I See Stars fans, rejoice! The band has today dropped a new double-single “Anomaly“ + “Drift“ as well as the accompanying visualizers. Speaking about “Anomaly“, lead vocalist Devin Oliver shared:
“This track always sticks with me long after it has finished and, in the end, leaves me feeling both exposed and empowered. Anomaly was created from self-reflection and introspection during a time in my life when I was in and out of the hospital for 2 years battling a rare neurological disorder that led to me to chronic physical pain, headaches, & depression. It’s a powerful reminder to me that the clock is ticking and we must live on our own terms, true to ourselves and our values while battling the feeling of despair that comes when the world seems to be working against you. For a while I was grappling with the regret that I might have missed my opportunity and would be sick forever. No matter what is happening in our lives the most difficult battles we fight are the ones within ourselves. We hope that anomaly is a reminder that when the universe tests you, staying true to yourself is always worth the struggle.“
When asked about “Drift“, Oliver also commented:
“[This song] nods to the concept of our upcoming album. This song was written to be bipolar by nature, giving you no choice but to surrender to the ebbs and flows of your thoughts and emotions, pulling you in and out of focus. This song highlights a newfound sense of clarity in the wheel that we all submit to. It continues to spin in and out of a dark trip that provokes as it forces us to explore the murky depths of our minds and uncharted territories of our own psyche.“
Fans will have their opportunity to see I See Stars this fall on the Concrete Forever tour with Bad Omens and ERRA. For ticket information please click here, and keep your eyes peeled for more I See Stars news coming soon.
CONCRETE FOREVER North American Dates
September 1 – Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center (Sold Out)
September 2 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater (Sold Out)
September 4 – New Orleans, LA @ Joy Theater (Sold Out)
September 5 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live (Sold Out)
September 6 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues (Sold Out)
September 8 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy (Sold Out)
September 9 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works (Sold Out)
September 12 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 (Sold Out)
September 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall (Sold Out)
September 14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE (Sold Out)
September 15 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore (Sold Out)
September 16 – Boston, MA @ Roadrunner (Sold Out)
September 18 – Montreal, QC @ MTELUS (Sold Out)
September 19 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel (Sold Out)
September 21 – Chicago, IL @ The Salt Shed (Sold Out)
September 24 – TBA
September 26 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Ballroom
September 27 – Minneapolis, MN @ Myth Live (Sold Out)
September 29 – TBA
September 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union (Sold Out)
October 2 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom (Sold Out)
October 3 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre (Sold Out)
October 4 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo (Sold Out)
October 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium (Sold Out)
October 9 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Theater at Virgin Hotels
October 10 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre (Sold Out)
October 11 – Albuquerque, NM @ Revel
October 13 – Dallas, TX @ The Factory in Deep Ellum (Sold Out)
Globally renowned independent record label, Sumerian Records have today announced the triumphant return of musical enigma, Poppy, to her original label home. To celebrate the newly inked deal, Poppy has also released brand new single “Church Outfit” which can be streamedHERE and it’s accompanying music video which can be watched below.
Speaking on his partnership with Poppy and her return to his label, Sumerian Records founder, Ash Avildsen shares
“The only thing more exciting than signing an iconic artist for the first time is signing them again, when they choose to return home. Poppy is a pioneer and lover of music, film, pro-wrestling, the unorthodox and the avant-garde. That is why I believe Sumerian is still the best label in the world for her. We are thrilled to have her back.”
During her initial time as a Sumerian Records artist, Poppy released two albums and an EP – 2020’s break out, ‘I DISAGREE’, 2021’sEAT (NXT SOUNDTRACK) andFLUX. She also became the first ever solo female artist to be nominated for “Best Metal Performance” at the Grammys for her single “BLOODMONEY”. Now, following a brief stint with Lava Records and the release of her EPSTAGGER last year, she returns home to Sumerian Records to continue her global domination.
Poppy has no regard for convention, genres, labels, assumptions, or expectations either. Instead, she eclipses all of them in the flames of an intensely uncompromising creative spirit with no rival. By burning everything down and building a vision of her own out of the ashes, she represents a future where high art and high fashion equal subversion of the highest order. Following a quiet grind, she reached critical mass with I Disagree.
