Patriotic rock band Madison Rising is firing back at rock artists such as Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine for their criticisms of the Mitt Romney presidential campaign for Mitt and his running mate Paul Ryan using their music on the campaign trail, suggesting that they are large beneficiaries of the capitalistic system embraced by the Republican ticket that has brought both musicians enormous personal wealth.
“I think American’s are getting really tired of the divisive undertones of all of these musicians and how they constantly attack anyone who supports the system they benefited from so much,” Rich Mgrdechian, Madison Rising’s manager, said in a press release. “It really is ironic how guys like Tom Morello, Bruce Springsteen, Dee Snider and all the other anti-American loudmouths have made an absolute fortune bashing capitalism. They clearly have no shame whatsoever. They’re capitalists, they’re artists, they’re musicians, they’re Americans – and so are we. The only difference is that we don’t try to hide it.”
The Wedding have signed a deal with Tooth & Nail Records, who will release their label debut ‘No Direction’ on September 25th. The Fayetteville, Arkansas rock band first formed in 2008 and despite a few lineup changes, created a stir with their soaring rock anthems. The band hit its stride when frontman Matt Shelton, formerly of Letter Kills, joined the group.
On the album’s title, Shelton explains, “‘No Direction’ means cutting ties with the idea that you can prepare your life in such a way to keep you from danger. As C.S. Lewis said, it’s an illusion of safety. We are meant to live life unabashed and free, and this can only happen in the face of danger; which to most is the idea of not knowing where you are going. It is when we have No Direction at all and still we press on, trusting that the great unknown will be our rescue and not the demise we are so fearful of. We went into making this record with complete reckless abandon. We tried to write the record that we wanted and needed to hear.”
As for their new label home, Shelton said, “We are stoked to join the family at Tooth & Nail. It’s exciting to get to make the records we want to make with so many good friends.”
‘No Direction’ was produced by Jasen Rauch at Harker House Studios in Springfield, TN, and features guest vocals by Dan Marsala of The Story Of The Year on the track ‘The Lesser Worth’.
The Wedding are Shelton, Trevor Sarver (guitar), Adam Thron (guitar), Matt Jameson (drums) and Cody Driggers (bass).
‘No Direction’ Track Listing:
1. No Direction
2. The End
3. The Lesser Worth (feat. guest vocals by Dan Marsala of The Story of The Year)
4. The Raconteur
5. Hang on Love
6. The Wildest Ocean
7. Mors Tua Nos Vita
8. Kill Any Excuse
9. Heartbreak In Melody
10. Don’t Let Me Down
11. Young and Dangerous
12. Distance and Resolution
Stealing Axion have now revealed the album artwork and track-listing for their debut full-length album, ‘Moments’, which is due out August 27th in Europe and August 28th in North America via InsideOut Music. ‘Moments’ was mixed and mastered by Acle Kahney, who worked closely with the progressive metal band on the sounds and textures of the album.
In regards to ‘Moments’, Stealing Axion frontman Dan Forbrich commented, “We feel this album is a culmination of the different compositional techniques that we’ve experimented with over the last few years. We like to take the basic song structures and let them ferment and slowly add layers to the mix until we are satisfied. Some of these songs have taken a while to fully mature.”
‘Moments’ Track Listing:
1. Mirage of Hope
3. Everything or Nothing
4. 47 Days Later
5. Unwanted Gift
8. It’s Too Late Now
10. Moments Part 1
11. Moments Part 2
Austin, Texas pop punk band Thieves is streaming its first single from ‘Achiever’, titled ‘Quarter Life Crisis,” right now at AbsolutePunk.net. The song is the first officially released song from the upcoming 7-track concept EP, which will be out on July 31st.
Vocalist Billy Canino says the concept for ‘Achiever’ centers around “facing your demons and admitting that you have room to grow. It’s about learning to truly appreciate the people who make you want to be a better, more honest person, instead of obsessing over the idea that you have something to prove to them, society, and yourself.”
Stay tuned for another song off ‘Achiever’ in the coming weeks.
‘Achiever’ Track Listing:
2. The Wisdom of Insecurity
3. Broken Down, Breaking Ground
5. Compassion vs. Contempt
6. Entitled To Nothing
7. Quarter Life Crisis
iwrestledabearonce is on the full Vans Warped Tour this summer performing on the Ernie Ball Stage, where the band is being joined by fill-in vocalist Courtney LaPlante. The Shreveport, Louisiana heavy metal band’s regular vocalist, Krysta Cameron, wasn’t able to join the guys because she’s pregnant.
The following statement from guitarist Steven Bradley on the news has been issued:
So here it is… complete transparency. A press release written by me (Steven, original IWABO guitarist) with the truth on what’s going down.
