10 Years Confirms Run with Chevelle – (how to live) AS GHOSTS To Be Released Globally on October 27


Tour Leg Commences In Nashville At Marathon Music Works on

November 28 Following Co-Headline Tour With Red



Album Pre-Order Live: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/10yearsmusic

Knoxville, TN — 10 Years has confirmed plans to expand the band’s itinerary with a run as direct support for Chevelle beginning on November 28 at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works.  Throughout September and Early-October, headline dates will be staged, leading in to a co-headline leg with RED that begins on October 17 at Pittsburgh’s Diesel, and wraps up on November 11 in Indianapolis at The Vogue.

The October 27 global release via Mascot Records of the band’s new studio album (how to live) AS GHOSTS welcomes back band members Brian Vodinh (guitar / drums) and Matt Wantland (guitar).  Singer Jesse Hasek reflects, “It’s funny.  I named our last record From Birth to Burial (2015) because I thought it was our final record.  It just didn’t feel like 10 Years without Brian and Matt, and having them back is really a reunion of the core writing team.  This new record actually feels like a real rebirth for the band.”

The lead single, titled “Novacaine,” can be heard here: http://smarturl.it/gfv9d4.  Hasek offers, “Six albums and a hundred songs in, I wondered if I’ve already written my best stuff.  But at some point, you start to get real adult problems. You see people go from such optimism in their 20s to having life just beat them down later. I think we all kind of get desensitized and numb to life on some level. That’s what this song is about.”

While Vodinh handled drums and guitar on the new album, he’s switching to just guitar for the live shows, moving Chad Huff from guitar to bass, while Kyle Mayer stays on drums. “We’re bringing it back to the way it should be,” says Vodinh, who left the band due to family commitments in 2013. “It feels great to be back with these guys and we’re in such a good place musically and creatively.”

That better place stems, in part, from a more collaborative writing process. “It used to be that just Jesse and I would write the full song, and the other guys would add a little spice to it. This time, we’re starting the writing process as a full band. Sometimes it starts with a riff. Sometimes it starts with a vocal. Our formula is no formula, and it kind of works. And, we work together in a constructive and healthy environment now,” explains Vodinh.  The result is a dynamic and multi-dimensional 10 Years’ album.  Hasek reflects, “In the past, I’ve written a lot of songs that were pretty ambiguous. But on this record, I’m comfortable being direct and talking about things that are important to me now. I’m older and find myself reflecting on the world more, especially after having traveled the globe.  I’ve crossed paths with a lot of people, and perspectives shared have been enlightening for me as I look at The World, and see what’s going on around me.  With the title track, “(how to live) AS GHOSTS”, was inspired by traveling and seeing all the political, social, and religious turmoil.  It had me thinking about how many people are judging and preparing for death, but are actually missing life. And, instead of using spirituality for good, a lot of people use it to point fingers and judge. Instead of worrying where we end up in the end, we need to focus on the now and the humanity.”

(how to live) AS GHOSTS feels like a new start for the band. There is a brighter side to it that reflects the reality that individually and collectively they are all in a really happy, optimistic, and exciting place about music and life. They share, “We’re ready to see how the world embraces the new album and a rejuvenated 10 Years.”


9/20     Peoria, IL                                                        Crusens (10 Years headline) +

9/21     Ashwaubenon, WI                                          Green Bay Distillery WZOR Edgefest +

9/22     Rockford, IL                                                   District +

10/13   Knoxville, TN                                                 Mill & Mine, +

10/14   Winchester, VA                                              Blue Fox Billiards <

10/15   Morgantown, WV                                           Schmitt’s <

10/17   Pittsburgh, PA                                                 Diesel *

10/19   Lancaster, PA                                                 Chameleon Club *

10/20   Lynchburg, VA                                               Phase 2 *

10/21   New York, NY                                                Highline Ballroom *

10/23   Greensboro, NC                                              The Blind Tiger *

10/25   Darlington, SC                                                Carolina Night Live *

10/26   Atlanta, GA                                                     Masquerade *

10/27   Destin, FL                                                       Club LA 99 Rock show w/ Pop Evil *

10/28   Cape Coral, FL                                               Dixie Roadhouse – 93X show w/ Pop Evil *

10/29   Orlando, FL                                                    House of Blues *

10/31   Baton Rouge, LA                                            Varsity Theatre *

11/02   Lexington, KY                                                Manchester Music Hall *

11/03   Cincinnati, OH                                                Bogart’s *

11/04   Sauget, IL                                                       Pop’s *

11/05   Joliet, IL                                                          The Forge *

11/07   Kansasville, WI                                              1175 *

11/08   Detroit, MI                                                      St. Andrews Hall *

11/10   Ft. Wayne, IN                                                 Piere’s *

11/11   Indianapolis, IN                                              The Vogue *

11/28   Nashville, TN                                                 Marathon Music Works =

11/29   Mobile, AL                                                     Soul Kitchen =

12/01   Dallas, TX                                                       Southside Ballroom =

12/02   Houston, TX                                                   Revention Music Center =

12/04   Birmingham, AL                                             Iron City =

12/05   Charlotte, NC                                                  The Fillmore Charlotte =

12/06   Raleigh, NC                                                    The Ritz =

12/11   Grand Rapids, MI                                           20 Monroe Live =

12/14   St. Paul, MN                                                   Palace Theatre =

12/17   Chicago, IL                                                     House of Blues =

* Co-Headline dates with RED

< Headline w/ Otherwise supporting

+ 10 Years headline

= Supporting Chevelle

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September 12th, 2017 – Clutch has just announced Winter tour dates for the continuum of their Psychic Warfare tour. Supporting the tour will be Devin Townsend Project and The Obsessed. Fan club pre-sale tickets will start at 2:00pm ET today, public stale starts 10am ET on Friday.  Exclusive fan club pre-sale tickets and show info available here: mt.cm/clutch.  The on sale date for the 4 Florida shows is TBD due to the hurricane in the region. Check the bands official website www.pro-rock.com for all upcoming ticket and show info.
Clutch will be entering the studio in early 2018 to begin work on their 12th studio album.
Psychic Warfare is the latest and eleventh studio effort from Clutch.  The disc debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200, No. 2 on the Billboard Independent,  No. 1 on the Billboard Hard Rock and Billboard Rock charts.     Psychic Warfare was produced by longtime producer Machine (Lamb Of God, Every Time I Die).   
Clutch, Devin Townsend Project and The Obsessed Tour Dates:
Wed, 11-29-17               Greensboro, NC at Cone Denim Entertainment Center
Fri, 12-01-17                  Myrtle Beach, SC at House Of Blues
Sat, 12-02-17                 St Petersburg, FL at Jannus Live                                                              
Sun, 12-03-17                Fort Lauderdale, FL at Revolution
Tue, 12-05-17                Saint Augustine, FL at Backyard Stage @ St Augustine Amphitheatre
Wed, 12-06-17               Pensacola, FL at Vinyl Music Hall
Fri, 12-08-17                  Baton Rouge, LA at Varsity Theatre
Sat, 12-09-17                 San Antonio, TX at The Aztec Theatre
Sun, 12-10-17                Houston, TX at House Of Blues
Tues, 12-12-17               Springfield, MO at Gillioz Theatre
Wed, 12-13-17               Lincoln, NE at Bourbon Theatre
Fri, 12-15-17                  Peoria, IL at Limelight Eventplex
Sat, 12-16-17                 Nashville, TN at Marathon Music Works
Wed, 12-27-17               Clifton Park, NY at Upstate Concert Hall
Thu, 12-28-17                Sayreville, NJ at Starland Ballroom
Fri, 12-29-17                  Richmond, VA at The National
Sat, 12-30-17                 Knoxville, TN at The International

Sun, 12-31-17               Columbus, OH at Express Live

Neil Fallon – Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums/Percussion
For more  information, check out the band’s website:
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Gene Hoglan to join “Late Night With Seth Meyers” as guest performer

Iconic Drummer GENE HOGLAN of Brendon Small’s GALAKTIKON to Join NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” House Band as Guest Performer

Sitting in with ‘The 8G Band’, October 2 – 5, 2017

Photo by Alex Solca

Metal drumming legend and Brendon Small’s Galaktikon rhythm master GENE HOGLAN is honored to announce that he will sit in with NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” house band, The 8G Band, from October 2 through October 5, 2017 as guest drummer. Hoglan joins the ranks of iconic drummers Abe Laboriel, Jr. (Paul McCartney), Brann Dailor (Mastodon), Vinnie Colaiuta (Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, Sting), Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Danny Carey (Tool), Venzella Joy (Beyoncé) and others who have also held this position on the show.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” airs on NBC weeknights at 12:35e/11:35c. Visit www.nbc.com/late-night-with-seth-meyers for additional airing information.

