Famous Last Words 10-12-2016
At The Masquerade, Altanta GA
Set To Stun is streaming their new album Set To Stun and The Desperado Undead below. The album was self produced with Jordan Griffin and was mixed and mastered by Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, Attila, Miss May I). They will be hitting the road on the BAT2BAT tour with Vampires Everywhere and Consider Me Dead.
Nov 30: Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
Dec 01: The Co-Op – Albuquerque, NM
Dec 02: Tomcats West – Fort Worth, TX
Dec 03: The Korova – San Antonio, TX
Dec 04: Crossroads – Tyler, TX
Dec 05: The Tavern – Hattiesburg, MS
Dec 06: Longbranch Saloon – Knoxville, TN
Dec 07: Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
Dec 08: The Canal Club – Richmond, VA
Dec 09: Santos – New York, NY
Dec 10: Firehouse 13: Providence, RI
Dec 11: The OutPost – Kent, OH
Dec 13: The Abbey – Chicago, IL
Dec 14: Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
Dec 15: Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
Dec 16: Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
Dec 18: The Music Garage – Salt Lake City, UT
Miss May I has been known to be one of the hardest working artists on the heavy music scene today and rarely leaves much downtime in between recordings. They spent the summer on the Unicorn Main Stage on the Vans Warped Tour, in support of their forthcoming album Deathless (out August 7, 2015 via Rise Records).
“It’s important to have something new and exciting to do these summer fests. We dropped [the last] record a little bit before the summer tour last year and it worked really well for us, so we pushed real hard to write a really good one for this year. Luckily we got it done just in time,” explained bassist Ryan Neff, about the quick turnaround on the new album.
“We didn’t have any breaks really. We just slept after it was done for a month straight,” said vocalist Levi Benton.
“It was three or four weeks off right before this [Warped Tour], but we’ve pretty much been out solid, between touring and going into the studio to do this record, since January,” added Neff.
The band had debuted a new song within their set list “I.H.E.,” giving fans a taste of what was coming from Miss May I.
On Deathless, the band reunited with producer Joey Sturgis, who worked on their Rise Records debut – 2010’s Monument. While they worked with someone familiar, the subject themes on the album took on a heavier yet darker overtone.
“It’s mainly written about the struggles we went through as a band. I know we’re young but we’ve been around for a long time. It’s our fifth album,” explained Benton.
“We had a rough year behind the scenes. I think it’s the first time we’ve ever gone into a recording session with a…I don’t want to say a negative attitude because we were obviously very excited about doing a record…the meanings behind the lyrics that Levi would write and then I would write with him a little bit. There’s a lot more aggression on this record than we’ve ever had before,” added Neff.
Following a year’s worth of solid touring behind their last album, 2014’s Year of the Lion, they began working on new material immediately following the conclusion of their album’s touring cycle. They began writing new material and got the creative juices flowing.
“We came into the studio with over 20 songs on the last record, and then we slim it down to ten. Our guitar players (Justin Aufdemkampe, B.J. Stead) are our main writers. They’re on their computers making riffs all day. So we’re always constantly writing.”
“We wrote songs right when we left the studio. We left the studio, went home for a couple of weeks and there were already a couple of songs. They’re like ‘ah…we’ve got some ideas,’ “ explained Benton.
“It’s a lot different than we used to do it, where we went and got started until that time to record everything. We’d try to have everything done, or at try to start it so the ideas are forming and we can starting working on stuff a little bit earlier now,” added Neff.
They spoke about reuniting with Sturgis, and how working with him differed from working with two different producers on the past couple of albums.
“He definitely brought the heavy back out of us, like the first couple of records, which was fun. We haven’t worked with him in a while so it felt like high school again. It was nice to jump in there,” explained Benton, about the working environment with Sturgis.
“We did one with Machine [2011’s At Heart] and one with Terry Date [2014’s Rise of the Lion]. We bounced around for a couple of records, and the thing about those two records was, with those two particular fellows, we didn’t know them before we started the recording. So you kind of have a two week period where you’re getting to know each other and try to figure out how things work, and with Joey it was Day One and we were already friends, ready to go and the working atmosphere was really great for us,” said Neff.
“We brought a whole new sound too. We’re the band that hates releasing the same thing twice, so it’s nice to jump back to Joey because it’s completely different from the last record,” added Benton, about the musical direction on Deathless and working on it with Sturgis.
As they are now reaching five albums with the release of Deathless, Neff admits building a set list covering a cross section of their catalog has become a lot tougher to please both themselves and their fans watching their shows.
“It’s such a pain in the ass! It is the longest discussion that we have as a group. We all have the same goal – make as many people who are watching our band as happy as we can, and everyone has a different opinion about what particular songs to use. For us, it all still comes down to we only get 30 minutes to play and we’ve got five records with at least 30 minutes of material on it. So we can play one fifth of what we’ve created in our career. Maybe a little bit less. It’s a lot more difficult than it used to be.”
“I remember when we did this tour the first time when we had two records obviously we would play these six or seven songs. Everyone would know these six or seven songs. It was easy. It was a lot more difficult this time.”
While pleasing both themselves and their fans on what songs to play, they have occasionally thrown in Miss May I’s versions of deep cuts, which is met with mixed results.
“I remember we tried in the winter with August Burns Red, we threw in this song ‘Tides’ off of our first record. It’s a diehard fan from the early days would know that song, but we played that and it was a whole lot of arms crossed like ‘what the hell is this?’ We’re on stage having a great time, like ‘I remember this song!’ It’s a lot harder to do those to go over real well. Like I said, the whole point of the show is to make the people buying the tickets happy. Sometimes what we feel like playing is not exactly what they want to hear.”
Blessthefall have also announced their new album is coming out in September. Entitled To Those Left Behind (Fearless), the bands fourth full-length album was helmed by award-winning producer Joey Sturgis (The Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria, Of Mice & Men) and is the follow Hollow Bodies.
Lead vocalist Beau Bokan commented on the new music:
“As a band we are constantly trying to outdo ourselves and take a step forward with each record. With this new album we’ve taken a giant fucking leap forward and are at our absolute best as musicians and song writers. We’re looking forward to seeing where this album will take us.”
The band can be seen all summer on the main stage at every stop of Warped. Pre-orders for the album will be available all summer at he band’s tent. Fans that pre-order will have access to the front of Blessthefall’s signing line at the Full Sail University tent.
Conquer Divide will release their self titled debut via Artery Recordings on July 24, 2015. The record was produced by Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada, We Came as Romans). The band will be taking part on this year’s All Stars Tour with dates posted below.
Conquer Divide are Kiarely—Vocals; Janel—Vocals; Kristen—Guitar; Izzy—Guitar; Sarah—Bass; Tamara—Drums
01: Sink Your Teeth Into This
02: Self Destruct
03: Eyes Wide Shut
06: What’s Left Inside
07: At War
08: Despicable You
09: Heavy Lies The Crown
Jul 17: Alamo City Music Hall – San Antonio, TX (no DayShell)
Jul 18: Summer Showdown Festival – El Paso, TX (Upon A Burning Body only)
Jul 19: Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM (no DayShell)
Jul 20: Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO (no DayShell)
Jul 22: Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Jul 23: Soma – San Diego, CA
Jul 24: Hard Rock Live – Las Vegas, NV
Jul 25: Pico Rivera Sports Arena – Pico Rivera, CA
Jul 26: Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
Jul 28: The Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX
Jul 31: Gamechanger – Freehold, NJ
Aug 01: The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Aug 02: Reverb – Reading, PA
Aug 07: Dirtfest – Flint, MI (Upon A Burning Body only)
Aug 09: Heavy MTL – Montreal, QC (Upon A Burning Body only)
Aug 11: Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH
Aug 12: Webster Hall – New York City, NY (feat. Summer Slaughter Tour)
Aug 15: Empire Garage – Austin, TX
Aug 16: Scout Bar – Houston, TX (no A Skylit Drive)
Cincinnati metalcore outfit Revision, Revised is streaming their new Cold Eye Productions produced lyric video for “Dead Icon” off of their debut EP of the same name. Joey Sturgis (Attack Attack, Of Mice And Men) produced the record, which will be out later in the year. The band has a couple of upcoming shows.
May 29: Jackson Memorial Building – Jackson, OH
May 30: The Warehouse – Washington Court House, OH
Critically acclaimed guitarist, composer, producer and engineer Eyal Levi and producer Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, Of Mice & Men, I See Stars) will be bringing their Unstoppable Recording Machine audio boot camp tour to 37studios in Detroit, MI from June 18-21, 2015.
Having already hosted successful workshops in Cleveland, OH, Orlando, FL and Portland, OR. – which have featured special guests like Matt Heafy (Trivium), Anup Sastry (Jeff Loomis, Intervals), Keith Merrow (Conquering Dystopia), Joey Sturgis and more – Levi describes the “Unstoppable Record Machine” boot camps as “intense, hands-on, comprehensive immersion style experiences that will show people exactly what matters when trying to make pro sounding recordings. In just a few days, we will cover what would take a year or more in traditional school.”
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