So the past few days we've had some songs for all you rockers out there but what about the rhyme animals out there? Fear not! Today we're bringing you some beats from little-known rapper Grieves. Hailing from Seattle Benjamin Laub teamed up with producer/instrumentalist Budo and together they have released two albums! Grieves has also performed at South By Southwest 2011 and was on the Warped Tour 2011 with Paramore, All Time Low, and Sum 41 among many other major names in music! He has been signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment.
Today's song is off his December 2007 release "Irreversible"
How we all doing today? This band has been described as the "Dark Linkin Park", and rightly so, Dead By Sunrise Got it's start when LP vocalist Chester Bennington found himself writing darker material than he would have had on a Linkin Park album. Channeling these songs into a side-project Bennington brought on guitarist Ryan Shuck, and drummer Elias Andra, together they put out DBS's first and only album to date: "Out Of Ashes". Bennington has mentioned potential for Dead By Sunrise's second release, but as a result of Linkin Park's new sound and direction selcting songs for LP and DBS has become more challenging. Hopefully we will see more from this group in the future!
Happy Saturday! Kick back, sleep in, and rock out to our song of the day! Nashville hard-rock band Red (also RED or R3D) got together when twin brothers Anthony Armstrong (guitarist) and Randy Armstrong (bassist) teamed up with lead vocalist Michael Barnes, as well as drummer Andrew Hendrix. Red released their first album "End Of Silence" in 2006 and not long after, parted ways with Hendrix and brought on Joe Rickard as their drummer. They released "Innocence & Instinct" in 2009, and "Until We Have Faces" early this year. Red has toured with many major names in rock such as Papa Roach, Korn's Brian (Head) Welch, Buckcherry, Puddle Of Mudd and many others. They have also announced a European tour in April 2012!
Hope you're all home relaxing this Sunday! Regardless of how you spend your weekend we're still bringing you a new song today!
Hailing from the island of Wales, comes Alternative group Lostprophets! Originally started as a side-project to punk group Public Disturbance in 1997, with vocalist Ian Watkins, Mike Lewis, Mike Chiplin, and Lee Gaze. Since then Lostprophets has released 4 studio albums and are signed to Visible Noise and +Sony Music Entertainment. They have also played shows in England alongside acts such as Paramore and The Blackout, they have also announced that they will be performing at Soundwave in Febuary 2012!
Oh boy, Monday has visited us again...greeat. While you're surviving the beginning of another work(or school)-week check out our song of the day!
Today's band got its start as a high-school punk band under the name "Plan B" founded by Tim Skipper, A.J. Babcock, and Nate Rothacker in 1996. Two years later they lost drummer Rothacker, brought on Colin Rigsby, and changed the name to "No Tagbacks". However, the name "No Tagbacks" changed once again to the name they now perform under: "House Of Heroes" though the band lineup remained the same. After recording demos in Chris Lundquist's home studio LundquistAudio (previously Lunkhead Studio), House Of Heroes produced their first album "What You Want Is Now" in 2003 under Vanishing Point Records. Lineup shuffled again as bassist A.J Babcock left to work on a side project with his wife, and was replaced by Jared Rigsby. Babcock rejoined the band and Jared stayed on as the band's second guitarist. Finally, in 2009, Babcock stoppped touring and was replaced by bassist Eric "Do The Dew" Newcomer. Babcock continues to be involved with songwriting and recording. After their release of "What You Want Is Now" House Of Heroes was signed to Gotee Records under which their next six albums were released. Their 2005 release "The End Is Not The End" made it to number 2 on Amazon's "Today's Top MP3 Artists" beating out The Black Eyed Peas, Dave Matthews Band, Green Day, and other major artists! Their main influences are The Beatles, Queen, Bruce Springsteen, The Clash, and Muse.
Reshared text: 12/7/11 Pearl Harbor Day (US) Don't forget to take a moment to remember our military men and women. They sacrifice so much to keep us safe.
You may have noticed there was no song for yesterday.. :( ..We had some technical difficulties here on our end, but we've got 'em fixed and we are ready to rock!
Today's song comes from a band out of South Africa formed in 1999 under the name Saron Gas. Saron Gas started out basically the same as many other bands: playing shows at nightclubs, parties, and anywhere else people would listen. In 2002 they were signed to Wind-Up Records and changed their name to something more recognizable: Seether. Seether would release five more albums under this label, most notably their 2011 release "Holding On To Strings Better Left To Fray" which hit #2 on the US Billboard 200 charts and #1 on the US Rock Album charts! Seether's members include vocalist/guitarist Shaun Morgan, bassist Dale Stewart, and drummer John Humphrey.
Reshared text: 12/8/11 (Anniversary of John Lennon’s death in 1980)
Alright! How’s everyone doing? We’re gonna get right into the music!
Today’s band, a group of High School friends from Huntington Beach CA: +Matt Shadows (vocals), Synester Gates (lead guitar), +Zacky Vengeance (rhythm guitar), and the late James “The Rev” Sullivan (who passed in 2009). They are currently signed to +Warner Bros. Records after having been signed to Good Life Recordings and +Hopeless Records . +Avenged Sevenfold , formed in 1999, have released five albums to date and have toured with Alter Bridge, System of a Down, In Flames, Atreyu, Bullet for My Valentine, Blessthefall and Idiot Pilot and many other names in music. Their influences range from Guns ‘N Roses to Dream Theater and Rage Against The Machine. In 2010 they released “Nightmare” which debuted on Billboard’s 200 Chart at #1, and sold over 163,000 copies in the first week!
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the most anticipated day of the week (except of course, Saturday) : Friday! You’ve survived this long, now just hang in there, turn up our song of the day, and hope the day ends quickly.
A few days back we brought you a track from Linkin Park frontman +Chester Bennington side-project Dead By Sunrise, today we’re bringing you a little something off the side-project of another Linkin Park member, Mike Shinoda! “Fort Minor” is Mike Shinoda’s stage name when he performs with underground hip-hop group Styles Of Beyond, made up of MCs Ryan Patrick Maginn (Ryu) and Takbir Bashir (Tak), DJ Cheapshot, and producer Vin Skully. Following Shinoda’s split with his college band Mother’s Venom in 2004, he hooked up with Styles Of Beyond and released “The Rising Tied” in 2005 under +Warner Bros. Records “The Rising Tied” is Fort Minor’s only release to date, and in late 2006 Shinoda announced that Fort Minor would be going on hiatus to allow him to focus more on Linkin Park. It is uncertain whether or not they will re-enter the studio in the future.
Happy Saturday! Anyone catching the FCS Playoffs today? Whatever you’re doing we’ve got the tunes to keep you going all day!
Today we’re bringing you music from another group out of the Orange County CA area! The band formed in 1996 by Jared (Dirty J) Watson and vocalist/guitarist Dustin (Duddy B) Bushnell. The two met at a party their Freshman year in High School where Watson heard Bushnell’s rap demo and invited him to work on a project together. At this time Bushnell was part of a punk-rock group and Watson had no music experience. The two began playing in Bushnell’s garage blending reggae and punk sounds, and the Dirty Heads was born! Percussionist Jon Olazabal, drummer Matt Ochoa, and bassist David Foral came into the band later to further define the sound. The band was signed to +Warner Bros. Records but the band left due to artistic differences, fortunately the band was able to retain their master recordings which would make up the majority of their release “Any Port In A Storm” their only release to date. The Dirty Heads have toured the U.S. multiple times with bands such as O.A.R., 311, Pepper, Kottonmouth Kings, Unwritten Law, Matisyahu and Sublime with Rome.
Today’s song,a single off “Any Port In A Storm”, charted at #1 on the US Rock, and US Alt Charts, it was also featured on MTV show Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory Dirty Heads (feat. Rome) - Lay Me Down: http://grooveshark.com/s/Lay+Me+Down/31AliC?src=5
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Hope you’re all taking it easy today, chill out and check out the Song Of The Day!
Acoustic outfit Allysonhymn formed by guitarist Brandon Mills and drummer Josh Oliver in 1999 before taking on a more rock-oriented sound. Josh Oliver’s brother Caleb, a bassist/lead singer, joined the band, as well as guitarist Chris Clonts, who gave the band a “new sound and purpose”. They began touring with names such as Puddle Of Mudd, Breaking Benjamin, Crossfade, and Adema, it was at this time that the band decided to shed the name “Allysonhymn” and changed it to Decyfer Down. Signed to Fairtrade Records (formerly INO Records) they released their first album “End Of Grey” in 2006, one of five singles “Fight Like This” was featured in a UFC promo that aired on the front page of Youtube for 12 hours! In 2008 it was announced that Caleb Oliver would be leaving the band to deal with issues in his personal life, T.J Harris formerly of Fighting Instinct joined a few months later. In May 2009 their second studio album, “Crash” was released, it debuted at #66 on the US Billboard charts and stayed on the chart for three weeks before falling off. They have confirmed that a third album will drop in late 2012!
Alright! Party’s over. Back to work guys!.....What?!?...just because it’s Monday doesn’t mean party’s over! Check it out..we’ve got some more music for you guys today!
Indie rock group Number One Gun, made up of Jeff Schneeweis, Christopher Keene, Jordan Mallory, and Trevor Sellers, formed in 2002. In 2006, following the release of three albums together it was announced on their MySpace page (yes, people still used MySpace then) that the members, despite the band’s growing success, would be devoting their energies to various other musical projects. Schneeweis formed a new band called North Pole Project, Keene and Mallory formed Surrogate, and Sellers went to play bass with Armed For Apocalypse. It was thought that this would be the last of the guys from Chico CA, and in a way it was. However, Number One Gun was reincarnated when Schneeweis renamed North Pole Project, Number One Gun and signed the band to Indie label Tooth And Nail Records. This new Number One Gun would become the manifestation of his solo project. In 2008 they released an album bearing the band’s previous name “The North Pole Project”, and the band’s latest release of “To The Secrets And Knowledge” in 2010 is a continuation of Schneeweis’ solo work.
How’s everybody holding up? Hope everyone’s doing awesomely! We have some big news: we are opening up for new bands to get in touch with us and possibly get featured! Head over to our “About” section to find out how! We’re looking forward to hearing your stuff!
Today’s band was formed in 1996 in San Diego CA under the name Chin Up, after playing a few shows the band was snapped up by producer Charlie Peacock and signed to his indie record label Re:think Records under their current name: Switchfoot.Band frontman Jon Foreman says that this name came from the surfer background shared by the band, to switch feet means to take a stance on the board facing the other direction, for the band that symbolized a different approach to music and life. Re:think records was bought out by major Christian music label Sparrow Records before Switchfoot could release their first album, and the band’s intentions of being marketed outside the Contemporary Christan Music scene were put on hold. As a result, they were marketed almost solely toward Christian radio and Christian stores, a time described by Jon Foreman as “a time when we lost half of who we were”. In 2003 Switchfoot was signed to Columbia Records/SonyBMG, under this label they released their major debut: “The Beautiful Letdown”. “The Beautiful Letdown” sold 2.6 million copies and gained mainstream success particularly on the songs “Dare You To Move” and “Meant To Live”. This album also showcased the band’s more layered sound, mostly thanks to the work of keyboardist Jerome Fontamillas. In 2005 the band went on to release “Nothing Is Sound” with new guitarist Drew Shirley who gave the album an edgier, guitar-heavy sound, and the people liked this edgier Switchfoot: the album reached #3 on the Billboard charts, an all-time high for the band. Bassist Tim Foreman attracted attention to himself by speaking out against Sony’s “copy protection” (identified as a trojan and rootkit by many anti-viruses) and posted an extensive work-around on the band’s message board, however, Sony quickly deleted the post. The band released “Oh! Gravity” in 2006 this album,the last album preceding the split from Columbia Records, reached #18 on Billboard charts and #1 on iTunes “Top Albums” chart. The band then broke from Columbia Records, and formed their own label: lowercase people. Thier 2008 release “Hello Hurricane” was released under lowercase people and was licenced to Atlantic Records to assure that the album would reach more people. Their most recent album “Vice Verses”, dropped earlier this year, reached #8 on Billboard and according to Tim Foreman featured some of his brother’s best lyrical work.
Alright! How we all doing? Break out the good speakers because we’ve got a new song headed your way!
Out of Southtown SanDiego CA, comes Nu Metal group P.O.D. (Payable On Death)! The band started out in1991 when friends Marcos Curiel and Wuv Bernardo started getting together for jam sessions and playing Metallica and Slayer covers at keg parties under the name Eschatos. Bernardo then invited cousin Sonny Sandoval to join the band following the death of Sandoval’s mother. Before the addition of Sandoval, Curiel had been playing guitar and Bernardo had been playing drums with out a vocalist for the band. Because of this, Sandoval came on as the lead vocalist. Eschatos then gained the talents of bassist Traa Daniels in 1994 after they lost previous bassist Gabe Portillo, and changed their name to current name P.O.D. The band was signed to Rescue Records, a project of Bernardo’s father Noah Bernardo Sr., under this label the band released three albums: “Snuff The Punk”, “Brown”, and “Payable On Death Live”. After the release of “Payable On Death Live” they were offered a contract with Essential Records, but declined, shortly after this the band was signed to Atlantic Records. P.O.D then released an EP titled “The Warriors” as a transitional recording from Rescue Records to Atlantic Records. In 2003 Marcos Curiel decided to leave the band due to his side project “The Accident Experiment”, though he argued that he was “kicked out” of the band. Sandoval, Bernardo, and Daniels were devastated at Curiel’s departure and considered disbanding at this time, but in the end they decided to hold together and find a new guitarist, Jason Truby was then recruited by the band. In 2005 the band released their sixth studio album “Testify”, whose first single “Goodbye For Now” contained a vocal tag from then unknown singer (get this!) Katy Perry (yes, “that” Katy Perry!). In 2006 they announced that they had left Atlantic records, it was also announced that Truby decided to leave...the same day that Curiel had asked to rejoin the band! Early in 2007, rejoined by their original guitarist, the band signed a deal with INO Records and in 2008 released “When Angels And Serpents Dance” under this label. They played on the 2008 “Music As A Weapon” tour in Australia, and booked tour dates in South America, after this tour it was announced that they would be taking a hiatus from touring. They have a new release planned for sometime in 2012, and have now been signed to Razor & Tie Records.
We’re about ten days out from Christmas! We want to give you a heads up that we will be taking a little break time for Christmas starting Dec. 22 and ending after the 1st of the year, but no worries! We’ll be leaving you guys a whole playlist to rock out to in the mean time! Until then we figure it’s time to bring you at least one Christmas song..only one though, for the whole year we promise!
Founded in 2003 while members were attending high school, August Burns Red’s practice sessions began in the basement of drummer Matt Greiner’s house on his farm in Lancaster Pennsylvania. After playing local shows in and around Lancaster, the band released their first EP “Life Looks Fragile After All” with CL Records. Original vocalist Jon Hershey quit the band in 2004, and was replaced by James McManness the same year. After several months of playing with their new lead singer, the band was signed to Solid State Records in 2005! Meanwhile Hershey went and formed instrumental post-rock group Bells. August Burns Red released “Thrill Seeker”, their first full-length album, in late 2005 and drummer Matt Greiner was endorsed by Truth Custom Drums. In 2006 vocalist McManness left the band as well after being exhausted by constant touring, and was replaced by Jake Luhrs, their third and current vocalist. The band also lost bassist Jordan Tuscan due, once again, to extensive touring. He was replaced with mutual friend of the band Dustin Davidson, they went on to release their second studio album “Messengers”. In 2008 they toured the US and Canada with As I Lay Dying, and immediately followed this tour with a tour of Europe. After the 2009 release of their third studio album “Constellations” they did a promotional tour of the US with Blessthefall and an Australian tour with Parkway Drive, they also toured with Underoath and Emery. They booked another Aussie tour in 2010 alongside Megadeth, Dropkick Murphys, and NOFX. Their third and most recent release “Leveler” dropped this summer at #11 on the Billboard 200 charts, and they took the main stage at the Vans Warped Tour 2011.
Okay so we told you that we’d be bringing you a Christmas song right? But we’ve been telling you about a metalcore band so what’s the deal? Today’s song is a cover of the classic Christmas song “Carol Of The Bells”. August Burns Red - Carol Of The Bells: http://grooveshark.com/s/Carol+Of+The+Bells/2xvHtx?src=5
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Hey guys! Wow Friday already? It seems like this week went by so fast, anyone else feel like that? Anyway, we’ve got some more music for you guys!
Making a name for themselves in the early 2000’s with their fast, hard sound with heavily distorted guitar, lead guitar solos, and rapid changes in time signatures, Thrice got their start in Irvine CA in 1998. The band was started by High School friends Dustin Kensrue (guitar/vocals) and Teppei Teranishi (guitarist) after playing in local band Chapter 11,they branched out on their own, bringing on Teranishi’s friend Eddie Breckenridge to play bass, who brought his brother Riley, a drummer. However, they didn’t have a name until right before their first show. Pressed for time and desparate for a name they chose the name ‘Thrice’, the name was supposed to be temporary but they began to gain fans under the name and so they were forced to keep the name. They then self-released an EP called “First Impressions”, they only made 1,000 copies and the band members sold them out of their cars. Then, working with Death By Stereo’s Paul Miner they recorded 12 tracks and in 2000 they released “Identity Crisis” on Greenflag Records, they donated some proceeds of this album to charity. Their popularity grew and they attracted the attention of Hopeless/Sub City’s Records’ Louis Posen, who signed the band in 2001, re-released “Identity Crisis”, and booked tour spots for the band alongside Samiam, Hot Rod Circuit, and Midtown. Thrice then began recording for their debut release on Hopeless/Sub City, “The Illusion Of Safety” which dropped in 2002, following this release the band went on tour with Further Seems Forever and Face To Face, once again the band donated a portion of the album’s proceeds, this time choosing a youth shelter in LA and the label matched their donations. This album earned them the attention of several other labels and eventually signed with Island Records, who agreed to match the band’s charitable donations in the same way Hopeless/Sub City had. The band the did a tour with Coheed And Cambria before returning to the studios. In 2003 they released “The Artist In The Ambulance” and donated to a financial aid program for breast cancer patients. The band did another tour, once again with Coheed And Cambria, and with band Dashboard Confessional, they also got a spot on the Van’s Warped Tour. In 2005 they released soul-searching album “Vheissu” the proceeds were donated to novelist Dave Egger’s charity that promotes writing in underprivilaged children and teens, in return Egger designed the album art for the band. Starting in 2006 the band released “The Alchemy Index”, what started out as a series of EPs blossomed into a full-length album that they released after being signed to Vagrant Records, they had left Island because of a difference of opinion. During this time they toured with Mewithoutyou and, later that fall, Rise Against and Gaslight Anthem. In 2009 they released a more upbeat album “Beggars”, and released Major/Minor this fall. It was recently announced that the band will be “taking a break” after their 2012 tour, but they assured that the band was not breaking up.
Check out this link!: http://kck.st/vWZCnW Canadian band Thousand Foot Krutch (TFK) is self-releasing their new album "The End Is Where We Begin"! That means that they don't have the financial backing of a major record company to help them produce it like they normally would. They are asking for donations from fans to help them fund this! If you'd like to help out the project, you can go to the above link and make a donation!
Happy Saturday guys! Everybody chilling out? Anything cool going on for Winter break? Whether you’re going Snowboarding, Ice Fishing, or hanging out with family we’ve got some music for you!
What originally began as a High School band under the name Oddball, vocalist Trevor McNevan’s musical projects eventually gave birth to NuMetal group Thousand Foot Krutch. Their first album “That’s What People Do” was released the same year as they formed the band, in 1999. This indie release gained them notariety in Canada, being voted to the top 25 bands of North America by 7 Ball Magazine, and the #1 band of the millennium by an Ontario radio station. In 2000 they released “Set It Off” which garnered label attention after selling 85,000 copies out of their van. They did extensive touring throughout North America, touring with Finger Eleven Sum41 and others. Three Days Grace, a cover band at this time was a regular support act of TFK as well. In 2003 the band signed to Seattle-based record company +Tooth & Nail Records and released their second full-length album “Phenomenon”, the album sold 200,000 copies making it one of the best selling albums in Tooth & Nail’s history! In 2005 they released “The Art Of Breaking” this album took a break from the hip-hop sound and moved into a more heavy, alternative sound, the band did extensive touring to promote this album. TFK went on to release “The Flame In All Of Us” in late 2007, the sound of this album continued to change as they moved toward a more mainstream metal sound. They then toured with Decyfer Down, P.O.D, Chevelle, 10 Years, Daughtry, and Red. Their next album, titled “Welcome To The Masquerade” was announced in 2009 during a live video chat with Trevor McNevan. In a music video TFK was seen with a new touring guitarist, replacing Nick Baumhardt, it was revealed that this new guitarist was +Ty Dietzler ex-guitarist of Christian metal group The Letter Black. However, it appeared that Dietzler’s arrival was to be short-lived because in early 2011 he announced that he would be leaving the band, despite this announcement later that month it was released that he would in fact be staying with the band. Since August of this year, Thousand Foot Krutch has been in recording for a new album, “The End Is Where We Begin”, this album is being produced independently and is set to be available in March of 2012!
“The End Is Where We Begin” is being released independently and the band needs financial help to go towards production , as they will be without the aid of a major label. If you would like to donate to the production you can at this link: http://kck.st/vWZCnW
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What’s up? Anyone here gone to any awesome concerts lately? Love to hear about it!
Alright! Today’s band was started in 2004 by brothers Michael and Shawn Cavallo when a major label offered them a record deal. They were signed to Butterfly Music Group out of Nashville TN but later that year, members of Butterfly branched out to form indie label Whiplash Records in Spring Hill TN, the Cavallo boys and session bassist Lucas Wright signed to this label under the name Manic Drive. Manic Drive released their first album “Reason For Motion” in 2005, the album was distributed by Infinity Music Group through a licencing contract with Whiplash. Their success with this album gave them the opportunity to tour with +Tooth & Nail Records’s Seventh Day Slumber, this tour led Manic Drive to sell 10,000 copies of “Reason For Motion” without the aid of a major label. In 2007 there was anticipation for a sophmore release as Manic Drive took to the studio with new bassist Tyler Dolynsky and new drummer Travis Blackmore. In late 2007 they released “Reset And Rewind”. In 2008 they were invited to join Pillar and Wavorly on the “For The Love Of The Game” tour. In 2009 they re-released “Reset And Rewind” re-naming it “Blue” and adding a few new tracks such as “Walls”, “Music”, and “Rain”. In the fall of 2009 they were invited to join legendary ‘80s metal band Stryper on their “25th Anniversary” tour! They played venues from coast-to-coast in the US and Canada including Jacksonville Theater, House Of Blues, and both Disney parks. During shows Stryper guitarist Oz Fox would get onstage with Manic Drive and play guitar alongside Michael Cavallo. In 2011 they dropped fourth release “Epic” and toured with international christian group The Newsboys. They are booking shows all through 2012 and it has been announced that lead vocalist Shawn Cavallo opened his own recording studio, Sonic Sound Studio in his native Ontario!
Alright guys! How we all doing? Looking forward to some new music hopefully!
Freshman 15 was formed in 2001 in Mississippi and released two albums independently before being signed to the now disbanded Flicker Records. At the time of this signing the band decided to change their name because they “ didn’t want to be thirty years old and saying I’m in Freshman 15, I have three kids!”. The name they chose was the the name of a haunted house in West Point Mississippi, Wavorly. Their debut release on Flicker was “Conquering The Fear Of Flight” released the summer of 2007. Then, in Spring of 2008 they were dropped from Flicker Records, only months before Flicker itself dissolved. Despite the hardships of losing label association, Wavorly decided to press on and continued to demo and write. The band was in the middle of a stressful place when the songs for their new release started to be written, these songs gave, according to bassist Matt Lott “a new spirit to the band” that helped them hold the group together. Along with the difficulty of losing their label, Wavorly also endured the departure of drummer and founding member Jamie Hays in 2010, who left to pursue outreach work in the Czech Republic. Wavorly was soon joined, however, by Californian Teddy Boldt, the also added guitarist Seth Farmer and keyboardist Ryan Coon to round out their sound. Finally after four long, stressful years Wavorly released their second album in November of this year titled “The EP”, and they have a new tour planned for early 2012!
Reshared text: Five Reasons Why I Don't Care if My Stuff is Pirated - A New Way of Thinking
An article just came out in Wired (http://goo.gl/Nyaf9) and it featured many of my quotes. I have approached copyright, products, and business models in a very non-traditional way. I'm sure that I'm doing it the right way -- most others disagree. The article is about how I have chosen to share my photography from http://www.StuckInCustoms.com with a Creative Commons Noncommercial license, but it falls into an overall digital online strategy.
All of my stuff is pirated. Everything from my HDR Video Tutorial to eBooks to Apps. Fine. It's all there on PirateBay and MegaUpload and all that stuff. Here are the reasons why I don't mind:
1) Theft of bits are like the Tic Tacs that get stolen from the 7-11. It's the cost of doing business on the Internet.
2) It is a LONG life. Many people that pirate stuff now from me just don't have any money. But, they like me and want my stuff. Some day, when they have money and get their financial act under control - maybe even in five years - I'll still be around. And then, they'll think, "You know what? I like that Trey guy... he put out stuff in the past that I like, and now I will start buying his new stuff."
3) The "pirates" are part of my community. Not everyone in the community has equal means. Pirates are not cretins riddled with immoral behavior in every part of their life. These are all generally good people who would gladly support me, their friendly local neighborhood artist, if they could easily afford it. They can't now, but they will be able to some day... I give them something now, and they will give me something later. For example, 24 years ago in high school, I used to pirate Sid Meier games on my Amiga (including a game called Pirates). Now that I have money, I buy every single game that Sid Meier puts out.
4) Pirates have friends that have money. It's still word-of-mouth, the most effective friend-to-friend marketing in the world. If pirates like what you do, they'll tell their friends. Not everyone is so handy with bittorrent and this sort of thing. Since I make purchases simple on my website at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com , many will come make the purchase because it is easier than pirating.
5) Last, and most important, as soon as I opened everything up, our business has grown and grown. Our team now of about 10 people are happy and everything is profitable. It is strange to see a chart over time that shows an increase in revenues and an increase in piracy. Now, piracy is not the reason that revenues are increasing, but they are not hurting revenues.
I'm proud of my artistic work and the creations that I have put on the internet, and for every thousand pirated downloads, I plant a thousand seeds.
So at this point most of the holiday baking is done and now its down to sitting around, eating cookies, and of course, listening to some new awesome music!
Today’s artist, based out of San Francisco, and known as Jordan Roseman by day, is renowned mashup artist DJ Earworm. He started making mashups in 2003 with audio program ACID, and with the encouragement of DJ Adrian, created the stage name DJ Earworm and began releasing his work thorough a website. His unique mashup style consists of gradual layering of song samples while matching keys between samples and his songs often carry a totally different meaning than the songs samples. In 2008 Roseman revealed that he now DJs with AbletonLiveRs and DJs live with the software. In 2007 DJ Earworm released “The United Of Pop”, consisting of the top 25 songs of 2007 according to Billboard. This song went beyond online download reaching the top 100 for radio play in 2008, and was the first bootleg mashup to enter Billboard’s charts. Due to the success of “The United State Of Pop”, Roseman made it a series, releasing a new mashup of every year’s top 25 since then, 2008 saw the release of “Viva La Pop” featuring prominently Coldplay’s Viva La Vida, “Blame It On The Pop” came in 2009 heavily featuring Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It”, “Don’t Stop The Pop” in 2010 with Ke$ha’s Tik-Tok, and 2011’s mashup is anticipated toward the end of this month with LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem”, Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” and others. In addition to his series, popular artists have contacted Roseman to create mashups for them, such as “Free At Night”, a mashup of Nelly Furtado’s “Greatest Hits” album, and “The Only Time Is Tonight” with Enrique Iglesias’ “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)”. DJ Earworm is not affiliated with a label and all his music is distributed through the Internet, with many songs (such as “Viva La Pop”) netting a grand total of $0.00 according to his website. Though not a touring artist (yet) DJ Earworm is available for booking for parties and clubs.
As some of you may know, tomorrow we are taking off for our Christmas break! We will be leaving you guys with a whole playlist to tide you over!
Today's group is a short-lived rock/electronica band from New Orleans LA, formed in 1995. Earthsuit consisted of guitarist Dave Rumsey, keyboardist/vocalist Paul Meany, bassist Roy Mitchell, drummer David "Hutch" Hutchison, and vocalist Adam LaClave. Earthsuit's sound was primarily rock, but also possessed strong hip-hop, electronica, reggae, soul, and experimental elements.The group recorded several independent EPs and played primarily in their New Orleans area before becoming noticed by Sparrow Records at a concert in 1999. The ensuing record deal saw the band's only commercial release, a critically acclaimed album entitled "Kaleidoscope Superior"in 2000. Shortly after, the band left Sparrow and drifted out of the public eye. A final album, entitled "The Rise of Modern Simulation" was independently released before the group disbanded in 2003. Many of the band members continue to play together and collaborate in various bands, namely Mutemath and Club of the Sons.
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We hope you all have a safe and wonderful holiday season, and we’ll be back to rock it with you after the 1st of the year!
We’re giving you a full playlist, loaded with music to keep you going through the break! Playlist contains:
Thousand Foot Krutch - War Of Change Sixx A.M. - Sure Feels Right Capital Lights - His Favorite Christmas Story RED - Watch You Crawl Matchbox 20 - 3 AM Journey - Don’t Stop Believing Skrillex - Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites Maroon 5 - Happy Christmas (War Is Over) Eminem - Till I Collapse Number One Gun - Forest Greenday - Holiday Good Charlotte - 1979 Bon Jovi - We Weren’t Born To Follow Linkin Park/ Jay-Z - Numb vs. Encore Hawk Nelson - Last Christmas Santana feat. Chad Kroeger of Nickelback - Why Don’t You & I P.O.D - Southtown Pearl Jam - The Fixer U2 - Get On Your Boots FM Static - Snow Miser/Heat Miser
Ya gotta admit the acoustics in this mall are amazing! Very cool flash mob reminding frantic shoppers (and us) what the Christmas season is really about! Re-share and pass on a little Christmas spirit!
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Alright! Welcome back! Hope you all had an awesome holiday season. We are ready to bring you some more tunes!
Formed in Leeds England in 2006, Hadouken! was formed by vocalist James Smith, his synth-player girlfriend Alice Spooner, guitarist Daniel “Pilau” Rice, drummer Nick Rice, and named after a special attack in the video game “Street Fighter”. Hadouken! began when its members created indie label Surface Noise Records, after getting the label off the ground Smith began writing and demoing the first few Hadouken! tracks. They recorded demos and played shows, mainly around Leeds and London, and in late 2006 they recruited bassist Chris Purcell. In 2007 they released a double-sided vinyl album of “That Boy That Girl” and “Tuning In” on the band’s own label, with “That Boy That Girl” gaining in popularity after it made number one on MTV Two’s NME Chart. Late 2007 saw the band release EP “Not Here To Please You” with a few original songs as well as some covers of bands such as Bloc Party, Plan B, and Bolt Action Five as well as some re-recordings of their older songs, and at the time of the release the EP was only available on USB format. In 2010 they released “For The Masses” which they recorded in Holland with drum and bass producers Noisia. In late 2010 they released single “Mecha Love” off their third release which will be released off indie label Ministry Of Sound.
So, three days into the New Year! Who’s dropped off of their resolution? No worries, we got the music to re-energize you and help you to re-commit!
American rock group Project 86 got together in Orange County California in 1996, when then-highschooler Andrew Schwab recruited guitarist Randy Torres, bassist Ethan Luck, and drummer Alex Albert. In 1997 Luck left the band to join The Dingees and Project 86 brought on high-school senior Steven Dali later that year. Originally the group stayed local, preferring to work on their sound and stage presence before embarking on tours. In 1997 they played at Tomfest and attracted the attention of indie label Tooth & Nail who went on to sign them. They released their self-titled album in 1998 with a song featuring P.O.D vocalist Sonny Sandoval. Their debut album was a huge success and sold over 50,000 copies to date, and got mainstream exposure on MTV shows “The Real World” and “Road Rules”. They took off on their first tour “The Warriors Come Out And Play” with accompanying acts Blindside and P.O.D. Their next album was to be focused less on Schwab’s own struggles, as seen in their first release, and more of a focus on the issues in the world, as for the sound, this album had a progressive, melodic feel to it. Atlantic Records began to show some interest in their upcoming release and signed a licence to co-release the album with Tooth & Nail, “Drawing Black Lines” dropped in 2000 and sold 120,000 copies. To promote this release Project 86 began touring with major prog act Queensryche, as well as touring with Linkin Park and P.O.D on the “Kings Of The Game” tour. In 2002 they spent 14 months working on demos for Atlantic Records who went on to invest $1,000,000 in the project. The sound of this album was different from it’s previous release, mostly due to the pressure to put out radio singles, and Schwab’s cryptic lyrics betrayed a frustration with the stifling of the creative process. Frustrations aside Project 86 released “Truthless Heroes” in 2002. The release was met with controversy stemming from the darkness and depression surrounding the album, as well as Atlantic’s refusal to release single “Your Heroes Are Dead” in the wake of 9/11. The group accompanied Taproot on their self-titled tour along with 30 Seconds To Mars, Finger Eleven, Trapt, and Sevendust, and the album had moderate sales of 75,000 copies. Early in 2003 Project 86 left Atlantic Records, they also parted with their management company, and did not tour for several months. The band then started their own indie label “Team Black Recordings” . They began work on another album and in 2003 released “Songs To Burn Your Bridges By”, Brandon Ebel, president of Tooth & Nail, was excited about the release and contract negotiations ensued. In 2004 they re-signed with their old label and “Songs To Burn Your Bridges By” was re-released under Tooth & Nail. In 2005 they recorded and released “...And The Rest Will Follow”, they also recorded some more demos and filmed the whole process, which they released in a DVD titled “Subject To Change: The Making Of ... And The Rest Will Follow”. The band toured that fall with Spoken, Number One Gun, and The Fold.In 2007 drummer Alex Albert parted ways with the band to pursue other projects, and the band brought on Jason Gerkin as their touring drummer. Their 2007 release “Rival Factions” had a strong 80’s influence sound-wise as well as goth rock tones. They toured with labelmates Showbread, MXPX, and Sullivan on the summer Tooth & Nail tour. The band also released “The Kane Mutiny EP” compiled of recorded songs not included on “Rival Factions”. In 2009 Project 86 released “Picket Fence Cartel”, taking more time to tweak the sound and make an album they were happy with. They kept the 80’s synth sound from “Rival Factions” and added a hard rock sound to it. They started a “Picket Fence Cartel” tour with Children 18:3, Showbread, The Wedding, and The Yearling in the fall, followed by a spring tour of the same title with Flatfoot 56 and Wavorly. Early in 2011 they toured with Disciple, and that summer headlined the XV tour with supporting acts Children 18:3, and Write This Down. Randy Torres, after becoming less and less involved in the band, decided to leave to work for Tooth & Nail, and eventually for Microsoft. Steven Dali also left to spend more time with his family. Project 86 launched a Kickstarter campaign in December 2011, to independently release their upcoming album after fulfilling their second contract with Tooth & Nail. The album is tentatively scheduled for release in June 2012.
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Today’s band, The Fold is a high energy rock-pop band from Chicago, Illinois formed in 2002. Their debut album “This Too Shall Pass” was released February 22, 2006 on Tooth & Nail Records. The follow-up “Secrets Keep You Sick” was released May 22, 2007. “Secrets Keep You Sick” was nominated for a Grammy under the "Best Recording Package" category, but the band lost to “Cassadaga” by Bright Eyes. Directly following the release of Secrets, the band spent their summer on the Vans Warped Tour. The Fold played alongside friends Plain White T's and The Spill Canvas on their own dollar to support their 2008 sold-out UK tour. Upon returning to the U.S., The Fold parted ways with Tooth & Nail, where they have sold over 35,000 units. The band then headed directly into Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta, Georgia with Zack and Kenneth (Cartel, All Time Low, Mayday Parade). The team had been a major believer in the band since late 2006, when they recorded “Secrets Keep You Sick”, and accepted the opportunity of making The Fold's upcoming record. All parties worked for little to nothing, with the bright future of the band in mind, and in fall 2008 The Fold completed their third studio album “Dear Future, Come Get Me”. In December 2009 the band released a self shot music video for “Every Band In The USA”, a parody of the Miley Cyrus hit “Party in the U.S.A.”. The video has been viewed on YouTube 400,000 times. On June 29, 2010 the band released a video for the song “Neverender” off of “Dear Future, Come Get Me”. The video was filmed at Willowbrook High School, the former high school of frontman Dan Castady and also of Tom Higgenson, the lead singer of the Grammy-nominated band, Plain White T's. In November 2010, The Fold released the song "This Christmas" on iTunes, along with two unofficial, self made videos. One of which featured all of the best crowd reactions from Oprah's Ultimate Favorite Things, 2010.
1. Develop a subtle dependence on alcohol, just enough to make you an asshole, but not enough to kill you. A lot of younger folks wishing to remain single will turn to drugs, be it prescription or illicit. This is a common mistake. A drug addiction suggests there is a possibility for recovery, and will attract those who want to “save” you. This has been known to lead to relationships, and even worse, occasionally to marriage. Alcoholics are in it for the long haul, and booze is an unattractive addiction that says to all interested parties, “Stay away! Imma gonna be sick!”
2. Live in either a bachelor apartment or a half-basement. Get a roommate. On the off-chance that you end up taking someone home, this means it won’t happen a second time—with the same person. Some make the mistake of living with parents, and this is a move that shows you are both humble and have a strong appreciation of family.
3. Do you write poetry? No? Better get on that. Writing poetry says you have an artistic side, but absolutely no earning power. Writing poetry implies that you have feelings, but they’re kind of childish and poorly thought out. Never rhyme. Rhyming suggests an inherent desire for children. This is the perfect combo to make you interesting enough to hang out with, but not partner material.
Note: Avoid songwriting and guitar-playing at all costs. These could lead to your poetry finding an audience, which could lead to a girlfriend. Many an open mike night at local pubs has ended in premature nuptials. Plus long-form narratives, like novels or screenplays, could lead to a life of promise and prosperity. So nip that in the bud.
4. When it comes to music, make sure your collection is heavy on the sad side: Elliott Smith, Jason Molina, Nirvana, most beardfolk, Nick Drake. Avoid angry tunes, since they suggest depth and/or emotion.
5. Stay underemployed. You’ll need enough money to buy food, music, booze, and pay rent, but not enough to suggest promise. If possible, work for a difficult Russian. Their greed and inherent angry sadness will keep you poor, working hard, and down on life. They also have access to endless amounts of vodka and heartbreaking analogies and anecdotes.
6. Date up. From time to time you’ll wake up in a relationship. This is a natural result of alcohol, poetry, and law of averages. Don’t worry, it won’t last. But it’s very important that when you do find yourself coupled off that your partner is better than you. This ensures a short time of happiness (which is good for your long-term health), as well as an inevitable end.
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This band doesn’t have much of a story to it yet but Love Like Gravity was formed by vocalist Dustin Woods, the guitar duo of Justin Loury and Cale Kight , bassist Jeromy Marsh, and drummer Stan 'Meat' Mayo. They released their self-titled album in 2010 under their own label LLG Records, and have headlined tours alongside Pillar, Red, and Decyfer Down.
Alright! Let's finish out the week strong with some more music!
Vocalist Josh Todd grew up in Anaheim Hills CA, and later moved to Lake Forest CA where he fronted glam rock group Slamhound. He then met guitarist Kieth Nelson through their mutual tattoo artist Kevin Quinn. The two recorded a few demos before they were joined by bassist Jonathan Brightman and drummer Devon Glenn. They began performing around the Hollywood club scene under the name Sparrow, gathered a close local following and were signed to DreamWorks Records. Sparrow had to change their name however, when they received a cease-and-desist letter from Christian label EMI’s branch Sparrow Records. They changed their name to Buckcherry after this. In 1999 they released their self-titled record debut which was met with praise from critics and received certified gold sales. After adding rhythm guitarist Yogi Lonich the band toured non-stop throughout the rest of 1999 including opening for Lenny Kravitz on his Freedom Tour and playing the Woodstock ‘99, before returning to the studio in 2000 to record their 2001 release “Time Bomb”. This release was seen as a disappointment by many critics and didn’t do as well on the charts as their first release regardless the band went on to play for AC/DC in 2000. Tension over musical direction arose and from August 2001 to January 2002 Jonathan Brightman, Yogi Lonich, and Devon Glenn each successively left Buckcherry, and were replaced by Dave Markasky, Josh Fleeger, and Matt Lawrence, respectively. Todd and Nelson had planned to continue on with the band and entered the studio to record their third album, however this album was not completed and Buckcherry went on hiatus in 2002. It was rumored that Todd would be fronting Slash’s project, what would become Velvet Revolver, but Slash was unhappy with how Todd’s voice sounded on recording and he was dropped from the project. Nelson also had some involvement with Velvet Revolver, when he co-wrote the track “Dirty Little Thing”, he also wrote Huck John’s single “Oh Yeah” off of his 2006 release. In 2003 Josh Todd and Todd Meagher formed TODD Entertainment, LLC which released the album “You Made Me” in 2004. Josh and Meagher soon parted ways and a series of lawsuits followed mostly regarding the rights to the name “Buckcherry”, as of 2011 these lawsuits are still pending. In 2005, Josh Todd reformed Buckcherry with Keith Nelson and new members Stevie D., Jimmy Ashurst, and Xavier Muriel. In 2006 they released “15” to huge commercial success. It resurrected the band with hits “Sorry”, “Everything”, and “Next To You”. In 2008 they played at Motley Crue’s “Crue Fest” alongside Papa Roach, Sixx A.M., and Trapt. In 2008 they also dropped “Black Butterfly”, their fourth release. “Black Butterfly” debuted at #8 on the top 200 charts and was the number one rock album the week of its release. In May 2009, KISS announced that Buckcherry would be the opening band in their 2009/10 US and Canadian tour. On July 30, Buckcherry was featured in the Kerrang! Week Of Rock Tour with The 69 Eyes and Dear Superstar at the HMV Forum in London. Other bands in the Week Of Rock included Limp Bizkit, Youmeatsix, and Lacuna Coil. DragonForce was also supposed to play during the Week Of Rock, but pulled out. In 2010 they released their most recent album to date, “All Night Long” landing at #10 on the top 200. In 2011 they toured with Hellyeah and All That Remains on the Jaegermister Music Tour. Kieth Nelson announced in June 2011 that they were working on new material.
Reshared text: Anberlin is an American rock band formed in Winter Haven, Florida in 2002. Since the beginning of 2007, the band has consisted of lead vocalist Stephen Christian, guitarists Joseph Milligan and Christian McAlhaney, bassist Deon Rexroat, and drummer Nathan Young.Members of Anberlin originally formed a band under the name SaGoh 24/7 in 1998, releasing two studio albums before disbanding, with the members having a change in musical direction and name. Anberlin was formed in 2002; within a year of forming, they had signed with semi-independent record label Tooth & Nail Records and released their debut album, "Blueprints for the Black Market". In 2005, the band released their second album, "Never Take Friendship Personal", selling in excess of 150,000 copies. The band continued its rise to prominence while enjoying a loyal MySpace following and averaging well over 200 live shows per year. The band's third album, "Cities", was released in 2007, and became their first album to reach the top 20 of the Billboard 200, selling 34,000 copies in its debut week. After three studio albums and five years with Tooth & Nail Records, Anberlin announced their signing with major label Universal Republic in August 2007. The band's first album on the major label was released in 2008, titled "New Surrender". The album peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 200, with the first single, "Feel Good Drag", claiming No. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart, after 29 weeks in the chart. Prior to the release of their fifth studio album, "Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place", Anberlin has sold over 700,000 albums. They will be entering the studio in Febuary 2012 to record their sixth studio album which is slated for release in June 2012.
Formed in Seattle WA, The Classic Crime consists of vocalist/guitarist Matt MacDonald, bassist Alan Clark, guitarist Robert “Cheeze” Negrin, drummer Paul “Skip” Erickson, and guitarist Justin DuQue. Their debut album “Albatross” was released in 2006. The band currently has an estimated 10 million plays on Myspace. “Albatross” had the highest debut sales in the history of Tooth & Nail records with over 4,000 sales in the first week it was released. The band's second full length record, “The Silver Cord” was released in 2008. They also released an E.P., Acoustic Seattle Sessions. They finished their third record “Vagabonds”, which was released 2010. The Classic Crime has toured with A Change Of Pace, A Static Lullaby, Quietdrive, I Am Ghost, Relient K, So They Say, Just Surrender, Powerspace, Mest, Allister, Aiden, and Scary Kids Scaring Kids. They have also toured with fellow Tooth & Nail bands Anberlin, Emery, MxPx, Project 86, The Fold, and Run Kid Run. The band was on both the 2006 and 2008 Warped Tour. The Classic Crime went on a headlining ATTICUS tour with A Change of Pace, Lower Definition, Tyler Read, Jet Lag Gemini, and Artist vs Poet. They toured in 2009 with Relient K and Owl City. As of July 2011, they are no longer signed to Tooth and Nail Records. They plan to write a record with a release date in early 2012. In 2011, Justin announced via the Bands Facebook page that he would be leaving The Classic Crime following the December 16th concert at the Showbox. He went on to say that he was leaving the band on good terms to pursue a career in health care and to devote more time to being a father.
Customer: “Hi, my son says that I have Spartans on my laptop and I should bring it to you guys.”
Tech Support: “…Ma’am? Spartans?”
Customer: “Yes, I called my son at school and told him that screens keep popping up all the time, and he said that I have Spartans.”
Me: “Oh! You mean Trojans! That’s a possibility; let me run this analyzer on your laptop real quick and we’ll see what’s going on.”
Customer: “Young man, my son is in college and he says it has Spartans. You just stand here in a little uniform and make minimum wage. I think my son knows what he is talking about.”
Tech Support: “You’re right ma’am. I was hoping to run a diagnostic and find out that it wasn’t Spartans, but just by looking at the login screen, I can tell that you probably have about 300 of the little guys running around.”
Customer: “300?! Is that bad?”
Tech Support: “It’s horrible. They cram themselves into a bottleneck and kill wave after wave of data, until there is a wall of dead programs blocking any more traffic through your computer.”
Customer: “Oh, that just figures. I’m going to go buy a new computer.”
Tech Support: “Ok, ma’am, I think that would be best.”
Formed in 2009 by ex-Paddock Park vocalist Brian Calzini, along with guitarists +Andi Encinas and Dean Dragonas, and bassist Rik Stevely, Florida-area metalcore group We Are Defiance is one of the more anticipated bands of the year. Early in 2010 they were signed to Tragic Hero Records, and began touring with I Am Ghost and labelmates This Romantic Tragedy that fall. In early 2011 We Are Defiance embarked on another US tour with Monsters, Legend, and Dr. Acula. During this tour the band was caught in a van accident brought on by freezing rain that put vocalist Calzini in the hospital for surgery. For this reason the band’s debut release “Trust In Few” was released on March 29, 2011 instead of the original March 15 date. The band then toured with Oh, Sleeper and Like Moths To Flames. They played 2011’s SXSW with Horse The Band, Letlive, and For The Fallen Dreams as part of the “Blood Company Showcase” in Austin Texas. In May 2011 they toured with It Prevails, and in the summer went on the “Metal East Tour” with Scarlet O’Hara, Casino Madrid, and Wolves Among Men. Starting December of 2011 We Are Defiance began their first headlining tour, “Bring Your Scarf And Jacket” with supporting acts Wolves Among Men, and My Ticket Home. They have announced a new single out in 2012, and will be announcing tour dates for 2012.
Today's song, a cover of rapper B.O.B.'s hit "Airplanes" was released for free download during We Are Defiance's Twitter campaign "Tweet For A Track". It was remixed by Calzini and ex-A Day To Remember-guitarist-turned producer Tom Denney and features Sleeping With Sirens vocalist Kellin Quinn
Seattle-based hard rock group Emery was founded in Rock Hill, SC by Toby Morrell, Devin Shelton, Matt Carter, Josh Head, Joel Green and Seth Studley, and moved to Seattle in order to reach a more music centered scene. The band left for Seattle on September 11 2001, the date of the terrorist attacks, they only found out about the attacks when they stopped to eat at a diner. At the time drummer Seth Studley was in a serious relationship and stayed behind in SC, breaking out of this relationship he rejoined the band and took over drum duties from Devin Shelton who took up the position of guitarist. In 2002 they signed with Tooth & Nail Records and in 2004 released their debut album “The Weak End” and toured extensively. During touring Studley decided to leave the band to get married, and Emery brought on Haste The Day drummer Dave Powell in 2005. In 2005 they released “The Question”, and then in 2006 they re-released “The Question” adding in a DVD and five acoustic tracks. Followint the re-release Joel Green announced that he would be leaving the band. During their Australia tour with Underoath, Emery announced that they would be releasing another album, the album “I’m Only A Man” was leaked onto the web before the official release in October of 2007. They also released a deluxe edition with four live acoustic tracks that were recorded during the “Take Action Tour” with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, as well as a DVD with live footage and a documentary. In 2008 they released an EP titled “Broken Hearts Prevail” and began premiering some of the material during their tour with The Almost. In an interview with Toby Morrell he said that they had been recording for a new full-length album, “...In Shallow Seas We Sail” which was released in 2009. During their headlining U.S. tour, Emery had selected dates filmed for a DVD in the works. The release date is unknown at this time. Emery set out on tour supporting Underoath on their fall/winter headlining tour for the rest of the year. In the summer of 2010 they went on the "Scream it Like You Mean it" tour with Silverstein, Ivoryline, Dance Gavin Dance, We Came as Romans, Sky Eats Airplane, and I Set My Friends On Fire. In 2011 they released their fifth studio album “We Do What We Want”, before the release vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and bassist Devin Shelton announced that he would be “taking an indefinite hiatus” from the band. Despite the loss they headlined the “Do What You Want” tour alongside To Speak Of Wolves, and Hawkboy (formerly As Cities Burn). At the end of 2011 Emery released “Ten Years” a compilation album gleaned from their first four album.
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JacksonsWarehouse was formed in 2004 by Rich Hawkins (bass), Cy Chant (percussion), Marc Barnacle (guitar/vocals), Simon Brown (keys/sounds/vocals), Stuart Brown (guitar/vocals) in Basildon UK. After having worked hard to get a record deal they released 'Hotel by the Sea' with SX Records. The band received great reviews and an unexpected amount of radio play on XFM, Radio 6 and receiving 'Track of the week' status on many student radio's culminating in a successful tour of Scotland and the North of England as well as expanding an ever growing fan base around Essex and London. Some shows include, TMF (Thurrock Music Festival); International Jamboree- V Stage; Gola Centenary Celebrations, a public performance in the centre of Regent Street (In conjunction with Quiksilver) and support slots for acts such as The Others, The Ordinary Boys, SixNationState and Jack Penate. JacksonsWarehouse used the year 2010 to continue adding to their ever growing fan-base with some truly special gigs around Essex and London playing to their biggest crowds ever. Towards the end of the year JacksonsWarehouse started work on a new album and released a self-funded EP titled 'Getting Away With It', receiving an overwhelming response. Funded by the band themselves and some amazing supporters 2010 ended with JacksonsWarehouse adding the finishing touches to what is considered their best work to date.
Real quick heads-up before we get down into the music: We will not be posting any new songs this weekend. Sorry guys! Hope you all have an awesome weekend! We will be back to hang out with you all next week!
Hailing from Bradenton Florida, Since October was formed in 2005 by Ben Graham (vocals), Luke Graham (guitar), Josh Johnson (bass), and Audie Grantham (drums). Since October was signed to Tooth & Nail Records in 2007. They sold over 5,000 copies of independent release “Gasping For Hope” prior to signing to Tooth and Nail. Their second album, “This Is My Heart”, was released in 2008. The lead single off of the album, "Guilty", reached No. 21 in the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The band also released a music video for the song "Disaster". In early 2009, the band toured with Saliva, Pop Evil, Dead Season, and Aranda. They also made appearances on The Contagious Tour featuring Trapt, Red, Halestorm, and Inept. The band has recorded their follow up album to This is My Heart, "Life, Scars, Apologies" to be released on Tooth & Nail. "The Show", a song off the new CD, was one of the official theme songs to Wrestlemania XXVI. Their first single "The Way You Move" reached No. 20 on the Billboard mainstream rock charts and was featured on ESPN for the entire college basketball season. The song is also available on Rockband. The band toured all of 2010 with bands like Saliva, Halestorm, Adelitas Way, Saving Abel, and were featured on the Harddrive Live tour with Sevendust and 10 Years.
Formed in 1993 in Atlanta GA by brothers Solomon "Soul Glow Activatur" Olds (vocals/rhythm guitar), Joshua “Fatty” Olds (bass), and Jacob “Crouton” Olds (drums), was “boy-band” The Brothers. After adding Derek “Chap Stique” Mount (lead guitar), and Nathan “Nadaddy” Currin (synth), The Brothers evolved into a more synth-rock focused band under the name The Phamily, they soon changed the name, however, as it infringed on Prince’s copyrighted “The Family”. The name was changed to Family Force 5 (FF5). A decade after all this, in 2004, the band signed jointly with Maverick Records and Gotee Records, hoping to reach both the mainstream and Christian music markets. In 2006 their debut record “Business Up Front/Party In The Back” was simultaneously released under both labels, and was very guitar-heavy. In 2007 they released “Business Up Front/Party In The Back-Diamond Edition”, a re-release of their debut record with three previously un-released songs. In 2008 FF5 released “Dance Or Die” under Tooth & Nail, this album had a more electronica, club sound than their previous release. “Dance Or Die” sold 17,000 copies in the first week, and debuted at #30 on the Billboard 200 charts. It went on to sell 50,000 units by January 2009. Early in 2009 Family Force 5 began the AP tour from March to May, promoting the album and headlining shows across the US. In May 2009, the band released a remix album of “Dance or Die”; “Dance or Die with a Vengeance”. It featured remixes by The Secret Handshake, 3OH!3, Danger Radio, Jasen Rauch of Red, Matt Thiessen of Relient K, David Crowder of David Crowder Band, Alex Suarez of Cobra Starship, and others. Later that year they also released a Christmas album: “Family Force 5 Christmas Pageant”. In 2009, the band hit the road on the Christmas Pageant Tour. On this tour was House of Heroes, Remedy Drive, and All Left Out. On the tour they performed their versions of Christmas classics as well as their very own originals. On November 30 it was announced by lead singer Soul Glow Activatur's Twitter that Joshua (Fatty) had been admitted to the ICU of a local hospital and that a kidney specialist had been called in after his condition deteriorated. Later it was confirmed that he was suffering from kidney failure and that he was undergoing dialysis treatment. The band at first vowed to continue the current tour they were on, The Christmas Pageant Tour, so as not to disappoint fans, however, as Joshua's condition worsened, the band canceled a few shows, but then made a return for the rest of the tour. Joshua is now out of the hospital and back playing shows. In January 2010 Family Force 5 toured Australia and New Zealand, playing shows for Parachute Music Festival, and in February they toured the UK with Cobra Starship. At this time their music was released for sale in the UK, and they played during the music festival Sonisphere. Early in 2011 they began their headlining tour “Tourantula” with Stereo Skyline, Swimming With Dolphins, and Since Forever. They also played during Warped Tour 2011. In late 2011 Family Force 5 released their latest album to date “III” under Tooth & Nail Records.
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe is one of the most opinionated and thought-provoking figures in modern metal. With the entire world talking about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), people everywhere are finally catching up to what Blythe has been talking about for some time.In late December, we posted about Blythe’s Twitter rampage expressing his views on online piracy and SOPA, as well as his in support of Lars Ulrich’s fight against Napster. Now that the fight against Internet censorship is going full-tilt with websites such as Wikipedia and Reddit blacking out in protest, Blythe took the opportunity during an interview with Spinner to address the situation.“A profit margin at the cost of liberty is never high enough for me,” says the poetic vocalist. “I believe it opens up too much corporate and governmental control and I think it would be a monopoly by corporations and governments who are in bed together on creative content and what does and what does not go on the internet.”As a creator of content himself, Blythe still opposes SOPA even though Lamb of God will rake in more cash if the bill is passed. “I would rather starve,” claims Blythe. “I’ve been poor plenty of times. I was poor for a long, long time in this band, literally homeless at times. I’m not particularly worried about getting rich, that’s not why I do this. I make a good living, a lot of people don’t. I’m not a millionaire, but I’m quite comfortable now after 16 years of being in this band.”“And yes, I would make more money, this is true,” Blythe admits. “And yes, I think it sucks that people steal music. And that’s what I call it. Not copyright infringement, not piracy, it’s f—ing stealing. That sucks. That being said, I just don’t want the government or corporations to have more control than they already do. To me it’s ridiculous and a very easy choice.”The Lamb of God vocalist continued, “I’ve been to China. I know what happens there. I’ve been all around the world to places where you can’t get this and can’t get that and I’m like, ‘Really?’ It seems like such a weird innocuous thing to me coming from America. I refuse to support anything that will further censorship whether it be government or corporate. I mean, we’re being sold enough s— as it is.”“Would I like to live comfortably in a nice house as an indentured servant or would I like to live in the ghetto as a free man? I’ll take the ghetto any day,” finished Blythe.Figuratively, if SOPA was put into law today, Blythe’s wallet would certainly expand at a greater volume with the release of Lamb of God’s upcoming full-length ‘Resolution.’ However, Blythe, who has declared himself a candidate for U.S. President, has made it crystal clear that he is more than willing to personally sacrifice for online freedom. ‘Resolution’ is set to hit the shelves on Jan. 24.
Papa Roach is a rock band from Vacaville, California, United States. Formed in 1993, it consists of Jacoby Shaddix (vocals), Jerry Horton (guitar), Tobin Esperance (bass), and Tony Palermo (drums). Tony, previously of Unwritten Law, joined the band after the departure of one of the band’s founding members, Dave Buckner. Papa Roach has sold more than 10 million album copies worldwide, and are known for their hits “Last Resort”, “Scars”, “Forever”, and “Lifeline”, among others. They had mostly regional success until their breakthrough with the hit single “Last Resort” from their first major label album, Infest released in 2000. In 2002 they released “LoveHate Tragedy”, followed by the release of “Getting Away With Murder” in 2004, and the release of “The Paramour Sessions in 2006, as well as an acoustic EP titled “Naked And Fearless” in 2009. The band’s latest album titled Metamorphosis was released in 2009, with the single “Lifeline”. They released a live album with 5 new tracks in August 2010, named “Time for Annihilation…On the Record and On the Road”, with the first single being “Kick In The Teeth”. They are signed to indie label Eleven Seven Music.
So a while back we brought you music from Winter Haven FL-based Anberlin, today we have some music from lead vocalist Stephen Christian’s side project; Anchor & Braille! Anchor & Braille was conceived when Christian realized that he had written many songs that he knew Anberlin could never use. The songs were said to have a different feel from Anberlin's material and the lyrics were topics that he felt more personal, which he was not ready at that time to share on a mass platform. The band streamed the entire album on their MySpace page before its release on August 4, 2009. The official website also has the demo version of "Sleep" (or "When We Die"). The songs "Wedding/Funeral," "Sheet Music" (Which has been mislabelled as 'When We Die (Sleep)") and a demo of "Mary Agnosia" are featured on their PureVolume. A poetic art-loop piece called "16 Conversations" was also on the band's MySpace page for a short while. On January 23, 2007, a 7" vinyl with two songs on it, "Sound Asleep" and "Wedding / Funeral", was released online. Anchor & Braille's initial output greatly contrasted with Christian's primary band, relying on toned-down instruments such as keyboards, pianos, and acoustic guitars. However, the 2009 album utilized a full band, with all songs written by Christian but produced and augmented with additional instrumentation by Marsh afterward. Though Marsh initially stated he would not be touring with Anchor & Braille so as to focus primarily on Copeland, it was revealed that the two acts would be touring together over the summer anyway. Anchor & Braille joined Copeland's US tour in July with Sherwood, Meese and Barcelona, before Christian headed to Australia for a tour with Anberlin in August. The first single, "Still Sleeping", from the bands debut album was made available on iTunes. It was also featured on the compilation album Punk the Clock, Volume Three. The debut album was entitled “Felt”, produced by Aaron Marsh from Copeland and released on August 4, 2009. The album was released by Wood Water Records and Federal Distribution, debuting at number 30 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. A vinyl of 'Felt' was released on December 14, 2010 with a previously unreleased track, 'Empires.' Christian announced this on Anberlin's Twitter account on November 4, 2010. Christian announced on his personal Twitter account on December 24, 2011 that a new Anchor & Braille album is planned for release in 2012.
"Immediately following Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) decision to postpone a full vote on the “PROTECT IP Act” (PIPA), which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chief sponsor of the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA), has announced that he will delay further consideration of the contentious anti-piracy bill in the House “until there is wider agreement on a solution.” Earlier this week, Smith said that he would resume markup hearings on SOPA by the House Judiciary Committee, of which he is chairman, in February."
This is great! But let's keep the pressure on, it could always come back!
SafetySuit originated as a band called Crew, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was originally composed of singer Doug Brown, drummer Tate Cunningham, bassist Jeremey Henshaw, and guitar players Curtis Lloyd and Jesse Carey, who met while attending Oral Roberts University. After winning a local battle of the bands, Crew began to increase in popularity in their hometown of Tulsa, OK so the band recorded and co-produced “Day After Yesterday” with local producer David John. Curtis and Jesse left the band soon after to pursue other careers, and guitarist Dave Garofalo joined the band a few months later. In 2004 the band decided to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee and retitled Day After Yesterday to create the Crew EP. In the summer of 2005, the members of Crew were introduced to producer Greg Archilla and recorded a 4 song EP called “Stay”. The band continued to grow in popularity locally until they played a showcase at 12th & Porter where they were signed by Universal. After signing their record deal, the band changed their name to SafetySuit to avoid legal problems down the road. SafetySuit recorded their debut full length album Life Left to Go in 2007, once again with producer Greg Archilla. In February 2008, the band released their first single "Someone Like You" before releasing Life Left to Go on May 13, 2008. The album was met with a strong reception among critics, and the album reached number five on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. The album saw the release of two additional singles, most notably "Stay", which experienced success on VH1's Top 20 Countdown, reaching number one. The song "Annie" was also released as a single, "Anywhere But Here" was featured in an episode of the television series “Kyle XY”, and "Something I Said" and "What If" were also featured on the MTV television show "The Hills". In 2010, the band went back into the studio to begin work on their second album with producers Howard Benson, Ryan Tedder, and Espionage. Their first attempt at recording new material was scrapped in late 2010, as the band did not feel the songs lived up to their standards and started over. On March 21, 2011 the band announced on Facebook that the first single off the new record would be titled "Get Around This," produced by Espionage, and available for download on April 19, 2011. On July 6, 2011 the video for "Get Around This" premiered on noisecreep.com. A second single "Let Go" debuted on September 2 by way of a Facebook application on the band's page and, on was officially released September 20th. The video for "Let Go" ended 2011 peaking at number eight on VH1's Top 20 Countdown. It was announced on July 19, 2011 via a video tweeted by lead singer Doug Brown, that SafetySuit's second album “These Times” would be released on October 18, after being pushed back by the band's move from Universal Motown to Universal Republic during the summer of 2011. However, on September 3, the band announced via their official Twitter that the release date of “These Times” was changed to November 1, 2011. On October 18, the SafetySuit announced that their label had pushed the album release date back again, this time to January 2012. At the same time, they debuted an online stream of the album opener "Believe". The release date for These Times was soon after set for January 10, 2012 and was released exclusively through iTunes on January 3. Upon release, These Times debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200. The band will be joining Daughtry on the Break the Spell Tour beginning in March.
Ever Stays Red formed in the fall of 2002, when the 4 recently graduated high-school friends decided to start a band. Determined to creating music that would touch people's souls, they bought a small home in Phoenix, Arizona, and became roommates. They filled the house with more musical equipment than furniture, and produced more music than meals, soon turning the small home into "the" loft studio. A short 2 years later, the band hit the road in support of their debut album, I'll Tell The World. Playing in over 250 shows across America, they quickly gathered a group of devoted fans, with 3 songs from their album going into the 'top-twenty rock single' list, and the album selling over 20,000 units. With the money made from the touring, Ever Stays Red managed to fund a trip to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where they performed nightly for thousands of young brazilian teens, many of which lived in the inner city. Throughout that 12 day stretch of shows, the band witnessed firsthand the power the music had to transcend culture and creed, making them even more certain of their calling. "Brazil was a turning point for this band,” says Carlson. “It was the moment in time when we all realized that we were apart of something so much bigger than ourselves. We came home from that trip committed to the idea that music becomes meaningful when it brings hope--we have always strived to make meaningful music. I wrote songs for the new album from my heart; songs about never giving up on the dreams inside of you, songs about redemption, songs about daring to believe in what the world could be." Fueled by the idea of a second trip to Brazil in 2006, the band returned to their home in the states, and started recording its second album. They finally independently released the album, entitled These Words Become Us, an album that quickly gathered airplay at numerous rock radio stations across the states. In anticipation of the album's release, the band invested heavily into their live performances, spending tons of cash and hundreds of hours to build a mesmerizing multi-media production that made the already impressive live show into a spiritually moving experience. Throughout this time, the band toured with bands like Falling Up, Hawk Nelson, Dizmas, Everyday Sunday, Stellar Kart, and This Beautiful Republic, which helped the band continued to grow their fan base and reach new markets.In the spring of 2007, Ever Stays Red signed with Vertical Shift Records (VSR Music), and was asked to record a third album. Released in March 2008, On the Brink Of It All embodies the band that has given everything to chase their dreams. With compellingly honest vocals, and spiritually gripping lyrics, the heartbeat of the album is the band’s firm belief that the dreams that inspire us should never be allowed to die.
Oh, Sleeper was founded in April 2006 after former member, Ryan Conley, of the short-lived rock band Terminal got together with former Evelynn and Between the Buried and Me guitarist Shane Blay and former Terminal bassist Lucas Starr (who was at the time with As Cities Burn). Eventually they found a vocalist in Micah Kinard and began practicing. The four members experienced typical problems of a band start-up (no place to practice, no money and different schedules), but the biggest obstacle was finding the final member. Countless awkward auditions failed to fill the missing position, until long time friend and fellow Terminal member James Erwin was found. After his addition to the lineup, the band released an EP, titled The Armored March, through 1x1 music. The band signed with Solid State Records in the summer of 2007. Their debut album, When I Am God, was released on October 23, 2007. On December 28, 2007, Oh, Sleeper performed at the Plano Centre in Plano Texas along with the briefly reunited Terminal. Oh, Sleeper also supported Demon Hunter on their tour, along with Living Sacrifice, and The Famine. The tour in support of Norma Jean was drummer Ryan Conley's last with the band. Oh, Sleeper announced in early 2009 that they would release a new album entitled Son of the Morning, which was released on August 25. The first single from the record was the title track, "Son of the Morning" and later in the year, Oh, Sleeper played the entire album for the first time in Waco Texas at Art Ambush. The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at #120 and also charted at #46 on the Rock Albums chart, and at #12 on the Hard Rock Albums chart. In a Solid State podcast, it was announced that the band would be releasing a new album in 2011. This new album was called "Children of Fire," as announced on stage by the band at Micah's birthday show in Dallas, Texas on Friday, April 15, 2011. On August 2nd, Oh, Sleeper released "Endseekers", their first single from the album. The song "Hush Yael" was uploaded to their Facebook page on the August 23, 2011. Children of Fire was released digitally on September 6, 2011. The album was released physically in stores on September 27.
Sent By Ravens was formed in January 2006 by Jamie Windham (bass), Andy O'Neal (guitar) and Andy Warren (vocals). In August 2007 after searching for a drummer, the band found Dane Andersen (drums) through a video he posted of himself on YouTube. Impressed by his drumming in the video, he was invited to the band. The new drummer recommended James "JJ" Leonard Jr. (guitar) to the band as another guitar player, he and JJ having been lifelong friends. The group released EPs “Sent By Ravens” (2007) and “The Effects Of Fashion And Prayer” (2008) independently. In August, 2009 the band signed to Tooth & Nail Records, and released their first studio album “Our Graceful Words” in 2010.The album charted at #35 on Billboard Top Heatseekers. In support of the new album Sent by Ravens performed with Papa Roach, Nonpoint, Richy Nix, It's Alive, Host to Another, and toured with Emery. They have announced a new album to be released in February 2012, “Mean What You Say”.
Remedy Drive were originally called The Aslan Band when they formed in 1998. The bad was comprised of the Zach Brothers, David (vocals/keys/rhythm guitar), Daniel (drums), Paul (lead guitar/backing vocals), and Philip (bass/backing vocals). They released their first album, “Remedy”, in 1998 under their original name. After changing their name to Remedy, they released four more independent albums: “Remedy (The Blue One)” (1999), “Remedy (The Red One)” (2001), “Remedy: A Live Album” (2003), and “Magnify” (2004), before once again changing their name, this time to Remedy Drive. Their last independent album, “Rip Open the Skies”, was released on April 25, 2006 and has sold over 20,000 copies to date. Before signing for Word Records, the band played over 200 concerts a year in the Midwest and West Coast of the United States. The band signed on with Word Records in early 2008 after being an independent band for nearly ten years. Their first non-independent studio album, “Daylight Is Coming”, was released on August 26, 2008 on Word Records. The album was produced by Ian Eskelin. On June 14, 2008, Remedy Drive performed at the Crossover Christian Music Festival in Camdenton, Missouri along with artists such as Building 429, BarlowGirl and Skillet. The Remedy Drive song, "Hope", was used for the Vancouver Olympic Games commercial in 2009 - 2010. In early 2010, Remedy Drive's official website said that the band were creating new songs for an upcoming project, possibly a second album for Word Records. In 2010, Remedy Drive toured with artists such as David Crowder Band, MercyMe, Family Force 5, Fee, and Sidewalk Prophets. On April 6, 2011, the band's website announced that all of the Zach brothers except David (Daniel, Philip and Paul Zach) would be leaving the band, to be replaced by the current members; Dave Mohr (lead guitar/backing vocals), Corey Horn (bass, backing vocals), and Timmy Jones (drums).
Awolnation began after Under the Influence of Giants, Hometown Hero, and Insurgence frontman Aaron Bruno was approached by Red Bull Records in 2009, asking if he wanted free use of the Red Bull recording studio in Los Angeles, CA. He recorded a few songs in the studio and ultimately signed with the label, calling it more of a "partnership", and was allowed to make the recordings that he wanted. In 2010, along with lead guitarist Christopher Thorn, Kenny Carkeet (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), David Amezcua (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Hayden Scott (drums), Awolnation released “Back From Earth” their debut album. The band's first single was "Sail" off their 2011 release “Megalithic Symphony”, it debuted at #30 on the U.S. Billboard. The song was written with a nod to the Styx song "Come Sail Away" as is evident in the video and lyrics, as Bruno talks of extraterrestrial beings coming for him. Aaron Bruno also referenced this influence in an interview with VH1 Alternative Songs chart on the chart week of February 10, 2011. The single got extra media attention when it was used under a video of the professional BASE jump, skydiver, and wingsuit flyer Jeb Corliss. "Sail" has been featured in the episode "Whisky Tango Foxtrot" of CBS's television show “The Good Wife” and commercials for the Fox television show “House”. It is also the background music for Under Armour's "Are You from Here" commercial, featuring Derrick Williams of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Another of the band's songs, "Burn It Down", is featured in the “Sons of Anarchy” episode "To Be, Act 1". The band released their debut album Megalithic Symphony digitally on March 15, 2011, and physically on March 29, 2011 on Red Bull Records. Megalithic Symphony features a total of 15 tracks, including "Kill Your Heroes" produced by Brian West, and a bonus track that differs based on location of purchase, being either "Shoestring" or "Swinging from the Castles".
Search the City is an alternative/punk band from Detroit, Michigan. In 2006, their debut EP Ghosts was released. The band signed onto Tooth & Nail Records and released their debut album “Fire So Big The Heavens Can See It” on April 1, 2008. The band toured with groups such as Run Kid Run, A Dream Too Late, Dr. Manhattan, Ivoryline, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Breathe Carolina, and Panima. In 2009 the band went on hiatus and Josh Frost started a new project called "Evil Us", since Search the City came back together, however, Evil Us has yet to receive any news and has been put on hold for the time being. Members Alex Sheldon & Jim Baird also began a side project unrelated to Search the City, and drummer Adam McMillon has a solo project, titled "The Rescue Letter". As of 2011, the band is back together and writing music again. They are expecting a new album in the spring of 2012. They are planning on an early release of a couple of acoustic songs soon. Frost has announced two track titles that will be on the new album, "Diamond Eyes" and "Devil's Night."
Abandon began as an independent band made up of brothers Josh and Justin Engler,and their two cousins Dave and Stevan Vela, along with their friend (and former bassist) Ryan Reavis, in 2002. In 2005 they began to play local concerts and released their first album “Ambush”, which was produced by the band and Tavis Wilson. Soon after the release of their second album, “Who You Are” (produced by Kevin Bruchert and released in 2006), Reavis chose to leave the band. Not long afterwards, Bruchert introduced the band to Bryan Fowler and he joined the band. They signed a deal with ForeFront Records in the fall of 2007. The record label's A&R manager Chris York discovered the band by hearing them play at a club next door to where York was at a restaurant with his wife. Abandon's initial ForeFront release, “The Abandon EP” (produced by Chris Stevens), was released on July 22, 2008 and contained five tracks that were released on their forthcoming studio album. Alternative rock song "Providence" and "All Because of You", which has a more contemporary style, were both released as radio singles on August 1, 2008. Abandon released its sophomore album “Control” on April 19, 2011. The band's single "Live it Out" was featured on “The Food Network” for their promotion of the show “Food Network Challenge” and was used on the 2011 ESPY Awards Show on ESPN.
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FM Static is a Toronto-based punk band currently signed to Tooth & Nail Records. The band was started as a side project by Thousand Foot Krutch frontman Trevor McNevan, and drummer Steve Augustine in 2003. The original lineup included John Bunner on guitar and Justin Smith on bass. Their first album “What Are You Waiting For?” was released in 2003 and FM Static toured throughout 2003 and 2005. However, after playing a few shows John Bunner decided to retire and Justin Smith recruited his brother Jeremy to replace John on guitar. In 2006 they released “Critically Ashamed”, but didn’t tour to promote this album. The reason for this was that the Smith brothers had decided to leave the band. Studio musicians filled in the guitar and bass on the record. While only one single was released for this album (“Waste Of Time”) the song "Tonight" accumulated over thirteen million hits on YouTube as of November 2011, and "Moment of Truth" had nearly ten million. In 2009 they released their first concept album “Dear Diary” which details the difficulties of life, love, and faith. FM Static toured for this album with guitarist Nick Baumhardt from TFK filling in, as well as Tom Beaupre on bass and keyboards. In 2010, in anticipation of their upcoming 2011 record, they released triple-pack “3 Out Of 4 Ain’t Bad”. In 2011 they released their latest album “My Brain Says STOP But My Heart Says GO”
Okay so we’ve had a ton of rock bands get featured, because, let’s face it, there are a lot of little-known rock bands out there! Today we have some music from pop-rock group Royal Tailor!
Royal Tailor was formed after members Tauren Wells (vocals), DJ Cox (lead guitar/backing vocals), Blake Hubbard (bass/backing vocals), and Jarrod Ingram (drums), met while attending college in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2004. After hearing Royal Tailor's music Leeland and Jack Mooring passed along the band's EP to Jason McArthur, Vice President of A&R of Provident Music Group, who signed them to a record deal. Producers Aaron Lindsey, Chuck Butler and Daniel Kinner produced their debut album (a five-track EP), “Black & White”, which was released on June 7, 2011.
The members of After Edmund formed as a band in 2001, originally under the name Take. During that time they had five independent releases: “Not the Typical EP’’ in 2002, “Moonlight E-CD Single” and “ARE You Listening?” in 2003, and “Amplified EP” in 2004. The “SA BA DE EP” in 2005 was Taken's final independent release before the band changed their name to After Edmund. In November 2006, the band signed onto Slanted Records and began recording for their first main studio album until 2007. The album was released under the title “Hello” on February 26, 2008. In July 2008 they playeda string of concerts throughout Sweden in support of the album. Following the international dates the After Edmund fans cast enough votes to garner the attention of Linkin Park's “Projekt Revolution Tour”. On the Atlanta date of that tour After Edmund had the privilege of opening for such acts as Linkin Park, Chris Cornell and The Bravery. In the fall of that year the band opened for their friends in Building 429 on their US tour. In 2008 drummer Adam Stanley left the group. Matt McFadden took over at drums, and Mitch Parks switched to bass. They were asked back for another stint throughout February and March of 2009 on Building 429's Truth, Hope & Love Tour, this time playing alongside Above the Golden State, among others. On October 6, After Edmund released a combination live DVD and EP entitled “Spaceships and Submarines: The Lively Sessions”. The video portion features a live, in-studio performance of four previously unreleased songs, three from their first record “Hello”, and two instrumental tracks. The audio of the songs was made available through a downloadable version that comes with the DVD. During the rest of October, the band joined Lecrae, Mikeschair, and Tedashii on the Altered Minds Tour. Together they played concerts throughout the United States. Band member, Matt Yates (keyboard, vocals), decided to leave the band, as of May 1, 2010, to spend more time with his family. On July 1, 2010, After Edmund released the new single "Dance Like You're From the Future" on their website for a free download. It was the first released track from their forthcoming, unnanounced release. Quickly following the release of the single the band went on a short mini-tour through Texas and the south-east. Immediately after this they went back into the studio to dive head first into their next release. They spent numerous months writing and recording at their studio in LaGrange, GA. On Dec. 1 the official announcement was made that their latest creation would be a double EP set entitled "Times Have Changed." The EP's would be released separately, the first of which “Times Have Changed EP #1” becoming available on Feb.1 2011 through digital distribution as well as at the band's concerts. It had been written, recorded and produced by the band entirely independent and for free. The second song released from "Times Have Changed EP #1," “Monster”, was made available for streaming on January 1 via the band's Myspace and Facebook Fanpage. Austin Abbott, was made an official member of the band, replacing keyboardist Matt Yates. After Edmund also announced their upcoming plans to tour throughout March and April with Fireflight, on their Overcome Tour.
Today we are celebrating the music holiday: "Intergalactic Prog Metal Day" or "Rush Day"! In celebration of Rush, their landmark album "2112", and all of the bands that have been influenced by Rush ever since, various radio stations, music stores and websites have special events planned. "Rush’s 2112 is probably the first album that can rightfully be called progressive metal, so it’s only appropriate we blast the album from the rooftops, from our cars, from our iPods, from everywhere, to celebrate this landmark album and Rush’s incredible longevity and lasting influence," said Jeff Wagner, author of "Mean Deviation: Four Decades Of Progressive Heavy Metal". Plus, Wagner’s got big plans for 2112 – the year, not the album. "We’re only a hundred years away now until 2112," he said. "I'll be waiting in my hypercube, ready for the big one!" So to celebrate this historical album we will have one of the songs off of the album today!
The band, consisting of five members, used to be called Stutterfly until a key member, Chris Stickney, decided to leave shortly after they were dropped from Maverick Records. Stickney soon moved to a band called Oceans Apart. The rest of the band, Bradyn Byron, Jason Ciolli, Jordan Chase and Ryan Loerke, approached Charles Finn, a friend and former member of TheBleedingAlarm, who used to tour with them, to be their new lead singer. The new line-up became Secret and Whisper on February 24, 2007. In 2008 they released “Great White Whale” on Tooth & Nail Records. On September 15, 2009 in a MySpace blog, Charles announced the official departure of Bradyn Byron. The band has since recruited David Ecker as a temporary guitarist. David Ecker previously played guitar for Oceans Apart with former Stutterfly member Chris Stickney. As of the departure of Bradyn Byron from Secret & Whisper, Jordan Chase is the only remaining founding member of Stutterfly. The band mentioned a new website with the release of the new album “Teenage Fantasy”. “Teenage Fantasy's” first single was "Warrior (Southern Arrowwood)". The album was released on April 6, 2010. On November 25. On February 4, 2011, they released B-Side track on Myspace titled "Pixie". It was announced on July 12, 2011 via Facebook note that the band was going on a hiatus. Members Jordan Chase, Ryan Loerke and David Ecker have since gone on to form the band Shreddy Krueger. It is unknown whether or not they will re-form.
Carolina Liar is a Swedish alternative rock band formed in 2006. Lead vocalist Chad Wolf is originally from Charleston, South Carolina, but the band and its members, Rickard Göransson (guitar), Johan Carlsson (keys), and Peter Carlsson (drums), originate from Sweden. The band is best known for the songs "I'm Not Over", and "Show Me What I'm Looking For" from their 2008 major label debut album “Coming to Terms”, produced by legendary Swedish producer Max Martin. On March 3, 2009, the single "Show Me What I'm Looking For" was featured on the iTunes Music Store as the Free Single of the Week. "Show Me What I'm Looking For" also appeared in FOX Sport's commercials for the 2009 MLB All-Star Game. "Show Me What I’m Looking For" and "Open The Door" was featured in commercials for Investigation Discovery’s new show, “Disappeared”. "Show Me What I’m Looking for" was also featured in promo spots for WEtv’s “The Locator”. Carolina Liar also played as a warm up band for Rob Thomas while he was playing in New York City at the Beacon Theater, and the rest of the stops on his Cradlesong Tour. In 2011 they released their latest album “Wild Blessed Freedom” on Atlantic Records.