New Brookland Tavern Presents:
The Classic Crime, This Wild Life, Peace Mercutio
122 State St.
West Columbia, SC, 29169
The sixth studio long-player from Seattle, Washington's faith-based post-hardcore unit, You Were Never Alone arrives four years after 2011's well-received, Solid State Records-issued We Do What We Want. The first outing for Emery to be released via their own independent label, BadChristian, the 12-track set is also the band's first outing without vocalist, rhythm guitarist, bassist, and founding member Devin Shelton, who left the group amicably in 2011. Prior to the LP's release, Emery issued a music video for the album's first single, "Hard Times."
The Classic Crime
What is the Classic Crime? History is filled with heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice and martyrs who died for their cause. Whether their actions were viewed as "criminal" in their day was irrelevant. From those fighting against injustice to those who stood up for the folks who don't fit in, dying for one's beliefs or one's art is the Classic Crime.
"Music has a profound effect on the listener. It even has the power to lift spirits and change lives," reasons Classic Crime singer Matt MacDonald. "If we can see our music change a life for the better, than we've been paid in the kind of way we hope to be."
The Classic Crime's new album, "Albatross," threatens to change lives in such a way with the sheer expanse of its scope, conjuring the most brilliant moments of Brand New, Thrice and Third Eye Blind while alternately sounding refreshingly original.
The vocals are unique, the lyrics are hopeful, and the boys' hearts are all in the right place. Tours with Mest, Allister and Scary Kids Scaring Kids, as well as prime placement on the Tooth & Nail Tour with Emery and Anberlin, won't hurt.
The Classic Crime is a new take on an old rock n' roll sound for a generation hungry to be heard. Producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Iggy Pop, Chevelle, Cold) helped The Classic Crime shape and hone their already considerably strong material into breath-taking anthems, proving how far they've come since their days as teenage pals.
Justin Duque wasn't one of the "cool" kids in school; never an outcast, but never quite popular. "I knew that high school was a big popularity contest and I never bought into it," he says. What high school did offer Duque was a chance to meet drummer Paul Erickson.
Duque and Erickson became fast friends and before too long they found themselves playing in a band called Orizon with bass player Alan Clark and singer Matt MacDonald. By the time guitarist Robbie Negrin came onboard, the time felt right to change the name.
The Classic Crime will leave their mark on the musical landscape with "Albatross." Don't worry about the over-saturation of bands out there. This album stands apart.
"If we are mentioned in the same breath as the great bands of the Pacific Northwest then I think that we'll have done something right," Duque says with modesty. Adds MacDonald: "We have been given a talent to write and play music and it is my hope to give that to other people. [We want] to inspire hope in other people."
This Wild Life
This Wild Life is an acoustic duo from Long Beach, CA. Writing songs that hail to the past emotions of Dashboard Confessional and the new feelings of City and Colour, they have created a sound, vibe, and presence that sets them apart from their stripped down acoustic peers.
Oddly enough, both Kevin Jordan (Vocalist) and Anthony Del Grosso (Guitar) were raised as drummers from a very young age. Anthony moved out to Long Beach from his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to pursue a career in drums. After meeting Kevin and starting a pop punk band, they realized that their true talent laid in their acoustic renditions and performances. Between Kevin's melodic vocals and Anthony's beautiful fingerpicking, they discovered a sound that began to find it's way to fans worldwide through organic and viral promotion. Releasing two EP's and several singles independently, their fans have been instrumental in spreading the music and creating a buzz anticipating a full length record.
Listeners have identified with the band on an emotional and personal level, connecting with the self reflective and sincere lyrics touching on topics such as regret, unconditional love, being raised by a single parent, and hope in tough times. Without gimmicks or advertising, the band has been able to accrue tens of thousands of fans, millions of video views, and over 20,000 digital downloads to date. More impressive is the relationship they have built with their fans by constant interaction by means of social networks and touring. Making themselves constantly available to fans is something the band has taken pride in, and it shows in all of the platforms the band participates in.
Due to overwhelming support for the band, This Wild Life just entered the Vanguard Room in Lakeland, Florida to begin recording their debut full length with Aaron Marsh of Copeland. Enlisting Aaron was an important decision for the band as they aimed to create a record that captured the tone, color, and raw emotion of the new material the band has been creating. Coinciding with this release is an ambitious video effort to enhance the delivery and experience of each and every song, so be sure to keep up to date with the band by subscribing to their YouTube channel and Email List.
This Wild Life is a breath of fresh air to the scene, yet hearkens to familiar sounds of past acoustic songwriters. Aiming to up their tour schedule by the end of 2013, they are sure to find more and more support as they release new music and earn the respect and loyalty of fans far and wide.
Peace Mercutio ( www.peacemercutio.com ) is a four-piece Pop-punk alt. rock group from Seattle, WA in the vein on Jimmy Eat World, Anberlin, and Foo Fighters
The band recently recorded a new single with producer Brett Baird at Tooth & Nail's Compound recordings in Seattle, WA utilizing the same space that captured the sounds of Anberlin, Emery, and Underoath.
Peace Mercutio has had a big year including a west coast tour with Alabaster (Seattle, WA) and Fighting The Villain (San Fran, CA) and a newly released music video for their first single "Too Close For Comfort" featured as an exclusive on Absolutepunk.net http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_sbV9EUlFA The band has also received airplay on over 130 college radio stations around the country.
What makes Peace Mercutio stand out? The band showcases two lead vocalists Dan and Andy who provide the voice behind an emotional, and diverse set of story-driven songs. Taylor is the band's drummer often compared to the stylings of Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters and Zac Farro of Paramore. The whole outfit is anchored by the tasteful low end of David Oquist on bass. Fans of Peace Mercutio enjoy the band's mature and energetic pop-punk sound and easy-to-relate-to lyrics about life, love, and determination.
The band's debut album 'Weather The Storm' is available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. The album has generated press from sites including Purevolume.com - http://www.purevolume.com/news/Peace-Mercutio-Weather-The-Storm-Stream and Absolutepunk.net http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=2788962