Tours You Should Know About

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 27, 2014

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It’s time for The Weekly Tour Round-Up! There are a ton of great tours going on this summer and fall that are getting announced each week! Below you’ll find all the tours going on over the next few months, with newly announced tours listed above previously announced tours. So check out all the tours if you’ve missed any of them and make sure to mark them down on your calendars!

New Tours: 

North America
Radiator Hospital [09/02-10/06] 
Restorations [09/05-09/13]
 
Circa Survive, Pianos Become The Teeth [09/06-09/12]
  
We Came As Romans, For Today, Color Morale [09/11-10/05]  
Alesana [09/12-09/27] 
Topshelf Records Tour [09/19-09/28]
 
LIGHTS [10/03-11/18] 
Pup [10/07-11/08]
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness [10/14-11/29]
 
Pierce The Veil, Sleeping With Sirens [11/05-12/05] 

United Kingdom|Europe
Beartooth [09/16-09/20]   
The Saddest Landscape, Frameworks [10/10-10/18] 
Against Me! [11/13-11/19] 
Mastodon [11/19-12/02]  
Being As An Ocean, Vanna [11/20-12/07] 
Mineral [01/31-02/13]
 

Australia
Hands Like Houses [09/12-10/02]

Previously Announced Tours: 

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Albums Out This Week

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 27, 2014

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July 29th is just two days away, and there are a few great releases coming out this week. Hit the jump below to check out the album details and download information for all the great records coming out this week!

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POZ Showcase: The New Classic

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 27, 2014

The New Classic derives their name not from Iggy Azaela, but from a revamped & revitalized version of the band’s favorite old school indie rock tunes. Bright guitars and perfectly harmonized vocals are at the core of this quartet, bringing a sunny vibe that could very well be attributed to the members’ west coast origins. You can check out The New Classic’s self-titled album on Soundcloud.

For Fans Of:
 Hit The Lights, Veara, All Time Low
Social Sites:
 FacebookTwitterInstagramWebsiteSoundcloud

by Ashley Aron

Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Matthew Graham – Vocals/Bass
Alfonzo Montiel – Guitar
Jimmy Borquez – Guitar
Vic Chan - Drums

What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
Tucson, AZ, by way of San Jose, CA; San Diego, CA; and El Paso, TX.

How did the band come together? How long has it been?
This band has been with this line up since spring of 2013.  The roots of this band could probably be traced back to 2010 when Matt fronted an earlier incarnation of this band under a different name.  We’ve all been playing in various bands over the years with our paths only crossing within the past year or so.

How have you grown since you started?
We’ve definitely grown more comfortable playing with each other and have a better idea of the sound we’re looking for now.  Our album just came out but we’ve already written about six or seven new songs.  Now that we have an album under our belts, we’re starting to get a better idea of ourselves as musicians and how we want to write songs. 
 
What sets you apart from other bands?
We’re just a good ol’ fashion rock band.  Big amps, big drums, no backing tracks, no gimmicks; just straight to the point.
 
What’s the best part about being in your band?
The best part would have to be writing songs that connect to people and being able to see places we never thought we would get to.  Also just playing live shows and seeing the reaction of people already knowing some of our songs.  Probably one of the best feelings in the world.
 
More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
Some of our main influences across the board for all of us would have to be Jimmy Eat World and the Foo Fighters.  Other influences and bands that we’ve been pretty stoked on would be Taking Back Sunday, Saves the Day, The Menzingers, Balance & Composure, Hey Mercedes and Into it. Over it.

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POZ Showcase: Everybody Looks Famous

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 27, 2014

British pop-rockers Everybody Looks Famous are making a splash and racking up an impressive list of bands they’ve shared the stage with. The powerfully beautiful melodies carried by the lead vocals are matched perfectly to the backdrop of driven guitars and flowing keys. Everybody Looks Famous’ most recent EP Earth is now available on iTunes.

For Fans Of: We Are The In Crowd, Motion City Soundtrack, The Academy Is…
Social Sites: FacebookTwitterYoutubeWebsite

by Ashley Aron

Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Lex – Lead Vocals 
Tom – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Phil – Drums 
Grace – Keys & Synth
Joe – Rhythm guitar Backing Vocals

What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
Tom, Grace & Phil are from Tamworth, which is near Birmingham, UK. Lex & Joe are from Leicester, UK. Having two hometowns for the band is awesome!
 
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
Tom started the band in like 2008 with Phil, with Grace joining later in that year. We have had a load of lineup changes since then and we did a load of small local shows and worked on our songwriting. Lex joined the band in 2011, and there were a lot of songs already written when she joined so it was a case of Lex making her mark on the tracks and writing brand new material. Lex joining the band was the real turning point for us. We started to tour and play a lot more shows with the new material that we were writing. Joe then joined the band in late 2012, which was awesome because he came from a very pop punk background. This reminded us of our roots a lot and massively changed the way we write our music today.
 
Why should people listen to your band?
People should listen to our music because we pride ourselves on writing catchy, pop-rock tracks that you can sing along to! Our new EP Earth is out now, and is definitely more mature and a little deeper than our older stuff that was on our first album, but we have maintained the catchy, infectious sound, which defines Everybody Looks Famous.
 
How have you grown since you started?
As band we have all grown so drastically in the past year. We have toured a lot more and experienced a lot more as individuals, which, we feel, has had a dramatic effect on our music. We are sure this will translate our on upcoming EP 2 and the rest of the Elements series of EPs.
 
What sets you apart from other bands in the scene?
We definitely have our own style in terms of recording, sound, and live show. For example, all of the recording is done by our lead guitarist Tom so we can really shape our own sound and make sure that whatever we record sounds exactly as we want to. We do very much like very tight production and the addition of synths and keys has really set us apart from other female fronted bands. We like to think that we are heading towards the female fronted 30 Seconds to Mars.

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POZ Showcase: The Interstate

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 27, 2014

Cranking out dance-worthy pop rock with a strong early-2000s vibe is The Interstate. With almost-spoken vocals that bear resemblance to Max Bemis’ early work, bouncing guitars, and just a touch of synth, this CT/NY duo will have you on your feet in no time. You can check out The Interstate’s latest single Love (In A Crowded Room) streaming below.

For Fans Of: Harvey Danger, Say Anything [old school], Fall Out Boy
Social Sites: FacebookTumblrTwitterBandcamp

by Ashley Aron

Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Ed Markel and Alanna Carey. Alanna plays drums, Ed sings (and plays everything on recordings). We play with other people occasionally but we’re currently looking for other permanent members!
 
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
We’re from the neighboring towns of Danbury, CT, and Mahopac, NY, but we’re moving out of this area/region very soon.
 
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
We’ve been a serious band for about a year. Before that, Ed spent about five or six years struggling to put something together, which has proven very difficult in this area as no one really has ambitions. We met through a mutual friend with whom Ed was in a band at the time.
 
 How have you grown since you started?
We’re introverts by nature but have had to extend ourselves a lot in order to even get started in the direction we wanna go. We’ve learned a lot about how things “have” to be done––there are certain ways you have to do things in order for people to take notice. We also learned the entire recording process ourselves.

What sets you apart from other bands?
Lyrics, music, ambition, stage presence. We like to do things differently. And we don’t have the same sense of humor that all other musicians seem to have. Also, we are really doing everything ourselves, we’ve had to work for every little thing we have and don’t have anyone supporting us financially.
 
What’s the best part about being in your band?
We want the same things, get along outstandingly well, make decisions together, and no one is overbearing/tyrannical.

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POZ Showcase Playlist: Corporate Hearts

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 26, 2014

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Showcase features run every weekend, putting up & coming bands into the spotlight here on PropertyOfZack. We’re happy to present a series of Showcase Playlists, curated by the emerging artists themselves. Listen to Corporate Heart’s playlist on Spotify while reading their thoughts below.

