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The Weekly Tour Round-Up
Winter - Spring
No Good News Album Details
Cute Is What We Aim For
Balance & Composure - 02/21/13
Will Yip And The Power Of The Neve
March Sadness Scouting Report
Second To Last on MxPx
Farewell Fighter - “Grow”
Behind The Booths
Forever Came Calling, Heart To Heart, Last Call [03/20-04/21]
PropertyOfZack had the chance to catch up with Shaant from Cute Is What We Aim For a few weeks ago for a great interview. Shaant and I discussed doing a comeback tour with a band like Allstar Weekend, overcoming touring and landscape changes from the past, plans to record and tour, and much more. Check it all out below!
Plans to come back with the full band were announced in early fall/ late summer. Things were quiet until this winter tour was announced. Was this tour planned before new music or did the offer just appear?
The offer appeared. We weren’t trying for a whole new demographic. We don’t really fit in here. So it was just a really good opportunity at the time. It really worked out with our timing in terms of how we wanted to play as a unit on the tour and be able to get some new music out and go out on a headliner. The biggest thing was support, support, support. We just wanted a support slot so that we could really hone in on what we needed to improve on.
This is an interesting fan base. Allstar Weekend have a “Disney pop” kind of fan base. Has it been good though?
Interesting is a good word for it. That’s the word I use. It’s been great just because we’re rallying as a unit with the adversity that we’re facing. It’s a new generation of twelve year olds and maybe it’s the Disney twelve year old and they weren’t “Punk Rock” just going to shows going up like we did, but they’re really rude. They don’t care about anybody at all except for Allstar Weekend. Which is fine. It’s been great for me to learn how to not let it affect me, but also to fuck with them. Because I feel like they need it in terms of the real world. You can’t just go around being rude.
It’s good to figure out the vibe as a band.
Yeah. Right, right, right. Especially in this environment. We feel like a real rock band. In the past we’ve been the fluffy guys, the “Cute Is What We Aim For” kind of guys. But now it’s like we’re legit. We play our instruments. The music coming out of the speakers is from those instruments. That is a really empowering thing to be like, “Yo, we don’t have crutches.” We play it real.
I’m sure that coming out on a tour like this where there is a lot of fighting to keep attention could put down a lot of bands, especially as a first tour.
That’s a great point sir. Yeah. Exactly that. It’s like we don’t care. We know what we’re doing is what we enjoy doing; it’s genuine, it’s sincere. If these fans don’t like it, than those aren’t Cute Is What We Aim For fans, that’s not where we came from, that’s not where we want to go. There are other people like, “Were you trying to get to a new fan base with this?” It’s like, “No.” You’ll hear me tonight. I usually just kind of mess with them the entire night. But that’s a brilliant point. Yeah, absolutely. It made us realize that we can focus on being us and that’s fine. And we all really enjoy it. And we’re getting along like you wouldn’t believe! That’s the most awarding part for me. Last night we were in the van and I didn’t want to go to the hotel yet because I wasn’t done hanging out and we went to Denny’s for like an hour and a half or two hours. Then we got back the hotel and we were in each other’s rooms and stuff. That in the past, never ever ever happened. Like you’re in the front lounge I’m in the back lounge, you’re in your bunk, we just never hung out. And we were on a bus together. Now we’re in a van and just doing it all over again and doing it right. It’s been pretty incredible. So I’m very thankful for this opportunity we’ve been afforded to get out on the road, but it’s lighting a fire under our asses like “Get us out of this bubblegum bullshit!”
Between September and December, just before this tour started, were you guys just demoing?
Demoing, but also figuring out how we were going to make this tour happen. Because we had to… Tom’s in a serious relationship at home and… figuring out our personal lives was a big factor in it. But yeah, with the demoing, we just keep demoing and demoing. I’m really excited after this. Because you know, you’re limited to forty minutes a night and you’re playing your old material and we have the time of our lives every single time we play. But, it’s lighting this fire like, “We need to make more, we need to make more. We need to do it.” I think that once we’re home after this, I foresee us the next morning getting together and commencing on the real deal LP. Borrowing from those demos, but we’ll review and reflect and see what we dig.
