Countdown to Monster Energy’s AFTERSHOCK Festival 2014

7huu_aftershockLOGO2014BLACK_3Expect the Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK Festival to be an absolutely epic rock and roll show!  With acts such as GodsmackWeezer, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Limp Bizkit, The Offspring, Bad Religion, and a whole lot more raging across 4 big stages, Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA is the place to be on September 13-14!  Destined to be the weekend of a lifetime, whether you live in the Sacramento area or will need to take a roadtrip, AFTERSHOCK 2014 is an event not to be missed! Here are a few of the bands who will be playing some of the opening slots at AFTERSHOCK.  Read on and discovery one of the up and coming bands slated to devastate early on in the day…

ANTI-MORTEM

antimortem1Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
My name is Rado and I’m the singer of Anti-Mortem. We are based out of Chickasha, Oklahoma. Chickasha is about 25 Miles South of OKC.

What are you looking forward to the most about Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
I am excited to play for so many people and with so many great bands. We are honored.

What could one expect from your live show at Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
Gut busting power with amazing delivery. We pride ourselves in our live show. And when it comes to an audience, the more the merrier.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
It is entitled, “New Southern“. It’s our first full length album. New Southern is inspired fully by the way we were raised and the music we listen too. It is a summation of us.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Truck Stop Special is one for sure. It was inspired by the dream to be in a rock band. Truck Stop Special is another name for cocaine. The song is saying I’m addicted to rock music the way a coke head is addicted to coke. With that in mine check it out and you’ll totally get it.

I Get Along With The Devil is another one that we will be playing. It is about having people in your life you can’t get rid of. The hook says, “I get along with the devil but I hate that mother fucker.” It’s about despising someone in your life you can’t get rid of. I’m sure we all know people like that.

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road or at a show?
One time on tour everything went as planned.

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
It’s a tie for me. Led Zeppelin in their prime, Rush now and Black Sabbath at any point in there career as long as it is with Ozzy. Led Zeppelin because they are the kings of Rock and Roll and put on one of the best live concerts of all time. Rush simply because they are gods and have retained their youthful spirit even till today. Black Sabbath.. well, they are fucking Black Sabbath, there would be no metal without them.

Any final words of wisdom for Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival attendees this year?
Drink plenty of water, and listen to plenty of Anti-Mortem.

Anti-Mortem on Facebook

BURN HALO

burnhalo1Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
I’m Joey Roxx lead guitarist of Burn Halo from Sacramento, CA.

What are you looking forward to the most about Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
The thing I’m looking forward to the most this year at Montster Energy Aftershock is the fans.  I love these festival type of shows and to have one in our hometown is going to be amazing. It’s always fun because we’ve played and toured with a lot of these bands before, but not gonna lie seeing Rob Zombie is definitely one off the bucket list.

What could one expect from your live show at Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
Our live show is a high octane brand of active rock with a healthy dose of metal. We’re an old school band cut and dry and take pride in our what you see is what you get attitude.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
Our new release is called Wolves of War and it’s about surviving anything life can throw at you.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Two songs we will be playing at aftershock are Wolves of War and Home which is about surviving the apocalypse.

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road or at a show?
There are many strange things that happen on the road but i’d say the best part is that first Waffle House trip of tour, in California we don’t have them so when you get one it’s like gold.

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
If I could open for any band it definitely would be AFI they are my all time favorite band.

Any final words of wisdom for Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival attendees this year?
Words of wisdom for Aftershock concert goers, drink that Monster Tour water and sunscreen, getting burned and being a rock lobster all day is no fun.

Burn Halo on Facebook

DIG THE KID

IMG_2639-2Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
We are Dig the Kid from Oakland, Ca.
Lisa Mongelli-Drummer
Cory Todd-Vocalist/Guitarist
Ian Lasater-Bass

What are you looking forward to the most about Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
We are super stoked to be sharing Aftershock with some amazing bands this year. It’s great to be apart of a festival with artists and fans that celebrate the excitement and power of rock music. There’s a lot of love in an environment like this in the crowd and behind the scenes. It’s going to be a fantastic weekend for everyone involved.

What could one expect from your live show at Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
We put on a high energy show from start to finish. There’s nothing more exciting than getting up on stage and not knowing where you’re going to transport the audience and yourselves by the end. Our show goes through waves. We all have our definitive roles, but we try to change things up as much as possible including switching instruments to bring out our individual styles of playing. It’s entertaining, unpredictable, and it’s nonstop untill we hit the last beat… or one of us passes out, but it’s always worth it.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
We’ve been fortunate enough to be working alongside Bob Divney and his team from The Artist Cooperative and Jeff Greenberg our Co-Manager and Executive Producer at the historical Village Studios in West Hollywood. This will be one monster of a record, unfortunately we can’t release the title just yet, but we are excited to announce our first single “LOVE” will be out on the airwaves later this fall, so keep your ears dialed.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Bones” is one of the most powerful and personal songs we’ve ever written, but it’s so much bigger that the three of us. It’s an anthem about perseverance. Even when you’re at your lowest, keep pushing, never give up.

She’s Out for Blood” is the show-stopper, it’s big, loud and sexy as hell. It’s about a woman who is out for revenge on a man that wronged her, it’s also autobiographical.

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road or at a show?
One of our favorite experiences is how we were introduced to our Co-Manager Jeff Greenberg. We were days out from our West Coast tour. We were in Los Angeles attending a pre Grammy party at Village Studios. Near the end of the night, it was brought to us that the last band had dropped out. If we could grab our instruments and get up on stage in five minutes we could go on in their place. We had all of our gear packed and ready for the tour in our tour van down the street. We ran to the van, grabbed our instruments, and jumped up on stage out of breath! no pedals, or amps, we were at the mercy of whatever gear was still left on stage. Jeff had been upstairs in his office. Overhearing us announce our last minute addition to the evening he promptly got up and ran down stairs to pull the plug and shut us down until he heard the first beat of the drums. After a short set, Jeff had made his way through the crowd and was standing there at the side of the stage with his hand out, ecstatic and blown away by our performance. He greeted us with “I’m a jaded old man. I’ve been in this industry for a long time and you just blew my mind!” He demanded that we record with him in his studio as soon as we return from the road. It was one of those serendipitous defining moments of many that we will always look back on.

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Queens of the Stone Age, The Hives, or Eagles of Death Metal. There’s an energy and showmanship to all three of these bands that we greatly admire. Plus it would make for one fun carefree leave the kids at home night of debauchery.

Any final words of wisdom for Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival attendees this year?
See you all bright and early Saturday morning. We’re looking forward to kicking this weekend’s party off right!

Dig The Kid on Facebook

EMMURE

Photo Credit: Drew Reynolds

Photo Credit: Drew Reynolds

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
My name is Jesse Ketive, and I play guitar in EMMURE. We are based out of CT, and NY.

What are you looking forward to the most about Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
For one thing, Limp Bizkit! Another reason is its always a blast to come to the West Coast to be part of these amazing one off festivals. I’m sure Aftershock will be just as epic or even better than previous fests!

What could one expect from your live show at Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
Since we have a decent amount of set time, I would have to say the show will be full of energy as well as many classic hits.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
Eternal Enemies” – the name was created by Frank, so I couldn’t tell you why without being wrong/sounding silly.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
I love when we play “Children of Cybertron” as always, and the newer track called “N.I.A”. These are always fun and heavy. Frank writes all the lyrics so unfortunately, I cannot answer that one as well.

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road or at a show?
I could go on this for days haha. Being on tour so much and playing so many shows.. You’re bound to see some wild shit! Once the whole venue got pepper sprayed after a security guard tried to spray some “moshers” and everyone in the building including us – had to evacuate midset.

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
The Deftones, Korn and Meshuggah for now and the past I would have to say.

Any final words of wisdom for Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival attendees this year?
Drink lots of water – don’t try to fight security – come have the best time of your life! See you all soon!

Emmure on Facebook

ISLANDER

Photo Credit: Annie Atlasman

Photo Credit: Annie Atlasman

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
My name is Andrew Murphy and I play guitar in the band Islander. We’re all from Greenville, SC.

What are you looking forward to the most about Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
This summer we did the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival and it was a blast. Aftershock will only be one day for us, but I’m excited to be back in the festival atmosphere. I love meeting all kinds of people I wouldn’t normally run across. I always enjoy seeing how the sound is run at these kind of events, too, those guys deserve more recognition than most bands. I’m also really excited to see Rob Zombie and Mastodon again.

What could one expect from your live show at Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
We’ve been working on a new set that showcases everything we do and has a sort of ebb and flow to it. For years, we’ve played with metal and hardcore bands, which we love, but it calls for us play nothing but our more aggressive songs. This will be a good chance to show off my two favorites from the album, “Pains” and “The Sadness of Graves.” Both are a little different and have a darker, moodier feel. But overall, our set will still be full of energy. It’s just what we do.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
Our latest record is called Violence & Destruction and came out July 8th on Victory Records. It’s our first full length, and we’re very proud of it. The album follows a theme that our vocalist, Mikey Carvajal, followed when writing the lyrics.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
I don’t have anything to do with the lyrics, but I’ll give this one a shot. “Coconut Dracula” is a metaphor for Mikey’s faith and what he wants out of life. On the surface it’s about a vampire who finds a new way to live his life. His mummy friend sees the difference in Dracula’s life and makes the decision to live his own life in a better way. “Pains” talks about dependence on social media, the misinterpretation of love, and several other things plaguing society today. It also alludes to the inevitable destruction these things cause.

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road or at a show?
One night after a show in Kentucky, POD’s rental van broke down, so we had to drive them back to their hotel. Sonny, being the great guy he is, decided to upgrade his room and gave us a place to sleep for the night. Maybe not strange or unusual, but it was cool to see a guy who has been so successful still care about the little people.

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
I could pick so many bands to answer this question, but I’ll stick to just one. Even though it might not make sense, I would lose it if we got to play with The Dillinger Escape Plan. I’ve been a big fan since Miss Machine. I was in high school and didn’t understand the music at all, but I completely understood the raw aggression and the fact that it was unique. They’re still making incredible music and I would love to be able to see them every night.

Any final words of wisdom for Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival attendees this year?
Have fun! Don’t stand around or be too cool to enjoy the music. If you pay to go to a rock show, help make it a rock show.

Islander on Facebook

PEPPER

peppernewpromo1_600Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
Aloha, my name is Yesod Williams and I play drums on my better days 😉

What are you looking forward to the most about Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
Seeing our good friends Bad Religion and The Offspring, it’s been a while since we melted faces with those bredrin! Not to mention they are 2 of our favorite bands growing up! Used to blast them before a surf to get pumped, shit, STILL DO!

What could one expect from your live show at Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival?
Pure raw unpredictable energy!!!!! We owe it all to our fans the “Pepper Ohana” they make us go bananas!!!!

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
It’s self titled and came out about a year ago. It was our first in 5 years so the self titled was riding on a re-birth vibe!

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Stone Love (lyrics were inspired by Dancehall reggae sound clash’s) Higher Ground (basically about facing challenges in life head on and always being the bigger person through tribulation)

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road or at a show?
I’m a die hard Chicago Bears fan, and at the Chicago show on this summer tour I destroyed one of those stupid cheese head hats that packers fans wear with Chris Conte the starting free safety from the bears who’s a good friend. He was stabbing it with one of my broken drum sticks, pretty much one of the greatest moments of my life next to being born 😉 Puck the Fackers!!!!!!

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Being a drummer it would be Led Zeppelin so I could geek out on John Bonham and just full on fanboy out!

Any final words of wisdom for Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival attendees this year?
You don’t do drugs, drugs do you! Ha! Oh and stay hydrated…

Pepper on Facebook

Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK Festival 2014 Linkage:
Website: www.AFTERSHOCKConcert.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AFTERSHOCKFestival
Twitter: http://twitter.com/AFTERSHOCKSAC

(Interviews by Ken Morton)

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