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PHOTO GALLERY: Future Club 5 at Endgame (7-22-22)

Future Club is an alt-electronic mini-festival series featuring multiple stages of live music and DJs.

Photographer: Katherine Amy Vega

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Desert Runners, 6 Feet Under, Nobody Imprint Present: Future Club 5

Photography © Katherine Amy Vega, Kataklizmic Design
All Rights Reserved.

TERMINA Releases Single “Translucent”

“Transluscent” artwork

Today, TERMINA has returned with a new slab of modern metal, in the form of standalone single, “Translucent” – featuring guitarist Nik Nocturnal (who also handled other instrumentals), vocalist Andy Cizek (Monuments, Makari, WVNDER)and drummer Chris Turner (Oceans Ate Alaska)Mixed and mastered by Zakk Cervini (Bring Me The Horizon, Motionless In White, Coheed And Cambria, etc), “Translucent” is streaming now on Spotify, with the mind-bending, AI-generated video available for viewing here: 

(Produced by Patrick Lawler)

Nocturnal comments: “‘Translucent’ is the start of a brand new era for TERMINA. We took everything that we and our fans loved about our first album, ‘Dysphoria‘, and used that as the foundation for this new song – but, we cranked it up to an 11 for this release: we decided to enlist a real drummer, Chris Turner (Oceans Ate Alaska), and get a professional mix/master from Zakk Cervini. The resulting single is pure insanity, plus catchier and heavier than ever before. There’s no question we’ve built the ultimate Modern Metal team for this one.”

Regarding the song’s theme, Cizek adds: “‘Translucent’ is about being at war with yourself, feeling stuck in time, paralyzed by your own mind.”
 
TERMINA are re-defining modern metal. In the (very) recent past, the catchall genre has managed to catch the dregs of all of metal’s worst stereotypes for a homogenous sound less modern and more meh. In the hands of Nocturnal, Cizek and Turner, the tenets of metal’s newest subgenres become redefined. Metalcore, djent and deathcore are the true triumvirate of modernity, and combining them in fresh ways with a solid pop sensibility keeps it fresh, invigorating and truly progressive.

Stay tuned for more news about TERMINA coming soon!

TERMINA line-up:

  • Nik Nocturnal – guitars and instrumentals
  • Andy Cizek – vocals
  • Chris Turner – drums (session)

TERMINA online:

AL1CE Releases a Lyric Video Dedicated to Jonah Foree, Will Perform at Jonahcolypse

Jonah Foree (Vocalist), Ikonoklast
Performing at his SINister Fetish Party 07-15-17
Photography:
Katherine Amy Vega © All Rights Reserved

PHOENIX – Every once in a blue moon an amazing soul comes along who is a true connector in a community. Jonah Foree (Ikonoklast, Goth Brooks, HARDWIRE) was not only a multi-talented artist but also had the kind of heart that brought people together.

Foree approached Natasha “Tash” Cox from AL1CE and Mankind is Obsolete with lyrics that he imagined her voice on in the year AL1CE was formed, 2011.

Foree was admitted to the hospital on November 5, 2021, and sent home at the end of January 2022 when another surge of COVID-19 hit the hospitals. On February 17, he passed away surrounded by loved ones.

Jonah Foree’s Obituary |
Foree Family GoFundMe

Jonah Foree
(January 12, 1979 – February 17, 2022)

Natasha Cox & Jonah Foree performing at Fetish Heat 2011
Natasha Cox (Vocalist), Mankind is Obsolete & Jonah Foree (Guitarist), HARDWIRE
Performing at Fetish Heat 2012
Photography:
Katherine Amy Vega © All Rights Reserved

“Drown” Lyric Video –
lyrics by Jonah Foree

In honor of Foree, AL1CE put together the music and a lyric video that feature pictures taken by talented AZ photographers who capture special moments that exemplify Foree’s beautiful spirit.

The proceeds for the digital sales of the song will be donated to the Foree family to help them with their loss:
Buy the Song Here


Jonahcoplyse – Memorial Show in Mesa, AZ

“Drown” will be performed at the Jonahcolypse show at the celebration of the life of Jonah Foree and benefit for his family at Nile Theater tomorrow, March 26th.

There will be a raffle that will go towards helping out Jonah’s family as well through this terrible time.

Tickets are only $10 & you can grab one now or at the door.

Facebook RSVP & Event Details

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Here is a message from Tash that goes into detail about how this song came about:

“When I found out about Jonah’s passing, I went through every message we had exchanged, remembering this amazing person I was so lucky to call a friend and someone I admired and respected deeply. One of the things we bonded over was our shared love of words as lyricists. Jonah was a true poet through and through with a beautiful heart to match. In the year that AL1CE formed, he sent me lyrics that he heard my voice on.

I think one of the mysteries of art is that sometimes an artist can tap into a message that transcends time. Somehow his words feel like he was speaking directly to us now. In the weeks that have followed since Jonah passed, I am reminded of the gift that music is and how healing it can be.

Jonah left us a gift to help us process his passing, and while it was really emotionally hard to sing it for the recording, I’m also so grateful to have had this song to create. AL1CE made the music around Jonah’s beautiful words in honor of our dear friend that we’ll be performing at his memorial show this Saturday. The proceeds of the song will go to his family with all our love.”

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ORGY Announce Partial Postponement of Revival Tour

The Orgy tour is partially postponed. The band regrets to inform fans that, due to circumstances beyond their control with their bus, they must postpone some of their upcoming Revival Tour.

Remaining ORGY Revival Tour dates are:

  • 3.19 – Las Vegas, NV – The Usual Place with Death Valley High and Cosmic Killjoy – Tickets
  • 3.20 – Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock with Death Valley High and Cosmic Killjoy – Tickets
  • 4.03 – Parsippany, NJ – Dark Side of the Con Tickets
  • 4.21 – Reno, NV – Peavine Taphouse Eats & Beats with Oh! The HorrorDeath Valley High and Cosmic Killjoy Tickets
  • 4.22 – Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post with Oh! The HorrorDeath Valley High and Cosmic Killjoy Tickets
  • 4.23 – Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone Berkeley with Oh! The HorrorDeath Valley High and Cosmic Killjoy Tickets
  • 4.24 – West Hollywood, CA – The Rainbow – 50th Anniversary w/ Steel PantherPretty Boy Floyd, and Orgy and more – Free Show!

Read the original tour announcement & more about ORGY here.

Orgy promo photo

ORGY Online:

Billy Howerdel (A Perfect Circle) Makes Solo Debut at #Happens Las Vegas; “Poison Flowers” Single Arrives March 4

Los Angeles – Billy Howerdel, the critically-acclaimed songwriter and multi-instrumentalist behind A Perfect Circle, makes his highly-anticipated solo debut with a Feb. 23 performance at #Happens Las Vegas.

The outing gives fans their first taste of the Howerdel’s forthcoming, as-of-yet unannounced album, with the collection’s first single, “Poison Flowers” (pre-save here), slated for a March 4 release via Alchemy Recordings/BMG.

A teaser for “Poison Flowers” can be viewed above and here

This new album was birthed while on tour with A Perfect Circle. A weird blend of confidence, vulnerability and mortality urgently compelled me to write a letter of sorts in the form of an album,” explains Howerdel. Joining Howerdel for the live outing are Josh Freese (Just Google Him), Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails), Kaela Sinclair (M83), and Kevin Maher (Fake Shark).

#Happens is an organically driven, rock and alternative new music experience that brings together artists, radio programmers, label executives, and streaming experts over a three day conference that encourages thought-provoking conversations and dynamic performances against the colorful backdrop of downtown Las Vegas. Howerdel’s performance is part of the opening night party, which is open to the public, with tickets available here.

Photo courtesy of Billy Howerdel

Billy Howerdel has perhaps one of rock music’s most well-rounded and interesting resumes. Growing up in West Milford, New Jersey, he spent hours listening to WLIR emanating out of Long Island, New York. Lying in bed, he would scribble down playlists and then scout out the records he loved in stores, among them The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, Dead Kennedys, and Elvis Costello. However, it was the experience of seeing Pink Floyd at Giants Stadium that triggered his lust for finding a way to work in the music industry.

Howerdel initially racked up experience in stage lighting, working for almost any band or theater production that would ask, while at the same time devoting the rest of his free time to practicing guitar. A few years of work led to a chance meeting with Fishbone, a move west and quickly becoming a sought-after road and studio tech, working with David Bowie, Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails, and oh yeah, being roommates with Tool’s Maynard James Keenan. It was that friendship that birthed the multi-platinum alternative rock supergroup, A Perfect Circle.

Billy Howerdel Online:

Goth Rockers ORGY Announce Revival Tour with Special Guests September Mourning, Oh! The Horror, Death Valley High and Black Satellite

ORGY announces Revival Tour, starting March 19 in Las Vegas. Founding member, vocalist Jay Gordon affirms “So excited to hit stages all over America at last! ORGY will be playing with some really cool artists. We are excited to come and show people how fucking happy we are that the world is experiencing live music again!! ORGY will be playing some new material that we are so excited to bring to the masses. We put a lot of heart and soul into these tracks and people will see that in our performances as well.”

With new members joining and combining their respective talents building a new and improved band, this transformation reestablishes ORGY in the hard rock and metal scene.

UPDATE: This tour has been partially postponed. see REMAINING dates here.

ORGY updated tour date admat

Tour dates & ticket links below

Jay Gordon further statesThis Covid shit is crazy too so we are taking extra care of our minds and bodies so that the energy level is at the highest and that will show when you see our performances. We ask that everyone coming to the shows is responsible enough to mask up and test before seeing any live entertainment globally and to respect the health of others as well as the artist’s that you are coming to see. Everyone needs to take precautions to help fight this awful Corona virus every step of the way. Test frequently for everyone’s sake! See u soon!!

About ORGY:

ORGY spawned from the late 1990’s Goth music scene with their incredible remake of New Order’s “Blue Monday.” Upon release the track sold over one million copies and has sold more than20 million copies to date. In late 2005, after the release of Punk Statik Paranoia via D1 Music and Associates, their independent DVD TRANS GLOBAL SPECTACLE via D1 Music /DLC Records, and a promotional tour, the band went on a hiatus to work on their side projects.

In 2011, after seven years of demand from fans for new music and a tour, founding member Jay Gordon (vocals) decided it was time to kick things back up and begin recording and touring again in support of ORGY’s fans. Jay found himself with the task of finding new members. First, Jay selected North Carolina native and guitarist Carlton Bost to join the ranks of ORGYCarlton is known for his previous synth guitar work in art-rock band Deadsy, as well as for being the current guitar player for classic synth band Berlin. Other bands Carlton has been a member of, or played for, include The Dreaming, Lunarclick, 16 Volt, Tim Skold, and his own solo project Shades of Scar. Additionally, he works as a producer, writer, and re-mixer for various other artists.

ORGY Bassist, studio musician and live session performer Nic Speck came to Los Angeles via upstate New York and Miami, FL. Multi-talented Guitarist / Bass player Creighton Emrick, formerly with Vegas in Space and a host of rock bands in LA and Ohio joined the band. Creighton adds another layer of unique synth guitar sounds and melodies to ORGY‘s music.

Newest member, Hungarian born drummer Marton Veress, joined in 2019, just in time for the Pretty in Kink Tour. Formerly of Hungary’s leading metal band Pokolgép, Marton received a merit scholarship to the world famous Drummers Collective in New York City and formed Armageddon. A few years later, Marton took his backpack without knowing anyone, he moved to LA. He soon met Jake Pitts from Black Veil Brides and his wife Inna and joined their band, Aelonia. 

After several years of releasing earworm singles to the masses, ORGY has proven their long-lasting potency with a refreshed line-up and sound. The modern incarnation of ORGY has been transformed and sees the band poised to re-establish themselves in the EDM, industrial and hard rock scenes. Make no mistake about it, the ORGY brand is not going away anytime soon. As long as the fans demand new music and tours, the band is ready, willing and able to fill their request.

In 2020, ORGY released a video for Spells, a track mixed by Eric Racy and mastered by Howie Weinberg. This newer sound for ORGY has great lyrics, melodies, and guitars.

ORGY – Revival Tour

UPDATE: This tour has been partially postponed. see REMAINING dates here.

With special guests September Mourning, Death Valley High, Black Satellite

  • 3.19 – Las Vegas, NV – The Usual Place (no September Mourning) Tickets
  • 3.20 – Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock (no September Mourning) Tickets
  • 3.23 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live Tickets
  • 3.24 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar Tickets
  • 3.25 – Fort Worth, TX – Ridglea Theater Tickets
  • 3.27 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s Concert Venue Tickets
  • 3.28 – Fort Wayne, IN – Pierre’s Tickets
  • 3.30 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works Tickets
  • 3.31 – Reading, PA – Reverb Tickets
  • 4.01 – New Bedford, MA – The Vault Tickets
  • 4.02 – Syracuse, NY – The Lost Horizon Tickets
  • 4.03 – Parsippany, NJ – Dark Side of the Con (with September Mourning only) Tickets
  • 4.05 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Tickets
  • 4.06 – Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse Tickets

With special guests Oh! The Horror, Death Valley High, Black Satellite

  • 4.08 – Akron, OH – Empire Concert Club Tickets
  • 4.09 – Janesville, WI – The Back Bar Tickets
  • 4.10 – Westland, MI – The Token Lounge Tickets
  • 4.12 – Joliet, IL – The Forge Tickets
  • 4.13 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre Tickets
  • 4.15 – Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios Tickets
  • 4.16 – Denver, CO – The Venue Tickets
  • 4.17 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater Tickets
  • 4.19 – Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joes Tickets
  • 4.21 – Reno, NV – Virginia Street Brewhouse Tickets
  • 4.22 – Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post Tickets
  • 4.23 – Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone Berkeley Tickets
  • 4.24 – West Hollywood, CA – The Rainbow – 50th Anniversary w/Steel Panther, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Orgy – Free Show!

ORGY is:

  • Jay Gordon – Vocals
  • Carlton Bost – Guitar/Vocals
  • Nic Speck – Bass/Vocals
  • Creighton Emrick – Guitar/Vocals
  • Marton Veress – Drums

ORGY Online:

When We Were Young Adds Third Date To Highly Anticipated Festival

PRESALE STARTS MONDAY, JAN. 31 AT 10AM PT FOR FANS WHO SIGN UP FOR EARLY ACCESS TO PASSES ONLINE AT WHENWEWEREYOUNGFESTIVAL.COM

The When We Were Young Festival has announced a third date has been added to the highly anticipated fest, taking place on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds.

The festival will feature the same lineup on all three dates, with the exception of Alex G replacing Wolf Alice on Saturday, October 29th and La Dispute will not be performing on the newly added date.

The full lineup for October 29th includes:

My Chemical Romance, Paramore, AFI, The Used, Bring Me The Horizon, Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional, Alkaline Trio, Manchester Orchestra,  A Day To Remember, Pierce The Veil, I Prevail, The Story So Far, Dance Gavin Dance, The All American Rejects, Boys Like Girls, Car Seat Headrest, Sleeping With Sirens, Knocked Loose, JXDN, Avril Lavigne, Motionless in White, Black Veil Brides, Ice Nine Kills, Senses Fail, Bayside, Mom Jeans, Mayday Parade, The Maine, Neck Deep, Silverstein, Palaye Royale, Bright Eyes, Poppy, Nessa Barrett, Wolf Alice, Acceptance, Story of the Year, Atreyu, PVRIS, Saosin, Glassjaw, Lilhuddy, TV Girl, The Starting Line, Thursday, Anberlin, Jimmy Eat World, 3OH!3, State Champs, Four Year Strong, We The Kings, The Wonder Years, Royal & The Serpent, The Ready Set, Kittie, Hawthorne Heights, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The Garden, Horrorpops, Meet Me At The Altar, The Linda Lindas, Prentiss and Alex G.  

There will be a presale beginning Monday, Jan. 31 at 10am PT for fans who sign up for early access to passes online at WhenWeWereYoungFestival.com. Following the presale, any remaining tickets still available will go on sale to the general public beginning Monday, Jan. 31 at 2 pm PT. 

General Admission tickets start at $224.99, GA+ tickets start at $399.99 and VIP tickets start at $499.99. VIP cabanas will also be available to purchase for guests 21 years of age and older. 

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“When We Were Young” Emo Music Festival Sells Out, Adds Second DatE

Due to overwhelming demand, a second date has been added to the When We Were Young Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Tickets for the new date are on sale now.

The festival will run the majority of the day, from 11am to 12am. There will be multiple stages of varying sizes placed around the festival grounds with several bands performing at the same time. The length of set times will vary. Opening acts will have shorter set lengths while headlining performances can range up to an hour or more. 

