“I think illegal downloading actually helped us 10 years ago because fans would spread the word to people who would later support the bands,” says Ericson. “We’ve been aggressive about getting our music out there where it can be heard hassle-free.”
Rise Records has signed Defeat The Low, a DIY post-hardcore quintet from Portland that features Rise Records owner Craig Ericson on rhythm guitar. Their debut LP will be released later this year; you can check out a single called "Turn To Hate" in the replies along with more information from a press release.
You can read our interview with Miss May I vocalist Levi Benton here. We talk about the band's recent touring schedule, what's next for them, and their upcoming new record Rise Of The Lion, which you can pre-order here.
This one was a lot of pressure just to follow through with it and I guess not being scared and jump back to our first record, because I feel like that’s what a lot of people thought we were going to do.
"The song is about moving on after you breakup with someone and not letting the relationship define you," says vocalist/guitarist Zac Eisenstein. "That's the idea for the girl in this video, too. When she missed the train, she missed out. This song is for her."
Rise Records has signed Only Crime, featuring Russ Rankin (Good Riddance), Aaron Dalbec (Bane, Converge), Bill Stevenson (Black Flag, Descendents, All), Dan Kelly (The Frisk, Tegan And Sara) and Matt Hoffman (Modern Life Is War). Their new album, Pursuance, will be released on May 13; check out a teaser in the replies.
1. We Are Divided
3. In Blood
4. One Last Breath
7. No Truth In Love
8. Find Yourself Alone
9. Life Was Fair
10. See It Die
11. Emptiness And Lies
12. Bred To Fail
For the Fallen Dreams will release Heavy Hearts on April 8 via Rise Records. The effort marks the return of original vocalist Chad Ruhlig. Check out the lead track "Emerald Blue" in the replies, along with artwork and tour dates.
01. Emerald Blue
04. Dream Eater
09. Unfinished Business
10. Smelling Salt
Of Mice & Men's new album, Restoring Force, debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, selling over 50,000 copies the first week. It's the highest charting album of their career. The album also debuted as the No. 1 album on the Hard Music, Independent Albums, LP Vinyl, and Top Internet charts, No. 2 on the Rock chart, and No. 3 on the Digital Albums chart. Congrats to Rise Records and the band.
Emarosa have released Relativity and self-titled on vinyl. The records are packaged as a gatefold double LP, and are limited to 1500 - 750 now available on MerchNow, and 750 available as a Hot Topic exclusive starting February 18.
Transit have launched a promotion where a Boston-area fan can interview the band using their own questions and tour the band's studio in Boston next week. All you have to do is upload a video of yourself asking up to three interview questions, use the hashtag #ABTOUR14, and post it on Twitter/Instagram. The winner will be selected and contacted on January 26th.