Created as the companion to the already announced Punk In The Park in California next fall, the first-ever Punk in The Park Arizona is coming later next month! Pennywise, Face To Face, Strung Out, Good Riddance, H2O, Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Bombpops, Slaughterhouse, and all the typical festival happenings like food, craft beer, and tons of fun on Saturday, May 29 at Big Surf Water Park In Tempe, Arizona. Tickets are on sale now at the link below.
Hardcore and Metal legend Billy Graziadei (Powerflo, Biohazard) has shared a new music video from his BillyBio project for ‘No Apologies No Regrets’! The video for the track was directed by Billy, with editing by Gabby Vesson and Juan Melendez served as director of photography. ‘No Apologies No Regrets’ comes from BillyBio’s 2018 debut Feed The Fire, out now on AFM Records. Catch the band on tour now in Europe on the Persistence tour with Agnostic Front, Gorilla Biscuits, H2O, Street Dogs, Wisdom In Chains and more!
Riot Fest 2019 has announced its lineup for its 15th-anniversary event this fall in Chicago, in Douglas Park, September 13th -15th. Slayer (final Chicago & Milwaukee show), Against Me!, Flaming Lips, Glassjaw, Senses Fail, Taking Back Sunday, Testament, Avail, Dashboard Confessional, Bloc Party, Ween, H2O, Blink-182, Bikini Kill, The Raconteurs, Jawbreaker, Ween (performing The Mollusk), Bloc Party (performing Silent Alarm), Die Antwoord, Patti Smith And Her Band, Rancid, Violent Femmes, Descendents, Manchester Orchestra, The B-52s, and dozens more are booked to play. Tickets on sale now at the link below.Continue reading
This Is Hardcore Festival has just announced the lineup for this year’s festival, and it’s unbelievably awesome. Continue reading
Another year has arrived for the Vans Warped Tour full of anticipation and excitement to hit the summertime across North America. This year’s edition maintains their tradition of youth oriented angst filled music (or whatever the kids call it these days) and carving a path for the next batch of rising stars on the scene. Thanks to photographer Kevin Estrada for shooting these two dates of Warped tour for Ghost Cult!
The main stages (Shark and Unicorn) showcased the main attractions on the tour, ranging from the pop punk acts (The Wonder Years) to the screamo/emo (Pierce The Veil, Blessthefall) to the crossover half melodic and half aggro (We Came As Romans) to the harder sounding (August Burns Red) managed to keep the kids bouncing around in the crowd and rarely laying low.
Tour veterans Motion City Soundtrack made their brief California run appearance, showing the crowd how things are done on this tour. Metro Station (featuring Trace Cyrus, son of country performer Billy Ray Cyrus), melodic punk act Man Overboard, and hardcore outfit Fit For A King all set the pace for the day with their respective sounds while keeping the crowd engaged.
The main acts on these stages won over the crowd throughout the day. Memphis May Fire got the crowd into a high with their half heavy yet melodic styling that struck a nerve with them; Attila, led by their enigmatic frontman Chris “Fronz” Fronzak and his guitar crunching yet Eninem-esque “meth” suit bouncing along with the crowd; Black Veil Brides and their legions of die hard fan base singing along to every word; and Miss May I and their modern metallic sound that got the crowd worked up later on in the day.
While the main stage had their moments going on, there were a number of side stage acts making noise of their own. The Monster Stage housed their own brand of chaos throughout the day, as Senses Fail, Being As An Ocean, Beartooth, Mallory Knox and The Amity Affliction all got the pit crew throwing down alongside each band and rarely letting down. The harder driving acts such as hardcore outfit Hundredth had the pit kids going in effect, while veteran Canadian post hardcore act Silverstein had their mix of longtime fans as well as newbies who both showed their appreciation for the band. Australian metallic hardcore outfit I Killed The Prom Queen appeared to be bass player less, but that didn’t stop them from bringing out their At The Gates meets hardcore stomp to these fans. British metalcore act While She Sleeps briefly were down a singer (ie visa problems kept frontman Lawrence Taylor making a late start on the tour) but friends pitched in to lend a helping hand and fans didn’t even notice. Plus Escape The Fate closed out the evening with their eclectic brand of punk meets screamo meets modern metal that got the late comers their last bit of a sweat.
On the other stages, indie hip hop acts MC Lars gave a lesson in nerdcore with rhymes about video games and Game of Thrones (ie his latest single “Dragon Blood), while Kosha Dillz brought out his East Coast blend of Spanish, English and Hebrew rhymes; and electro-DJ-performance duo mystery men Drama Club put on an interesting performance that combined part Blue Man Group-esque percussive moments with part electronica meets EDM moments and spontaneous bursts of energy that kept the interested crowd on its feet.
The Journeys Stages found Juliette Sims and Night Riots wowing the crowd with their high energy sets, while hotly tipped electro pop outfit PVRIS became one of the much talked about acts on the tour and their set did not disappoint. Hip hop act Riff Raff put on quite the entertaining show on this stage, with his colorful summertime dress and animated raps to get the crowd bouncing along.
New York alternative rockers The Karma Killers stood out amongst the vast number of acts performing on the Ernie Ball Stage, with their fresh take on classic pop-punk, rock, and alternative rock with an energetic stage show. While they are newly signed to Island/Def Jam and new to the scene, they showed that they could one day end up on one of the larger stages in the new future.
The Acoustic Basement easily became an area largely for shade against the sun, but while most of the acts attracted stragglers throughout the day, Canadian singer-songwriter Saywecanfly and Brian Marquis were two of the acts who attracted a decent sized crowd throughout the day. Saywecanfly attracted a packed tent and entertained the audience with his emotion filled lyrics that got his largely female audience awaiting with anticipation.
Overall, this year’s edition featured a good mix of repeat acts moving up to larger stages, as well as a number of fresh faces to the scene. It is a positive sign to see new acts on the rise at a time when the music industry is struggling to attract new acts to the public. Hopefully someone is paying attention to this tour to see that there is a new generation of artists on the rise.
WORDS BY REI NISHIMOTO
PHOTOS BY KEVIN ESTRADA
H2O have confirmed a June tour run celebrating their 20th anniversary with Cruel Hand supporting, alongside a series of festival appearances.
May 06-08: St. Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
May 09: The Drunk Horse Pub – Fayetteville, NC
May 10: Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
May 19: Old Fire Station – Radcliffe (UK)
May 20: Epic Studios – Norwich (UK)
May 21: The Fleece – Bristol (UK)
May 22: Think Tank – Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK)
May 23: Slam Dunk Festival – Leeds (UK)
May 24: Forum Hertfordshire – Hatfield (UK)
May 25: Civic – Wolverhampton (UK)
Jun 12: Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA (with Cruel Hand)
Jun 14: The Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA (with Cruel Hand)
Jun 15:– The Underground – Mesa, AZ (with Cruel Hand)
Jun 17: Gators – Corpus Christi, TX (with Cruel Hand)
Jun 18: Korova – San Antonio, TX (with Cruel Hand)
Jun 19: The Prophet Bar – Dallas, TX (with Cruel Hand)
Jun 20: Midway Fieldhouse – Austin, TX (with Cruel Hand)
Jun 21: Walter’s Downtown – Houston, TX (with Cruel Hand)
Jun 23: The Syndicate Lounge – Birmingham, AL (with Cruel Hand)
Jun 24: New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC (with Cruel Hand)
Jun 25: Shaka’s Live – Virginia Beach, VA (with Cruel Hand)
Jun 26: Revolution Bar & Music Hall – Amityville, NY (with Cruel Hand)
Jul 17: Herk Fest – Herk De Stab (BE)
Jul 18: Traffic Jam – Dieburg (DE)
Jul 18: Underground – Koln (DE)
Jul 19: Logo – Hamburg (DE)
Jul 20: Lido – Berlin (DE)
Jul 21: Szene – Wien (AT)
Jul 22: Free & Easy – Munchen (DE)
Jul 23: Haus der Kulturen – Gottingen (DE)
Jul 24: NORD Open Air – Essen (DE)
Jul 26: This Is Hardcore Fest – Philadelphia, PA
Aug 07: Portland Expo Center – Portland, OR (Warped Tour)
Aug 08: White River Amphitheater – Auburn, WA (Warped Tour)
The Vans Warped Tour announced eight more artists at the kickoff party at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA this past Tuesday, April 7, 2015. The acts confirmed include:
Miss May I
The Bunny The Bear (07/26-08/08)
Kaya Stewart (07/15-08/08)
Macy Kate (07/02-07/04, 07/06)
They joined previously confirmed acts:
Black Veil Brides
August Burns Red
Memphis May Fire
We Came As Romans
I Killed The Prom Queen
Sirens And Sailors (07/14-08/08)
The Amity Affliction
Fit For A King
Escape The Fate
Being As An Ocean
False Puppet (07/23-08/08)
A+ Dropouts (06/19-07/03)
Carousel Kings (07/14-08/08)
New Years Day
Set It Off
The Ascot Royals (07/01-07/08)
Rivers Monroe (07/04-07/21)
The Karma Killers
Youth In Revolt
Koo Koo Kanga Roo
Never Shout Never
Night Argent (06/20-06/28, 08/01-08/08)
Motion City Soundtrack (06/19-06/21)
While She Sleeps
Hands Like Houses
Le Castle Vania
Our Last Night
New Beat Fund
This Wild Life
The Dirty Nil
The Wonder Years
Icon For Hire
Matchbook Romance (06/19-07/11)
The Relapse Symphony (06/19-07/12)
As It Is
Alive Like Me
Family Force 5
Lee Corey Oswald
‘Acoustic Basement Stage‘:
Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties
PVRIS (dates TBD)
Speak Low If You Speak Love (07/09-07/14)
Beth Stelling (06/19-06/26)
Chase Bernstein (06/27-07/12)
Dave Ross (07/01-07/12)
Eric Schwartz (07/26-08/08)
Sammy Obeid (06/19-06/28)
Sandy Danto (07/26-08/08)
Agnostic Front has posted the fourth video in the webisode series documenting the production process and the background for the new album The American Dream Died entitled “A Wise Man.” Watch it below. Watch the first three parts here, here and here.
The American Dream Died was produced by Madball singer Freddy Cricien and engineered, mixed and mastered by Paul Miner (H2O, Terror) and will be released April 7, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. Guest appearances include Cricien, Toby Morse (H20), Lou Koller (Sick Of It All), and one time Agnostic Front and Madball guitarist Matt Henderson on “A Wise Man.”
Agnostic Front Tour Dates:
Mar 20: Orpheum – Tampa, FL
Mar 22: Burro Bar – Jacksonville, FL
Apr 12: RockBar Theater – San Jose, CA
Apr 24: Bowery Electric – New York, NY
New York hardcore pioneers Agnostic Front have posted the first video in their webisode series the band filmed documenting the production process and the background for their new album The American Dream Died here.
The American Dream Died was produced by Madball singer Freddy Cricien and engineered, mixed and mastered by Paul Miner (H2O, Terror) and will be released April 7, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The record will feature guest appearances by Cricien, Toby Morse (H2O) and Lou Koller (Sick Of It All). The band also announced the collaboration of legendary Agnostic Front/Madball guitarist Matt Henderson on the song “A Wise Man.”
Agnostic Front has announced that as a special bonus in each vinyl edition of the album, every copy will also contain a download code for the album Your Time’s Up by The Alligators, a rowdy punk project featuring Agnostic Front singer Roger Miret and members of legendary Anaheim, CA hardcore band Insted.
The American Dream Died Track Listing:
02. The American Died
03. Police Violence
04. Only In America
05. Test Of Time
06. We Walk The Line
07. Never Walk Alone feat. Freddy Cricien, Toby Morse & Lou Koller
08. Enough Is Enough
09. I Can’t Relate
10. Old New York
11. Social Justice
12. Reasonable Doubt
13. No War Fuck You
15. A Wise Man feat. Matt Henderson on guitar
16. Just Like Yesterday