Cute Is What We Aim For have been gone for a while and some of the members for longer. When you got back together to write new music was it hard to get back into the groove?
I would say so, yeah for sure. Because Jeff has changed his influences, Tom was playing for The Stellar Life which was… I liked it. I listened mainly for the drums, obviously. He drummed for this band The Stellar Life and he was incredible, but he was in that pop punk mentality. So to get back into the Cute groove was something that wasn’t hard, but now we’re all on the same page so much that I can’t wait to see what happens. We’ve got ten days left and then it’s immediately… we’re going to go write, we’re going to go record.
It’s time for The Weekly Tour Round-Up! There are a ton of great tours going on this fall and winter and more 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!
POZ Sponsored Shows
TeamPagano New Years Eve Show
forgetters (Jawbreaker, AM!) [01/02-01/12]
JT Woodruff, Mark Rose [01/02-01/27]
Cute Is What We Aim, Allstar Weekend [01/19-02/22]
Broadway Calls, Red City Radio [01/24-02/07]
For Today, Memphis May Fire, The Word Alive [01/25-02/16]
Silverstein GC, Issues, Secrets, Like Moths To Flames [01/25-03/02]
Every Time I Die, The Acacia Strain [02/06-03/16]
Further Seems Forever [02/07-02/10]
The Wonder Years, Fireworks, Hostage Calm, Misser [03/08-03/29]
United Kingdom|Mainland Europe
Light Years, Lower Lands [01/24-02/10]
Pure Love [02/01-02/23]
The Bouncing Souls, Cheap Girls, Luther [03/08-03/23]
Previously Announced Tours:
- Warped Tour announced the first six bands for its 2013 festival.
- The Wonder Years, Fireworks, Hostage Calm, and Misser announced a US tour.
- Paramore announced their fourth album title and release date.
- A list of the top 25 highest paid musicians were released.
- A Day To Remember launched an album countdown.
- fun. were nominated for six Grammys.
- Code Orange Kids were robbed of $10,000 worth of assets.
- Balance & Composure and Braid announced a split.
- Touché Amoré and Pianos confirmed a split in January.
- Asking Alexandria were in a bus crash.
- letlive. dropped off their tour with Every Time I Die.
- Maker were involved in a serious van accident.
- Jimmy Eat World’s new album has officially been mixed.
- Issues were added to Silverstein’s winter tour.
- The Maine began writing for album four.
- Alexisonfire released their final EP.
- Set Your Goals’ frontman broke his foot on stage.
- Lydia’s new album will be released in February.
- Randy Blythe was indicted on murder charges.
- True Things are calling it quits.
- Every Time I Die announced a winter headlining tour.
- Cute Is What We Aim For will be touring with Allstar Weekend.
- Mayday Parade covered Oasis.
- Yellowcard are already back in the studio.
- The Acoustic Basement Tour lineup was confirmed.
- Thomas Erak may be joining Chiodos.
- Warped Tour tickets are on sale for $23.50.
Just a friendly reminder that PropertyOfZack will be streaming, on conjunction with After Dark Presents, Cute Is What We Aim For’s original lineup reunion show via StageIt tonight at Mohawk Place in Buffalo, NY beginning at 9:30PM EST.
For those of you who have yet to use StageIt, it’s a great platform that lets you stream your favorite band’s sets when you can’t make it out to a show. The stream on StageIt will be kicking off at 9:30PM EST this Friday and the show will be Pay What You Can with a $5 suggested donation. Fans will also be able to “Tip” the band to win autographed memorabilia. There will only be 250 online tickets sold, so jump on it here!
PropertyOfZack is incredibly excited to be kicking off our new partnership with After Dark Presents and StageIt to hold a livestream of Cute Is What We Aim For’s first reunion show with their original lineup that will be taking place at Mohawk Place in Buffalo, NY on Friday, September 21st.
For those of you who have yet to use StageIt, it’s a great platform that lets you stream your favorite band’s sets when you can’t make it out to a show. The stream on StageIt will be kicking off at 9:30PM EST this Friday and the show will be Pay What You Can with a $5 suggested donation. Fans will also be able to “Tip” the band to win autographed memorabilia. There will only be 250 online tickets sold, so jump on it early here!