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Ensiferum nearing completion on recording new album!

ensiferum-recording-week2Helsinki, Finland – September 29th, 2014 – Ensiferum have been locked away in Astia Studio (astiastudio.fi) in Lappeenranta in Finland with producer Anssi Kippo for three weeks. Drums, bass, and most of the guitar parts have been recorded. At the end of last week, guest musician Timo Väänänen tracked some takes with his kantele, and over the weekend, vocalist Petri Lindroos began tracking vocals!

Bassist Sami Hinkka comments:”Hi folks! For last few days, Mahi and Pete have sweated their asses off while recording guitars. Songs sound, like our friends in UK would say, bloody awesome! Today (Friday, September 26) we recorded kantele and some special guitar tracks. Tomorrow it’s time to set up a microphone and start to record vocals. Things are proceeding as planned.”

The album is tentatively scheduled for release worldwide on Metal Blade Records in early 2015.

ENSIFERUM
11/26/14 Tokyo, JP Club Duo Exchange
11/27/14 Osaka, JP Mamba Rocket
12/13/14 Eindhoven, NL Eindhoven Metal Meeting
01/22-26/15 Miami-Ochos Rios-Miami 70,000 Tons Of Metal
07/30/15 – 08/01/15 Wacken, DE Wacken Open Air
08/13-15/15 Dinkelsbühl, DE Summer Breeze Festival

http://www.ensiferum.com
http://twitter.com/EnsiferumMetal
http://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum

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ENSLAVED ENTER THE STUDIO TO RECORD 13th ALBUM

enslaved2014Last week’s autumn equinox brought equal illumination to Earth’s Northern and Southern Hemispheres, but it also sparked other blood-warming news: the thirteenth studio installment by Norway’s progressive extreme metallers ENSLAVED is now underway.

From his home in Bergen, Norway, ENSLAVED guitarist, songwriter, and founding member Ivar Bjørnson takes some time to provide the following update:

enslaved2014_2“My favorite time of year is whenever we enter the studio with ENSLAVED to record a new album. Now the season of creative madness, endless days, and bleeding fingertips is upon us again… O joy! As before, it is the unholy trinity that forms the first line of attack: I (guitar), Grutle (Kjellson, bass & vocals), and Cato (Bekkevold, drums), are recording the foundations of the album live, while Ice Dale (lead guitar) and Herbrand (Larsen, vocals & keys) will add their instruments and voice in their own studios after these initial core sessions. Then I will add some wackiness at my home studio, before we all get together again to finish it.

“I feel that I have delivered basic material that is rock solid. I have poured my very life and heart into these compositions while the rest of the band have refined it, shaped it, and delivered it like their very lives depended on it. It has been challenging to keep up the pace with the way the songs wanted to go; life flows its ways and takes its turns regardless of your artistic ambitions. However, the music led the way through the fog and I just followed, and never doubting the oncoming album for a second.”

Main recordings for the as-yet-untitled new album are taking place at Duper and Solslottet Studios in Bergen, Norway with additional recordings done at Conclave & Earshot Studios (presided over by ENSLAVED members Larsen and Ice Dale), and Ivar Bjørnson’s Peersonal Sound Studios.

Additional experimentation and sonic exploration will be conducted deep in the woods of Valevåg south of Bergen where the band took a mobile studio to record the infamous “Thorn” 7” single in 2012.

The album will be produced by band members Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson & Herbrand Larsen together with Iver Sandøy. Mixing will be done by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.

Cover artwork will once again be illustrated by long-time collaborating artist and “sixth ENSLAVED member” Truls Espedal, who has painted all album covers since 2001’s Monumension.

riitiir2014For their 2012 studio release RIITIIR, ENSLAVED were nominated for a Spellemann Award (the Swedish equivalent of the American Grammy) for the seventh time in the category “Best Metal Album.” RIITIIR debuted at #8 on the American Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart in October 2012 and appeared on numerous “Best Albums of 2012” lists around the world.

RIITIIR can be purchased in CD & vinyl format from the album’s Landing Page, from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop, and digitally from iTunes & AmazonMP3.