“Words cannot express how elated I am to have been invited to man the throne for the mighty 8G Band on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in the first week of October,” says GENE HOGLAN. “I’m really looking forward to this experience, and it’s an honor to be a part of such a fun show. Thank you to all who have helped put this together, you have my esteemed gratitude.”

GENE HOGLAN has recently been promoting his latest musical endeavor, Brendon Small’s Galaktikon, alongside musician/actor/writer/comedian Brendon Small and bassist extraordinaire Bryan Beller. Their latest release, Galakitkon II: Become The Storm – a high-stakes intergalactic extreme rock/metal album released on August 25, 2017 via Megaforce Records/MRI – is available now via www.galaktikon.com. In its first week of release, Galakitkon II: Become The Storm charted at #1 on the US Billboard Heatseekers chart, in addition to charting as the #9 Independent Album, #9 Hard Rock Album, #10 Rock Album, and #40 in Top Current Albums.

Hoglan has also been promoting his latest DVD, The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two, which is out now. The DVD features the Clock himself breaking down some of his favorite beats, telling stories and playing along with tracks from several of his most legendary projects. An impressive roster of high-caliber musicians also weigh in over the course of the feature, offering stories about Hoglan and their experiences working with him. Fans can order physical and digital copies here in Canada and here in North America/elsewhere worldwide.

While renowned as a progenitor and leading legend of double bass drumming, GENE HOGLAN – a.k.a. “The Atomic Clock” – is equally known for blending seamlessly into any given style. Hoglan’s humility sets him apart, making him one of the most sought-after drummers in hard rock and metal. Hoglan boasts an impressive 30+ year history as a member of some of heavy metal’s most influential bands, including Dark Angel, Death, Strapping Young Lad and Dethklok. He has also performed with metal luminaries Anthrax, Testament, Opeth, Fear Factory, Devin Townsend and many others. Guitar legend Steve Vai and Black Sabbath’s Bill Ward have named Hoglan their favorite drummer, with Ward adding that Hoglan is “this generation’s John Bonham”. Drumming icon Dennis Chambers (Parliament, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Santana) has said he is astounded by Hoglan’s talent, taste and feel.

For more information on GENE HOGLAN and tour dates, visit www.hoglanindustries.com.


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The Toadies in Oklahoma City 9/7/17

The Toadies are currently on tour in support of their new album “The Lower Side of Uptown”. Local H is joining The Toadies on this tour.  The Oklahoma City show also had our local band The Normandy’s playing.  The Toadies played a mix of their classics, while also giving a taste of the songs off the new album.

The new album “The Lower Side of Uptown” released on September 8th.  My favorite song on the album is “Take Me Alive”.  It has a very groovy, and catchy feel to it.  I also really like “Human Cannonball” and “Broke Down Stupid”.  They did an absolutely amazing cover of the song “I Put a Spell On You” that you have to check out as well.

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The Lower Side Of Uptown” is a ‘return to form’ as explained by frontman Vaden Todd Lewis: “This album is ‘roots Toadies, full of riffs and time shifts.’ “The Lower Side Of Uptown” is the follow up to 2015’s Heretics which saw the band taking a change of pace with a stripped down sound and mostly acoustic. When they were preparing to enter the studio this time around there was no set idea for what was to come but, the process ultimately had the band going back to their signature sound: “I feel that subconsciously we thought that this record would have ended up incorporating some of that quieter sound, but that didn’t happen. When we got to the studio with nothing more than a pile of riffs, what came out of the band was really loud and heavy music. So not only is this album louder than Heretics, I think it’s louder and heavier than the last couple Toadies albums” guitarist Clark Vogeler said of the sessions, which were recorded Arlyn Studioa favorite of the legendary Willie Nelson, and The Bubble in Austin.

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Make sure to check them out on tour now.  The tour dates are as follows with more dates to be announced.

