A Skylit Drive

A Skylit Drive

It takes great vision for a band to refuse to rest on their previous successes and instead focus on what they need to become. That's exactly what Lodi, California's A Skylit Drive achieved with the sextet's third full-length album, Identity On Fire.

Marrying the defining, intrinsic elements of A Skylit Drive's signature sound with a bold new palette of tones, textures and song structures, the apt
ly named Identity On Fire serves up a double meaning, not only standing apart from the band's prior works but also defining the band from this point forward.

"This record has everything to do with setting fire to the things that you don't want and don't need, and are only slowing you down," notes Michael "Jag" Jagmin. "It's about creating your own identity, and being who you want to be. We feel like that's what we've done with this album."

A Skylit Drive — comprised of vocalist Jagmin, guitarist Nick Miller, bassist/screamer Brian White, drummer Cory La Quay and keyboardist Kyle Simmons — officially burst onto the scene in 2007 with the She Watched The Sky EP, followed by 2008's Wires And The Concept Of Breathing. The band then joined the Fearless Records family, with their label debut coming in the form of 2009's Adelphia, which peaked at #64 on the Billboard 200.

With the sophomore pressure behind them, ASD re-entered the studio in the fall of 2010, after a summer of 10-hour days spent writing new material in a blistering warehouse, to record Identity On Fire. All the sweat clearly paid off: Identity captures the group truly coming into their own, at a pivotal stage in their career. The album debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 at #89 and #16 on the Alternative Albums chart.

It's tough to dispute the fruits of that partnership: Identity On Fire has all the makings of a breakout release from a band just hitting their stride. From its richly layered guitars and keys to its bombastic beats and scorching vocals, the album is a take-no-prisoners shot across the bow of contemporary post-hardcore, instantly raising the bar. "We wanted to have more energy, keep the tempo up and have a lot of crowd participation," adds guitarist Nick Miller. "We wanted the contrast—a good balance of heavy and poppy—and I think on this album we've definitely found a good balance."

The combination of inspired lyrics and powerful new music translates into a milestone release for A Skylit Drive; fresh cuts like single "Too Little, Too Late", "XO Skeleton" and "Ex Marks The Spot" promise to grab listeners by the eardrums and not let go. Jagmin and Miller say they're particularly proud of "Ex," which has become a band favorite. With a straight-up melodic hardcore vibe, fist-pumping gang vocals and surprisingly well-honed hooks, it is just one of Identity's many dazzlers.

Now that Identity On Fire has dropped, A Skylit Drive will be taking what's arguably their best record yet to an audience that grows larger by the day. They supplemented the album's release with a supporting spot on tour with Thursday and Underoath, gaining fans and respect with every show. Followed by the band's second shot at Warped Tour, tackling the 2011 tour in its entirety.

A Skylit Drive's third album Identity On Fire is out now.

Incredible Me

There are more than a few surprises up Incredible’ Me's collective sleeve. The Sacramento sextet can slip from an irresistible pop melody into a moshpit-parting groove. Mind you, this happens while Jaime "The Naked Drummer" Templeton is pounding the kit furiously in nothing but his briefs, vocalist David Jones is screaming bloody murder, and femme fatale guitarist Lexie Olsen is shredding her fretboard to bits alongside her six-string cohort Christian Shroyer. Rounding out this inimitable attack, other shimmering vocals come from bassist Alex Strobaugh and Keyboardist Dillon Jones. There's no one more dynamic or Incredible within heavy music right now…

Even more impressive, this was all born over the course of one year leading up to their full-length debut for Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie—Est. 2012. In that eponymous year, David and Jaime got together to jam in the latter's garage. Both had recently parted ways with their former local bands, and they wanted to pursue a different path together. Pulling Lexie from David's previous outfit, they stumbled upon their sound one fateful evening, penning the song "Moments from Melodies".

"Everything just made sense when we got together," recalls Jaime. "I'm super into pop music, and the rest of the band loves heavy music. We wanted to concoct the perfect mixture. You can hardcore dance to it, but you can also feel the emotion and heart in the lyrics. We all bring something distinct to the table, and we inspire each other."

Struck by "Moments from Melodies" and "From the Ground Up," The Artery Foundation reached out to the band and signed them before their first intensely, incendiary show at Northern California haunt Ace of Spades. Soon after, they hit the studio with producer Colby Wedgeworth and emerged with the ten songs comprising the collection.

The first single "Divine Departure" begins with a dreamy guitar passage before snapping into a destructively distinct stomp and then an elegant acoustic bridge. In addition to being the perfect introduction to the group, it's also especially close to all of their hearts. David lost a very close friend that he grew up from kindergarten through high school and wanted to write a deep passionate song about it. He had never experienced unexpected loss of someone so close like that before and it was difficult to get over - R.I.P Anthony Hernandez. Alex also lost loved ones and the song is about overcoming the five steps of grief - R.I.P Amber Lane.

"It's a really heartfelt song," admits Jaime. “We all have lost people close to us and we wanted to write a song about getting through loss. It’s about getting through the steps of grief. We've all been there, but you can't give up. You always have to keep living and fighting."

At the same time, Incredible’ Me have no problem getting down and dirty. "Sexy Out Loud" is a sweaty and slippery bedroom anthem punctuated by shimmering hooks and pulsating electronics.

"It's our party song," smiles Jaime. "It's about drinking alcohol and having sexual intercourse with protection, and under adult supervision, after we went to church and washed our grandma's car. It's funny but extremely catchy. “

Live, don't be surprised Jaime living up to his nickname "The Naked Drummer" or to find David smack dab in the middle of the pit. That unpredictability contributes to their fascinating persona and makes for a hell of a show.

Just like the music itself, their moniker is multi-layered. “I named the Band Incredible Me because I wanted the name to be inspiring and have a big meaningful word in it. So I chose the word incredible and thought that it was perfect, and while I was thinking of the names the movie "Despicable Me" was on and it just snapped and I thought "Incredible' Me. To me the name Incredible' Me means that I can do anything. I am Incredible and nothing can stop me, nothing can tear me down. I also wanted people to be able to look at the name and think the same thing, anyone and everyone is capable of doing what they want in life, and they should never, ever let anyone tell them they can't. That's also why we call our fans Incredible Yous" explains Jaime.

Est. 2012 is equally inspiring, and that's why Incredible’ Me will have everyone singing along. "I want it to put a smile on people's faces," concludes Jaime. "I want them to hear it and feel like they can do anything. That's what my favorite records did for me."

Make A Scene

Make A Scene is a Hardcore/Poppunk/Rock band emerging from the East Bay, California with catchy melodies, breakdowns, and the occasional shenanigans! They are known for their unique and distinctive mix of blistering guitar riffs, commanding bass thumps, aggressive drum beats, and fiercely confident vocals. Make A Scene boasts all original material and has a little something for everyone.

Deities

Deities is the new formation of the former band "We're Not Friends Anymore". We're currently working on our EP and looking forward to sharing it with you guys in the summer!!! Look out our first music video coming up, "Chitauri".

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A Skylit Drive with Incredible Me, Make A Scene, Deities, The Dialed

Friday, July 12 · Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM at Red House