Authority Zero and Guests @ Starlite Room, Edmonton - Friday May 16th
1087 Queen St. W
Toronto, ON, M6J 1H3
Doors 10:00 PM (event ends at 3:30 AM)
This event is 18 and over
Mesa, AZ based punk rock royalty Authority Zero has managed to weather the music industry storm and endure living on the road away from friends and loved ones for almost 2 decades. With four studio albums under their belt, two live acoustic albums, and two EP’s, they appear to be just getting started. Over the past few years the band has broke ground internationally, beginning with shows in Japan, followed by performances at Belgium's legendary Groezrock, Spain’s Resurrection Fest and UK's Rebellion Fest amongst countless other European festivals. With tours through Russia and Australia in the works, Authority Zero continues to seek new destinations to spread their live show and music.
Initially their goal was simple; create a sound that paid tribute to their punk rock forefathers, but not confined by the musical barriers that typically bound the genre together. Now,18 years later, they have just wrapped on their fifth full-length studio album. Named after the Malcolm Gladwell book, The Tipping Point was recorded with producer Cameron Webb (Pennywise, Social Distortion, Motorhead etc.) at Maple Studios in California. Their latest effort pays tribute to their punk rock forefathers while expanding their musical boundaries into unconventional reggae and rock tinges beyond the typical punk rock aesthetics, creating a whirlwind rock album that will undoubtedly take listeners by storm.
The new album is set to be released on April 2nd via Hardline Entertainment-US/Canada/Japan, Concrete Jungle-Europe/UK and 3wise Records-Australia and will be followed by a heavy touring schedule around the globe. Lead Singer and Front Man, Jason DeVore says "The excitement and anticipation for the new album The Tipping Point that I have is unparalleled,” says vocalist Jason DeVore. “The closest thing I can think of is how I felt when we first released A Passage In Time so many years ago. You feel you're really doing something right when you and the members of your band are rocking out to it like it's their new favorite album that just came out. That's how it should feel. The energy, the intensity, and collaborative sounds along with a new realm of production working with Cameron Webb has made it extremely intense. It's a taste of the old school and slingshots into new areas and veins of music we have yet to tap into. We've also incorporated some surprise elements. It's an album based on the idea of tipping the scales, unity, causing a ruckus while forging on, and the history and future of all who have been involved and will be for years to come. We're fired up."
Eighteen years into their storied career began and Authority Zero has seen their fair share of ups-and-downs. After original guitarist and longtime friend Bill Marcks left the band in 2008, members have seemed to come and go, but the band and music has carried on. Recently, after the release of their last album, Stories of Survival, guitarist Zach Vogel departed the band to return to his home in Wisconsin for more family time. Shortly after that and with the turn of the New Year in 2011, long time friend and drummer Jim Wilcox also left the band to pursue other endeavors.
At this point, many bands would have folded under the pressure of lineup changes and setbacks, but the rest of the band carried on by inviting new recruits and Amarillo, TX native Brandon Landelius on guitar along with legendary punk drummer, Sean Sellers (Good Riddance, Real McKenzies) on drums to restructure and complete the group. With their fifth studio album The Tipping Point, Authority Zero is determined to carry on with perseverance and dedication to spread their music and message to fans around the globe.
Abandin All Hope
Abandin All Hope is a punk band from northern Alberta Canada; a melodic fast paced sound featuring 3 part harmonies and often incorporates rock and ska elements while staying true to the punk rock sound that inspired them. The four-piece group was established early in 2003 and quickly began finding their sound by writing and recording an obscene amount of demos. Since the bands inception Tyler Goudreau -- Singer/Guitarist took the reigns becoming Abandin All Hopes main songwriter. Steve Crowe -- Drummer and Darren Ehler -- Bassist/Singer had been playing for years in previous bands, and already had established a chemistry and rhythmic foundation for the new group to be built upon.
Over the past decade Abandin All Hope has organized and promoted numerous western Canadian tours, creating and maintaining close relationships with promoters and fans that has resulted in a cult like following for the band in the region. Abandin All Hope has also hosted local charitable events in their respective hometown, and has been privileged enough to play with some notable bands such as: A Wilhelm Scream, Chixdiggit and Authority Zero. Beyond their live shows abandin all hope has independently released a number of albums that they have self produced, manufactured and distributed. Selling a modest 3000 hard copies and over 5000 downloads on services such as itunes and bandcamp.
2013 saw the addition of Matt Ricci on guitar/vocals and the recording of a new E.P entitled “Observe The Sheer Havoc” The band accompanied the EP with two videos and followed up the release with a western Canadian tour. The song Uh OH has been featured on many radio shows and television. Recently a few of the bands older songs have been licensed to shows appearing on MTV and some action sports videos along with a “Greatest Hits” disc in Japan licensed to fastlife records.
Abandin All Hope has studio time booked for March of 2014 is currently working on pre production of a new full-length album that has yet to be titled. Abandin All hope is also looking at booking shows for next summer to promote the upcoming album as well as booking south of the border in the United States. Licensing their music is quickly becoming more of a priority as well as diversifying their online presence and selling more specialty merchandise.
Torches To Triggers
Torches to Triggers formed in late 2011 with the goals to collaborate multiple styles of music surrounding the melodic and hardcore punk genres. The original lineup was comprised of Corey Tapp, formerly of ‘This is a Standoff’, Gavin Spate, Justin Stilwell and Phil Schumacher. Most are EX members of Calgary's ‘Inventing the Wheel’. Shortly after the amalgamation of the instrumentals, lead vocalist - Chris Kreuger joined the collaboration to bring the sounds full circle with the set of melodic and heavy vocal ranges. In late December 2011, Torches to Triggers recorded the two album teasers “This Moment” and “Countdown”. Shortly after, the group re-entered the studio to recorded the debut album 'Doomsday in Douglasdale' followed by a highly anticipated global released on October 12th 2012 (North America), October 17th 2021 through Bells On Records (Japan) and October 22nd 2012 through Sums Records (Europe). Canadian and European show dates followed in support the debut album. On May 2013, Gavin Spate mutually decided to leave the group to pursue other musical endeavors which opened the lead guitar position to Kyle Wilson, former band mate of Chris Kreuger in the Calgary based band ‘Obey the Fist’.
TTT has recently recorded a second full length album 'Modern Day Monsters' which is set for global release on April 30th 2014. The group has filmed 3 new music videos in support of the new album and will tour Europe, Canada and USA throughout 2014 and 2015.
The Misfires are an edmonton based punk band made up of members of All Else Fails, Naked Beauty, and Mervin Albyn. They play music they like for the sake of playing music they like.