Say Anything Sign To Equal Vision; Begin Recording New Album In August

Say AnythingSay Anything have signed with Equal Vision Records and will begin recording their fourth studio album with producer Tim O’Heir [Say Anything, All-American Rejects] in August 2011.

“Once we found our label, we knew there was only one producer who could bring the kind of ambitious, freethinking, over-the-top approach to the recording process that we were looking for,” Bemis explains. “We are proud to announce that for the first time in the better part of a decade, we will be returning to the studio with Tim O’Heir, the super-sick producer who helped us shape Say Anything‘s “¦Is a Real Boy into what it is.”

Check out more information and a video announcement from Max Bemis below. [Read more…]

Equal Vision Signs Texas In July

Texas In July

Equal Vision Records is pleased to welcome Texas In July to its roster.  With their two youngest members walking across the graduation stage this year, Texas In July are about to charge headfirst out of Ephrata, P.A. and into living out their dreams full-time.  Balancing their sensitive expressions of faith with some of metalcore’s most ferocious and in-your-face vocals and breakdowns, the band has already proven that they have what it takes to put small-town-Pennsylvania on the map.

Supporting their 2009 full-length release, I Am, members Logan Maurer (guitar), Ben Witkowski (bass), Alex Good (vocals), Adam Gray (drums) and Christian Royer (guitar) have just wrapped up a U.S. tour with An Early Ending and are currently overseas on their first European tour.  Upon returning, the band will tour throughout the U.S. and Canada, remaining on the road through mid-October.

Additional Fall dates will be announced soon!

European Tour Dates

Jul 08  London, UK @ Purple Turtle
Jul 09  Coventry, UK @ John Taylor’s House
Jul 10  Stapelmoor, DE @ Free for all Festival
Jul 10  Lommel, BE @ Leverage of Chaos Festival
Jul 11  Utrecht , NL @ DB’S
Jul 12  Essen, DE @ Sounds
Jul 13  Prague, CZ @ Klub 007 Strahov
Jul 14  Tokaj, HU @ Hegyalja Festzival
Jul 15  Vienna, AT @ Shelter
Jul 16  Klagenfurt, AT @ Volxhaus
Jul 17  Bologna, IT @ Blogos
Jul 18  Aosta, IT @ No Comment
Jul 19  Zizers, CH @ Event Stage
Jul 20  Konstanz, DE @ Kulturladen
Jul 21  Numberg, DE @ Z-Bau
Jul 22  Trier, DE @ ExHaus
Jul 23  Paderborn, DE @ Kulturwerkstat

w/With Life in Mind [through Aug 11]

Jul 28  Amsterdam, NY @ Amsterdam Elks
Jul 29  Rochester, NY @ Waterstreet Music Hall
Jul 30  Danbury, CT @ Tuxedo Junction
Jul 31  Horseheads, NY @ iMatter Festival
Aug 01  West Oshawa, Canada @ The Groove Lounge
Aug 02  Mississauga, Canada @ Rehearsal Pro
Aug 03  Kitchener, Canada @ The Schwaben Club
Aug 04  Sarnia, Canada @ The Eagles Club
Aug 05  London, Canada @ Moon Over Marin
Aug 06  Windsor, Canada @ The Chubby Pickle
Aug 07  Brantford, Canada @ Club NV
Aug 08  Burt, NY @ The Farley House
Aug 09  Fredericksburg, VA @ The Refuge
Aug 10  Jermyn, PA @ Eleanor Rigby’s [w/My Children, My Bride]
Aug 11  Spotswood, NJ @ Spotswood VFW
Aug 12  Bloomsburg, PA @ Phillips Emporium
Aug 14  Lewisberry, PA @ Purple Door Music Festival [HM Stage]
Aug 26  Montrose, PA @ Montrose Theatre
Aug 27  Virginia Beach, VA @ Club Relevant
Sep 04  Frenchtown, NJ @ Revelation Generation Festival
[Main Stage w/ The Devil Wears Prada, August Burns Red & more]

Circa Survive – Blue Sky Noise

Circa Survive - Blue Sky Noise

Artist: Circa Survive
Album: Blue Sky Noise
Label: Atlantic Records
Purchase: iTunes
Release Date: April 20th, 2010

Overall: 9.0
Music: 9.0
Lyrics: 9.0
Production: 9.0

After a few years, and a couple side projects, Circa Survive are back with their highly anticipated third album Blue Sky Noise. Following their previous record On Letting Go, it seemed like the only place to go was up for the band, but does the new album live up to the expectations that the band set themselves up too?

One of the complaints that could have been made about Circa Survive’s previous records was that they didn’t stray far from the alternative rock sound, playing with the same old ideas of needling guitars and drawn out melodies. It was something they were (and are) great at, but it could only be done so many times. Blue Sky Noise takes a different turn with the bands sound, with a much more decidedly rock vibe to it. Whether it be the intense (and I do mean intense) screams on “Get Out” or the rocking guitars of “Fever Dreams,” the expansion of their sound is a welcome edition to their catalogue.

That’s not to say though that the entire album is all new, there is still plenty of the old Circa Survive that people have loved since day one. A song like “The Longest Mile” really calls to the bands earlier material, or the haunting echoing sounds of “Glass Arrows.” Blue Sky Noise is as different as it is the same, and many diehard listeners will most likely respect this from the band.

The last thing about this album, and the most controversial, would Anthony Green’s voice. It’s really a love/hate affair with all listeners, and this album will only spark more debates over whether he has a place in music. His voice has easily gotten more gruff and it’s harder to hit those really high notes heard on previous affairs, but it does add to the intensity of their sound. While at other times, when Green is singing in his lower register, it amounts to some of the best songs on the album (most notably “Frozen Creek” and “Spirit Of The Stairwell” which are both beautiful). His voice is most definitely an acquire taste, but those who like it will love it this time around.

All in all, Blue Sky Noise is a welcome addition to the Circa Survive’s discography. This album won’t grab you right out of the blue the moment you hear it if you are a casual listener, but you’ll find it growing on you listen after listen. The band has acquired a certain explosive, yet subdued sound, that most other bands don’t have (or can’t control) which makes them very special in their own right.

Choose Your Own Price For This Time Next Year’s New Album

This Time Next Year and Equal Vision Records are giving fans the oppurtunity to choose their own price on the bands new album, Road Maps and Heart Attacks. Fans can “choose your own price” – from $0 to $1,000,000 it is it up to the fan to decide what to pay for the music. Fans also have options in what types of files to download – mp3, AAC, FLAC, or Apple Lossless. To choose your own price & download go here.

Equal Vision Records Signs The Dear & Departed

Equal Vision Records has signed Indie/new wave act, The Dear & Departed. The band recently wrapped up recording with New Found Glory guitarist, Chad Gilbert (H2O, Fireworks), and will release the new material as a digital EP and 7″ later this year and tour to support.

“EVR have always supported us and after constant frustration with other labels, we feel it’s a great decision,” expressed vocalist, Dan Smith (aka Dan Under). “That’s all you can really ask for these days, honest support. We have all been fans of EVR bands since we were young and its nice to have that history and nostalgia with a label, even though so much has changed over the years.”

Equal Vision Signs This Time Next Year

Equal Vision Records is proud to welcome THIS TIME NEXT YEAR to its roster. The band – vocalist Pete Dowdalls, guitarist/vocalist Brad Wiseman, guitarist Denis Cohen, bassist Tony Allio, and drummer Aaron Seminoff – is set to record their debut full length with producer Brian McTernan (Circa Survive, Senses Fail, Thrice) at the top of 2009.

Listing Saves The Day, New Found Glory, and The Movielife as major influences, THIS TIME NEXT YEAR has released two EPs – A Place For You in 2007, The Longest Way Home in 2008 – on indie DIY labels Escapist Records and Run For Cover Records (respectively). With several full US tours under their belt, the five-piece has shared the stage with many of the scene’s current pop-punk heavyweights including Cartel, Set Your Goals, and Four Year Strong.

On the decision to sign with Equal Vision Records, Wiseman explained “EVR believes in us as much as we believe in ourselves and that’s all we can ask for. Since day one they have shown a strong sense of belief in this band and have welcomed us with open arms into what we are proud to call our new home. We are extremely grateful of all they have done so far and all that’s to come in the new year.”

The band has prepared a video regarding the announcement available for viewing below.

Tour Dates

12/05 – Livermore, CA @ Burnin Burro w/Fight Fair, First To Leave, Hear The Sirens
12/06 – Oakland, CA @ The Metro w/Set Your Goals, Trash Talk, Comadre & Among The Living
12/07 – Santa Cruz, CA @ 418 Project w/Hear The Sirens, Among The Living
12/20 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean w/2*Sweet

Equal Vision Signs Cinematic Sunrise

Cinematic Sunrise

Equal Vision Records has signed Cinematic Sunrise, the pop-rock sensation side project of Craig Owens and Bradley Bell vocalist and keyboardist (respectively) of Chiodos.

Cinematic Sunrise is Craig Owens, vocals; Bradley Bell, keyboards; Bryan Beeler, guitar; Marcus Vankirk, bass; and Dave Shapiro, drums  recorded the 6-track set themselves with Beeler in the role of producer/engineer. The debut EP (title TBA) is set for a May 13, 2008 release. Check out the album art and tour dates below.

Cinematic Sunrise

Headlining w/My American Heart, Daphne Loves Derby

May 15 Tinley Park, IL Mojo’s Rock House
May 16 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
May 17 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
May 18 S. Hackensack, NJ School Of Rock
May 19 Philadelphia, PA World Cafà Live
May 20 Troy, NY Revolution Hall
May 21 New York, NY Blender Theatre at Gramercy
May 23 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
May 24 Dallas, TX The Door
May 25 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
May 27 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse
May 28 San Diego, CA Soma Sidestage
May 29 Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction
May 31 W. Hollywood, CA The Troubadour

w/Vans Warped Tour SmartPunk Stage

Jul 10 Orlando, FL Central Florida Fairgrounds
Jul 11 St. Petersburg, FL Vinoy Park
Jul 12 Miami, FL Bicentennial Park
Jul 13 St. Augustine, FL St. Johns County Fairgrounds
Jul 14 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul 15 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul 16 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion