Almost Kings

"If you want it done right, do it yourself." A motto that independent and unsigned rock/hip hop band Almost Kings from Atlanta, Georgia is a living example of. In 2012 they found themselves playing at the 54th annual Grammys in Los Angeles, making them the first unsigned act to ever do so. Almost Kings was named the winner of the CBS contest “Gig of a Lifetime", a contest based on fan voting that had AK up against nearly 1,000 other acts from around the U.S. The group consists of Bryan “Boze” Bozeman (vocalist), Ryan Yunker (guitar, keys, vocals), Danny Helms (bass & vocals), and Kevin Compton (drums). “We are so honored by all of the support we have received from our fans from around the country. We could not have won this contest without the AK family,” said Bozeman.
Almost Kings was named “Best Local Rock Act” of 2011 by Creative Loafing. Since the group formed in 2008, they have performed more than 1,000 shows across the country, developing a loyal and enthusiastic fan base and earning them the reputation as today’s “road warriors.” From Miami, FL to Burlington, VT to Seattle, WA to San Antonio, TX, Almost Kings has literally crisscrossed the country, earning fans at every stop. As one critic posted “Almost Kings has an unbelievable energy and passion for their music and fans.” Another critic adds, “They love making great music and the whole audience gets caught up in the cyclone of fun they spin.” Their sound is a fresh mix of rock, hip hop and energy that is unique to Almost Kings. Teri Green of GO Play Entertainment says, Almost Kings is "making their own mold by taking all of their varied musical influences and making it uniquely theirs...they own it. It doesn't allow you to stand still, but forcibly draws you and the crowd into cohesive musical mayhem. Truly one of the best live acts touring right now anywhere."

In 2009, Almost Kings released their first album, the independently produced “Filthy Nice” and in 2011 they released “The Club Rock EP.” Their song “Knockout” is featured on ESPN’s lacrosse broadcasts. The group has enjoyed sponsorships from a number of companies including Monster Energy, Converse, C1rca Shoes, Dyce, Paul Reed Smith Guitars, Dean Markley Strings, 968 Clothing, Innes Clothing, Southern Comfort, Jack Daniels, Live2Die Clothing, and Atnalta Skateboards. The Almost Kings mission is simple - to bring people together for a fun, unforgettable and positive experience which will leave audiences wanting more. An Almost Kings show isn’t just a concert … it’s a party.

Almost Kings released their 3rd album “Hear Me Out” in June, 2013 – which sold over 1,000 units in its first week. The music videos for two singles off that album, “Shadows” & “Hold On Me”, both exceeded 200,000 YouTube views and are still climbing. Radio personality A.D. Rowntree from 94.5 The Buzz in Houston, TX recently posted from his personal Facebook page: "Bands should go see Almost Kings and take notes on how a live show is done. They make 95% of bands I've seen in the last 3 years look lazy." This accurately describes the current attitude of Almost Kings as they continue to tour & write new music: Go hard, no slowing down, and play every show as if it were your last.

Performance History
Almost Kings has performed 200+ shows each year since 2009 – 1,200+ live performances to date. AK has shared the stage and/or toured with Avenged Sevenfold, Bone Thugs n Harmony, Rehab, Yelawolf, Ying Yang Twins, Chevelle Megadeth, Slash, Rob Zombie, Disturbed, Framing Hanley, Machine Gun Kelly, Godsmack, Saving Able, 3 Doors Down, Dirty Heads, Theory of a Deadman, Sevendust, Periphery, Ludacris, Stone Sour, and many more.

Avenue Of The Giants

Sounds Like: Foo Fighters, Switchfoot, Weezer, Kings of Leon, Nirvana

Positive energy, positive thought and positive action; it's been an amazingly powerful mantra for Atlanta, GA Rock& Rollers Avenue of the Giants.

"There's an energy that you can feel coming out of the performance that just makes everything feel in its proper place" states lead guitarist Foz Rock. "I feel like every experience in life, good and bad, has led me to the music we are currently creating; it's a great place to be."

When asked about the origin of the name Foz paints a darker set of circumstances leading to a personal revelation.

"We were on a west coast tour and I had someone slip something into my drink. It was a bad night, had to go the hospital, just an overall bad scene. Well, the show had to go on; as much as I didn't want to do anything other than lay in that bed and shut out the world, I knew we had another place to be... On that drive through Northern California I woke up to see the sign for the Avenue of the Giants highway and the name perked my interest. Little did I know that those next few miles would be life changing, but they honestly were. I felt a clarity in those woods, around those giant redwood trees, it was the peace I needed after having just nearly died the night before. I knew then that I needed to make a change and Avenue was that change."

That experience base is extensive as Foz Rock had spent the better part of the previous decade touring the world with the crossover hit-makers / RIAA Gold Certified act REHAB ("Sittin' at a Bar"); sharing the stage with Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker, Fallout Boy, Yelawolf, Blink-182, and countless others in the process.

Joining Foz in Avenue of the Giants are industry professionals Paul-Devon Lewow (vocals), Atlanta Institute of Music graduate Justin Aldrich (bass guitar); both also possessing an RIAA Gold Certification for their performance with (lazyeye) on the "Ludacris Presents: Disturbing Tha Peace" LP and Frank Perisino (drums); whom had previously played with Foz Rock in Soybase. All 3 members joined forces with Foz in early 2013 to re-form AOTG and start recording the debut album

"Everything we wrote came so naturally that we just kind of knew we had to give 200% towards this band" says Lewow. " We've become like family and it's awesome having that unspoken understanding & respect in the creative process."

Avenue of the Giants has recorded/mixed their debut LP, entitled "Just Between Us" at the world-renowned Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta, GA with owner/producer Paul Diaz; tracks mastered by Glen Schick, will have it available for digital download in Fall 2013.

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