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Soil Check In From The Road
April 19, 2010
Few bands today encapsulate the tireless work ethic that it takes to succeed at all costs putting their livelihood on the line to take that one shot at rockstardom, well the Chicago based Soil have taken this hard road and it's now starting to pay off tenfold. This quartet is a the definition of pure hard rock fury with a backbone firmly rooted in heavy metal ultimately resulting in a dynamic, propulsive blend of hard driving anthems.

Soil's main emphasis focuses on crafting songs with massive hooks and punishing grooves that protrudes an energy that can't be denied. This is most evident with their highly acclaimed latest album, 'Picture Perfect'. The band's latest single, "Lesser Man," is also currently burning up the Active Rock charts lead by solid airplay from such tastemaker stations as WJRR (Orlando), WIIL (Chicago), KXFX (Santa Rosa), WJJO (Madison) and WXQR (Greenville).

Soil
are currently on a massive coast to coast North American tour as direct support to Smile Empty Soul. Be sure to either see below or head over now to www.myspace.com/soil to view their complete tour itinerary, stream new tracks and view their latest videos.

Adam (guitars) further comments: "Things in the Soil camp are in full swing again as we have begun the Smile Empty Soul/Soil tour! We have been out on the road for about three weeks now and we are moving along nicely. The guys in all the bands are cool as hell to get along with and the shows have been great. It makes for a very cool touring situation. We have been seeing a lot of old friends which is always cool and making a lot of new ones too.

"We have also had a lot of cool opportunities to drop by some radio stations and play some acoustic sets which has been very unique and cool for us. There a lot of stations show some love to our song 'The Lesser Man', so we are doing our best to show the love back and come hang with them all. PLEASE call into your local radio station and ask them to spin the new Soil track! I am out for now and will give ya another update soon."

In 2010, Soil breaks new ground in the Active Rock world and 'Picture Perfect' is a true statement as to the band's determination and ultimate perseverance solidifying them as true hard rock titans.

Soil w/Smile Empty Soul:
04/16 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
04/17 - Allston, MA - Harper's Ferry
04/18 - Farmindale, NY - Crazy Donkey
04/20 - Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend
04/21 - Jacksonville, NC - Hooligans
04/22 - Beaufort, SC - House Of Tunes
04/23 - Ft Meyers, FL - WJBX Radio Show/ City Of Palms Park
04/24 - Jacksonville, FL - Brewster's Pit
04/27 - Shreveport, LA - Riverside Warehouse
04/29 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
04/30 - Louisville, KY - Uncle Pleasants
05/01 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
05/02 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
05/03 - Nashville, TN - The Muse
05/04 - Jackson, MS - Fire
05/06 - McCallen, TX - Smoking Aces
05/07 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
05/08 - Dallas, TX - Trees
05/09 - San Antonio, TX - Scout Bar
05/11 - Oklahoma City, OK - Conservatory
05/12 - Salina, KS - The Blue Goat
05/13 - Sioux Falls, SD - Rookies
05/14 - Des Moines, IA - House Of Bricks
05/15 - Springfield, MO - RADIO SHOW
05/21 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
05/21 - Santa Rosa, CA - Last Day Saloon
05/22 - Santa Clara, CA - Avalon
 
 
 
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Smile Empty Soul Add More Dates With Soil
April 19, 2010
Smile Empty Soul is currently criss-crossing the country with Soil and Black Sunshine in support of their new album 'Consciousness'. Frontman Sean Danielsen has checked in with the following update from the road:

"We're sitting here in Toronto and ready to rock our neighbors to the north. So far, this tour has been awesome and Soil has been killing it every night, while Black Sunshine has sounded incredible on this run," commented Danielsen. "We have just over a month left on this tour so please check our tour dates and make sure you get to one of these shows. This is the best tour happening right now, so come to the shows or die now!"

Smile Empty Soul recently released their 'More Anxiety' album with a bonus DVD of live, in studio, and on the road footage through FOF Label Group/EMI. The album was recorded as the follow-up to the group's gold certified debut, but was never released because the album's lead single was protested by fundamentalist groups, who organized a letter writing campaign against the group's record label.

Smile Empty Soul is currently touring with Soil and special guests Black Sunshine until May 28th.

