VANS WARPED TOUR Presented by JOURNEYS

VANS WARPED TOUR Presented by JOURNEYS

3OH!3, The Amity Affliction, As It Is, Assuming We Survive, Bowling For Soup, Broadside, Capstan, Chase Atlantic, Chelsea Grin, Crown The Empire, Dayseeker, Dead Girls Academy, Deez Nuts, Doll Skin, Don Broco, Every Time I Die, Falling in Reverse, Farewell Winters, Four Year Strong, Grayscale, Hail the Sun, Harms Way, Ice Nine Kills, In Hearts Wake, issues, Knocked Loose, Knuckle Puck, Kublai Khan, Lighterburns, The Maine, Makeout, Mayday Parade, Motionless in White, Movements, Mychildren Mybride, Nekrogoblikon, Palaye Royale, Phinehas, Picturesque, Real Friends, Reel Big Fish, Sharptooth, Simple Plan, Sleep On It, State Champs, Story Untold, This Wild Life, Tonight Alive, Trash Boat, Twiztid, Unearth, The Used, Wage War, Waterparks, We The Kings, With Confidence

Tue, July 10, 2018

11:00 am

$49.99 - $59.99

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VANS WARPED TOUR Presented by JOURNEYS
VANS WARPED TOUR Presented by JOURNEYS
3OH!3
3OH!3
3OH!3 doesn't like to brag. Sean Foreman and Nathaniel 'Nat' Motte say that making their loud, distorted, electronic-pop music is not about the trophies and notoriety. No, forming 3OH!3 (named after the duo's area code in Boulder, Colorado) was always about something larger than themselves. It was and remains about being FUN!

If we go back to the beginning, we can find Sean in his parents basement, clicking incessantly on his mouse for 'friend-requests' on 3OH!3's sparkling new MySpace page. Meanwhile, across town, Nat is working on earth-shattering beats, hunched over his computer, in what he charmingly referred to as his 'dungeon' apartment. There, in a pair of blown-out computer speakers, Nat brought to life what the world currently knows as 3OH!3. Those sounds and songs became the band's 2007 self-released album, which were handed off across the states until they fell through the mail slot at Photo Finish Records and into the hands of label president Matt Galle.

Blown away by Sean and Nat's visionary production and clever lyrics, Galle immediately flew the boys into scenic Beltsville, Maryland, to record with the brilliant producer Matt Squire. Feeling at home in the studio, Sean and Nat worked day and night, piecing together their 2008 success, Want. With the help of their furry little producer friend Benny Blanco, 3OH!3's first single, "Don't Trust Me," crawled slowly up the charts for 15 months to attain a No. 1 spot at pop radio, going double platinum and selling over 2.6 million tracks in the process.

3OH!3 hates to brag, but if they had to they would tell you that they were nominated for "Best New Artist" alongside Lady Gaga, Kid Cudi, and Drake, at the 2009 Video Music Awards. Though they didn't bring home the moon man, Nat and Sean had just as much fun performing "Don't Trust Me" in Radio City's hallowed halls. Nat was actually happy 3OH!3 wasn't announced best new artist as he claims he would have peed his pants, having not been able to find a bathroom all night. "Drinks impair the ol' judgment," he says.

These two guys are no strangers to national television either. Appearing multiple times on late night TV (Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call with Carson Daly) and alongside the glittery Ke$ha on American Idol, 3OH!3's learned a few things about working the camera.

I know 3OH!3 would never say this, but they are one of the best live acts in the business. Their dedication to putting on an epic and fun show every night was rewarded by a nomination for the 2009 MTV Woodies' Performance Award alongside artists like Green Day, Animal Collective and Phoenix. These boys sell out shows from the rainy streets of London to the Gold Coast of Australia, where, by no coincidence, their songs have gone gold and platinum and continue to sell by the thousands. It's no wonder that 3OH!3 has been invited to play legendary festivals like Reading and Leads and Warped Tour again and again.

With such a non-stop touring schedule, it must have been a real relief to retreat to their mountain sanctuary in Breckenridge in January to record their next album. In a snowy cabin, far above the world, Sean and Nat went a little crazy, writing as many as two new songs a day for 14 days. "We had all these songs built up over the past couple years," Sean says, "and it was like a mental vomit of all the stuff we had been thinking." This was not gross-tasting vomit, however, this was like roses and gold and everything nice, finally let loose on the world. Before things got weird in the mountains, the boys packed up their gear and headed out to LA to start recording the album that would be known as Streets of Gold.

Back in the studio with the usual suspects Matt Squire and Benny Blanco, 3OH!3 took all they had learned from touring and experience and put it to use. "There are some crazy sounds on this record," Nat says, "It sounds like robots making love." Nothing says love like their first single off the record, "My First Kiss" featuring Ke$ha. "It was like our first kiss with Ke$ha," Nat says, "It was the first time we met her and she definitely used tongue." Within a few hours of being released on iTunes, "My First Kiss" jumped to the no. 2 on the overall song chart.

3OH!3 was very selective when it came to collaborating on Streets of Gold. Having greatly admired his work with Lily Allen and The Bird and the Bee, 3OH!3 sought out producer Greg Kurstin for their own music. "I think Greg has attained a perfect synthesis of electronic and organic music in his work, and he was someone whom I really, really wanted to work with and learn from." Additionally 3OH!3 teamed with Benny Blanco's mentor, hit-smith Dr. Luke on "My First Kiss" and "Streets of Gold" (the title track to the record). With help from those production Titans, it's a safe to say a few more songs off the album might lend "My First Kiss" some company at the top of the charts.

Streets of Gold is the album that 3OH!3 has been struggling to create for their whole musical lives. Showing a wide range of tastes—from the car rattling battle raps of "I Can Do Anything" to the post-apocalyptic love ballad "Love 2012" to the throwback casbah sounds of "I Know How to Say"—3OH!3 has evolved into a super-human machine. With Nat's surgical precision (Nat was destined to be a doctor after all, and has been deferring his acceptance to medical school for a few years) and Sean's one-two punch lines, every song is bound to be permanently engrained in your head. "We try to make music that is fun and comes across live," says Sean. "This album is epic," says Nat, "it has a little piece of everything we like and do. We write and co-produce all our own music, and it was so satisfying to apply all that we learned in the past couple of years."

On the road again, 3OH!3 is testing out the new tracks and making more friends. "We've played some of the new songs without a single fan knowing the lyrics," says Nat, "And people are going fucking BANANAS. It's a great sign!" There are many great signs for 3OH!3 as they take their journey on their own street of gold. Nat, as a writer and producer, has been working with other artists. Sean is keeping busy with his own cowrites—including Ke$ha's platinum selling "Blah Blah Blah"—and as a result was named the #9 Hit Songwriter in the UK by Music Week. The future is looking bright for these two Boulder boys.

