The Spring Fever 2013 Tour—which featured All Time Low, Mayday Parade, and You Me At Six—is now over and it will suck if you will not be able to watch Pierce the Veil perform live at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival. See details below.
May 24 – Glasgow ABC, UK
May 25 – Leeds University, UK
May 26 – Herts Uni Hatfield, UK
May 27 – Wolverhampton Civic, UK
May 28 – Cardiff University, UK
As part of its UK tour, the band will also be playing mostly Hands Like Houses and Woe, Is Me at the following venues; however, the shows from May 31 to June 4 are already sold out.
May 30 – Sugarmill @ Stoke
May 31 – Corporation @ Sheffield
June 1 – 02 Academy @ Newcastle
June 3 – The Ritz @ Manchester
June 4 – Sub89 @ Reading
June 5 – Waterfront @ Norwich
In July, Pierce the Veil will invade the following clubs:
July 4 – Roxy Live @ Buenos Aires
July 6 – Carioca Club @ Sao Paolo
July 7 – Music Hall @ Curitiba
July 9 – Blondie @ Santiago, Chile
July 11 – Jose Cuervo Salon @ Mexico City
July 12 – F. Bolko @ Guadalajara
It has been six years since this band from San Diego, California dreamed of becoming famous musicians. Back in 2007, after their band, Before Today, called it quits, brothers Mike and Vic Fuentes created Pierce the Veil. However, the band was not named as such until they released their first album.
Even if they have parted ways with their previous band, Vic and Mike still wrote songs until they have come up with enough songs and recorded independently in Seattle, Washington. Equal Vision Records supported them and Casey Bates produced the album. Fortunately, Vic and Mike, under a new name: Pierce the Veil, managed to release their first studio album, A Flair for the Dramatic, on June 2007. Soon, Pierce the Veil casted members Jaime Preciado (bass) and Tony Perry (guitar); Vic (lead vocals, keyboard, guitar) and Mike (drums).
After the release of its first album, the band went on tour for almost three months with mayday Parade, The Devil Wears Prada, All Time Low, and more.
Pierce the Veil performed for the Vans Warped Tour in 2007 until 2008. The band had also a chance to play at the Bamboozle Left 2008. During the last quarter of 2008, the group performed at The Delicious Tour, Pierce the Veil’s first headlining tour with Emarosa, Four Letter Lie, and Breathe Carolina.
On March 2010, Vic and Mike collaborated with Johnny Craig of Dance Gavin Dance and Craig Owens of D.R.U.G.S and released the EP The Hearts of Lonely People.
For its third album, Pierce the Veil move in to Los Angeles to record the tracks and work with Mike Green of Paramore and Set Your Goals. Finally, the album, Selfishing Machines, was released on June 2010. According to the band, the album turned out to be better than it was initially planned. It was notable for the song, “Stay Away From My Friends,” simply because it shows the band’s maturity in terms of songwriting.
When asked about the album’s title, Vic explained how we are all in one way or another selfish machines. He reiterated that “In no way is this a negative thing, it’s human nature. We all have natural tendencies to want, love, and take. When it comes down to it, humans have animal-like qualities that we keep inside and even try to deny, but no matter how morally good someone may think they are or try to be, we are still humans… It is human nature broken down to its bare bones, no bullshit, just rock bottom honest feelings and desire.”
Surprisingly, Selfishing Machines made it to no.1 in Billboard Heatseekers Chart. To promote the album, Pierce the Veil went on tour and performed at South by Southwest, vans Warped Tour, Bamboozle Left, and Never Say Never Festival. More so, the band did a rendition “[Don’t Fear] The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult for the Punk Goes Classic compilation. Several tours, such as Versus Tour, Take Action Tour, This Is a Family Action Tour, followed until the end of 2010.
It was a fresh start in 2011 for the band as it performed in the Winterizer Tour with other bands like Silverstein, A Bullet for Pretty Boy, Miss May I, and The Chariot.
Pierce the Veil took a while off to focus on songwriting for its next record. The band was also scheduled for a tour with Sum 41 in September. However, it did not push through as for Sum 41’s vocalist got sick. The group ended the year touring Europe with Bless the Fall, and front acted at the No Guts No Glory Tour with Miss May I.
For whatever the reason might be, Fearless Records signed Pierce the Veil on August 2011. While the third album was still on progress, the band shared on its official Facebook page that it would work with Kato Khandwala and Dan Korneff at the House of Loud in New Jersey.