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Sun Kil Moon – “Carissa”
I had never listened to Sun Kil Moon before but when I read that Pitchfork was drooling over this album I naturally assumed it would be borderline unlistenable garbage. I decided to give it ashot anyway and by the end of this song—the first track— I was literally in tears. At work. It’s pretty much just a dude singing and playing a nylon-stringed acoustic guitar and it’s one of the saddest, most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. It’s based on a true story too, which makes it even more of a gut-punch. Not exactly a fun summertime jam, but happy music sucks anyway.- Zack
 
Boys Night Out – “Recovering” 
God I miss this band. This album, Trainwreck, is one of the most underrated of all time in my opinion and this song is one of its best tracks. It showcases everything this band did so well, particularly on this album: inventive guitar lines, great melodies and one of the best drum performances ever by Brian Southall. I am personally willing to sacrifice Ronnie Radke and the little troll guy from Blood On the Dance Floor to the music gods in exchange for getting BNO back together. - Zack
 
He Is Legend – “Mean Shadow” 
Speaking of underrated, He Is Legend is a criminally overlooked band and this is the last song on their best and, sadly, least-known album. I’m well aware that mixing metal, alternative and Southern rock sounds like a recipe for Nickelback-caliber horse shit, but when He Is Legend does it, it’s downright magical. This song sounds like Deftones and Pantera went camping with Mastodon in the Deep South and tried to write the catchiest song of all time while they were there. I love this band and can’t wait for their new album. - Zack

The Gamits – “Falling Apart” 
This song is so good I sometimes have a hard time listening to it because I’m so jealous that I didn’t write it. It’s got these amazing, super-dark but kind of humorously self-deprecating lyrics that I can’t get enough of. The Gamits always ruled but this album, Parts, is on a whole other level in their discography. It’s like if Good Mourning-era Matt Skiba gargled with glass and then wrote an album with Joey Cape and Bracket.This album never got the attention it deserved, which proves once again that most people are total weenies. - Zack

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POZ Showcase: The Hell

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 26, 2014

In saying “this band is brutal as hell,” a comparison is made to a place full of demons undoubtedly banging their heads along to metal-infused guitars and raw, in-your-face vocals. The Hell does not fail to deliver on any of these aspects. One area they gratefully lack in is seriousness – seeing someone crowdsurf in a giant penis costume while yelling, “everybody dies, might as well fuck shit up while we’re alive” is not an uncommon sight at their shows. If you think that sounds like fun, check out Groovehammer, The Hell’s latest full-length release, streaming below.


For Fans Of: The Chariot, Every Time I Die, letlive.
Social Sites: FacebookTwitterInstagramBandcamp

by Ashley Aron

Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
NAILS –shouts
NICE GUY – shouts
BLACK MIST - two string guitar / shouts (answering)
EARLY MAN - two string bass / shouts
JACKHAMMER - lead drums
 
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
Watford, England, Earth.
 
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
We all got in a fight at a chip shop. The sound of battered sausages slapping around faces and heads pummeling into deep fat fryers was actually recorded as our first demo.
 
How have you grown since you started?
Well Nails reckons he’s a couple of inches taller than me since we got signed to Prosthetic but I’m not buying it personally.
 
What sets you apart from other bands?
It’s usually the walls between dressing rooms that sets us apart from other bands which is a real pain in the arse because it makes it really hard to steal the beer from their rider.

What’s the best part about being in your band?
Making people very, very upset and/or very, very confused. Can’t see the confusion myself but whatever.

 More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
Well you know, you’ve got all the classic metal bands obviously - Shabba Ranks, Shaggy, UB40… but I’d say it isn’t really heavy acts such as these that really inspire THE HELL. We’re more driven by the fact we couldn’t give two shits about what people consider to be heavy music. I mean look at all these fucking boy band choruses slapped in the middle of bad Maiden riffs, y’know? Metal on the whole is a fucking pantomime, and every panto needs a bad guy. That’s us.

What would you say the band has already accomplished and what do you have your eyes set on next?
We’ve been booked up for pretty much every great Euro festival, which is hardly surprising. We made two albums in a year and I’m halfway through writing the third record. That’s just with two strings, think what we could do with three? We are definitely going to be hitting the States before too long, though I’m pretty sure that everybody will hate us. Which is perfect.

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POZ Showcase: Lights Divide

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 26, 2014

Lights Divide is sending a message among their listeners of acceptance and exuding positive energy, even in times of conflict, If I say what I feel, then I betray what you believe…we are all equal in the basement of the hospital (“Morgues”). The ethereal vibes and swell of punk/post-rock guitars definitely serve as an effective delivery method, keeping you intrigued track after track. These Long Island natives have taken their hiatus the scene and turned it into a genuine passion for creating the art they love. Lights Divide has their latest EP We Are Asleep up for name-your-own-price on Bandcamp, and for those in the LI area, check them out when they open up for Norma Jean and Night Verses on August 3rd.

For Fans Of: Balance & Composure, Sainthood Reps, Coheed & Cambria
Social Sites: FacebookTwitterSoundcloudBandcamp

by Ashley Aron

Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
I’m Josh Freedman - I play guitar and sing.
Caleb Diolosa - Guitar and Vocals
Robbie Glenn - Drums
Angelo Palmieri - Bass

What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
Long Island, NY

How did the band come together? How long has it been?
Robbie and I used to play in a band called Our Own Ghosts. When Our Own Ghosts broke up, we both pretty much stopped playing in bands. Almost two years after we broke up, Our Own Ghosts put on a reunion show and we started talking about starting a band together. Caleb’s old band, The Endeavor, ended up opening the show and I asked Robbie what he thought of him as a guitarist. Caleb and I had been in bands together for years and had extensively toured together. We started jamming that week and it was right. Angelo joined the band last month after our previous bassist left and was an instant fit.

How have you grown since you started?
Lights Divide is a weird band. We only got serious with the band this past February. We really took our time getting started, we didn’t want to play out without a record, and we wanted to make sure the music came first before we got distracted with everything else that comes along with being a band. We spent nearly a year and a half writing, demoing, recording, and rehearsing before anyone else ever even heard us play. I think in that time we really established our friendships, which to us is one of the most important parts of being in a band; the camaraderie. Every band we’ve ever been in has broken down because of personal relationships, never really because of talent or musical difference. The biggest growing we’ve done is together, as friends. Angelo has jumped in with both feet and already become just as close.

What sets you apart from other bands?
I’m sure every band feels this way in some facet, but I would say our work ethic is bigger than most bands. Everyone is trying to make something out of their band, but I always feel we truly give it our all, every time, regardless of how significant or seemingly insignificant something is. I see how we do things, and I see how some other bands do things, and I always feel like we gave it so much more effort. Whether it’s promoting and playing a show, or sitting down and getting through the finances and emails, I always feel proud about how well we do things when we’re tasked.

What’s the best part about being in your band?
I get to do my favorite thing in the world, make music, with my favorite people in the world. It doesn’t get any better than that.

More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
Oh gosh. It sounds like a cop out, but the truth is we all listen to such different music. There are bands and artists we all mutually like and dislike, but overall we have such different tastes. I can’t really answer for the other guys but I can say the latest Balance & Composure record has really shifted some of my thought process as a writer. Our EP has influences from Coheed and Cambria and A Perfect Circle, to Cursive and Mogwai. We’re all over the place as far as influences. As much as we’re all influenced by others, I truly think we really try to be our own thing as much as possible.

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POZ Showcase: Last In Line

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 26, 2014

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Energetic guitar riffs, gang chants, and a balanced mix of clean/heavy vocals make Last In Line’s “Face to Face” pretty damn catchy. The lyrics explore the idea of a parallel existence within oneself - Now I have the chance to see how it would all advance / And if I took the other path where would I be/ You live your life as you but what if there were two - and the video brings all the imagery to life. Sing along and get pumped for the breakdowns by streaming “Face To Face” below, and check out the rest of Last In Line’s music on Bandcamp.
 
For Fans Of: A Day to Remember, Neck Deep, City Lights
Social Sites: FacebookTwitterInstagramBandcamp

by Ashley Aron

Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Jake Singer- Vocals
Aleks Arcari- Guitar/Vocals
Josh Krizan- Guitar
Nik Lee- Bass
Caleb Peachey- Drums

What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
Harrisburg, PA.

How did the band come together? How long has it been?
The band has had many transformations. It started with founding members Jake Singer and Jon Kraft while playing their guitars around a campfire (very cliché, yes we know). It transformed into a soft rock project and then eventually into a full electric band under the name All For A Chance and ultimately Last In Line. We’ve been together now for almost three years. 
 
How have you grown since you started?
Since this band was started from the ground up, we really have come a long way. We essentially started with no connections or ties to anybody in the music industry or the local scene and most of us hadn’t even played music for several years. Since then we’ve seen tremendous growth in social media as well as establishing a hometown crowd and friends all over the country. It’s very humbling to know where we started and where we are now.

What sets you apart from other bands?
We genuinely believe we have a unique sound and image that sets us apart from most bands. We have a slight obsession with aliens that a lot of people recognize us by as well. In the end, we’re not trying to be anybody, we just play the music we write and have a good time doing it. Hopefully that’s enough to set us apart with all the other bands out there today.

What’s the best part about being in your band?
Touring for sure. We always have a great time and come back with so many awesome stories and new friends in tons of new places. We feel at home when we’re on the road, and it’s the most rewarding product of being in the band. 
 
More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
Right now, the albums that have been on repeat are Wishful Thinking by Neck Deep and The Way Things Should Be by City Lights. There’s definitely a few inspired riffs/melodies from both these albums in the song writing process.

What would you say the band has already accomplished and what do you have your eyes set on next?
We’d say we’ve accomplished establishing ourselves as a regionally touring band and getting past the initial start up stage where a lot of bands seem to fall apart. We’ve also had the great chance to play select dates on Warped Tour in 2012 and 2013, which is very humbling. The next goal is to take ourselves on the road nationally and continue to get our music into more people’s ears. Our dreams are big and we want to push this thing as far as it can go.

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POZ Interview: PVRIS + Matty Arsenault

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 25, 2014

PropertyOfZack Senior Writer Jesse Richman headed out to Warped Tour a few weeks ago to sweat while watching bands, but to also do some great interviews for the site. 

Jesse spoke with Lynn Gunn from PVRIS about their Warped Tour experiences, singing to Rise after almost being on another label, new music, and the current scene before transitioning into a conversation with Matty from A Loss For Words. Read the interview below!

by Jesse Richman

Can I get your name and what you do in the band?
LG: Lyndsey [Gunn], I sing and play guitar in Pvris.

First of all, how’s Warped Tour going for you?
Amazing!

Tell me a little bit about what the experience has been like for you.
Lots of sun and burning and walking and pushing heavy objects and having fun!

Are you guys on the full run of the tour?
No, we only get two weeks. We hop off tomorrow.

So you’re right at the end of your run. Are you feeling run ragged yet?
No! We’re finally in the groove of it, and we want it to continue, to keep going to the end, but we only got two weeks. We finally got in the groove and started making friends, and it’s like “bye, you can’t be here anymore!”

You’re one of those bands that, for the last year or so, I would hear little things about, here and there. We did a POZ Showcase on you a while ago. And then suddenly, in the last couple months, it feels like you’re everywhere. Tell me a little bit about what’s been going down. I know you just signed to Rise / Velocity — tell me how that came together.
We did sign with them. We were originally supposed to sign to a different label. This actually happened a year ago, one year from two days ago. We were supposed to sign our contracts to a different label — I’m not going to say who — but literally the morning that we were supposed to sign, Matty [Arsenault, band manager / A Loss For Words vocalist] came running up to us, “don’t sign anything, we got an offer from Rise.”

Is that a label you’d had your eye on since the beginning?
Yeah. We had kind of settled for another label, we were kind of like “whatever, we can make this work.” Rise was the top dog that we were aiming for, and we ended up getting it!

One of the reasons I ask is because, I know you’re on the Velocity side which is a little different, but whatever Rise’s core sound is — and they’ve kind of got a couple of them now — none of it is quite what you guys are doing.
Yeah, it’s very, very different. They’re all really excited about it, which is cool.

What was it about Rise that you clicked with?
The freedom. They don’t have their hands in anything, we just get to do whatever the hell we want. To the point where, like, we sent over pre-production and rough mixes while we were in the studio, and they heard them and they didn’t know what to do, it was so different. That’s how much freedom you have, you can completely wow them.

That leads right into something else I was going to ask. I’ve heard the little bit that you’ve put out from the upcoming album, and it is a very different sound from where Pvris started out. Tell me a little bit about how your sound evolved, and where that came from.
I’ve actually been really into using programs like Reason for electronic music. Even when we were recording our EP I was into that stuff, and just wasn’t brave enough to incorporate it. It’s funny, because Blake [Harnage, producer of Pvris’ upcoming full length and member of Versa] actually was the one who got me into that years ago. I went to see them at a show and was like “yo, I know you do all this stuff, can you teach me? Or just help me out a little?” He and I have been in touch ever since, and he’s kind of been a mentor to me with electronic programming. It was cool to finally get in the studio with him — we put our sounds together, and went off. It was fun.

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POZ Road Blog: Weatherbox (Update II)

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 25, 2014

Weatherbox are out on tour with Dikembe supporting their great new album, Flies In All Directions. PropertyOfZack is happy to have the band locked in for a Road Blog series on the tour. Check out the tour dates here and the second Road Blog below!

From AJ Peacox:

It’s been 17 days since we left our hometown of San Diego to embark on our tour. I’m writing this entry thousands of miles from home, sitting on a back porch in Boston, MA where some awesome people put us up for the night after our show at the Great Scott. 

Our show in Brooklyn was incredibly fun. St. Vitas is always a really fun venue to hang out at with its vampiric ethos and ‘satan loves you’ wristbands. It’s right across the street from the God Bless Deli, the juxtaposition of which never fails to entertain. 

In my last entry I mentioned that we hoped to wander be city. Well, we got our wish after the show when our band members got separated, and half of us wandered the streets of Brooklyn at 3 am, sleeping bags and dead phones in hand, trying to find Brian. 

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POZ Video Premiere: Secret Band - “Projectile Comet”

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 25, 2014

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Remember two weeks ago when we debuted “Delete The Beliver” by Secret Band? That was rad, but now we’re premiering a new music video for “Projectile Comet” that was directed by John Howe, which is pretty cool too.

Related Stories:
POZ Stream: Secret Band - “Delete The Believer”
 

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100 Words Or Less: Brandan Schieppati (Rise Above Fitness, Bleeding Through)

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 25, 2014

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Our 100 Words Or Less Podcast with host Ray Harkins is back with professional artist Dave Quiggle. Ray and Brandan talk about depression, the desire for control, and intensity all while being at Rise Above Fitness.

Follow the podcast on Twitter here, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here, and stream the new episode with Ray and Brandan below!

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POZ Exclusive: Ashley Garcia Statement On Leaving Smalls

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 23, 2014

Ashley Garcia, now formerly of Smalls, has sent in a statement to PropertyOfZack following initial reports of her leaving the band in the midst of a tour. Garcia shares that her reason for leaving was not due her band being homophobic, but that the situations around her coming out caused difficulties and confusion in various areas of her life. We are updating prior posts related to this story, and you can read her lengthy statement below. 

Related Stories:  
Smalls Release Statement On Ashley Cadwallader Split
On My Honor Frontman Releases Statement On Smalls Controversy  
Smalls Vocalist Leaves Tour Amidst Homophobia, Abuse From Own Band 

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