A Static Lullaby Set To Kick Off Headline Tour
June 13, 2009
Orange County, CA's screamo titans, A Static Lullaby
, are set to tear across the U.S. this summer on "The Blaze of Glory Tour
", kicking off in Colorado Springs, CO next week on June 15th. The band will be joined by labelmates Motionless In White
, with additional support from Vanna
, Asking Alexandria
and Tides of Man
. The Full list of tour dates is available below.
The headline tour comes in support of their current studio album 'Rattlesnake'
, recorded with producer Steve Evetts
, Saves The Day
, Every Time I Die
). "We're really excited to be headlining again," says vocalist Joe Brown
. "We'll be playing both new and old songs. This tour is our way of catching up with all of our fans that have been with us from the beginning."
Over their eleven year career A Static Lullaby
has wowed crowds internationally, having played to thousands of fans on the Taste of Chaos
and Take Action
tours, a sold-out UK tour with Funeral For A Friend
, and multiple runs on the Van's Warped Tour
. The band has shared stages with the likes of The Used
, Senses Fail
, and My Chemical Romance
on nationwide tours and has just completed a successful run of the U.S. with Silverstein
and new Fearless Records signings blessthefall
A Static Lullaby's infamous cover of Britney Spears'
" is also featured on Fearless Records'
successful 'Punk Goes Pop 2'
compilation, currently still selling over 2,000 copies a week. The video for "Toxic
" premiered on MTV2's Unleashed
, and is featured on the compilation alongside killer covers from A Day To Remember
, Escape The Fate
Meanwhile, labelmates Motionless In White
are excited to join the band on the road and continue their whirlwind schedule into this summer. The band recently released their debut EP, 'When Love Met Destruction'
, featuring lead track "Ghosts In The Mirror
", which has just had its video debut on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball
. The band has toured non-stop in support of the release, including an appearance at this year's Bamboozle Festival
in East Rutherford, NJ.
"The Blaze Of Glory
" Tour Dates:
06/15 - Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
06/17 - Chicago, IL @ Zumiez Parking Lot
06/18 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
06/19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel
06/20 - South Hackensack, NJ @ School of Rock
06/21 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (Upstairs)
06/22 - Albany, NY @ Valentines
06/23 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary Coast
06/24 - Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
06/25 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon
06/26 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
06/27 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
06/29 - Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar
07/01 - Minneapolis, MN @ Zumiez Parking Lot
07/02 - Iowa City, IA @ Picador
07/03 - Belton, MO @ Cactus Jacks
07/05 - Spring, TX @ Javajazz Coffeehouse
07/06 - Dallas, TX @ The Max
07/07 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
07/08 - Belton, MO @ Cactus Jacks
07/09 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
07/10 - Murray, UT @ Murray Theatre
07/11 - Boise, ID @ The Venue
07/12 - Spokane, WA @ The Boulevard
07/13 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
07/14 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
07/16 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
07/17 - Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry's Pizza & Pub
07/18 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
07/19 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
07/20 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse Music Venue
07/22 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
For more information and updates, and to hear tracks from A Static Lullaby
and Motionless In White's
latest releases, head on over to www.myspace.com/astaticlullaby
, and www.myspace.com/motionlessinwhite
Malus Clothing Launches 2009 Collection
April 16, 2009
After their Fall 2008 collection launched in all Hot Topic stores nationwide with an excellent response, the California based clothing company has unveiled the next wave of offerings. The Spring Collection 2009
from Malus Clothing
is available now (only online at this time) at www.buymalus.com/shop
works tightly with bands, sponsoring acts like As I Lay Dying
(watch for our clothing on the new As I Lay Dying
DVD which was released today!), A Static Lullaby
, Before Their Eyes
, Destroy The Runner
, Destruction Of A Rose
, Escape The Fate
For more information about Malus Clothing
, our artists, or the new line you can check out http://www.buymalus.com
Punk Goes Pop 2 Debuts At #15 On Billboard
March 19, 2009
'Punk Goes Pop 2' flew off stands in its first week of release, grasping the #15 spot on the Billboard Top 200 with over 20,000 albums sold. This eighth release in the 'Punk Goes' series, put on by Fearless Records, has the highest first week debut in the history of the series.
'Punk Goes Pop 2' not only cracked the top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart, it also debuted at #1 on the Independent Record Label chart, #7 on the Current Alternative Albums chart, #23 on the Current Alternative Albums Core Stores and #7 on the Overall Digital Albums chart. A Day To Remember's cover of "Over My Head (Cable Car)" by The Fray has also hit the charts debuting at #196 on Hot Digital Tracks.
'Punk Goes Pop 2' features covers of artists like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Rihanna. Bands such as Chiodos, The Cab, Alesana, and Escape The Fate add a punk flair to some of today's hottest pop songs. This series has already sold over 300,000 albums in the US alone. This latest release cements the series position as the top selling full-price compilation in the punk genre.
A Static Lullaby Premiere Video For 'Toxic'
March 4, 2009
Southern California screamo kings, A Static Lullaby
, premiered their new music video for their cover of "Toxic
" by Britney Spears
today (Monday, March 2) on MTV2
. The video was played every hour as a part of Unleashed
and began regular rotation on Tuesday (March 3rd). This cover will also be featured on the upcoming Punk Goes Pop 2
compilation album set to hit stores on March 10.
The video, directed by Robby Starbuck
, is based upon the changes that Britney
has seen over the years. "Collectively the band and I really dug deep to match the characteristics of what 'Britney'
has become. She has really had a tumultuous journey and we wanted to take fun pieces of that persona and bring it to life around the band and in their own performance," says Starbuck
. The video features parodies of the different "Britney's
" from her various music videos from "Baby One More Time
" through "Womanizer
is very creative and put together a great video," says vocalist, Joe Brown
. The main focus for the band while making this video was to have fun with it. "While doing such a cover it was important for us to not take things so seriously. It was fun, trashy, swanky and mostly light-hearted. We are grateful to have been a part of all of it."
The video follows a busy fall for the band. After the release of their fourth studio album, 'Rattlesnake!'
, in September, the band hit the road on nationwide tours with Maylene and the Sons of Disaster
and as direct support for Alesana
Behind the scenes pictures from the video shoot can be seen here
, and you can check out the video below.
August Burns Red's Britney Spears Cover Posted Online
January 28, 2009
Lancaster, PA's tech metalcore christians, August Burns Red's
cover of "...Baby One More Time
" by Britney Spears
premiered today (Tuesday, 1/27) on the Punk Goes Pop 2 Myspace
The eighth release in this compilation series features hardcore/alternative/emo bands covering chart topping songs from the likes of Justin Timberlake
, Miley Cyrus
, Rob Thomas
, Sean Kingston
, and more. The line up includes Chiodos
, Escape The Fate
, Mayday Parade
, August Burns Red
, and more. Previous releases have sold over 400,000 units and they remain the top selling full-priced compilations in the punk genre.
'Punk Goes Pop 2'
- What Goes Around... - by Justin Timberlake
- Apologize - by One Republic
3. August Burns Red
- ...Baby One More Time - by Britney Spears
4. Mayday Parade
- When I Grow Up - by Pussycat Dolls
5. A Day to Remember
- Over My Head (Cable Car) - by The Fray
6. Escape the Fate
- Smooth - by Santana
feat. Rob Thomas
7. There For Tomorrow
- Ice Box - by Omarion
- Flagpole Sitta - by Harvey Danger
- Beautiful Girls - by Sean Kingston
10. Breathe Carolina
- See You Again - by Miley Cyrus
11. The Cab
- Disturbia - by Rihanna
12. A Static Lullaby
- Toxic - by Britney Spears
13. Four Year Strong
- Love Song - by Sara Bareilles
14. Attack Attack
! - I Kissed a Girl - by Katy Perry
Pre-order for Punk Goes Pop 2
are now available at Smartpunk
and comes with a FREE copy of 'Punk Goes Pop 1'
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YEAR FORMED: 2001
HOME TOWN: Chino Hills, CA
Joe Brown: Vocals
Dan Arnold: Vocals
Dane Poppin: Bass
Tyler Mahurin: Drums
To steal a line from that old sage Bob Dylan, �He not busy being born is busy dying.� One listen to the new, third album from A Static Lullaby, and it�s clear the Chino Hills, California, quintet have spent the past year absorbed in that idea.
They�ve survived internal turmoil, the loss of old friends, and the harsh realities of life on a major label; and now, having emerged from that period quite literally a new band, ASL unleash the strongest, fiercest set of songs in their arsenal. In other words, you�d better believe there�s a reason A Static Lullaby is self-titled.
�I remember sitting down to listen to these new songs for the first time and thinking, �Yeah, this is what I believe the band should be; this is what it should sound like,� remembers singer Joe Brown, who co-founded ASL in 2001 with singer/guitarist Dan Arnold. �And so when I talk about why we made this record self-titled, it�s like, yeah, this band�s been through some trouble in terms of past relationships, but I absolutely believe in who we are right now. From the second they pick up this record, I want everybody who hears it to feel the same way.�
Indeed, while the lyrics on A Static Lullaby cover a wide range of experience, from love and loss to rage and reflection, the album�s basic theme revolves around, as Brown describes it, �relationships in transition.� And while it certainly would�ve been easy for Brown and Arnold to adopt the same �woe is me� formula that�s made millionaires out of so many of their post-hardcore peers, anyone familiar with the pair�s songwriting knows there�s no room for self-pity in A Static Lullaby. No, to be in this band is to commit to self-advancement.
That sort of philosophy has driven ASL from day one�when, starting with a powerful debut EP (2002�s Withered), the band carved out a post-hardcore aesthetic that was at once noisy and melodic, relentless and refined. After releasing their first album, 2003�s �And Don�t Forget to Breathe, via New Jersey�s venerable Ferret Music, ASL amped up their ferocious touring regimen, taking their music to bigger audiences than ever alongside the likes of AFI, the Used and My Chemical Romance. Not surprisingly, the band had become a hot commodity, and by the time Columbia Records signed ASL in 2004 and matched them up with veteran producer Lou Giordano (Taking Back Sunday, Goo Goo Dolls), the possibilities seemed limitless. But in a cruel ironic twist, the same creative differences that made 2005�s Faso Latido such a jarring, experimental sophomore effort also brought inter-band tensions to a head; and that fall, having already lost one member�drummer Brett Dinovo, who returned to school�Brown and guitarist Dan wound up in an ugly split with bassist Phil Pirrone and guitarist Nathan Lindeman.
While other musicians might�ve let such drama color their band�s future, Brown and Arnold turned it into a source of positive energy. After taking some time to refocus, the pair reached out to their fans via MySpace and, quite honestly, were a little freaked out by the sheer number of responses to their call for new musicians. �I quickly realized that I didn�t know how to put a band together!� Brown recalls with a laugh. �I�d never had to do it before; I�ve always just sort of gone to my friends who had similar ideas. And so I thought, I�m going to get the best musicians I can, people that understand music the same way I do; people that are young, that have fire, and that can play.� Enter guitarist John Death and bassist Dane Poppin, who not only round out the current lineup alongside longtime band friend and one-time ASL drummer Jarrod Alexander; they also bring a heightened level of musicianship to match Brown and Arnold�s already formidable skills.
Eleven songs strong and not an ounce of fat among them, A Static Lullaby is a wakeup call to a scene filled with careerists and pretenders: From the jagged, melodic bite of the early MySpace singles �Hang �Em High� and �The Art Of Sharing Lovers� to the pile-driving post-hardcore pile-ups of �Static Slumber Party� and the atmospheric washes of �Mechanical Heart,� the album simply rips harder than anything ASL have recorded to date. At the same time, it�s also the most musical album they�ve ever made: Poppin�s rich, fluid bass lines add new layers of melody to the songs� deep foundations; Alexander�s drumming swings as hard as it punches; and the alternately dissonant and melodic guitar interplay between Arnold and Death complements Brown and Arnold�s trademark dueling vocal styles. Some may call the album�s leaner, meaner feel a �return to form��ASL even went back to �And Don�t Forget to Breathe�s producer, Steve Evetts (Hatebreed, Lifetime, Saves the Day), to make the album�but there�s no rehashing of past glories here.
If it�s a testament to the new material�s strength that ASL wrote and recorded A Static Lullaby in four months, proof positive is that the band were able to find a new record label almost immediately after severing ties with Columbia. Floored by ASL�s new demos, Fearless Records president Bob Becker jumped at the chance to sign the band in January of 2006. And with the support the band are already getting from their new label�by the time the album hits stores, the world will have been re-introduced to ASL via video spots on MTV and Fuse, an ASL mini-comic book (tied in with the album�s striking cover art), and a full-scale U.S. tour�it�s as if ASL have a new lease on life. As Brown explains it, �We knew we�d have to do a little bit of rebuilding, but I really feel like, based on this album and what we�re now capable of doing in our live show, it�s going to be really positive.�
Or, to paraphrase another famous line: A Static Lullaby is dead; long live A Static Lullaby.