Sept. 6 – Denton, TX                 Rockin Rodeo
Sept. 7 – Oklahoma City            Diamond Ballroom
Sept. 8 – Kansas City, MO        KRBZ Beach Ball
Sept. 9 – St. Louis, MO             Delmar SOLD OUT
Sept. 10 – Cincinnati                 Bogart’s
Sept. 12  – Knoxville, TN           The Concourse
Sept. 13 – Nashville, TN            Exit In
Sept. 14 – Memphis, TN            New Daisy
Sept. 16 – Possum Kingdom Lake, TX Possum Hollow
Sept. 19 – El Paso, TX              Tricky Falls
Sept. 20 – Tucson, AZ               Congress
Sept. 21 – Las Vegas, NV         Beauty Bar
Sept. 22 – Phoenix, AZ             Crescent
Sept. 23 – Solana Beach, CA    Belly Up
Sept. 24 – Los Angeles, CA      Troubadour
Sept. 26 – Anaheim, CA            House Of Blues
Sept. 27 – Berkeley, CA            UC Theater
Sept. 29 – Seattle, WA              The Crocodile SOLD OUT
Sept. 30 – Portland, OR            Star Theater SOLD OUT
Oct.  1 – Boise, ID                     Knitting Factory
Oct.  3 – Salt Lake City, UT       Metro Music Hall
Oct.  4 – Grand Junction, CO   Mesa Theatre
Oct.  5 – Denver, CO                Gothic
Oct.  6 – Omaha, NE                Waiting Room
Oct.  7 – Des Moines, IA          Wooly’s
Oct.  8 – Minneapolis, MN        1st Ave.
Oct.  10 – Chicago, IL               Metro
Oct.  11 – Louisville, KY           Mercury
Oct.  12 – Indianapolis, IN        The Vogue
Oct.  13 – Detroit, MI                St. Andrews
Oct.  14 – Cleveland, OH         Grog Shop
Oct.  15 – Pittsburgh, PA          Rex
Oct.  17 – Washington DC        Black Cat
Oct.  18 – New York NY            Gramercy Theater
Oct.  19 – Philadelphia, PA       TLA
Oct.  20 – Boston, MA               Brighton SOLD OUT -Second late show added
Oct.  21 – Asbury Park, NJ       Stone Pony
Oct.  22 – Norfolk, VA               Norva
Oct.  24 – Durham, NC             Motorco
Oct.  25 – Wilmington, NC        The Muse
Oct.  26 – Atlanta, GA               Masquerade Hell
Oct.  27 – Orlando, FL              Plaza Live
Oct.  28 – Ft. Lauderdale          Culture Room
Oct.  29 – Tampa/St. Pete         Ritz
Oct.  31 – New Orleans, LA      Tipitinas
Nov.  4 – Carrolton, TX              Carrollton Festival at the Switchyard
Nov. 10 – Austin, TX                  Stubbs BBQ       
Nov. 11 – Corpus Christi, TX     Brewster St. Icehouse
Dec. 29 – Houston, TX   House Of Blues
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Ryan Quinn (The Voice) Covers Chris Cornell’s “Say Hello To Heaven”




Ryan Quinn (The Voice) Pays Homage to Chris Cornell with Poignant Cover of “Say Hello to Heaven”


August 15, 2017 – Gifted Singer/Songwriter Ryan QuinnThe Voice Season 10–has released a video of his stirring rendition of the Temple of the Dog hit single “Say Hello to Heaven” in homage to the late Chris Cornell. Shot, recorded and edited by Frank Briggs in North Hollywood, CA, each layer of Quinn’s stunning tribute was a complete take, including vocals, with no pitch correction or fixing.

Chris Cornell was the reason I started singing. I was absolutely devastated by his death. Since Chris had such a profound influence on my life, I wanted to figure out how I could honor his life and genius. This was my attempt at a ‘thank you.

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Ryan Quinn is a singer/songwriter and Top 24 Finalist on Season 10 of NBC’s “The Voice” currently based in Los Angeles, CA. His debut EP, “Some Dream,” was released in September 2016.

“Some Dream” is available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, CDBaby, and Amazon.

Ryan began his musical career as a drummer, but slowly shifted his focus to singing after attending SUNY Oneonta (SUCO). While at SUCO, he was able to work with Grammy-nominated jazz musician and Spyro Grya founding member, Jeremy Wall, for three years as the lead singer of the SUCO Funk Band. Wall played keyboards in the band, which performed songs by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Tower of Power, and more.

Ryan was recently on Season 10 of NBC’s show, “The Voice.” He advanced to the Live Playoffs (the top 24 contestants) and was brought back to perform on the season finale. During his time on the voice, he was able to work and learn from several world class vocalists/musicians, including: Adam Levine, Tori Kelly, Miley Cyrus, and Christina Aguilera.

