As Artifacts

As Artifacts

Formed in Concord, California as “Sink This Ship!”, the band quickly exploded onto their local music scene, performing sell out shows to hometown crowds, and began to lay the foundation of their following in several other surrounding markets, including the Sacramento area, the Central Valley, and as far away as Reno, Nevada, all within their first six months as a band. The band embarked on their first tour over the Summer months of June and July 2010, covering California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

After numerous home demos that received rave reviews, and various lineup-stabilizing member changes, the band recruited Sam Pura of the Panda Studios in Fremont, California (Heavy Heavy Low Low, Suffokate, Lionheart) to record and produce their first professional demo. The EP would soon sell hundreds of copies through internet and word-of-mouth promotion alone.

In late 2010, the band changed names to the current “As Artifacts”, and attracted the attention of Ohio-based InVogue Records (owned by Nick Moore of Before Their Eyes), who quickly signed them and commissioned the band’s debut InVogue release, again recorded with Sam Pura at the Panda Studios. “Reclamation”, the 7-song EP, was released on February 22nd, 2011, debuting at number 3 on the iTunes metal charts, and sold hundreds of copies first week, with limited publicity.

Soon after the release, the embarked on heavy gigging, performing on “The Gnarlie Sheen Tour” in May 2011, and spent the remainder of the year performing throughout the West Coast.

After departing IVR in late 2011, the band self-produced a new single, “Bilbo Swaggins”, released in January 2012 to resoundingly positive reviews. They entered the studio to self produce their debut full-length, entitled “Strong Hands”. The album was released on August 28th, 2012 to widespread critical acclaim, with the title track garnering over 1,000 YouTube plays in under a day. Prior to the release, the band embarked on a short album release tour for Strong Hands, playing shows in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada.



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