Nathaniel Motte and Sean Foreman are two very busy guys. If they aren't filming mini-movies for the deluxe package of Streets of Gold, drawing comic books, or modeling (yes, they are Ford models), they are spending time with their friends or getting outdoors. Sean was crazy enough to sign up for the Chicago Marathon in October, running it to raise money for the American Cancer Society. And Nat is crazy enough to continue his deferral from Medical School at the University of Colorado. What does the future have in store for 3OH!3? "We're going to JAPAN!!!" Nat answers.

Well, that might be true, but I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot more from 3OH!3 and then they will have a hell of a lot more to not brag about.
The Amity Affliction
The Amity Affliction
While many bands can claim to have a large fanbase, it's rare to find a group with a following as incredibly dedicated as The Amity Affliction. Their fans travel the country, get lyrics and band art tattooed, and make their love for the band known as often as they can (the band and their records constantly top media polls). It's why they sell out shows across their home country of Australia to deafening roars and why they are constantly one of the top bands on all social media networks. Most recently, their new album Youngbloods debuted at #6 on the Album Charts in Australia and went on to get unprecendented nominations for Best Hard Rock Performance at both the ARIA and IMA Awards – surprising the entire industry and proving that a real fanbase wins over media hype and radio play. Following extensive touring overseas and an early evening slot on Soundwave 2011, the band returned to headline Australia in late May, selling over 15,000 tickets in 8 shows, including 4500 tickets at their Brisbane homecoming at the outdoor Riverstage arena. Youngbloods was voted Best Album of 2011 on Triple J's Short Fast Loud program and in Blunt Magazine, where they are set for their third cover in 18 months this coming October 2011.

So what is it that has made people lose their mind over a heavy band that originated 6 years ago in a small town in Queensland, Australia? Well part of it is hard work, with the band being a mainstay of the touring circuit for their entire existence. They also understand small towns and make an effort to constantly tour places that many bands can't be bothered with.
But that's only part of the chemistry that made this band what it is today. The truth it's the stories and personalities of the members themselves that has set Amity apart from the pack and made them one of the most loved and respected acts in Australia.

Behind the cheeky song names and party atmosphere the guys carry around on tour, The Amity Affliction is a band with a message and a story. In a recent blog to fans Joel Birch explained a lot of the album – about the struggles of the past year in the lead up to it's release, and always delivering the positive message that no one is alone, and everything is fixable. The entire album is delivered in the same tone from the opening track "I Hate Hartley" and its gang chant of "I Won't Die Defeated" right down to the finale "Fuck the Yankees" – which Birch offers as a thank-­‐you to his mother for all she's given him. The music and the message are both delivered with impact and experience – this is a band full of people who have fought for everything they have, and a band of people who are encouraging young people to do the same.

In a day and age where few heavy bands of any substance cross over to a greater audience, The Amity Affliction are using their voices to deliver a message as powerful as their music.
As It Is
As It Is
British pop punk band based in Brighton, England. The band was formed in 2012 and signed to Fearless Records in October 2014.
Often stylized as "ΛS IT IS" or "Λ\\".
Bowling For Soup
Bowling For Soup
American Pop-Punk band which originally formed in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1994. Now based in Denton, Texas.
Broadside
Broadside
Broadside is a four piece Pop Punk band from Richmond, Virginia.
Chelsea Grin
Chelsea Grin
A Chelsea Grin in soccer hooligan terminology is the act of cutting a rivals mouth with either a credit card or blade and then kicking them in the crotch so their mouth muscles split into a bloody grimace. Chelsea Grin, the band from Utah armed with THREE guitarists use a foundation of hardcore grit combined with death metal technicality and grind speed to produce as much aural harm as the back alley jaw split. The band is the premiere artist on Artery Recordings, a new imprint of Razor & Tie Entertainment, and are releasing their debut full-length Desolation Of Eden this February. The album will hit in the midst of the band's two month run with The Red Chord and My Children My Bride (dates on following page). Artery Recordings is the recording arm of The Artery Foundation who are the management team responsible for jumpstarting the careers of Whitechapel, The Devil Wears Prada, A Day To Remember, Attack Attack! and Impending Doom. Speaking on why Chelsea Grin get the Artery seal of approval, Eric Rushing, President of the company says "The first time I saw this band I was completely blown away and the crowd interaction was just as intense, it reminded me of the first time I saw Whitechapel. This band is very young and the kids are already loving them coast to coast. Very excited about their debut!"

Desolation Of Eden was tracked at Lambesis Studios owned by Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying and bares the hallmarks of Chelsea Grin's devastating live show. Songs like the title track and Sonnet Of The Wretched utilize the double bass drumming, three guitar attack, ultra low bass frequencies and wraith-like vocals into a wall of sound to devastating effect. Brutatlity aside what separates the band from many of their contemporaries according to Jaek (guitar) is "obviously our age, we are a very young band being mostly 18 and 19. I know a lot of people have an impression on metal bands is that they are big, burly dudes with beards and not very approachable. We pretty much are the opposite of that, we are always hanging out with the fans at shows because we are them! Teenagers that like heavy music and hanging out."

Age aside Chelsea Grin is made up of Alex (vocals), Michael (guitar), Andrew (drums), Dan (guitar), David (bass) and Jaek, and have completed feats that bands existing twice as long have not. Forming from the ashes of Ahaziah, Chelsea Grin got active in March 2008. "Right after we formed we recorded our first EP made up of five songs and started playing local shows. Soon after we signed to a small indie called Statik Factory and released a single called Recreant and did a small west coast tour in June of that year. The following month Statik Factory released our EP. Very quickly after that our Myspace page was getting hits from around the country and we found ourselves not only being established in Utah but kids all over were writing us and listening to us."

Speaking on the obvious development between the earlier songs and the audio crushing output of Desolation Of Eden Jaek comments "Lyrically we have matured quite a bit, when we wrote the EP a lot of our early lyrics dealt with betrayal by females that we didn't think very fondly of. A lot of younger males could relate those lyrics to ex-girlfriends, friends whatever. However after our experiences of freedom within this band, I find a lot of our songs are about breaking away from voices of authority and ultimately living life the way you want to live it. We also re-recorded our older songs Recreant and Cheyne Stokes so the brutal songs will still be there (laughs)."
Chelsea Grin has completed tours with Arsonists Get All The Girls, A Plea For Purging, American Me, Dr.Acula, Attila and Within The Ruins and shared stages with Suicide Silence, Parkway Drive, My Children My Bride.
Crown The Empire
Crown The Empire
Crown The Empire... putting the "Fuck Yeah" into "Fuck Yeah Man"
Dayseeker
Dayseeker
Dayseeker is a post-hardcore band formed in Orange County, CA by previous members of Southern Lights and Arms Like Yours. The lineup consists of vocalist Rory Rodriguez, drummer Mike Karle, guitarists Alex Polk and Gino Sgambelluri, and bassist Andrew Sharp. They announced their signing to InVogue Records on July 7, 2013. The label released their debut full-length album, What It Means To Be Defeated, on October 29, 2013
Deez Nuts
Deez Nuts
Deez Nuts is an Australian hardcore band that formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2007. It was named after Dr. Dre's song of the same name.
Don Broco
www.donbroco.com
Every Time I Die
Every Time I Die
While there's no exact science to the resulting madness that is ETID's signature blend of turned-to-eleven hardcore mixed with southern-fried metal, over the last decade the band has consistently produced fan-favorite releases from albums Big Dirty to Hot Damn!, with New Junk Aesthetic as icing on the proverbial metallic cake.

"New Junk Aesthetic is not the next logical step in the progression of Every Time I Die," explains front-man Keith Buckley. "It is an evolutionary leap. It's as if we have morphed from a single-celled bacteria straight to the guy with the dirt bike that will let you watch his older sister suntan if you steal him a smoke from your parents. Certainly you may acknowledge similarities, but on a grand scale, they stand light years apart."

Maniacal, convulsive and completely unpredictable are but a few words that come to mind when listening to New Junk Aesthetic. With Big Dirty producer Steve Evetts at the helm again, ETID set out to corrupt souls and bring fans to their knees with an orchestrated chaos of their heaviest most skillful album.
Falling in Reverse
Falling in Reverse
The scene's most notorious front man Ronnie Radke returns from years of mandatory silence to form Falling In Reverse, the loudest, most hard-hitting rock outfit to hit streets since his departure from Escape The Fate over three years ago. The Drug In Me Is You drops on July 26th and features eleven mega-hits that can be pre-ordered today along with the first single, "Raised By Wolves" available now on iTunes. Check out what Ronnie has been up to here.

After years of drama and speculation following Ronnie Radke's departure from Escape The Fate, the talented frontman lifts himself from the depths of adversity to emerge as one of the most dynamic and talented stars in the music scene today. Joining Radke on his forward climb to claim his position at the top are Jacky Vincent (Lead Guitar), Ryan Seaman (Aiden, I Am Ghost) on drums, bass player Mika Horiuchi and rhythm guitarist Derek Jones.

"Raised By Wolves," the first digital single from Falling In Reverse is a 3:25 minute journey into the mind of Radke - where his brutally honest lyrics break down his tumultuous past, while Falling In Reverse's ferocious sonic breakdowns pick up right where Ronnie leaves off - shredding guitar solos, massive hooks and in your face guitar riffs, reminding us all of what Ronnie is capable of…
Four Year Strong
Four Year Strong
For their new album, Four Year Strong took more than a few risks. Rather than adhering to the conventions of modern punk and post-hardcore, the Massachusetts quartet – Dan O'Connor (vocals, guitar), Alan Day (vocals guitar), Joe Weiss (bass) and Jake Massucco (drums) – ventured into uncharted territory on In Some Way, Shape, Or Form. due out November 8th on Decaydance / Universal Republic Records.

When it came to writing and recording the new music, there was no hesitation, trepidation or fear. There was just honest, heavy rock with a hearty dose of hardcore attitude and a touch of indie empathy.

Multi-platinum, award-winning producer David Bendeth (Paramore, Papa Roach) challenged the band to reach a new level of self-discovery, emotion and maturity. The group retreated to Bendeth's New Jersey studio in January 2011 to record what would become In Some Way, Shape or Form.

"We pushed ourselves lyrically to talk about deeper emotions and subjects we had avoided in the past," shares Day. "The overall vibe of the band has always been light-hearted. This time around, the songs are darker, and they convey a heavier message. We've grown up a lot. We realized anything we write is still Four Year Strong, and we don't have to close ourselves in a box." Adds O'Connor, "With In Some Way, Shape or Form., we've written the best songs we've ever written. We wanted the record to sound huge and eclectic, and it does. Everything on the album is real. We're baring all and taking risks. We're not trying to fit into a mold; we're trying to break it."

The album's first single "Just Drive" debuted as most added at Modern Rock Radio and premiered on Revolver Magazine's online portal. O'Connor explains, "'Just Drive' is about being on the brink of disaster, and just saying "fuck it" and living your life like there's no tomorrow." The pummeling, yet melodic track echoes that sentiment, firing off an unforgettable chorus. "Stuck In The Middle" bounces with a thrumming, excited energy. Bombastic drum beat and pummeling riffs fuel "The Security of the Familiar, The Tranquility of Repetition," while tracks like "Heaven Wasn't Built To Hold Me" and "The Infected" stand out as instant press-repeat gems with hypnotic hooks.

Four Year Strong's 2007 debut, Rise or Die Trying on I Surrender Records, hit #31 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz loved the band's unique hybrid of hardcore, pop punk, and indie rock and signed them to his Decaydance Records in February 2008. Enemy of the World on Decaydance Records/Universal Motown came out in 2009, debuting at #40 on the Billboard Top 200 with first-week sales over 12,000, and Explains It All followed that same year.

Four Year Strong graces the November 2011 cover of Alternative Press, and is set to headline the magazine's prestigious annual fall trek, The AP Tour. Having previously toured with the likes of Rise Against, Bad Religion, New Found Glory and more, the band is known for delivering a raucous, rowdy, and raw live show that turns audiences everywhere into diehard fans.

The mold has effectively been demolished with In Some Way, Shape, or Form. Day concludes, "This is what we do. Love us or hate us, we are Four Year Strong."
Grayscale
Grayscale
http://www.myspace.com/greyscalemusic
Hail the Sun
Hail the Sun
Hail The Sun is a progressive post-hardcore quartet who met in Chico, CA, while studying music technology. The overlap of influences throughout the group has led them to become one of the most dynamic and intricate musical acts to come out of the scene in decades. Formed by drummer Donovan Melero and guitarist Aric Garcia (who played in a death metal band in high school), the original idea for the musical direction was to remain high-energy, while allowing melodies and harmonies to be a prominent feature, rather than just screaming to portray intense emotion. The addition of Shane Gann and John Stirrat brought additional flavors, and the group began to stretch its creative legs, allowing itself to write parts and songs that were much more heavily influenced by jazz, funk, blues, fusion, and Latin musical styles.

The group has toured extensively throughout its three-year existence, and has recently begun experiencing national exposure. They have one of the most high-energy live shows ever witnessed, and that's all while playing amazingly difficult lines and rhythms. Their drummer is their singer, which is a show in and of itself, and the addition of the other three acting as visual "frontmen," while not singing, lets the audience's attention move from here to there seamlessly, and without feeling bored.
Ice Nine Kills
Ice Nine Kills
It is unusual for a band to be equally influenced by hard-hitting groups like He Is Legend and Diecast, as well as the epic balladry of musicals like Les Miserables and Phantom. Yet, on Ice Nine Kills' debut album, Last Chance to Make Amends, the sound of earth-shattering double bass drums and lacerating guitar riffs on a song like Last Words, share space with ballads like Chapter Two that gently move the listener with little more than a soft piano and a clean guitar.

