Counterpunch, Rubedo, Abandon the Midwest
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Sanford, FL, 32771
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.
Chicago based punk rock band Counterpunch formed in 2004. The lineup currently consists of Eric Hausser, Jared Rohde, Jim Margle (We Are the Union) & Brian Phee (Break the Silence).
Their self-titled debut album was released in 2007 both on their own imprint, Punch It Records, along with Radtone Records in Japan. The next few years were spent performing with regional, national, and international acts in support of the release.
Their second full-length record brought them to new heights, expanding their fan-base both domestically and abroad. It was released internationally in late 2010 titled "Heroes & Ghosts" on Radtone Records (Japan), Disconnect Disconnect Records(UK), Funtime Records (Belgium), No Reason Records (Italy), and Fond of Life Records (Germany). It would later be released by Go Kart Records domestically in the spring of 2011 with alternate artwork by Derek Deal under the title "Dying to Exonerate the World".
Following their first European tour in 2011, Counterpunch would return in the spring of 2012 with spots on both the Groezrock and Jera-On-Air festivals. The band supported a variety of bands throughout the tour, including Nothington, Belvedere, Mute, The Copyrights, Authority Zero and Versus the World.
Since their formation, they have also had the pleasure of sharing the stage both locally & internationally with The Vandals, Strung Out, Death by Stereo, We Are the Union, This Is a, Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, A Wilhelm Scream, The Swellers, Much the Same, Only Crime & many more building a worldwide following along the way.
Rubedo has discovered the art of time travel. By means of synthesizer, ritualized drum patterns, sacred guitar riffs and vocals of clairvoyance Rubedo frontiers the leading edge of Transgressive Synth Pop. Ikey Owens (of The Mars Volta, Jack White Band) often performs alongside this 3 piece rock band and produced both "Massa Confussa" (2012) and their most recent album "Love Is The Answer" (2014)
Love Is the Answer may sound like a hippie platitude but with Rubedo it is a simple formula for salving the ails of the modern psyche without telling you how that has to look, the form it has to take and without suggesting a timeframe. Rather, it is a fundamental statement of everyday spiritual solidarity with the struggles of being alive and a subtle but powerful act of kindness given from that tranquil place in all of us we must cultivate in these troubled times.
Abandon the Midwest
Matt and Jason from OH. and Travis from MI. met in Orlando, FL. Matt and Jason, ex-big city bombers, and Travis put together Abandon the Midwest as pop punk band to do the damn thing. BJ, guitarist and vocalist for The Propeller Dream, joined the ATM ranks in early 2013. Together their influences are The Loved Ones, NOFX, Bouncing Souls, Broadway Calls, The Lawrence Arms, The Dopamines, talking to strangers, hugs and Mexican food.