On their way to the annual So What?! festival, Like Moths To Flames will be headlining a March tour run. They’re going to tour with bands you won’t want to miss: Sworn In, My Enemies & I, Cover Your Tracks and BackWordz. You can find tickets to this killer show here! Also, check out the show flyer and some music videos from the bands below!
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GRAMERCY, NYC – The Road to Bands VS. Food Tour may have been an odd tour title, but named an unforgettable night (April 23rd). Featuring the bands Sworn In, Wilson, Miss May I and We Came as Romans, the line-up was diverse, but oh so satisfying. Starting with Sworn In definitely got the room going wild, especially the crowd killers. Tyler Dennen (Vocalist) fueled the audience as everyone raised their fists and yelled the lyrics with him. When the song “Sunshine” kicked in it got real. Coming down into the crowd, Tyler became surrounded as he continued to scream out the words along with everyone else. It was an epic moment and a great turnout since Sworn In’s previous New York shows were filled with technical issues and illnesses. Luckily their curse was broken and they were able to put on a sick opening to the night.
Get ready because this is going to be a good one. Architects have just announced that they will be touring with Counterparts, Sworn In, and Make Them Suffer beginning in July! Pre-sale tickets go up tomorrow morning and regular tickets go on sale this Friday. Get yours!
10 year anniversary tours are probably the best things to come out of us all getting older. The latest band who will be playing one of their old favorites in full is Atreyu, who will be playing all of A Death-Grip On Yesterday on their upcoming tour with Islander and Sworn In. Get your tickets here starting April 1st!
We did a lot in 2015. We photographed acts like Sworn In, The Plot In You, and Defeater and ranted to you about what we thought were some of the most fantastic records and some of the biggest flops. We got to chat with local bands and big names alike, from hanging out with Zoumé at punk landmarks on St. Marks Place to chatting with Mike Hranica of The Devil Wears Prada backstage at Mayhem Fest. Not only have we worked hard and had a lot of fun, but we’ve gotten the opportunity to see some amazing shows and meet inspiring people. After all that, we closed the year not only by giving you our Top 10 HXC Approved Albums of the year, but we also attended NYC-based metalcore band Surfacing‘s album release show at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. Check out some photos from the band’s set after the jump, and be sure to check out their debut record, Chaos Through Clarity.
Norway is stereotypically known for it’s black metal, but here’s a pick the hardcore kids can enjoy: Atena. The five-piece recently released their record Shades Of Black Won’t Bring Her Back through Negative Vibe Records, and although the title may sound like something you put in your myspace bio in 2007, the songs are surprisingly solid and even inventive. Atena offers elements of hardcore, metal, metalcore, and noise metal, providing welcome little surprises at every turn. It’s like if Periphery, Sworn In and For All I Am all met up one day to write an album. From songs like “Divorce,” that offer quickly changing syncopations, to “Molly,” which sneers with the gruff sounding laughter of a child’s taunt (“Na na na na na na”), Atena will keep you hooked.
While sitting at the bottom of the stairs in Webster Hall on the October 30th date of the Hate Me Tour, we got to ask vocalists John Ritter and Michael Swank of Myka Relocate some questions about Halloween, some of their craziest life experiences, and their new record The Young Souls. The record had officially been released via Razor & Tie the day of this interview, as was headliners Escape The Fate‘s new record, Hate Me, via Eleven Seven Music. Watch the video below to see what these dudes are like pre-show and learn about Swank’s alter ego, “Crop Top Mike”. Oh, and a dude in a red leather jester outfit walks through the video at some point, too. Unfortunately his jester hat is out of frame, but he was totally the star of this one.
Read the full interview transcript below.
HXC: How’s Mayhem been for you so far?
Tyler Dennen: Really cool. Definitely the coolest tour we’ve ever done.
You’ve been playing a lot of new songs from your latest record, The Lovers//The Devil. How’s that been?
Really good. It’s definitely been an interesting and challenging experience because the music is a little bit harder to pull off live. We’re doing it every day. We practice a lot beforehand. So I’m feeling pretty confident about it.
It’s a very complex album. It has a large duality to it. Could you give us a brief explanation of that?
Well, the whole idea is that it’s a split CD–the first half being the lovers, the second half being the devil. And the music, lyrics and story are supposed to reflect upon that change. So the first half of the CD is less aggressive and more towards the melodic side. The story follows the male and female lead where the first half, the male is the lover and the female is the devil and it switches. Throughout the record that switch happens slowly until midway and then reverse. And then the devil’s side musically is supposed to be heavier and more dark sounding. Heavier, lower tuned, more drone-y kind of stuff than the first half.
And what were some of the major musical influences for the album.
I can’t speak too much on the music side of it because I didn’t write any of the music. But lyrically, inspiration for me aside from personal experience and things that I was going through, the band My Chemical Romance is always really inspirational to me. And the band Thrice.
Why did you want to utilize more clean vocals this time?
It was just something we’ve always wanted to get into. Going that route really opens you up to a much larger audience and singing is something I’d rather be doing more than screaming. So just trying to usher in that age of kind of [headed] more toward the mainstream, for lack of better terms, kind of slowly.
A lot of the lyrics have these whimsical, almost child-like rhymes that you play upon. What made you want to do that?
I thought it would be kind of cool to put some ironic twists on the lyrics and song names because it would kind of lessen how intense it really is. Kind of like make it easier to digest.
What would you say is your favorite track?
You just did a video for that as well. How was the video shoot?
It was cool. It was very, very, very last minute, but I think it came together really well.
Your first full-length, The Death Card (XIII) as well as the new one both utilize tarot cards. What’s your fascination with tarot cards?
When I came back to the band, which was before we put out The Death Card, our guitar player Zak [Gibson] and I decided that it would be cool to go down the route with tarot cards because we really liked the imagery on them, the art on them, and the fact that the meanings behind them aren’t necessarily verbatim. You can kind of take what you want from it, which is something I really try to strive for with our music.
If you could be any tarot card, what would you be?
I would definitely be The Fool. That’s kind of what I was looking at for the next CD.
What kind of musical directions are you thinking of going in for your next record?
Not a fucking clue.
Do you think it’s going to be a concept again?
I kind of want to steer away from conceptual records, to be honest with you. I don’t feel like I really know what I’m doing enough as a person who’s trying to convey a story and write lyrics. I don’t think I have the correct rhetoric to be able to really solidly put down a story out there. So I think I’d rather take myself a little bit less seriously and just get what’s in my heart and chest out, rather than being stuck to the guideline of a story.
What would happen if the zombie apocalypse happened right now? How far would you guys make it?
My band? [Laughs] We would die pretty damn quick.
What would your weapon of choice on this bus be?
[Picks up free weight] Throw one, then run away.
How would you describe your genre? You guys are kind of all over the place, in a really cool way.
I would say emotional more than anything. I don’t wanna say ‘emo’ because we’re not like that, but my main prerogative in this band is to get people to feel something. When it comes down to the lyrics and the music I think all we’re trying to do is put emotion into something tangible. So that would probably be the genre, I would say. Emotional.
Out of all the bands on Mayhem Fest, who’s been your favorite to watch?
I love watching Thy Art Is Murder. We love those guys.
If you could bring one record with you on a deserted island, what would it be?
I’d probably say Vheissu by Thrice.
So what exactly have you guys “sworn in” to?
Doing this. Travelling and doing music, I guess that’s the only thing. And we’ve got a bunch of contracts so I guess that’s kind of like being sworn in.
Where’s your favorite place you’ve played so far?
I really, really like playing all of the west coast—California, Washington, Oregon. I also really like Louisville, Kentucky and Texas is always great, too.
If you could describe your time on Mayhem in one word, what would it be?
Interview by Natasha (a.k.a. Mascot) Van Duser
Social and political commentary have been trending themes for a lot of bands lately, and due to the current climate in the United States alone it’s not hard to see why. Shortly after announcing a tour with Escape The Fate, A Skylit Drive released a new music video called “Bring Me A War,” and it definitely falls into that category. In the video, grainy clips of protests, demonstrations, and significant civil rights moments in US history are spliced in between footage of the band giving an enraged performance. Their final message? A quote from Ghandi.
Check out the video below and keep an eye out for A Skylit Drive’s upcoming self-titled record out October 9th via Tragic Hero. And of course, grab your tickets to the Hate Me tour soon!