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!

Friday, March 19, 2010

We're shuttin' Down The Studio

We've been at Warrior Sound recording "Life of Defiance" for the past four days, and I'm sitting here listening to John lay down the first vocal tracks. Given our our limited number of days before we leave for tour we've spent all day here everyday. I have to say I think everything is coming even better than we hoped it would. It's already sounding pretty killer and and its only been four days.

This recording experience has been quite different than recording From Isolation. Last time around we were in Boston and had two weeks of 6 hour days. This time we're in a rural town outside of Chapel Hill, NC and we're doing 6 10 hour days. Last time we were a 5 peice and brought 2 of our friends with us. This time we're a 4 peice, we didn't bring any friends with us and mike had to leave after he finished tracking drums. We've spent a lot more time recording and less time goofing around and yelling at girls with umbrellas. I personally have spent much more time playing on this album than last time, which means I've been able to document the process less. This makes for a good record, but not for hilarious video blogs. Don't worry there will be some, but I can't promise they'll be as funny as last time.

It hasn't been all work and no play though. The other night the dudes from Advent came by and hung out with us, and mike from For Today showed up out of nowhere. It ruled. Tonight they're coming by to help us with some gang vocals and I'm sure some serious partying will ensue. I'm sure you can infer who's doing some guest vocals on this record.

Here's a few shots from this week:

We leave for our European tour with Agnostic Front and This is Hell in one week. Get stoked!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

It's Crunch Time, Kids!

With everything we have to get ready for I shouldn't be blogging right now, so I'll make this short.

We played two shows last month with Take it Back!, Ambush!, and Continuance. It was a lot of fun, as it almost always is with those guys. The first show was in Melbourne and it was pretty much just our friends there, which was alright, but it would've been nice to have some other people there so they could hear our new songs. The Tampa show was a lot of fun, but it was quite different. john had a naga tournament in south florida he had to be at, so he had to miss the show. Chase Moore of Seventh Star fame filled in on bass and I did vocals. I had a blast and kids responded well. Thanks to everyone for putting up with me.

Now its March 10 and we're just a week away from going to record our next album. We'll be recording at Warrior Sound in Chapel hill, North Carolina. Advent recorded their new album there and it sounds pretty amazing so we're stoked. And the title of the album:

"Life of Defiance"

Deal with it.
After that we'll be home for about 3 days before we jump on a plane for Europe and start our tour with Agnostic Front and This is Hell. This is going to be unreal. I still don't think it's hit that in the next month and half I will have been to about 10 different countries I've never been to before. WILD.

Just like last time, we're going to record all the studio hijinks and put it up on the world wide web. We will do the same for Europe. Be on the look out. We're about to be crazy busy.