Constantly Changing: Chris Hornbrook of Senses Fail/Poison The Well


Chris Hornbrook, photo provided by ChrisHornbrook.com

Chris Hornbrook, photo provided by ChrisHornbrook.com

Chris Hornbrook has been one of the most distinctive drummers in music for almost 20 years. Best known for his work with seminal modern metal innovators Poison The Well, in addition to sitting behind the kit for Senses Fail for the last few years, Chris is also known for his work with Big Black Delta and many other live and session gigs. For a guy as accomplished as he is, he comes across as humble and positive; something you can’t say about everyone who has been in the business this time.

 

Having just reunited with Poison The Well to play two shows, this seemed like a good place to begin:

They were really great and I personally had a blast. The headlining gig was obviously our thing, so that was a bit more fun because we had control over how the show went in terms of venue, lighting, monitors, etc. The set list felt really good, as was the people in the audiences enthusiasm and excitement. Skate and Surf was cool and I had a good time, too. A bit of a shorter set and since it wasn’t our show, the less control over all the variables that can make or break a show. Overall, it was really great.

Poison The Well in 2015, photo by Luis Ruiz

Poison The Well in 2015, photo by Luis Ruiz

 

We next asked about the spark that brought PTW back together again and if there would be other shows in the future:

I think it had been in the back of heads for a while. We never stopped playing and recording because we didn’t want to create with one another or hated each other’s guts. PTW stopped because it had become too taxing for some and a few of the band members felt like it was time to take a step back. A break was needed. We’ll have to wait and see what happens in the future with other shows. Nothing is confirmed yet.

Looking back, a lot of today’s bands, especially metalcore bands, owe Poison The Well some props at least as one of the originators of the style. We wondered if Chris, when he hears modern bands, does he feels proud, ripped off, or nonplussed?

I mean I would never say we were the originators of the whole “metalcore” thing. There were a ton of bands that came way before us that had laid the ground work down and produced some really interesting and cool stuff. From my perspective, we just wrote the right record at the right time. I think we could modestly take credit for helping popularizing that sound in the early 2000’s. In terms of today’s metalcore scene, I really have no feeling in either direction. I don’t listen to that genre much anymore and if I do dip into something heavy, it’s more of a “boutique” band and/or sound.

 

Being a band that was innovative and leader in their sub-genre, and then changed radically; sometimes this has the fan base at odds with a band and their creative choices. We asked if Chris agreed or disagreed with this notion:

Thank you and I agree with you. What I’ve come to see and learn is people get very emotionally attached to a record because of where they were in their lives at that point. What that record did to help them out and pull them through whatever time they were having, good or bad. So they REALLY get attached. It’s like they develop a personal and close relationship with that record much like a girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, or wife. Additional to that, people don’t like change, which is something that I find ironic as life is constantly changing. But, we’re creatures of habit and comfort…

So with that being said, when you serve up something that sounds different, you’re normally met with, well, whatever you’re met with. Sometimes good, but more likely than not, critical and bad because it’s not what they envisioned you to do. So PTW just learned not to really care, as being creative, trying new things and pushing into territory that we hadn’t been before became number one. This was advantageous and detrimental all at once.

 

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Senses Fail just wrapped up a spring tour and their new album Pull The Thorns From Your Heart (Pure Noise) drops in about a month. What can fans expect from the record?

An extremely heavy record, very different than the bands past work. Once again, this is going to get very polarized responses. I’m trying to approach it the same way I do with PTW, not really caring because negativity can take its toll on you if you let it in.
Over the arc of a long career that started when he was still in high school, Chris has worked with some of the greats in music production. We asked if he had a favorite producer (production team and if there was anyone he’d like to work with given the chance.

Yes, I’m very lucky to have worked with some of the people that I have. I respect all the dudes that I’ve worked with in different ways and have taken different bits from each person, one not superseding the other. Hopefully, I can check off a few more names before I die. I’d really like to work with Steve Albini, Joe Barresi, Ken Andrews, Rick Rubin, Dave Fridmann just to name a few.

 

Booked for all of 2015 with projects and tours, we asked about his other gigs since he seems to be perpetually working:

Yes! I’m very lucky and stoked to have a full year of work. I’m already starting to hear of plans for next year, which is great. In terms of other projects, I have one with Beau from Saosin, but that’s been put on hold. We’re both really busy at the moment. Hopefully, we can resume sometime towards the end of the year.
Lastly we wanted to know what he does in his down time and what hobbies Chris enjoys

I’m a busy body / work-o-holic. I have to stay busy doing something or I’ll lose my mind. So, with that being said, I generally bounce in between drumming and learning more of that craft, spending time with my girlfriend and friends, and keeping on top of whatever business stuff I have going on. I fill in as much space as I can.
Chris Hornbrook can be seen this summer on the Vans Warped Tour with Senses Fail. You can follow his other projects and book him for lessons via his website.

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Audio + Tour: Diamond Youth – No Control + North American Tour With Superheaven and Rozwell Kid


Diamond Youth. Photo Credit: Derek Bahn

Diamond Youth. Photo Credit: Derek Bahn

Diamond Youth is streaming “No Control” off of their upcoming debut album Nothing Matters, out May 19, 2015 via Topshelf Records. The band will be touring North America tour with Superheaven and Rozwell Kid.

Tracklisting:
01: Nothing Matters
02: Thought I Had It Right
03: Spinning
04: Far Away From Earth
05: Succulent
06: In The Clouds
07: Riptide
08: No Control
09: The Nothing
10: Deep Love
11: The Difference

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May 15: The Studio at Webster Hall – New York, NY (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
May 16: Skate and Surf Festival – Asbury Park, NJ
May 17: The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
May 19: Saint Claire Theater – Syracuse, NY (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
May 20: Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
May 21: Mahall’s – Lakewood, OH (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
May 22: The Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
May 23: Bled Fest – Howell, MI
May 24: The Demo – St. Louis, MO (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
May 26: Hi Dive – Denver, CO (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
May 27: The Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
May 28: The Holland Project – Reno, NV (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
May 29: 924 Gilman – Berkley, CA (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
May 30: The Echo – Los Angeles, CA (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
May 31: Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
Jun 02: Voodoo Room – San Diego, CA (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
Jun 03: Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
Jun 04: Mesa Music Hall – El Paso, TX (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
Jun 05: Mohawk – Austin, TX (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
Jun 06: Sons of Hermann Hall – Dallas, TX (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
Jun 08: Purgatory – Atlanta, GA (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
Jun 09: Epic Problem – Tampa, FL (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
Jun 10: O’Malley’s – Margate, FL (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
Jun 11: Backbooth – Orlando, FL (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
Jun 12: Burro Bar – Jacksonville, FL (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
Jun 13: Casbah – Charlotte, NC (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
Jun 14: Strange Matter – Richmond, VA (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
Jun 16: Game Changer – Howell, NJ (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
Jun 17: UANC – North Haven, CT (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
Jun 18: DC9 – Washington, DC (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
Jun 19: Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
Jun 20: Middle East Upstairs – Boston, MA (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)
Jun 21: The Barbary – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Superheaven, Rozwell Kid)

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From Autumn To Ashes Confirm Summer Tour With Hawthorne Heights, Sleepwave and Extinction AD


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From Autumn To Ashes have released an upcoming tour with Hawthorne Heights, Sleepwave and Extinction A.D. this summer as part of their reunion tour.

