Pictorial: St. Vincent Fear the Future Tour in Pittsburgh at Stage AE

Touring in support of her latest album, ‘Masseducation,’ St. Vincent restarted her Fear the Future Tour in Pittsburgh Tuesday night at Stage AE. Released on October 13, 2017, ‘Masseducation’ is St. Vincent’s fifth album and her first record to debut in the Billboard top 10. 

All photos Jack Fordyce ©2018

Wage War at SOLD OUT Stage AE Show

Joining  A Day to Remember for their seventh sold out show at Stage AE was the notorious Wage War who just so happened to be the opening act for the night.  Most times with opening acts, no one is particularly paying attention or really even cares because they’re usually there for the headliner or maybe even the direct support.  Honestly, that was not the case this time around whether people knew who Wage War was or not, a lot of people left as a newfound fan of the hardcore/metalcore band.

 

Being the opening act is sometimes nerve racking, nice to get it over with but being the band that basically “sets the bar” could be the downfall for some if not most.  Luckily, Wage War took the bar and smashed it through the roof!  They weren’t afraid to go hard, strut their stuff, and have a good time.  Starting off their set was one of their biggest headbanging songs “Stitch” before jumping right into “Alive” and “Enemy.”

 

Wage War ended up playing ten songs which is quite surprising that they were allotted that much time, but with them being close friends with Jeremy McKinnon for starters, and the excellent performance they conjured up its not surprising anymore.  They played a solid mix though with their setlist as they played five songs from each of their two albums (setlist below).  Aside from their heavier songs, they also had some singalong songs that really got the crowd involved which was a nice change of pace for their set.  Like: Gravity, Don’t Let Me Fade Away, and Twenty One.

 

Luckily… if you missed Wage War this time around DO NOT WORRY because they will be returning to Pittsburgh this December with Oceans Ate Alaska, Gideon, Varials, and Loathe.  If you are a metalcore/hardcore fan then I really don’t have to go into any details at all besides just saying that this is the show for you without question.

 

Don’t forget to checkout Wage War’s setlist and photos below!

 

Setlist:

  1. Stitch
  2. Alive
  3. Enemy
  4. Blueprints
  5. The River
  6. Witness
  7. Deadweight
  8. Gravity
  9. Don’t Let Me Fade Away
  10. Twenty One

Grammy® Winners Ghost Enter Top Rock Albums Chart At No. 1 With Popestar EP

LINKÖPING, SWEDEN- SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 – Grammy® Award-winning band Ghost have earned the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts with their new EP Popestar. Selling over 21,000 copies the release is the first EP to top the Top Rock Albums chart in the chart’s history. Popestar also marks the band’s second No. 1 release on the Hard Rock Albums chart. Additionally, the EP tops the Hard Rock chart in the band’s home country of Sweden.
Popestar was released on September 16th by Loma Vista Recordings and is available online and in record stores on CD, vinyl, and digital. The surprise five-track offering features leading psalm “Square Hammer” and also contains covers of selections by Echo and the Bunnymen, Simian Mobile Disco, Eurythmics, and Imperiet. Popestar was recorded by Papa Emeritus III and his nameless ghouls in Linköping, Sweden and produced by Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Royal Blood, Opeth).To purchase Popestar now, click HERE.
Ghost “Square Hammer”
Additionally, Ghost have released a Deluxe Version of Meliora, their acclaimed 2015 Grammy® Award-winning album. Meliora Deluxe contains the Popestar EP as a bonus disc (CD or LP or digital). To purchase Meliora Deluxe, click  HERE.
The arrival of the Popestar EP coincided with the launch of the band’s 41-city U.S. headlining Popestar Tour, which kicked off on September 16th. See below for a complete list of remaining rituals and for more information on upcoming dates, visit www.ghost-official.com.
Ghost were awarded a Grammy® earlier this year for ‘Best Metal Performance’. Their most recent album Meliora was released on August 21, 2015 and debuted at No. 1 at Independent Retail, No. 2 at Rock, and in the Top 10 (#8) on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart. The band capped off a landmark 2015 with their late night television debut on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s Halloween show on CBS with a rousing performance of their offering “Cirice”, which reached No. 3 at radio at Active Rock and Mainstream Rock.
Popestar U.S. Tour Dates
September 30 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank at Midland Theatre
October 1 – Madison, WI – Sonic Boom Festival
October 2 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life
October 3 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
October 4 – Kalamazoo, MI – Kalamazoo State Theatre
October 5 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Paramount Theatre
October 7 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
October 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
October 9 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma Theatre
October 11 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
October 13 – Vancouver, BC – The Vogue Theater
October 14 – Seattle, WA – The Moore Theater
October 15 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theater
October 16 – Portland, OR – The Rosalind Theater
October 18 – Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium
October 20 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
October 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
October 22 – Las Vegas, NV – The Brooklyn Bowl
October 25 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
October 27 – Lubbock, TX – City Bank Auditorium
October 28 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater
October 31 – Little Rock, AR – Metroplex
November 2 – Orlando, FL – The Hard Rock
November 3 – Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore Miami Beach
November 4 – Jacksonville, FL – The Florida Theatre
November 5 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
November 7 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
November 9 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
November 11 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
November 12 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
 
