Every Time I Die
Structures, To The Wind, Beartooth, City Lights, Redfield, Suspended In Dusk, Forfeiture, Turn the Tide
5863 Thompson Rd.
Syracuse, NY, 13214
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Every Time I Die
Every Time I Die have never been an easy act to categorize and that's one of the key reasons why the band's fans have never turned their back on this innovative act's unique brand of music. While the band started out in the late '90s hardcore scene, over the past decade they've continued to evolve and push the boundaries of heavy music, a process that's culminating with their sixth full-length Ex Lives. Recorded by Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens Of The Stone Age) Ex Lives sees the band—vocalist Keith Buckley, guitarists Jordan Buckley and Andy Williams, drummer Ryan Leger—coming together to create the most forward-thinking album of their career.
"Everything about this record was new," Keith explains. "Normally I'm in a comfort zone when I write lyrics because I'm just holed up in my apartment but this time I was finding little corners of clubs in Europe with [side-project] the Damned Things trying to squeeze in a couple of hours of writing and I think that process really affected the way this album came together."
Keith adds that although Every Time I Die's party vibe has been well-documented in the past, Ex Lives saw the band approaching the album from a more serious perspective. "There's no song like 'We'rewolf' on this album," Keith explains. "I was pretty angry when we were writing these songs which isn't a good spot for a human being but is good if you're a guy singing in a band," he continues with a laugh. "I was just really angry and disappointed with a lot of things in my life at the time and I think that definitely comes through on a lot of these songs; I was wondering if it was all karma because I was a horrible person in a past life and that's where the album title came from."
From the syncopated chaos of the opening salvo "Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space" to the progressive mosh anthem "A Wild, Shameless Plain" and relentless metal riffage of "The Low Road Has No Exits," Ex Lives sees Every Time I Die further tempering their aggression while also implementing new instrumentation such as banjo (see the sinister intro of "Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow") and, yes, flute (see the end of "Indian Giver") in order to recontextualize exactly what it means to be a heavy band, which is something that has endeared them to fans for thirteen years.
"I don't think us doing anything different is a surprise to Every Time I Die fans because one of the main reasons why a lot of people have stuck by us for so long is because they know they can expect the unexpected with each release," Keith explains, adding that if you listen close enough you'll take note of plenty of sonic subtleties on Ex Lives. "There are a lot of little weird things that I think people will start noticing more as they listen to the album," he elaborates. "I'd never added any keyboard or synthesizer elements to an Every Time I Die song before so it was a really cool opportunity to expand the sound on this disc."
Similarly Ex Lives also sees Keith pushing his limits on songs like "I Suck (Blood)," which proves how versatile the band's vocalist has become whether he's cathartically screaming or crooning an upper register melody. "On albums like [2007's] The Big Dirty no one heard my vocals until the album was totally done but on this one everyone had their input on what I was doing vocally and they could give me suggestions to improve them," Keith says, adding that this disc was more collaborative for the band. "I think I was also more energetic because I was nervous to sing in front of everyone."
It's impossible to deny that in an increasingly stagnant musical climate Every Time I Die are still pushing the limits of their own sound—and Ex Lives is aural evidence that after over a decade together they're anything but complacent. "I had to prove myself 100 percent from the beginning like I did when we put out our first record to show the other guys in Every Time I Die as well as myself that I could do this and I couldn't be happier with the end result," Keith summarizes when asked to describe Ex Lives. "This feels like a new band in a way… it's just its own thing and that feels really, really good."
Structures is a five piece metal/progressive/hardcore band hailing from Toronto, Ontario. With members aging from only 19-20, the band wrote and recorded a five song EP which was self released April 6th. Structures maintains a strong work ethic combined with a positive outlook on the music industry pushing them into a leading role in the Canadian music scene. Structures provides a highly energetic live performance, leaving a memorable impression on every audience. They will be releasing their debut full length entitled "Divided By" via Sumerian Records on October 24th 2011 which was recorded with Will Putney at the Machine Shop.
To The Wind
Emerging from Seattle,Wa in 2008 TO THE WIND is bringing energy and passion to any stage they can land their feet on. Always pushing to reach the next level no matter what stands in their way. Catch them on tour all over year round, and pick up a copy of their brand new 6 song Ep "No More Than This" available on iTunes now!!!
We're really loud, and like to break stuff.
Fronted by Caleb Shomo (formerly of Attack Attack!) and recently signed to Red Bull Records.
It's heavy. You'll like it.
City Lights begins with an uproarious skewering of pomp and formality, ends with one of the most famous last shots in movie history and, from start to finish, so completely touches the heart and tickles the funny bone that in 1998 it was named one of the American Film Institute's Top-100 American Films.
Talkies were well entrenched when Charles Chaplin swam against the filmmaking tide with this classic that is silent except for music and sound effects. The story, involving the Tramp's attempts to get money for an operation that will restore sight to a blind flower girl, provides the star with an ideal framework for sentiment and laughs. The Tramp is variously a street sweeper, a boxer, a rich poseur, and a rescuer of a suicidal millionaire. His message is unspoken, but universally understood: love is blind.
Turn the Tide
Originally forming in early 2012, Turn the Tide started with members Kyle O'Kane (vocals), Mike Hopper (drums), and Dylan Holgate (Guitar). They later met Brandon Tredo (guitar) and Gianni Varela (bass) to complete a lineup and begin writing material. Brandon Tredo departed the band in spring 2012, and auditions were held to find a new guitarist. In June 2012, both Steven Swenszkowski (guitar) and Vinny Sardo (clean vocals) were added to the lineup and thrown into live shows just weeks later.Turn the tide is a six piece metal band actively making music, playing shows, and ready to show people what their twist on metal is. EP entitled "Black&White" is set to release September 13th 2013.
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