Ice Nine Kills, The band, named after the ultimate weapon of mass destruction- the Ice Nine isotope from Kurt Vonneguts novel, Cats Cradle -will, like its namesake, awe you. The group seamlessly weaves the soaring melodies of punk rock and emo with the raw emotion and aggression of post hardcore and metal, creating in the process a refreshing sound that both soothes and knocks-over the listener.
In Hearts Wake
In Hearts Wake
Nature is known for camouflaging power. A great wave begins as a ripple; an iceberg hides its bulk under the surface. Nowhere is this more evident than what lies above us, behind the veil of the beautiful blue sky lies the infinite universe.

A closely guarded secret, In Hearts Wake's third album Skydancer has been lying dormant for well over a year. Recorded alongside Earthwalker – In Hearts Wake's award-winning ARIA Top Five sophomore album – in Michigan with Josh Schroeder (The Color Morale, King 810) in late 2013, the album is both a stunningly assured heavy record in its own right as well as a companion to its predecessor. What frontman Jake Taylor, guitarists Ben Nairne and Eaven Dall, bassist Kyle Erich and drummer Caleb Burton have unveiled is nothing short of the most ambitious and heartfelt album of 2015.

"The tracks on Earthwalker were more focused, personal, emotional and subjective," says Taylor, "whereas the topics on Skydancer were written more from an eagle eye's point of view on the broader issues of the world. It's important to understand that both are very relative."

The existence of Skydancer makes perfect sense when placed next to 2014's Earthwalker – after all, with the earlier album focusing on the feminine beauty and unpredictable chaos of Mother Nature, the sometimes-dark masculine power of Father Sky brings everything into sharp contrast. The concept is drawn from the Native American creation myth that details the attraction and mutual dependence between the two. "Modern society currently treats the masculine and feminine worlds as very separate: from law to religion, social to political and from health to commerce," notes Taylor. "As a species, we cannot survive or reproduce in harmony without the union of both, and this is the same sacred cycle found within nature. Earthwalker (the feminine) and Skydancer (the masculine) illustrate both worlds, and aim to bridge the connection."

Hence the constant dialogue on Skydancer between the personal and the political, the intimate and the social. Our generation's decisions will impact the planet – both positively and negatively – more drastically than arguably any other before us, so the need for people to be conscious of the systems that control us and how they affect us on a human level is huge. These issues affect all of us, whether we like it or not. Our choice is whether or not to be conscious, whether or not to fight back.

This battle reached Taylor's own doorstep, as he recounts in 'Cottonmouth'. His grandmother was ill in a nursing home, but it wasn't clear what was causing her more pain – the illness, the neglect or the medication? "Twenty-odd pills a day to combat her rapidly deteriorating physical condition. Each pill produced a side effect that required a prescription by the other. Behind Western medicine there's a pharmaceutical war being waged by multi-billion dollar corporations, churning profit at the expense of others. I symbolised the pharmaceutical evil with the deadly Cottonmouth viper. It is said that the white lining of the snake's mouth is the last thing victims will see."

Lead single 'Breakaway' perfectly encapsulates the harsh realities of man's inhumanity to both man and planet, takes on those who seek to profit from mass murder on an industrial scale. "Compared to tracks on Earthwalker it's more rigid, punchier, faster, and aggressive, which for me sparked the need to speak about the harsh shadows of war and those that financially fuel it – a fragmented figment of the masculine psyche."

The genesis of the project came when the band collectively reached breaking point. Touring for the sake of touring wasn't enough, and something had to change. "We found ourselves asking the question, what is it all for?" remembers Taylor. "This was the turning point that we needed to create a real purpose to get out of bed for (or off the floor in the case of touring). At the source of it all, we just love feeling healthy and getting outdoors – it's exhilarating. So we wanted to create a side that would stand for what we loved and believed in. No longer were we spectators, we wanted to be a part of the bigger picture so that one day our children might (hopefully) enjoy the Earth as much as we did."

Any journey begins with a single step. In Hearts Wake might be idealists but they also know how to express those ideals in real terms; just as through the course of the 'Earthwalker' campaign they planted 1,379 trees and revitalised a small patch of the planet in the process, with Skydancer they're seeking to make even more of a difference.

By working with non-profit organisation Economics Of Happiness they are combating the creeping insidiousness of globalisation by working to promote local economies and produce. "There are over seven billion people out there, so at the end of the day we can only make a small difference to the bigger picture," smiles Taylor. "But hey – it's still a difference! If more and more people become aware of the real issues at hand rather than who won the latest talent quest, then the difference will start to grow on a much larger scale. We'd like to prove to both ourselves and the world, that if a bunch of average dudes from a tiny coastal town in the most isolated country in the world can make a difference, then anyone can."
issues
issues
featuring Tyler Carter and other former members of Woe, Is Me
Knocked Loose
Knocked Loose
Oldham County Hardcore.
Knuckle Puck
Knuckle Puck
We like music, so we play music.
Kublai Khan
Kublai Khan
The Maine
The Maine
Despite sharing their name with a northeastern state, the Maine formed in 2007 in Tempe, AZ, a collegiate suburb of Phoenix. Most of the bandmembers -- singer John O'Callaghan, guitarists Kennedy Brock and Jared Monaco, bassist Garrett Nickelsen, and drummer Pat Kirch -- were in high school at the time, and the guys wasted little time turning their '90s radio rock band influences into a familiar, infectious pop-punk sound. The Maine signed to Fearless Records and released a five-song concept EP, The Way We Talk, in 2007. After performing on the Vans Warped Tour one year later, the group issued a full-length debut album, Can't Stop Won't Stop, which was produced by emo-pop veteran Matt Squire. The record peaked at number 40 on the Billboard charts and caught the ear of Warner Bros. Records, who signed the Maine to a major-label contract in 2009. After releasing a deluxe version of Can't Stop Won't Stop later that year, the group returned to the studio, eventually emerging in 2010 with the sophomore album Black & White.
Mayday Parade
Mayday Parade
Every kid wonders what's in the closet when the lights go out at night. It's not about being genuinely afraid of anything either. Rather, it's the youthful wonder surrounding the unknown. What's behind the door? What's up ahead on the horizon for me? What will I be when I grow up? For Mayday Parade, their fourth full-length album for Fearless Records the aptly titled, Monsters In The Closet, answers some of those questions, while raising a few more with a smile. The Florida quintet knows its identity, but it's got more excitement for the future—and with very good reason.

In early 2013, the band—Derek Sanders [vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar], Jeremy Lenzo [bass, vocals], Alex Garcia [lead guitar], Jake Bundrick [drums, vocals], and Brooks Betts [rhythm guitar]—rented a beach house in Panacea, FL. For a month, they simply wrote songs without any distractions. Emerging from the creative exile, they hit the studio with friends and producers Kenneth Mount and Zack Odem with a clear and cohesive vision for album number four.

"Monsters In The Closet is a little bit of everything we love about Mayday Parade and more," declares Derek. "We try to expand our sound a little more outside with box with each record as we mature as a unit and become more comfortable in the studio. We didn't do anything drastically different. We know what works and what doesn't work, and we enjoy the freedom to make music that want to hear. I'm proud to say that this is my favorite record we've done."

That sentiment will undoubtedly carry over to the group's fervent fan base. These five musicians have honed their patented style with a distinct pop punch and a whole lot of real rock energy. It's simultaneously catchy and kinetic, evincing evolution in the songwriting department. You can hear it loud and clear on the unshakable first single.

Derek goes on, "I started writing some of the songs on this album years ago, so they are very close to my heart. It's wonderful to have ideas that evolve through each stop of the process. Most of the songs are about love and life, growing up, and all of the things we've learned along the way."

Mayday Parade has certainly come a long way since their landmark 2007 debut, A Lesson In Romantics. Most importantly, that growth shines through in the shimmering and soaring hooks, which abound across the offering's twelve tracks.

"When we recorded A Lesson In Romantics, we had only been a band for a little over a year," the frontman admits. "We've obviously experienced so much. I've known some of the guys in the band for over half of my life. We grew up playing together and appreciate the opportunity to do what we do. We try to work harder than anyone to keep our dream alive. Playing all over the word has not only helped us become better friends, but better musicians as well. Our second album, Anywhere But Here, was a key experience for us. We tried a lot of new things and they didn't necessarily work out as we had hoped. Recording that album showed us we could trust ourselves more and go with what we feel."

When Mayday Parade does what comes naturally, sparks always fly. A Lesson In Romantics debuted at #8 on the Billboard Heatseeker's Chart, holding a chart position for seventy weeks and laying the framework for the band's path to success. To date, their album sales exceed 600,000, while track sales surpass 3,000,000. Their self-titled third offering entered the Billboard Top 200 at #12 in 2011, and the band covered Alternative Press. They've been a standout on the Punk Goes… series and have crisscrossed the world on countless tours.

Now, these Monsters are loose, and Mayday Parade stand poised for the biggest and brightest chapter yet. "We want everyone to enjoy these songs as much as we do," concludes Derek. "It means a lot to us, and I know it will mean a lot to some people as well. We've been inspired by so many fans we've met. This is just as much for them as it is for ourselves. We're not stopping anytime soon either. We're on this ride together."
Motionless in White
Motionless in White
A new breed of dark rockers is subtly taking over, stealing the hearts of a dedicated legion of fans, with a blend of intense melodic metal and a penchant for the macabre. Already fan favorites in the scene, Pennsylvania sextet Motionless In White is set to rise to the front of the pack.

Their debut full-length album Creatures is a writhing behemoth of an album. Mixing gothic and industrial influences with brutal breakdowns, intense riffs and soaring choruses, the album interweaves themes of lust and revenge with the band's passion for horror movies, myths and vampire culture. The band has since been named as one of Metal Hammer's "75 Bands That Will Change The Face Of Metal", Alternative Press' Bands You Need To Know in 2010, and was one of Revolver Magazine's Bands To Watch.The band has made a huge visual impact in 2011 with their provocative videos for "Immaculate Misconception", starring Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, "Creatures" featuring NY Ink tattoo artist Megan Massacre, and "Abigail" which has has gained over 2 million views.

The band has already toured the U.S. with the likes of Asking Alexandria, Bleeding Through, In This Moment and Drop Dead, Gorgeous, Black Veil Brides and A Skylit Drive. After completing their tour with Escape the Fate and Alesana in early 2011, the band appeared at SXSW before launching into a full season of touring that included runs with Norma Jean, For Today, Vans Warped Tour and the All Star Tour with Emmure, and Iwrestledabearonce. The band continues their live onslaught into the fall on their first European tour in September/October with blessthefall and Pierce The Veil.

Armed with their jaw-dropping debut album, support from the media and an impressive live show ready to take to the masses, Motionless In White is poised at the center of a perfect storm, and is taking by the throat in 2011 and on to 2012. Miss them at your peril!
Movements
Movements
Members: Patrick Miranda - Vocals Ira George - Guitar Spencer York - Drums Austin Cressey - Bass
Mychildren Mybride
Mychildren Mybride
An American metal band. Formerly on Solid State and now signed to Good Fight Music.
Nekrogoblikon
Nekrogoblikon
From Los Angeles, California.
Palaye Royale
Palaye Royale
Phinehas
Phinehas
Phinehas was formed with a simple purpose: to be a band of Christians that brings the hope of Jesus to the hopeless and rejected. Though the line-up has changed over the years, the root of the band has only grown. From their first 10-day tour in 2010 to their 121 shows in 2012, Phinehas has been sharing their story and building relationships across the US. They want the people they meet on the road to walk away feeling loved for who they are no matter where they may be in life.
Musically, when Phinehas' debut full-length "thegodmachine" was released in 2011, they caught the ears of critics and metalheads across the globe. From the shreddy riffs and the sassy solos to the versatile vocals and the pounding drums, "thegodmachine" brought a freshness to a scene that was suffering from the over-saturation the digital age has wrought. The mustaches they donned in one of their promotional photos even inspired a fan to coin Phinehas' music as "mustache metal". They released three music videos from their debut that have accumulated over 1.2 million views combined. Their January 2013 EP "The Bridge Between", featuring both full-band songs and stripped-down acoustic arrangements, showcased the diversity of their musical interests and abilities. Since becoming a full-time national act in the summer of 2011, Phinehas has been touring extensively around the country in support of these two releases with bands such as WRITE THIS DOWN, TO SPEAK OF WOLVES, FAMOUS LAST WORDS, RIGHTEOUS VENDETTA, SPOKEN, THE PARAMEDIC, DESIGN THE SKYLINE, CHALLENGER, IT LIES WITHIN, A PAST UNKNOWN, and more.
Now, 2 years following their debut on Red Cord Records, Phinehas is ready to push themselves even further with their sophomore effort "The Last Word Is Yours To Speak". Under the pressure of having to follow up their critically-acclaimed debut, Phinehas delivered in a big way. Their new album ups the ante of metal in every aspect. It's faster, it's heavier, its production value is top-notch, and it will be stuck in your head from the first listen. With this new record and their relentlessly energetic live performances, Phinehas is ready to carve their niche in the music industry for good.
Picturesque
Picturesque is a rock band from Lexington, Ky.

For fans of:

Circa Survive
Of Machines
Sleeping With Sirens
Real Friends
Real Friends
we live for this. pop punk from the suburbs of chicago.

Emo/pop punk band from Tinley Park, Illinois.