May 15: Revolution – Amityville, NY
May 17: Skate And Surf Festival – Asbury Park, NJ
Jun 18: Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA
Jun 19: Amnesia Rockfest – Montebello, QC
Jun 20: Wax – Kitchener, ON
Jun 21: Opera House – Toronto, ON
Jun 23: Skully’s – Columbus, OH
Jun 24: Pike Room – Pontiac, MI
Jun 26: Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
Jun 27: Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 28: Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Jul 10: Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
Jul 11: In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 13: Neumos – Seattle, WA
Jul 15: The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Jul 16: Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
Jul 17: Glasshouse – Pomona, CA
Jul 18: Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

Tickets on sale today!! (a couple aren’t officially for sale yet but most by noon-ish)5/15 – Revolution (Amityville,…

Posted by From Autumn To Ashes Official on Friday, May 8, 2015


The Story So Far, Four Year Strong and Terror US Tour


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Terror will be touring across the US supporting The Story So Far and Four Year Strong. Dates are posted below.

May 01: The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
May 02: Ventura Theatre – Ventura, CA
May 03: Soma – San Diego, CA
May 05: Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ
May 06: The Works – Albuqerque, NM
May 08: The Ready Room – St Louis, MO
May 09: Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
May 10: Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
May 11: The Hideout – Omaha, NE
May 12: Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
May 13: Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
May 14: St Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
May 15: Spring Fling – Cleveland, OH
May 16: Skate and Surf Festival – Asbury Park, NJ
May 17: Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
May 19: Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
May 20: Upstate Music Hall – Clifton Park, NY
May 21: Webster Hall – New York, NY
May 22: House of Blues – Boston, MA
May 23: Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
May 24: 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
May 25: Peabody’s – Virginia Beach, VA
May 26: Neighborhood Theater – Charlotte, NC
May 28: Orpheum Theatre – Tampa, FL
May 29: Polish American Social Club – Vero Beach, FL
May 30: The Plaza Live – Orlando, FL
May 31: The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Jun 01: Spanish Moon – Baton Rouge, LA
Jun 02: Scout Bar – League City, TX
Jun 03: The Mohawk – Austin, TX
Jun 04: The Door – Dallas, TX
Jun 05: Farmers Market – Oklahoma City, OK
Jun 06: Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
Jun 08: The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 10: The Showbox – Seattle, WA
Jun 11: Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Jun 12: Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Jun 13: The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA


Runaway Brother Streaming Mother In Entirety


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Cleveland indie pop rockers Runaway Brother is streaming their debut full length Mother in its entirety here. The album is out March 31, 2015 via Tiny Engines.

Recalling the intelligence of catchy, ambitious emo rock standards like Motion City Soundtrack and Say Anything, as well as modern favorites like Modern Baseball and The Front Bottoms, Runaway Brother walk a perfect tightrope of pop smarts balanced with punk chops. The band’s brand of energetic indie pop and emo rock showcases a songwriting depth and maturity that is startling considering their youth. Quickly becoming well-known for their boisterous live shows, Runaway Brother are primed to capture the hearts and ears of anyone in their path.

They have booked a string of upcoming shows:

Apr 03: Mahalls – Lakewood, OH (Mother Release Show w/ Heart Attack Man, Secret Grief)
Apr 11: Lavender Town “Daisy Fest” – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Mitski, Rozwell Kid, Cyberbully Mom Club)
May 14: Sneaky Dee’s – Toronto (Pouzza Pre-Party)
May 15: Pouzza Fest – Montreal, QC
May 17: Asbury Park Oceanfront – Asbury Park, NJ (Skate And Surf Festival)
May 23: @ Hartland Performing Arts Center – Howell, MI (Bled Fest)


Gideon Announce Upcoming Tour Dates


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Gideon has announced an upcoming tour run with Texas In July, Kublai Khan and Silent Planet as support.

May 08: The End – Nashville, TN
May 09: Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
May 10: The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
May 12: The Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
May 13: Double Happiness – Columbus, OH
May 14: Basement Transmissions – Erie, PA
May 15: Empire – Springfield, VA
May 16: Facedown Fest – Pomona, CA
May 17: Skate And Surf Festival – Asbury Park, NJ
May 19: Bogies – Albany, NY
May 20: Le RItz PDB – Montreal, QC
May 21: Ritual – Ottawa, ON
May 22: Sneaky Dees – Toronto, ON
May 23: Bled Fest – Howell, MI