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Blink 182, A Day To Remember, All Time Low at First Niagara Pavillion

Read a review of the show: Scott Mervis Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

photos by Daniele Mediate © 2016

A Day to Remember Finally Release Common Courtesy

It has been almost a year since A Day to Remember (ADTR) announced that they were recording a new album that would be released end of 2012, early 2013 area. Due to legal issues with their record label, Victory Records, the album could not be released. The album, “Common Courtesy”, that fans have been waiting for, for so long, had no idea on when this highly anticipated album would finally come out. ADTR has constantly been asked about details on the album and they have kept it completely in the dark up until a month ago or so, when they randomly posted a picture of the date “October 8, 2013”. It was supposed to be an official confirmed date but up until last Friday (October 4th), it was not. Sometime in the late afternoon last Friday, the judge who was dealing with the lawsuit finally stated that the band (ADTR) could release the album without the discretion of their record label. So finally, after such a long hard fought battle, “Common Courtesy” is out and we can now post a review on it!
Now I have been an ADTR fan since they started as a band, and I have to say, this album is defiantly some of their best work. Every album they have put out has never disappointed in the least, and this album doesn’t whatsoever… but it is a little bit of a different turn for them. This time around it seems as if they decided to astray from the heavier style music they would usually play with their pop/punkish ways and use more of that pop/punk element instead. Now don’t get me wrong, they still have their huge breakdowns and such, it just seems as if they have decided to explore other areas as musicians, which I do highly encourage for bands. No one wants to hear the same old stuff over and over again.
Right off the bat, ADTR opens up with the song “City of Ocala”, which like any other of their albums is a very strong intro song. It defiantly sets the pace for the rest of the album, and this would be the song that best describes that pop/punk element. As soon as it ends, it jumps right into “Right Back at it Again” (Which was played on the past two tours), so most fans who have seen them within the past year have heard it already. “Dead and Buried”, which they just started playing live recently, starts to bring back the heavier vibe they’ve had on their other albums. Huge breakdowns and even bigger bass drops pull this song together very well, that is if you don’t blow your speakers out when you are blasting this song in your car. The song “I’m Already Gone” is a nice change of pace for the album, it slows it down quite a bit, but the acoustic guitar is nice way to calm down for a little bit before “Violence [Enough is Enough]” kicks in and goes the complete opposite direction. The entire album has had very deep and meaningful lyrics, but it seems as if as the album progresses, the lyrics get stronger. “I Surrender”, “Life Lessons Learned the Hard Way”, “End of Me”, and “I Remember”… the titles speak for themselves.
Overall, I was very impressed with this album; it was beyond my expectations and so worth the wait. Hundreds of thousands of people stayed up all last night to download this album and listen to it as soon as possible, and now I can see why we all did it. “Common Courtesy” just jumped up to the top of the list for a chance of being album of the year in my eyes. It has a lot to go up against, but with the fan support they have backing them, it should have no problems. If you need something fresh and original to listen to, THIS IS THE ALBUM!

Right Back At It Again Tour Does Pittsburgh Proud: A Day To Remember, Chunk! No Captain Chunk!, and Of Mice and Men

Review and photos by David Mondine and Mike Mendlowitz

photos copyright 2013 Pittsburgh Music Magazine and DMondine/MMendlowitz

On Thursday March 28, 2013 one of the biggest out breaking bands straight out of Florida played at Pittsburgh’s own Stage AE.  The one and only A Day to Remember played at Stage AE during their Right Back At It Again tour.  This tour would be not so much a tour to support their new album (which is soon to be coming out called “Common Courtesy”) but more of a tour of just trying to get back on the road and play shows after a six month hiatus.