Beyond tallying 100 million-plus streams, it concluded 2020 on year-end lists by Upset [#1], Revolver, Popbuzz, Kerrang!, and more as she graced the covers of NME, Revolver, Upset, Kerrang!, and Tush. Standout “BLOODMONEY” even garnered a GRAMMY® nod for “Best Metal Performance,” lifting her to rarified air as the “first-ever solo female artist nominated in the category.” At the same time, she electrified the stage at the GRAMMY® Awards.
Throughout 2021, Poppy only maintained her momentum with the EAT (NXT Soundtrack) EP, and Flux (album). She steered the vision entirely—from the aesthetic to personally directing multiple videos. Casting a shadow over multiple forms of media, she has also penned two graphic novels, Genesis One and Poppy’s Inferno, and her short film I’m Poppy premiered at Sundance Film Festival during 2019.
During October 2022, she released Stagger EP, premiering single “FYB” at Reading & Leeds.
“It’s an artist’s responsibility to always change,” she leaves off. “I don’t think I’d want to be in my body if I was repeating the same thing over and over again. I’m only competing with myself. I will continue to write the story until I get tired of the book. Then, I’ll write another one.”
Omaha-based hard rock quintet Through Fire has today released the official music video for their latest single, “Lose It“. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming new album Devil’s Got You Dreamin’ (via Sumerian Records). Watch the music video for “Lose It“ below, and pre-order Devil’s Got You Dreamin’ at the link here. Fans also have the chance to see the band on the road starting this month with Saliva and Any Given Sin and with Ill Nino and Dropout Kings starting in May (dates and ticket information here). Devil’s Got You Dreamin’ set for release on Friday, April 21.
DEVIL’S GOT YOU DREAMIN’
1. Karma Kills
2. Dead Winter
3. Wake Up
4. Lose It
5. Heal Your Wounds
6. For The Last Time
8. Over The Influence
13. The Road
Through Fire Upcoming Tour Dates
3/17 – Amelia Island, FL @ Saddler Ranch
3/18 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham Theatre
3/20 – Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl
3/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Jergel’s
3/23 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
3/24 – Wyandotte, MI @ District 142
3/25 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
3/26 – McHenry, IL @ The Vixen
3/27 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
3/29 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
3/30 – Ft. Collins, CO @ The Coast
4/2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
4/5 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Beer City Music Hall
With Ill Nino and Dropout Kings
5/4 – Jacksonville, NC - Hooligans
5/5 – Winchester, VA - Blue Fox Billiards
5/6 – Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
5/7 – Horseheads, NY - The L
5/9 – Mechanicsburg, PA – Lovedrafts
5/10 – Pittsburgh, PA - Crafthouse
5/11 – Lakewood, OH - Winchester Tavern
5/12 – Flint, MI - Machine Shop
5/13 – Angola, IN - Eclectic Room
5/14 – Joliet, IL - The Forge
5/16 – Bloomington, IL
5/17 - Belvidere, IL - The Apollo Theater
5/18 – Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
5/19 – Sioux Falls, SD - Bigs Bar
5/20 – Billings, MT - Pub Station
5/21 – Great Falls, MT - The Newberry
5/23 - Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
5/24 - Colorado Springs, CO - Sunshine Studios
5/25 – Grand Junction, CO - Mesa Theater
5/26 – Phoenix, AZ - Rebel Lounge
5/27 – El Paso, TX – Rockhouse
5/30 – Lubbock, TX - Jakes
5/31 – Corpus Christi, TX - House Of Rock
6/1 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
6/2 – San Antonio, TX - The Rock Box
6/3 – Fort Worth, TX - Rail Club
6/4 – Tyler, TX - Country River Club
ABOUT THROUGH FIRE: Hard rock should exist outside of the system. It should break the mold. It should burn through expectations. Through Fire most certainly does. The Omaha, NE quartet—Justin McCain [lead guitar & songwriter], Grant Joshua Kendrick [lead vocals], Tyler Halverson [bass], and Zack Halverson [drums]—fuses hard-hitting riffs, lyrics that truly resonate and contagious melodies that are unforgettable. As a result, this impactful, immediate, and infectious fusion defies categorization and incites energy as boundless as the style itself. Additionally, the approach transformed the quartet into a phenomenon with chart-topping radio successes and over 275 million streams worldwide. Now, the same fire fuels the band’s third full-length for Sumerian Records. “This album takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions”. We’ve all been through the fiery trials of life, this album aims to empower us all to get up out of the pit of despair and be victorious over our difficult circumstances. “Recording these songs was truly therapeutic, going in the studio to unleash every raw, honest feeling imaginable while enduring the heat of life’s flames and heartache was powerful. This album brought us healing and we know from experience, we can all rise above whatever life throws our way.”