ENSLAVED have won a Spellemann Award four consecutive times for the following four studio albums: Axioma Ethica Odini (2010), Vertebrae (2008), Ruun (2006), and Isa (2004).

Visit ENSLAVED online at:
www.facebook.com/ENSLAVED
www.YouTube.com/ENSLAVEDOFFICIAL
Twitter.com/ENSLAVEDBAND

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In Dying Arms at Cobalt Cafe

idapic3In Dying Arms, Darkness Divided, Trapped In The Past, Cobalt Café, September 21, 2014

TwoHearts Concerts has been consistently bringing some of the best shows to the venerable Cobalt Cafe in the San Fernando Valley, including the return of In Dying Arms on The Lives On Display Tour. This would be a massively memorable night, which would include In Dying Arms’ charismatic vocalist Orion Stephens making a surprise guest appearance earlier in the evening. An exciting collection of local and touring acts were present – here were three of the bands we covered on the night of September 21st in the wilds of Canoga Park…

Trapped In The Past

TrappedInThePast1The local act to go on right before the touring package was Trapped In The Past, whose sheer deathcore intensity really grabbed you by throat. I’ve seen a few of the members in other past local projects, and Trapped In The Past is definitely a solid entity they should continue to pursue. Songs such as Contemporary Fallacy and Blue Pants Are Officially Banned definitely left a lasting impression. In addition to their own combustible songs, Trapped In The Past covered Sloppy Seconds by In Dying Arms  – and IDA’s front man Orion Stephens joined them onstage for a grand finale that was nothing short of explosive. Trapped In The Past previously covered the IDA song at The Whisky, and the combination of Trapped’s front man Matt Reyes and IDA’s Orion Stephens was exhilarating. The talented Trapped In The Past lineup consists of Matt Reyes on vocals, Noah Martynstien on drums, Joseph Pineda on guitars, Nick Mendoza on guitars, and Bryant Mendez on bass. Expect Trapped In The Past to break out of Sylmar with intense performances like what they presented at the Cobalt Café.

Set List:
1. Uprising (Intro)
2. Contemporary Fallacy
3. Blue Pants Are Officially Banned
4. Such Things Happen
5. New Era Crumbled Down
6. Time Signature
7. Sloppy Seconds (In Dying Arms’ cover)

Darkness Divided

darknessdivided3Raging of out San Antonio, Texas, Darkness Divided made their way into the Southland and unleashed a riveting performance – surely making a whole new collection of fans and friends at the Cobalt Café. A recent Victory Records signing whose debut album Written In Blood has been garnering a good deal of attention, Darkness Divided delivered the goods in a big and glorious way. On the Christian metal side of the spectrum, there is no denying the passion and conviction Darkness Divided has to offer in a live setting. Highlights from their short yet persuasive set included A Well Run Dry, The Shepherds Hands, and The Hands That Bled. Included within the ranks of the Darkness Divided membership are Gerard Mora on vocals, Sebastian Elizondo on guitar and vocals, Christopher Mora on guitar and vocals, and Joseph Mora on bass. Judging by what was witnessed at the Cobalt Café, there is little doubt we’ll be hearing a lot more from the impassioned Darkness Divided in the months ahead. Fans of For Today and Haste The Day must make time out of “their day” and immediately check into the enlightening refrains of Darkness Divided!

Set List:
Eternal Thirst
A Well Run Dry
The Shepherds Hands
The Will Of Man
The Hands That Bled
Remnants

In Dying Arms

indyingarmscobalt3In Dying Arms is one of the most vastly underrated bands on the planet. Their debut for Artery Recordings entitled Boundaries is a stunning, wildly intense deathcore magnum opus that was a staggering assault to the senses. And the Baltimore, MD know how to bring their fiery songs to life with an all-out vengeance, presenting an in-your-face live performance that blew the walls out of the Cobalt Café. Opening with the punishing reveries of Famous Last Words, In Dying Arms sent the entire room into a heated frenzy. The sonic devastation kept emitting relentlessly from the stage, courtesy of Orion Stephens on vocals, Christian Becker filling in like a pro on guitar, John Myers on guitar, Terence Bright on bass, and Alvin Richardson on drums. One of the many highlights of the set was when the familiar opening strains of their should-be classic song The Core Of My Existence commenced, when the crowd went absolute insane, singing along to its wondrously infectious refrains. A rare encore at the Cobalt was even granted, with In Dying Arms returning to the stage to obliterate the room with the relentlessly heavy May I Have This Dance from their 2011 Self-Titled album.  Fans of bands such as Chelsea Grin and Oceano should seek out the auditory chaos of In Dying Arms, and prepare to be thoroughly enraptured..

Set List:
Famous last words
Womb of vital confinement
Lives of display
The core of my existence
Obsolete
Bathed in salt
Encore: may I have this dance

(Review and Trapped In The Past Photo by Ken Morton – In Dying Arms and Darkness Divided Photos by Jack Lue)

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Poland’s Vesania announce new album “Deus Ex Machina” and stream new song online

Vesania-DeusExMachinaPoland – September 24, 2014 – Vesania, the Polish symphonic black metal act that features current and former members of Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Vader, and Decapitated, have been toiling for over a decade.. The band’s fourth full-length album, and first since 2007, is finally scheduled for release on October 28, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. The brand new track, “Innocence,” can be heard now on metalblade.com/vesania, where fans can also pre-order a copy of the album!

Vesania is:
Orion – guitars and voices
Daray – drums
Siegmar – synths and samples
Heinrich – bass
Valeo – guitars

Vesania’s roots are firmly planted in Poland, but their reach has been expanding throughout the years across the globe. The collective experience of the members of the band speaks volumes of their knowledge and ability to craft world class albums.

There’s no singular unifying lyrical concept on “Deus Ex Machina“, but there’s a main theme, a coherent and deliberate thread running from the title through the music. The title of the album is a term from ancient Greek tragedy and translates to “god from the machine”. The idea for the concept was that a machine, typically a rudimentary crane, would lower a thespian playing god onto the stage to solve the seemingly unsolvable conflict in the plot. In modern entertainment, the term has evolved to primarily refer to a cheap solution in a poorly written script or novel. Alternatively, Vesania’s “Deus Ex Machina is a call for any kind of help or intervention because all of the lyrics on the album are hopeless and show characters in situations that leaves them powerless. One of the tracks tells the story of the lowering of an actor, supposedly the god, onto a stage before a corrupted man searching for answers. Instead, that actor is lowered by a noose around their neck, having already died. The lyrics paint a drab picture, particularly when paired with equally bleak music. Recording was completed at Sound Division Studio, with mastering by Scott Hull at Visceralsound Studios.

Follow Vesania online:
https://www.facebook.com/VesaniaOfficial
https://www.youtube.com/tanzteufel
http://vesania.pl

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It Lies Within Announces Tour with The Browning

itliesnews1It Lies Within, who is currently on tour with The Illumination (InVogue Records) and has recently toured with One Year Later and Curses while playing Dirt Fest, has just announced that they will be supporting The Browning (Earache Records) on the Cat Clothing presents The Respect Strength Loyalty tour. The tour’s announced dates runs from November 28th through December 20th, with more dates to be announced at a later date.

It Lies Within vocalist Zachary Scott had this to say on the tour, “We are very excited to be announcing the biggest tour of our career to date!” Notable dates during the tour include Austin, TX (November 28th), Dallas, TX (November 30th), Kansas City, MO (December 10th), Cleveland, OH (December 17th), and St. Louis, MO (December 20th). It Lies Within is still touring off their 2012 release, Chrysalis (Luxor Records), while finishing work on their Jonny Mcbee (of The Browning) produced new album. The new release is being produced by and will feature new guitarist Alex Maggard and new bassist/singer Erik McKay.

It Lies Within are a ferocious band. When I delved into their record Chrysalis, I was instantly hooked into all of the drama and profound artistry.”
-Rockadia

The message of the album also carries a positive feel reminiscent of epic metalcore acts such as Killswitch Engage.”
- Soundsphere

How this band slipped through the cracks for so long is a puzzling mystery, but they have survived the trenches and are on their way to gracing the scene.”
- Flabbergaster Music

TOUR DATES
11/28 – The Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
11/29 – Walters – Houston, TX
11/30 – Curtain Club – Dallas, TX
12/2 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
12/3 – The Underground – Mesa, AZ
12/6 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
12/7 – The Rock – Tucson, AZ
12/10 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
12/11 – Amsterdam Hall – St.Paul, MN
12/12 – Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IW
12/13 – Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
12/14 – Mojos – Joiliet, IL
12/16 – Token Lounge – Westland, MI
12/17 – The Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
12/18 – Thompson House – Newport, KY
12/20 – Fubar – St.Louis, MO

About It Lies Within:
Prevailing from the highest murder city per capita in America; Flint, MI based metalcore act It Lies Within exploded on the scene with their energetic live performance and positive based message. After quickly earning a few opening slots for larger national acts at their hometown venue The Machine Shop, It Lies Within immediately hit the studio and prepared for the road. Touring full time since 2011, these guys are inching their way and becoming recognized on to the national circuit. This lifelong group of friends are on a non-stop path to shed a different light on the metalcore scene with their creative music writing, positive message and insane live show. Because of this diversity they are a very entertaining group to watch.

Over the last two years, It Lies Within has played numerous sold-out shows with The Devil Wears Prada, All That Remains, We Came As Romans, Asking Alexandria, Motionless in White, Attack! Attack!, Texas in July, Times of Grace, Chiodos and more. It Lies Within’s first full length Luxor Records release Chrysalis was released Sept. 4th, 2012 and is out now on iTunes and stores near you! Like a prince ready to prove his worth to the kingdom, It Lies Within is ready to release a new album in early 2014. With their die-hard street team and constant growing fan base – these guys will survive the trends and create music for the masses.

LINKS
www.itlieswithin.com
www.facebook.com/itlieswithin
www.twitter.com/itlieswithin

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Alexz Johnson Announces New Album And Fall Tour With Jared & The Mill

2353[Her music's] simplicity serves as the perfect canvas upon which Alexz’s fans can appreciate her poignant lyrics and her true sense of artistry.”
- MTV Buzzworthy

Her vocals range from beautiful cooing to powerful wailing
- PopCrush

Brooklyn, NY – September 23, 2014 – Brooklyn singer / songwriter Alexz Johnson is excited to announce her new album Let ‘Em Eat Cake, produced by David Kahne (Stevie Nicks, Regina Spektor, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen), which will be released on October 14th. In support of her new album, Alexz is joining Jared & The Mill on a Fall tour that will kick off October 16th in Boston, MA and wrap on December 6th in Philadelphia. For more information, visit: alexzjohnson.com.

Alexz Johnson is an independent Canadian singer/songwriter and actress based in Brooklyn, NY. With a unique soulful folk-pop sound and passionate songwriting style, it’s no wonder Alexz Johnson has been called a modern day Stevie Nicks with the vocal style of Aretha Franklin. Johnson’s success in TV and film as young adult (Instant Star, So Weird, Final Destination 3) not only landed her a Gemini Award (Canadian Emmy) in 2008, but also helped her garner a massive grassroots fan following. In the absence of traditional support, Alexz has continued to build a strong following in an independent market. Deciding to release her Skipping Stone EP through Kickstarter, over $67,000 was raised overall allowing her to tour 17 cities with her band across the US and Canada. Earlier this year, Alexz’s fans once again showed their support when she raised over $50,000 on PledgeMusic to produce her HEART EP and upcoming full-length, Let ‘Em Eat Cake.

Born and raised in Canada, the middle child of nine siblings, Alexz began writing songs with her brother Brendan at the age of 12. After writing for and portraying musicians in multiple Canadian films and TV shows, Alexz began to experiment with her own unique pop/soul sound. This attracted the attention of major labels, signing first to Capitol Records in 2005 and Epic/Sony in 2008 (completing a full length record with legendary producer Greg Wells). Due to internal changes, the album never got its proper release.

In 2012, Alexz’s release of “Walking” premiered on MTV Buzzworthy and by the end of the year, landed her on Billboard’s “Uncharted to Watch” list. Alexz’s songs have been featured in the likes of Instant Star, Degrassi (including the theme song for season 11), Pretty Little Liars, The L.A. Complex, and most recently in Season Three of WIGS series, BLUE, produced by Jon Avnet, directed by Rodrigo Garcia, and starring Julia Stiles. Johnson wrote and composed the music for the season, and also plays the girlfriend of Jane O’Hara’s character in this award-winning series.

Alexz Johnson will release Let ‘Em Eat Cake October 14th, 2014.

For more information, please visit:
WEBSITE: alexzjohnson.com
FACEBOOK: http://on.fb.me/1c44qxb
TWITTER: twitter.com/alexzjohnson
YOUTUBE: youtube.com/itsalexzjohnson

Tracklisting:
1. Heart Like That
2. Let ‘Em Eat Cake
3. Cologne
4. Gonna Get It
5. That Pain
6. Heart Turns Black
7. Tears Of A Dragon
8. Ruthless Love
9. I Will Fall In Love

Tour Dates:
*With Jared & The Mill
Oct 16 Boston MA Café 939*
Oct 17 Providence RI The Spot Underground*
Oct 18 Burlington VT Higher Ground*
Oct 19 Northampton MA Iron Horse Music Hall*
Oct 21 Portland ME Empire*
Oct 22 Brooklyn NY The Living Room – CMJ
Oct 23 New York NY The Marlin @ Webster Hall- CMJ
Oct 25 Toronto ON El Mocambo*
Oct 26 Cleveland OH Cambridge Room*
Oct 28 Pittsburgh PA Hard Rock Café*
Oct 30 Indianapolis IN Radio Radio*
Oct 31 Chicago IL Space*
Nov 2 Madison WI High Noon Saloon*
Nov 3 Minneapolis MN 7th St. Entry*
Nov 4 Omaha NE Reverb Lounge*
Nov 6 Kansas City, MO Riot Room*
Nov 8 Denver CO Moe’s*
Nov 9 Salt Lake City UT The Loading Dock*
Nov 10 Jackson Hole WY Million Dollar Cowboy Bar (Free Show)*
Nov 12 Portland OR Mississippi Studio*
Nov 13 Seattle WA El Corazon*
Nov 14 Boise ID Revolution Concert House*
Nov 16 San Francisco CA Hotel Utah*
Nov 18 Santa Barbara Soho House*
Nov 19 San Diego CA Soda Bar*
Nov 20 Los Angeles Bootleg Theater*
Nov 21 Phoenix AZ Crescent Ballroom*
Nov 24 Santa Fe NM Skylight*
Nov 26 Houston TX Bronze Peacock @ HOB*
Nov 28 Dallas TX Cambridge Room @ HOB*
Nov 29 Austin TX Stubbs Jr.*
Dec 1 Birmingham AL The Nick
Dec 2 Nashville TN 12th & Porter
Dec 3 Atlanta GA Smith’s Olde Bar
Dec 4 Charlotte NC Double Door
Dec 6 Philadelphia PA World Café Live

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Mutant League signs Housing

HOUSINGWe are proud to announce that Hamilton, Ontario’s Housing has joined the Mutant League roster. Formed in 2013, the Canadian four-piece has developed a distinct sound, referencing modern indie-rock heavyweights such as Tigers Jaw and Title Fight.

“I was blown away when I first came across these guys,” comments Mutant League Records owner Nate Steinheimer. “They’re one of those bands that you can tell is wise beyond their years. There’s this dark, melodic element to them that definitely sets them apart. I’m really excited to see Housing take off in the next year”.

Housing’s recent single “Sundress” can be streamed here: http://tiny.cc/uccmmx. Look for the bands debut 7” EP out early 2015. www.mutantleaguerecords.com

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Crown The Empire: Sunset Strip Takeover

ctewhiskyjl1Crown The Empire has certainly set the imagination in flight with their exhilarating mixture of metalcore and rock – first on The Fallout and now with their spiraling magnum opus entitled The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways.  Hitting the road on a cross country headlining tour, the world famous Whisky a Go-Go on the Sunset Strip would be the second stop of Crown The Empire’s Welcome To The Resistance Extravaganza.  Prior to their set, Highwire Daze had the opportunity to chat with vocalists Andy Leo and David Escamilla to find out more about their compelling new release on Rise Records, life on the road, headlining their own shows, Billboard Chart action, and a whole lot more!. Read on…

Introduce yourself and tell me what you do in Crown the Empire. What is a favorite song off the new record and why?
Dave: I’m Dave. I scream.
Andrew: I’m Andrew and I sing.
Dave: Mine might be “Satellites.” It’s a fun song to play. It is kind of different from the stuff that we have put out before and I sing a lot more in it.
Andrew: That is pretty good. For me, I would say “Machines” or “Rise to the Runaways,” they are both in your face, they give a bold overtone for what the album is about. I’m all about that. As of right now I would say “Millennia.” It went over really well live. We played it for the first time yesterday and the crowd was phenomenal. That’s my favorite so far.

ctewhiskyjl2How is this headlining tour going so far and what have been some of the highlights?  The tour started last night actually at Chain?
Andrew: Chain reaction was awesome. I guess we’ll see how the rest of it goes. Honestly, the first day for every band is the most stressful shit ever, things break, we didn’t get to use a lot of equipment that we wanted to use the first time. People were stressed. I have learned in the three years that we have been touring that you can’t sweat the first day, you have plenty of time to tweak everything, and it will all be just fine. But I would say the actual show was the highlight, it went off fucking incredible, the crowd was amazing, everybody was happy to be there.

How stressful is it to be the headlining band on a tour?
Andrew: For the bands themselves it is so easy. You get all the space you want, you get your own green room which is good for a change. A lot of the time you just have to hang out in your van or hangout where ever you are staying at the time. We’ve always had to play in front of the other bands drum kit. The headliner has their drum kit on stage and we have probably had a foot of space for all six of us to not fall off the stage while we perform. It is nice to be the seniors and bully down on everybody else for a bit. You know, you get a lot of luxuries. I am sure it is really stressful for the crew but for us it is smooth sailing.

ctewhiskyjl3Compare this tour or a tour like this to Warped Tour, what is the difference?
Dave: Oh man, to Warped Tour it is a huge difference. I mean it is way less convenient on Warped Tour, you have to walk to everything and you have to wait in line for everything.
Andrew: You have a 9-hour day.
Dave: Yeah. You have lots of signings and other things like that on top of your set. You don’t know what time it is. You can wake up at 11 AM and be playing 15 minutes later. These tours you can just walk around and go somewhere to eat and wake up late, stay up late. It is way more laid back.
Andrew: Definitely. I mean, we still have to get into the hang of it too because we haven’t played a venue tour in four to five months it seems like. All summer and some time off so now that we are getting back into the groove of things we appreciate a little bit more.

What could we expect from your live show tonight at The Whisky?
Andrew: All new songs, the new record is out, we are excited to play a ton of new songs off of it. New stage equipment, that Dave’s dad actually built himself. He had this giant rig and it was made to look like this old rotted, rusted steel bars that have a cog and crown, our logo, lit up all around it. It was huge. Everyone was like we probably won’t be able to use it a lot of the time but we managed to fit some of it on stage today. We’ve got these big projector screens with a show that runs along side the light show that we made. Different videos that go along the whole song. We are really excited about it. Yesterday we didn’t get to use it and everyone was bummed out but today it is working fine so it will be a new experience to add to the part of the show.

ctewhiskyjl4How did your dad get involved in this?
Andrew: He just kicked ass.
Dave: Honestly, he has been a carpenter for years so he just knows how to build things and just said that he can do it if we needed him to. We did, and he did it in four days. It was insane.