Getting back on track, the first leg of the tour consisted of two other bands.  The opening act was Chunk! No Captain Chunk! who is out of France.  They mix a form of auto-tune pop with the modern day metalcore scene riffs.  They were an interesting band to watch, even when we had no clue what to expect from them.  Just from the crowd’s reaction to when they came out on stage it wasn’t just a cheer for the show to start; it was more of a cheer to actually see them play.  Just from the view it seems like their name has spread pretty far.  As the opening act though, they did exactly what you want them to do.  They entertained the crowd by giving it there all and they got everyone pumped up and ready to go for the next band, Of Mice and Men.

In recent talks it has been brought up that the juggernaut band called Of Mice and Men could possibly take over the metal scene with their powerful heavy riffs and breakdowns.  Yes, this could be true after the performance they just had.  When it comes to playing all out or nothing, Of Mice and Men can deliver.  With the whole crowd pumping their fists in the air, singing along, and moshing like there is no tomorrow you can defiantly tell this band now has a huge following even though their career as a band has not been that long.  Their fan base has without a doubt contributed to their huge success in the metal scene or the music scene in general.  The only thing that really went wrong during their set was just a few easy fix timing factors and that the bass was too loud to a point where it started to mash up with the rest of the instruments playing.  All and all it was a solid performance with not a whole lot of complaints.  This being the second time seeing them for me it still has not changed my opinion about them.

With the crowd over excited and pumped beyond belief to see one of the biggest fan base bands in the entire world… the anticipation was just overwhelming.  Every time A Day to Remember has played in Pittsburgh it has been a sold out show.  It is because of so many reasons that it has always been that way, but to sum it all up in a few short words would be utterly impossible.  Not too many words can describe just how much of a performance A Day to Remember puts on for their crowd.  But when you see the entire floor section moshing, jumping, singing, and just simply moving around the entire time you just know that they are doing something right to obtain such an amazing reaction from the crowd.  When their huge album “Homesick” came out, it was just only the start of their fast growth to stardom.  That album is pretty much the reason that their name has been heard from all corners of the world now.  That being said they have played in multiple festivals and have been headlining a lot of shows to.  Every show they bring their usual party gear which usually includes rolls of toilet paper, beach balls, rolled up tees, and Jeremy’s human hamster ball.  This year there was no hamster ball but they had an inflatable raft instead.  Entertaining the crowd is just what they do and they succeed in all aspects of it.  The lights were spot on during their set and the sound was pretty good to.  Timing was no issue for them since they have been getting ready for this tour for over a month now.  Since their newest album “Common Courtesy” has yet to have a release date (or even start the final mixing process) they have been putting forth the effort to keep everyone’s hopes up that the new album is happening slowly but surely.  In the mean time playing shows resolves the issue.  Especially since their set list covered just about their entire discography from “For Those Who Have Heart” all up to the highly anticipated newest album “Common Courtesy”.  After seeing A Day to Remember time and time again, it is more than safe to say this is one band you have to see.  Especially in Pittsburgh, just because of their fan base that is located here.  Going to one of their shows is defiantly worth every penny.  But if you missed this show then it is safe to say you missed another phenomenal performance from A Day to Remember.

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Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! reveals new album details

Paris, France pop-punk outfit Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! has unveiled the cover art and track list for their forthcoming new album Pardon My French, set to release on April 30, 2013. Check out Alternative Press’ official announcement.

Featuring 12 anthemic tracks, the band recorded Pardon My Frenchwith producer Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, Devil Wears Prada, Of Mice & Men, Blessthefall) as the follow up to their debut albumSomething For NothingCheck out the band’s latest studio video! 

 

Gearing up for a massive routing with A Day To Remember, the band recently announced dates for their North American headline tour with label mates For All Those SleepingUpon This Dawning, and friends City Lights. Coming off dates in Australia with big name artists like MetallicaBlink 182, and Linkin Park, the band are confirmed for a slot on the South By So What Festival in Dallas, TX.

 

CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK! – Bertrand Poncet (Vocals), Paul Wilson (Guitar/Back Vocals), Éric Poncet (Guitar), Mathias Rigal (Bass) and Jonathan Donnaës (Drums) – was formed in Paris, France with one goal in mind – to make friends all over the world, through their euphoric blend of punk beats and hardcore breakdowns. Determined to spread the word of Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! across the globe, the band has toured incessantly, and has received press support from Alternative Press, AMP Magazine, Purevolume, Substream Magazine, and Absolutepunk. Now seasoned road warriors, the Paris, France pop-punk group ignited mosh pits nationwide on the Vans Warped Tour 2012, and have shared the stage with the likes of Attack! Attack!, Chelsea Grin, blessthefall, Motionless In White, and The Word Alive. Armed with a solid tour schedule and a power-packed new album, these five friends are ready to take on the planet.

 

 

“The Road To South By So What Tour” w/ Handguns, State Champs, and City Lights

3.11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue

3.13 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction

3.14 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad

3.16 – Grand Prairie, TX @ QuikTrip Park

 

 

Right Back At It Again Tour w/ A Day To Remember, and 

Of Mice & Men

3.20 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

3.22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

3.23 – Albany, NY @ Northern Lights

3.24 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium

3.26 – New York City, NY @ Best Buy Theatre

3.27 – Rochester, NY @ Armory

3.28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

3.30 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak

3.31 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection

4.2 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian

4.3 – St. Louis, MO @ Pageant

4.5 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

“The Pardon My French Tour” w/ For All Those Sleeping, Upon This Dawning, & City Lights

4.7 – Dekalb, IL @ The House Cafe

4.8 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground

4.9 – Columbia, MO @ Mojos

4.10 – Fayetteville, AR @ NWA Showcase

4.11 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory

4.12 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit

4.13 – Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock

4.16 – Pensacola, FL @ Handlebar

4.17 – Orlando, FL @ The Social

4.18 – Jacksonville, FL @ Roc Bar

4.19 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Speakeasy

4.20 – Gainesville, FL @ High Dive

4.21 – Tampa, FL @ The Local

4.23 – Richmond, VA @ Kingdom

4.24 – Springfield, VA @ Empire

4.25 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar

4.26 – Madison, WI @ The Loft

4.27 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoes

4.28 – Burnsville, MN @ The Garage

4.30 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep

 

Rock on the Range 2013 Bands Announced

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America’s premier destination rock festival ROCK ON THE RANGE–which has
expanded to three days this year–will hit hard with performances from some of rock’s biggest names. The
2013 line-up features Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Korn, Bush, Stone Sour, Three
Days Grace, Papa Roach, Cheap Trick, Bullet For My Valentine, Volbeat, Lamb Of God, Skillet, A Day
To Remember, Buckcherry, Halestorm, Hollywood Undead, All That Remains, Device (with David
Draiman), Steel Panther, Sevendust, Sick Puppies, Asking Alexandria, Pop Evil, In Flames, Clutch, In
This Moment, Black Veil Brides, The Sword, Ghost, Motionless In White, Red, Deuce, Middle Class Rut,
Big Wreck, Oleander, Otherwise, Red Line Chemistry, Young Guns, Thousand Foot Krutch, Mindset
Evolution, Tracer, Beware Of Darkness, Heaven’s Basement, American Fangs, Love And Death, Gemini
Syndrome, and more.

“We’re really looking forward to returning to Rock On The Range with a batch of brand new killer Alice tunes
to play for everyone!” says Jerry Cantrell, Alice In Chains.

“Head is back!!,” says Korn’s Jonathan Davis. “Rock On The Range is going to start it all off!! Get ready,
we are going to hit it hard!!”

“Bush are thrilled to be playing Rock On The Range with such great bands,” says Bush’s Gavin Rosdale.
“We look forward to seeing you all out there.”

“This massive lineup has scratched our seven-year itch!” says Gary Spivack, co-executive producer of the
event for Right Arm Entertainment. “Getting Soundgarden for their first Ohio play in two decades and
having seminal acts Alice In Chains, Korn, Volbeat and Papa Roach return along with bands new to ROTR that
include Smashing Pumpkins and Bush, and everything in between–the spectrum of rock n roll is covered…three days of constant energy. Rock On The Range is truly where rock lives.”

Now in its seventh year, ROTR will again take place at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH on Friday, May 17, Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 2013. With the addition of a full slate of artists performing on Friday, festival organizers are also adding a series of additional enhancements for ROTR 2013, including the new ROTR Comedy Tent.
“Our goal with ROTR is to constantly create new and interesting ways to expand the event and give even more
value to our fans,” comments Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of the event for AEG Live. “In 2013, we’ve
added a comedy tent within the site that will be curated by The Funny Bone comedy club. Having a slate of
incredible, up-and-coming comedians to riff on the rock experience will be a great change of pace for the
weekend. The site layout is also changing dramatically in 2013 to create better event flow, to add more
interactive fan activity to the festival, and to allow even more people to experience the higher caliber of talent
on the second stage this year.”

As a special limited offer, pre-sale weekend tickets start at a low price of $89.50 (plus fees), for Stadium
GA tickets only, from Wednesday, January 30 through Thursday, January 31 at 10pm EST.
Additionally, a limited number of Stadium GA “4-ticket packs” are also available for $299–a savings of
nearly 25%–beginning on Wednesday, January 30, while supplies last.

Pre-sale tickets are available at www.RockOnTheRange.com. Tickets go on-sale to the general public Friday, February 1 at 10am ET. Rock On The Range is again offering premiere VIP Packages, Hotel and Ticket Bundles and Camping packages. Details and prices for VIP, Hotel, and Camping packages are online at
http://www.RockOnTheRange.com. Visit the website, www.facebook.com/rockontherange, and
www.twitter.com/rockontherange for the most up-to-date information.

“Rock On The Range strives to deliver an outstanding lineup for an affordable price and this year is no
different” said Ryan Smith, General Manager of Crew Stadium, co-executive producer of Rock On The
Range. “With the creation of the special $89 pre-sale ticket and 4-pack bundle, rock fans can see over 40 of
their favorite bands for an unprecedented value.”

Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG LIVE and Crew Stadium, ROCK ON THE RANGE is a
multi-stage music and lifestyle event featuring a potent lineup of bands on three stages and is proud to be
sponsored by Monster Energy, Jägermeister, f.y.e., and U.S. Army. The nationally renowned festival, centrally
located in the heart of the country, has annually drawn weekend crowds in excess of 70,000 since its inception
in 2007.

http://www.RockOnTheRange.com
http://www.facebook.com/rockontherange
http://www.twitter.com/rockontherange

Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! Tour with A Day To Remember/ Stage AE March 28

Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! is excited to announce dates with A Day To Remember in March / April, with additional support from Of Mice & Men, and Issues.

The Paris, France five-piece will kick off the first leg of the “Right Back At It Again Tour” on March 20th in Atlanta, GA, and will tour in support of their debut album Something For Nothing. Dates from the band’s headline tour are to be rescheduled. Stay tuned for more touring info!


“Dearest Fans,

Due to the ADTR tour conflicting with several dates of The Pardon My French Tour, we’re going to have to reschedule dates from 3/19 – 4/5, and we apologize greatly for this. This ADTR tour is a big opportunity for us, and being able to share the stage with such an influential band of ours is an honor. We hope you understand the situation and can forgive us.

Sincerely,
CNCC”

Right Back At It Again Tour w/ A Day To Remember, Of Mice & Men, and Issues
3.20 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
3.22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
3.23 – Albany, NY @ Northern Lights
3.24 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
3.26 – New York City, NY @ Best Buy Theatre
3.27 – Rochester, NY @ Armory
3.28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
3.30 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak
3.31 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
4.2 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian
4.3 – St. Louis, MO @ Pageant
4.5 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

ALONG CAME A SPIDER: Behind The Scenes Video Released

As ALONG CAME A SPIDER prepares to hit the road in support of their debut If We Were Normal Men the band took time to shoot a video update of what actually goes on when the band gets ready to hit the road. Get a look into the crazy world of ALONG CAME A SPIDER HERE:

Formed at the end of 2009 by guitarist Justin Sobota, ALONG CAME A SPIDER has spent the last few years developing a lineup that featured the talent at each position in the band needed to reach further than the small confines of the Ohio metal community.

Like so many bands signed to Standby Records, CEO Neil Sheehan was drawn to the band not only by their brilliant sound which has been compared to acts like A Day To Remember, In Fear And Faith and Bless The Fall, but also to the band’s proven drive to succeed in a business that has gobbled up and spit out so many other bands of lesser work ethic. “ALONG CAME A SPIDER get it,” states Standby Records CEO Neil Sheehan. “This is a band that understands that the songs are only one piece of the puzzle, but that the work they will have to do will make the difference between their success and failure.”

Clearly the band has already proven that kind of work ethic. They have self funded everything in their career to this point, including two tours and the recording of their soon to be released album If We Were Normal Men. Regarding the title of the new album, it has significance to the band’s members, who named the album to indicate the band’s feeling about their desire and skills

If We Were Normal Men was recorded, engineered and mixed by producer Don DeBiase, who is best known for his work with bands like Modern Day Escape. Recorded with DeBiase at Studio D Productions in Cleveland, the big sound captured by ALONG CAME A SPIDER was another reason Sheehan wanted to add the band to the Standby Records roster.

If We Were Normal Men Tracklisting:
1. Inside The Killroom
2. Those Were The Droids We Were Looking For
3. Vampire Robot Barbie Dolls
4. The Ballad of Danny Green
5. Blood, Sweat, and Member Changes
6. Forever and a Day
7. The Release on Tylenol
8. Interlude
9. I Am Your Huckleberry
10. A Day in the Life of a Ginger
11. I Am The Best At What I Do And What I Do Is Not So
12. Hidden Track

ALONG CAME A SPIDER on Tour:
10/26: Limestone, NY @ Rock’n Ricks – headlining with The Bella Donna
10/27: Bellefontaine, OH @ TBA Festival – headlining with local openers
11/2: Parma, OH @ City Tap House – direct support for Fight For His Honor
11/9: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s – supporting This Or The Apocalypse, War of Ages,
Affiance, Erra
11/16: Painesville, OH @ Scores – supporting The Wedding, Strangers To Wolves, Cinema
Sleep
12/1: Cleveland, OH @ Agora – supporting Asking Alexandria, As I Lay Dying, Memphis
May Fire, Attila, Suicide Silence
12/7: Cleveland Heights, OH @ The Grog Shop – supporting He Is Legend

For More Info Visit:
http://www.facebook.com/AlongCameASpiderBand
https://twitter.com/ACAS_Official

ALONG CAME A SPIDER Reveal Artwork and Tracklisting For If We Were Normal Men

Formed at the end of 2009 by guitarist Justin Sobota, ALONG CAME A SPIDER has spent the last few years developing a lineup that featured the talent at each position in the band needed to reach further than the small confines of the Ohio metal community.

Like so many bands signed to Standby Records, CEO Neil Sheehan was drawn to the band not only by their brilliant sound which has been compared to acts like A Day To Remember, In Fear And Faith and Bless The Fall, but also to the band’s proven drive to succeed in a business that has gobbled up and spit out so many other bands of lesser work ethic. “ALONG CAME A SPIDER get it,” states Standby Records CEO Neil Sheehan. “This is a band that understands that the songs are only one piece of the puzzle, but that the work they will have to do will make the difference between their success and failure.”

Clearly the band has already proven that kind of work ethic. They have self funded everything in their career to this point, including two tours and the recording of their soon to be released album If We Were Normal Men. Regarding the title of the new album, it has significance to the band’s members, who named the album to indicate the band’s feeling about their desire and skills. Today the artwork and tracklisting for If We Were Normal Men has been revealed.

If We Were Normal Men was recorded, engineered and mixed by producer Don DeBiase, who is best known for his work with bands like Modern Day Escape. Recorded with DeBiase at Studio D Productions in Cleveland, the big sound captured by ALONG CAME A SPIDER was another reason Sheehan wanted to add the band to the Standby Records roster.

If We Were Normal Men Tracklisting:
1. Inside The Killroom
2. Those Were The Droids We Were Looking For
3. Vampire Robot Barbie Dolls
4. The Ballad of Danny Green
5. Blood, Sweat, and Member Changes
6. Forever and a Day
7. The Release on Tylenol
8. Interlude
9. I Am Your Huckleberry
10. A Day in the Life of a Ginger
11. I Am The Best At What I Do And What I Do Is Not So
12. Hidden Track

ALONG CAME A SPIDER on Tour:
10/26: Limestone, NY @ Rock’n Ricks – headlining with The Bella Donna
10/27: Bellefontaine, OH @ TBA Festival – headlining with local openers
11/2: Parma, OH @ City Tap House – direct support for Fight For His Honor
11/9: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s – supporting This Or The Apocalypse, War of Ages,
Affiance, Erra
11/16: Painesville, OH @ Scores – supporting The Wedding, Strangers To Wolves, Cinema
Sleep
12/1: Cleveland, OH @ Agora – supporting Asking Alexandria, As I Lay Dying, Memphis
May Fire, Attila, Suicide Silence
12/7: Cleveland Heights, OH @ The Grog Shop – supporting He Is Legend

For More Info Visit:
http://www.facebook.com/AlongCameASpiderBand
https://twitter.com/ACAS_Official

ALONG CAME A SPIDER Signs with Standby Records

Standby Records, the home of Rock N’ Roll 2.0, announces today the signing of Cleveland modern metal band ALONG CAME A SPIDER to their roster.

Formed at the end of 2009 by guitarist Justin Sobota, ALONG CAME A SPIDER has spent the last few years developing a lineup that featured the talent at each position in the band needed to reach further than the small confines of the Ohio metal community.

Like so many bands signed to Standby Records, CEO Neil Sheehan was drawn to the band not only by their brilliant sound which has been compared to acts like A Day To Remember, In Fear And Faith and Bless The Fall, but also to the band’s proven drive to succeed in a business that has gobbled up and spit out so many other bands of lesser work ethic. “ALONG CAME A SPIDER get it,” states Standby Records CEO Neil Sheehan. “This is a band that understands that the songs are only one piece of the puzzle, but that the work they will have to do will make the difference between their success and failure.”

Clearly the band has already proven that kind of work ethic. They have self funded everything in their career to this point, including two tours and the recording of their soon to be released album If We Were Normal Men. Regarding the title of the new album, it has significance to the band’s members, who named the album to indicate the band’s feeling about their desire and skills.

“It signifies that if we were in fact normal men, the dream of becoming full time musicians would not come true,” states Sobota. “Only strong willed people can strive for what they want and believe in. Normal men would have quit when things got hard, especially with how many members we lost and ones we had to remove. The title is just a question we ask ourselves everyday with the band. “What if we were normal men?” and many answers derive from there.”

If We Were Normal Men was recorded, engineered and mixed by producer Don DeBiase, who is best known for his work with bands like Modern Day Escape. Recorded with DeBiase at Studio D Productions in Cleveland, the big sound captured by ALONG CAME A SPIDER was another reason Sheehan wanted to add the band to the Standby Records roster.

“You don’t hear a band with more appeal sonically than ALONG CAME A SPIDER,” states the always candid Sheehan. “I get demos from band after band, and while some of them are good, very few grab me the way ALONG CAME A SPIDER did when I heard their new album. As soon as I heard their material, I knew a Rock N’ Roll 2.0 band was ready to be launched to the world.”

If We Were Normal Men is slated for release on October 30th on Standby Records.

ALONG CAME A SPIDER on Tour:
10/26: Limestone, NY @ Rock’n Ricks – headlining with The Bella Donna
10/27: Bellefontaine, OH @ TBA Festival – headlining with local openers
11/2: Parma, OH @ City Tap House – direct support for Fight For His Honor
11/9: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s – supporting This Or The Apocalypse, War of Ages,
Affiance, Erra
11/16: Painesville, OH @ Scores – supporting The Wedding, Strangers To Wolves, Cinema
Sleep
12/1: Cleveland, OH @ Agora – supporting Asking Alexandria, As I Lay Dying, Memphis
May Fire, Attila, Suicide Silence
12/7: Cleveland Heights, OH @ The Grog Shop – supporting He Is Legend

For More Info Visit:
http://www.facebook.com/AlongCameASpiderBand
https://twitter.com/ACAS_Official
http://www.standbyrecords.net/
http://www.facebook.com/standbyrecords

Riot Fest and Carnival Chicago in September Promises Big Acts

After a landmark year in 2011, the eighth annual RIOT FEST–the music festival which celebrates rock, indie, punk and underground artists from every era–is expanding for the first-time ever into an outdoor music event and carnival in 2012. The RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL will feature a wide mix of artists ranging from Gaslight Anthem, NOFX, Alkaline Trio, Built To Spill, AWOLNATION, Gogol Bordello, Frank Turner, Coheed and Cambria, Less Than Jake and many more. It’s set for Friday, September 14, Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16 in Chicago on the beautiful grounds of Humboldt Park which boasts rolling fields, pavilions, tall trees, picturesque gardens a lake and lagoons with a majestic view of the Chicago skyline.

Promoters are encouraging fans not to miss out by unveiling the majority of the diverse line-up for 2012 and offering an early-bird 2-Day pass for $36.00, plus surcharges for a limited time. 3-day passes begin at $90.00 and include all shows at Humboldt Park, Congress Theater and after-parties. VIP passes are available for $155.00 and include private stage-viewing areas, a sectioned off VIP area in the park with a private bar and drink tickets. Tickets are available at http://www.riotfest.org.

RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL is expanding to its new location Humboldt Park–which is flanked by a handful of hip neighborhoods including Wicker Park and the Division Street corridor–in order to accommodate a large carnival atmosphere featuring three main music stages, thrilling rides, games, vendors and gourmet food trucks thoughtfully arranged on the gorgeous park grounds with stunning views of downtown Chicago for an enjoyable experience. With temperatures averaging around a perfect 75°F/24°C, September is one of Chicago’s most popular months for travelers from all over the world.