SAD SONGS | MEAN SONGS | MIDWEST LIVING
Reel Big Fish
Reel Big Fish
Reel Big Fish were one of the legions of Southern California ska-punk bands to edge into the mainstream following the mid-'90s success of No Doubt and Sublime. Like most of their peers, they were distinguished by their hyperkinetic stage shows, juvenile humor, ironic covers of new wave pop songs, and metallic shards of ska. The group cultivated an underground following that broke into the mainstream in summer 1997, when the single "Sell Out" became a modern rock radio and MTV favorite. Reel Big Fish's popularity gradually waned in the subsequent years, following the decline of ska-punk as a marketable genre. Nevertheless, the band restructured its lineup and continued issuing new material to a smaller (yet considerably rabid) fan base.

Based in Huntington Beach, California, Reel Big Fish were originally a trio comprised of vocalist/guitarist Aaron Barrett, bassist Matt Wong, and drummer Andrew Gonzales. At that stage, the group was a conventional rock band with pop-metal leanings that covered both classic rock and Top 40 songs -- essentially, it was music designed for frat parties. After several months, the band discovered ska and decided to bolster its lineup with the addition of horn players. Reel Big Fish had a difficult time maintaining a stable horn section, and it took several years before their final lineup -- featuring Tavis Werts (trumpet), Scott Klopfenstein (trumpet, vocals), Grant Barry (trombone), and Dan Regan (trombone) -- fell into place.

Everything Sucks
This definitive incarnation of Reel Big Fish recorded its self-released debut album, Everything Sucks, in 1995. Everything Sucks became a word-of-mouth underground hit in ska-punk and college circles, which gave the band enough leverage to sign with the indie label Mojo Records. The label's president, Jay Rifkin, and former Oingo Boingo bassist John Avila co-produced Turn the Radio Off, which marked the band's first album for Mojo. Turn the Radio Off was unleashed in August 1996, and over the next year, Reel Big Fish continually toured in support of the album's release, expanding their fan base all the while. In spring 1997, the single "Sell Out" began receiving heavy airplay from several influential modern rock stations in the U.S., which soon translated into MTV support for the song's quirky video. By summer, the song had become a moderate modern rock hit, and the album had charted in the Top 100. In July 1997, Reel Big Fish released the Keep Your Receipt EP, which contained "Sell Out" and several outtakes, new songs, and live cuts. Why Do They Rock So Hard followed a year later, and in early 2000 the band returned with a reissued version of Everything Sucks.

Cheer Up!
The guys wound up on Jive Records in fall 2001 when their current label, Mojo, was bought by Jive's parent label, Zomba. Reel Big Fish's first release for Jive, a rock-oriented record entitled Cheer Up!, appeared in mid-2002. Years of touring followed, during which the band shared stages with the likes of Sum 41, Catch 22, Lucky Boys Confusion, the Matches, and Zebrahead. Replacement drummer Carlos de la Garza (formerly of Suburban Rhythm) eventually decided to leave the lineup, and his last show with the group was recorded live at Anaheim's House of Blues in June 2003. A DVD of that performance, The Show Must Go Off!, was released by the end of the year, and the band's next album, the cynical yet catchy We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy, was issued in April 2005. By this time, the group's lineup had shifted to include Barrett, Regan, Klopfenstein, Wong, new trumpeter John Christianson, and drummer Justin Ferreira (who was later replaced by Ryland Steen).

Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album
Touring continued for the rest of the year, and Reel Big Fish happily parted ways with Jive in January 2006, having wished to be dropped from the label since Cheer Up!'s release. A co-headlining tour with MxPx followed that summer, allowing Reel Big Fish the chance to gain their footing as an independent band. In August, the group self-released a double-disc live CD (along with an accompanying DVD) titled Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album. A few months later -- and much to the annoyance of the band -- Jive issued its own Reel Big Fish album, a best-of compilation entitled Greatest Hit...and More. Reel Big Fish received no money from the album's sales, as Jive Records now owned the rights to the bulk of their songs.

Duet All Night Long
Nevertheless, Reel Big Fish returned with some new material in February 2007, splitting an EP (Duet All Night Long) with their friends in Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer. Monkeys for Nothin' and the Chimps for Free followed several months later, marking the group's first full-length studio release since leaving Jive's roster, and 2009's Fame, Fortune and Fornication found the band covering songs by the likes of Poison, Slade, and Tom Petty. In 2011, longtime member Scott Klopfenstein left Reel Big Fish to focus on raising a family, with Goldfinger's Matt Appleton taking over for him. The following year, the band released its first album of new material in five years, Candy Coated Fury.
Sharptooth
Sharptooth
Noise project of Matt Ibarra (Rectal Hygienics, owner of Strange Tapes Rec)
Simple Plan
Simple Plan
Alternative Rock (Modern Rock) band from Montréal, Québec (Canada).

The band has had no lineup changes since its inception in 1999. Members are Pierre Bouvier (lead vocals), Jeff Stinco (lead guitar), Sébastien Lefebvre (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), David Desrosiers (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Chuck Comeau (drums and percussion). They have released four studio albums: No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls (2002), Still Not Getting Any... (2004), Simple Plan (2008) and Get Your Heart On! (2011); as well as two widely marketed live albums: Live in Japan 2002 (2003) and MTV Hard Rock Live (2005).
They performed at the Vans Warped Tour every year from 1999-2005 and in 2011.
Sleep On It
Music is about connecting with people, and that's what we focus on more than anything else. We're a band that expresses honesty, and individuality in our music, drawing inspirations from bands such as Saves The Day, The Movielife, and the collective pop punk scenes we all grew up in from Massachusetts, Georgia, Cleveland, Michigan, Maine, and Chicago. We play fast, we play loud, and we don't put up with any bullshit. It's not about being famous, it's about having fun with your friends, being idiots in the basement.
State Champs
State Champs
Pure Noise Records
Story Untold
Story Untold
Story Untold (formerly known as Amasic) is a pop punk quintet based in Montreal, Canada that was founded in 2012.
This Wild Life
This Wild Life
This Wild Life is Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso from Long Beach, California. The two met
while working at a musical instrument store and quickly bonded over their love for hardcore.
Soon enough they began playing shows as pop-punk band This Wild Life. After countless shows,
local success, and strong online reaction with YouTube views in the millions, they found new
inspiration from Dashboard Confessional and they reinvented themselves as an acoustic
duo. Clouded is their debut full-length and was recorded with Aaron Marsh of Copeland.
Clouded saw phenomenal first week success on the Billboard charts, debuting as the #1 Top
New Artist, #1 Top Alternative New Artist, #49 Digital Album, and the #17 Independent Album.
Clouded has garnered much critical acclaim. According to Alternative Press it is "outrageously
well-written songs, played well with much skill…everything about this one is a winner" with a
4.5/5 star review. Absolute Punk calls it "one of the most impressive debut albums this year"
giving it an 8.5/10. This Wild Life is the result of the hard work of the Long Beach friends. Their
journey has been marked by small triumphs, big struggles and countless floor shows, bringing
This Wild Life's heartfelt, melodic and acoustic punk-rock to a bigger audience they've earned.
Tonight Alive
Tonight Alive
Formed in 2008 and having played along side artists such as Mest, 3OH!3, Flatliners, Fireworks, Valenica, Lostprophets, The Blackout and The Wonder Years, these Sydney pop punkers have sold in excess of 20,000 copies of their debut and self-funded EP, 'All Shapes and Disguises' (released June 2010) solely in Australia and Japan.

November 2010 saw the release of their 3 track Vinyl EP 'Consider This' (also available on iTunes) and their national headline tour with Sienna Skies.

The band are currently in Los Angeles recording their debut album with Mark Trombino (Blink 182, Jimmy Eat World, The Starting Line) before returning to Australia to hit the road again throughout February to support The Getaway Plan on their Australian tour. Already listed as one of the top 10 Aussie bands of all time on the legendary rock radio station KROQ in the US and reaching the #1 position on iTunes alternative charts and US Pure Volume charts,
the album will be released in mid 2011 with plans already underway for international release.
Trash Boat
Trash Boat
Trash Boat is a British pop punk band formed in St Albans in 2014.The group consists of lead vocalist Tobi Duncan, guitarists Dann Bostock and Ryan Hyslop, bass guitarist James Grayson, and drummer Oakley Moffatt.

The group has released two EPs; one was released independently in 2014 while the other was released after signing with Hopeless Records in 2015. The band's debut album, Nothing I Write You Can Change What You've Been Through, was released on 17 June 2016.
Twiztid
Twiztid
JAMIE MADROX AND MONOXIDE, THE MINDSICK MASTERMINDS BEHIND TWIZTID, HAVE BEEN IN THE ENTRAINMENT BUSINESS SINCE 1993. THEY STARTED IN A GROUP CALLED HOUSE OF KRAZEES AND MADE THEIR IMPRINT IN THE DETROIT MUSIC SCENE. IN 1997 THEY WOULD FORM TWIZTID. TWIZTID'S MUSIC IS BEST EXPLAINED AS A HORROR MOVIE ON CD.

TWIZTID SIGNED TO INSANE CLOWN POSSE'S PSYCHOPATHIC RECORDS IN 1997 AND RELEASED THEIR FIRST ALBUM MOSTASTELESS. IN 1999 MOSTASTELESS WAS RERELEASED THROUGH ISLAND/DEF JAM. THE RERELEASE OF MOSTASTELESS PEAKED AT #8 ON THE BILLBOARD HEATSEEKERS CHART AND #149 ON THE BILLBOARD 200. TWIZTID WOULD GO ONTO HEADLINE THEIR OWN NIGHT AT THE FIRST ANNUAL GATHERING OF THE JUGGALOS, STAR IN THE MOVIE BIG MONEY HUSTLAS, HEADLINE THEIR FIRST TOUR ENTITLED ROCK THE DEAD, RELEASE A DVD ENTITLED BORN TWIZTID, & GRACE THE COVER OF ALTERNATIVE PRESS MAGAZINE ALONG SIDE ICP ALL BEFORE THEIR SECOND STUDIO ALBUM FREEK SHOW (OCTOBER 31, 2000). FREEK SHOW DEBUTED AT #51 ON THE BILLBOARD 200. TWIZTID SOON HIT THE ROAD HEADLINING THEIR FREEK SHOW TOUR TO PROMOTE THE RECORD.
Unearth
Unearth
Metalcore band from Lynn, Massachussets, USA formed in 1998 under the name Point 04. They released six studio albums.
The Used
The Used
Bert McCracken – Vocals
Quinn Allman – Guitar
Jeph Howard – Bass
Dan Whitesides – Drums

Vulnerability is commonly defined as "the inability to withstand the effects of a hostile environment." It can be a time frame, when "defensive measures are reduced, compromised or lacking" or more personally, the soul-shaking moment when we stare in a mirror, finally seeing every last flaw. The answer is to somehow find the strength to heal, repair and improve, and for the Used, music is that salvation.

Turning personal adversity into art is the Used's trademark, and the band's fifth full-length, Vulnerable, was a record that simply had to be made. It marks a particular triumph for singer Bert McCracken, who is now reenergized after suffering a broken hand and elbow last year, falling from a stage in Orange County, Calif., and then spending four months getting surgery and recuperating. The experience partially birthed the title and concept of Vulnerable.

"Me feeling that vulnerability kind of sparked this creative fire inside of me," says McCracken. "This record's really about becoming more than just who you are, and allowing yourself that vulnerability to be a more powerful person. It's a lot more positive than a lot of records we've written in the past. I think everyone could use some positivity nowadays."

The Used—which also includes guitarist Quinn Allman, bassist Jeph Howard and drummer Dan Whitesides (who replaced original drummer Branden Steineckert in 2006)—formed in Orem, Utah in 2001, signing to Reprise Records that same year. Championed by producer and collaborator John Feldmann, the band issued their gold-certified Self-Titled debut in 2002, quickly cementing the Used as leaders among the post-hardcore elite, thanks in part to unforgettable singles like "Box Full of Sharp Objects," "The Taste of Ink" and "Buried Myself Alive." The band then released the CD/DVD combo Maybe Memories in 2003, now certified platinum, featuring B-sides, live cuts, demos and unreleased tracks, while still another gold record followed—2004's In Love And Death—spawning singles "Take It Away," "All That I've Got" and "I Caught Fire."

After Steineckert's 2006 departure, the band regrouped and issued 2007's Lies For The Liars, hitting #5 on the Billboard Top 200, later naming Whitesides as their permanent drummer. The retooled outfit's newfound solidarity led to 2009's Artwork, which peaked at #10 on the Billboard Top 200, and featured Whitesides on the recordings for the first time. As if that weren't enough to keep a band busy, since 2001 the Used has also destroyed countless stages the world over, touring with a who's who of modern rock and heavy music contemporaries, and have been featured acts at major festivals like Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos, Ozzfest, Projekt Revolution and the UK's Reading and Leeds festivals.

Still, after more than a decade's worth of relentless touring and recording, the Used's members recently needed to take some much-deserved time off. McCracken's longtime writing partner Allman tied the knot, while Whitesides also exchanged vows and welcomed a baby into the world. McCracken spent much of his recovery in a haze of painkillers, then "awoke" to a creative limbo, in an entirely unfamiliar emotional space. At this point 2 years had passed and the band had completed numerous writing sessions that would last for 2 months at a time and in the end came out with more then 60 songs ideas. Thus when McCracken's inspiration struck to record the songs, it came about in an entirely different fashion than the band's previous method; with his drummer and guitarist temporarily unavailable, McCracken and Howard teamed up with Feldmann to take on the initial writing on their own while incorporating the 60 ideas they had previously worked on.

"We went in with Feldmann and wrote 11 songs and recorded them in 11 days. It was pretty magical," says McCracken. "It was a bit more of the record I wanted to make. I think Quinn and Dan were stoked about that. I could go in one day and be like, 'I really like the vibe of 'Bombs Over Baghdad,' so let's start with a bass line and a drum beat like that.' It was the most amazing time; the most fun I've had making a record."

McCracken and Co. emerged from Feldmann's studio toting the 12 tracks that comprise Vulnerable, the band's first full-length since departing Warner Bros. Records. Without a label for the first time since their debut, the band opted to go indie, forming their Anger Music Group imprint, which will be distributed through Hopeless Records. The release of Vulnerable marks a new chapter in the band's enduring career, at a time when the Used's music is organically evolving, as well.

"I think [Vulnerable] is really new for us. There's a lot of hip-hop influence, beats and drum and bass kind of stuff, but it's also still a Used record, by all means," explains McCracken. "Just like any other Used record, it's a horse of many colors: There are a lot of soft and heavy sounds, there are a lot of brutal, sharp, bright sounds, and the tempos are anywhere from ultra-slow to super fast and heavy. There are a lot of different conceptual feelings on the record."

Opening track and leadoff single "I Come Alive" sets the tone for the record from the start, with the sort of "down, but not out" sentiment McCracken has always channeled into his lyrics. "The song, for me, is about falling down or hitting the ground; when things happen to you in life," says McCracken. "That's pretty much what 'Box Full of Sharp Objects' was about as well, on the first record. Taking a hit can be the most inspirational thing that can happen to you."

The drive to overcome all obstacles, whether physical or emotional, also informs "Put Me Out," which McCracken says centers on "the turmoil from a relationship you could have with anyone in your life; how people just kind of feel cheated and fucked over sometimes. Falling down and rising above that can make you a more powerful and stronger person."

Album closer "Together Burning Bright" ends the journey on a romantic, yet appropriately darkly tinged note. McCracken says the song was heavily inspired by the Chuck Palahniuk book Damned, as well as the film Melancholia.

"Maybe the end of everything, so long as you can be with the person you love, everything will be alright, no matter what," McCracken says. "It's kind of a sappy, end of the world song."

That may be true, but for now the Used's world is far from ending. With Vulnerable slated for a March 26th, 2012 release, a world tour behind the record will follow, including appearances at Warped Tour, Soundwave in Australia, dates in Asia and Europe, and full headlining runs through the U.S., not to mention a DVD in the works to commemorate their decade-plus anniversary. The Used may have spent recent years nursing wounds and taking honeymoons, but 2012 and beyond will be all about bringing Vulnerability, and its uplifting message, to the masses.

"This record is for all those people who weren't the coolest people around. We never were. This record's for kids like us, who just love music, because it saves their lives every day," McCracken says. "At the end of the day, I'm the only one who has to live and die with myself. I want to make it a good one for me. I only have one life to live."
Wage War
Wage War
With over five years of unmatched determination, the culmination of five Florida musicians' effort is ready to be unleashed. Guitarist/vocalist Cody Quistad and guitarist Seth Blake met in high school when they discovered that they shared musical interests, and started jamming soon thereafter. In 2013, the duo encountered vocalist Briton Bond and, shortly after, bassist Chris Gaylord and drummer Stephen Kluesener were incorporated into the mix. The line-up alone of Ocala, Florida's Wage War sheds a more-than-welcome light on the importance of a solid foundation built upon evolving musicianship. Wage War marks their territory with from-the-heart lyrics and thrashing beats that transcend to a community who understands the trials and tribulations of growing up all too well.

In fact, Wage War IS that community, as Quistad explains, "A lot of the themes in our songs are about growing up to be a productive person, and dealing with the real things that can happen in life and coping with circumstances that could be problematic,"says Quested. "The first single we're releasing, 'Alive,' is an anthem to all the naysayers out there that are always talking about our generation being a bunch of losers."

Blueprints, the band's debut album co-produced by A Day To Remember's Jeremy McKinnon along with Andrew Wade, resounds with all of the tension and ingenuity of its creation. The band delivers 11 tracks of uncompromising multi-dimensional metalcore, filled with high-intensity rhythms, battering drums and blazing guitars, tempered with tuneful vocal passages. Crushing breakdowns alongside a combination of roaring and melodic vocals prove powerful enough to level a small village. Yet, Wage War aren't focused solely on destruction.

"The goal of Blueprints was to establish a foundation," Quistad says. "It';s our first record and our first chance to show people what we're about. So we really went all out to deliver the best songs we could possibly write and play them to the best of our ability. I think a lot of people are going to be surprised."
Waterparks
Waterparks
We The Kings
We The Kings
For pop-rock quartet We The Kings, it's all about staying connected – with each other, with their hometown roots, and especially with their fans. Named for hometown Bradenton, Florida's King Middle School where they first made music together, the band – Travis Clark (lead vocals, guitar), Hunter Thomsen (guitar, backing vocals), Drew Thomsen (bass) and Danny Duncan (drums) – has grown into one of the most engaging and exciting acts on the pop-rock circuit. Talent, ambition, and hard work have all played a part, but for We The Kings, nurturing the bonds between the band and their fans is what makes it all happen.
Their self-titled debut album hit #1 on Billboard's New Alternative Album sales chart and spawned the Billboard-charting tracks "Secret Valentine" and "Check Yes Juliet," which is nearing Platinum status.

Their music has been licensed for the CW, MTV, Rock Band, and more, and they were nominated for a 2008 mtvU College Radio Woodie Award. Appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and MTV's TRL and Spring Break 2008 have further boosted the band's visibility. Constantly on the road, in 2009 they headlined their own tours as well as the 2009 Vans Warped Tour.
Since Warped wrapped up, the band has been in the studio recording their sophomore disc, produced by S*A*M & Sluggo (Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship, Metro Station) which will be released December 8. The infectious first single, "Heaven Can Wait," is gaining nationwide airplay, climbing the Billboard Singles chart, and has already reached the Top 10 on the Alternative Singles chart.
The title of the new release, Smile Kid (S-Curve), sums up the band's attitude. As Clark explains, "we are all about living life as happy as possible, and when you seem down, just remember to Smile Kid :)" Infectious high spirits and camaraderie energize their on-the-road videos and live performances. The joy they take in being on stage is palpable at every show; having fun and sharing that feeling with the audience is what it's all about. "It's always been based on friendship," says Clark, "which is why I think we get along so well together and why we're able to tour eleven months out of the year without wanting to kill each other."
With Confidence
With Confidence
Four piece alternative rock band from Western Sydney, Australia.
Venue Information:
The Fairgrounds Nashville
500 Wedgewood Ave
Nashville, TN, 37203
http://www.thefairgrounds.com/