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Close Your Eyes

linesand1Line In The Sand by Close Your Eyes (Victory Records)

A lot of the bands trying to break into this scene are the same thing over and over again. Christian Rock band Close Your Eyes brings a new flavor of hard rock and metal to the table that will definitely take them to places that they deserve to be. Their new album Line In The Sand jams harder than a lot of other music out these days. With the fast paced songs like Days Of Youth and The End, the circle pit will surely erupt along with everyone singing along.

What I personally enjoy about this band is the mix of vocals from new member Sam Ryder Robinson. His screaming is just as raw and brutal as you could want but his singing is perfect for singing along to. It makes me want to bang my head as well as sing all the lyrics.

Don’t underestimate the bands ability to be heavy either! With the song Skeletons, you are sure to get your heavy fix.  Close Your Eyes has a pop punk mix along with hardcore as well as some rock and blues! This being their third studio album, it has all the elements of good music and they are sure to go far if they keep along this very promising path.

Long time members Brett Calloway (guitar), Andrew Rodriguez (guitar), Sonny Vega (bass) as well as new drummer Jordan Hatfield and vocalist Sam Robinson have put together something new and great. I know they have gained a fan and I will most definitely be covering them as much as I can. This album/band is a high recommendation to anyone who likes a new taste of rock music.

(Review by Edward Brandon)

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Gideon Announce Multiple Fall Tours with Stray From the Path, Bleeding Through, and More

82920130819103611Gideon will be headlining a quick 9-date tour that will span the entire country from east coast to west coast, but first they’ll be joining Stray From the Path, Backtrack, No Bragging Rights and Rescuer this October for The Anonymous Tour in just a couple of weeks. Then in November they’ll head out for Bleeding Through’s final US tour with Bleeding Through, Winds of Plague, Oceano, and Sworn In. Check out dates for all three tours below.

Tickets are on sale now for The Anonymous Tour:
Oct 3 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium Tickets
Oct 4 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft Tickets
Oct 5 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Gators Tickets
Oct 6 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies Tickets
Oct 7 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar Tickets
Oct 8 – Oklahoma city, OK @ Conservatory Tickets
Oct 9 – Ft. Worth, TX @ Tomcats Tickets
Oct 10 – Houston, TX @ Walters Downtown Tickets
420130924085759Oct 11 – Birmingham, AL @ The Forge Tickets
Oct 12 – Savannah, GA @ The Dollhouse Tickets
Oct 13 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth Tickets
Oct 14 – Douglasville, GA @ 7 Venue Tickets
Oct 15 – Nashville, TN @ The End Tickets
Oct 16 – Ringgold, GA @ Cloud Springs Tickets
Oct 17 – Carrboro, NC @ Local 506 Tickets
Oct 18 – Springfield, VA @ Empire Tickets
Oct 19 – West Chester, PA @ The Note Tickets
Oct 20 – Long Island, NY @ Revolution Tickets
Oct 21 – Albany, NY @ Bogies Tickets

Gideon headliner with Close Your Eyes, Sworn In, and Facedown’s own Altars
Oct 22 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Shaka’s
Oct 23 – Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway
Oct 24 – Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music
Oct 26 – Mesa, AZ @ The Nile Theatre
8620130923114513Oct 27 – Yuma, AZ @ Jefes Venue
Oct 28 – Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Cafe
Oct 29 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
Oct 30 – Las Vegas, NV @ Ultra Violet Studios

Bleeding Through’s final US tour
Nov 1 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
Nov 3 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre – Studio B
Nov 4 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
Nov 5 – Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
Nov 6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
Nov 8 – Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theatre
Nov 9 – Milwaukee, WI @ Wisconsin Metalfest
Nov 10 – Cleveland, OH @ Ohio Metalfest
Nov 11 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
Nov 12 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Nov 13 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Nov 14 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
Nov 15 – Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
Nov 16 – Jacksonville, FL @ Roc Bar
Nov 17 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Nov 19 – Houston, TX @ Walters
Nov 20 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Nov 21 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
Nov 22 – Lubbock, TX @ Jakes



cye2013CLOSE YOUR EYES have made their highly anticipated return with a new album, Line In The Sand, headlining tour, and new front man, Sam Robinson. Of the addition, guitarist Brett Callaway comments, “We are very excited to finally be able to share with everyone that Sam Robinson is the vocalist of Close Your Eyes. I’m already blown away by the new material that we have been working on – his voice is a very strong addition to the CYE family. He is an incredible vocalist and a great guy that shares our vision and purpose. We cannot wait for everyone to hear the new songs and to be back on tour again. Come hang out and say what’s up to Sam!”

Currently in the studio with Cameron Webb (SILVERSTEIN, ALKALINE TRIO), fans can expect Line In The Sand to hit stores October 2013. Catch CLOSE YOUR EYES live as they embark on a headlining European tour, beginning September 4th in Cologne, DE. See a full list of tour dates here.

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Carry YouMusic Video
Erie” Music Video

Tour Dates:
9/04 – Cologne, DE @ MTC
9/05 – Frankfurt, DE @ Elfer
9/06 – Hannover, DE @ Ferry Eventhall
9/07 – Copenhagen, DN @ Lille Vega
9/08 – Gothenburg, SE @ Fangelset
9/09 – Oslo, NW @ Revolver
9/10 – Orebro, SE @ Kulturhuset
9/11 – Stockholm, SE @ Klubben
9/12 – Malmo, SE @ TBA
9/13 – Hamburg, DE @ TBA
9/14 – Merksplas, BE @ Ziggypop
9/15 – Stuttgart, DE @ JUHA
9/16 – Dessau, DE @ Beat Club
9/18 – Vienna, AT @ Viper Room
9/19 – Salzburg, AT @ Rockhouse
9/20 – Bellinzona, CH @ Peter Pan Club
9/21 – Ljubljana, SL @ Orto Bar
9/22 – Budapest, HU @ A38 Rooftop
9/23 – Nuremberg, DE @ TBA
9/24 – Eindhoven, NL @ Dynamo
9/25 – Saarbrucken, DE @ Kitu
9/26 – Ninove, BE @ De Kuip


CLOSE YOUR EYES comments on the departure of fill in vocalist Mike Sawyer

CLOSE YOUR EYES comments on the departure of fill in vocalist Mike Sawyer:

“We are parting ways with our vocalist, we felt that he was not a good fit for our band. We wish him well in his future endeavors.” – Brett Callaway, Guitarist

Mikey Sawyer will be working with Eddie Cano (ex-Scarlett O’Hara) in their band Miss Fortune.

Mikey Sawyer comments back – exclusively at Highwire Daze Online – clieck here!



In Its Fifth Year, STPT Will Tour 19 Cities This Summer.

WHAT: Texas-based, melodic hardcore group CLOSE YOUR EYES will be joining one of the most well known Christian tours to pop up in the last few years. SCREAM THE PRAYER TOUR, going on its fifth year, starts its 19 city run on June 22 in Nashville, TN. CLOSE YOUR EYES will be sharing the stage with bands like DEMON HUNTER (select Dates), EMERY, SLEEPING GIANT and many more.

CLOSE YOUR EYES from Abilene, TX will be debuting their fresh new lineup on the SCREAM THE PRAYER TOUR! Founding members Brett Callaway – lead guitar/vocals and Sonny Vega – bassist, will welcome back Andrew Rodriguez on rhythm guitar. Rodriguez, who has been an active member in CLOSE YOUR EYES for many years, is currently enrolled in school working towards his degree. He is putting his books aside this summer to join the band on stage! The band is also welcoming the two new additions: vocalist, Mikey Sawyer and Jordan Vesey on drums.

CLOSE YOUR EYES previously released their sophomore album, Empty Hands and Heavy Hearts, which debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top Christian artists chart, #1 on the Top Christian Rock chart and #137 on the Billboard Top 200 chart; they have sold over 12,500 albums to date for Empty Hands and Heavy Hearts. The band’s music video for their first music single, “Valleys”, has gone viral gaining over 610,000 views.

The band has toured with A DAY TO REMEMBER, UNDEROATH, TERROR, NORMA JEAN and many more. Every show is packed with genuine energy and anthem-packed sing-a-longs that keep fans on their feet! Known for establishing instant connections with fans across the U.S., CLOSE YOUR EYES continues to be a band to watch out for in 2012 and beyond. Check out their latest merch designs at the Victory Records Webstore and prepare for one hot summer!

· Mikey Sawyer- Lead Vocals
· Brett Callaway- Lead Guitar/ Vocals
· Andrew Rodriguez- Rhythm Guitar
· Sonny Vega- Bass
· Jordan Vesey- Drums

WHEN: June 20 – July 14
WHERE: Nationwide – View the tour dates here.

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Mikey Sawyer now the lead vocalist for Close Your Eyes

As announced with Alternative Press yesterday, Mikey Sawyer (ex-Forever Sets The Sun) is now the lead vocalist for Close Your Eyes. His we will be performing with the band today at Bamboozle in New Jersey on the Saints & Sinners stage.  Sawyer is replacing long time CYE vocalist Shane Raymond.

