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NEW JERSEY, USA | AUGUST 30th, 2021 - Alternative rock outfit Wave Break have announced the release of their upcoming single "Tug of War," out on all digital platforms 9/10/2021. The third single off of their upcoming sophomore EP, "Tug of War" is a continuation of the punchy, punky, alternative blend that Wave Break has demonstrated on their previous two single releases. The song packs a tight punch, and lead vocalist Kelly Barber bursts at the edges with power. Although yet to be announced, Wave Break's new EP, and its first three singles, are unavoidable rock ear candy.
Wave Break’s history is long and complicated, but there is one thing that has always been the same: frontwoman Kelly Barber has always been the driving force. After a series of lineup changes, she found herself as the only one in the band. Instead of calling it quits, this time she decided to continue on her own. 2018’s debut EP Armory introduced the band with a fierce, lively sound that spread messages of strength and vitality. They quickly found support from outlets such as idobi Radio and New Noise Magazine, and went on to tour the northeast US. They also performed alongside various bands and artists such as Boys of Fall (InVogue Records), Nick Thomas (The Spill Canvas), Secrets (Made In The Shade Records), and Kulick (RCA Records) to name a few.
Throughout 2020, Barber was hard at work on Wave Break’s followup EP, due out in fall 2021. The record blends elements of bands and artists such as Avril Lavigne, Acceptance and Rise Against to form a unique brand of melodic alternative rock, utilizing punchy instrumentation, dynamic vocals and melancholic lyrics. It explores the importance of surrounding yourself with the right people and situations, and the impact on mental health as you’re finding them.
Barber, having named the band after overcoming adversity, is fiercely adamant about carrying that torch. Wave Break was built with a fire that cannot be extinguished, and it’s burning brighter than ever before. Her goal is to inspire others to take their lives by the reins and to push through whatever obstacles lay ahead; nay, break them. All she needs is time.
PRESAVE "TUG OF WAR": https://wavebreak.ffm.to/tugofwar
CLEVELAND, OH - Emo alternative band This Summer have released their new single "The Rabbit Hole," available on all digital platforms NOW. “The Rabbit Hole” leads off their upcoming debut album (more info TBA), and introduces their new music in an emotionally captivating light. According to the band, "The Rabbit Hole" is a reflection of coping with PTSD, specifically living with a loved one with substance abuse issues. The lyrics depict a scene of watching someone slowly deteriorate as your tolerance for their reckless decisions grows thin, as well as coping with the loss of said loved one due to their dependency. A fresh take on their revamped, modern rock sound, "The Rabbit Hole" finds This Summer in their most genuine state - gripping, open, and incredibly bold. About "The Rabbit Hole", the band states:
We’ve come to a new understanding of what our sound should be, I think The Rabbit Hole accentuates that perfectly and will be a turning a point for this band. All the singles off the new album really show how far we’ve come as songwriters since our EP and how we’ve grown together as a band. We’ve not only strengthened our sound, we’ve become closer friends.
This Summer are entirely their own. The five-piece emo/alternative band from Ohio aims to remain diverse, keeping Midwestern emo influences in their sound while simultaneously having fun with being gutsy.
In need of a reset, This Summer swapped their nostalgic hard rock sound in early 2020 for an angstier, feisty, modern clash of driving melodies and emotionally gripping vocals. The band has not been shy about bringing deep and emotionally enriching lyrics to the modern rock scene. Looking to destigmatize the issues of depression, abuse, regret and longing, This Summer brings these human emotions to the forefront of their lyricism in hopes of connecting with listeners on an engaging level.
Unable to access a studio, the band’s current lineup initially spent the start of the COVID-19 pandemic recording, completing an EP in just 2 months. Their new tracks placed emphasis on retaining the cozy feeling of nostalgia and implementing soft colors into their branding. Their new single “The Rabbit Hole,” released on August 27th, is filled with dark emo flavors, accentuating the band’s ability to evolve past nostalgia. A fresh take on Midwestern rock, This Summer is always expanding.
STREAM/DOWNLOAD "THE RABBIT HOLE": https://linktr.ee/ThisSummer
LISTEN ON ALL NEW ROCK: https://spoti.fi/3DmnreM
Metal/metalcore band TRAVERSE THE ABYSS have released their aggressive new single “TRAINWRECK” delivering an intensity that is extreme in nature. The track has a heavy groove, the vocals are harsh, the lyrics are at times vicious, and overall it comes at you like a speeding train.
