An Indiegogo campaign has been launched to support the employees of both The Worcester Palladium and Webster theatre, two venues in New England that have been hosts to thousands of metal, hardcore, and rock shows and countless other events for decades. Both venues are operated by Mass Concerts, and the fundraiser is to bring relief aid to their workers due to the cancellation from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In addition to hosting now retired events such as The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and the Rock N Shock Convention, last years amazing Self Help Fest by A Day To Remember the venues have hosted bands such as Blink-182, Bring Me The Horizon, Chelsea Grin, Ensiferum, Evanescence, Eyes on Satellites, Fall Out Boy, Fathom Farewell, Four Year Strong, Gov’t Mule, Gwar, Hatebreed, Ice Nine Kills, In Honor Of, Jerry Garcia Band, Jimmy Eat World, Kanye West, King Diamond, Korn, Logic, Motionless in White, My Chemical Romance, Nightwish, Of Mice & Men, Periphery, Protest the Hero, Reveille, Rob Zombie, Senses Fail, Sic Vita, Slayer, Sonata Arctica, Soundgarden, Straight Line Stitch, Suicide Silence, Twelve Foot Ninja, Twenty One Pilots, Tyler The Creator, Whitechapel, Wiz Khalifa, and Years Since the Storm. Please donate if you can and read a statement from the venues management below. Continue reading
After their 2011 album, The Fight of Our Lives, it seemed like Knoxville, Tennessee’s Straight Line Stitch were on to a brighter future. They had a record deal with eOne and a slot on 2011’s Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival alongside acts like Machine Head, Suicide Silence and Unearth. Most metal bands would agree that that’s a sweet launching pad.
And then the momentum slowed a bit. Multiple lineup changes came and went with vocalist Alexis Brown being the sole mainstay. But in their defense, Straight Line Stitch are still in the hustle. They have a new EP, Transparency (Pavement Entertainment), and as of this writing are hitting the road with Ill Niño for the Civil Unrest Tour.
The good news is that Transparency will not disappoint longtime followers of Straight Line Stitch. From a production standpoint it sounds crisp and clear. Musically it checks off all the metalcore genre boxes.
This is good for the faithful, but for the rest of us it leaves a bit to be desired.
Songs like ‘Dark Matter’ and ‘Wilderness’ have an In Flames circa Come Clarity crunch to them that I enjoyed, but most of the time they’re drawing from the same well. While not a boring release, it’s not great when you have a 22 minute running time and most of it just blurs together.
However the strong suit here are Brown’s vocal talents, particularly ‘Out of Body’ and ‘Human Bondage’ providing a great showcase for her pipes. We’ve had metalcore belters attempt the melodic hook thing since (what seems) like the dawn of time. Folks like Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall have had much success with this approach. While others (Atreyu, All That Remains, Today is the Day, et al) not so much. Brown’s natural singing voice belongs with the former, it’s just a matter of her band providing some diversity in their compositions.
If they can do that, then they’re well on their way to reclaiming their blue chip prospect status in the metal hierarchy.
The Civil Unrest Tour has added some new names to its ever growing list of confirmed acts. While the basic tour consist of Ill Nino, Kittie and 36 Crazyfists, Straight Line Stitch and The Bloodline have joined the list of acts performing on select stops, alongside Motorgrater, Thira, Lydia Can’t Breathe opening the run, and other special guests in select markets include:
Gabriel And The Apocalypse
Xiting The System
Jun 03: The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
Jun 04: The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
Jun 06: Skyway Theatre – Studio B – Minneapolis, MN
Jun 07: Mojoes – Joliet, IL
Jun 08: Q&Z Expo Center – Ringle, WI
Jun 09: Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
Jun 10: The Reverb/Spicoli’s – Waterloo, IA
Jun 11: Cheers Pub – South Bend, IN
Jun 12: The Music Factory – Battle Creek, MI
Jun 13: The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN
Jun 16: Trees – Dallas, TX
Jun 17: Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Jun 18: The Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
Jun 19: 210 Kapone’s – San Antonio, TX
Jun 20: Jake’s Back Room – Lubbock, TX
Jun 21: Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX