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Sworn In – Edinboro University 12/13/2013 [Photos]

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, Featured, News, Photos, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2013 by Randy

When ‘Sworn In’ and ‘Like Moths to Flames’ got together to do a little four city run, everyone knew it was bound to be an intense, fun filled couple days. Students of Edinboro University displayed just that: a semester ending, angst ridden adrenaline release. No one can truly forget the opening bands that actually made a night like that possible, with ‘Melrose’ and ‘Bail Easy’ (Erie Pennsylvania locals) bringing waves of friends along, packing the house. Other openers included Tuesday’s Too Late and Motives, each holding their own and playing amazing sets that almost remind me of something you’d witness if you were at a Letlive performance.

Hats off to the headliners…Like Moths to Flames and the Erie/Edinboro area are fairly familiar with each other since this was second time they’ve played there in about nine months. Sworn In on the other hand had many faces in the crowd that I’m sure they had never seen before, but regardless of it being a new crowd or old friends, the band always delivers a hard hitting show. Taking place on Friday the 13th, it makes you wonder if it gave Sworn In even more reason to come out and pummel the crowd, showcasing sadistic vibes like they do at all other concerts they play.

Needless to say, if you didn’t make it to this show or any of the other shows these two bands played, then it sucks to be you. Don’t fear, because they are both far from being done and will surely be playing in a town near you before you know it. DON’T MISS IT.

-Logan Rendulic, © The Rock Tribune

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OTHERWISE Release ‘ENJOY THE PAIN’ EP As Free Download

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, Featured, New Music, News, Previews, Releases, Reviews, Shows, Uncategorized, Videos with tags , , , , , , on November 11, 2013 by Randy

Album Now Available At www.EnjoyThePainEP.com

Band Hosting SiriusXM Octane Takeover All Weekend

“Die For You” #28 At Active Rock Radio With Increasing Spins

“Rebel Yell” Single Set For November 11 iTunes Release

 

In celebration of their fans, Las Vegas rockers OTHERWISE have just released the acoustic ‘ENJOY THE PAIN’ EP for free via the website www.EnjoyThePainEP.com. The album contains five brand new songs, all written and recorded entirely on the road. To download the ‘ENJOY THE PAIN’ EP for free, please click here.

The ‘ENJOY THE PAIN’ free download was announced this afternoon exclusively on SiriusXM Octane, where the band – frontman Adrian Patrick, guitarists Ryan Patrick and Andrew Pugh, drummer Corky Gainsford and bassist Vassilios Metropoulos – hosted an exclusive station takeover that will repeat daily through November 4. The special features an interview, acoustic performance, and the band taking over the Octane playlist. In early 2012, OTHERWISE became the first unsigned band to reach No. 1 on the Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – SiriusXM launched the band’s career into the national spotlight, and now they are helping OTHERWISE deliver ‘ENJOY THE PAIN’ to their fans.

The OTHERWISE SiriusXM Octane takeover will repeat at the following times this weekend, and is also available via SiriusXM On Demand:

 

Friday, November 1 – 12pm ET/9am PT

Saturday, November 2 – 8pm ET/5pm PT

Sunday, November 3 – 2pm ET/11am PT

Monday, November 4 – 6amET/3am PT

 

“‘ENJOY THE PAIN‘ is our gift to you. It’s our way of saying thank you for the success you’ve helped us earn, and a little something to hold you over until our next full length album is released in 2014,” says OTHERWISE of the EP. “We recorded this entirely on our own, on the road, in between shows while out on tour. If we couldn’t find a quiet bedroom or bathroom to track in, we’d record while literally driving down the highway… The process wasn’t easy. It wasn’t slick. It wasn’t normal. It didn’t adhere to any set of rules, guidelines, or industry standards. At times it was painful… And we enjoyed every minute of it. So please, ‘ENJOY THE PAIN’ with us… and enjoy this EP.”

 

‘ENJOY THE PAIN’ Track Listing:

1. 60 MPH

2. Once In My Dreams

3. Enjoy The Pain

4. Miles Of Rain

5. Burn Away (III Reprise)

 

In the 18 months since the release of their ‘True Love Never Dies’ debut, OTHERWISE have gone from local Las Vegas favorites to one of America’s best-selling breakout acts. Now, they’re giving something back to the fans that have embraced the band as their own. A first track from the album, “Miles Of Rain,” can be heard here.

 

To compliment the free EP, on November 11 the band will release an iTunes-exclusive single featuring an acoustic cover of the BILLY IDOL hit “Rebel Yell” and an acoustic version of “Heaven,” the closing track from ‘True Love Never Dies’.

 

“Die For You”, the third single from the band’s debut album, is currently at No. 28 at Active Rock radio – click here to watch the single’s official lyric video. The follow-up to breakout hits “Soldiers” and “I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures),” “Die For You” is a full-throttle anthem of undying devotion in the face of betrayal. “Soldiers” has sold more than 100,000 digital tracks, and the band has amassed more than 2.4 million total views on YouTube. You can watch the official music video for “Soldiers” here, and the “I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures)” video here.

Released in May 2012, ‘True Love Never Dies’ has sold more than 50,000 copies, making OTHERWISE that year’s best-selling new rock band and helping propel them to tours alongside STONE SOUR, PAPA ROACH, BUCKCHERRY, P.O.D., THREE DAYS GRACE, POP EVIL and more. The band have also become a mainstay on the North American festival circuit with appearances including Rock On The Range, Aftershock, Rocklahoma, Carolina Rebellion, Welcome To Rockville and a host of others.

 

OTHERWISE online:

www.weareotherwise.com

www.facebook.com/otherwiseofficial

www.twitter.com/weareotherwise

Review: OTEP live at Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA 10/13/13

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, New Music, News, Reviews, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2013 by Randy

                Currently on the road with some great up and coming bands like Stolen Babies and New Year’s Day is one of the most popular and most influential metal artists in of the last decade:  Otep Shamaya.  Otep is a band that has broken down many barriers over their last twelve years of existence; not just musically but socially due to Otep Shamaya’s involvement in the fight for equality and her strong political views.  Having a front-woman with such strong beliefs in those areas made their “claim to fame” a little easier than most bands that came into the scene around the same time.  Not taking anything away from them musically though; given the fact that the band has undergone some member changes (like nearly every other band) they’ve been able to maintain the same standards musically that they started with, while still evolving and separating themselves from all other metal artists.

                Getting back to the current tour,  the Inner-Galactic/With a Vengeance Tour, which is certainly a must see; regardless if it’s your first or tenth time seeing Otep, the opening acts on tour with them are amazing.  Stolen Babies and New Year’s Day are both bands that blend so well with the style brought to the table by Otep, it doesn’t matter if you’ve heard of them or no…if you’re an Otep fan these opening acts will certainly keep you entertained.  It’s after their sets are all done and over when the energy hits you square in the face. Once Otep steps onto the stage, get ready for hell to be unleashed because she pours every ounce of her being and demands the same from the crowd. The better the participation, the better her set is because she feeds off of her fans and gives in return what she receives from the audience. Long story short, if this tour is still coming to a city near you, take the few dollars it costs to see this show and spoil yourself with four hours of fun.  Don’t forget to stick around after the show to meet Otep at the merch table and buy an autographed CD.  Even if you can’t afford to buy something, she is humble and loves her fans all the same and will be more than happy to have a picture taken with you… free of charge, unlike some performers now a days that request money for a measly cell phone photo.

-Logan Rendulic, ©The Rock Tribune (Pittsburgh)

http://www.otepmerch.com/

Pistol Day Parade – “Not Today” [Video]

Posted in Artist Watch, New Music, News, Shows, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2013 by Randy

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Echosmith’s Debut Album Talking Dreams Out Today “Cool Kids” Selected as iTunes Single of the Week

Posted in Featured, New Music, News, Releases, Reviews, Shows, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2013 by Randy
Los Angeles-based alt-pop quartet Echosmith has released their debut album Talking Dreams today via Warner Bros Records, and iTunes has selected one of the album’s highlights “Cool Kids” as its Single of the Week for this week. Download “Cool Kids” here: www.iTunes.com/Echosmith
To support Talking Dreams, Echosmith is heading out on a fall tour supporting Tonight Alive. The nationwide run kicks off October 23rd in Baltimore, MD and continues through November 23rd in San Diego, CA. For the Foxes and Downtown Fiction are also on the bill.
Echosmith, which consists of Sierota siblings Jamie (vocals/guitar), Sydney (vocals/keyboard), Noah (vocals/bass), and Graham (drums), recorded Talking Dreams with producer Mike Elizondo (Tegan and Sara, No Doubt, Maroon 5), who signed them to Warner Bros with WBR chairman and fellow producer Rob Cavallo.  Although still newcomers, the band has been receiving effusive early praise. Alternative Press selected them as one of their “100 Bands To Watch in 2013,” Seventeen called Sydney’s voice “stunning” and MTV recently declared them a “Buzzworthy Obsession.” The video for “Cool Kids” is currently in rotation at MTVU, watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXTlczyWJ-Y

 

Echosmith spent their summer crisscrossing the country on the Vans Warped Tour. Originally slotted for only the first half, Echosmith’s overwhelmingly positive crowd response resulted in their being added to the entire run. They rounded out August with a string of Owl City dates, and recently treated LA fans to four area shows. They will be playing a free hometown show tonight at AmplyFi.  Full tour dates are below.

 

Echosmith tour dates:

Oct 8 – Los Angeles, CA – AmplyFi

Oct 18 – New York, NY – Studio @ Webster Hall (CAA CMJ Showcase)

Oct 20 – New York, NY – Brooklyn Bowl

With Tonight Alive:

Oct 23 – Baltimore, MD – The Ottobar

Oct 24 – Richmond, VA – Kingdom

Oct 25 – Greensboro, NC – Greene Street Club

Oct 26 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Hell Stage)

Oct 27 – Orlando, FL – The Social

Oct 29 – Nashville, TN – The End

Oct 30 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar

Oct 31 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club

Nov 1 – Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room

Nov 2 – New York, NY – The Studio @ Webster Hall

Nov 3 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar

Nov 5 – Lansing, MI – The Loft @ Harem Lounge

Nov 7 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave Bar

Nov 8 – Minneapolis, MN – The Garage

Nov 9 – Des Moines, IA – The Vaudeville Mews

Nov 10 – Denver, CO – The Marquis Theatre

Nov 11 – Salt Lake City, UT – Murray Theater

Nov 13 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon

Nov 14 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre

Nov 15 – Reno, NV – The Alley

Nov 17 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s

Nov 19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre

Nov 21 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction

Nov 22 – Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theater

Nov 23 – San Diego, CA – Soma Sidestage

www.echosmith.com / www.facebook.com/echosmith

Review: I Wrestled A Bear Once live in Erie, PA 8/18/13

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, News, Reviews, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2013 by Randy

After a successful run on the All-Stars Tour, Math-Core greats “IWRESTLEDABEARONCE” did a select city tour on their way home, making a stop in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Hats off to Jamie Popeski and Eric Harrington (Erie Entertainment) for being able to lure such an act to the area in an effort to revive the music scene. Along with IWABO, Dayshell also performed.  As many may know, the band is fronted by Sheyley Bourget (formerly of “Of Mice & Men”), and is slowly gaining recognition from their explosive and heartfelt performances.  Along with these two power houses, also performing were local favorites Melrose, Perdition, and Polaris Breach.

Kicking it off and warming the pit up was the two local hard-core bands, Melrose and Polaris Breach; both of which set the tone for a very passionate and energetic evening.  After a few more local bands hit the stage, it was time for Dayshell and IWRESTELEDABEARONCE…and as previously mentioned Dayshell put on a stellar show. After watching them live, it was a relief to know Sheyley was doing his own thing with his new band and not an Of Mice & Men knock off.  IWABP wrapped things up with a very memorable performance.  They are certainly a must-see band with a set that has everything wrapped in to one:  pure emotion, talent, and of course just a fun time had by fans and the band. IWRESTELEDABEARONCE is a band that is built for small venue shows, not saying they can’t play on a big stage, but being in a small building gives them a chance to really connect with the crowd and even allowed Courtney (vocals) the chance to come out and mosh with everyone on the floor.  If you ever get a chance to see either of these two touring bands, go, because it is well worth the price of admission.

 

-Logan Rendulic, © The Rock Tribune 2013

http://www.iwrestledabearonce.com/

P.A.C.A.  Erie, PA

 

I Wrestled A Bear Once – P.A.C.A. Erie, PA 8/18/2013 [Photos]

Posted in All Metal, News, Photos, Shows with tags , , , , , , , on August 26, 2013 by Randy

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Photos by: Logan Rendulic ©The Rock Tribune 2013

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