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Invent, Animate Announce Debut Album

ts3b_promo2_1(Port Neches, TX) – Texas metalcore band Invent, Animate has announced that their debut album Everchanger will be released on 8/26/14 via Tragic Hero Records. Pre-orders and exclusive merch is available here. The effort is a follow-up to their first EP Waves and their label debut Native Intellect (a two song mini EP). The new album Everchanger was produced by Brian Hood (MyChildren, MyBride, Being As An Ocean) and Jesse Cash the guitarist/vocalist for metalcore juggernauts ERRA.

ts3b_InventAnimateCover_1Today, the band has teamed up with Revolver Magazine to bring you the official music video for “Nocturne: Lost Faith,” directed by Justin Beasley. The song’s intricate patterns and divine melodies create an unforgettable balance of chaos and harmony.

“So glad to finally be in this position,” says vocalist Ben English. “About to release this album/video that we worked so hard on, and about to hit the road for a month with I Declare War, Oceano, and some other awesome bands. Huge thanks to Justin Beasley and the whole KOTK team for all the work and the video, and of course huge thanks to Brian Hood for absolutely destroying the mix on this record. Can’t wait for you all to hear this whole thing.”

Invent, Animate will be on “THE HEAVIER THAN HEAVY TOUR” presented by MerchNow and features I Declare War, Oceano, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, and Barrier. Special VIP ticket packages are on sale now via Soundrink where fans can get a ticket, VIP laminate, and a custom screen printed poster, all for just $25.

Tracklisting:
1.Sol
2.Naturehold
3.Nocturne : Lost Faith
4.Courier
5.Moon Phase
6.Forest Haven
7.Eventide
8.Native Intellect
9.Half-Life
10.Luna

Tour Dates:
8/8: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
8/9: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
8/10: Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
8/11: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
8/12: Bakersfield, CA @ The Gate
8/13: Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
8/14: Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Cafe
8/15: San Diego, CA @ SOMA
8/16: Las Vegas, NV @ S. Nevada Sports Centre
8/17: Mesa, AZ @ The Underground
8/19: San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
8/20: Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats West
8/21: Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
8/22: Houston, TX @ Walters
8/23: Austin, TX @ Red 7
8/24: Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
8/26: Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
8/27: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
8/28: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Loading Dock
8/29: Boise, ID @ The Shredder
8/30: Spokane, WA @ The Hop

ts3b_WebAdmat_1About Invent, Animate:
“With so much metalcore out these days, the best thing to do is be fresh. Invent, Animate does this,” says music critic Mike Bohn who reviewed the band’s first EP Waves. “They do a lot more than other bands out there and they do it well.”

Creating an idea and bringing it to life is what inspired the progressive metalcore band Invent, Animate to pursue their passion for spreading positive messages through their music. The group was formed on the cloudy Christmas Eve of 2011 in a small town east of Houston called Port Neches, Texas. Ben English (vocals), Logan Forrest (guitar), Keaton Goldwire (guitar), Caleb Sherraden (bass), and Trey Celaya (drums) came together through their mutual love of bands like Deftones, Underoath, and Norma Jean. They are heavily influenced by what these bands have to say and the way they carry themselves as musicians.

Invent, Animate are a highly energetic band that puts an unsullied look on the metalcore market. Their work is multi-dimensional and shows their ability to be very dynamic. Never fearful to be chaotic and crazy one minute, but then decelerate and bring a softer, more beautiful aspect the next. “We’re not afraid to slow it down, experiment with different vocal styles, and maybe even sing in a few parts,” says vocalist Ben English. In addition to performing at the South By So What?! festival, the group has shared the stages with Oh, Sleeper, Of Mice & Men, and Architects.

Invent, Animate recently signed with Tragic Hero Records and have plans to release their debut full-length Everchanger on 8/26/14. “It’s still so surreal to me,” says English. “Growing up, some of my favorite bands were a part of Tragic Hero, and I’m super excited to be a part of the family. The record that we’ve been pouring ourselves into for months is really going to be unlike anything we’ve done before. We’re branching out and doing things that we’ve never done, and the outcome is really sounding incredible and we’re super excited for everyone to hear it.”