Smile Empty Soul Tour Dates:
Apr 20 - Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend
Apr 21 - Jacksonville, NC - Hooligans
Apr 22 - Beaufort, SC - House Of Tunes
Apr 23 - Ft Meyers, FL - City Of Palms Park
Apr 24 - Jacksonville, FL - Brewster's Pit
Apr 26 - Little Rock, AR - Juanitas
Apr 27 - Shreveport, LA - Riverside Warehouse
Apr 29 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
Apr 30 - Louisville, KY - Uncle Pleasants
May 01 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
May 02 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rockhouse
May 03 - Nashville, TN - The Muse
May 04 - Jackson, MS - Fire
May 06 - McAllen, TX - Smoking Aces
May 07 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
May 08 - Dallas, TX - Trees
May 09 - San Antonio, TX - Scout Bar
May 11 - Oklahoma City, OK - Conservatory
May 12 - Salina, KS - The Blue Goat
May 13 - Sioux Falls, ID - Rookies
May 14 - Des Moines, IA - House of Bricks
May 15 - Springfield, MO - KQRA Radio Show
May 18 - Salt Lake City, UT - Club Vegas
May 19 - Billings, MT - Railyard
May 21 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
May 23 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
May 24 - Santa Rosa, CA - Las Day Saloon
May 25 - Santa Clara, CA - Avalon
May 28 - Las Vegas, NV - Doctor Feelgoods

For more info, visit:
www.MySpace.com/SmileEmptySoulMusic
 
 
 
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Soil Embark On North American Tour With Smile Empty Soul
March 18, 2010
Few bands today encapsulate the tireless work ethic that it takes to succeed at all costs putting their livelihood on the line to take that one shot at rockstardom, well the Chicago based Soil have taken this hard road and it's now starting to pay off tenfold. This quartet is a the definition of pure hard rock fury with a backbone firmly rooted in heavy metal ultimately resulting in a dynamic, propulsive blend of hard driving anthems.
Soil's main emphasis focuses on crafting songs with massive hooks and punishing grooves that protrudes an energy that can't be denied. This is most evident with their highly acclaimed latest album, 'Picture Perfect'.

The band's latest single, "Lesser Man," is also currently burning up the Active Rock charts lead by solid airplay from such tastemaker stations as WJRR (Orlando), WIIL (Chicago), KXFX (Santa Rosa), WJJO (Madison) and WXQR (Greenville).

Soil
embarks on a massive coast to coast North American tour as direct support to Smile Empty Soul late this month. This lengthy trek kicks off in Los Angeles on March 25th and wraps up in late May. Be sure to either see below or head over now to www.myspace.com/soil to view their complete tour itinerary, stream new tracks and view their latest videos.

In 2010, Soil breaks new ground in the Active Rock world and 'Picture Perfect' is a true statement as to the band's determination and ultimate perseverance solidifying them as true hard rock titans.

Soil w/ Smile Empty Soul:
03/25 - Los Angeles, CA - The Key Club
03/26 - Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse
03/28 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
03/29 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
03/31 - Maplewood, MN - The Rock
04/01 - Waterloo, IA - Spicoli's Rock Garden
04/02 - Rockford, IL - Whiskey Road House
04/03 - Milwaukee, WI - Rave Bar
04/05 - Madison, WI - The Annex
04/06 - Grand Rapids, MI - Intersection
04/07 - Traverse City, MI - Streeters
04/08 - Dayton, OH - MCGuffy's
04/09 - Columbus, OH - Al Rosa Villa
04/10 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
04/11 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
04/12 - Toronto, ONT - The Wreck Room
04/13 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
04/14 - Syracuse, NY - Westcott Theater
04/16 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
04/17 - Allston, MA - Harper's Ferry
04/18 - Farmindale, NY - Crazy Donkey
04/20 - Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend
04/21 - Jacksonville, NC - Hooligans
04/22 - Beaufort, SC - House Of Tunes
04/23 - Ft Meyers, FL - WJBX Radio Show/ City Of Palms Park
04/24 - Jacksonville, FL - Brewster's Pit
04/27 - Shreveport, LA - Riverside Warehouse
04/29 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
04/30 - Louisville, KY - Uncle Pleasants
05/01 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
05/02 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
05/03 - Nashville, TN - The Muse
05/04 - Jackson, MS - Fire
05/06 - McCallen, TX - Smoking Aces
05/07 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
05/08 - Dallas, TX - Trees
05/09 - San Antonio, TX - Scout Bar
05/11 - Oklahoma City, OK - Conservatory
05/12 - Salina, KS - The Blue Goat
05/13 - Sioux Falls, SD - Rookies
05/14 - Des Moines, IA - House Of Bricks
05/15 - Springfield, MO - RADIO SHOW
05/21 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
05/21 - Santa Rosa, CA - Last Day Saloon
05/22 - Santa Clara, CA - Avalon
 
