Friday, May 6, 2011

Outta Time

Whenever I try to do any kind of business for the band, or even try to post on this blog I'm reminded of why we're breaking up. It's really hard to keep a band going while you're working full time. We've been getting stuff ready for the tour and the 7" while trying to juggle busy lives and some of us living out of state, so it's not as easy as it used to be. That being said, here's a little run-down on what's been going on. Hopefully later I can post about some of these things in greater detail.

Facedown Fest

Facedown Fest was a lot of fun as always, but this time was different since it was our last west coast show and it was our first time not touring out there. We all flew in to San Diego on Thursday and ate In-N-Out Burger immediately. We had really missed it. Our friend Drew happened to be in town with A Day to Remember, so we called him up and ended up hanging out at their show with 6,000 screaming tweens. It was quite an experience. The fest itself was a lot of fun and we're really going to miss going out there. Our set was great and the kids really made it worth our while.

Here's a short clip from the set where we play Empty Promises and a No Warning cover. I was stoked that so many kids knew that song:

Also, here's a video of 60 dudes in black t-shirts trying to take a picture on the beach.

And this is what it came out looking like.

Pretty cool, huh?


We just got done recording our final release, the "Validation" 7". It's finishing getting mastered right now and we're really excited about it. I think it's really going out on a high note for us and we can't wait for you to hear the new songs. Here's the tracklisting in case you're interested.

1. Exploit, Neglect, Condemn
2. Validation
3. Closer
4. To become One

We'll be posting more about that soon, including details about the pressing.

The Final Tour

We've just announced our final tour for this summer. We'll be heading out with a band we love touring with, Dead Icons, and our new friends in Dynasty. We tried to hit up places we love playing and for a two week tour it's pretty spread out. If we didn't make it to you area, we're really sorry. Here's the dates:

6/15 Fayetteville GA @ 11th Hour Venue **
6/16 Columbia SC @ Unit One Art Space
6/17 Whitesburg KY @ Letcher County Tourism
6/18 Cookeville TN @ Westside Station
6/19 Southhaven MS @ Cafe 549
6/20 Little Rock AR @ Downtown Music Hall
6/21 Tyler TX @ The Attic
6/22 Houston TX @ Cain's Ashes
6/23 McAllen TX @ VFW Hall
6/24 San Antonio TX @ The White Rabbit
6/25 Dallas TX @ The Door

6/26 Tulsa OK @ The Reverb w/ Onward To Olympus
6/27 Springfield MO @ Salad Days w/ Onward To Olympus
6/28 Springfield IL @ Black Sheep Cafe
6/29 Bushnell IL @ Cornerstone (Blood & Ink Friends Night) **
6/30 Bushnell IL @ Cornerstone **
7/01 Bushnell IL @ Cornerstone **

7/05 Evansville IN @ The Rev **
7/06 Chattanooga @ The Warehouse **

** No Dead Icons

We'll be announcing our final Florida dates very soon. Until then we're playing an awesome fest next week in Ft Lauderdale called Bringing it Back For The Kids Fest. There's a lot of awesome bands playing so you should definitely be there!

That's it for now. Check back soon!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

California Uber Alles

I shouldn't be up this late since tomorrow will be such a long day. In a matter of hours we will be flying out to California in preparation of Facedown Fest 2011. We always love coming out to the west coast and we're especially excited about this show. Not only is it Facedown Fest, but it's our last west coast show ever, and that's a pretty big deal. We got a pretty good set planned. A lot of older ones and a few of our favorites. Get STOKED!

In other news, we're almost done writing the 7". We're going to be recording this month at Warrior in Chapel Hill, where we recorded Life Of Defiance. We're excited about these 4 songs. They're not like anything we've written before, and for our last release, why not? We're going to be announcing a title for the 7" very soon, so keep checking it out.

There's going to be a lot more posts on here from now on. We promise.