"Our new track “Trainwreck” dives into a groove as consistent as the potholes in Pennsylvania and with lines like “with my back full of dagger, I don't trust any human being”, this song has a nature that is aggressive, intense, and extreme." - Eric Abyss, vocalist
Heavy and in-your-face, TRAVERSE THE ABYSS fuse elements of metalcore and various metal sub-genres to create something truly unique and intense.
The band from Scranton, PA debuted in late 2016 with their album ‘The Gamble of Life’ and followed up with a self-titled EP in 2018. They have played independent shows along the East Coast which has allowed them to make their mark in the underground metal scene while having the opportunity to open for several national touring bands such as Motionless In White, Whitechapel, Miss May I, and Attila.
Following the comical single “Faucet Mouth” which premiered via Metal Injection and the serious tone of “Only Human”, TRAVERSE THE ABYSS have now released their single "TRAINWRECK" that is fueled by searing riffs and aggressive vocals.
Photo: Austin Scherzberg
MINNEAPOLIS, MN | AUGUST 27th, 2021 - Metalcore band Common Choir have released their new single and music video "Deformed//Devoid," available on all digital platforms NOW. The track kicks off with an immediate burst of energy and blinding performance scene. According to the band, "Deformed//Devoid" is a small window into the struggle to find a purpose in life, and ultimately a narrative about the harm that diving into the negative crevices of your mind can cause. The band explores the concept of self-hate and self-esteem on "Deformed//Devoid," all while maintaining their signature high-energy edge, bold instrumentation, and powerful vocal performance. About "Deformed//Devoid", the band states:
We’re very excited to finally release “Deformed//Devoid” into the world, this song in particular has been a labor of love and contains part of the Common Choir sound that we’re extremely enthusiastic about exploring as the band evolves. We’re confident that listeners new and old will be as excited about this sonic evolution as we are and can’t wait for everyone to hear it!
Common Choir is a metalcore band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, focused on creating intense, energetic music that people from all walks of life can connect with. The name “Common Choir” is derived from the phrase “preaching to the choir” and speaks to the relatability of the messages and emotions poured into the bands music and live performances. Exploding into the underground metal scene with no established backing the band has quickly made a name for itself with impeccable and energetic live performances across the midwest since 2016.
Dance Gavin Dance Afterburner Tour Kicks Off On September 7th; Polyphia To Replace Animals As Leaders
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Friday, August 27th, 2021 – Sacramento chart topping, genre defying quintet, Dance Gavin Dance are finally set to kick-off their long awaited North American Afterburner Tour on September 7th. It was announced today that previously announced main support, Animals As Leaders will no longer be joining the tour due to unforeseen circumstances. However, taking their place on this run will now be genre bending, prog masters, Polyphia. Rounding out the line-up, as planned, will be Veil Of Maya, Eidola and Wolf & Bear. Many shows on the Afterburner Tour have already sold out and several are on low ticket alert. Remaining tickets and VIP packages are available here.
The Afterburner Tour is in support of Dance Gavin Dance's 2020 chart topping album of the same name. The album hit the Billboard charts twice last year due to the band's decision to choose their fans over a chart position and release the digital-only version of the album first, forfeiting physical sales due to the COVID-19 induced manufacturing shut-down. In a hugely impressive turn of events, Dance Gavin Dance once again proved their undeniable popularity as the digital-only release of Afterburner (Rise Records) soared straight to the top of the charts hitting #1 across the Current Album, Alternative, Digital, Rock and Heavy Rock charts and #14 on the Billboard Top 200. This certifiable success was further cemented when the physical release of the album dropped months later and once again propelled Afterburner to the top of the charts, hitting the #1 spot on Billboard's Vinyl, Internet, Alternative, Rock, Hard Music and Independent Current Albums as well as hitting #3 on the Top Albums and Top Current Albums charts and re-entering the Top 200 at #47.
Fans have patiently awaited the opportunity to celebrate the album with Dance Gavin Dance in the live setting since March of 2020 when the tour was originally due to start and the time is finally here. The Afterburner Tour will kick off in Portland, OR on Septem
About Dance Gavin Dance
Rejecting tired formulas at every step, Dance Gavin Dance merge progressive rock and post-hardcore with thick groove, brilliantly combining experimental music with hooks and a warped sense of humor. The group has amassed over 1.2 billion global streams, and 1 million album equivalent units sold across their catalog in the US alone. With hundreds of thousands of rabid fans engaged with Dance Gavin Dance on socials and their very own festival event, Swanfest, which sold out its inaugural edition in 2019 and is slated to return, once it is safe to do so, in 2022, it all amounts to a full force band facing a mainstream that has overlooked them for too long.
Dance Gavin Dance released their ninth studio album, Afterburner, earlier this year which has already clocked up 113.5 million streams since release and topped a multitude of charts on two separate occasions.
In the heady tradition of Frank Zappa and Nirvana – people who made serious art without ever seeming self-serious – Dance Gavin Dance is a band that does what they want, how they want, confident that the audience will keep up.
MEMPHIS MAY FIRE — Matty Mullins (vocals), Kellen McGregor (guitar), Cory Elder (bass), and Jake Garland (drums) — have spent the past few months dropping banger after banger and thrilling fans with each subsequent song and video. The band closes out the summer with the video for new single "Bleed Me Dry." It's a full on riff fest, backed by unforgettable melodic firepower.
Watch the video here
"Our third single of the year, 'Bleed Me Dry,' is my favorite yet," explains Mullins. "It's an anthem for anyone feeling beaten down by the negative voices around them. We're so excited to announce that we will be donating 100% of the proceeds from the 'In Your Eyes' tee in our online merch store to one of our favorite non-profits — Heart Support! Every year, Heart Support helps men and women brave their wounds, find purpose, and discover healing. I am so stoked for everyone to hear this song and get involved with a great cause!"
"Bleed Me Dry" follows the one-two punch of the explosive tracks "Blood & Water" and "Death Inside," all of which have been released via longtime label Rise Records. The former is one of the fastest growing hits of the Memphis May Fire's career, accompanied by a powerful video while cruising onto the SiriusXM Octane airwaves. Revolver called it a "return to form" and noted that the song boasted an "absurdly melodic lead lick that cuts through the chugging breakdowns like a hot knife on butter." Meanwhile, the latter will remind fans of the band's sonic heft and is evidence of why Memphis May Fire have remained one of the scene's standouts.
Together, the two new tracks have accumulated over 10 million streams combined across platforms.
Memphis May Fire will hit the road this September, supporting Breaking Benjamin and Papa Roach for a run of East Coast shows. All dates are below.
MEMPHIS MAY FIRE TOUR DATES:
WITH BREAKING BENJAMIN + PAPA ROACH
9/11 — Gilford, NH — Bank of New Hampshire Pavillion
9/12 — Montclair, NJ — The Wellmont Theater
9/14 — Columbus, OH — Express Live!
9/15 — Toledo, OH — Huntington Center
9/17 — Uncasville, CT — Mohegan Sun Arena
9/18 — Scranton, PA — The Pavillion at Montage Mountain
9/21 — Youngstown, OH — Covelli Centre
9/22 — Hutnington, WV — Mountain Health Arena
Over the course of their career, Memphis May Fire have channeled a generation's worth of angst, frustration, and pain, with a focused blend of gigantic melodic hooks and crushing aggression. Even after topping Billboard’s Hard Music Albums chart, having an album debut at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200, and breaking into radio's Active Rock Top 20, Memphis May Fire refuse to sacrifice who they are or the people who made them.
A new season unfolds for the band, and it's filled with revitalisation and renewal. Stripping things down to their core elements, hearkening back to the days when they created the music their fans most cherish, Memphis May Fire rekindled the spark within to build an inferno of riffs and inspirational words. They have returned to their roots with the seasoned polish earned through years of touring and making music together. "Blood & Water" is proof positive of this fact.
Memphis May Fire have toured with a vast list of important rock and metal acts that include Killswitch Engage, Sleeping With Sirens, Black Veil Brides, Sevendust, and Atreyu. They’ve co-headlined with Yellowcard and The Devil Wears Prada, regularly appeared on Warped Tour, and at major rock festivals. The band's previous six albums' continued relevance is a testament to the energiSed connectivity between the band and their audience. Songs like "Miles Away," "No Ordinary Love," "Beneath the Skin," and "Carry On" account for 100 million views and millions of streams.