Full lineup details including set times and performances by stage will be released closer to the festival. 

The festival will feature the same lineup on both dates, which includes:

  • My Chemical Romance
  • Paramore
  • AFI
  • The Used
  • Bring Me The Horizon
  • Taking Back Sunday
  • Dashboard Confessional
  • Alkaline Trio
  • Manchester Orchestra
  • A Day To Remember
  • Pierce The Veil
  • I Prevail
  • The Story So Far
  • Dance Gavin Dance
  • The All-American Rejects
  • Boys Like Girls
  • Car Seat Headrest
  • Sleeping With Sirens
  • Knocked Loose
  • JXDN
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Motionless in White
  • Black Veil Brides
  • Ice Nine Kills
  • Senses Fail
  • Bayside
  • Mom Jeans
  • Mayday Parade
  • The Maine
  • Neck Deep
  • Silverstein
  • Palaye Royale
  • Bright Eyes
  • Poppy
  • Nessa Barrett
  • Wolf Alice
  • Acceptance
  • Story of the Year
  • Atreyu
  • PVRIS
  • Saosin
  • Glassjaw
  • Lilhuddy
  • TV Girl
  • The Starting Line
  • Thursday
  • Anberlin
  • Jimmy Eat World
  • 3OH!3
  • State Champs
  • Four Year Strong
  • We The Kings
  • The Wonder Years
  • Royal & The Serpent
  • The Ready Set
  • Kittie
  • Hawthorne Heights
  • The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
  • The Garden
  • Horrorpops
  • Meet Me At The Altar
  • The Linda Lindas
  • Prentiss

General Admission tickets start at $224.99, GA+ tickets start at $399.99 and VIP tickets start at $499.99. VIP cabanas will also be available to purchase for guests 21 years of age and older. 

When We Were Young lineup - Sold Out

What health & safety protocols will be implemented for the festival?

The safety of fans, artists and staff is thoroughly planned for among event organizers and in coordination with local authorities.

They will follow all guidelines as set forth by the city of Las Vegas and state of Nevada at the time of the festival. Preventative health measures (e.g. proof of negative COVID-19 test or full COVID-19 vaccination, etc.) may be required for this show. Details of any necessary measures will be communicated as early as possible and will be shared on the event/venue website and social media channels.


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“Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival” ft. NOFX & Full Lineup Of Punk Rock Icons

This article has been updated with the new venue for the Arizona date: instead of Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe, the festival will now take place at Bell Bank Park in Mesa, AZ.

The spring festival lineups have been announced for Brew Ha Ha Productions Presents : Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival, featuring the best in punk rock music and craft beer tasting, with all shows featuring a lineup of punk rock icons, headlined by NOFX.

Lineups vary by city and feature bands including Pennywise, Face To Face, The Bouncing Souls, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, Lagwagon and more on certain shows.

NOFX group band photo
NOFX | Photographer: Jonathan Weiner

Spring Dates Announced, Summer & Fall Coming Soon

The Spring festival series includes: Saturday, March 19 at Bell Bank Park in Mesa, AZ Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe, AZ (minutes from Phoenix), Saturday, March 26 at Petco Park in San Diego, CA, and Sunday, March 27 at Ventura Fairgrounds in Ventura, CA. Summer and fall Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for these 21+ events go on sale Wednesday, January 19 at 10:00 AM local time at www.PunkInDrublicFest.com

General Admission tickets start at $45 and VIP tickets start at $99 (both plus fees). Details on VIP tickets below.

The Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival was created from the mind and livers of NOFX‘s frontman Fat Mike and craft beer fanatic / festival promoter, Cameron Collins of Brew Ha Ha Productions–and named for NOFX’s classic Punk In Drublic album, which has sold over one million copies.

Music lineups for each festival date are as follows:

Mesa, AZ

Saturday, March 19 –
Bell Bank Park

  • NOFX
  • Me First And The Gimme Gimmes
  • The Bouncing Souls
  • Lagwagon
  • Authority Zero
  • The Last Gang
  • The Venomous Pinks

San Diego, CA

Punk in Drublic admat San Diego, CA

Saturday, March 26 –
Petco Park

  • NOFX
  • Pennywise
  • Face To Face
  • Lagwagon
  • Get Dead
  • The Last Gang
  • Urethane

Ventura, CA

Punk in Drublic admat Ventura, CA

Sunday, March 27 –
Ventura Fairgrounds

  • NOFX
  • Pennywise
  • Face To Face
  • Lagwagon
  • Ill Repute
  • Dr. Know
  • The Last Gang

Fat Mike said, “I’m really looking forward to playing these shows for many reasons…I literally spent minutes calling bands and putting this line up together…So if you’re gonna go to one punk show this year…Go to one of these, they’re outdoors!“

Festival co-producer / co-creator Cameron Collins of Brew Ha Ha Productions said, “Punk In Drublic is one of the best touring festivals on the planet right now in my opinion. It’s pure, it’s organic and it’s everything punk rock should be. We’ve been doing it since 2017 and though we had a crap 2020 like everyone else with the pandemic, PID is back and better than ever. I can’t wait to get back out there with our people!

Craft Beer Tasting

Each Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival date will feature up to three hours of craft beer tasting showcasing an impressive selection of craft beers, including some of the region’s best. Participating craft breweries will be announced in the coming weeks. Attendees can also enjoy food for purchase from local food trucks and vendors, with vegan options available.

GA vs. VIP

Both General Admission and VIP tickets provide access to music performances and craft beer tasting from Noon-3:00 PM. VIP tickets also offer access to designated areas with shade, upgraded restrooms and a VIP Bar.


Brew Ha Ha Productions is the nation’s most successful and respected craft beer and music festival producer, known for their diverse, award-winning beer-centric events and music festivals across the United States, including Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival; Silverado Showdown; Summer Roots; Punk In The Park; Sabroso Taco, Craft Beer & Music Festival; Driftwood Country, Craft Beer & BBQ Festival; BHHP’s flagship OC Brew Ha Ha; Brew Hee Haw at the OC Fair; Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival; OC Boo Ha Ha Haunted Oktoberfest and more.

In February 2021, NOFX released Single Album (Fat Wreck Chords), their 14th full-length studio album. The band is also featured in the recently released Punk In Drublic documentary, which chronicles the first three years of the touring the Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival since its 2017 debut. Visit https://punkrocktv.com to see the film.

The Punk In The Park Tempe, AZ show is produced by BHHP in collaboration with Arizona promoter Nancy Stevens.

As always, health and safety of festival patrons is of utmost importance. The festival producers are working with local health authorities to ensure that the event is safe and in compliance with all local regulations.

The festival producers encourage attendees to drink responsibly.

For more information on Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival:

www.PunkinDrublicFest.com

@punkindrublicfestival (FB/Insta) | #punkindrublicfestival

NOFX’s Official Website

Once Human to Release “Scar Weaver” on February 11

Formed in 2014, Once Human have steadily established themselves as one of the most distinctive and destructive metal bands of the modern era. Founded by guitarist Logan Mader (ex-Machine Head) and vocalist Lauren Hart, the LA-based quintet have had noses to the grindstone throughout their existence, exhibiting a tireless dedication to live performance and a meticulous approach to capturing their crushing anthems for posterity. 

Over the course of two full-length albums – 2015’s widely hailed debut The Life I Remember, and 2017’s conceptual tour-de-force Evolution – Once Human have pursued a militantly individual path, eschewing contemporary cliché in favour of a versatile and sinewy new strain of brutal but accessible metal, with Lauren’s coruscating vocals providing an endlessly emotive and humane focal point. 

Four years on from their last album, Once Human are primed and ready to launch a fresh assault on hearts and ears. With a line-up completed by long-time bassist Damien Rainaud, drummer Dillon Trollope and second guitarist (and now chief riff-writer) Max Karon, the band have mutated into an even more devastating beast, as demonstrated with face-ripping aplomb on the new album Scar Weaver

Once Human Scar Weaver album artwork

“It was not an easy path to reach this point, I’ll tell you that,” says Logan Mader. “The original masterplan for the band was really passion-project driven. The first two albums, we were still finding our way. Where we’re at now is with a really strong posture and by far the best album we’ve done. Over the years we’ve done a lot of groundwork and some smaller tours, just grinding things out, sometimes even in a DIY fashion. But now we have legit team around us, the band is firing on all cylinders and everything seems to be lining up this time.” 

Once Human

Pieced together over the last two years, Scar Weaver represents a massive step forward for Once Human. Blessed (or perhaps cursed) with plenty of additional time during the last year’s lockdown situation, the band have been able to refine and redefine their sound, inspired by a sudden creative surge from latest recruit, Max Karon. The result is an gloriously idiosyncratic modern metal record, with Lauren Hart’s career-best vocal performance just one of its dazzling revelations. With Once Human’s most intense and explosive music to work with, the singer has pushed herself to new heights, showcasing a vastly expanded vocal range in the process. 

I always had a tremendous amount of belief in Lauren’s ability to be a legit frontwoman, but when this began she was new, and so there was a lot of development to happen over time,” says Logan. “She’s really blossomed. She’s grown a lot as a vocalist, a performer and a lyricist through all of this.” 

Vocally, I’ve changed a lot since the last record,” Lauren notes. “My screams got lower and the cleans became stronger. I’ve become much more comfortable with clean singing through touring with (US power metal legends) Kamelot, because they really pushed me to do that. I’ve learned a lot about my voice since then. But a lot of this starts with Max’s melodies, and sometimes I felt like it would be cheating to just growl over these amazing pieces of music, and it’d be so much better to do something that complements it. So sometimes the growls have melody too!” 

As its title suggests, Scar Weaver is an album that brims and bulges with notions of pain, trauma and darkness. Lauren has once again penned a stunning collection of emotionally raw diatribes, but in contrast to Evolution’s overriding concept, the new record takes a more scattershot approach, reflecting the chaos of the modern world along the way. From visceral opener “Eidolon” to the corrosive claustrophobia of the closing “Only In Death,” all human life is alive and screaming on Scar Weaver.

The songs are all really individual,” Lauren explains. “One of them is about blood diamonds. ‘Deadlock’ is about the politics of everything that’s going on. A lot of them toy with my philosophy of death and all of that. But in comparison to Evolution, because of the energy of the world, these lyrics have a much more dire tone. Evolution was more triumphant, because I wanted people to feel uplifted. I really tried with this album to be positive, but then I’d look at what I’d written and it was a downer! I guess the energy of the world right now helped me to write those lyrics.

One instant highlight of the new Once Human record is preview single “Deadlock,” featuring a typically imperious vocal cameo from Machine Head’s Robb FlynnLogan Mader’s history with Machine Head is well documented, not least in recent times when he toured the globe with Robb for the Bay Area band’s Burn My Eyes 25th Anniversary Tour. As a result, this new collaboration needs no explanation, but Lauren remains thrilled by the whole experience. 

It was absolutely amazing, are you kidding?” she grins. “I didn’t believe it was happening until he sent something back and I heard his voice on our song. I was like, ‘Holy crap! This is real!’ He came back with a new chorus and it was so much better than mine, so my chorus was gone! [Laughs] But then performing with him in the video, that was insane. The energy he brings on stage, he brings in person too. It was a great experience and his energy is so powerful. The video came out amazing!

As the world begins to open back up, Once Human, fresh off Cradle of Filth‘s Lustmord and Tourgasm tour, are in the strongest position of their careers so far. Scar Weaver is a manifestly superior piece of work, with countless unforgettable hooks, riffs and moments of warped savagery (if the riff at the end of “Deserted” doesn’t make you want to run through a brick wall, check your pulse!) colliding to create a record of true originality and rare intensity. 

We’ve gotten through so many things along the way, we’re in a really strong place,” Logan avows. “Nothing can fuck us up now. That’s an important factor in this band – that internal energy.” 

The perfect, invigorating antidote to the state of stasis that we’ve all endured over the last two years, Scar Weaver is the sound of a great band becoming greater, hitting their stride and discovering new levels of power, passion and punch in the process. As the world begins to open its doors once more, Once Human are fully equipped to launch their biggest and most life-affirming assault on the world’s senses.

We have an amazing record, we’re ready to crush it, we have a really good chemistry between all of us,” says Logan. “We’re really good friends, and that’s really important. I think you can feel that when you see us onstage, like, ‘These guys are actually happy to be here and they like each other!’ That’s a bonus. It doesn’t have to be like that. But luckily we have a really cool, strong bond. It’s so important for us to get out there and connect with people in a real life environment.

Band Members:

  • Logan Mader
  • Lauren Hart
  • Damien Rainaud
  • Dillon Trollope
  • Max Karon

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