The Chariot have decided to call it quits. The band will be going on a final tour in October with Glass Cloud, Rebuker, Birds In Row, and To The Wind. Watch an epic breakup video announcement from the band below after the jump.
POZ Warped Live: The Chariot - “The Audience,” “Forget,” “Love”
In this week’s feature, Bryan discusses his love for Empire Of The Sun. Bryan discusses how his original incluces were bands like blink-182, but he was slowly led to find bands and artists in other genres that opened up his musical mind. Empire Of The Sun have influenced Bryan greatly in terms of songwriting and creativity. Listen to songs by Empire Of The Sun on Rdio here and check out what Bryan had to say about one of his biggest influences below!
From Bryan Taylor of Slowriter:
There’s a lot of artists that have had a big influence on me. The first that comes to mind is Blink 182. I went to see them at The Masquerade with my Mom during the Enema Of The State era. I learned every song on guitar and started a Blink 182 cover band. I wanted to do everything like them. I wanted to sing about the same topics, play the same chords, and dress like them. They were a huge influence to my roots, but not so much for the music I’m currently making.
I used to be very close-minded about music. I stuck to the few artists I loved and didn’t have any interest in finding more. There was some point in time where it clicked in my head that I needed to be more open-minded. Different genres of music started to become more appealing and I wasn’t so quick to judge. I would like to attribute that in part to Empire Of The Sun.
I remember the first time I saw the name Empire Of The Sun. It was on Kanye West’s Blog. He posted a video of their Eclipse Broadcast. During the solar eclipse one year they put out this video of them performing a couple of songs. It was honestly the weirdest music/video I had ever seen, but it was still appealing. If you look it up on youtube you’ll see what I mean, though I’m not sure I really enjoyed it at first. I started watching their other videos and fell in love. It felt like the sound I had been looking for. It was way different than anything I was listening to at the time, so it felt kind of refreshing. I downloaded their album Walking On A Dream and jammed that album over and over for weeks. I tried to show everyone their music videos and turn them into fans.
Soundwave has confirmed that Killswitch Engage, The Chariot, Sharks, and O’Brother, among others, have been added to Soundwave 2013. Check out the full third lineup announcement below by clicking “Read More.”
Experimental. Defined as, “involving a radically new and innovative style,” or “based on untested ideas or techniques.”
Experimental does not even come remotely close to describing the seemingly ethereal listening experience that is The Chariot's fifth full-length album, One Wing.
Since the band’s conception in 2003, they have released an EP, 4 full-lengths, endured extensive touring, and gone through a handful of untimely lineup changes. However, regardless of these tumultuous experiences, musical genius and frontman Josh Scogin and company have crafted one of the most unparalleled albums of 2012.
In short, One Wing is an intricate yet ruinous onslaught of mind bending musical composition. It ranges from the unexpected Western-influenced interlude in “First,” to the haunting, yet somewhat calming, “Speak.” That’s not to mention the countless times you think to yourself while listening to One Wing:”Wait. What just happened?”
Early-era Chariot fans need not fret, regardless of the band continuing to push the barriers of any genre they delve into, they still manage to hold true to their Southern hardcore roots. Tracks such as “Not,” and “And,” feature guitarists Brandon Henderson and Stephen Harrison seamlessly executing the band’s signature Southern influenced riffage. Drummer David Kennedy effortlessly sets the records relentless pace and never misses a beat while he’s behind the drum kit.
The Weekly Tour Round-Up
Desaparecidos - 8/29/12
The Industry With Jesse Cannon
100 Words Or Less with Matt Pike
State Champs - Overslept
Adventures - Adventures
Castles (Ryan Rockwell Of Mixtapes) - “For What It’s Worth”
On The Fifty - Fast Hands, Bad Timing
Placeholder - “Bright Enough To Shine”
Neck Deep - Rain In July EP
PropertyOfZack had the chance to chat with Josh Scogin from The Chariot a few weeks ago for a solid interview. Josh and I discussed the making of One Wing, how critics don’t influence the band, but how their reaction to the band’s new album has been overwhelming, working with their same producer, keeping things fresh, and much more. Check it all out below!
We’re right around the corner from the official release of One Wing. How have fans been reacting to the record so far?
We’ve been very humbled by how good the record has been getting reviewed. We never write a record based on what the critics are saying, but the fact they it’s being so well received is very humbling for us. I’m real excited. We’re excited about the record in general. It’s different than anything we’ve done before. We’re just really excited to get this one out there and to share it with everyone.
I really haven’t seen one negative review.
It’s funny. Critics usually have to use interesting words to separate their pieces, and everyone usually says our riffs are “explosive,” but these have all been deep and thoughtful ways of explaining the record. One guy reviewed it and said it probably would have been in his best interest to pull the car over when he was listening to it. There are things like that that are very humbling for any artist to have that affect on somebody.
Critics aside, have fans been equally supportive?
I feel like people who like our band are going to know what they’re going to get. It’s always a good response and something that I’m excited about, but it’s just usually the critiques that interest me. I don’t care what they say, but it interests me to hear what they have to say because they’re not there to support us. Our fans, they’re supposed to support us on tours and things. But critics have really been decent to us with this record. Everyone seems to be on the same page about this record.
One Wing has taken another step in your discography. For fans who have yet to dig into the release, can you discuss the progression?
We try to do it with everyone album. Sometimes the door is open and we step through it, and sometimes we completely shove open a door. There are new sounds on this record we’ve never done before, and you couldn’t say that we would have made those sounds beforehand, but at the end of the day, it came across exactly like we wanted. That’s a door that we forced open, but it’s not forced in a bad way. It’s something where we expand our boundaries. That’s always a struggle with art and the power of the media. You write what you need to write. I don’t care about what kind of “core” this is. We’re artists, and we’re trying to paint a picture.
The Chariot are five albums deep now. That’s a feat in itself, but things can get stale and motives become unclear. Was there talk about keeping things fresh before writing?
We never talked about it in that context, but we always want to be fresh for ourselves. At the end of the day, our music, by nature, is kind of extreme. Having said that, if you make the same extreme thing over and over again, it becomes stale. For us, we always want to be energized and reenergized by the music we make to keep it fresh. We are always trying to step into new boundaries. We are always trying to move forward and keep it fresh, but it’s never something that we talk about beforehand. We do this very naturally.
Your bassist left the band in the summer. Did that play into writing at all?
No, not really. He had never been a writer. That doesn’t mean anything negatively, he just was always a performer live. The writing process has stayed pretty much the same. I’m not talking bad about him, we love the dude. We talked to him not too long ago. But he had just never had a large part in the writing process.
It’s time for The Weekly Tour Round-Up! There are a ton of great tours going on this summer and fall 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!
Handguns, Forever Came Calling [09/19-10/07]
Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish [10/05-10/21]
For All Those Sleeping, Abandon All Ships [10/05-11/10]
For Today, The Chariot, Texas In July [10/11-11/11]
Converge, Torche [10/12-11/12]
Streetlight Manifesto, Hostage Calm [10/16-12/07]
Sainthood Reps, Silver Snakes [10/19-10/26]
Further Seems Forever [10/24-10/28]
David Bazan [11/01-12/15]
Woe, Is Me, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! [11/02-12/09]
Every Time I Die, The Chariot, letlive. [11/29-12/19]
Previously Announced Tours: