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.

Wolves At The Gate

There' s something special that happens when just the right people come together at just the right time with a like-minded goal. Such is the case with the rapidly emerging post-hardcore outfit Wolves at the Gate. "We aren't trying to appease anybody." says guitarist/vocalist Steve Cobucci, "If we never get to play music for a living, this is awesome." Saying this, Cobucci is speaking of the bands explosive "We Are The Ones" EP. However, with the imminent re-release of that EP via Solid State Records, things are about to get very busy for the enthusiastic 5 piece.

Originating from the small town of Cedarville Ohio, the men of Wolves at the Gate never saw themselves ending up here. Forming in 2008, each member was on a completely different track in life. While all attending college in Cedarville, music was a passion for each individual, but wasn't where they saw their lives going. "I got my degree in History Education." says Cobucci "Jeremy got his degree is communications, Ben got his degree in marketing and I actually taught high school history for a year" However, as it turned out, there was more in the cards for the hopeful college students than looking for a job after graduation. "I was always going to shows and seeing bands perform. I always loved being the listener. Listening to it so much though, I really wanted to create my own version of all the music I liked. Just to combine all the things I really appreciate about music." This drive led Cobucci to join with vocalist Colin Jones, bassist Ben Summers, guitarist Jeremy Steckel and drummer Ben Millhouse to form… Goodnight Doctor? Cobucci explains: "The first few shows we ever played we were called "Goodnight Doctor" That was a phrase my dad would say when he would stub his toe or bang his head on something and we thought that was hilarious, but when we realized we wanted to start trying to be a real band we wanted something that had a real meaning to it." And meaning they got. The origins of the name “Wolves at the Gate” are explained by Cobucci: "The name comes from the bible in Acts 20 24-32." He continues to explain the verse which is spoken in whole on the first track of the bands EP- "Toward the end of that passage Paul says that there will be a time that savage wolves will try to come in and try to distort the truth, and that's just what we see today. People not giving a clear depiction of the gospel, so as it says in our album, we aren't the wolves at the gate, we are the ones who face them."

From that point on, the band had a unified mindset, started writing better songs and set out to put their ideas to tape. The group jumped into recording their EP with an impassioned fervor. "It was pretty grueling." reminisces Cobucci, "We all worked full time jobs, so basically for about a month we would go to work, then be at the studio until 3 in the morning, then back to work at 7:30 in the morning." The result of this diligent schedule would become the exceptional "We Are The Ones" EP. An intense and equally moving piece of work, We Are The Ones is an exciting look at a band with creativity completely flowing out of them and striving to give it a proper outlet. The first track/intro does an exceptional job of setting the tone of what's to come while at the same time making the clearest statement possible about the hearts of the men playing the instruments. Next is Vapors- a high-energy assault right out of the gate before turning the corner with an ending of soaring vocal melodies and equally big guitar playing. The tracks following do an uncanny job of carrying the listener from one peak to an equally impressive and dynamic valley, all leading up to the closer Oh The Depths. This lead single from the EP holds a special place in the bands heart… as well as well as the hearts of some lucky fans as well. Cobucci explains: "I remember once we got the gang vocals done at the end of Oh The Depths, that was really special. We wanted to build a sense of community within the sound of it, so we posted on our Twitter and Facebook that if anyone wanted to come sing on our record to come on down. We posted it only about an hour before we wanted to track it, but there were over 30 people that showed up to sing. It was really special." This moment tops off a piece of work filled with an amount of urgency and feeling so big, that it can't help but shine through.

Looking forward to the future, Cobucci says the band is anticipating going different directions with their craft. "We are extremely proud of our EP, but we are all about our music progressing. It's not fair for the listener for us to keep doing the same thing with different chords. We are really looking forward to getting into a legitimate studio and working with people who are really going to push us." Already having music in the works for the future doesn't dampen the excitement that the band has to finally be able to showcase We Are The Ones on a bigger scale though, via a re-release from Solid State Records. "We got an email from Solid State and we didn't think it was real. We thought it was a mass email telling us to buy new albums or something.
We couldn't be more excited to be part of the family." The chance to have a more widespread audience and be able to spread their message to a growing number of people is something that couldn't come soon enough for these 5 Ohio natives. With a tone that can't hope to hide his excitement, Cobucci exclaims: "We just want to get on the road! We just want to get out there and support the EP as much as possible."

When the perfect group of people come together with an idea to create something, something bigger than themselves, something beyond any one of them individually, extraordinary things can happen. Something extraordinary has happened…in the form of Wolves at the Gate… and they're just getting started

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.” explains Brent Walsh, vocalist for Bay Area alternative rock innovators, I the Mighty.

Since their 2007 inception, I the Mighty have developed a cult international following due to their dynamic sound, seamless chemistry and explosive live show as seen on tour with genre heavyweights such as Coheed & Cambria, Glassjaw, Pierce The Veil, and Say Anything. Over the course of the band’s previous three full-lengths and four EPs, they’ve continually progressed as artists, with each release serving as a snapshot of where the band was at in their very impressive career.

I the Mighty’s forthcoming full-length record, Where the Mind Wants to Go / Where You Let it Go Equal, due out October 20th on Equal Vision Records, is certain to please the band’s long-term fans while simultaneously raising excitement about the growth they have undergone while exploring this most recent chapter in their creative journey.

PVRIS (Paris)

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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