How is the new album Rise of the Runaways been received so far by the fans?
Dave: So far it’s been insane. We have only had one tour so far but they seem to really know the words already and it’s incredible.
Andrew: Every word. Every word. It was absolutely insane. Last night they were singing louder than we could, the entire time. Every part too, it wasn’t just the singing, it wasn’t just the chorus of the last song. It was every part to every song. It is cool to see how well received it was because on The Fallout - it was us trying to get our foot in the door and get our name out there, trying to impress everyone, but the people that came to see us on tour are the people who actually know us and love our songs so it is a nice change of pace. The vibes were incredible. I was smiling the entire time I think.

81WDWZzGAqL._SL1500_Who are the Runways and why are they Rising?
Andrew: The Rise of the Runaways is a concept album and the Runaways are the protagonists, they are this group of misfits from all across this world that we created fighting against the suppressive evil dictator guy. It’s time to rise is us fighting back against the system of lack of change, lack of apathy that is taking over all of our friends at home. We have seen this situation from an outside perspective. If we were static at home, everybody tends to want to do the 9-to-5 and go along with the condition their whole lives. We as a band, didn’t know that we were going to have any success whatsoever, took that risk and that is what life is all about. We’re fighting this message to our fans, take a risk, go out and do something. Fight for what is right and fight for what you believe in. That is what the album is all about.

You guys have survived Warped Tour twice now. What advice would you give a band about to attempt it for the first time next year.
Andrew: Clean up after yourself. Take care of yourself. It is nice to be courteous especially on a hard tour like that. It is hot, people get heated for no reason. take care of yourself, clean up after yourself, be courteous to those around you because your boys, you are going to need them.
Dave: Take a reliable vehicle. That is a huge thing I think. Be comfortable and take a good vehicle for sure.

How genuinely surprised were you to win the AP award?
Andrew: So stoked. We found out right before we went on the stage. They called us over and we had to be on that side of the stage at this time. Okay, we went over there and Kevin Lyman the owner of Warped was sitting over there holding a clipboard, helping running the event and looked and was just like ‘Congratulations guys”. We were like what? We didn’t see any other nominees for the award around so we were just like AHH. All excited and right then we saw our name and it was really awesome, a really fun experience. Got to see a lot of homies and stuff like that from tours.

crownw5_1Another surprise, your album at number seven on Billboard.
Andrew: Yeah it made it to number seven.

KM: What did you think about that?
Andrew: The Fallout didn’t come in, we were close! Then with this record coming in at number seven out of an actual top 200 of all the music that came out. We got number one hard rock album, number one regular rock album in the country. To have a top ten record with something, with an idea that we had and all worked towards is just unreal. I think that actual tears were shed at one point. I’m not going to say who cried but it was just overwhelming. We were so excited and we’re just so excited for what it will hold for the future. It unlocks a lot of opportunities that we wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. We will see what happens this year.

How would you like Crown the Empire to be remembered 20 years from now, if someone in the future is listening to your record?.
Dave: I hope that we are still playing twenty years from now.
Andrew: I know. Twenty years if I could still be up on stage singing my ass off I would be forty but (laughs). I would love to do it forever. Think about it, for me growing up, kids listened to Metallica, kids listened to Zeppelin, and they listen to them now. They are my favorite band of all time, they haven’t put anything out in so long. You favorite song from them came out so long ago. Just to be remembered like that would be awesome. Any longevity like that would be surreal for me.
Dave: I would have to agree.

What is up next for you after this tour is over? I think you are going to the UK.
Dave: We are going to Europe actually. Europe and UK.
Andrew: We have Monster Outbreak Tour coming up with Attila, that will be cool. A lot of House of Blues size venues, those are always cool. We get free chip and queso every show. That is a highlight. We have a spot date in Mexico City. We are flying out for a show there, we have never been so that will be exciting. Our manager is here today and he told us about a bunch of crazy tour dates outside of the country pretty soon here so keep an eye out.

Any message for your fans in the LA Area?
Andrew: We love you guys and hopefully you guys dig this show tonight. If you haven’t checked out the new record yet then check it out. Hopefully we will see you soon.

Crown The Empire is:
Andy Leo: Vocals
David Escamilla: Vocals
Brandon Hoover: Guitar
Benn Suede: Lead Guitar
Hayden Tree: Bass
Brent Taddie: Drums

(Interview by Ken Morton – Photos by Jack Lue)

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