 
 
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Soil Return With New Album, Upcoming Tour In March
February 18, 2010
Few bands today encapsulate the tireless work ethic that it takes to succeed at all costs putting their livelihood on the line to take that one shot at rockstardom, well the Chicago based Soil have taken this hard road and it's now starting to pay off tenfold. This quartet is a the definition of pure hard rock fury with a backbone firmly rooted in heavy metal ultimately resulting in a dynamic, propulsive blend of hard driving anthems.
Soil's main emphasis focuses on crafting songs with massive hooks and punishing grooves that protrudes an energy that can't be denied. This is most evident with their highly acclaimed latest album, 'Picture Perfect'. The band's latest single, "Lesser Man," is also currently burning up the Active Rock charts lead by solid airplay from such tastemaker stations as WJRR (Orlando), WIIL (Chicago), KXFX (Santa Rosa), WJJO (Madison) and WXQR (Greenville).

However, the live show is where Soil is at their very best and they are one of the few remaining artists that actually delivers an entertaining show that engages the viewer and leaves you enamored with their musical prowess and undeniable stage comrodery.
Recently returning from a sold-out European tour with genre titans Shinedown, the group immediately began preparing for a coast to coast North American tour as direct support to Smile Empty Soul. This lengthy trek kicks off in Los Angeles on March 25th and wraps up in May. See below or head over now to www.myspace.com/soil to view their complete tour itinerary, stream new tracks and view their latest videos.

Tim King
(bass) further states: "It's a great feeling getting back on tour throughout the U.S. virtually hitting every market. We are also looking forward to touring with Smile Empty Soul, whom I have been a fan of for years. Come out and hang with us. It's going to be a party for sure."

The working class rockstar mentality is something that has been missing for quite some time and Soil are the true definition of modern day rock heroes. These are four men that equally embrace an undying work ethic, undeniable charm and you would be hard pressed to find anyone that isn't wishing them all of the success in the world. Soil's fiery brand of rock madness is something to keep an eye out for.

In 2010, Soil breaks new ground in the Active Rock world and 'Picture Perfect' is a true statement as to the band's determination and ultimate perseverance solidifying them as true hard rock titans.

Soil w/ Smile Empty Soul:
03/25 - Los Angeles, CA - The Key Club
03/26 - Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse
03/28 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
03/29 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
04/01 - Waterloo, IA - Spicoli's Rock Garden
04/02 - Madison, WI - The Annex
04/03 - Milwaukee, WI - Rave Bar
04/07 - Traverse City, MI - Streeters
04/08 - Dayton, OH - MCGuffys
04/09 - Columbus, OH - Al Rosa Villa
04/10 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
04/11 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
04/12 - Toronto, ONT - The Wreck Room
04/14 - Syracuse, NY - Lost Horizon
04/16 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
04/17 - Allston, MA - Harper's Ferry
04/18 - Farmindale, NY - Crazy Donkey
04/20 - Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend
04/21 - Jacksonville, NC - Rock Shop
04/22 - Beaufort, SC - House Of Tunes
04/24 - Jacksonville, FL - Brewster's Pit
04/27 - Shreveport, LA - Riverside Warehouse
04/29 - Sauget, IL -Pop's
04/30 - Louisville, KY - Phoenix Hill Tavern
05/01 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
 
 
 
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Straight Line Stitch Post New Video Online
October 6, 2009
The fresh new video for the song “Taste of Ashes,” from Tennessee's fast rising melodic heavy hitters, Straight Line Stitch, had it's premiere on MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball this weekend. The video, which features Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta, is now available online and can be viewed below.

The full Headbangers Ball article regarding the video can be seen at this location.

Straight Line Stitch are currently out on the road as part of the "In The Black" Tour alongside labelmates Kittie and Arkaea, and SOiL. Tour dates are listed below:

10/07/09 - San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
10/08/09 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
10/09/09 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
10/10/09 - Tulsa, OK @ The Flytrap
10/12/09 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
10/13/09 - Gallup, NM @ The Juggernaut
10/14/09 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
10/15/09 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
10/16/09 - San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
10/17/09 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
10/18/09 - Farmington, NM @ Gator's
10/19/09 - Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
10/21/09 - Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
10/22/09 - Chicago, IL @ Double Door
10/23/09 - Dayton, OH @ McGuffy's House Of Rock
10/24/09 - Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
10/25/09 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
10/26/09 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
10/28/09 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
10/29/09 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
10/31/09 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora - Halloween Show (w/ Mushroomhead)

For more information on Straight Line Stitch, visit http://www.myspace.com/straightlinestitch
 
 
 
 
 
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Biography
HOME TOWN: Chicago, IL
MEMBERS:
AJ Cavalier - Vocals
Adam Zadel - Guitar/Background Vocals
Shaun Glass - Guitar
Tim King - Bass
Tom Schofield - Drums

The gloves are off, and Soil have come out swinging.