Also according to Close Your Eyes guitarist Brett Callaway, “Andrew Rodriguez is back with us on the road playing guitar, Jordan Hatfield is playing drums for us and Micheal Sawyer (pictured above) is now filling the vocal spot.”

Close Your Eyes is signed to Victory Records and released their debut album in 2010, We Will Overcome, and a second album Empty Hands and Heavy Hearts in October 2011. The band will be in the road this summer on the Scream The Prayer Tour.

Mikey Sawyer released a solo EP entitled Goodbye To Sunny Skies and a full length CD as lead vocalist with Forever Sets The Sun entitled Aurora Tides. He is also working with Eddie Cano (ex-Scarlett O’Hara) on a new project entitled Miss Fortune.

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Comeback Kid Announce 2012 Winter U.S. Headliner; Tease New Music Video

Canada’s hardcore heroes Comeback Kid make their highly anticipated return to the U.S. on a 2012 headlining tour with labelmates Close Your Eyes; release “Do Yourself A Favor” video teaser

Premiere hardcore group Comeback Kid is set to embark on their first headlining U.S. tour of 2012. With something in store for everyone, the line-up includes support from labelmates Close Your Eyes along with Foundation, Such Gold and Living With Lions.

Comeback Kid frontman Andrew Neufeld expresses his enthusiasm for the line-up , “We really enjoy playing with all different kinds of bands and mixing up bills. This tour is a great example of that. “

Neufeld goes on to say, “This tour covers the majority of the U.S. and we’re psyched to finally do a headlining tour in the U.S. for Symptoms + Cures.”

Comeback Kid concluded their packed year of touring in late 2011 through North America and abroad. The band was recently announced as a performer at this year’s South By So What?! Festival in March.

The group will debut the full music video for “Do Yourself A Favor” in the coming weeks, but for now you can watch the teaser and check out the full list of tour dates here.

Symptoms + Cures Tour Dates
03/18/2012 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
03/19/2012 – Metairie, LA @ CYPRESS HALL
03/21/2012 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The Local 662
03/22/2012 – Lake Worth, FL @ The Speakeasy lounge
03/23/2012 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
03/24/2012 – Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
03/25/2012 – Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
03/26/2012 – Philadelphia, PA @ FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH
03/28/2012 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
03/31/2012 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
04/01/2012 – Detroit, MI @ MAGIC STICK
04/03/2012 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Sunset Hall
04/05/2012 – Omaha, NE @ SOKOL UNDERGROUND
04/06/2012 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
04/07/2012 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
04/08/2012 – Spokane, WA @ The A Club
04/09/2012 – Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
04/11/2012 – Walnut Creek, CA @ Red House
04/12/2012 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
04/12/2012 – Lancaster, CA @ Industry Theater
04/13/2012 – W. Hollywood, CA @ KEY CLUB
04/14/2012 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
04/15/2012 – Tempe, AZ @ CLUBHOUSE
04/16/2012 – Farmington, NM @ Top Deck
04/18/2012 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
04/20/2012 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
04/21/2012 – Madison, WI @ THE LOFT

Comeback KidDo Yourself A Favor” [ Official Audio Stream ] – http://bit.ly/97wZkq

Close Your EyesValleys” [ Official Music Video ] – http://bit.ly/nOFWuu

Close Your EyesValleys” single featured on TNA Impact Wrestling’s “Turning Point Live” official music video with Jeff Hardy on PPV – http://bit.ly/v82VeJ

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Close Your Eyes Release New Music Video for “Keep The Lights On”

CLOSE YOUR EYES have released a new music video for “Keep The Lights On” that comes off of their latest effort, Empty Hands and Heavy Hearts.

Vocalist Shane Raymond said of the video, “I wrote that song knowing I was being in this place of everything that I despised, and running away from all of the things I know that I should be… and to ‘keep the lights on,’ because I know there’s still hope.”

Watch the music video for “Keep The Lights Onnow.

Find out what else CLOSE YOUR EYES had to say about “Keep The Lights On” in a track-by-track video discussion here.

See CLOSE YOUR EYES on tour now with NORMA JEAN & more:
· Dec 3, 2011 @ House of Rock, Corpus Christi, TX
· Dec 4, 2011 @ Dos Amigos, Odessa, TX
· Dec 5, 2011 @ Tricky Falls, El Paso, TX
· Dec 6, 2011 @ CLUBHOUSE, Tempe, AZ
· Dec 7, 2011 @ Jerry’s Pizza, Bakersfield, CA
· Dec 8, 2011 @ Chain Reaction, Anaheim, CA
· Dec 10, 2011 @ Industry Theater, Lancaster, CA

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AFFIANCE Announce US Tour w/ Close Your Eyes & The Color Morale

Debut album “No Secret Revealed” out now on Bullet Tooth

Music video for “Call To The Warrior” 100,000+ views and counting

Cleveland’s newest shining stars Affiance will head out on a US tour with Close Your Eyes (Victory), The Color Morale (Rise), Like Moths To Flames (Rise), and Counterparts (Victory). The tour will run from the Midwest to the East Coast and through Texas starting October 14. All dates are below.

Affiance will also head out on their first Canadian tour with Blind Witness, Stray From The Path, Vanna and Liferuiner. Dates kick off September 16 in Kitchener, Ontario, and run through September 25. Singer Dennis Tvrdik commented, “I think it’s gonna be a great tour for Affiance. It’s a good mix up of bands and heavy styles, so I feel that fans will enjoy the diversity. We are definitely looking forward to making new friends!”

Affiance has constructed a cohesive effort, and a definitive electrifying sound on No Secret Revealed.” – Outburn Magazine

Affiance is a band on the rise. Look for them to explode in the future.” – HM Magazine

The lyrics are infused with themes of religion and proactive hope to challenge the listener… An impressive debut.” – Rock Sound

Affiance is the metal band I’ve always wanted to hear… a happy medium between Killswitch Engage & Dragonforce.” – Alter The Press

It’s so contagious I can’t believe it. Phenomenal vocals… high-singing is absolutely perfect.” – Get On The Stage

The vocal work of Dennis Tvrdik is absolutely devastating, delivering the impassioned lyrics with fire and conviction. One of the most unique front men in the hardcore scene today.” - Highwire Daze

Affiance shred with relentless precision.” – Cleveland Scene

“The guitar work is phenomenal…. one of my favorite post-hardcore releases.” – TheNewReview

All dates: Blind Witness, Stray From The Path, Vanna, Liferuiner, Affiance
09/17 – Kitchener, ON @ KOI Music Festival (w/ Protest The Hero)
09/18 – St. Catharines, ON @ Level 3
09/19 – London, ON @ Rum Runners
09/20 – Hamilton, ON @ Absinthe
09/21 – Toronto, ON @ Annex Wreckroom
09/22 – Barrie, ON @ The Mansion
09/23 – Montreal, QC @ Underworld
09/25 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
09/26 – Quebec City, QC @ TBA

All dates: Close Your Eyes, The Color Morale, Like Moths To Flames, Affiance, Counterparts
10/14 Evansville, IN @ Boney June’s
10/15 Dayton, OH @ The Attic
10/16 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
10/18 Providence, RI @ The Ruins
10/19 Manchester, NH @ Rocko’s
10/20 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft
10/21 Trenton, NJ @ The Backstage at Championship
10/24 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
10/25 Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre
10/26 Tulsa, OK @ Marquee Theatre
10/27 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
10/28 Austin, TX @ Emo’s

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SOVEREIGN STRENGTH Debut New Song From ‘The Prophecy’

Sovereign Strength have posted the track “Bring Me Home” (feat. Shane Raymond from Close Your Eyes) on their Facebook page located here http://www.facebook.com/sovereignstrengthofficial. The song comes from the band’s new album ‘The Prophecy‘, which is set to hit stores August 2nd through Mediaskare Records.

The band is currently on the road as a part of the Scream The Prayer Tour alongside Norma Jean, Sleeping Giant, The Chariot, War of Ages, and more. Dates for the tour are as follows:

7/6 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
7/7 Charlotte, NC @ Amos
7/8 Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
7/9 Jacksonville, FL @ Murray Hill Theatre
7/10 Pratville, AL @ The Blue Iguana
7/11 Little Rock, AR @ Riverfront Pavilion
7/12 Omaha, NE @ The Commons
7/14 Willmar, MN @ Sonshine Festival
7/15 Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
7/16 Willmar, MN @ Sonshine Festival
7/17 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
7/18 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
7/19 Dayton, OH @ The Attic
7/20 Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
7/22 McAllen, TX @ Las Palmas Racepark w/ The All Stars Tour
7/23 San Antonio, TX @ The Backstage Live w/ The All Stars Tour
7/24 Dallas, TX @ The Palladium w/ The All Stars Tour
7/25 Tulsa, OK @ Cains Ballroom
7/26 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
7/27 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
7/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
7/30 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
7/31 Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse