Welcome to PropertyOfZack: Weekender edition. Every weekend, we bring you some of biggest and most interesting pieces of the past week from our own content to stories or breaking news. If you’ve had a busy week and want to catch up with some light reading, we hope this is for you.
Chris Motionless wrote a blistering blog this week that stated the band would no longer preach to fans about their beliefs. Chris went as far to say that he is no one’s hero and that he has saved no one’s life and that the band will not stand for hypocrisy from fans about the misconceived roles their audience has placed upon them.
Bands, in the long run, are nothing without their fans. But that does not mean fans can take advantage of their favorite bands inappropriate ways.
A fan kissed Parker Cannon of The Story So Far on stage yesterday in Texas, and the action was surely not one that Cannon was okay with. The Story So Far are just one of many bands that opt to play venues without barricades so they can give fans the show of their dreams, but actions like these push bands to play behind a barricade for their own safety and comfort.
Watch what you ask for.
Hayley Williams has long undergone gossip and inappropriate comments from the media regarding possible or desired relationships between her and her bandmates. Williams recently spoke out about these preconceived notions after reports began flowing in that she and Taylor York were dating regardless of her long-known relationship with New Found Glory.
Brand New are letting fans know more and more that they’re aware of the frustrating that they release onto the world when only announcing limited shows. The band this week 1) stated that they were aware of ticketing issues and will make more of an effort in the future to negate problems and 2) would be playing many more shows in 2014 to meet demand.
A Day To Remember didn’t sell 90,000 copies of Common Courtesy alone. They did it with their fan base, which they’ve shown nothing but care and belief in since the start of their band. A huge accomplishment.
A Day To Remember Common Courtesy album sales have been kept quiet until today. Soundscan has confirmed that the band has sold over 92,000 copies of the album that was self-released after years of struggle with Victory Records. Check out the press release below after the jump.
Welcome to PropertyOfZack: Weekender edition. Every Saturday, we’ll be bringing you some of biggest and most interesting stories of the past week from our own content to stories or breaking news. If you’ve had a busy week and want to catch up with some light reading, we hope this is for you.
Punk Goes Christmas feels as fresh and innovative as the first Punk Goes Pop, and that burst of creative spark and panache is just what the doctor ordered for a series that was mired and flailing in paint-by-numbers Top 40 covers.
Dare I say it — Punk Goes… is back, and is nearly as strong as ever? Take this as an open invitation to kick me when Punk Goes Pop Eleven Billion hits shelves, but I think Fearless has learned from the middling-to-downright-bitter reception the past few compilations received. A shakeup in themes will do them some good (via Erik van Rheenen).
Kevin Lyman is a man of true power. For 19 years he has built, maintained, and developed what has become the backbone for the majority of the punk/alternative scene. Men of such power are not always kind humans at heart, but Kevin Lyman is and always has been. When you see someone like Lyman snap, you know it’s for good reason.
It wasn’t surprising when Escape The Fate announced this past week that they had dropped off Warped Tour EU and their UK tour with Chiodos due to their recent drama-filled history. However, Craig Mabbitt told fans the tour had to be cancelled due to his girlfriend’s expected child delivery being delayed - and you know what? That’s not something one usually lies about, so fans believed him.
Kevin Lyman however knows the truth, and the truth is that Mabbitt lied about the tour cancellation, which has nothing to do with the delayed birth of his new child. Yes, the frontman of Escape The Fate used a lie regarding his unborn child as an excuse to drop off of a tour, which is bottom line disgusting.
Bands can get away with crossing many people behind the scenes as long as they still have a strong fan base. But there are some industry people you can’t screw over, and one of them is Kevin Lyman.
Escape The Fate are also apparently bankrupt. Get ready for the end.
The majority of A Day To Remember and Victory Records’ court case has focussed around the fulfillment of the band’s contractual recording agreement. This new piece of information however goes off on a tangent, but a very interesting one to say the least. Not to mention that Tony Brummel himself sent this to POZ.
So, what does this mean? A Day To Remember were paying John Janick and Fueled By Ramen Records as a manager for a four year period of time to the sum of $450,000. The total sum of money isn’t what’s important here. What matters is that the band kept Janick and FBR’s involvement secret from Victory Records and the courts until this past summer. The court has decided however that Janick was not a true manager to the band and was only acting as a consultant.
This will continue to play out however it does in court, but the question must be pondered - Why was Janick “managing” A Day To Remember while being the president of Fueled By Ramen Records? Why were A Day To Remember paying Fueled By Ramen Records? If the band got out of their contract with Victory before Janick had left to Interscope Records, would they have signed with Fueled By? Truly interesting and strange.
2013 has been a difficult year for Transit. The band released an album that they love with all of their heart and are proud of, but most of their longtime fans do not feel the same way - and have unfortunately voiced that opinion loudly since Young New England's release in April. Regardless of the dislike however, fans of Transit have also voiced that they want nothing more for the band to succeed.
An acoustic EP is a good way to get that ball rolling once again, especially when you look back at the band’s past. The release of Something Left Behind in early-2011 was accepted with open arms from old and new fans, and to this day holds up as one of the better releases we’ve seen in the past few years from a band in our world. Futures And Sutures follows the same route with reworked acoustic songs from both Listen & Forgive and Young New England.
Transit will be supporting the EP while headlining the Acoustic Basement tour this January and February. Support one of your favorite bands this winter.
When it comes to artists being robbed on tour, there’s a third factor in the equation. There are the musicians. That’s a given. There’s the thief in question; that’s a given, too. But, when you fall under the umbrella of touring acts and are under the scope of a scene noted for allegiance to favorite bands, there are also the fans. They play an oft-overlooked but essential role in the whole scheme of things: backing the recovery process (via Erik van Rheenen).
A Day To Remember and Victory Records have primarily been meeting in court to rule over whether or not the band had fulfilled their recording contract with the label. While that decision is still ongoing, interesting information has come to light today, and PropertyOfZack has received new documents on the court case from Victory’s Tony Brummel himself.
The new piece of information surrounds John Janick, founder of Fueled By Ramen, currently president of Interscope Records, who, in A Day To Remember’s mind, was operating as a hidden manager from the the years 2009-2012 under Fueled By Ramen. This information was not made aware to Victory and the courts until this past summer. Today the courts decided that Janick was not acting as a manager, and will now go under a deposition in early-December. It has also come to light that A Day To Remember paid Janick and Fueled By Ramen Records the sum of $450,000, which has raised major questions. You can read a breakdown of the memorandum opinion and the motion itself below after the jump.
A Day To Remember will be releasing a deluxe version of Common Courtesy in stores and online on November 25th. Stream a song from the release called “Leave All The Lights On” below after the jump.