For fans of: Architects, ERRA, Northlane, and Reflections.

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Allegaeon joins Arsis for fall ‘A Decade of Guilt’ North American tour

allegaeon-arsisColorado’s Allegaeon will embark on tour this fall with Arsis! Allegaeon has been selected as the direct support act for the ArsisA Decade of Guilt” North American tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of “A Celebration of Guilt“. Opening the tour will be Exmortus! This line up will prove to be one of finest displays of musicianship that the American metal scene has to offer. It is not to be missed and more dates will be added soon!

Allegaeon’s new album “Elements of the Infinite” was released this past June worldwide on Metal Blade Records. For the first time ever, Allegaeon cracked the Billboard Charts and Canadian Charts with the new album. “Elements of the Infinite” came in at #25 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart, #31 on the Canadian Hard Rock Charts and #141 on the Canadian digital music charts. On the day of release in Canada, the album was #1 on iTunes Metal Chart, #6 on the iTunes Rock Chart and #38 on the iTunes Top 200 Current Album Chart. In the US, the album peaked at #3 on the iTunes Metal Chart.

The album is available for order in special bundle packages at http://www.metalblade.com/allegaeon

A play-through video for the song “Dyson Sphere” is available for viewing HERE.

Allegaeon’s video for the song “Our Cosmic Casket” can be streamed HERE.

Their video for the song “1.618” can be viewed HERE.

ALLEGAEON
A Decade of Guilt North America Tour
w/ Arsis, Exmortus
09/01 Springfield, VA Empire
09/02 Trenton, NJ Championship Bar
09/03 New York, NY Santos
09/04 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
09/05 Montreal, QC Foufounes Electriques
09/06 Quebec City, QC Dagobert
09/08 Lakewood, OH The Foundry
09/12 Winnipeg, MB The Zoo
09/13 Saskatoon, SK Rock Bottom
09/16 Vancouver, BC Red Room
09/17 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
09/18 Portland, OR Tonic Lounge
09/20 Anaheim, CA O.C. Music Hall
09/21 San Diego, CA New Royal Dive
09/23 Denver, CO Moon Room
09/25 Fort Worth, TX Rail Club
09/27 Orlando, FL Haven Lounge
09/28 Tampa, FL The Orpheum

ALLEGAEON
Artery Metal Tour ’14 w/ Chimaira, The Plot in You, Upon This Dawning, Silence the Messenger

08/05 Joliet, IL Mojoes
08/06 Spring Lake Park, MN Pov
08/07 Peoria, IL Rail II
08/08 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
08/09 Lansing, MI The Loft
08/10 Akron, OH Rock Factory
08/11 St Louis, MO Fubar
08/12 Shawnee, KS Aftershock
08/13 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
08/14 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
08/15 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
08/16 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
08/17 Spokane, WA The Hop
08/19 Sacramento, CA Assembly
08/20 West Hollywood, CA Whiskey a Go Go
08/21 San Diego, CA Soma-Sidestage
08/22 Phoenix, AZ Joes Grotto
08/23 Tucson, AZ The Rock
08/25 Odessa, TX Club Patron
08/26 San Antonio, TX Korova (basement)
08/27 Austin, TX Dirty Dog Bar
08/28 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
08/29 Dallas, TX Trees
08/30 Oklahoma City, OK The Chameleon Room

Allegaeon will be hitting the road next month with Chimaira, The Plot in You, Upon This Dawning and Silence the Messenger as part of “The Artery Metal Tour“. The tour begins August 5th in Joliet, IL and runs through August 30th in Oklahoma City, OK. A complete list of dates can be found below. Tickets for the tour can be purchased HERE.

Elements of the Infinite” was recorded, mixed and mastered by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio in Colorado Feb-April 2014. Otero’s work has been more prominent in the last few years – some fans may have heard his work on the latest Cattle Decapitation album, Cephalic Carnage, and more. Otero’s efforts here, along with the band’s new material, has led to Allegaeon’s most realized and mature release to date. Musically, fans will be treated to orchestrations that provide significant depth to the sound. The orchestrations were composed by guitarist Greg Burgess along with Joe Ferris (monumentalaudio.net).

Allegaeon is:
Ezra Haynes – Vocals
Michael Stancel – Guitar
Greg Burgess – Guitar
Corey Archuleta – Bass
Brandon Park – Drums

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PIERCE THE VEIL, SLEEPING WITH SIRENS UNITE FOR “THE WORLD TOUR”

196Rockstar Energy Drink Presents Five-month Global Co-Headline Trek that Kicks Off This Fall with an 19+ Date U.S. Run

L-R: SWS’s Justin Hills, Nick Martin, Gabe Barham, Kellin Quinn, Jack Fowler; PTV’s Jaime Preciado, Vic Fuentes, Tony Perry, Mike Fuentes * Photo Credit: Adam Elmakias

199LOS ANGELES, CA – (MONDAY, July 21, 2014) – This Fall just got a whole lot better, because two of the most exciting and compelling forces on the music scene today are headed out on the road together, and Rockstar Energy Drink will present all dates. Sharing the stage for the first time since their completely sold out “Collide With The Sky” 2012 tour, Sleeping with Sirens and Pierce the Veil announce a five-month, multi-leg, co-headline world tour – “The World Tour.” With PTV and SWS alternating the closing spot on the bill, the tour will kick off with an 19+ date U.S. trek, launching November 5 at Woodward Park Rotary Amphitheater in Fresno, CA. Beartooth and This Wild Life will support on all of the Fall dates. Check out this special video message from SWS’s Kellin Quin and PTV’s Vic Fuentes. VIP Packages and limited pre-sale tickets are available now at www.theworldtour.info. Tickets go on sale to the public Saturday, July 26 at 10AM local time.

Said PTV’s Vic Fuentes, “Our fans inspired us to create this tour, so that makes it extra special, and very meaningful for us. Doing a world tour is something that not a lot of bands get to do in a lifetime, so we plan on making these shows the best we’ve ever done. We can’t wait to see you all there!”

“It’s been awhile since either Sleeping with Sirens or Pierce The Veil have toured, and I think it’s truly special to travel the world together,” said SWS’s Kellin Quinn. “So to do a tour this long that hits so many countries? What more could you ask for? It’ll be insane, so don’t miss out!”

With more dates to be announced, the itinerary for Leg One of “The World Tour” is as follows:

NOVEMBER
5 Woodward Park Rotary Amphitheater, Fresno, CA
7 Fox Theatre, Pomona, CA
8 Rialto Theatre, Tucson, AZ
9 Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
11 The Pavilion @ Lone Star Event Center, Lubbock, TX
13 Brady Theatre, Oklahoma City, OK
14 Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, TN
15 House of Blues, N. Myrtle Beach, SC
16 NorVa, Norfolk, VA
19 Freedom Hall @ Lancaster Convention Center, Lancaster, PA
20 Pine Belt Arena, Toms River, NJ
21 Washington Avenue Armory, Albany, NY
22 Webster Theatre, Hartford, CT
24 The Paramount, Huntington, NY
29 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI

DECEMBER
1 7 Flags Event Center, Clive, IA
3 Boulder Theatre, Boulder, CO
5 Knitting Factory, Reno, NV
6 The Joint, Las Vegas, NV

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About Pierce the Veil:
San Diego’s own Pierce the Veil – Vic Fuentes (vocals/guitar), Mike Fuentes (drums), Tony Perry (guitar), and Jaime Preciado (bass) – has emerged as one of the fastest-rising young bands on the post-hardcore scene, manifested by the rocket-ride success of the band’s 2012 release, Collide With The Sky. Debuting at #12 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, Collide With The Sky has sold nearly a quarter-million copies in the U.S. alone, and the music video for the track “King for a Day” (featuring Sleeping with Sirens’ Quinn), has racked-up an astounding 32-million YouTube views. In 2012, PTV performed on the Main Stage for the entire Vans Warped Tour, and then went on to sweep the Alternative Press Readers Poll taking awards for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Live Band of the Year, Cover Art of the Year, Music Video of the Year, Best Band Merch, Best Drummer and Best Bassist of the year. This year, marking the inauguration of AP’s Music Awards, PTV has received seven nominations including Artist of the Year and Best Live Band. In 2013, the band’s music video “King For A Day” was awarded “Best Video of the Year” at the Kerrang! Awards, and earlier this year, the band’s critically-acclaimed documentary “This is a Wasteland,” picked up a Revolver Golden God statue for Best Film & Video. PTV has been sequestered in a New York-area studio since June working again with producer Dan Korneff (CWTS) on their fourth album which will be released in early 2015.

http://piercetheveil.net

About Sleeping with Sirens:
Sleeping With Sirens released their latest album, Feel, in 2013 which garnered a #3 debut on Billboard’s Top 200 chart. Aside from playing to the biggest crowds each night on the main stage at Warped Tour for the past two years, Sleeping With Sirens has sold out numerous headlining tours worldwide. The group brought in Machine Gun Kelly to perform their first single off of Feel, “Alone”, during their main stage run on Warped in 2013 and in London as a special surprise for fans. Sleeping With Sirens has been featured on numerous print magazine covers worldwide, including Kerrang, Rock Sound, Alternative Press, and Blunt. The band was named Alternative Press’ Artist of the Year in 2013 and is nominated in 4 categories for the Alternative Press Music Awards this year, including “Artist of the Year” and “Album of the Year” and will also be performing. Having just announced a week of surprise performances at this year’s Warped Tour to be followed by Reading & Leeds festivals in the UK, this only marks the beginning of what will be Sleeping With Sirens’ biggest release yet.

http://sleepingwithsirens.net

About Beartooth:
Beartooth is a Columbus, OH hardcore band fronted by 21 year-old Caleb Shomo, with guitarists Taylor Lumley and Kamron Bradbury, bassist Oshie Bichar, and drummer Brandon Mullins. Off the strength of their debut EP Sick they built a strong and dedicated following; their songs have garnered two million plays on YouTube and primed them for the release of their first full-length album Disgusting, out now on Red Bull Records. Critical praise for Disgusting has been effusive: Alternative Press featured Caleb on the cover of their July Warped Tour issue, Kerrang called them “the world’s best new band” and Rolling Stone named Beartooth a “New Artist You Need To Know” for the month of June. The five-piece has toured consistently both stateside and in the UK and Europe, rising from local basement shows to national tours with the likes of Memphis May Fire, August Burns Red and Of Mice & Men, and they are currently out on the Vans Warped Tour.

http://www.beartoothband.com

About This Wild Life:
This Wild Life is Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso from Long Beach, California. The two met while working at a musical instrument store and quickly bonded over their love for hardcore. Soon enough they began playing shows as pop-punk band This Wild Life. After countless shows, local success, and strong online reaction with YouTube views in the millions, they found new inspiration from Dashboard Confessional and they reinvented themselves as an acoustic duo. Clouded is their debut full-length and was recorded with Aaron Marsh of Copeland. Clouded saw phenomenal first week success on the Billboard charts, debuting as the #1 Top New Artist, #1 Top Alternative New Artist, #49 Digital Album, and the #17 Independent Album. Clouded has garnered much critical acclaim. According to Alternative Press it is “outrageously well-written songs, played well with much skill…everything about this one is a winner” with a 4.5/5 star review. Absolute Punk calls it “one of the most impressive debut albums this year” giving it an 8.5/10. This Wild Life is the result of the hard work of the Long Beach friends. Their journey has been marked by small triumphs, big struggles and countless floor shows, bringing This Wild Life’s heartfelt, melodic and acoustic punk-rock to a bigger audience they’ve earned.

http://thiswildlifeband.com

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Meet Casey Bolles; On Tour with My Heart, My Anchor In August

Casey-69Meet Casey Bolles; On Tour with My Heart, My Anchor In August

RIYL: Say Anything, Bright Eyes, The Front Bottoms

Hailing from Buffalo, NY, Casey Bolles plays acoustic indie/emo/punk music about feelings and stuff. With influences ranging from The Mountain Goats to Say Anything, he writes music that’s personal, but at the end of the day everyone can say “same” to.

photo1tourHis first release, The Fever, was an energetic, full band EP with an indie pop rock feel to it, evoking Say Anything, but future tracks are headed in a direction drawing more heavily upon influences like Bright Eyes and The Front Bottoms, losing the full band while gaining some new influences, experiences, and maturity.

Casey will be releasing new music this fall. Catch Casey on tour with My Heart, My Anchor starting August 10th.

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Before You Exit release Heart Like California single

2176Orlando, FL – July 21, 2014 – The pop trio, known as Before You Exit, have premiered their new single, “Heart Like California“, on air with Radio Disney.  You can watch the lyric video for the track, here: http://bit.ly/WqGY8F.

The song was written and produced by Before You Exit’s own Connor and Riley McDonough, with all mixing done by Connor. On the release of “Heart Like California,” Riley tells us, “‘Heart Like California’ is a song we’ve been wanting to put out for a long time and it shows a different side to our music. It’s got a fun summer vibe and we can’t wait to hear everyone singing along.” The band recently released a music video for their hit single, “Dangerous”, which you can check out, here: http://bit.ly/1dHgWzZ. “Dangerous“, co-written by Connor and Riley McDonough and mixed by Serben Ghenea, also premiered on Radio Disney. For more information, please visit: www.BeforeYouExit.com.

The band was recently named the winner of the third annual Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star Campaign. They will be performing alongside music’s biggest stars at this year’s iconic two-day iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on September 19th and 20th, as well as performing at the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this November.

Before You Exit spent the past month on tour with Fifth Harmony for select dates of their 5th Times A Charm Tour, after having previously wrapped up their spring headlining run, The Dangerous Tour, with Plug In Stereo as direct support. Before You Exit released their latest EP, I Like That, last February. The EP’s title track, peaked at #4 on Radio Disney Top 30 Countdown.

The Orlando, Florida-based band of brothers have been playing ever since they were little. The group consists of Connor McDonough, 20, (Vocals/Guitar), Riley McDonough, 18, (Vocals), and younger brother Toby McDonough, 16, (Vocals/Guitar) and they’ve already began to make their mark on the world.

With their most recent EP, I Like That, the three brothers have crafted a soaring pop album of uplifting relationship songs that effortlessly blend sharp hooks with bright and buoyant rock. “We were searching for a sound, and wrote with as many people as we could. It helped us grow and write better songs. For this album we wrote 30 to 40 songs and picked our favorites,” Riley McDonough says. The band drew inspiration and wrote songs from sessions with such seasoned vets as Robert Ellis Orall (Taylor Swift), Dan Book and Alexei Misoul (Hot Chelle Rae), Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low), and Stephen Barker Liles (Love and Theft). The album standout and first single, “I Like That“, is a tune with tenderly romantic lyrics and big pop-rock beat. Ryan Daly and Anthony Improgo, along with Connor McDonough, produced the album. “They really listened to what we wanted to do and let us try out our ideas, no matter how crazy,” Connor says laughing. “Because of that, we feel really connected to the way the recording turned out,” Riley adds. The group is even more excited for the release of their brand new music coming soon!

With Before You Exit’s release, the I Like That EP, the band has been critically acclaimed by the likes of MTV, J-14, Seventeen, Radio Disney, Teen, Teen Vogue, Popstar!, Just Jared, just to name a few. The band has also toured/played with high profile acts such as
Cody Simpson, Olly Murs, The Wanted, Fifth Harmony, and even the Jonas Brothers.

Conjuring up the optimism in the band’s name-inspired by the sentiment”make a difference before you exit”- the band works daily to make their way to the top but they never fail to stop and appreciate what has helped get them this far.”There’s no way we’d be anywhere without our incredible fans. They are behind us every step of the way and are a huge piece of this band,” states youngest brother, Toby. In light of the many short lived and fly by night artists, this young, singer/songwriting, brother driven band, is one to be around for a while.

Purchase Before You Exit’s new single, “Heart Like California“, on iTunes, here: http://bit.ly/heartlikecalifornia.

For more information, please visit:
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Tour Dates:
7.26 Wildwood Convention Center Wildwood, NJ
7.27 Rye Playland Rye, NY
8.9 Six Flags Over Georgia Austell, GA
8.23 Six Flags Great Adventure Jackson, NJ
8.24 Digifest – Minnesota State Fair St. Paul, MN

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SICK OF IT ALL reveal international release dates, track listing and cover of “The Last Act Of Defiance”

837After kicking off their European (festival) tour New York Hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL also announce the release of their upcoming album “The Last Act Of Defiance” which is scheduled for the following dates:

Europe, Australia / NZ: September 29th, 2014
USA, Canada: September 30th, 2014

Asked about what he wants fans to walk away with after hearing “The Last Act Of Defiance” Armand Majidi’s (drums) answer is very simple: “I want them to feel that they just heard a hardcore record that has everything, from blistering speed to bouncing groove, to heavy and pounding to bright and melodic.”

The eye-catching cover artwork comes from Ernie Parada, who has already designed posters, merchandise and album art for numerous bands and artists from the punk and hardcore scene such as Hatebreed, Propagandhi, Rancid or The Gaslight Anthem just to mention a few.

“The Last Act Of Defiance” was produced by long time friend and producer Tue Madsen who recorded the album at Nova Studio in Staten Island, NY while mixing it in his own Antfarm Studio in Denmark.

Armand Majidi about why Tue Madsen is the perfect match for SICK OF IT ALL: “Not only do we get along famously, but he has always understood how to capture the band’s intensity in the quietly controlled, less-than-intense studio setting. It was always difficult for us to find an engineer who could capture our live sound before meeting Tue, so now that we’ve found him, he’s our guy.”


The track listing of the album reads as follows
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1. Sound the Alarm
2. 2061
3. Road Less Traveled
4. Get Bronx
5. Part of History
6. Losing War
7. Never Back Down
8. Facing the Abyss
9. Act Your Rage
10. Disconnect Your Flesh
11. Beltway Getaway
12. Sidelined
13. Outgunned
14. DNC

Catch Sick of it all live on one of the festivals and shows in the next 3 weeks:

Sick of it all
22.07.14 (H) Budapest – Budapest Park
23.07.14 (A) Graz – P.P.C.
25.07.14 (D) Essen – Nord Open Air
26.07.14 (D) Bausendorf – Riez Open Air
27.07.14 (D) Stuttgart – Universum
29.07.14 (F) Colmar – Grillen
30.07.14 (F) Nantes – Le Ferrailleur
01.08.14 (E) Viveiro – Resurrection Fest
02.08.14 (F) Biarritz – Festilasai @ Atabal
03.08.14 (F) Albi – Xtreme Fest
05.08.14 (I) La Spezia – Spazio Boss
06.08.14 (SLO) Tolmin – Punk Rock Holiday
07.08.14 (D) Munich – Free & Easy
08.08.14 (D) Torgau – Endless Summer Open Air
09.08.14 (CZ) Jaromer – Brutal Assault Festival

Stay tuned to sickofitall.com or facebook.com/sickofitallny for tour dates and other frequent updates.

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JOHNNY MARR ANNOUNCES SECOND SOLO ALBUM ‘PLAYLAND’

johnnymarrnews1TO BE RELEASED OCTOBER 7TH ON WARNER MUSIC GROUP

ALBUM AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW ON ITUNES AND AMAZON

Johnny Marr has announced the release date for his second solo effort ‘Playland,’ which is set for October 7th via Warner Music Group and available for pre-order now on iTunes and Amazon. Last year, the legendary guitarist for The Smiths enjoyed a monumental start to his solo career with an abundance of critical acclaim (included the honor of being named as NME’s Godlike Genius) for his Top 10 debut solo album ‘The Messenger.’ Meanwhile, his shows were celebrated for his ability to combine the best of his new material with select highlights from The Smiths, plus others from his extensive back catalogue.

Johnny Marr’s upwards trajectory continues unabated with the release of ‘Playland.’ Work on the album commenced in London in spring 2014 as soon as the year of touring in support of ‘The Messenger’ came to a close. It finds Marr continuing the creative connection that was forged on ‘The Messenger’ with collaborator and co-producer Doviak, as well as the other musicians who performed on the album and accompanying tour.

As Johnny states, “When ‘The Messenger’ came out I kept on writing. I liked that the band had a momentum going on tour and a connection with the audience, and I thought that energy would be good to capture on the new record.”

Written around a common theme of “songs that move at the speed of life,” ‘Playland’ captures much of the spirit that made ‘The Messenger’ so memorable with energetic, post-punk songwriting complemented by Johnny Marr’s characteristic guitar style, thought-provoking lyrical ideas and poised vocal phrasing. “It’s important to sound like your environment and on this record that’s London and Manchester,” he adds. “The feeling of the cities and the people make it into the music.”

The title ‘Playland’ is inspired by ‘Homo ludens,’ a 1938 book by the highly influential Dutch cultural theorist Johan Huizinga, which explores the concept of play as a precursor and principal element of cultural development.

One of Marr’s favorite performances of 2014 to date came when he performed at the premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in New York. His contributions to the film’s soundtrack (scored by Hans Zimmer) included a songwriting collaboration with Pharrell Williams, while he also performed the closing credits theme song “It’s On Again” with Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Johnny toured extensively in support of ‘The Messenger’ with highlights including three sold-out shows in Manchester; major London dates at The Roundhouse and the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire; as well as festival appearances including Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and T in the Park. His next UK headline tour includes his largest London solo headline show to date at the O2 Academy Brixton and also features a homecoming show at the O2 Apollo Manchester.

‘Playland’ track listing:
1.Back In The Box
2.Easy Money
3.Dynamo
4.Candidate
5.25 Hours
6.The Trap
7.Playland
8.Speak Out Reach Out
9.Boys Get Straight
10.This Tension
11.Little King

His current UK tour schedule runs as below:

OCTOBER
13th – Lincoln, The Engine Shed
14th – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
15th – Bexhill, De La Warr
17th – Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
18th – Cardiff, Great Hall
20th – O2 Academy Bournemouth
21st – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
23rd – O2 Academy Brixton London
24th – Bath, Pavilion
25th – O2 Apollo Manchester
27th – O2 Academy Glasgow
28th – O2 Academy Newcastle
29th – O2 Academy Leeds

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THE FAMILY RUIN Announce Debut Album Release Date

The_Family_Ruin_2014_Promo_180e15cBand To Support CROWN THE EMPIRE Headlining Tour

York, UK rockers THE FAMILY RUIN just revealed September 23rd as the official release date for their debut album Dearly Departed. The Family Ruin is the latest band signed to KBB Records, the label run by Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce and co-manager Kyle Borman. In anticipation of the forthcoming release, The Family Ruin will tour North America for the very first time supporting Crown The Empire on the ‘Welcome To The Resistance Tour.’

4561e3f9-6649-4519-a1d6-19c0057852ee“We can’t wait to come and melt faces all across the U.S with our debut album and upcoming tour with Crown The Empire. After hours on the road, days in the studio and months of anticipation, we bring you Dearly Departed this September, get ready!” adds vocalist Johnny Mennell.

Recently, The Family Ruin teamed up with Revolver to premiere the lyric video for their single, “Let It Burn.” Check it out here: http://www.revolvermag.com/news/the-family-ruin-premiere-new-song-let-it-burn.html

With an electrifying blast of face-melting riffs, thick grooves and rich harmonies – The Family Ruin are hitting hard and heavy with the debut of Dearly Departed, out September 23rd on KBB Records.

Dearly Departed, the debut album from The Family Ruin. Out September 23, 2014 on KBB Records.

Tracklist
01. Bring Out Your Dead
02. Leech
03. Cirque Du Sin
04. Let’s Go
05. Us Against The World
06. Battle For The Sun
07. Haunting
08. Wake Up
09. Filth
10. Broken Hands
11. Let It Burn
12. My Addiction
13. Where We Fall
14. Sonder

4b8767b4-6ce0-42cc-931b-3a1e33f77fc9The Family Ruin joins Volumes, Secrets and Ice Nine Kills on Crown The Empire’s headlining ‘Welcome To The Resistance Tour‘ launching August 30th. Visit www.facebook.com/thefamilyruin for more details.

AUGUST
30 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
31 Hollywood, CA – The Whisky

SEPTEMBER
2 Salt Lake City, UT – Club Sound
3 Colorado, Springs, CO – Black Sheep
5 Omaha, NE – Sokol Underground
6 Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose
7 Kokomo, IN – Center Stage
9 Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache
10 Toledo, OH – Frankies
11 Erie, PA – The B.T. Center
12 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
14 Danbury, CT – Heirloom Arts Theatre
17 Raleigh, NC – Southland Ballroom
18 Covington, KY – CODA
19 Louisville, KY – The Vernon Club
20 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco

THE FAMILY RUIN: Josh Adamson (bass), James Langley (guitar),
John Mennell (vocals), Craig Robinson (guitar/vocals) & Dom White (drums)

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THE TRADITIONAL join Anchor Eighty Four Records

thetrad1Los Angeles, CA – Please welcome Buffalo, NY’s THE TRADITIONAL to the roster! We are excited to have the guys on board, and their new album sounds ridiculously awesome! Layered with catchy sing-a-longs, rock and roll attitudes, and energetic / drivey guitars; The Traditional will surely have you in their grasp before nightfall!

The Traditional will release their new album through Anchor Eighty Four Records later this Fall. But until then, check out a teaser clip of their new song “Do You Miss Me Yet?” which will hit iTunes on August 5th.

Teaser Video:  http://youtu.be/j7bc7JONqw8

“I first heard about The Traditional through Nick Zoppo of Heart to Heart a few years ago,” said Cody Jones (owner/founder of Anchor Eighty Four). “I think they were on a DIY tour in support of Deathproof, maybe, and had played a few shows with The Traditional…But Nick had mentioned the band to me, and then Anthony (vocals/bass) had sent me some tracks they currently had. They were pretty good, but not quite there just yet. So, I told the guys to keep in touch and to keep sending me new jams. Fast forward two years, and Anthony reached out again and sent me this new record they had just finished and I couldn’t put it down! This new record rules so hard! I emailed him right away, and now I’m stoked to have the pleasure of releasing their new record this fall!”

Tour Dates:
07/25 – Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
09/07 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506

Connect with The Traditional
http://facebook.com/thetraditional
http://twitter.com/the_traditional
http://instagram.com/thetraditional

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DOYLE Announces Month-Long “Annihilate America Tour”

doyletour2014Kicking Off on August 15, 2014!

For the past few years, heavy music fans have been clamouring to witness Misfits guitarist DOYLE Wolfgang Von Frankenstein’s full band DOYLE in live-action glory. Coming fresh off the heels of their new album Abominator and several exclusive appearances at awards shows, conventions and beyond, DOYLE is pleased to announce their upcoming full U.S. tour, dubbed the “Annihilate America Tour”! DOYLE is DOYLE Wolfgang Von Frankenstein on guitar, Alex Wolfman Story on vocals, Dr. Chud on drums, and Left Hand Graham on bass.

The “Annihilate America Tour” tour kicks off on August 15, 2014 in Rochester, NY and visits 32 cities before closing in Lakewood, OR on September 15th. Ashylus is set to support DOYLE throughout the entire run.

Tickets are available now via http://www.officialdoyle.com/ or www.bandsintown.com/DoyleOfficial. A Pledge Music campaign will begin in one week that will focus on a follow-up tour to bring DOYLE to more cities in the fall and early winter. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

Also, stay tuned for brand new merchandise coming to http://www.officialdoyle.com/ in the coming weeks!

Tickets Available Now via http://www.officialdoyle.com/

DOYLE (Band) is:
DOYLE WOLFGANG VON FRANKENSTEIN: Guitar
ALEX WOLFMAN STORY: Vocals
DR.CHUD: Drums
LEFT HAND GRAHAM: Bass

Pledge Music Campaign for 2nd Tour Leg Coming Soon!

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