Texas in July
Honour Crest, From Under The Willow, Maris Lane
142 E. Market Street
West Chester, PA, 19382
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 6:30 PM
This event is all ages
Texas in July
Defying any definitions of age, Ephrata, P.A.'s Texas in July have already toured the country and back, sharing stages with everyone from The Devil Wears Prada and Every Time I Die to August Burns Red and Maylene and the Sons of Disaster – all before the entire band had graduated from high school.
With the two youngest members walking across the graduation stage this year, Texas in July are about to charge headfirst into living out their dreams full-time. Vocalist Alex Good explains, "Now that we've finished high school, we plan to tour as much as humanly possible. We are so stoked on seeing the world and meeting new people everywhere we go."
The band is comprised of Good, Logan Maurer (guitar), Ben Witkowski (bass), Adam Gray (drums) and Christian Royer (guitar). By balancing their sensitive expressions of faith with some of metalcore's most ferocious and in-your-face vocals and breakdowns, the band is well on their way to making a name for themselves and to putting small-town-Pennsylvania on the map!
In just three years since their inception, Texas in July have already built up a community of diehard fans around the world - most notably in their hometown, where they pack The Chameleon Club. In 2008, the digital-only release of their debut EP, Salt of the Earth, introduced listeners to their signature sound of heavy, groove-oriented metalcore.
The EP sparked such impressive digital sales, that it was later released as a physical CD that was distributed nationwide through Hot Topic and snatched up by the masses at the band's merch table. Salt of the Earth led to packed tour dates and provided the perfect preview of what was to come on their debut full-length album, I Am.
Released in September of 2009 on CI Records, I Am is a true testament to the band's passion, intensity and musicianship. Royer states, "We want our fans to love our music and look at it to its fullest. From our lyrics to our breakdowns, we hope everyone can relate to it one way or the other." From the brutal churning rhythms of "Elements" to the relentless intensity of "Satellites" (featuring Gwen Stacy vocalist Geoff Jenkins), the album displays Texas in July's musical maturity while simultaneously showcasing their impressive songwriting and technical talents.
Never wanting to settle on what they've already achieved, the band is already looking forward to their next release. Witkowki explains, "I Am has put our feet in the water, as far as the music industry goes, but we hope to take our sound to even greater heights on our upcoming full-length." Gray elaborates, "We feel that our music has already progressed a lot and will reach out to a greater base of people. We're really looking forward to further developing it and sharing it with new audiences."
Texas in July will certainly have the opportunity to reach new audiences as they have already begun an impressive, non-stop tour schedule that will carry them all across the United States, Canada and Europe. The band will then head back into the studio, where they will write and record a new album on Equal Vision Records. Maurer reflects on their current and future plans stating, "…we just hope to never feel as if we have arrived. We always feel that there is something more for us to achieve and another step to take."
A Metalcore/Electronica band tearing its way through the scene. With upcoming tours and a new album "Metrics" being released this Fall, expect huge things from this up and coming band.
Formed in 2009, in the Virginia Beach and Norfolk areas of Virginia, Honour Crest seamlessly blends fast paced beats into an electronica-metalcore hybrid.
Zach Fitzpatrick, Jimmy Dillon, and Cory Beaver perfectl
y compliment Luke Borza's aggressive vocals on guitar, bass, and drums respectively. Rounding out the five-piece and adding an extra dimension to their contemporaries lack is Chad Orange's electronics programming, fusing perfectly with the bands intense guitar work and vocals.
Honour Crest's live shows are more like parties with something for every music fan to enjoy.
From Under The Willow
Out•law-Met•al [out-law-met-l] noun
“Outlaw Metal” is a subgenre of rock and roll music that does not follow any terms, guidelines, laws, or standards of any other genre.
(That band was so outlaw metal it was freaking awesome!)
"Imaginative, crass, and rebellious”
Ladies and Gentleman, meet From Under the Willow.
Produced by a strong studio line-up of Atrium Audio (August Burns Red, Texas in July, This or the Apocalypse) and Ricky Armellino (I, the Breather, Carousel Kings), the band's first self-release "Outlaws" is an undeniable mash up of unambiguous one liners, flurried guitar work, sans-tuning triple harmony pop choruses, carefully composed electronics, and a technical heaviness that can only be from the well-known central-PA region. With a seemingly endless bag of techniques, FUTW brings all of the modern flash to the stage without falling prey to the maladies ailing an endless wave of sound-a-likes in the genre, FUTW swaps out the "could be anyone" screams and squashed auto-tune singing to bring an indistinguishable message to each song that could only ever be from FUTW.
What sets From Under the Willow apart from the metal-core pack isn't just careful arrangements and catchy hooks, but a honest, punk ethos that fully alters the style together. Wes Good's vocals are sincere, embodying a brutal honesty rarely found in other lyricists of the genre. FUTW skips the standard "keep the kids happy" lyric sets featuring vague themes of redemption, pursuit of happiness, and heartache and remains unashamed to write about real life circumstances of today's youth. The 11 tracks of "Outlaws" tactfully tell stories that scream "I've been through this before": A loved one hides her phone when her ex-boyfriend calls her back before silently acknowledging it a matter better left un-discussed, a young man ruminates over the times he chose to drive under the influence, an erratic boyfriend tells his lover in a moment of honesty that she shouldn't be afraid to risk leaving him. Every track has a realism that, on one hand young and coarse, exhibits a rare wisdom for the heavy music genres.
From Under the Willow can't be impersonated and are surely going to take other artists to task for hiding who they truly are in their songs. Fans of We Came as Romans, Texas in July, I See Stars, and Attila will each find everything to love about this band and more. From Under the Willow has not only created a hype or a following. They have created a new genre, scene, society and a movement.
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