Stages & Stereos are out on The GK Tour with Mayday Parade, Man Overboard, and Cartel. We have the band doing a new PropertyOfZack Road Blog series for us from the road, and you can read the first update below!
From Zach Schweizer:
I’m writing this update while stuck in traffic on the New Jersey turnpike, this is tour life. We’re about one week in on the Glamour Kills Tour and it’s been a blast so far. The tour started in Jacksonville Beach to a sold out crowd, by the time Mayday hit the stage we could all tell this was gonna be a rad couple of months. What’s better then traveling the country, playing music every night while doing it with bands you actually love and respect. Atlanta and Nashville were up next, and they always treat us so well. Southern hospitality is still alive and well. Being in a band you have to interact with a ton of different people on a daily basis so it’s nice to be treated with kindness out on the road. THE NORVA IN NORFOLK HAS A HOT TUB BACKSTAGE NEED I SAY MORE? We can’t wait to get to the north east. It’s Man Overboards’ home area so were stoked to see what the crowds are going to be like. Plus Donnie wants to crowd surf. We love you guys and will keep you updated every step of the way.
Warped Tour is in the rear view and fall is steadily approaching with more great tours than normal. Whether it’s Saves The Day, Bayside and Motion City Soundtrack, The GK Tour, or Title Fight and Balance & Composure, there’s a little something for everyone this upcoming season. We decided to put together a new PropertyOfZack Discussion on all the “must see” tours this fall, so check them out below and feel free to reblog with the tours you can’t wait to see!
Saves The Day, Into It. Over It., Hostage Calm
Despite their everlasting prominence in the alternative scene history, Saves the Day has been a little evasive when it comes to the spotlight over the last few years. After closing out their record trilogy with Daybreak and a co-headlining tour with Bayside in late 2011, the guys dipped below the radar for a beat or two in terms of US touring. But their prolonged absence has only driven up even more excitement for their upcoming US headliner - their first proper headliner since 2004. A series of legendary setlists that have surfaced from a late spring house-show circuit have shown that Saves isn’t just busting out the hits, they’re busting out the REALLY old hits.
And all of that on top of promoting a self-titled record that was crowd-funded with ease. Needless to say, there’s a lot going into this tour, and with support from a full band Into It. Over It. and the always incredible Hostage Calm, this is easily going to be one of those tours you brag about to your younger friends in a decade (or next month, really). - Adrienne Fisher
The Swellers House Tour
Earlier this summer, The Swellers rallied their fans to chart out a map of house shows for the band to play between dates at more legitimate venues (The Fest in Gainesville, Webster Hall Studio in the Big Apple). They apparently delivered.
It’s one thing when a well-loved band plays intimate venues, but it’s a real tip of the cap to fans when a band like the Swellers aren’t above playing basement shows and soundtracking backyard barbecues. With The Light Under Closed Doors a month and some change away, it’s a surefire bet the Michigan natives will tease some new songs on tour, and it’s an even safer bet that they’ll sound absolutely fantastic as always. - Erik van Rheenen
A new project comprised of Chris Carrabba, Suzie Zeldin, Jonathan Clark, and Ben Homola, Twin Forks will embark on their first headlining tour this month. Starting in their home state of Florida on September 17, the first show is coincidentally on the same day as the release of their first EP. Described as Americana folk, Twin Forks’ music fits right in with the casual demeanor of the fall season. - Sydney Gore
Bayside, Motion City Soundtrack
Bayside and Motion City Soundtrack are powerhouses in their respective scenes. Each has put in more than ten years, five albums, and relentless touring, and they’ve just about perfected the art of giving high-energy performances packed front-to-back with non-stop hits. It’s what keeps fans coming back for more.
Now they’ve teamed up to co-headline one of the best (but all-too-brief) tours of the season. With both bands currently at work on their sixth albums, I can’t be the only one hoping to hear some new music come the fall. Oh, and did I mention their opening acts? Bayside and Motion City Soundtrack are bringing along What’s Eating Gilbert, the side project of New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert, as well as New York State pop-punks State Champs. It’s a lineup that boasts both vigor and depth, and it’s definitely not to be missed. - Becky Kovach
Coheed And Cambria, Balance & Composure, I The Mighty
Though the second half of their double album Afterman saga was released in February, Coheed and Cambria appear to be only warming up their touring schedule for the series. After spending the summer catering to a more classic-rock crowd on the Uproar Festival, where they opened for Alice in Chains and Jane’s Addiction, Coheed will be back to their usual headlining slot, and that extended set time will allow for old favorites to be mixed with their new, rejuvenated sound from Afterman: Ascension and Descension, which have already become a little too underrated.
As if seeing the prog-rock powerhouse wasn’t enough, Coheed and Cambria have found a way to possibly reel in new fans, as they’ve enlisted Doylestown darlings Balance & Composure as the direct support of the tour. Balance will be supporting the release of their new album The Things We Think We’re Missing, and their dark, moody tunes will be the perfect appetizer for the face-melting to follow during Coheed’s set. If you’re looking for a tour where the walls of the venue are shaking because of what’s coming through the speakers, you’re going to want to snatch up a ticket for Coheed’s fall headlining tour. - Donald Wagenblast
Anyone who says that all pop-punk sounds the same needs to look no further than the Glamour Kills Tour Split to disavow that notion. The split features each of the six bands on the this year’s Glamour Kills Tour covering a song by one of their tour-mates, and each cover sounds unique and original, a testament to the diversity within pop-punk. From The Story So Far’s fast-paced screams in “Wrightsville Beach” (A Loss For Words) to The Wonder Years’ upbeat rendition of Into It. Over It.’s “Anchor,” the bands all put their own spin on the songs.
The Wonder Years’s performance of “Anchor” is a highlight of the album. The track hones in on Dan “Soupy” Campbell’s great voice, coupled with a smooth electric guitar. While still true to their original sound, The Wonder Years have clearly grown as a band since Suburbia. Meanwhile, Into It. Over It.’s rendition of “Don’t Let Me Cave In” by The Wonder Years is another highlight. One man band Evan Thomas Weiss stays in his comfort zone, with a fuzzy guitar and slow-paced singing.
The most interesting swap of songs is between A Loss For Words and The Story So Far. Given The Story So Far’s harder sound, the pairing might seem questionable at first glance. That doubt is banished in a little over five minutes — both bands own their covers. The Story So Far plays “Wrightsville Beach” as if it were never an upbeat pop-punk song in the first place; thanks to some incessant drum pounding and talented vocals, the track takes on an entirely different feel. Similarly, A Loss For Words transforms “Quicksand” into a smooth, catchy anthem that they could have written themselves.