first record in the sense that instead of following any rulebook we were trying to have fun with our sound,” McWane explains. “I think we just naturally wanted to write a really positive record comprised of songs that were an absolute blast to play night after night on tour—and I think that’s exactly what we achieved this time around.”

Correspondingly Fluent In Stroll is a mix of hop-scotch, double-dutch, soul, ska and reggae that comes together to form a unique style of music McWane has coined “Stroll,” which is showcased via inventive tracks such as “Doped Up Dollies On A One Way Ticket To Blood” and “Fluent In Stroll”. “I think some of our older fans might be surprised by the more stroll-sounding songs because it’s a genre outside of itself, but in all honesty I think that these songs are way more ‘punk’ than most of the so-called ‘punk’ music out there,” McWane continues, adding the bands new Do Wop singers Simone and Nicole from the band Tip The Van and Boston solo artists Haley-Jane & Sirae came together to form the hop-scotch sound of The Doped Up Dollies. “Whenever anyone hears something new it takes a minute or two to catch up, but I think people will get it and love it!”

That said Fluent In Stroll, which was produced once again by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ bassist Joe Gittleman, still retains Big D And The Kids Table’s unique sound whether that’s via the laid-back Jamaican ska sound of “Been Wishing On” or the summertime jam “We Can Live Anywhere!”. “We weren’t allowed into the traditional ska band camp or the punk-ska camp, we never fit in anywhere,” McWane explains when asked if there’s a place where the band—who have played with everyone from Melt Banana to the Pietasters—feel like they belong. “We were just this weird band that some people could understand.” However instead of seeing this as a drawback, Big D have used their idiosyncratic sound to carve their own unique niche in an oversaturated musical landscape and have built a dedicated fan base in the process.

“I personally like shows where you have to prove yourself,” McWane responds when asked which of the band’s thousands of live performances stick out in his head. “The Warped Tours and the Dropkick Murphys tours that we did were cool because when you’ve been in a band for as long as we have and you get to play shows where you have to prove yourselves you have that same first-show anxiety,” he continues. “When you play the shows where everyone in the place loves you, then it turns more into entertaining—and that’s cool, but that’s not where I personally come from,” he elaborates. “That might sound kind of weird, but I like the underdog shows more because it adds a little bit of spice and kick to it.” The good news is that armed with a record as ambitious as Fluent In Stroll the band will undoubtedly have to prove themselves all over again in sweaty clubs all over the world.

“I think we have the same aspirations with this disc that we do with every record and that involves our little pow wow of saying, ‘Don’t you think music is shit?’” McWane—who is also an accomplished author currently working on a second book of poetry, a collection of Big D lyrics, two short films and a retrospective DVD about the band called Built Up From Nothing—explains when asked about his personal expectations for Fluent In Stroll. “Music groups have always recognized and applauded for creating something new and different for listeners, yet today it seems that artists are recognized for making what’s already been or what’s most the same,” he elaborates. “We really tried to push the envelope the way artists used to do and all we’ve ever wanted was to be able to play music in front of a lot of people that love our songs,” he summarizes. “If we could play on one stage in front of the world, we would do it.”

David McWane – Lead vocals
Nick Pantazi – Guitar
Steve Foote – Bass
Derek Davis – Drums
Ryan O Connor – Saxophone
Paul E. Cuttler – Trombone
Dan Stoppelman – Trumpet

Action Item is a up & coming Pop band out of New Jersey. These five boys have been making a name for themselves all over the country with their refreshing sound, charm and charisma. You may have seen them open for Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez or on their two national tours supporting Hollywood Record's Allstar Weekend. They have also supported acts like Boys Like Girls, NeverShoutNever & The Veronicas along with festivals like Bamboozle and Warped Tour. The band released their 7 Song EP entitled "The Stronger The Love" August 2010. It debuted at #34 on Billboard's Heatseakers Chart & by December 2010 has sold over 8,000 copies. In November, the band's lead single, "Somewhere Out There" landed regular rotation on Radio Disney and is currently in the Top 15 on their Countdown. 2011 will without-a-doubt a breakout year for Action Item.

Anarbor

They say trees that grow the tallest are usually those with the strongest roots. If that’s true up-and-coming Phoenix, AZ pop-rock band Anarbor will likely see great heights. Guitarist Mike Kitlas and singer/bassist Slade Echeverria have been friends since kindergarten, giving the band a foundation beyond just making music and playing shows. Mike and Slade met Greg in middle school and spontaneously decided it would be fun to form a band. Guitarist Adam Juwig, whom they met through a friend, and was added to the mix shortly thereafter. “From that moment on we were like ‘Okay you play the drums, you play the guitar, you sing,’” Mike explains. “We just picked our roles and then two months later we all had our instruments and we were jamming.”

Although Slade says it “took a while” for the group to get good at their instruments, Anarbor was solidified in a real band with big plans. The band began playing shows in LA, attracting the attention of numerous record companies, particularly Hopeless, who signed Anarbor shortly before they were fitted for their cap and gown. And now, as their former classmates pack boxes for college, Anarbor has packed their van and headed out on the road in support of The Natural Way, their new four-song release.

The band recorded the new songs in June with producer Mike Green (Paramore, Good Charlotte, The Higher). Although it’s only four songs the release offers a tantalizing taste of what’s to come when Anarbor settles down to record their debut EP in a few months, revealing a band that hopes to break the musical mold and come at rock songs from a new angle. Their new song “Love Instead” is propulsive and dynamic, combining a large range of musical tastes and influences to create something wholly unique that resonates with the band’s genuine nature, while “Right There With You” is an edgy, memorable track that doesn't exactly sound like the product of a bunch of recently graduated teenagers. It’s just enough to make you wonder what’s to come.

“We want our music to stand out,” Slade adds. “We’re trying to do it our own way. And we want to show people that you don’t have to fit into the mold of what’s popular at the moment.”

Versaemerge

VersaEmerge was formed by former drummer Anthony Martone and guitarist/vocalist Blake Harnage back when both members were in high school. Although the duo instantly experienced regional success selling out their first ever gig and gaining critical acclaim in their local music scene, it wasn’t until the band solidified their line-up—which currently includes guitarist Harnage, vocalist Sierra Kusterbeck and bassist Devin Ingelido—that things really started happening for this dedicated group of young adults.

At the age most of us would be concerned with sneaking into R-rated movies, VersaEmerge were busy crafting an EP of original material called Perceptions that attracted the attention of Fueled By Ramen Records. In addition to listening to everything from Björk to Thrice during their free time, the band have toured with artists in nearly every genre and taken a little bit from each of these varied experiences in order to come up with something completely unique and unprecedented when it comes to their own music.

It's an unlikely tale. Rising from the fevered hotbed of Sydney, Australia's underground hardcore scene, boy meets girl. Or rather, two boys meet girl to make kick-ass rock music.Try to keep up - the story goes something like this...Guitarist Whakaio Taahi and his compadre bass player, Cameron Adler, needed a frontman for a rock project. Scrap that. Frontwoman. Enter ingenue-with-attitude, Jenna McDougall - as soon as the sixteen-year-old songstress' soaring contralto and sweet strains took the mic to their songs, something clicked. Already onboard, rhythm axeman Jake Hardy and new recruit, drummer Matt Best - a childhood buddy of Whakaio's. One jam later, the writing was on the wall. Tonight Alive were up and running, pedal to the metal.The band stepped up, and fast. Songs honed, stagecraft already a dead cert, they entered Sydney's subterranean circuit of metalcore and heavy bands, playing their own brand of catchy-as-all-hell pop-punk... and promptly took the scene by storm, developing a rabid young fanbase in thrall to the band's ebullient, fist-pumping anthemery, arena-sized hooks and high-voltage live performances. Right from word-go, it was clear Tonight Alive were going somewhere.A year on, courted by labels and management secured, with two stellar EPs ('All Shapes & Disguises' and 'Consider This') under their belts, a demo of Tonight Alive's new material landed on producer-extraordinaire Mark Trombino's (Blink 182, Jimmy Eat World, The Starting Line) desk. He rang the band immediately, wanting in."For him to contact us, and say he was interested, was a big deal," says Jenna, now 19. "We couldn't believe he'd put himself out like that. He's amazing. Mark created the albums we all grew up listening to - the albums that launched the careers of all these great bands.Whakaio weighs in. "Yeah, it felt right that he do our first album, that he be the one to kick-start us off. As soon as we got over there, we found Mark felt the same."Recorded at LA's infamous NRG Studios over two months, Trombino's personal interest in the project played out in other fortuitous ways. "Nothing was left to editing or over Pro-Tooling," notes Whakaio. "Jenna sang every line until it was right. I played every guitar part. The drum sound is natural and not heavily sampled. There was no copy-pasting. That was really important to us, as well as Mark. That it sound real. Natural.""It was great because it made us really step up as musicians," says Jenna. "I know I definitely came back from the experience a better singer."What you're listening to now is the inspired result of that auspicious partnership between a bunch of Aussie kids and an auteur with a canon of classic records already to his name. What Are You So Scared Of? is one more album to add to that list.As the charging powerchords, chiming verseline and rattlesnake high-hats of Breaking & Entering kick off proceedings, Tonight Alive make their intent known with this instant torch song. Like serving up straight red cordial shots to a bunch of Ritalin-deprived delinquents. Like scooping up a surging circle-pit and slamdunking into a kids' jumping castle. Like a surly prom queen setting her school afire as the So-Cal styled band plays on, What Are You So Scared Of? is a veritable barnstormer of a debut album. Bouncey, infectious and thrilling.Cue the mosh-happy shout-a-long of Starlight, the sheer infectious fun of Sure as Hell and the sugar-rush of songs like To Die For and the title track. Lending both cred and sporting their influences on their sleeve.But there's also gravitas to match Tonight Alive's gusto and good time - the balls-out heaviness of Listening, the acoustic-shaded power ballad Safe and Sound, and one of the album's best tracks, Let It Land, all showcase a band with serious songwriting chutzpah. Meanwhile, the moving closer, Amelia, is Jenna's paean to a girlhood friend who passed away aged 16, and packs one powerful emotional punch.What really lifts Tonight Alive above another female-fronted pop-rock band is their muscular musicality, a deft sense of dynamic, a way of shifting seamlessly from the big riffs and breakdowns, to allow space and the sensibility of Jenna's sweetly sung melodies to shine through. The hardcore heritage has set them in good stead - these kids have some bad-ass chops. Underpinned by Best's impassioned, athletic drumming, the mercurial undertow of Adler's tasteful basswork and Hardy's meat'n' potato riffery, Whakaio lays down the sort of colour, texture and zinging, adrenalizing leadlines that sing like a wire fenceline being drawn taut.When it comes to fronting Tonight Alive, Jenna is all heart and zero artifice - plus, this gal's got one helluva set of lungs on her. Equal parts sugar and spit, honey and husk, vamp, vitriol and vulnerability, she belts it out, hell for leather. "The weird thing is, even though as a band, we all grew up on bands like Thrice, Sum 41 and Something Corporate, I think what influenced me most, vocally, was stuff as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Missy Higgins, Avril Lavrigne and Fall Out Boy," says Jenna. "Plus I listen to tons of metal, where there's a lot of screaming. I really dig the aggression."Already with a cult following Stateside, key to the band's burgeoning profile has been the inclusion of songs off their last EP on reality TV show The Hills. Ironic, considering the band are from Sydney's Hills District. "Yeah," laughs Whakaio. "We're the Aussie Hills!""We're hoping it'll help us out in the girl department," quips Matt, "That we'll get invited to some Hills launch party in Hollywood. Sadly, it hasn't happened yet."Perhaps a song on Jersey Shore might tip things in their favour? "God," drawls Jenna. "We hope not."The band's grounded approach has added to their groundswell appeal. "We started off playing youth centre's," says Whakaio. "And so we all feel like we have a personal connection to so many people who come to our shows. I know that sounds cliched, but it's true - it's almost like we're friends with all of them. We make a point of going out after a gig, making contact with the fans, thanking them, keeping them informed."So, why the title What Are You So Scared Of? "It's the only question I can ever ask myself where I'll always have an answer," explains Jenna. "Asking myself, 'what are you so scared of?' has always helped me pass through any personal fear or doubt. And it's summed up the last year for us as a band - we've broken new boundaries, stepped up into another league."What Are You So Scared Of? is our mission statement, if you like - we're moving forward, dissolving old barriers or blocks."She's no blonde bombshell, that's for sure, but Jenna and her band may very well be the bomb: Tonight Alive are gonna blow up big-time. Prepare yourself, people. Tonight Alive are here, and they're on fire.

Goldhouse

Hailing from Lake County, Illinois, Grant Harris formed electro-pop outfit Goldhouse in 2008 and has since released 2 EP's with the third titled Lovestruck recently released on June 15th, 2010. Since forming, the band has sold over 100,000 single downloads on itunes and thousands more physical copies sold independently through touring, online retailers including Smartpunk.com, and Hot Topic locations across the country.

After gaining momentum, Goldhouse would have the opportunity to play alongside bands such as Neon Trees, Travie McCoy, The All American Rejects, and Never Shout Never to name a few, transforming each show into a non-stop dance party.

The buzz spread and national tours followed with such acts such as The Ready Set (Warner), Stephen Jerzak (Universal Republic), and Jonny Craig (Rise). Breathe Electric would soon be offered the entire 2010 Vans Warped Tour and continue touring straight through the end of 2010 on a full US tour.

Goldhouse has been featured in various magazines, most recently being featured in Alternative Press' "100 Bands You Need To Know In 2010" article. The band has also garnered recognition in Substream magazine, and on top music web sites including Absolutepunk.net, Purevolume.com, Crazed Hits, and Kings of A&R to name a few. Their unique brand of infectious pop has even caught the attention of music supervisors at MTV who have licensed songs for some of their most watched shows including The Real World and The City

RDGLDGRN (pronounced red gold green) have already distinguished themselves in the DC music scene. Their highly stylized sound (that Go Go drum beat- a distinct DC rhythm) takes hip-hop infused punk and indie rock to create something refreshingly unique, is getting attention from fans stretching far beyond the DC niche scene.

Comprised of three members who identify as Red, Gold, and Green, RDGLDGRN began making music in their basement studio, drawing from a vast and almost ironically diverse pool of influences like Chuck Brown, Vampire Weekend, Outkast, The Neptunes, and Bad Brains. What many might consider a wildly ambitious, even impossible task to pull off, RDGLDGRN managed to effortlessly combine genres of music to create something new, something all their own, and something that has the music industry buzzing with excitement.

The band gained widespread recognition when they self-released a song called "I Love Lamp" on YouTube -- a way for friends and local fans to listen to their music. They had no idea that within just a few weeks, the video would have over 100,000 views and the attention of many notable figures both in the industry as well as on the blogosphere.

Producer Kevin Augunas (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Cold War Kids) quickly took notice of the band, and in addition to producing RDGLDGRN's debut, also signed them to his label, Fairfax Recordings (Gotye, Tribes) in a joint venture with Universal Republic Records.

Upon entering the legendary Sound City Studio in Van Nuys, CA, a studio where Fleetwood Mac recorded 'Rumours' and Nirvana recorded 'Nevermind', RDGLDGRN were fortunate enough to have captured the attention of Nirvana alum, Foo Fighters front man, and hometown hero, Dave Grohl who recorded drums on the entire album.

It wasn't just rock royalty that took notice of RDGLDGRN, the hip-hop community was also taken by the band's unique sound. Genre-bending artist, producer, and designer, Pharrell Williams (N.E.R.D., The Neptunes), co-wrote and co-produced the standout track "Doing the Most," lending his distinct style to one of the most unique tracks on the album that showcases Green's undeniable talent for rapping and singing infused with Pharrell's style of unusual beats and musical wit.

The result is a debut that truly demonstrates the group's ability to straddle genre lines, to combine musical polarities and unite both artists and fans over music that's multifaceted. However, it's not the musical intricacies, or the obscure combination of influences, that make RDGLDGRN who they are. It's their ability to create something entirely fresh and new, something that's often overlooked in this state of the industry where musicians try to stay afloat by following trends. If you ask RDGLDGRN who their biggest influences are, they'd tell you the Beatles and Bob Marley. And while RDGLDGRN don't exactly sound like those legendary artists, they do share in common something less tangible- they all have made it a point to carve their own path by creating something entirely unique.

Stick To Your Guns

We currently live in an age of angst and depression from a longterm economic recession that has seemed to affect everyone to some degree. However, fortunately there are those few individuals that always keep a positive outlook while trying to show the world that there are plenty of things they should be thankful for outside of the material goods they deem so important. STICK TO YOUR GUNS is more than a band, they have evolved into a movement that focuses on individual self expression, the desire to create a better life for yourself and an emphasis on the importance of family and treating others with respect.
Bursting at the seams with a vibrant energy and overall positivity comes this Orange County sensation, who provide a message of hope and that could serve as the soundtrack to the new hardcore/punk revolution. Visionary Jesse Barnett (vocals) was originally inspired to form a band that would provide him with a medium to project his view points and reflect his musical influences and he continues to do just that to this very day bringing a stable of accomplished musicians on board. STYG blends melody, heaviness, and sincerity into one solid sound that will cater to fans of Comeback Kid, Ignite and Rise Against.
After four full-length albums, a number of worldwide tours and legions of diehard followers the band has come full circle and in 2012 delivers the most important effort of their already stellar career. The much anticipated new album, Diamond, encompasses what STYG is all about and sees their songwriting develop and mature to ultimately craft their definitive release, which ultimately delivers a message of inspiration that anyone can relate to.
Barnett states: "The new album, Diamond, is an insight to the way we view the world through our eyes. All the good and all the bad. This is an amazing place we live in. There is so much mystery about our existence and it fascinates the hell out of us. The pain people go through, the good that people do and the gods that people are willing to kill and die for. It's all who we are as a whole and its important for us to understand this. What's inside of you is what is happening outside in the world. How we can look at everything thats going on around us and think that we are at a complete disconnect from it, is beyond me.
"We also try to live the words we speak. It's become more and more important to me as we have moved forward through this band's life, that we do the things we are saying. We try to give back any moment we can. This band has become more than just a band for me. I very much try to be the words that I write. I'm not a perfect. I am far from it, but what helps me more than anything is when a kid comes to me and says 'hey man my life was a wreck and I was in a downward spiral and this bands music has picked me up'. This is what helps me because I know what thats like and I have bands that have done the same things for me so to be that band for someone else is an honor.
"I feel like this band has progressed through its life like I have through mine. Every person on this earth is searching for things trying to find out who they are, where they belong and ways that they can express themselves. With the new album, not to sound to generic, we really took inventory of our music and for me at least I took inventory of my life, my flaws and mental vices. This is me trying to let it all go and find whats truly important to me and that is my friends, family and all of humanity. Society interests me in ways that I previously never knew. The things that people endure and the stuff people bounce back from and the ways we progress through science and technology amazes me. I love this world even though here are absolutely shitty things about it. I'm trying very hard to change my view and always trying to find ways to give back as much as possible."

In 2012, STICK TO YOUR GUNS gives to the world a diamond that shines bright and exudes a proclamation of hope and inspiration that could even impact the most cynical.

Hands Like Houses

Hands Like Houses are a fresh and explosive 6 piece from Canberra, Australia. With a rapidly expanding international fanbase, the band has captivated audiences with their electric blend of technical, effects- heavy songwriting with post-hardcore passion and stage presence. Driven by rich lyricism and melodic, emotive vocals in the vein of Emarosa and The Getaway Plan, the band presents a complex and finely crafted mix of guitar and electronics, drawing from a broad range of influence including Thrice, The Receiving End of Sirens and Closure in Moscow.

The closing of 2011 saw the band sign to American record label Rise Records, with their highly anticipated debut album 'Ground Dweller' subsequently announced to be released worldwide on March 13th.

HLH traveled to the USA in 2010 and 2011 to record 'Ground Dweller' with Cameron Mizell of Chango Studios (Woe, Is Me, Sleeping With Sirens, Oceana). The subsequent single releases, 'This Ain't No Place For Animals', and ʻLion Skin (feat. Tyler Carter and Jonny Craig)' earned the band over 5,000 independent single sales via iTunes during 2011, and their most recent single 'Antarctica', released on Youtube through Rise Records, has amassed almost 200,000 views in its first month. Along with the band's self-produced acoustic versions of 'Lion Skin' and ʻThe Sowerʼ, their YouTube channels have seen over three quarters of a million views, growing daily.

Boasting a dedicated and fast-growing international fanbase, built through years of personally managing their social networks and independent promotion and touring, Hands Like Houses will release their hotly anticipated debut album 'Ground Dweller' on March 9th in Australia (March 13th worldwide through Rise Records). Buoyed by exceptional online pre-order numbers for a debut release, the record is well on track to break into the Billboard Top 200 and Heatseeker charts in the US in its first week.

To date, the band has supported a number of notable acts from Australia and around the world, including The Getup Kids (USA), As Tall As Lions (USA), The Getaway Plan (AUS), Dream On Dreamer (AUS), Break Even (AUS), Hopes Die Last (ITA) and Tonight Alive (AUS). Their 2011 touring schedule saw the band play 50+ shows across Australia and Europe, impressing audiences with a sound and stage presence beyond their standing.

Since forming in 2006 between high school friends, the band has evolved and grown to a dedicated and close-knit group. As So Long Safety, the band was nominated for 2 MusicOz awards in 2008, in the Schoolies and Music Video categories. Their singles 'Lion Skin' and 'Antarctica' have seen weekly rotation on Triple J, Australia's largest alternative radio station, as well as regular play on local and internet stations including Western Australia's The Pit FM.

2012 will see Hands Like Houses add to their list of local, national and international supports, beginning with Pushover 2012 in Melbourne Australia in support of Parkway Drive, Tonight Alive, 360 and others, before embarking on their first leg of US touring in the northern Spring/Summer to promote the release of 'Ground Dweller'.

From the perpetually down-on-its-luck, blue collar, rustbelt factory town of Flint, Michigan, comes new Fueled By Ramen signees The Swellers, a punk band that knows a thing or two about making hard, no-nonsense, but infinitely catchy music.

Following in the footsteps of other hard- Flintites who've made their name on the world stage—film provocateur Michael Moore, '70s hard rock pioneers Grand Funk Railroad, '80s grindcore/death-metal pioneers Repulsion, and the late rapper M.C. Breed—The Swellers have forged a hard-edged, yet accessible style of punk over the better part of a decade, the last three of which have been spent touring non-stop with the likes of Less Than Jake, Set Your Goals, Four Year Strong, A Wilhelm Scream and Streetlight Manifesto, among numerous others.

Crossfaith

Crossfaith was formed in November of 2006 and the current lineup is Vocal/ Koie, Gt/ Kazuki, Ba/ Hiroki, Dr/Tatsu, Program, Vision/ Teru. Crossfaith is a band that evolutes Metalcore/Hardcore based aggressive songs with introducing strings and electronic sound effects to add catchy melody and unique structures of the songs. With this originality and the great live performance, it didn't take time for them be well known by kids as they played with many big bands from oversea such as Machine Head, Hatebreed, Bleeding Though, August Burns Red, Asking Alexandria, Bless The Fall, Alesana, Greeley Estates, Pierce The Veil, Confide, to name a few.

In April 2009, their 1st album "The Artificial theory for the Dramatic Beauty" was released in Japan from ZESTONE RECORDS and it has been a long seller album since then. This album sparked Japanese Screamo / Metalcore music industry which had never existed before. Crossfaith has been on endless tour and experienced many big festivals in Japan including the biggest Japanese metal festival, Loud Park in October 2009. Among the greats, they proudly performed in front of huge audience and it was the day that they launched a movement toward revolution of the new generation.

In 2010, their unstoppable impetus became worldwide and their 1st album was released all over Europe from Gan-shin records. In the mean while, the band kept writing new songs and recorded new album "The Dream, The Space" with Andrew Wade ( as known as producer of A Day To Remember ) which was released in Japan on 20th of April 2011 from ZESTONE RECORDS. After releasing their 2nd
album, they were on road and played many shows including a tour with Funeral For A Friend, and the biggest rock festival in Japan "Summer Sonic" and played in front of almost 10000 audience.

As they are getting bigger and bigger in Japan, the band's high potential crosses the seas. "The Dream, The Space" was released in the USA on 13th of September from Tragic Hero and getting positive reactions from kids in the USA. The band currently has experienced t tour outside Japan with Parkway Drive in China and in South East Asia with Alesana.

Crossfaith is the rare and genuine Japanese rock band that can be rated high internationally and their quest of artistic imagination goes on and on.

Bangups

Bangups are a two piece featuring Joey Dornbos (guitar/vocals) and Brent French (drums). Put to music with a melody that doesn't let the listener sulk - Bangups music hits hard with solid electrifying energy.

Driver Friendly

Three years after the release of their successful debut full length, Chase the White Whale, Driver Friendly knew something had to change. The music industry was shifting, their lives were headed in separate directions, the future of the band was in question. The band was at a crossroads: call it quits after nine years of making music together or do something drastic. The answer was a retreat to a cabin in the Appalachian Mountains. A place where they could create without distractions or limitations. A place where they promised they wouldn't leave until they had a new album ready to be recorded. With the help of an avid, loyal fanbase, Kickstarter, and producer Jim Vollentine, they raised the funds necessary to record and release their newest album, Bury a Dream. The 11 new songs on the record replicate the high-energy and soaring, melodic hooks of past releases, but also reflect a bold evolution in the band's songwriting capabilities. The title at first reading may appear ominous, predicting the end of something great. Yet it merely hides the full lyric, "Bury a dream, watch it grow," declaring that dreams can die, but sometimes they must pass away in order to grow into something entirely new and beautiful. Driver Friendly is a band reborn with a new found sense of urgency to get their music to as many ears as possible. Look for them this summer on an extensive national tour and the international release of the album April, 24 2012.

What a difference a year makes. In 12 short months, Echosmith have gone from little-known Los Angeles alt-pop gem to Warped Tour's undeniable breakout band. Basking in the glow of a summer spent playing to thousands of fans all over the country, the quartet--which consists of Sierota siblings Jamie (vocals/guitar), Sydney (vocals/keyboard), Noah (vocals/bass), and Graham (drums)--is even more excited to share their music with all the people who weren't able to see them on the annual punk-rock summer camp.

"We were super excited when we found out we'd be playing [Warped Tour]," remembers Jamie. "So many bands grow from that and come out with tons of fans." Adds Sydney, "Going into it, I was totally nervous because we were so different, style-wise and age-wise, from almost every other band and I wasn't sure if that was going to work against us, but it ended up being the exact opposite." The band was originally slated to play just the first half of the tour, but the reaction was so overwhelming, they were invited to stay until the end, which meant more people would get to hear music off the band's upcoming debut album, Talking Dreams, out Oct. 1.

The full-length was produced by Mike Elizondo (Tegan And Sara, Gary Clark Jr., Maroon 5), who also happened to sign the band to Warner Bros. along with WBR chairman and fellow producer Rob Cavallo. Though the members of Echosmith might be young, they are heavily influenced by the music they listened to growing up--which includes a lot of early-'80s New Wave--and can be heard on songs like "Come With Me" and "The Safest Place."
The band's new album might not be out until fall, but if you go to any Echosmith show, in the meantime, you'll already hear the audience singing right along. In June, Echosmith released a 3-song Summer Sampler, featuring tracks from the LP, including fan favorites like "Come Together," "Cool Kids" and the debut's title track, the video for which was directed by famed actress Clea DuVall (Argo, American Horror Story).

"I remember the first time it happened [on Warped], it seemed so weird to me," remembers Sydney. "I'd get the chills every time--even though it was 110 degrees. It's just so cool to see other people as passionate about the band as we are."

With a blend of style and substance, it's no wonder Echosmith is connecting with both critics and fans. Alternative Press named them as one of the "100 Bands You Need To Know in 2013," MTV declared them a "Buzzworthy Obsession" and Seventeen called Sydney's voice "stunning." Plus, after seeing the band's electric live show, recent converts are constantly tweeting glowing endorsements like "I listened to @echosmith for four hours straight in the car yesterday" and "I am so freaking excited for the @echosmith new album!!! #cantwait."

One song that seems to get the loudest crowd response is "Cool Kids," a dreamy Smiths-esque strut that encourages people embrace our differences because that's actually what makes each and every one of us cool. With lyrics like, "I wish that I could be like the cool kids / 'Cause all the cool kids seem to fit in," it's no wonder fans of all ages are relating to the sentiment. Echosmith's "in crowd" of outsiders is sure to grow when the band hits the road for more tourdates this fall. So what's it like for them to look out on-stage and see a sea of smiling young faces staring back? "I think it's really cool to be the same age as our fans," explains Sydney, "because when we meet each other and start talking, it's like we're friends already."

Middle Finger Salute

Mighty Mongo will rock the socks back on to your feet. We are a four-piece Rock/Punk/Ska band with a flippin' keytar, and we're stoked to be a part of this year's Warped Tour! If you wanna know more about us, just send us a message on facebook/ twitter - we'd love to meet you! And for those of you who actually read this a if you plan on coming to Warped Tour, come visit our Merch Table and say the following secret word for FREE and AWESOME Merch from Mighty Mongo: cowabunga.

ART GEEZAR (vocals) and ADRIAN GEEZAR (Drums), two brothers living with other 25 people in a 24/7 party in Hollywood, had no problem jumping some steps and booked the legendary Whisky A Go Go without having a band. Later they put some demos online and posted an ad that was answered within minutes, the next day JON MONTER (Guitar) showed up already knowing the songs, days later they found ARNO NURMISTO(Bass) in a little incident with the law involving some stolen beer. After several gigs in the most important clubs in LA they proved that their new band ART OF SHOCK was one of the best in town. In 2010 ART OF SHOCK, with producer IAN McGREGOR (Katy Perry, Boyzone, The Ataris) recorded their first single, YOUR BLOOD.

ART OF SHOCK is the next logical step in Rock music, mixing a wide variety of influences, from the founding fathers like Chuck Berry and Elvis passing through the 70's greatest like Queen and Aerosmith with hints of the heaviest 80's bands like Metallica and Slayer. ART GEEZAR is a larger than life showman with an amazing vocal range that brings Freddie Mercury, Alice Cooper and Steven Tyler to mind. ADRIAN GEEZAR is the next in line in the tradition of great Rock drummers like Lars Ulrich, John Bonham and Tommy Lee. JON MONTER is a Virtuoso guitar shredder a mixture of Yngwie Malmsteen technique with the melodic sensitivity of Slash. ARNO NURMSTO is the heavy pounding bass player that mixes the good taste of John Paul Jones with the showmanship of Gene Simmons. ART OF SHOCK also adds a wide variety of styles into their fresh and energetic sounds.

Australian 4 piece TheCityShakeUp have built their reputation with punk around the edges renegade rock.

Born from the bowels of 90's punk and rock - TCSU write their music collectively drawing on the combined influences and ideals of all four members in the band. This united front is heavily represented on their latest EP "Trigger Happy Slander" - a social commentary on the less chivalrous - Addressing futile hostility, first world problems and everyone's old friend heart-ache.

With a sound that's been forged on the road, TCSU bare it all on stage and leave nothing behind. Whether the show is for a crowd of a thousand or simply for a select few the lads make it their mission to ensure everyone leaves as sweaty and thunderstruck as they are. From winning over the crowd at the USA 2013 Vans Warped Tour, Australia's longest running national music festival - The Big Day Out , to opening for Canada's Billy Talent amongst an onslaught of international and local supports (not to mention their own headlining tours). The TCSU lads are no strangers to the stage and life on the road.

The traditional DIY punk ethos is one that is not lost on these har working Aussie lads. TCSU are self managed, self funded, self promoted, hell they even design and print their own shirts. It only takes one look at their completely self shot film clips or a quick listen to any of the releases recorded in their self made studio (they even constructed their own vocal booth) to realize these self sufficient beasts are no chumps.

Pouring every ounce of energy they have into their music and with 2014 set to be their biggest year yet, The City Shakeup show no signs of slowing down as they herald in a new breed of DIY rock renegades.

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."

Beebs and Her Money Makers

With the kazoo-wielding songstress Beebs as their fearless leader, Beebs and Her Money Makers (BaHMM) is taking audiences by surprise with their high-energy performances and unapologetically silly videos. They are a refreshing blend of psychedelic ska, sassy funk and soul, or as Kevin Lyman called them, Jiggly Pop Comic Rock.

After being featured on the second season of Fuse TV's Warped Roadies, Beebs and Her Money Makers have been working tirelessly to keep up with the hype. They recorded their recent E.P with ska-legend producer Aaron Barrett of Reel Big Fish with a Full length album due out this summer and also launched BaHMM TV LIVE, an interactive, live streamed talk show where fans can call in, chat and even win prizes.

There's no telling what the year holds for these unstoppable superheroes. BaHMM!

Citizen

Citizen is a punk/indie band that hails from Toledo, Ohio. With some of their members still in high school, to date they've released "The Only Place I Know", a split EP with local friends The Fragile Season [Either/Or Records], which was met with great reviews. Their song "Tracking Time" was included on the compilation "Vs The Earthquake", released after the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in early 2011.

The band released their debut EP, entitled "Young States" (recorded by Jay Maas at The Getaway Recording Studio), digitally on September 1st, 2011 and will be releasing the 12″ LP in January 2012 via Either/Or Records and UK-based City Of Gold Records.

Signing to Mightier Than Sword at the end of 2011, Citizen will also be entering the studio in mid-January to record two tracks for an upcoming split with Virginia Beach, VA-based Turnover, to be released Spring 2012 via Mightier Than Sword/Broken Rim Records. With infectious melodies and a passionate live show, Citizen is poised to be a name you won't soon forget.

Alvarez Kings

Famed for their energetic live shows and charismatic performances the self acclaimed PROGRESSIVE POP band have been tipped by many as the next big thing to break out of Yorkshire. It is this live show that has garnered them nationwide media attention,
with NME describing them as having "bucket-loads of attitude with cut-throat guitar riffs and a gritty charm" and The Guardian saying "Sheffield's Alvarez Kings are a must see. Their energetic progressive pop sound will get everyone dancing."

"Don't Be a Dick!" Words of wisdom from the mouth of new teenage pop punk band Emily's Army. Influenced by the rich East Bay music scene, Gilman Street, classic power pop, and garage rock, Emily's Army craft heartfelt teenage anthems dealing in cautionary tales, politics, and the pressures of adolescence. The band members have known each other for most of their lives and discovered their passion for music together. From four year olds hitting piñatas to little league baseball to surfing to collecting punk rock records; Max, Cole, and Joey formed the band in 2004 as Raining Souls. The name didn't stick but it wasn't long before inspiration arrived for one that would. Brothers Max and Cole's 15-year-old cousin Emily was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in 1998 and has suffered from the disease her entire life. In tribute, the band adopted the name Emily's Army, which also happens to be the moniker for a fundraising organization in their cousin's honor. The prolific song-writing brothers Max and Cole Becker write songs and play guitar as if it was attached to them at birth. Travis, who joined the band in 2009, brings forth a guitar swagger that compliments the Becker boys and can serve as an anchor to the tumultuous brotherhood of the band. Joey hammers the drums with such energy; you'll rarely find him sitting on his drum stool. Teenage anger bleeds through the album in songs like "Broadcast This" and "Gutter". Injustice is tackled in the track "Bad Cop" which sheds light on corrupt Bart police. Max wears his heart on his sleeve with songs like "Strictly For The Birds" (an ode to Catcher in the Rye) and "Burn Apollo", which proclaims with pure honesty "I Wanna Be Remembered" (dedicated to his cousin Emily). The songs overflow with angst and honest, but they're also catchy – sure to leave a memorable impact on any listener. The dynamic of the brother's songwriting allow them to distinguish themselves – but this also compliments and adds to the chemistry of their sound. The band has been playing clubs and all ages shows up and down the California coast for 2 years—even getting a chance to open a gig at the infamous Bowery Electric in New York City. The boys hit the studio in November 2010 at Jingletown Recordings in Oakland, with engineer Chris Dugan and producer Billie Joe Armstrong. The entire album was recorded and mixed in 4 days…capturing the spirit and passion of a teenage rock n roll machine! More recently, the band has contributed a new song, "Good Looks," to the highly anticipated Adeline Records Compilation The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore. The comp features 16 underground pop-punk bands hailing from various parts of North America hand picked by the legendary Lookout Records (Green Day, Rancid, Operation Ivy) founder Larry Livermore.
This summer the band will be embarking on their second trek of the East Coast as a part of the annual Vans Warped Tour and several headlines shows in between. The tour can't come soon enough—at a time when young bands are homogenized and tailor made for consumption and eventual regurgitation, Emily's Army is a breath of fresh air – rocking out together for the pure fact that they love playing music and they love playing together. From piñatas to punk rock, Don't Be A Dick by Emily's Army is the sound of the torchbearers to come.

Forever Came Calling

Dudes in a band, not to be confused with band dudes.
- on Pure Noise Records

Whats up we are a pop punk band from Harrisburg Pa. We believe in hard work and having fun. We don't have famous friends we are not critically acclaimed and no one in this band was ever in some famous band who's name we could drop or coat tail we could ride. But we will get up earlier than you and work longer and harder. That has to count for something. If it doesn't then at least we had a hell of a good time trying and made some amazing friends along the way.

No Bragging Rights

No Bragging Rights began to take its present shape in the summer of 2005. Since then, the 5 piece Metalcore band has self released 2 CD's (an EP and a full Length) which have collectively sold 8k+ copies World Wide.

When NBR began work on their first self released full length album, "Because You Believe…" the band was at a crossroads. Member changes and new ideas took them in a heavier, more hardcore oriented direction. The early 2006 release was well received in the local scene, and helped establish the band outside of their home town.

"The Anatomy of a Martyr" EP released in the summer of 2007, and catapulted NBR to the national stage. Relentless DIY touring grew the band exponentially and attracted the attention of Pure Noise Entertainment. The label re-released "The Anatomy of a Martyr" in 2008, and in the spring of 2009 debuted "The Consequence of Dreams" LP.

Band Members
Vocals - Mike Perez
Bass - "Handsome" Rick
Guitar - Christian Lee
Guitar - Daniel Garrow
Drums - Martin Alcedo

Hailing from sunny San Diego, CA, SECRETS has already made an impact as one of the most promising up and coming acts in the scene. Armed with irresistibly catchy choruses, soaring vocals, and mercilessly dynamic breakdowns, its no wonder the post-hardcore five-piece has seen such success since signing to Velocity/Rise Records in the spring of 2011.

Velocity Records' Dave Shapiro says, "When I heard these songs, I knew San Diego had yet another band that would be at the forefront of their genre." Rise Records' founder Craig Ericson is equally pumped on the signing, explaining, "Dave showed me the band and I immediately knew these guys were keepers."

SECRETS released their debut full length The Ascent in January of 2012 to rave reviews. The record debuted at #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and became the first Velocity Records release to crack the Billboard Top 200, debuting at #185. SECRETS toured heavily in support of The Ascent, supporting acts such as Sleeping With Sirens, Attack Attack!, Escape The Fate, Silverstein, as well as appearing on the entire Scream It Like You Mean it tour in 2012.
After seamlessly making a change by adding new vocalist Aaron Melzer to the lineup in March 2013, SECRETS released their follow up to The Ascent, Fragile Figures, on July 23rd 2013. The album turned heads of fans and critics alike, ultimately debuting at #57 on the Billboard 200. After supporting the release with a two week stint on the Vans Warped tour in the summer of 2013, SECRETS is poised to return to the tour with a full run in the summer of 2014.

Since their formation in 2008, Set It Off has already released three EPs, signed to Equal Vision Records, toured non-stop, and shared the stage with the impressive likes of My Chemical Romance, A Day To Remember, Say Anything, Against Me! and We Came As Romans.

And now they're ready for more.

The Tampa, FL-based quintet, comprised of Cody Carson [vocals], Dan Clermont [guitar], Zach DeWall [guitar], Austin Kerr [bass], and Maxx Danziger [drums], will release Cinematics, their debut full-length record on Equal Vision Records, on September 18, 2012. The 12-track album was recorded over the course of four weeks with Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount [All Time Low, Cartel, Mayday Parade] at Vintage Song Studios in Alpharetta, GA.

In a recent interview with Alternative Press, Carson explains that the new album features Set It Off's signature sound of orchestra-infused pop with a new sense of heaviness, diversity and intensity in the album, both lyrically and musically. He states, "What's really present on this album…we're very theatrical when we present our story. If it's a darker subject, there is a lot of angst and neurosis that goes into that song…In fact, in one song, Zack and Ken think I sound like the Joker from The Dark Knight. Not that I'm going for that, I just really try to get into character for each song as far as the mood goes. It has that diversity, but it still sounds like Set It Off."

In a separate interview, Carson further expounded on the band's experience in working with Zack and Kenneth recalling, "Our favorite phrase they would use is 'You can beat that.' They allowed us to become better musicians and individual writers…in the vocal booth, they helped drive my darker side out of me when it needed to show. Through bringing it out in the studio every day, it allowed me to bring "him" out on stage too. It's like therapy for me."

For their first full-length ever, Set It Off ambitiously set out to take their signature sound to the next level and pushed themselves further than ever before in every possible way – technically, musically, lyrically and emotionally in the writing and recording process. "Musically I feel like we are the strongest we've ever been. All the touring we've done in the past year has made us night and day tighter for our live performances and working and meeting other musicians on that next level has forced us to push our skills musically in all aspects from playing to writing," explains Clermont.

Danziger notes that, "Once we got in to the swing of things though, it started coming together very naturally…we liked what we did with Horrible Kids and you can definitely hear that sound in this new record." He continues, "But a lot has happened in the past year. We've made new

friends, faced new challenges, had new experiences, and from that we've all grown up a lot. I think the new album reflects how we've changed as people. It has a similar feel to our most recent EP, but is more mature and polished."

In August 2011, the young band made their label debut with the re-release of their third EP Horrible Kids, which garnered widespread praise in the press from the likes of mtvU, Alternative Press, Guitar World, Rock Sound, Outburn Magazine and more, launched them into countless tours around the US, and ultimately prepared them to write and record their first full-length record. Horrible Kids debuted at No. 63 in the 100 Alternative Albums on iTunes, with their music video for "@reply" featured as an iTunes "Hot Music Video" and the music video for "Breathe In, Breathe Out" receiving great accolade on its own, as it was added to rotation on mtvU after winning the station's The Freshmen challenge.

Horrible Kids was recorded at Red Sparrow Studios in Wilson, NC with Brandon "B-Real" Ham and John Harrell and mastered by Paul Leavitt [VersaEmerge, The Dangerous Summer]. The EP blends contagious, driving melodies and hard-hitting choruses with genuine sincerity and a powerful message, creating an emotional concept album referencing the troubles of being bullied growing up and importance of being yourself and embracing who you are no matter what.

The band's new album takes the same energetic and passionate approach, but strays from a specific theme, allowing the band to touch on a broader spectrum of topics. "Lyrically, Horrible Kids was me digging deep into my past. With the new album, you're getting to jump inside my head and think how I think, feel what I feel, and really understand how human we all are." Carson confesses openly. "We are human - we have good times, we have bad times, we think pure thoughts, and we think impure thoughts. As far as how I describe these situations, I want you to feel like you are sitting down for a short film…and if I'm not evoking any sort of emotion from you then I'm not doing my job."

"We are very proud of our last release, Horrible Kids EP, but this album is just on a different level, and we're very, very excited about it," concludes Danziger. "This is a new era of Set It Off, and we're ready for it. "

Strawberry Blondes

Keeping it strictly roots UK punk mobkings Strawberry Blondes like their rock 'n' roll super charged. Their songs are short, sharp, shocks of highly melodic punk rock bile, based on the rudiments thrown down by the classic first Clash album, or the against the grain conviction of the early Manics or the zeitgeist defining lyrical smarts of their beloved Rancid and Goldblade. Strawberry Blondes, slash 'n' burn two minute blasts of guitar driven punk rock 'n' roll, their mini anthems, should be top 30 missives. This is sheer pop perfection. Their heartfelt vocals and amphetamine rush of guitars are struck with a passion and fired with burning frustration. Turning their cynicism and world-weariness into highly charged angry pop is what the Blondes excel at.

Strawberry Blondes are the face of punk rock in the UK and have won over a ton of new friends playing with the likes of Rancid, Street Dogs, Bad Brains, The King Blues, The Unseen, The Aggrolites, The Briggs, The Real McKenzies, Anti-Flag, Stiff Little Fingers, UK Subs, Goldblade, Buzzcocks and Millencolin to name a few - they even got the legendary Don Letts to remix one of their songs. More authentic than a fistful of incendiary rock 'n' roll albums, Strawberry Blondes will not go down without a fight. Few bands in Britain have their melodic power, their insane conviction and their confrontational guitar slashing passion.

While many bands fall victim to the dreaded 'difficult second album', with Fight Back Strawberry Blondes deliver a barrage of prime rabble rousing anthems, featuring guest appearances by The Briggs Joey LaRocca and former Stubborn All-Stars frontman and New York city ska legend King Django. Fight Back shows that Strawberry Blondes like in the case of The Clash and The Specials before them, have a knack for writing songs that perfectly capture the mood of the time. These are songs that express the anger and frustration of living in the bleak and decaying cities of Britain, in a way that is culturally positive and is delivered with a passion and an indefinable feeling that's difficult to fake.

Newport punks Strawberry Blondes have been making a raucous, anthemic, street rat, punk rock racket for a few years now. Their new EP 'Nothin' Left To Lose' is the first release on their own label Streetcore Records and a co-release with Germany's finest punk label Wolverine Records. Hard touring has honed the band down into a vicious, supercharged core of righteous street fury that spills out of their Welsh valleys and sees the frustration of living on the wrong side of recession hit Britain spill over into their records. They manage to combine this with great melodies and a heartfelt passion that makes a connection with the grass of the punk scene. Nothin' Left To Lose, sees them crank their 21st century Clash template into the kind of intense bug eyed roar that would have done the youthful Joe Strummer proud. Strummer himself once paced the streets of their hometown of Newport when he was at Art College and it's obvious that some of his DNA still floats through the musical ether of the city.

Strawberry Blondes are children of that revolution; they remain angry, impassioned, smart and dangerous. This is a band that still believes that the guitar is a machine gun and that words are their weapons. They still believe a seven inch single can change the world and their purist vision of where The Clash and Rancid walk tall, makes complete sense as soon as the needle hits the groove.

Fired with a burning frustration, Strawberry Blondes re-invent the past and spit it into the future.

Rhythmic, Groove, Technical, Brutal, Captivating, Face Melting are all adjectives that do not even come close to touching the tip of the iceberg when it comes to describing the sound, image and movement exploding right now out of Southern California. The source of this decibel shattering, mind-numbing, captivating phenomenon? Los Angeles metal outfit, VOLUMES.

VOLUMES is a collection of five young musicians coming from a wide array of musical backgrounds, ranging from jazz, classical, post-rock to rap and of course metal. VOLUMES eclectic tastes blend together to forge a creative bond between several types of genres that are worlds apart. The combination of their efforts results in fusions between intricate patterns, melodies, and progressive.. yet-not-to-be-overlooked-aggressive, straight to the point, metal. This particular blend of musical styles strives to find a balance between chaos and tranquility. Standing out in their genre is the fact that VOLUMES have two lead-vocalists who utilize their different ranges to create a layered, charismatic volatile sound which leave all listeners begging for more.

American multi-platform music producer and recording artist, Big Chocolate's style ranges from Drum and Bass, Electro, and Dubstep.

Follow Big Chocolate as he makes a video everyday of his life http://youtube.com/cameveryday.

Anytime he hits the stage, Crizzly has no choice but to go hard. Channeling hyperactive energy and uncontainable swagger, the San Antonio DJ and producer ignites crowds with an intoxicating, infectious, and inimitable blend of dubstep and hip-hop, which he affectionately terms, "Crunkstep". However, there's a lot more to the 21-year-old artist.

Music became a part of Chris Lee "Crizzly" Marshall's life at a very young age. As he recalls, he discovered it as a child--insisting on making his kindergarten class listen to the Space Jam soundtrack during naptime--but he didn't formally embrace it until high school. Picking up a set of turntables, he scored his first gigs at birthday parties. At 19-years-old, production began to inspire him, and he started remixing rap songs from YouTube with a distinctive flare. He released his own takes on Waka Flocka Flame's "Hard in Da Paint" and "Snap Back Swag" from AJ Hernz, and suddenly he set the blogosphere ablaze. Numerous web sites began reposting these cuts, and Crizzly developed a fervent following.

However, some guerilla tactics helped garner even more high profile attention for the fledgling DJ. After playing 2011's Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, he took 20 USB drives with his music and distributed them to some of the festivals top names. "I made it a mission to pass them out to my favorite producers," he remembers with a smile. "I was nervous, but I gave it to Diplo. He listened, and now he plays 'Hard in Da Paint' in his set."

Meanwhile, he slipped "Snap Back Swag" into a playlist on Skrillex's tour bus, catching the megastar's ear in the process. As a result, Skrillex added the remix into his set as well. Soon after, even more support came in addition to Skrillex and Diplo with Excision, Datsik, and many others introducing his remixes into their shows.

He describes his sound and style best though. "It's definitely a mixture of two different worlds, dance music and hip-hop," he goes on. "People can connect because there's a lot going on, and there's more than one dimension. The audience responds immediately too. Since there's a half-time feel, the blend just makes sense. It feels right to me."

Most importantly, it feels right to audiences. In February 2012, he embarked on a highly successful tour with 12th Planet and Flinch, and he followed that up with shows alongside Zed's Dead. In the midst, he was featured in the July 2012 issue of Spin. Currently, he's confirmed on the bill for the 2012 installments of Nocturnal [California and Texas], Electric Daisy Carnival [Las Vegas, New York, Puerto Rico, Orlando, and Colorado], Atlantic Impulse, Electric Forrest, White Wonderland, Escape From Wonderland Lights All Night in Dallas, Global Dance in Kansas City and Denver, and more. Plus, he'll embark on his first headline tour of college markets in Fall 2012.

In fact the best way to experience Crizzly is to actually be in the audience. "I play a lot of hard stuff," he concludes. "I expend a ton of energy. I want the fans to get buck wild, crazy, and crunk. I want them to make some bad decisions and have fun." One thing's for sure: there ain't no party like a Crizzly party. -- Rick Florino, May 2012

Kairo Kingdom

Mac Lethal is a hip-hop artist from Kansas City, MO. After getting his start as a battle rapper at the prestigious, world renowned freestyle battle festival Scribble Jam, he shattered the stigma that battle rappers cannot write quality songs and began to self-release his own quirky music. Quickly he began to catch the attention of artists like Sage Francis, P.O.S., and Atmosphere, who he subsequently toured with. You might know him from his viral videos which feature his insanely fast rapping while he makes pancakes, explains the difference between "your" and "you're," or makes knock off Chik-Fil-A sandwiches. Mac is also the man behind the hilarious website Texts From Bennett and has been featured on Tosh.0.

MC Lars, real name Andrew Nielsen, (born October 6, 1982 in Berkeley, California) is an American rapper. He is the self-proclaimed originator of "post-punk laptop rap". He has recorded for Truck Records in the UK and his Laptop EP is licensed to Sidecho Records in the USA. He was formerly known as MC Lars Horris but changed his pseudonym to MC Lars in 2004 for the sake of simplicity.

Austin, TX own RUN DMT's sound is a reflection of a torrid love affair with heavy basslines, thunderous beats, and haunting melodies. Forming in the summer of 2010, RUN DMT decided to take the approach of no-holds-barred heavy bass music without borders, touching on Dubstep, Drumstep, Moombahton, UK Funky, atmospheric Downtempo and more. In its short 1.5 year of history it has made high profile appearances at Camp Bisco, Nocturnal Festival, Bass Invasion, and Snowglobe Music Festival. Its original productions and remixes have become recent playlist staples for DJs ranging from Bassnectar to MSTRKRFT to Craze to 12th Planet and beyond.

RUN DMT's first official release on Play Me Records shot straight to the TOP TEN on Beatport with "Drop Top" hitting #2 on the Drum & Bass Charts, and "Bro 2.0" hitting #3 on the Dubstep Charts. RUN DMT has released tracks on JFK's Teenage Riot Records, Evol Intent, T&A and Heavy Artillery, and are featured on the soundtrack for the video game, "Mortal Kombat" (2011).RUN DMT has also remixed for the likes of Bird Peterson, Asking Alexandria, and Figure. The debut full length album "Union of Opposites" to be released in June 2012 on Play Me Records worldwide and will feature the likes of Chali 2na, Dj Swamp, and more.

RUN DMT's first mixtape was released late December 2011 exclusively thru Mad Decent: http://maddecent.com/blog/run-dmt-year-of-the-white-rabbit-mix

Stephan Jacobs

Stephan Jacobs:
Pronounced: {Stef-on Jacobs}

Stephan Jacobs is widely considered to be among the most promising producers currently coming out of the West Coast bass music scene. As an original member of the Headtron crew, Jacobs is known for his speaker-shaking original productions and heavyweight remixes. He also has a keen ear for melody and meticulously sequences his signature live sets to take listeners on a true sonic journey.

With several successful EPs already under his belt, Jacobs is set to put out even more music in 2012, including his eagerly anticipated debut album. With a full touring schedule that will see the producer perform at some of his most high-profile gigs and festivals to date, the future is now for Stephan Jacobs.

Wallpaper. is, in many ways, Ricky Reed. The indulgent and ever-stylish frontman is more than just a sweet pair of shades and a gold-plated microphone. He's a bona fide viral hustler, a disco ball-busting showman and an extremely gifted producer expertly blurring glitzy pop and raunchy rap with anthemic rock and electronic funk. But Wallpaper. is other things too—a raging four-piece, for one, but most importantly, Wallpaper. is you. You and me and everyone we know on our best night ever, positively #STUPiDFACEDD, champagnin' with no plans in the morning.

When first we met Ricky Reed, he was busy crushing Oakland house parties and selling CD-Rs out the trunk of his car. He'd called upon his earliest influences—P-Funk, Afrobeat, Bay Area rap, Prince—and come away with sweaty, swaggerful beats imbued with a real musicality. Meanwhile, his Lynchian video blogs (a little David and a lot of Liam) and inventive remixes and mashups earned him out-of-town props, particularly when his sax-blaring remake of Das Racist's "Combination Pizza Hut & Taco Bell" went totally freaking atomic.

Wallpaper.'s debut LP, Doodoo Face, was a masterful collision of buoyant percussion, synth blurt, heavy bass and wild narcissism as strong for its legit songwriting chops as for its illicit party-wrangling. Naturally, the live show evolved in step with the music, into a truly visceral thing with double drummers pounding out a thunderous beat behind Ricky Reed and his partner, the charismatic and supremely sassy Novena Carmel. Witnessed in person, whether in a theater or a college quad, their sound is busting at its well-tailored seams, outsized and overpowering.

Ricky Reed initially self-released Wallpaper.'s breakout single, "#STUPiDFACEDD," dubbed an "awesomely doltish ode to Saturday-night oblivion" by Entertainment Weekly. The subsequent video was hand-picked for MTV's Indie Music Month coverage and has since racked up over a million views. The song infiltrated several episodes of Jersey Shore too, and inspired MTV and Extreme's HYPE Music to team up with Evan Bogart's freshly launched Boardwalk Records for an innovative release partnership. Enter the #STUPiDFACEDD EP, a genre-bending, thump-addled set featuring a guest turn from Bay Area rap legend Too $hort, serving to sate appetites until Wallpaper.'s Boardwalk LP arrives.

Now, as radio stations fight over which format has dibs on him—Top 40, Alternative, Rhythmic—Ricky Reed continues to do what he does best: put in work, create, tour, entertain. He's currently co-writing music for Andrew W.K.'s next album, recently completed a song with funk godfather George Clinton, and covered Adele with a little help from raunchy rising Detroit emcee Danny Brown. He's an in-demand remixer, working with artists as diverse as Britney Spears and Local Natives, and a beast on the road with a band that blares arena-sized energy. Ladies and gentlemen, look outside—if it's the weekend, check the mirror—Wallpaper. has arrived.

Mad Child

Shane Bunting aka Madchild of Vancouver based Swollen Members, was on a kamikaze run with the drug oxycontin (a synthetic form of heroin) that had pushed him to the brink of oblivion. His left arm was completely numb, his lips had turned purple, and he was standing on death's' doorstep as his body finally gave up from three straight years of opiate abuse. Madchild's girlfriend panicked and immediately rushed him to emergency room in a race against the clock.

After successfully battling for his life that night, Madchild had finally hit rock bottom. His drug addiction had spiraled out of control and destroyed everything the successful emcee had worked so hard to build with his platinum hip-hop group Swollen Members. The fancy cars, lavish houses and rock star luxuries were all gone, as his addiction had consumed nearly 3 million dollars worth of assets and finances in just over three years. Throughout the next year as he struggled to take back his life from prescription pills, Madchild discovered his personal sanctuary in the arms of his music.

Clean from drugs for the first time in his adult life, Madchild removed himself from temptation by bunkering down in his home studio secluded from the outside world. For the next 10 months, Madchild feverishly wrote and recorded his first ever solo album "Dope Sick". The album was inspired by Madchild's battle with addiction and offers fans an open look at the cold realities of drug abuse. The album shows Madchild back on the top of his game spitting venom like a caged beast on everything from his addiction and his recent ban from the United States, to the current state of hip-hop.

Not only is "Dope Sick" a story of triumph over adversity, but it has allowed Madchild to be reborn creatively. Unshackled from the chains of his past indiscretions, Madchild has confronted his darkest demons and used them as a source of inspiration to create one of the most insanely captivating hip-hop releases of 2012

Shy KidX

Every so often a new artist comes along with a sound so innovative, they are able to help reshape the barriers that confine mainstream music. Meet Outasight, the Yonkers, New York bred musician who brilliantly weaves together the cadenced sounds of popular hip-hop and indie rock with the poignant sensibility of classic pop and soul music to create a fresh, new sound that is all his own. "People are conditioned to see certain images for different genres of music," says the 27 year-old songwriter. "So if something looks or sounds out of the norm, it's more difficult to understand at first." In October 2009, Outasight signed a deal with Warner Brothers Records. Soon after his signing, Outasight released the mixtape Further. The project was sponsored by LRG clothing and was re-released by Asylum/Warner Records as an EP exclusively on ITunes in March 2010. On August 17th, 2010, Outasight released his latest mixtape, Never Say Never, again to much critical acclaim.

Fresh off of this summer's Vans Warped Tour, Young London announce their US headlining tour with a new single.

Matt and Sarah of Young London began writing music together in 2011. They quickly realized that their writing styles combined to form a unique, catchy electro-pop style. After their explosive debut at South by Southwest, they headed into the studio to start working on their first full-length album. With the direction of producer Mark Maxwell (Blake Lewis, Boys Like Girls), Young London completed their self-titled debut, to be released on Fugitive Recordings. The songs could be described as 90's throwback--as if Danny Tanner invited Daft Punk over for dinner.

The duo embarked on their first US tour this summer, and their spark ignited a buzz that reaches from coast to coast.
Young London wants you to fall hopelessly in love with their music. Are you ready?

Ace Enders

But more than merely packing out venues and attracting throngs of attention, Ace Enders seeks a sincere connection with those he meets along the way. He views When I Hit the Ground as a prime catalyst for that exchange and hopes it will ultimately be recognized for its personal risks and artistic strides.
"I would like to see it ultimately help people, that's my number one goal," Enders verifies. "And after that, I want it to be looked at like something I put a lot of effort into. I actually recorded three albums this year, but this is the one coming out because I didn't want to just release anything. It's gotta be the right one and I hope people recognize it as the piece of art it's intended to be."

Call it cliche but sometimes a musician's inspiration can be broken down simply. Some are inspired by fame and money and some just want to tell their story to everyone. The latter is the best way to describe 25-year-old singer-songwriter Allison Weiss. "When I started playing, I wasn't so much inspired by other musicians as I was inspired by the need to get a feeling out into the world," she states. Weiss' honest, catchy, folk-infused powerpop have attracted a devoted fanbase over the last few years. While her music has changed stylistically, her passion to create music hasn't. "I've always been a writer. I've got a lot to say to people and the only way I know how to do it is through pop songs."

Weiss first picked up the guitar at the age of 14. Inspired by pop punk and the ups-and-downs of young relationships, her journey began. Throughout it all, Weiss always embraced a DIY ethic. "I've always been a shameless self promoter. I never counted on finding anyone who believed in me as much as I did, so I just learned to handle everything myself" she says.

Confidence in herself mixed with natural online marketing skills has helped Weiss' spread her music to new audiences. Two highly successful Kickstarter campaigns resulted in New York Times and Wired Magazine features and a panelist position at SXSW.

It was at this point, Weiss made one of the biggest decisions of her life and moved to Brooklyn. The change of scenery brought a whole new mindset when it came to making music. "In the past I was just a sad teenager in my bedroom writing hopeless breakup songs. I'm still a sad teenager on the inside, but I'm also a pretty happy adult trying to figure myself out and talk about love in a more mature way," Weiss reflects. Weiss' maturity shined on the self-released I Was An Island EP.

Earlier this year, Weiss received one of the biggest honors of her young career. She was handpicked by Lou Reed to join his backup band for a European tour. While some might be intimidated by the presence of a rock legend, she tried to absorb as much as possible from the experience. "Our soundchecks were two hours long and he'd be there the whole time, breaking a song down into the tiniest parts, perfecting the sound." Weiss remembers. "He has this way of breaking you down with brutal honesty and building you back up with the most genuine praise. One minute he looks you in the eye and says your note was terrible. The next minute he stops the song to tell you how beautiful you just sounded."

If she took anything from Mr. Reed however, it was the reminder to always have fun and enjoy the ride. The sky is the limit at this point for Ms. Weiss. "My favorite moment is right now. I feel like I've just made the record I've been dying to make. I started playing electric guitar again. I got my hands on a tour van. I played in Europe with a legend. I flew over the Atlantic four times this summer. I've got this constant feeling that something great is about to happen."

Austin Lucas

Following his successful run on the 2008 Revival Tour alongside Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Ben Nichols (Lucero), and Tim Barry (Avail), and his Billboard charting Somebody Loves You LP(2009), Austin Lucas is proud to release his fourth album, A New Home In The Old World (2011), his recording debut for Last Chance Records. Raised in the backwoods country of Monroe County, Indiana, Austin was born into a folk and bluegrass lineage. Building on the instrumental palate of banjo, fiddle, upright bass, and pedal steel, A New Home In The Old World ratchets the sound up to the next level, adding texture with a Hammond B3 organ, the brassy flourishes of a trumpet, and electric guitar. A New Home In The Old World features studio accompaniment from a rotating cast of friends and family, including members of alt-country heavy-hitters Lucero and Magnolia Electric Co., and no less than four members of the Lucas clan. The songs themselves are the most diverse Lucas has offered to date, pushing past the confines of singer-songwriter genre convention. Singing with the conviction of a preacher bereft of his faith, Lucas accordingly tackles recurrent themes of the soul, sin as personal purgatory, and the possibility of finding redemption in this life. While Lucas came of age in the basements of DIY punk and hardcore, his solo musical output is less reminiscent of the gravel-throated whiskey-drinking punk troubadours. Rivaling the projection of Neko Case, the hushed cadences of Sam Beam (Iron And Wine), and the heartache of Gillian Welch, this is Lucas' richest work to date, placing him in the company of the strongest voices in contemporary Americana.

Brian Marquis, previously known as the guitarist/vocalist for the post-hardcore band Therefore I Am, was born and raised in New England; splitting time growing up between the Northwest hills of Connecticut and Boston, Massachusetts. Marquis served as a member of various bands before joining Therefore I Am in 2006. Despite scant radio airplay, the band developed a strong fan following on the strength of their ferocious live shows, and their 2006 EP, "You Are Connected." After successful years of touring with highlights on Vans Warped Tour and Rockstar Taste of Chaos Tour, the band was designated as one of the "Top Unsigned Bands of the Year" by Alternative Press Magazine. By 2009 the band was signed to Equal Vision Records and touring extensively with entire runs on Vans Warped Tour and in support of major post-hardcore acts, Alexisonfire, La Dispute, The Receiving End of Sirens, From First To Last, and Vanna. Therefore I Am announced their decision to break up in 2010, and this prompted the solo career of Marquis.

Marquis began performing solo in the summer of 2011 and by November he had formed his own record label, Harbinger Music Group, and released his debut EP 'Snow Damage' on CD, vinyl and digital. According to Alex DiVincenzo on AbsolutePunk.net, "Marquis has always been a skilled guitarist and provided pleasant backing vocals in Therefore I Am, but I was unaware of the true finesse of his voice prior to hearing his solo material." In addition to vocals and guitar, Marquis also played harmonica, lap steel, percussion and piano on the EP.

Upon moving from Boston to Los Angeles shortly before his EP release in the fall of 2011, Marquis approached Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman with the idea of an all-acoustic stage at the Vans Warped Tour. The idea of having a dedicated acoustic stage run by a fellow musician and Warped veteran prompted Lyman to hire Marquis as Producer of the stage which Marquis had dubbed: The Acoustic Basement. In early 2012 Marquis was supporting Anthony Raneri (Bayside), A Loss for Words, Koji and immediately after his debut EP, Marquis followed up with a 6-song covers EP, "Beneath the Cover is Earth." That summer Marquis was featured on the entire 2012 Vans Warped Tour on the Acoustic Basement stage with acts like Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music/The Revival Tour), Into It. Over It., Transit, Anti-Flag, Kris Roe (The Ataris), and Yellowcard.

The beginning of 2013 saw Marquis taking his idea of the Acoustic Basement out on it's own run as The Acoustic Basement Tour hitting intimate club performances around the US with Geoff Rickly (Thursday) and Vinnie Caruana (The Movielife & I Am the Avalanche). Major touring followed with another full run on the Vans Warped Tour Acoustic Basement Stage in 2013, The Revival Tour, and multiple shows with peers like The Dear Hunter.

The end of 2013 has been eventful for Marquis, entering the studio with producer Doug Grean (Scott Weiland/Sheryl Crow/Velvet/Tim McGraw) for his freshman full-length. Marquis has continued to tour with dates across the country and looks to have his full-length completed in late 2013. He has already been booked on the 2014 Acoustic Basement Tour and the entire 2014 Vans Warped Tour Acoustic Basement Stage.

Craigery Michael "Craig" Owens (born August 26, 1984) is an American musician and actor from Davison, Michigan. He is best known as the former lead vocalist of Chiodos and has had an involvement in various side projects such as Cinematic Sunrise, and the supergroup Isles & Glaciers. He was part of The Sound of Animals Fighting and was given an offer to reprise his role in their third album, The Ocean and the Sun, but declined due to a full schedule. Owens is currently the lead vocalist for the band Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, which is signed to Pete Wentz's label, Decaydance Records.

The American Scene

The American Scene is: Carles Vincent, Matt Vincent, Chris Purtill, Jeff Wright
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Vinnie Caruana

Singer of the influential band The Movielife and current singer of I Am the Avalanche.

William Beckett

Having toured nearly non-stop for ten years as frontman for The Academy Is..., William Beckett has built up an incredibly dedicated and supportive fanbase around the world. Though massively proud of the band's accomplishments and experiences together, their eventual disbanding as a group in late 2011 allowed for Beckett to begin the next era of his career, as a solo artist. After returning home to his roots and family in Chicago, Beckett began pouring his heart and soul into a trilogy of EPs — Walk The Talk, Winds Will Change, and What Will Be, and the Pioneer Sessions album (a collection of twelve acoustic versions of songs from each of the EPs) — all of which was self-released in 2012.

Beckett is currently recording his debut Equal Vision Records release, a full-length album, in his hometown of Chicago, IL with producer Marc McClusky (Weezer, Ludo). "This new record is nothing less than my greatest musical accomplishment," Beckett confides earnestly. "And after writing and releasing the three EPs last year, working with Marc McClusky was a no brainer. While we share the same vision for the album, we are also constantly pushing and challenging each other to lift it to next level."

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