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October 16, 2008

THROUGH THE NOISE TOUR ’08 – COMEBACK KID w/ Bane, Misery Signals, Shai Hulud, Outbreak, Grave Maker

Filed under: Clubs/Venues, Events, Hardcore, Punk, Spark Of Life Music — AlMac @ 6:09 am

The hardcore tour of the year, featuring some of the most influencial hardcore bands of today and yesterday. This tour will be coming to Toronto, Ontario on Oct 24th (the same day as Crystal Castles @ CIRCA :S) At the Opera House on Queen East.

outbreak,a pissed snotty hardcore band with solid drumming, a bit of which is New York hardcore influenced. This band hails from Maine and if you’ve heard Dropkick Murphys, Blood For Blood, or American Nightmare before you will love this band.

Bane, a hardcore punk band, began as a side project of Aaron Dalbec (then of Converge) in 1995 and never turned back since. Founded on beliefs that are in short supply within the current underground music scene, Bane has established themselves as one of the most influential and relevant bands in hardcore today. Since their inception, they’ve become one of the scene’s hardest working bands touring the world over and releasing the full lengths, It All Comes Down To This and 2001’s critically acclaimed Give Blood, an album that breathed life into the then-stagnant hardcore scene. Returning with their first album in three years, Bane offer up The Note – an album that embodies the spirit, the community, and the love of traditional hardcore that Bane has become synonymous with. In stark contrast with many of its contemporaries The Note is not laden with trends but with powerful, energetic and passionate performances that serve as a wake up call for modern day hardcore. Bane’s newest album has been one of the best yet and they have not lost their touch. The live performance has been remembered as filled with energy and people will remember this night for a long time.

Misery Signals the Canadian/US group from Edmonton, Regina & Madison will also grace the stage on that friday evening. Misery Signals has always seemed to leave their fans in Ontario speechless after performances. As early as 2004 Misery Signals has been a leading force in the Hardcore scene and after a line-up change, acquiring one Karl Schubach from Regina as their new Vocalist, Misery Signals is better then ever before just out of the studio, on the road plugin’ their new record Controller.
Controller is the band’s third full-length album and is expecting to set a new watermark in the band’s career. It is a high mark to aim for as the band’s last full-length Mirrors (2006) received a deluge of critical acclaim and fan praise. Among those well wishers were Alternative Press who featured the band as 100 BANDS YOU NEED TO KNOW 2007 (and 2008, 2009, ect) which yielded the quote “Let’s face it: A lot of metal-roar-core acts don’t mix in Sigur Ros-esque ambient breaks within the kind of gut-wrenching boom you’ll find on the Signals’ recent disc, Mirrors.” Revolver who featured Misery Signals as a BAND TO WATCH described the band as “A relentlessly ambitious melodic, metalcore band with a knack for exhausting members with their take-no-prisoners touring schedule.” Speaking of that non-stop touring schedule the band have hit over five countries in the past several months including a headlining tour of Europe, festivals in Japan and Australia with I Killed The Prom Queen as well as slots supporting As I Lay Dying on North American and Canadian dates. The band has been popular touring partners with bands across the heavy spectrum, hitting the road with such acts as Dillinger Escape Plan, Bleeding Through, Norma Jean, All That Remains, Emmure, The Chariot, Darkest Hour, Dead to Fall and Between The Buried And Me. Misery Signals will bring the low end and there is no-doubt people will get their money’s worth.

Comeback Kid All great things have humble beginnings and Comeback Kid is no exception. Originating in 2002 as a way to get out some fast, energetic music, CBK has since turned into one of the most infectious forces in independent music today. 5 Young men from Winnipeg, Canada and of former groups such as Figure Four and No Warning. Comeback Kid has intense ‘in your face style’ live performance. It will be remembered.

Shai Hulud is a American five-piece technical hardcore punk band with progressive metal[1] influences, originally formed in Pompano Beach, Florida, the band later moved up to Poughkeepsie, NY. The name comes from the giant sandworms in Frank Herbert’s Dune. The two mainstay members of Shai Hulud are considered to be Matt Fox (guitar), who writes most of the band’s musical and lyrical output, and Matt Fletcher (originally guitar, but then moved on to bass), who assists in writing Shai Hulud was one of the first bands to be considered “metalcore”, in the 90s. They have played metal influenced hardcore long before “metalcore” was even considered a musical genre, but their music isn’t what is known as metalcore nowadays, since their complete lack of modern metalcore elements, staying more close to their hardcore roots. This will be Shai Hulud’s second time in Toronto since reforming as a band and it could very well be their last. Come give these guys some love.


August 12, 2008

A brief moment with ‘Fear Before The March Of Flames’

Article by:
– Randy Westcott

After spending a few days with Fear Before the March of Flames, I’ve found a new respect for them. Seeing them play various shows in different settings with different set list really show cases their talent and ability to play to any crowd. From mocking the people in their tents at this years CEMF, to tearing apart the Annex Wreckroom with an unbelievable set, the boys of FBTMOF get it done no matter the situation. Jumping off the stage and trying to intimidate people who seem to be taken back by his on stage person Dave Marion talks to me about Canada, the new album and getting hit in the face with guitars;

Dave Marion tells the quiet to \'shush\' during Fear\'s set at Cutting Edge Festival in Grand Bend, Ontario.

Dave Marion tells the quiet to 'shush' during Fear's set at Cutting Edge Festival in Grand Bend, Ontario.

SOL: You guys have been in Canada for a while now, what’s one good thing and one bad thing you’ve experienced here?

Dave Marion: Tons of good things thats for sure, probably the best I’d say is just getting to see new places. You kinda get burned out in the States after you’ve seen it all over and over and over again, it’s always fun, but just getting to see a new place, parts of the country we haven’t seen before. The bugs suck though, we’ve been camping or staying in the van and the last little while has been pretty bad.

SOL: Adam is a vegan, how hard is it to find food for him in Canada?

DM: It’s hard sometimes, but he gets by pretty well. He’s a little picky on what he eats, but, I’ll eat anything. It’s kinda hard when we get to a place that doesn’t have food for him, I feel a little bad for him because I can enjoy any meal. It seems rough at times, I know I couldn’t do it.

SOL: You’ve said previously that you like when fans get involved in your shows,
how do you cope at festival shows where security is amped up and fan interaction becomes much harder?

You kind just go into it knowing it’s going to be like that, you have to translate your energy in different ways. I’m not so good at talking to the crowd, and I find it’s hard to find the right words to say, I figure the songs speak better. I feel there’s something special about festival shows and getting in front of that many people is like a different high all by itself.

SOL: Your lyrics are really intricate, harboring allegories, metaphors, hidden meanings, do you intend on creating these or do they just come as you’re writing?

Sometimes they start as journal entries, on the new record I kept more personal than the allegories. I just find with those kind of things they can reach more people and doesn’t have to mean the same thing for every person, people will find their own meaning.

SOL: You use Disney movies in brutal metaphors, what’s with that?

DM: Those movies are pretty fucked up, when you are a little kid you dont notice the subtleties of it. I try and remind people that everything you see is not always correct.

SOL: Jeremy Fisher and Anthony Green make an apperance on the last album, is there any cameos on the new album?

DM: Quintin from Vox, Thomas from Fall of Troy, Drew from I Am the Ocean, I think thats it. We try and involve other bands in stuff as much as we can.

SOL: What is the direction of the new album compared to The Always Open Mouth?

DM: It still sounds like us, it’s really dark, it has the energy that Art Damage had. On the last album, some of the songs were electronic based, we started with the electronics and built them up from there, this time, we wrote the songs and wrote the electronics to that. It’s so much different for us, because we’ve got a new drummer and a fresh lineup, it feels like a first record again,
you’re excited and you know everyone else is. I can’t wait for people to hear it.

Q: Brandon Proff used to do your layouts, now that hes no longer part of the band have you gone somewhere else?

David Bell, the director of the “Taking Cassandra to the End of the World Party” video is doing the artwork, every time he comes out he brings his sketchbook and it’s just Amazing. Brandon is still going to do the layout, he still does some of our merch designs…He always seems to be doing something new.

SOL: Whats the weirdest thing thats ever happened on tour?

DM: This one time, I got my head split open by Mike’s bass and I had a bunch of paper towels to wipe it up with. When I got cleaned up, I put them down by the monitor and this girl picked them up and put them in her purse….and that’s just strange haha… I’ve been hit a lot of times, I’ve got artificial dimples from being hit in the face…but at least I’ve got my eyeballs…

Fear Before the March of Flames new album drops October 28th on Equal Vison Records.
“I don’t care as long as we get there…get there…get there”

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