Ten years ago today was a pretty special day. Arguably two of my favorite records that came from this "scene" of ours were released. Acceptance's Phantoms and The Receiving End of Sirens' Between The Heart and The Synapse were both released on April 26th, 2005. If you're having a lazy Sunday like me, throw on these records on and take a trip down memory lane. Jump to the replies to talk about both of these classic albums and share your memories with everyone.
Want to win a pair of tickets to see Acceptance at their Gramercy Theatre show in New York or the Showbox in Seattle? Of course you do. If you can go do the show ... tell us why you're the biggest Acceptance fan and should get the tickets in the replies to this post. I'll pick a winner this Friday.
I can't think of many bands that have had the kind of legacy Acceptance have had on this website. We knew they were special when they first launched and their full-length album has reached "cult classic" status for many of us over the years. They've been the band I've most often wondered "what-if" while spinning Phantoms for the thousandth time. After the band announced their upcoming Skate and Surf appearance, and two shows, many have been wondering what is next for the band. Today, we've got some answers. Check out my Q&A with the band to find out what brought the guys back together, that their future is now, and what we can expect now that the band's been writing again.
Hey ... did you hear Acceptance is playing Skate and Surf? I'm going to be talking with the band in the near future and I've obviously got a bunch of questions I want to ask; however, I started thinking: is there a bigger collection of Acceptance fans online than here on the website? It's always seemed like we've been ground zero for Acceptance fandom. So, with that, I think it makes the most sense that I ask questions you guys want to know. Hit up the replies and let me know -- I'll end up asking the ones I see the most often.
Ok that wasn't too catchy, but I tried. Bad Timing Records is offering a 20% discount on Acceptance's Phantoms. Use the coupon code "TAKECOVER20" at checkout or click here for it to be applied automatically. BTR002 will be announced and in the label's hands in early December.
The records will be getting to us within the next 2-3 weeks. Like the first pressing, we'll put it up for sale once we have the records in hand, so probably around the third week of September. Here's the pressing info:
White w/ Blue Splatter – 500 units – available in the Bad Timing Records webstore
Solid White – 500 units – available exclusively via Hot Topic
So there it is. See you in a couple weeks.
Seattle Weekly has written an article on Acceptance's vinyl pressing and Bad Timing Records. You can read it here. There is one paragraph that stuck out to me, you can interpret it for yourself.
Following the vinyl’s success, the band is receptive to the idea of a reunion of sorts, though no one seems to want to pull the trigger. The logistics alone are daunting, with members spread across the country, many with families of their own and those full-time jobs.
Soooo... it's looking like Acceptance's Phantoms is coming to vinyl. Take a look at #BTR001 on Twitter & Instagram - severalpeople have posted photos, the hashtag, and lyrics. Seems like we'll find out more on Monday.
I recently interviewed Christian McAlhaney of Anberlin and he had this to say about the possibility of an Acceptance reunion. Look for the full interview early next week.
There’s always been whispers of reunion stuff here and there. Basically, I think Jason is the last person everyone is waiting on. I don’t even know what that would look like or what we would do, I just want to get the dialogue going because it’s been awhile. I think a lot of people would like that, and I would like it too. There was never any closure for the guys in Acceptance. We just said we were done and never played any final shows or anything. There was just never any closure.
Update: The chat is now over. I would like to personally thank Jason for staying on for so long and for answering everyone's questions and to take the time to return to the music community, even if it was only for a few hours. For everyone that missed the chat, you can read everything Jason said here.
Jason Vena (ex-Acceptance) will be chatting in this thread at approximately 7 p.m. EST under the username jvena. Come in and ask him how life is, about his post-touring adjustment, or just say hello.
Tomorrow night around 7 p.m. EST, Jason Vena (ex-Acceptance) will be chatting on AP.net. We cannot guarantee an exact time at the moment, but it will be around that time, so be sure to check in to talk.
Acceptance have posted a new demo entitled "Not Afraid" on their MySpace, which you can stream or download. You can expect one more new track to be added in the very near future. We'll keep you up-to-date and let you know when it's up. Consider this their "goodbye" gift to you.