Expect more anthems for the broken and beyond from Memphis May Fire in due course.
CAN'T SWIM have announced their new album Change of Plans, out 22nd October on Pure Noise Records. Pre-order the album here. To celebrate the announcement, the New Jersey band has dropped the video for the first single "Deliver Us More Evil." Watch it here
"'Deliver Us More Evil' was one of those songs that I knew right off the bat would be a single someday for Can't Swim," says vocalist Chris LoPorto. "I think I came home from tour and sat down in my studio and wrote the entire thing in an afternoon. One of my favorite songwriters said in an interview that a good song should only take a half-hour to write. When I listen to 'Deliver Us More Evil,' it really sounds like the future of the band to me, a road I have been wanting to go down for a long time."
As for the visual, he says, "The video was shot in Brooklyn, New York by Benjamin Lieber. It was the first time we were all in the same room since COVID. Almost two years without touring and seeing each other made the day feel more special. Performing with the two dancers and being directed by Ben made me miss touring and doing this band full-time. The imagery displayed in the video tie into a lot of the themes on the album."
Ultimately, Can't Swim feel that Change of Plans is "the most Can't Swim record yet." LoPorto says, "All of our endeavors as a band have led us to make what I think is the most honest and transparent album in our discography. We spent way less time recording what we thought we should be writing and put down whatever came naturally. The recording process was certainly the easiest to date as well — we knew what we wanted going into it. I'm constantly writing songs and some of the tracks on Change of Plans have been in the demo stage for almost four years now so it feels great to finally have them all together on one release."
Change of Plans was produced, mixed, and mastered by Will Putney (A Day to Remember, Every Time I Die, Body Count, Knocked Loose) of Graphic Nature Audio and is the culmination of everything Can't Swim have been building and exploring over the last six years, combining their signature visceral lyricism and cathartic rock sound with influences ranging from the worlds of folk to EDM. One could say it's a little bit of everything all rolled into one, and in a way, that's true. When life is more unpredictable than ever, Can't Swim are striking the perfect balance of hope and realism by writing songs that embrace the chaos of life. They want to find and harness a vibe that makes living a bit easier for everyone, and with each release, they're getting closer to that goal.
CHANGE OF PLANS TRACK LISTING:
Standing in the Dark
To Heal at All, You Have to Feel It All
Set the Room Ablaze (Feat. Caleb Shomo)
Sense of Humor
10 Years Too Late
Deliver Us More Evil
Opposite of God
Better Luck Next Time
Everyone That I Know, I Hate
Philadelphia alt rock band GRAYSCALE -- Collin Walsh [lead vocals], Andrew Kyne [guitar], Nick Ventimiglia [bass], Dallas Molster [guitar], and Nick Veno [drums] — will release their third full-length Umbra on Friday, August 27, via Fearless Records. Get the record, produced by Courtney Ballard (Five Seconds of Summer, Waterparks), here.
Ahead of the album's anticipated bow, the band has shared the video for "Live Again."
Watch the video for the deeply personal track here.
"This is a super meaningful song to us," says Walsh. "'Live Again' is about my dad getting sick last year and what that chapter was like for him and I. It was a dark time for me."
Umbra follows 2019's Nella Vita and 2017's debut Adornment. The album finds the band not reborn but refined and truly coming into their sound. After racking up 50 million streams and receiving praise from Forbes, Alternative Press, Billboard, and more, the quintet have opened up themselves and their sound throughout these 11 tracks. For Grayscale, Umbra is the end of the beginning. All previous records served as stepping stones accumulating and shaping the band's course and leading them down an artistic and aesthetic path to this point. Umbra is more of a feeling than a concept; it is an energy. It is all the things we keep underneath or to ourselves. It is the cold feeling of internal conflict, the bargaining, and the wickedness that exists within a space otherwise covered in light. The sounds don't necessarily match the stories; the energy doesn’t always match the intent. It's not about the light or the dark. It's about the light and the dark. Welcome to the other side. Welcome to Umbra.
Grayscale are currently touring as part of the Sad Summer Festival in the US. The band will also appear with All Time Low and The Maine on the Side Summer shows. Check the website for dates.
LISTEN TO GRAYSCALE:
"Babylon (Say It To My Face)"
Collin Walsh — Vocals
Dallas Molster — Guitar
Andrew Kyne — Guitar
Nick Ventimiglia — Bass
Nick Veno — Drums
Vermont-based metalcore band SAVING VICE- Tyler Small [vocals], Chase Papariello [vocals], Kenjamin Smiertelny [bass], Robbie Litchfield [guitar], and Sam Whelton [drums] - have announced their Fall 2021 tour plans. The band will embark on a tour supporting the up-and-coming trap-metal band Dropout Kings on their "Glitch In The System" tour at the end of October. All dates are below.
All tickets go on sale Friday, August 27th.
Saving Vice recently dropped the video for their new single "Phantom Pain" just last month.
October 19th- The Blind Tiger- Greensboro, NC
October 20th- Scandal's Live- Virginia Beach, VA
October 21st- Fete Music Hall- Providence, RI
October 22nd- Empire Live- Albany, NY
October 23rd- Broken Land Festival- Brooklyn, NY
October 26th- Jewel Nightclub- Manchester, NH
October 27th- Higher Ground- Burlington, VT
October 28th- Basement Transmissions- Erie, PA
Florida hard rock quintet WAGE WAR — Briton Bond [lead vocals], Cody Quistad [rhythm guitar, clean vocals], Seth Blake [lead guitar], Chris Gaylord [bass], and Stephen Kluesener [drums] — have officially announced their fourth full-length Manic. The album is out 1st October on Fearless Records. Pre-order the album here.
The band have also shared their new single Circle the Drain taken off the upcoming new album. Listen the Circle The Drain HERE.
Speaking about the new song the band said 'Circle the Drain is a song about learning from past mistakes and accepting responsibility in a world that needs change. It starts with us deciding to be a part of the solution.'
The band also spoke about the upcoming album saying 'After a long wait, and endless hours of work, we could not be more ecstatic to announce our new album Manic. We've spent the entire last year working so hard to bring you the best Wage War yet, and we've never been more sure that we've accomplished that.'
The band previously shared the video for "High Horse."
On Manic, the band masterfully strikes a delicate and well-crafted balance of grooves, riffs, melodies, and electronic flourishes. After amassing nearly 300 million streams and receiving widespread acclaim from Billboard, Loudwire, Modern Drummer, American Songwriter, Alternative Press, and more, the group delivered 11 anthems meant to connect through turbulence.
"Manic encompasses everything we’ve gone through as musicians in the last year-and-a-half," says Kluesener. "The whole industry halted, and we technically lost our jobs. Our scene was among the first to leave and the last to come back. The album captures the whole period."
Quistad adds saying, "Mania is a wild emotion. The last year was all severe highs and lows. We had some victories, but we've also had so many low points. We've built this thing for the last 10 years and put all of our chips into it. We've missed birthdays and funerals, but we've done some extraordinary things. Last year, we found ourselves wondering if it would ever come back. That's really what the album is about."
Ultimately, Manic is a triumph and a definitive artistic statement for Wage War. It represents the apex of an intense creative journey. They built a diehard audience with Blueprints  and Deadweight  and through incessant touring. 2019's Pressure exploded right out of the gate. "Low" piled on 24.9 million Spotify streams with "Who I Am" at 10.7 million Spotify streams and "Me Against Myself" at 8.4 million Spotify streams. Beyond bringing their total stream tally past a-quarter-of-a-billion, it landed on Loudwire's "50 Best Metal Albums of 2019," while Billboard praised the album's levity. American Songwriter called attention to the evolution of the band's songwriting and sound, while New Noise Magazine awarded it 4-out-of-5 stars. Elsewhere, Alternative Press raved, "Wage War are unapologetically changing the game on all fronts on Pressure."
MANIC TRACK LISTING:
Circle the Drain
Never Said Goodbye
If Tomorrow Never Comes
Wage War return to the UK this March to support I Prevail on their upcoming tour.
You can see the band at the following dates:
11th March - Guildhall Portsmouth
12th March - o2 Academy Leeds
13th March - o2 Academy Birmingham
15th March - Academy Dublin
16th March - o2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester
18th March - o2 Academy Liverpool
19th March - o2 Academy Glasgow
21st March - Rock City Nottingham
22nd March - o2 Academy Bristol
23rd March - o2 Academy Brixton
Tickets on sale now