Emery, the ever-evolving rock quintet originally from South Carolina that has been making its mark since 2000, is set to release its fourth full-length album, "…In Shallow Seas We Sail," on June 2, 2009, via longtime home Tooth & Nail Records. "…In Shallow Seas We Sail" picks up right where Emery's last release, the EP "While Broken Hearts Prevail" (2008) left off, both thematically and stylistically.
This fourth album continues the tradition of Emery's dual front-man format, with Toby Morell and Devin Shelton once again sharing lead vocal and bass guitar duties. Emery's fourth album combines the band's trademark screams and breakdowns, and balances these heavy sounds with catchy hooks and melodies.
The album's single, "Cutthroat Collapse," is about being in a relationship and making it your whole life, said Morrell. "These kinds of relationships usually end up in doom. The protagonist ends up calling his/her significant other and threatening to commit suicide. Such a great thing ends up in tragedy."
"I think this record is the best representation of Emery," said Morrell. "If you like Emery, this will be the record you love the most. This is our most complete album. You can listen to each individually and not get burnt out. At the same time, you will love the overall story of the record and the journey it takes you on."
The current world views, experiences and personal relationships of each individual band member contributed to the distinct sound on Emery's fourth album. "Emery's previous albums were written at completely different times in our lives. '…In Shallow Seas We Sail' is Emery, as we are now," said Morell.
Since forming in 2000, Emery has embarked upon at least three national tours per year, sharing the stage with such artists as Chiodos, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Silverstein, Alexisonfire and Hawthorne Heights. Originally formed near Greenville, S.C., Emery is now spread throughout the U.S., with members in South Carolina, Illinois, Indiana, and Washington.
"…In Shallow Seas We Sail" is Emery's fifth release for Tooth & Nail Records. "The Weak's End" was released in 2004, followed by "The Question" in 2005 and "I'm Only A Man" in 2007. "While Broken Hearts Prevail…" was released in October of 2008. In addition to Toby Morrell, Devin Shelton, and Matt Carter, Emery includes Josh Head (keys, vocals) and Dave Powell (drums).
Sleeping Giant represent a great and terrible day when all living things will return to dust; and their sound is as formidable as one might suspect the apocalypse should be. Sleeping Giant charged onto the Redlands, CA scene in 2006 with their bold and powerful live show, where in addition to being entranced by ominous guitars, crowds are met with burning passion from articulate front man Thom Green. The sincerity behind the words that pour out from Greens mouth is deeply rooted in the bands unwavering love for The Lord.
Sleeping Giant are resolute in their goal to reach as many people as possible with their message of repentance; but their music is anything but single-minded. The diversity of sound on their debut Dread Champions of the Last Days is striking, and listeners will find the bands ability to morph seamlessly from one track to the next to be unforgettable.
We are called Sleeping Giant because Christians in the world today are just that, in the world. And they need to wake up!!! They are sleeping giants of war in this world over-run by people who do not see the enormity of their sin and don't realize they live there lives day by day forsaking a just and amazing God who deserves everything.
Hailing from the desolate metal scene of north Alabama, brutal Hardcore influenced Metal act, MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE, are proud to have landed a home with Solid State Records. Capturing the label's attention through their non-stop touring efforts, d.i.y. European tour, and several self-released EP's, MCMB is a band that knows what it means to prove their worth through endless hard work and with genuine effort. MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE recently wrapped up thier debut album, "Unbreakable," tracked by Joey Sturgis (The Devil Wears Prada) and mixed by Adam D. (Killswitch Engage). Fans can expect another full year of dedicated touring in support of "Unbreakable" in 2008
Close Your Eyes
As a band, our desire is to give hope to the hopeless, give bread to the hungry, give love to the unloved, and give life to those who feel there is nothing left.
Outlaw Music Magazine:
Consider our faces melted. Really like the music. Songs are well written, the guitar is exceptional and most importantly the lyrics kicked my butt!
HM, The Hard Music Magazine:
Good, solid hardcore. Well produced with strong vocal performances including several chant-along gang choruses on this 6-song EP.
Indie Vision Music:
If you're looking for a good hardcore influenced pop punk band, look no further than Close Your Eyes. They remind me of a mix between New Found Glory, Set Your Goals, Comeback Kid, and Stretch Arm Strong, with maybe even a little A Day To Remember thrown in.
A Bullet For Pretty Boy
Is it possible to spread a positive message to an audience jaded by violence and apathy? "Yes!", answer Derrick Sechrist, Josh Trammel, Bryan Bingham, Danon Saylor, Chris Johnston and Joshua Modisette, the members of Christian hardcore ambient band A Bullet for Pretty Boy.
Founded in late 2006 about two hours east of Dallas in the town of Longview, Texas, the band quickly set out on a mission to spread the message of Jesus Christ. With over one hundred shows played in the past year alone, despite two members still attending high school, they are well on their way. Formed by several close friends, the band decided to name themselves after infamous bank robber Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd. By December 2006 the band played their first show, which drew a surprising turnout. A Bullet for Pretty Boy hasn't looked back since releasing their first demo in the spring of 2007, followed up the following year by the self-released EP "Beauty in the Eyes of the Beholder" , which has sold over 1,000 copies through itunes, bigcartel, and other various online stores.
With some solid experience at their back, and clear road before them, A Bullet for Pretty Boy finally feels like a complete set. They've poured all their energy into this project and absolutely love writing, recording and especially performing their music. "We've had our struggles in the past, what band hasn't?" says guitarist Derrick Sechrist, "But every time we get up on that stage and feel the energy of the crowd, we know we're doing something special. That energy, that's our fuel, that's what drives us to excel." Spreading the amazing message of Jesus Christ among a traditionally disenchanted youth certainly merits at least a second look. "We understand that the message of Jesus Christ is complicated," adds keyboardist Joshua Modisette, "But we also understand the need for his message. It's an uplifting, inspirational message and a critical balance to the violence and nihilism that dominates the scene today. We feel it's time people started caring about that message again, and we know that with His help we can make that happen."
And they are making it happen, releasing a demo titled "Only Time Will Tell" the summer of 2008, followed quickly by another demo "I Will Destroy the Wisdom of the Wise" in October and " Windows" in July 2009. Individually influenced anywhere from metal, progressive, to indie, the band members opposing ideas and influences conflict until a happy medium and powerful, unique mix is created. The foundation is layed out by guitarist Derrick Sechrist, drummer Josh Trammel, and bassist Bryan Bingham creating the easy-flowing changes and stop and start breakdowns that could make anyone want to get up and move. At the same time guitarist Chris Johnston and keyboardist Josh Modisette make the progressive ambience most commonly found in indie but instead being mixed into a world of hardcore breakdowns and catchy choruses. All topped off with vocals that would cause most people's throat to bleed by frontman, Danon Saylor. A Bullet for Pretty Boy's sound is unlike anything in the hardcore scene today balancing opposing musical elements to perfection.
The constant drive towards perfection consumes the band entirely. With the two youngest members finally graduating high school, they're preparing to tour throughout the United States in 2009 full-time. Heads are turning and the fan base grows exponentially every day. A full time band with an amazing sound and unlimited motivation A Bullet for Pretty Boy's success is only a question of when.