A wide array of confirmed talent is on tap for RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL, including RISE AGAINST, IGGY & THE STOOGES, ELVIS COSTELLO, THE OFFSPRING, A DAY TO REMEMBER, COHEED AND CAMBRIA, DESCENDENTS, GOGOL BORDELLO, THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, DROPKICK MURPHYS, NOFX, THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM, ALKALINE TRIO, AWOLNATION, THE PROMISE RING, GWAR, AUGUST BURNS RED, FRANK TURNER, BUILT TO SPILL, LESS THAN JAKE, REVEREND HORTON HEAT, FISHBONE, NOBUNNY, A WILHELM SCREAM, SCREAMING FEMALES, TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET, OFF WITH THEIR HEADS, DEALS GONE BAD, WHITE MYSTERY, LARRY AND HIS FLASK, THE STORY SO FAR, JAPANTHER; and the first show for a reunited CHIODOS (original line-up) as well as a reunion for SLAPSTICK.

More acts and events will be announced in the coming weeks leading up to the festival.

Rise Against & A Day to Remember Raise the Bar High in the ‘Burg

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(all photos courtesy of aweldingphoto.com– check out the extended slideshow there)

Sunday night May 6, 2012. A sea of arms and legs and rockin’ heads all came together to witness a true happening. Stage AE Pittsburgh played host to Rise Against, A Day to Remember,and Title Fight and the sold out crowd was primed and ready from the get go.
The Kingston, PA (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area) band Title Fight hit the stage at 7PM for their half hour set. The energy of the band was furious and their songs filled with teen angst fury that played extremely well to the crowd. The band have been on the cover of Alternative Press magazine (Nov. 2011) and have been gaining popularity since the formulation in 2003 and are moving up the alternative world since signing to SideOneDummy records. After speaking with Jamie Rhoden (guitarist/vocalist) it seemed that the band was very excited to be playing Pittsburgh and gaining new fans who will have another opportunity to see and support them at Warped Tour.
A Day to Remember hit the stage taking no prisoners and did not stop cranking out high energy tunes such as “Shot in the Dark”, “All Signs Point to Lauderdale”, and “All I want” at maximum velocity. The security at Stage AE was very anxious over this performance due to the reputation and well-known crowd surfing and craziness that ensues at their shows. It was glorious. The audience had such a great time, and even though injuries occurred (at least 7 transports to the hospital confirmed), if one were to ask any one of the crowd if it was worth it, the reply would be an overwhelming “YES!”. Singer Jerry McKinnon was a powerhouse in lead vocal and even surfed the crowd in a clear inflatable bubble. Guitarists Neil Westfall, and Kevin Skaff played high intensity power chords while bassist Joshua Woodward and drummer Alex Shelnutt held down a uproarous beat. If one did not come to the show a fan they undoubtedly left as one. Verification could simply be confirmed by the merchandise flying off the shelves even after frequent restocking. (At $20 a pop for shirts, the punk ethic of staying fan friendly when it comes to merch and shows was clearly evident by all the bands.)
The big event soon drew closer. Rise Against hit the stage at 9:10 with a stage concentrating on band performance, not visual distraction. The crowd had built into a frenzy and was truly intimidating, like an animal that had grown too large and demanded to be fed. Rise Against provided.
Vocalist/guitarist Tim McIlrath spouted spot on lyrics of passion and political compunction. His stage presence and presentation came through all the way to the back fences. Highlights included, “Help is on the Way”, “Disparity by Design”, and “Prayer of the Refugee”. There was even an acoustic break with “Audience of One” and “Swing Life Away”. The hour and thirty minute some set was a full intensity and full money’s worth performance. The guitar work and dramatic flair of Zach Blair was highly impressive. Joe Principe (bass) and Brandon Barnes (drums) performed with wanton abandon, holding the low-end and driving the rhythm that the crowd used as fuel to continue their crowd surfing, song lyric shouting, and keeping their hands raised in pure ecstasy.
It’s not often that one is treated to a triple bill of talent and showmanship all in one night. While all the festivals bring many of these bands together, this felt like the perfect recipe that this writer wishes would be replicated more often. Hopefully wishes do come true and Pittsburgh will see these bands and bands of this calibre in the perfect venue hit the North Shore again soon.