Thursday, December 8, 2016

NEW FOUND GLORY Announce 20-Year Anniversary Tour


 
  
 
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December 8th, 2016 Coral Springs, FL - Music icons New Found Glory announced their 20 Year Anniversary Tour today. The tour starts March 22 in Baltimore, MD and travels across the United States before ending in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on May 12. Fans will be able to hear select albums in their entirety released prior to 2010 at each tour date. A full list of dates and albums can be found at newfoundglory.com. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, December 9th at noon local time. Exclusive bundles are available through Ticketmaster and include a download of their upcoming album, due out next spring. VIP upgrades will also be available for purchase.
 
Over their span of 20 non-stop years in the music industry, New Found Glory have released 8 studio albums, 1 live album, 2 EPs and 3 cover albums. The band is currently mixing their upcoming 9th studio album, set to release Spring 2017. The album is being produced by Aaron Sprinkle (MxPx, Anberlin, Acceptance) and mixed by Tom Lord Alge (U2, The Rolling Stones, Blink 182).
 
New Found Glory is Jordan Pundik (lead vocals), Chad Gilbert (guitar), Ian Grushka (bass guitar) and Cyrus Bolooki (drums).
 
Upcoming Tour Dates:
 

March 22 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
March 23 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
March 24 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
March 25 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
March 26 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
March 30 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
March 31 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
April 1 - New York, NY -Irving Plaza
April 2 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
April 4 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
April 5 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
April 7 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
April 8 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
April 9 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
April 11 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
April 12 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
April 13 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
April 14 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall
April 15 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre
April 17 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
April 18 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
April 19 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
April 21 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
April 22 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
April 23 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
April 25 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
April 26 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
April 28 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubador
April 29 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubador
April 30 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubador
May 2  - Mesa, AZ - Nile Theater
May 5  - Dallas, TX - The Door
May 6  - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
May 8  - Orlando, FL - The Social
May 9 - Orlando, FL - The Social
May 10 - Orlando, FL - The Social
May 12 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution Live
 
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Interview with Elias Soriano of Nonpoint
"I Still Haven't Written My Greatest Record"


Nonpoint: Elias Soriano

There is something almost keenly different about Nonpoint, a geniality brought to their fans by "...5 dudes in a band trying to entertain the masses for a living..." and heck if they aren't good at doing it too.


Nonpoint have spent almost twenty years in this rock n roll game and each time they have released a new album, their latest The Poison Red on Spinefarm Records, the song-writing only becomes deeper and more reflective. It is a richer, deeper sustaining that brings their longevity forward, tried and true, again and again. Hailing from Ft.Lauderdale, Florida—Elias Soriano [vocals], Robb Rivera [drums], Rasheed Thomas [rhythm guitar], Adam Woloszyn [bass], and B.C. Kochmit [lead guitar]— are lit with an ignition of energy that will not be extinguished. Together they continue to crack the riffs with the same intensity, crank the grooves in the bass and drum rule and vocally relay their own recounting of life. Nonpoint is a band that everyone can relate to, they connect.

Song River: Reading post after post there is a connection Nonpoint makes with their fans. Is it unusual or common do you think for bands to resonate so deeply with their fans? 

Elias Soriano: Just by the reaction of fans when they do get to meet us at the merch table or when one of us answers a question online, I can tell not many bands engage with their fans as regularly as I'm sure they would like them to. We just happen to see what kind of connection it makes with someone who has to listen to the music and get some sort of physical contact with the person that they connected with so deeply through a song that we just so happened to write. 

The fact of the matter is I would love to meet and have conversations with some of the bands that I love and have had the luck to actually meet some of them and unfortunately it's not the best experience all the time. Some people in bands just want to play the gig and get paid for doing it. I enjoy seeing people get excited to engage and connect with the members of our band.    Doing this is a blessing and I feel like it's the least that I can do for the support they give us. People that don't feel the same that do this do this for a living are just made of different stuff.  



Song River: While watching and photographing one of your recent performances you could hear fans comment that they felt like you care and appreciate them. How have you created this respectful connection?

Elias Soriano: I think just by trying to stay as honest about who we are and what we're doing out here.  We're just 5 dudes in a band trying to entertain the masses for a living and to do it at a high enough level that we are respected and appreciated for what I believe we do pretty damn good.  Put on a show.  

We don't ask for much, just for people to come to a show once and if you like it to buy the music. The rest we leave up to our show, cause if you give me 30 minutes I'll get you. You give me an hour I'll have you kicking yourself in the head for never having seen it sooner.


Song River: A sound seemed to break through during those early days of Ozzfest. With time shifting and changing though there doesn't seem to be any stopping what Nonpoint creates. Timeless seems to come to mind in describing Nonpoint... just like Judas Priest. What do you feel it is?

Elias Soriano: I think we still have successes and goals to achieve so we keep going.  I say it all the time I still haven't written my greatest record.  And I think the universe around us can feel that radiating off of me and the rest of the guys when we perform.



Song River: Nonpoint has been through its fair share of lead guitarist. What is it that B.C. has brought that the rest just couldn't quite deliver do you think to your sound?

Elias Soriano: I think every guitar player that is played in this band has brought their talents in the best way they could, but being in a band is not just about talent.  There are millions of guitar players out there but not everyone is made to be in a touring band as there one soul path to livelihood.  

This business takes a lot of sacrifice and isn't always what it's cracked up to be once you find yourself in the gig.  Family, friends and significant others all learn very quickly that this is a different job than your average 9 to 5.  If you treat it that way you tend to find out very quickly that you will soon be at odds with more aspects of the business that won't allow you to continue wholeheartedly... and that is the only way any band will survive.  So sometimes a tough decision has to be made by either the band or even the person who ends up leaving.  Again this job isn't for everyone.  B.C. is a talented performer who we've been friends with for over 15 years... so he brings himself, which is exactly what we need to put on a great show and to put out great music.

Song River: I had read that it has been said Nonpoint's music is 'therapy.' Has Nonpoint decided to hang out its shingle and take in patients?

Elias Soriano: Nah, we let the music do that. Thankfully people are connecting with what I have to say and understand that I'm just trying to make the world around me a decent place.  Not really even a good place because good and bad can have its perspective.  So I'm just trying to make the world around me a little better hopefully with the music that I write.


Song River: What to you has changed during the course of musical development within Nonpoint since your first self-release album Separate Yourself?

Elias Soriano: It's become more of a craft and more important throughout the years to me of what is played and what I'm saying.  In the beginning, it was just about having fun with a message peppered here and there.  Cut to almost 20 years later and I have too much that needs to be said to waste the opportunity to send a message.  Not to mention just a general growth in the art of writing music is really what drives me forward now.  Writing a song is as life-changing as finding true love.  It's indescribable and keeps me waking up every morning.


Song River: The band has signed under a few labels over the years. What is the biggest reason given usually for a band to switch labels?

Elias Soriano: Honestly a lot of times it has nothing to do with us.  We just so happen to be around long enough to watch the business go from over a dozen major labels to the big three.  I mean it's really just what happens if you look at it over 20 years.

Check it out, after our second record, Development MCA/Universal folded, so we got picked up by Lava/Atlantic which a year later was absorbed by another major label, then we self-released one of our biggest records of all time To the Pain with our managers at the time. From the popularity of that record, we got signed to Rocket Science that folded the following year. Then we got picked up by Razor And Tie which we decided wasn't the right fit for us both at the end of the day. And now we find ourselves back where we started in the Universal Group and Spinefarm Records which I can honestly say I've never felt better about.  It feels like we're home, and at this point, in my career, that's what's important.  My happiness.


Song River: Together what are Spinefarm Records and Nonpoint creating that maybe was missing before?

Elias Soriano: It's back to days of transparency and conversations about creating art that was missing from our last two releases.  We all understand that this is a business but if you don't care for the artwork and the artist creating it as much as you care about your investors, then you are going to find a lot of unhappy bands and shitty records on your roster.  I believe Spinefarm is in the business of making sure that never happens especially with our band.  So I ain't going nowhere.


Song River: It almost seems that every genre of music has been splintered into subcategories after subcategories. A thousand shards of labeling. Where does Nonpoint place itself today in a description?

Elias Soriano: We're are a metal band with a purpose and a bounce.  I don't know what genre that puts us in, but that's who we are and have always been.  We're a band that likes to have fun but gives a shit about what it plays and says.


Song River: Along the way, and having traveled around the world co-headlining and headlining along the way- you must have a few stories that still fill you with laughter when recalling them. Can you share any particular instance of a story with your fans?

Elias Soriano: Basically a few of us got trapped in the back lounge of my tour bus with a bunch of us drunk after a show and dared our tour manager  Derek to shit in a shoebox which he did entirely too confidently and too quickly. This, in turn, made my guitar tech Brandon who has the weakest stomach and gag reflex known to man, start to throw up from the smell into the back lounge garbage.  Which then, in turn, made Derek jump up and puke on Brandon's shoulder and hand, which made Brandon throw up even more... it was fucking awesome. [Elias grinned from ear to ear. Personally, I almost gagged just reading it again. :)]



Song River: Reading over some of the album reviews for this last album release, "The Poison Red," was it do you feel lyrically the presentation you were searching for? Is there anything you as a band would have done differently? Why or why not?

Elias Soriano: You can't really look backward at work that you did with regret.. because there's always going to be things in songs that in hindsight you may have done differently.  Eventually, the song has to get finished and you have to walk away from it.  If not no song would ever be finished.  

If you were to ask Prince if you could change one thing about Purple Rain, I guarantee you he would give you 10.  So I never look backward always forwards.  I write all the lyrics so lyrically I said exactly what needed to be said in the way that I could say it at the time.  It's a different time now so of course, I would do things different if I have that opportunity.  But you and I both know there are no second chances.  The record is what it is and I'm proud of it.


Song River: Did you yourselves perceive the album to be more directed towards radio play or is that something you even thought about when writing it? 

Elias Soriano: No because at this point in our career, we are who we are.  We have just always had one or two songs on our record that labels feel like the world should hear so they release them.  But however you want to slice it and whoever signs this band is going to get a Nonpoint record.  That's it.


Song River: Is it a challenge to find that balance between the rough gritty almost guttural at times vocals emanating and the distortion coming from the guitars?

Elias Soriano: What are you talking about bro???? That is the balance, that's fucking metal. Music isn't something to be weighed or balanced.  Songs are created and truly just happen.  Five dudes reach up into the ether and see what they can pull down.  There are no balancing dreams.



Song River: Everyone has an opinion, just like everyone has a nose to pick. The reviews/critics are who they are- yet, here is Nonpoint how many years later still drawing huge crowds, still touring and still making albums. What do you say to your critics?

Elias Soriano: Try creating something to be judged and see how judgmental you are at the end.  Because regardless of what you think of my band, you can still have a moral compass. I don't even read reviews because I don't let my happiness and my willpower be affected by judgments.
Like you just said, it's just someone's opinion and all that shit is relative.  Seriously a review from a guy who has 50 albums on his playlist that all sound like the same band isn't going to keep me up at night because he doesn't like the style jeans I wore during a show.  Critics who get excited about writing negative reviews aren't journalist or seekers of art, they're failed wannabe musicians.

Song River: Is it in February 2017 that you head back out on the tour road? Who will you be touring with?

Elias Soriano: We have a couple major shows celebrating our 20-year career in South Florida. We are also doing a Shiprocked after party at Club Revolution in Fort Lauderdale.  Then House of Blues in Orlando and The State Theatre in St. Petersburg with 10 Years opening.  Then we'll be on our way to meet up with Alter Bridge for about six weeks.  Afterward, it looks like maybe doing a couple weeks with Shinedown.  There also talks about Mexico, Central America and Australia around summertime, so it's gonna be a busy year for Nonpoint.


"Generation Idiot"


Nonpoint is excited to announce and extremely honored to be hitting the road as direct support for the mighty Alter Bridge on “The Last Hero Tour” in Jan/Feb 2017. We will be on all dates from 1/24/17 to 2/22/17. Tickets and details are over at http://www.nonpoint.com/tour.







































SEEK IRONY Make Statement Against Social Media Saturation with New Music Video

Alt-Electro Hard Rockers SEEK IRONY Make Statement Against Social Media Saturation with New Music Video
 
Watch Video for New Track "Running Towards The End Of The World" Here
 
New Album Tech N' Roll out Now via UDR Music
 
Catch SEEK IRONY at Winter NAMM 2017!
 
 
Tel Aviv-native and now Austin-local alternative/electronic hard rock band SEEK IRONYare fighting back against tiresome social media saturation with their brand new music video for "Running Towards The End Of The World". The video depicts various scenes of overtly-addicted social media users taking part in Facebook distractions, political arguments, false news source sharing, and other general social media absorbedness. It isn't long before SEEK IRONY takes matters into their own hands. Watch the video here:https://youtu.be/IQxBofM2xrI
 
SEEK IRONY vocalist Kfir Gov shares his thoughts on social media and technology's impact on society: "The message of "Running Towards The End Of The World" is that although technology and progress is awesome, we need to step back for a second and reevaluate the sacrifices involved, such as a) losing touch with our human connection (people these days live very lonely lives and barely understand what real friendship even means anymore, we've traded real human connection with a social loneliness of sitting in front of a screen all day), b) we're in a great rush to give up every bit of what is barely left of our privacy, and c) we're giving very few corporations a lot of control very quickly, before we even have proper legislation and rules on what they are allowed or not allowed to do with all this information that they are collecting on all of us. It's not all bad of course, there is plenty of good involved in social media. But at times, it just seems like it has become a little too much of an intrusion in our lives."
 
SEEK IRONY's breakout album, Tech N' Roll, was released via UDR Music earlier this fall. Upon its initial release, Tech N' Roll became a raging success in underground rock communities internationally, and SEEK IRONY built further upon a history which had already seen them headline festivals in Tel Aviv and Haifa, Israel as well as featured as a showcase artist at the South By South West Music Festival in 2014. Since then, the band was awarded the "Album Of The Year" accolade at the 2016 NAIRMA Awards, in addition to also playing BatFest in Austin this year.
 
Tech N' Roll boasts a heavy rock and electronic mixture with an alternative rock edge - chock full of loud, live and explosive musical energy. Lyrically, the album touches upon topics ranging from technological influences on society and foreign politics, but doesn't forget to have fun with fan-favorite anthems.
 
Get another taste of Tech N' Roll via the band's previous music video for "Devil In Me" here:https://youtu.be/1TgD12643_4
 
Tech N' Rollwas self-produced by the band at their own Keoss Studios in Tel Aviv, Israel and Evil Snail Studios in Austin, TX. The album was mixed by Phil Anderson at Powersound Studios in Edmonton, Canada and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Faith No More, Yes, Sepultura, Ill Nino, Starset) at Maor Appelbaum Mastering in CA.

 
SEEK IRONY is:
Kfir Gov - vocals
Rom Gov - drums
Alex Campbell - guitar
Adam Donovan - bass/ misa tri bass
 
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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE'S BEYOND THE FLAMES: HOME VIDEO VOL. II OUT NOW

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE'S BEYOND THE FLAMES: HOME VIDEO VOL. II OUT NOW

TWO-DISC BLU-RAY + CD PACKAGE CHRONICLES BAND'S EXTENSIVE HISTORY LIKE NEVER BEFORE

SEE EXCLUSIVE CLIP FROM BLU-RAY DOCUMENTARY

Grammy-nominated, Massachusetts-based hard rock band Killswitch Engage have released Beyond the Flames: Home Video Vol. II. The release is a two-disc, Blu-ray and CD package. Watch the trailer here.

The release is now available at the band's webstore.

Beyond The Flames: Home Video Vol. II
 is a treasure trove of gripping content, containing over 3.5 hours of footage. It is a complete piece that is sure to delight KsE fans, both diehards and casual, due the compelling history of the band and the honesty with which the story is told.

At the heart of this release is the 75-minute documentary that chronicles the return of original vocalist Jesse Leach, after nearly a decade away, to the band he helped form back in 1999.

The release also examines the KsE early years that eventually led to Leach's initial departure. Produced and directed by KsE storyteller Denise Korycki, this documentary picks up right where their 2005 {Set This} World Ablaze release left off, revealing the untold rest of the Killswitch Engage story.

Watch an exclusive clip from the documentary here.

For those KsE fans craving more live footage, Beyond the Flames: Home Video Vol. II definitely delivers. Seventeen live performances have been captured from around the globe, including Leach's first show back in the band, Download Festival, Knotfest, Loud Park Japan, and some surprises along the way. Here, fans can enjoy Killswitch Engage in their most natural state — alive, raw and reunited, doing what they do best.

Additional bonus material includes music videos, unique individual band member profiles, outtakes, and a bonus audio disc of six, previously unreleased live tracks from the band's now-legendary 2014 "Monster Mosh" show in Worcester, Massachusetts. The track listing for the live CD is below.

"No End in Sight"
"Life to Lifeless"
 "Always"
"In Due Time"
"My Curse"
"The End of Heartache"
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