The day before our Warped Tour show in Dallas, TX we had a day off in the DFW area. Krysta lives there now, so she went home to relax and do some laundry. The next day, we received word from her minutes before our set that she discovered she and her fiancé are expecting a kid and she would not be returning to finish Warped Tour with us. Obviously this is an insane curveball for everybody, but in typical IWABO fashion we will press on. And no matter what happens, Krysta has been our best friend for years and we want her to be happy.
So what the fu** is the plan then, you ask? Well on literally a few minutes notice, our friend Courtney LaPlante flew her ass down to meet up with us today so that won’t miss a single show of this tour. Courtney is a beast in both the singing and screaming departments and is also an incredibly awesome person. We wouldn’t tarnish the years of work that we’ve put into this band by having somebody half-ass it on stage with us, so please come to a show and give her a high-five and make her feel welcome for doing us this huge favor. It makes it feel even better and more natural since she has been a long-term fan of our band and already knows the material.
So long story short; Fear not friends and Bear Fu**ers… We will continue to play Warped Tour and we hope that you will continue to support us. Getting to play for and talk to so many of you on a daily basis is honestly what we live for, and we will definitely continue with our plan to high-five everybody on Earth. We will update you with more info soon, including some new tour dates and info on our recently-finished full-length horror/comedy/whatever film A Beary Scary Movie!
And finally, thank you so much to everybody who has been so supportive of us for all these years and we hope to see you again soon!
- Steven / iwabo
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania pop punks Handguns will be releasing their debut full-length, titled ‘Angst’, on September 25th 2012 on CD/LP/Digital. The record will be available nation wide in Hot Topic stores as well as all other outlets. ‘Angst’ was produced Chris Curran at Webster Lake Studios. Check out the artwork and track list below. Handguns will be on tour July 14th – August 18th supporting Strung Out and Such Gold.
‘Angst’ Track Listing:
1. Porch Light
2. Drag You Out
3. Long October
4. Stay With Me
5. Early Retirement
6. Song About You
8. The War At Home
9. Nice Choice, Nice Life
10. Still Running Away
11. Fade Away
12. Where I Belong
Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate has signed a worldwide recording contract with Inside Out Music. “I’m very excited to join forces with InsideOut Music,” Tate said about of his multi-album deal. “They are very committed to progressive music and care deeply for their artists, working together with them to bring music lovers worldwide some of the most compelling rock music available.”
As the frontman of Queensryche, Tate has sold more than 20 million records and received four Grammy nominations. The band’s landmark concept album ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ thrust their unique social consciousness, expertly crafted lyrics and progressive style into the national spotlight in 1988, and was followed by ‘Empire’ in 1990, the album that delivered the band to arena-headlining status and sold more than three million albums on the back of hit singles ‘Silent Lucidity’ and ‘Jet City Woman’. Queensryche have released 12 studio albums. Tate’s only prior solo album was a self-titled release in 2002 on Sanctuary Records.
“Obviously, we at the label have been fans of Geoff for a long time,” Inside Out Music founder Thomas Waber said. “We are looking forward to working with such a renowned musician – welcome to the InsideOut Music family!”
Tate is finishing production on his first Inside Out Music release. The album is planned for release this fall, with details to be announced in the coming weeks.
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Being As An Ocean has signed with InVogue Records and will release their debut album ‘Dear G-d’ on September 18th. The San Diego rock group finished recording the record with producer Brian Hood. InVogue Records is an independent label based out of Findlay, Ohio owned and operated by Before Their Eyes frontman Nick Moore.
“I am beyond stoked for people to hear the new Being As An Ocean record, its absolutely amazing. This band offers a completely different style to my line up and I’m lucky to have them”, Moore said about the roster addition. Catch the band on the ‘Despite All My Fears’ Tour through July.
McAllen, Texas indie rock duo Sick/Sea has signed with Autumn + Colour Records, home of Sleepy Turtles and Austin Archer. The sibling members Audrey and Cameron Scott will be recording their new album in August, and then touring the southeast in September.
Lifehouse spoke with The Philippine Star at the Marriott Hotel Manila to promote their recent concert in the city at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The American rock band talked about how beneficial it is in the era of the internet to have an outlet to stay in touch with their legions of fans. “It’s easy now to not get disconnected unlike the rock stars back in the day, they were kind of disconnected because they don’t have contact with their everyday fans, so the further they grow away artistically and they don’t understand why their fans don’t like their music anymore,” vocalist Jason Wade said. “With the Internet, you put out on a song, you get feedback instantly that you can kind of gauge if people are connecting to it and if they’re into the direction that you’re taking.” Read more.
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