Escape The Fate is currently on the road right now on the Vans Warped Tour (on the Monster Energy stage), and we're currently featuring a blog from the road each week from members in the band. Hit the replies to read the first blog in the series, by guitarist Kevin "Thrasher" Gruft.
The Vans Warped Tour kicks off its 21st year on Friday in Pomona, CA, and there's a whole lot of bands to pick and choose from. Fellow staffer Anthony Sorendino and myself will be in attendance this year, so we wrote up a short list of fifteen bands we think you should check out from this year's line-up. Head to the replies to check out the list, as well as a Rdio/Spotify playlist!
As I talked about a little in this week's podcast, I've been working on a lengthier article in response to a lot of the stuff that's been going on in our music scene lately. It's on my blog because it gets long and I think it's a better reading experience there.
Sometimes I find myself trapped in a cycle of cynicism, believing that the way things are is the how they will stay. I remember feeling this way a lot during those first Bush-as-President years, and Iíve felt the dark coils wrapped around my mind again recently. With all of the news popping up around the Pure Noise Records situations, the what-feels-like weekly new discoveries of misconduct within the music scene, and the almost...
The YouTuber, Austin Jones, that was asking young girls to send him twerking videos, was going to be on Warped Tour, and inspired a petition, has posted a message on Facebook saying he's going to be in therapy and taking some time away.
What was I thinking? That's the question I know most of you want to know and, quite frankly, I want to know too. I have decided to take this time to reflect and to discover how to grow from this and become a better person. I owe that to my family, my friends, my fans, but most importantly to me.
After a Change.org petition showed up over the weekend asking Warped Tour to remove Austin Jones from the tour, Kevin Lyman said he would take all YouTubers off the tour, but has now clarifed that he needs to go through "due process" first. I guess that means vetting the facts.
Warped Tour have announced new additions: Senses Fail, Miss May I, H2O (08/07-08/08), Knuckle Puck, The Bunny The Bear (07/26-08/08), Kaya Stewart (07/15-08/08), TAT (06/19-07/01) and Macy Kate (07/02-07/04, 07/06).
Warped Tour have officially announced the next seven bands added to the tour: A+ Dropouts (6/19-7/3), Attila, August Burns Red, Drama Club, False Puppet (7/23-8/8), Memphis May Fire, and We Came As Romans.
Paul Adler, writing over at Medium, has posted a piece looking at the sexual violence that has occured at Warped Tour.
But over the past half-decade, a handful of alt-scene, so-called ďWarped TourĒ bands have found themselves accused of sexual misconduct with minors. Musicians have been convicted of crimes, and other bands have been condemned for their apparent advocacy of physical and sexual violence, especially toward women. Of course, the bands and the tour are separate entities, and Warped isnít legally responsible (moral responsibility is another matter) for the actions of its acts. Nonetheless, itís tempting to let these scandals color the general perception of the tour. More...
It looks like a promoter in my hometown messed up and posted a photo online that appears to show quite a bit of this year's Warped Tour line-up. We can't confirm the legitimacy of this leak, but, it is out there now. Attila and Youth and Revolt!? Sign me right up!
The bands announced for Warped Tour today all come from the acoustic basement: Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties, American Opera, Brian Marquis, Buttons, Grey Gordon, Koji, Meghann Wright, Onward, etc., PVRIS (Dates TBD), SayWeCanFly, Speak Low If You Speak Love (7/9-7/14), and Transit.
Megan Seling, writing for the Nashville Scene, takes a look at how summer festivals in our music scene are handling representation. Some are clearly doing better than others -- some barely look like they're trying.
Male musicians, if you're finding yourselves on lineups where women are so grossly underrepresented, ask the promoter why that is. Ask to include more female musicians in your shows and tours. Prove to festivals that women deserve more than 2 percent or, worse, to only get attention when magazines and festivals produce shit like "Hottest Chicks of Hard Rock"or "Girls Only" stages. I'm goddamn tired of female musicians being treated like lesser humans or tokens in the music...
tís with heavy heart that I must announce, yet I am sure comes as no surprise to you all, that Danny has decided to leave Asking Alexandria to pursue other musical interests. Before you lose your composure and think this is the end I would like to say that myself, James, Cam and Sam have all been in this since day one. We love Asking Alexandria and we love every single fan/AAFamily member around the world. As with any family there are ups and downs. There are good times and hard times. A family is there to support you and help you in your darkest hours. We have been...
You can read Pt. 2 of my interview with Chad Ruhlig and Jim Hocking from For The Fallen Dreamshere. If you missed the first part, you can read that here. The band plans on releasing a new record next summer, and hopes to be on Warped Tour as well.
CreativeLive has announced guests for "In The New Music Biz: Bands, Brands, Managers & Tours," hosted by Kevin Lyman, creator of Vans Warped Tour, next week. Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), Mike Kaminsky (manager for The Summer Set/3OH!3) and Jake Round (Pure Noise Records) will join for the free workshop. It will stream live on September 27th from 9AM-4PM PDT for free.
Today we're premiering a brand new song, "Hit The Wave", from Marmozets, a band that has been making a lot of noise in the U.K., as well as being one of the most talked about acts on the latter half of this summer's Vans Warped Tour - hit the replies to check that out. They're set to release their debut album, The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets, digitally on September 30th in the U.S. on Roadrunner Records, which you can pre-order here. They're also heading out on Issues U.S. headlining tour (10/31-11/29), in which we're giving away two tickets to each date they're performing on - to enter, hit the replies and tell us what song you're most excited to see them play, along with what date...
Kevin Lyman, creator of Warped Tour, the Taste of Chaos and the Mayhem tours, will host a CreativeLive Music & Audio course next month called "In The New Music Biz: Bands, Brands, Managers & Tours." It will stream live on September 27th from 9 am-4 pm PDT. You can enroll.
You can check out our new interview with Stray From The Pathhere. The band will be heading out on a headliner with Counterparts, Expire, and My Ticket Home - dates can be found here. In the interview, we talk about Warped Tour, their partnership with Cop Block, social media, and an upcoming fourth album.
Yeah, we flipped our van and we waited on the side of the road in -10 degree weather and the cop finally shows up two hours later and he writes me a ticket because and I quote "If you flipped your van, you must've been speeding." So the guy wasn't even there, and he gave me a $400 ticket on the assumption of something. They just generate revenue, they're not even trying to protect...
You can read our new interview with The Color Moralehere. The band's Fearless Records debut Hold On Pain Ends comes out September 2nd - you can pre-order it here. Also head to the replies to check out the band's last tour update from Warped Tour.
No, the way I see it, my free time is when I get on the bus at 11pm at night until 8am the next day, that's when I have free time. The rest of the time is completely dedicated to everyone else, that's the only reason I'm here doing this.
You can check out our interview with Neck Deephere. The band will be direct support for Real Friends in the fall, dates can be found here.
In the next couple years, I'd like to be able to say "Fuck yeah, I saw a lot of the world, I played a shit lot of shows, met a shit lot of people, got a shit load of tats..." Just being able to say I experienced something is all I really care about.