See you soon California!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Beginning of the End

It's been a long time since we've updated this thing and a lot has changed since then. Last year was a turbulent year for this band. On the positive side we put out a new record, we went to Europe for the first time and stayed on the road for most of the year. The negative was that we got into debt, debt that we couldn't seem to get ahead of no matter how many tours we did and half the band had to stop touring, leaving us a band full of fill ins. That leads us to where we are today, a band that has started to feel weary, tired and factioned. That's why we've decided to hang it up and this year will be our final year as a band. Here's the official statement:

After eight years, three full-lengths and countless tours all over, Call to Preserve is calling it quits. For the past year or so we’ve done our best to keep functioning as a band despite losing members and having remaining members cut back their involvement. Now all of us are being pulled in different directions and our aspirations for our future have expanded much further than being on tour all the time. With some of us moving away, going back to school or starting careers, we just can’t sacrifice our time to this band like we used to. It would be a disservice to ourselves to do CTP half heartedly, so instead we want to go out on a high note and enjoy our last few months as a band.

We want to do our best to make sure those who want to can come see us for the last time. This April we’ll be playing our last west coast show at Facedown Fest 2011 and in the coming months we’ll be announcing our last tour dates, which will include a stop at Cornerstone Festival. Our last show will be near the end of July this summer in Melbourne, Florida. More details will be announced soon.

In these final months we’ll also be working on a few new songs that will be on a 7” coming out this summer on Facedown Records. We’ve wanted to put out vinyl for years and felt we had a few more things to say before we go, so this seemed like the perfect time and place to put out a 7”.

We never thought that this band would get as far as it did. We never thought we’d have the chance to travel so much and tour with some of our favorite bands and make such amazing friends from all over the world. We are eternally grateful for the chance we were given to play music and actually have people listen. We want to thank Jason Dunn and Facedown Records for standing behind us for the past five years, being some of the easiest people to work with and for just being great friends. We want to thank all the bands we’ve met and toured with who have become some of our best friends and we will miss the shows and the hangouts dearly. Finally we want to thank everyone who has supported us by coming to a show, buying a shirt, letting us sleep on your floor or feeding us. We are more thankful than you’ll ever know.

Thanks for listening and see you soon. – CALL TO PRESERVE

Knowing that the end is so close this blog suddenly feels important again, a feeling that felt lost when we were on the road with only two original members and we seemed to still be playing to the same small crowds when we first started. There's this feeling now that we need to document our history while it's still here and fresh in our minds, so that's what we'll do. In the next few months we'll do our best to look at what's going to be happening in these final months, and also look back on the eight years of CTP's existence.

It's going to be a fun next 6 months. Let's go out with a bang!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Hey kids! so there's a lot to cover, so I'll be brief. Here it goes:

We got back from Europe about 2 weeks ago and it was a blast! It was seriously one of the best experiences of our lives and we're stoked we were able to go. We did have a pretty awful situation trying to get back home (and it didn't have anything to do with a volcano) you can read about that here on Harbor's blog. Nonetheless it was amazing and can't wait to go back. Here's a few shots from Europe:

Next order of business:

We were stoked to be heading out with our good friends Take it Back! on the "Breaking All The Brules Tour!" It's going to be a blast so make sure you go. We'll also have some additional summer dates posted shortly.

and finally...

Our new album "Life of Defiance" will be out June 8th and you can now pre-order from Facedown, and all pre-orders will be eligible to win a one-of-a-kind CTP skateboard deck! You can do that here. We recently posted a new song from the album called "Functionary." You can check that out here.

That's it for now. See everyone on the road!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Rain in Spain.

Sorry about the length of time without an update. We've been busy covering the entire continent of Europe. You know, no big deal. After a week or two in Eastern Europe, we moved into the warmer and more civilized counties like France, Spain, Italy and Portugal. It's been rad. The other day we got to hang out in Badalona, Spain, a vibrant little city on the Mediterranean outside of Barcelona. We hung out on the beach and then got lost in the city. That's what we've been best at. Wandering away from the venue every day and getting lost. Today we were in Lyon, France. We got lost and then ended up at this park with all these gardens and atriums that were built around the turn of the century. There were deer just walking around and a lot of people on razor scooters for some reason. It was wild!

A couple days before that we were in Lisboa, Portugal a huge city on the coast. It's an old city with tons of statues, cathedrals and narrow streets that wind up and down the hills and makes no sense. The venue we played that night was on a street too narrow for the tour bus, so we unloaded the trailer at a hotel across town and had to load everything into the promoter's van. It took about 3 trips to get everyone and every thing there. The ride to the venue was like a death race dodging traffic and old trollies through the streets. The venue was at the bottom of a hill and the road going up the hill actually went over the venue, but it was just an overpass, there was a city block built on top of the venue. WILD.

Shows have been lots of fun and we've been having a blast with Agnostic Front and This is Hell hanging out on the bus. We couldn't ask for better bands to see Europe for the first time with. Here's a a few pictures from my phone, with the exception of the live shots. Some better ones coming soon

Bydgeszcz, Poland

Leipzig, Germany

Hamburg, Germany


Badalona, Spain

Lisbon, Portugal

Lyon, France

A video blog we'll be up soon, and hopefully if this volcano in Iceland chills out soon, they can resume European air travel and we'll be home in just over a week. If not we might be stuck here for a while. We'll see. That's it for now. More updates soon!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Greetings from Eastern Europe!

We have been on our European tour With Agnostic Front for about a week now and it's been pretty rad. We've been chillin' on the bus, hanging out with skin heads, storming castles, things like that. It's been a lot of fun.
The tour started out in Kassel, Germany. We flew in the day before and hung out with our German friend Tim from Today Forever, who was nice enough to order all our food for us since we don't speak German. The next we played the first show to over 500 people. The place was packed! When Agnostic Front came on the place went insane, and that's how it's been every night.

After Kassel we headed to Wroclaw, Poland, our crossover into eastern Europe where the effects of the iron curtain are still visible. In Kassel the crowd was about 50/50 hardcore kids to skinheads. In Eastern Europe there's about 80 skinheads for every 20 hardcore kids. Skinhead culture is alive and well in Eastern Europe. This might explain our mediocre merch sales. Don't get me wrong. People are getting into it and we're having a lot of fun, but none of our merch has iron crosses on it, so they're not interested.
The other day we played Bratislava, Slovakia, a beautiful modern city with an old world feel. It was a fun show and we got to check out the city before the show, including Bratislava Castle. The next day we played in Kocise which is close to Slovakia's border with Ukraine. It was quite the contrast to Bratislava: grey, dreary and depressing. Exactly what you would think former communist city would look like. What's strange though is how much people love ska and dancehall out here. In the most depressing city so far, the back stage had Specials and Aggrolites posters everywhere and the walls were painted with checkerboards and Jamaican colors. Ska is alive and well in Slovakia.

Today we're in Leipzig, Germany at a place called Conne Island and it's supposed to be awesome. They already made us some tasty sandwiches, so I got a good feeling.

The week before we left for this tour we were finishing up our new record "Life of Defiance." so here's our video blog from making the record. We had a pretty good time. Check it out:

That's it for now. There will be a bunch more updates about tour and the new album soon!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

We're in Europe!

A lot is happening right now. I will go into detail about happenings in the next couple days, but for now here is the rundown.

- Our new album "Life of Defiance" is now mixed and mastered. The recording went pretty great and we're happy with the way everything came out, and I'm in the process of editing the video from making the record. "Life of Defiance" will be out June 8th and will be having several cd release shows planned that week, as well as some June tour dates. We're also working on some dates for May, so be on the look out for those.

- We left yesterday for our Euro tour with Agnostic Front and This is Hell and we couldn't be more stoked. We got into Amsterdam this afternoon, where our buddy Tim from Today Forever picked us up and took us to his hometown Kassel, Germany where we kick off the tour tomorrow. We haven't done a whole lot yet, but we got a chance to walk around Kassel today and take it all in. It's a beautiful city and is almost postcard like. Later on Tim took us to our first German disco, which is a lot like any club in the states, except no one seems desperate. Just something I picked up on. Also Tim insisted we try a type of soda called malt beer, which he said was like root beer, but as it turns out its not. My conclusion was that it tasted like a barely sweet beans and rice flavored soda. Not so good.
So there's going to be a lot going on and I'm going to try and update this as much as possible. Keep checking back!