The long wait was finally over when the band, through Fearless Records, released its third album Collide with the Sky on July 2012. The first track to kick off from the album was “King for A Day,” which the band collaborated with Sleeping with Sirens’ Kellin Quinn.
The album was better compared with the previous ones as it earned Pierce with Veil nine awards in Alternative Press’s Best of 2012 Reader’s Poll. The band also bagged the Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Best Live Band of the Year awards.
Allister is coming to town! Catch them perform live and rock UK. The band will be playing at The Joiner’s Arms (Southampton, UK) on May 21, at The Haunt (Brighton, UK) with Heroes for Hire and As It Is on May 22, at The Borderline (London, UK) on May 23, and at The Exchange (Bristol, UK) on May 24.
Who’s ready for the Slam Dunk Festival 2013? Allister is! On May 25, the group will be performing at Leeds University Union; on May 26 at University of Hertfordshire/Hatfield Polytechnic; and on May 27 at The Civic Hall (Wolverhampton, UK). Other bands like All Time Low, Pierce the Veil, Sleeping with Sirens, Four Year Strong, The Summer Set, and more will also be there.
Furthermore, Allister has several gigs after the much awaited Slam Dunk Festival event — May 28 (Rock City — Nottingham), May 29 (Cathouse — Glasgow), and May 30 (Sound Control — Manchester).
With five studio albums and five EPs to date, these rockstars from Chicago, Illinois surely can go a long way. Allister is a punk band formed in 1996, and one of Drive-Thru Records’ pioneers. Currently, the band is composed of Tim Rogner (vocals, rhythm guitar), Scott Murphy (vocals, bass), Mike Leverence (drums), and Kyle Lewis (lead guitar).
Originally, founding members John Hamada (vocals, guitar), Eric Mueller (bass), and Rogner (vocals, drums) named the band as Phineas Gage. In 1997, they decided to change it to Allister. The name was inspired by the TV personality Alasdair Gillis of “You Can’t Do That on Television.”
In 1998, Allister submitted a demo at Drive-Thru Records. The label liked it and released a 7-inch vinyl record called You Can’t Do That. Later this year, the then three-man band welcomed Murphy to play the bass, thus, leaving Mueller as the guitarist.
The band released its first studio album Dead Ends and Girlfriends in 1999. The album received fair reviews and included covers of “I Want It That Way” by Backstreet Boys and Fraggle Rock theme song. Mueller left Allister for a while and focused on his music blog, Can You See the Sunset From the Southside. Hamada also left after taking part in the band’s next record. Rogner entered the picture as Mueller’s replacement. His brother, Chris, stepped in for Hamada, and David Rossi (drums) joined, too.
In 2002, Allister released its second studio album Last Stop Suburbia. Chris Fudurich produced the album. It went well compared with Dead Ends and Girlfriends as the second album fared no.9 in Billboard Heatseekers Chart. The record depicted Rogner and Murphy’s improvement in terms of songwriting. Soon after the album was released, Chris left to focus on his other project August Premier. Rossi left, too. The band took Lewis (guitar) and Leverence (drums).
Allister went on a world tour, including Japan and Europe, in 2004 and had an appearance in the movie, Sleepover. After a year (2005), the band released its third album Before the Black Out.
In 2006, Ellegarden, a Japanese band, invited Allister for a two-month-long tour in Japan. Surprisingly, the 40 shows were sold out. It was also during this year that the band released its third EP, Guilty Pleasures, where half of the songs were sung in Japanese.
It was in early 2007 when Roger found out that he was going to be a father. He wanted to have a stable job in which would not require him to travel most of the time. Such was the case, Allister performed for the last time in Chicago before it went on a three-year hiatus. Chris filled in his brother’s place.
It was not long enough when Lewis and Murphy decided to form a band — The Get Go, composed of Mest and Home Grown’s former members. The band’s start was smooth. It has released two studio albums and went to Japan and UK. Unfortunately, members had to call it quits as other commitments prevented them from fulfilling projects as The Get Go.
Universal Music in Japan took interest in Murphy, thus, signing him as a solo act in 2008. Murphy’s first work was Guilty Pleasures II, which was originally Allister’s work. The album has both English and Japanese tracks. Believe it or not, Murphy became a sensation as his name was mostly searched in Google (Japan). Before the year ends, He released his second record, Guilty Pleasures III. Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) certified BOTH albums gold in 2009. Murphy did well, releasing a few more albums: Guilty Pleasures Love, Guilty Pleasures 4, Guilty Pleasures Christmas, Guilty Pleasures Thriller, and Guilty Pleasures Animation.
Allister reunited in 2010 at Bamboozle Festival held at Charter One Pavillion. After the festival, the band worked on its fourth studio album, Countdown to Nowhere, which was released on July 2010 under Universal Music Japan.
Get ready as A Day To Remember rock your place on May 18, 2013 at Columbus, Ohio for the Rock on the Rang 13; and on May 19, 2013 at Jackson, New Jersey for the Skate and Surf Festival.
But wait, there’s more! A Day To Remember will perform on the following dates and tours: June 5 – KOKO (London), June 7 – Rock am Ring (Wershofen, Germany), June 8 – Jera On Air Festival (Ysselsleyn, Netherlands), June 9 – Rock im Park (Nuremberg, Germany), June 11 – Estragon (Bologna, Italy), and June 13 – Greenfield Festival (Interlaken, Switzerland).
With five studio albums to date, A Day To Remember started from Ocala, Florida. It was founded by Bobby Scruggs (drums) and Tom Denney (guitar, back-up vocals) in 1993. The band was known for its pop-punk and metal genres.
Currently, Jeremy McKinnon (vocals), Neil Westfall (guitar, back-up vocals), Josh Woodward (bass), Alex Shelnutt (drums), and Kevin Staff (lead guitar, back-up vocals) comprise the band.
Upon the completion of the band line-up in 2003, A Day To Remember started performing in DIY (Do It Yourself) tours, having performed in 200 shows. The band’s hard work paid off as it was signed to Indianola. Soon after, the group started recording for its first studio album. And in 2005, it was finally released — And Their Name Was Treason. Eight thousand copies were sold, indeed, a great start for the aspiring band.
A year after, the band signed to Victory Records and welcomed Shelnutt as its new drummer — the reason for Scruggs’ departure was never mentioned.
A Day To Remember started recording for its second album For Those Who Have Heart at the Zing Studios, which was released on January 2007. The album ranked no.43 in Top Independent Albums Chart and no.17 in Billboard Top Heatseekers.
On January 2008, the group toured the UK, and at the same time, was nominated for “Best International Newcomer” at Kerrang! Awards 2008. More so, A Day To Remember performed as a front act, alongside A Static Lullaby and The Devil Wears Prada, for Silverstein. The year 2008 was a tour-heavy year for the band. It performed at The Bamboozle Left, Bamboozle Festival in East, Vans Warped Tour, Road To Download Tour, Download Festival, and Easycore Tour.
Victory Records remastered And Their Name Was treason and released it as Old Record on October 2008. Later that year, the band toured Australia with other bands for Parkway Drive’s Sweatfest Australian Tour and performed at sold out gigs in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth. Before the year ends, A Day To Remember recorded its third album Homesick. The album was officially released on February 2009. It did better compared to the previous album, for it ranked no.1 in Top Independent Albums Chart, no.21 in Billboard’s Top 200 Listings, and no.21 at Rolling Stone’s Top 40 Albums. Moreover, the album has sold over 200, 000 copies (as of July 2010), and the band had two sold-out shows in UK.
Before going on a tour set on March to May 2009, Denney broke his wrist. Kevin Skaff filled in for him for the band’s US tour with Sky Eats Airplane, The Devil Wears Prada, Emarosa. A Day To Remember performed at the Download Festival 2009 and Warped Tour 2009 as well. From August to September, the group toured Asia, New Zealand, and Australia.
Fearless Records released Punk Goes Pop 2 and the band contributed its version of The Fray’s “Over My Head (Cable Car).”
It was on June 2009 when the band announced that Denney left the group to focus on his family and recording studio. Even if he parted ways from the band, Denney still took part in the writing process. Skaff replaced him.
The start of 2010 made A Day To Remember very busy performing on tours/festivals. In early 2010, the band performed at the Soundwave Festival in Australia. After its UK tour, it performed in North America with Silverstein, Veara, August Burns Red, Go Radio, etc. for “Toursick.”
On Novermber 16, 2010, A Day To Remember released its fourth album What Separates Me From You. Chad Gilbert produced the album and it was recorded it the band’s hometown, Ocala, Florida.
It gets better every year as the band made its first national TV appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on January 2011. It played the songs “Better Off This Way” and “All I Want.” It was also during this month when A Day to Remember’s “All I Want” music video debuted at MTV. With the help of fellow rockstars We Came as Romans, Bring Me The Horizon, and Pierce The Veil, the group front acted for the “Game Changers Tour” from March to April.
It was unfortunate that A Day To Remember had to cut ties and sue its label, Victory Records, for breach of contract. According to the group, Victory Records owed them $75,000 (royalty), and so the band took legal steps and pressed charges on May 2011.
However, in Victory Records’ defense, it said that the band refused to do five albums under the label, which was agreed upon before. Instead of contradicting the label’s statement, A Day To Remember sent Altpress.com a message saying that the band chose to keep mum about the issue and was looking forward to releasing its upcoming album and touring in 2012.
As for the band’s upcoming album Common Courtesy, it is still uncertain when it will be released. More so, there is no buzz about the band finding a new label.
Who’s ready for the Slam Dunk Festival on May 25 to 27, 2013? All Time Low is! Be one of the early birds to buy tickets for these are selling like hot cakes. Catch All Time Low in the following venues: Leeds on May 25, Hatfield on May 26, and Wolverhampton on May 27. In addition, the band will be on a European tour from May 29 until July 5 with Green Day, Coheed and Cambria, and more. They will be performing in festivals, namely: Rock im Park 2013 (Germany), Rock am Ring 2013 (Germany), Rock the Beach Festival (Finland), and Bravalla Festival (Sweden).
Furthermore, All Time Low will perform at the Next Generation Fest 3 in Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 27–28.
Alex Gaskarth (vocals, guitar) and Jack Barakat (guitar) founded All Time Low in 2003 in the outskirts of Baltimore. Later on, Zack Merrick (bass) and Rian Dawson (drums) joined the band. The group’s musical influences include Blink-182 and Green Day. Its music was often characterized with a lively pop-punk sound.
The band’s name came from New Found Glory’s “Head on Collision” song. To date, All Time Low has released five studio albums, one live album, and two EPs.
The quartet started out young. In high school, with the help of the label Emerald Moon, the boys managed to release their first EP The Three Words to Remember in Dealing with the End in October 1, 2004. A year later, All Time Low released its first studio album The Party Scene. Believe it or not, the band was able to balance homeworks and gigs. It was able to perform at East and South Coasts during school breaks. Soon after, the group was classified with acts like Early November, Motion City Soundtrack, and Plain White T’s.
Amber Pacific introduced All Time Low with its label, Hopeless Records. The label was amazed with the young rockstars’ potential, thus, signing them in before they graduated in high school. On July 25, 2006, the band released the EP Put Up or Shut Up.
And now free to go on tour, the band performed at the Vans Warped Tour 2007 in UK in support of Plain White T’s. During the same year, its second studio album So Wrong, It’s Right came out. Surprisingly, the album ranked no.6 in the Independent Albums Chart and no.62 in Billboard 200. The song “Dear Maria, Count Me In,” was the group’s first track to hit the charts and even ranked no.86 at Pop 100. However, the song did not receive radio plays.
All Time Low’s newfound success brought them to TRL, MTV’s Discover and Download, Music Choice’s Fresh Crops, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The band went on tour from March to May 2008 in support of The Rocket Summer. All Time Low performed alongside Forever Sickest Kids, Sonny Moore, etc. The group front acted the Shortest Ever Tour in July with other bands like Valencia, Hit the Lights, and more. More so, the band was also a part of the Vans Warped Tour.
The quartet’s hard work paid off when Alternative Press magazine, January 2009 issue, recognized them as the “Band of the Year.”
In early 2009, All Time Low confirmed in Rock Sound that its third album was on a writing stage. Prior to the album’s release, the first track to kick off from the album was “Weightless,” which was released in March. It was the band’s first song to be played on air.
On July 7, 2009, the third album Nothing Personal finally came out in the open. By far, it was All Time Low’s highest chart position, having ranked no.4 in Billboard Chart.
In November 2009, Interscope Records, a major label, took the band to join its pool of talents. The year did not end with giving its best surprise to All Time Low. In December, the band won “Best Pop Punk Band” at the Top in Rock Awards.
All Time Low left for the UK and Ireland from January to February 2010. The band performed at Kerrang! Relentless Tour with Young Guns, My Passion, etc. From February to March, the group went to Australia for the Soundwave Festival.
The band’s “Painting Flowers” was part of the Alice in Wonderland soundtrack.
Under Hopeless Records, the group released its first live album Straight to DVD on May 25, 2010.
Though bombarded with tours, All Time Low made sure to find time in writing new material for its fourth album, which would be a first under Interscope Records. Months after, songs from the upcoming album were leaked into a website. In an interview, the band announced which songs would make it to the album.
A year after, the group’s fifth album Dirty Work was released on June 7, 2011. It was the band’s top grossing album. Not only that, it ranked no.20 in the UK, and no.13 in Australia and Canada. All Time Low later on ventured on the following tours to promote the album: Gimme Summer Ya Love Tour, Counter Revolution, The Rise and Fall of My Pants Tour, and a UK tour.
Just like the previous years, 2012 was also a fruitful year for the band. From January to February, All Time Low, together with The Maine and We Are the In Crowd, performed in UK. The group also performed for the Warped Tour and Reeding and Leeds Festival.
It was also during the same year when the band switched labels, from Interscope Records to Hopeless Records. On October 9, 2012, All Time Low released Don’t Panic. The song “Somewhere in Neverland” ranked no.50 on US iTunes Chart.
The 90′s were certainly one of the best times in punk rock history. The genre had just started to reach its peak in popularity thanks to the groundwork laid out in front of them from bands in the 70s and 80s like The Clash, The Ramones, The Damned, The Sex Pistols and even the New York Dolls.
By 1990, more bands were hitting the streets, more kids were sporting mohawks with an I don’t care attitude. The 90s brought different styles, with influences from different musical tastes like hardcore, ska and pop punk. Punk rock really began to take shape during this decade. It’s hard to pinpoint just ten songs form this era. Really, your own personal taste and style demands your own top ten list. I mean, that’s what punk rock is all about anyway, doing it your own way. Anyway, here are ten kick ass songs from the 90s. If you haven’t heard of some of these bands or songs, do yourself a favor and look into them. They’ll blow you mind.
Blink 182 – Dammit (1997) Hard to imagine the pop punk trio with out Travis Barker, but their 1997 release of Dude Ranch was the last album with drummer Scott Raynor. The only song to hit the charts on the album, Dammit instantly became a classic and is still one of their most requested songs on tour.
NOFX- Linoleum (1994) Still the most successful album to date for the California punk legends. Linoleum is the opening track on their only album to reach gold. All of it without having anything played on the radio. Pretty impressive.
Alkaline Trio – Nose Over Tail (1998) The Chicago punk trio still puts out music today, but back in 1998 they released their debut album to kick start their highly successful career. Nose Over Tail was one of the songs leaving Alk 3 fans clamoring for more.
The Bouncing Souls – Hopeless Romantic (1999) The New Jersey punk rockers released their fourth album in 99. The album and song, Hopeless Romantic is a perfect example of the band’s evolution. They’ve always kept the same energy while always introducing new tempos, sounds and combinations into their music.
Social Distortion – Story of My Life (1990) The self titled album saw moderate success and Story Of My life certainly played a role in that. It is their only album to date to enter the Billboard 200. This song combines a unique blend of blues, southern rock and alternative to make a great song.
Rancid – Ruby Soho (1995) Today, Rancid is one of the greatest punk bands to ever play, and their early success with a ska, street punk sound can definitely be heard in Ruby Soho. It reached a wide audience and even charted at 13 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – The Impression That I Get (1997) Although the song might be classified by some as a ska song, ska and punk go pretty hand in hand when talking about the same crowd and audience. The Impression That I Get became one of the most popular songs in 1997. The track reached #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks. It even helped them land a spot on Saturday Night Live.
Bad Religion – 21st Century (Digital Boy) (1990) Before Epitaph records, Brett Gurewitz was writing songs for Bad Religion. Their influence has been monumental for many of the bands making music today. The song, not unlike the band, was a perfect commentary on the state of American Culture and consumerism among the US.
Green Day – Basket Case (1994) Long before their days as American Idiots, Green Day was putting out catchy pop punk songs with a little more edge. Basket Case spent 5 days on top of the Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song is a great inner monologue of Billie Joel Armstrong’s anxiety and later diagnosis of panic disorders.
Descendents – Everything Sux (1996) Perhaps not the most popular of bands, their influence certainly has a place on the list. Everything Sucks, the album, did have some success reaching 132 on the Billboard 200, but that’s as much success they ever saw mainstream. Nonetheless, the Descendents rule!