Murray Hill Theatre presents
Sent By Ravens - 18th Anniversary Fest Day Two
House Of Heroes, Doubting Benefit, Sumerlin, I Am Endseeker, Set Apart, From What Remains, Me And The Trinity, Good Luck Varsity, The First Week Of August, The Blank Canvas
932 Edgewood Ave. S.
Jacksonville, FL, 32205
Doors 1:30 PM / Show 2:30 PM (event ends at 11:00 PM)
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
18th Anniversary Fest - Day Two
This concert is part of a 2 day festival style event to commemorate our 18th anniversary and serves as our annual fundraiser event. Full line-up to be announced June 6th.
Sent By Ravens
For “Mean What You Say,” the band’s second album they partnered with Producer Rob Hawkins (Fireflight, Disciple), and made a record that, frankly, few bands could even conceive of making. Front to back, it is a triumph in production quality, unforgettable songwriting, and uncanny passion. It is dark and disquieting, yet uplifting. It is contemporary without being derivative. Yet for Riner and company, Mean What You Say is not simply an exercise in flexing their sonic might, but a vital response to a spiritual crisis in our culture.
“The entire record is based on the weight in our words,” Riner explains. “The album concept was influenced by the actions of The Westboro Baptist church. Groups like this are the ones you see picketing, holding signs which say ‘God hates Fags’ and the like. These groups use their words carelessly and distort truth."
Riner’s lyrics and their meaning’s are the heart behind Mean What You Say. He does not mince words as he speaks to the hunger for spiritual authenticity in each of us. On the song “Listen” he addresses the idea that transparency, rather than preaching, produces lasting impact. And on “Learn From the Night” he reminds the listener that we must let go of pride and admit our own mistakes if we want to find healing in relationships. It’s not a message we hear often, but it’s a vital one nonetheless; We must remember that the tongue is a powerful thing, and we should be wise in how we use it.
“I want to be true to what I believe” adds Riner. “I’m fine if someone is offended or disagrees with me, but not if it was because I lacked compassion. I am no preacher, I only feel qualified to write songs and speak about what I believe and talk sincerely with people - that’s what I’ll stick with.”
House Of Heroes
“It takes a lot of cold hard want to just persevere and continue believing in rock n' roll. !And if it is dead and we're just fools on the sinking ship, that's fine. !We're happy to go out that way.” – Tim Skipper, House of Heroes.
Pressure is the element that separates the men from the boys in this industry. When it’s do or die, sink or swim, the truly special bands are the ones who emerge from the furnace not just intact, but as gold. Conceived in fire, Cold Hard Want is House of Heroes’ most urgent, most tangible, most undeniable artifact in their marked career.
“At this point, it’s vital we transcend everything we have done before. Music is at a desperate place,” Skipper explains. “Musicians like ourselves are at a desperate place as well, trying to make a living in a dying economy. We had to do something that would propel us to the next level. Good thing we work best under pressure.”
Known for their creativity, House of Heroes has always taken pride in their ability to blend the experimental and the quirky into hooky, classic-rock-influenced anthems. But with Cold Hard Want, the band has taken the gloves off. It is as immediate, as candid, and as vulnerable as anything the Switchfoots and Anberlins of the world have released to date.
“Musically, we tried to keep it a little simpler than we have in the past. !We wanted to make our points very sharp and easily understood. !So we listened to a lot of anthems and tried to hone in on what made them great-- everything from the Clash and U2, to Guns N' Roses and Aerosmith.”
The band took a markedly different approach to writing this time around; they wholeheartedly embraced the concept of the band. They wrote together, they recorded together, they slept, ate, and went to war together. In the era of technology and virtual community, the concept of being a true band itself is refreshing, if not downright foreign. And you can feel it in the music. Cold Hard Want is four guys harkening to the heavens collectively, with all their might, moving the speakers in your ear buds, your laptop, your car stereo, as one.
From the moment the Queen-inspired, acappella harmonies of the intro take flight, you know that you are in. And when the opening track, “Out My Way,” takes hold, it will not relent. You will sing, If you've got shots you wanna take, better hope it buries me. If I'm going out then so it be, you know I'm going out my way. Every song has an unavoidable, magnetic chorus. Every moment is desperate. Every track is modern rock, that is hopelessly candid—in the best possible way--complete with bombastic beats, shredding leads, and triumphant riffage.
Make no mistake about one thing, however: House of Heroes has not placed their hopes on the fickle fortunes of rock n’ roll. These four realize the fate of their souls cannot be hinged on something so mortal. Faith is—and always has been—the crux of their creation. But, it has always been a mandate within this band to find a creative way to present belief, and onto this mantra they cling more tightly than ever.
“Some people want us to play the same worship song they've heard hundreds of times already,” states Skipper. !“And that's frustrating for us because while I do believe those songs have a place and have something to say, the last thing I want to do is regurgitate the same thing someone else said. !It wouldn't be genuine, and I certainly don't want to be disingenuous before the God of the universe. !We are creating to honor the Creator. !It just makes sense to me to put deeper thought into it.”
AJ Babcock, the band’s primary lyricist, is a champion of wit, blending sensitivity with righteous indignation. On “Out My Way,” he reflects on the dismal state of rock music, hoping to incite insurrection: Because you'll never find out ‘till your body’s been broken on the canvas...If you belong with the ghosts and the has beens, or if you live on like a little piece of greatness. On “Remember the Empire” he calls anyone listening to resist the personal forces of darkness which are at play in all spheres of life: Here they threaten with murder and bribe us with peace, Here they treat us like slaves and convince us we're free. There's no turning back once enough is enough, We can't, but we must, so stand, stand up! And on “I am a Symbol” he speaks about having courage to go against the status quo: The first one through is an easy kill, but no one's safe if we all stand still. This record is ripe with great one-liners and a depth that will leave you not simply rocking, but contemplating.