From the first shards of opening track "Fight For Life," to the firestorm that follows in lead single "Give It Up" and the bitter litany of "Threw It Away," one thing is perfectly clear about Soil's third full-length album, and first for DRT Entertainment: Mixing metallic slabs of blinding fury with melodic interludes of passive restraint, True Self is the coming-of-age of a band hell-bent on making hard rock and heavy metal take notice.

"The whole premise of this new record was to take the elements that our fans knew and loved about Soil and bring them to a new level," says bassist Tim King. "Musically, the same core that Soil has always had is still intact, but we've added a new dimension lyrically and have taken things furtherBut instead of taking one step forward, we've taken five."

The "new level" King is referring to came in the form of frontman A.J. Cavalier, who played his first show with the band in Dec. ཀ. The impact of his vocal and lyrical range can be heard throughout True Self, which builds on the rock-solid foundation Soil have laid with previous releases Redefine and Scars, taking the band to heavier depths and more harmonious heights.

In the wake of "Let Go," possibly the most melodic song Soil have ever recorded, and "Forever Dead," which ranks amongst the band's most furious, "Last Chance" melds the extremes into a sonic flurry of thick grooves and racing guitars. But it's closing track "One Last Song" that best exemplifies Soil's songwriting progression and musical marriage, climbing epic heights as it showcases the breadth of their talent and depth of their roots. Cavalier's vocals run their spectrum atop music that is classically metal and unabashedly modern, and the results are spectacular.

Recommended by Static-X namesake Wayne Static and DamagePlan front man Pat Lachman, there was never a doubt that Cavalier was the missing piece Soil had been seeking. "It was like getting handed a diamond and going, 'Is this thing real?'" recalls King of their initial meeting with the singer. "Personally, musically, vocally, he was everything we could have ever wanted. It happened so fast, and was so perfect; it's as if it was meant to be. Sometimes fate just comes knocking at your door, though, and we just decided to go for it."

The decision proved a good one. The first song the band wrote was "Give It Up," which ultimately became the lead single from True Self. "The music for that song was written in the spur of the moment, and then we sent it to A.J.," recalls King. "It was the first song that A.J. wrote lyrics to as an audition for a band that he wanted to be in, and now it's our first singleYou can hear the magic and passion come through the speakers when you hear that song."

"The premise was very simple, and the song came to me in a snap," says Cavalier of the cut. "Anybody who's ever worked in a day job has had someone in their face who they can't standThis song is about venting your frustrations without having to go to jail for it. I have a pretty violent nature, but thanks to music, I can keep it in check. That song is a pure release of anger and hostility, without having to lash out at people."

Dealing with hostility and anger are nothing new to the front man, who teaches street fighting and is a student of the martial arts himself. "Those all tie together to who I am and who I want to be," he says. "I'm not perfect, I'm still trying, but I see my true self, and I know that Ive learned well."

Hence, the title track of the new album, which could also be said to carry a separate connotation for the band, who feel like they've found their "true self" with the new release. "Everybody wants money, everybody wants fame, and everybody wants their artistic expression, but at the end of the day, this is a band, and that's why we've been able to stick together for so long. It's good to have someone with us who shares that frame of mind," says guitarist Shaun Glass. "We're comfortable enough where we're at to keep going, but we're still hungry enough to achieve and want more."

More pronounced musicianship. More solos and guitar leads. More key changes. And more of the components that make True Self a testament to the hard rock and heavy metal ideals that the members of Soil were raised on.  The addition of producer Ulrich Wild [Pantera, Rob Zombie, Static-X] proved the final addition to an already incendiary mix. "Instead of trying to rework and remold the songs we had, he embarked and embellished on what we had, made it stronger, tightened it up and added his little flair to it," says King, with Glass adding, "He just let us go and be ourselves. He would tell us if he thought we were going too far, or if he had a problem with song structure here or there, but he never asked us to stop being ourselves, and that method ruled."

Friction seems to be the key to Soil in 2006, whether it is the change in labels or members, or the abrasive nature that claws through the surface of the band's songs. "Anger, riffs and grooves" sums Cavalier of the music, and he's not far from the mark, as True Self build upon all three in becoming one of the most jarring metal albums in recent memory.