After “The Voice,” Ryan went on a college/university tour in the North Eastern U.S. and then relocated to Los Angeles, where he currently resides. He’s currently writing, recording and preparing for an upcoming Fall tour.

Experience Ryan Quinn LIVE:
09/04 @ Lasell College – Auburndale, MA
09/05 @ Penn State Worthington Scranton – Dunmore, PA
09/06 @ Penn State Mont Alto – Mont Alto, PA
09/06 @ Penn State Harrisburg – Middletown, PA
09/08 @ Misericordia University -Dallas, PA
09/14 @ Keene State College – Keene, NH
09/15 @ Saint Anselm College – Manchester, NH
09/20 @ Niagara University – Niagara Univ, NY
09/21 @ Mohawk Valley Community College – Rome, NY
09/21 @ King’s College – Wilkes-Barre, PA
09/23 @ Colgate University – Hamilton, NY
10/10 @ California University of Pennsylvania – California, PA
10/13 @ Mitchell College – New London, CT
10/16 @ Pace University – New York, NY
10/17 @ Penn State Dubois – DuBois, PA
10/18 @ Penn State New Kennsington – New Kensington, PA
10/18 @ Penn State Greater Allegheny – White Oak, PA
10/21 @ Gannon University – Erie, PA

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Scott Stapp at Make America Rock Again Tour

We recently attended the Make America Rock Again 2017 Tour in Wichita, Ks. at The Cotillion.  The show opened with the Wichita local band Waking the Sleeper, followed by Trapt, Sick Puppies, Drowning Pool, and finally Scott Stapp.

The last performance of the night was Scott Stapp.  We recently caught him at the Las Vegas festival as well when he was playing with Art of Anarchy.  He sounded amazing then, but hearing him do songs from Creed in Wichita blew me away.  He sounded absolutely wonderful.  His band was full of energy and engaged the crowd the whole set.  The night of the Wichita show just happened to be Scott’s birthday, so at the direction of Scott’s bass player, the entire crowd sang Happy Birthday to Scott.  Scott looked and sounded great.  It is so wonderful to see him back doing what he was meant to do.  Just seeing the performance Scott gave and being able to see him on stage again was more than worth the trip from Oklahoma City to Wichita.

Go to www.makeamericarockcom to get the dated for the remainder of this tour.  Or go to www.scottstapp.com for more information on Scott and what he has going on.

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Make America Rock Again Tour 2017

We recently attended the Make America Rock Again 2017 Tour in Wichita, Ks. at The Cotillion.  The show opened with the Wichita local band Waking the Sleeper, followed by Trapt, Sick Puppies, Drowning Pool, and finally Scott Stapp.  Unfortunately Adelita’s Way wasn’t scheduled for the Wichita stop; however, the rest of the bands on the bill definitely made up for it.

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When we arrived at the venue, the line of people to get in the building wrapped almost all the way around the side of the building.  Once we made it inside, the local band Waking the Sleeper was just finishing up their set.  Next up was Trapt.  As strange as it is, for some reason we have never caught a Trapt show.  We were very impressed.  They sounded great, and put on a great performance.

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After Trapt, it was time for Sick Puppies.  Personally, Sick Puppies are one of my favorite bands.  We had a chance to interview them over the summer at a Las Vegas festival and they are so humble, funny and down to earth.  And let’s be honest…Emma is a total bad ass.  She puts most guys to shame on that bass.  They definitely chose wisely in picking Bryan Scott as the new vocalist.  He has awesome vocals, and is an excellent showman.

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Drowning Pool was the next band in the line-up, and of course their insanely crazy energy brought everyone to their feet.  We have been able to catch Drowning Pool a handful of times, and you can always expect them to throw down and leave it all out on the stage.  They did not disappoint in Wichita that’s for sure.

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Last, but not least, the crowd was ready for Scott Stapp.  We recently caught him at the Las Vegas festival as well when he was playing with Art of Anarchy.  He sounded amazing then, but hearing him do songs from Creed in Wichita blew me away.  He sounded absolutely wonderful.  His band was full of energy and engaged the crowd the whole set.  The night of the Wichita show just happened to be Scott’s birthday, so at the direction of Scott’s bass player, the entire crowd sang Happy Birthday to Scott.  Scott looked and sounded great.  It is so wonderful to see him back doing what he was meant to do.

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Go to www.makeamericarock.com to check out the remaining dated for this tour.  Make sure to grab your tickets and get out to this show.  They are hitting alot of cities on this tour, so there is no excuse to miss it.

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Shaman’s Harvest in OKC 7/27/17

Shaman’s Harvest is currently on tour with Nickelback and Daughtry.  While that is sure to be a pretty amazing show, there was not an Oklahoma City stop on that tour.  We were fortunate enough to have Shaman’s Harvest stop in OKC and play a more intimate show on one of their off days from the tour with Nickelback.

Please don’t forget to click on the link below and check out my interview with Josh Hamler.

I have been able to see Shaman’s Harvest 3 or 4 times at festivals, and they were great.  I was really looking forward to their headlining show, because I was ready to see them play for more than the typical 30 minute sets at the festivals.  They played for about an hour and a half and it was pure gold.  They were able to play their hits along with alot of the songs from their newest album “Red Hands Black Deeds” that released July 28th.  It was awesome getting to see them play so much from this new album.

Make sure to get your copy of “Red Hands Black Deeds”.  This album is an A+, very diverse album.  It has the heavy hitting songs like “The Come Up” and “Off The Tracks”, then you have your slower, soulful songs like “A Longer View”, “Long Way Home”, and “Tusk and Bone”.  The song “Soul Crusher” is a bad ass, groovy song that gets your body moving in that sexy way.  “Off The Track” gets you back to banging your head and you can’t help but sing along.  When I got to the song “Tusk and Bone” I was left speechless.  This is just an absolutely breathtaking, story put to song.  I get goosebumps listening to it everytime.

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BleachBANGS/Screaming for Silence

Zeb Christensen – Vocals
Danny Irwin – Guitar/Vocals
Casey Newsom – Lead Guitar
Matt Tatroe – Drums
Colin Smith – Bass

Listen to “BleachBANGS/Screaming for Silence” on Spreaker.

BleachBANGS was able to catch up with Zeb, vocalist for Screaming for Silence, Be sure to check Below for a show near you starting July 28th!

Check out the interview above!

Hard-hitting rock, heavy breakdowns, and an energetic live performance that never stops entertaining the crowd. Screaming For Silence has continually captivated audiences across the nation, gaining fans with every stop. They’ve been nationally touring for over three years, and have played over four hundred live shows from coast to coast. The constant touring paid off in 2013 when S4S was asked to sponsor and promote PRS’s new line of S2 guitars. 2014 was spent touring and recording their first full-length studio album. Their new material was recorded in North Hollywood, California at Grey Area Studios with producer Erik Ron (Motionless In White, We Came As Romans, New Years Day). With head banging guitar riffs, intense drums, and melodic hooks containing in your face lyrics the boys of S4S have created their own unique sound. The first single off their self-titled debut is aptly named, “The King Is Crowned,” garnered radio play across the country and peaked at #29 on Billboard’s Indicator chart. In May of 2015, S4S was selected by Ernie Ball as the Battle of the Bands for Rock On The Range winners. This year has been amazing and they aren’t stopping now. Having the right combination of talent, work ethic, and road experience S4S is poised to explode onto the rock scene.

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Collective Soul w/ Our Lady Peace & Tonic in OKC

We were lucky enough to be able to see Collective Soul with Our Lady Peace and Tonic at their tour stop in Oklahoma City at The Zoo Amphitheater on June 20th.  The evening started out a hot one, but with all the trees, as soon as the sun started going down, it was a beautiful night for an outdoor concert.  I was amazed by the age range of the fans in the crowd.  There were kids as young as probably 8 years old and people reaching into their 70’s.  It is awesome that a band can have such a wide spread fan base.

As soon as Collective Soul took to the stage everyone was on their feet and ready for business.  One girl even got on her dads shoulders on the front row and gave lead singer, Ed Roland a bouquet of flowers.  In exchange, he gave her his wrist band he was wearing.  I have never seen Collective Soul live, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  WOW!!! Ed’s energy is infectious.  He easily covered every square inch of that stage during the show.  When you get to see a band like this live, it is an honor.  With so much interaction with the crowd, you know this is a band that truly wants their fans to have an experience…not just sit and watch a show.  Whether you like the music or not, I for one love it, you gotta respect a band that gives the performance the way these guys do.  It was truly an honor to get to see this show, and I left it with a smile on my face.

Check out the bands website at www.collectvesoul.com to get the latest tour dates, news, and buy band merchandise.

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