If you have never experienced the music in a live setting, quite frankly, you are missing one of the most dynamic, well-oiled machines in underground music today. Every note, every harmony, every squeal is placed on record to be replicated in the performance setting. Perhaps that is why HoH has shared the stage with everyone from Silverchair, MxPx and Family Force 5 to Toby Mac and Skillet. And with Cold Hard Want lying in wait, perhaps this is the moment the band moves from packing small clubs to overflowing large ones.
Regardless of the outcome, House of Heroes has created something that will last, something they bled for, something that they can hold their heads high knowing they created for years to come. After all, if nothing else, they want to be known as a band that went down swinging.
Skipper proclaims, “All we hear from the higher-ups in the music industry is, ‘Dumb down your music a bit and write some silly pop songs and then maybe we'll talk about working with you.’ !What we're saying is that for better or worse, we won't do that. We CAN'T do that. And if we're going out like that, than so be it. !But at least we'll know we went out the way we felt right about.”
In the wake of swarming bands fighting for a musical footprint in a scene flooded with genres that mimic one another - SUMERLIN stands apart by blending the importance in being both culturally relevant and spiritually significant. These guys have so much to offer to everyone - with their heart for ministry, passion for live performance, and drive for musical entertainment.
In the last three years, the band has ferociously toured the east coast sharing the stage with such acts as Decyfer Down, Disciple, The Wedding, Hawthorne Heights, Sent By Ravens, The Rocket Summer, Silverstein, Bleach, Wavorly, Satellites and Sirens... And more! Sumerlin is spilling hope into the lives of listeners with every note on every stage in every city. This is one musical endeavor that will survive the times.
"Just recently coming off a newly released EP ("MOTIVES") with producer John Harrell (Sent By Ravens, Divided By Friday, Set It Off), the band has a recharged
determination and vision to make their mark on the scene. This new sound is nothing short of massive and bold - driving guitars and meaningful lyrics with infectious melodies."
"Sumerlin’s new material is a mix of power pop and ambience textured rock music. “Waiting on You” marries soaring vocals with crushing guitars and rippling guitar notes to create a tense dream effect. Their singer Dan DiGiovanni is a solid front man for the band’s edgy but sweet tempered sound. This genre of pop-rock tends to be overly cute and simple but Sumerlin transcend it, making something that sounds larger with more emotional presence. DiGiovanni’s coarse yet humble reaching vocals underscore the under-manicured sound from the band."
I Am Endseeker
I AM ENDSEEKER is a family, a lifestyle, no matter what you are or what you may believe in, we're all in this together and we are all the same.. We reach for what truly makes us happy by setting our own standard. We aim to be as open and connected as possible with everyone we meet and love every single one of you.
Currently in the studio, search us on Youtube!
We've shared the stage with;
The Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria, As I Lay Dying, Our Last Night, A Bullet For Pretty Boy, Slipknot, A Lot Like Birds, Palisades, Nine Lashes, Slayer, Wolves at the Gate, I Set My Friends on Fire, Crown the Empire, Motorhead, Lions Lions, Set if Off, Bleach, Creations, Decyfer Down, Disciple, Sent By Ravens, Anthrax, A Plea For Purging, Oh Sleeper & many more
Set Apart is 4 dudes playing music we love. We don't play for the sake of popularity, media, girls, or anything other than the fact that we just love playing music & who we play our music for. Our music is who we are, what we think about certain things, and how we really feel. Its our escape. Come hang out with us, we love meeting new people.
From What Remains
We are From What Remains from Jacksonville Florida, we are a melodic hardcore band ready to put what we have out there and see what people have to say. Tell us what you think!
Me And The Trinity
We live in an age where every genre of music seems to have to be clearly defined. You're metal if you meet this criteria, you're hardcore if you meet that criteria, so on and so forth. For Me and the Trinity, a 5-piece outfit from Savannah, GA, it doesn't seem like the lines have to be that clear. Vocalist Timothy Burnsed asks, "Why do rock and roll bands have to follow any type of formula? We come from a town where we aren't hardcore enough to be hardcore, not metal enough to be metal, and not punk enough to be punk, but honestly, I like it that way." While the band doesn't claim to be the pinnacle of originality in heavy music, Me and the Trinity has created their own formula to write the most real music they can write. The band takes their influences from favorites like Norma Jean, He Is Legend and The Chariot, among others, to create something passionate. The Fall of 2014 will see the band release their fourth album, a five-song effort entitled Crux. Burnsed says that this is the first time they have been able to go into the studio and have completely free reign to make the album they have always wanted to make. Me and the Trinity is a band of passion. They love what they do, they have meaning behind the words they yell, and they use a high-energy live show to prove that a band doesn't have to follow a formula to make their mark in the heavy rock and roll community.
Good Luck Varsity
We're called Good Luck Varsity. We love each other, we love what we do, and we love the people who come out to our shows. We believe that the 3 feet of stage we stand on makes us a little taller than you, but it does not make us rockstars, nor does it make those of you standing on the floor inferior—we're all in this together. We are truly humbled and encouraged by every person who downloads our music, buys a t-shirt, or passes along some kind words of encouragement. Beyond all else, we are so thankful for each and every opportunity to do what we love, and we hope the evidence of that fact pours out of us every time we step on the stage.
The First Week Of August
The Blank Canvas
We are four high school students going to school at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Our passion is music. We are here to serve and show love, no matter who you are or where you have come from.
$20.00 - $30.00
Tickets Available at the Door
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