Taking Back Sunday, The Used, frnkiero and the cellabration Tour
Avenged Sevenfold, will be returning to Hopeless Records Waking The Fallen: Resurrected on August 26. The release will feature a double CD and DVD with brand new content. Check out the artwork and track listing for the release below after the jump.
by Ali Killian, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Nestled in the remote heights of the Great Smoky Mountains sits a cabin. Lush forest, dewy grass and the sounds of Younce Creek dripping like a faucet are all that surrounds the prototypical cabin for 35 minutes in any direction. There’s no Internet connection, no television and no cell phone service — only crisp, clean air and pure isolation.
On May 31, 2011, six dudes from The Woodlands, Texas crammed their gear into a white trailer hitched to a rented Chevrolet Suburban. The musicians embarked on an 18-hour drive from sunny Austin, Texas, to the cabin in the foggy Smokies — a subset of the Appalachian Mountains — near Franklin, North Carolina, chasing a faltering belief.
Their objective: to write one song. Just one song that could breathe life back into the failing lungs of the nearly decade-old band Driver Friendly, which formed in 2002. Maybe that song would be the final nail in the pop-rock band’s casket. They wondered who still cared.
Driver Friendly had essentially broken up after its self-released, 2008 debut Chase The White Whale, did not deliver the recording contract and income the musicians said their manager promised. They were wide-eyed college kids who fell for those industry promises, hoping a little too hard for a quick rise to fame.
“So at that point, we kind of thought things just happened,” trumpeter Juan Lopez said. “Oh, we get a record deal now. Oh, we get all of these things. But we’re like, ‘None of that’s happening and we don’t know why.’ It just never caught on the way we thought it would.”
Australia’s Trophy Eyes have signed to Hopeless Records. The band will begin working on a new album, but you can stream an EP called Everything Goes Away now below after the jump.
SycAmour have signed to Hopeless Records in anticipation of a new record this summer. Stream a reissued EP called Obscure: La Deuxième below after the jump.
The Dangerous Summer have officially called it quits. Frontman AJ Perdomo announced his departure from the band this past weekend, and the remaining members have now released a statement to fans that can be read below after the jump.
Frontman AJ Perdomo is leaving The Dangerous Summer to become a father and also due to no longer being able to deal with guitarist Cody Payne. It is unclear what will happen to the band in the future. Read a message from Perdomo below after the jump.
by Becky Kovach, edited by Erik van Rheenen
It’s strange that such a small word can have such negative connotations. Merriam-Webster defines it as a small group “that has beliefs regarded by many people as extreme or dangerous.” Oxford suggests a group of people “having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.”
Bayside fans might beg to differ, though – they’ve been calling themselves a cult for years. Ask any fan what the word means, and they’ll tell you it’s a synonym for family, solidarity, and a sense of belonging. Now, the band has finally chosen to make the term official by naming its sixth studio album after the fans that have been there through the years. Cult, eleven tracks long and full of power and pride, is a testament to all that Bayside has endured to become one of the most consistent and influential acts of our generation.
The band has always been notorious for songs about betrayal, pain, and failed relationships. Last album Killing Time, especially, tackled the particularly nasty divorce of Bayside lead singer and lyricist Anthony Raneri. Cult continues this trend with songs like “Hate Me,” “You’re No Match,” and “Pigsty.”
“Hate Me” is bitter and broken down, a dark and crawling ode to a relationship reduced to mutual hatred (“You regret every single day/Oh, at least we found common ground”). It’s followed up by “You’re No Match,” a track that’s dominating force is a feeling of quiet acceptance; the band plays it up with despondent guitars and subtle drumming.