A Skylit Drive
I The Mighty, PVRIS, At My Signal
511 Starr Street
Corpus Christi, TX, 78401
A Skylit Drive
A Skylit Drive is a six-piece post-hardcore band from Lodi/Galt California. They released their first EP, titled She Watched The Sky, with Tragic Hero Records in January 2007 and the follow-up full length album Wires… And the Concept of Breathing on May 20, 2008. Now signed to Fearless Records, the band has released their second full length, Adelphia, on June 9, 2009.
I The Mighty
"We don't want people to just listen to our music on a surface level. We want people to dive into the songs and dissect them and to really feel them," states Brent Walsh, vocalist for the San Francisco Bay Area band known as I the Mighty.
I the Mighty will release Karma Never Sleeps - their new EP and Equal Vision Records debut – on March 27, 2012. "Our new material is pretty different from our previous releases. Karma Never Sleeps is a lot heavier, a bit darker, and has a moodier ambient," explains bassist Chris Hinkley.
The ambitious and captivating EP, which was produced by Erik Ron [Panic! At The Disco, VersaEmerge, Foxy Shazam], features six sweeping tracks filled with soaring vocals, catchy hooks, charging guitars and explosive instrumentations that make for a mesmerizing whirlwind of cinematic soundscapes.
Karma Never Sleeps envelops the listener into dramatic, dreamlike imagery of tales of political corruption, desperation and despair, and even words of cautionary counseling for the young and reckless. Lyrically infused with powerful and poignant storylines, some tracks take inspiration directly from Walsh's life experiences, while others are written as if they were dreams illuminated onto a screen through a stream of imagination. Seamlessly woven throughout each track is the ubiquitous theme of Karma.
Since their 2007 inception, I the Mighty has melded together effortlessly and has already compiled an impressive following of support on the west coast, seeing regular rotation on local modern rock station Live 105 and sharing stages with the likes of Hawthorne Heights, There For Tomorrow, Deftones and more.
"In a sense, heading into the recording together was really a discovery of what our band would become," explains guitarist Ian Pedigo. "The process was very organic. The first three songs actually stemmed from jam sessions we had while practicing our old sets for live shows."
I the Mighty has undoubtedly achieved their goal of creating bright, bold and memorable music on the new EP but certainly don't plan on slowing down anytime soon. Blake Dahlinger (drums) expounds, "At this point, there isn't one singular goal that would satisfy what we aim to do. We want to tour the world. We want to continuously put out records that will hopefully mean a lot to us as well as many people. We want to put our own stamp on the music scene by developing our own sound. We want to continuously set and reach goals throughout our career so that we can better ourselves as musicians and people."
Walsh concludes, "And the thing we hope for most…is that our music means something to someone, the way that other artists have meant so much to us in our lives."
Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, the four musicians that form the entity entitled Paris certainly have a fascinating story to share. Upon meeting in 2009 while partaking in a previous musical affair, vocalist and guitarist Lynn Gunnulfsen and drummer Brad Griffin soon met eye to eye on one thing: something didn't feel quite right. Towards the end of their run together with their previous band, they met guitarist Alex Babinski. "When we met him and he and I were writing together it was just instant chemistry," says Gunnulfsen. Soon after the band clicked with Babinski, they gracefully entered the studio to create the being in which rock n' roll fans everywhere would soon begin to know as Paris.
"During that time we entered the studio together, several changes came about… an entirely new sound, new approach to writing and more. Since we had a whole new approach, we only felt it would be right to just become a whole new band," Gunnulfsen states. It was around this time that the band was introduced to bassist Brian MacDonald and once again felt the instant chemistry they experienced with Babinski. "From then on, we felt as if we had finally found the perfect line-up for the direction we wanted to take. It was gratifying!" adds Babinski.
Whilst continuing their time in the studio over as one single essence, the band has taken time to return to ad bits and pieces to each composition to be sure that each piece fit exactly with the rest. The four of them find it difficult to pinpoint exact influences but Gunnulfsen is satisfied saying, "We didn't want to aim for any particular sound, but we wanted to keep it really gritty and in your face, yet catchy with a sense of grace to it. Beauty and the beast in music form, in a way."
To summarize what Paris offers musically, it's easy to sense that they bring a concourse of strong emotion straight to the table. That being said, the band has flawlessly used their teen angst to form a remarkable EP due out late summer that is sure to astound the music scene. With a tight knit line-up, unshaken balance, alluring vocals and a drive unlike any other, the four members of Paris are ready to step onto the nearest stage at any given time to show you just what they've got.
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