Announce Upcoming New Album ‘Are We Having Fun?’ Out On May 5 via Sumerian Records
Los Angeles-based alt-rock trio Weathers have announced their next album ‘Are We Having Fun?‘ set for release on May 5 via Sumerian Records. Alongside this announcement, the band has dropped a new single “ALL CAPS” (co-produced and featuring John O’Callaghan) aka John The Ghost. When asked about the collaborative process for recording “ALL CAPS“, Weathers frontman Cameron Boyer shares:
“We jumped at the opportunity to work with producer/singer John O’Callaghan (aka John the Ghost). We are big fans and so working together was a trip. After some time soul searching for what this song would sound like, the end result we landed on has a lot of attitude that we didn’t expect to finish with. One of the biggest obstacles was deciding where John would sing. I felt like most projects like this have the featured artist start singing in the second verse. But for me, while it’s a Weathers song, I wanted to throw listeners off and start with John’s voice. He’s got such a unique tone and I thought it would draw listeners in right off the bat and make them go “oh shit?” In a good way.”
Weathers describes their upcoming release as the next step for the band creatively.
“With our new album, we wanted to not try so hard. Instead we wanted to dig deep from our past and pull from music we listened to growing up. In the end, we got a body of work that’s a little heavier, more raw, and way more emotional and honest than anything we’ve done in the past.“
Sumerian Records’ Senior Vice President Mike Jakubow shares the band’s enthusiasm for the new album:
“Weathers is on the verge of making major strides in their career. They have written a brand-new record that is deeply introspective, relatable, and exceedingly catchy. The band combines old and new themes and made it entirely their own. The energy in these songs will make a lasting impact on fans”.
Sumerian’s Head of A&R and Executive Operations Nick Ocean (Walters) chimed in saying:
“As an A&R in a crowded music space, it is always the greatest pleasure to partner with a group of artists that feels authentic from the beginning. The new album has many colors, both bright and dark. Their music truly pops from the canvas and they deliver something fresh and nostalgic in a unique way. This is just the beginning for Weathers, and we are thrilled to help build upon what they started.“
The album’s lead single “Where Do I Sign?“ has already clocked up over 750,000 streams on Spotify and counting. Pre-order ‘Are We Having Fun?’here.
ARE WE HAVING FUN?
1. One Of a Kind
2. ALL CAPS
3. She Hates Me
5. I’m Just Sayin’
6. Where Do I Sign?
7. Nothing To Say
9. Drama Queen
10. Take Me Home
11. Goodbye To My Friends
12. Little Castaway
Weathers fan will have their chance to see the band hit the stage across the United States starting in April in support of Meg Myers. For ticket information, please click here.
TZIA’S ARC US TOUR
4/17 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne
4/18 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
4/20 – Denver, CO @ Marquis
4/21 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
4/22 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar
4/25 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
4/26 – Chicago, IL @ Park West
4/28 – Detroit, MI @ Loving Touch
4/29 – Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s
4/30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird
5/02 – New York, NY @ MHOW
5/03 – Boston, MA @ Sinclair
5/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
5/06 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Wonder Bar
5/07 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30
5/09 – Nashville, TN @ Eastside Bowl
5/10 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
5/12 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
5/13 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
5/14 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
5/16 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
5/17 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
5/19 – Dallas, TX @ Studio at The Factory
5/20 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
5/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
5/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
5/24 – San Francisco, CA @ Independent
Dates With Set It Off
5/26 @ Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
5/27 @ Fresno, CA @ Sequoia Brewery
5/28 @ Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
Weathers cycle through vibes at the speed of life. Text messages to cheaters, actual conversations about mental health among friends, and a shared passion for eighties and nineties nostalgia (coming-of-age comedies, in particular) turn into fodder for their undeniable and unforgettable alternative anthems. The acclaimed Los Angeles trio—Cameron Boyer [vocals, guitar], Cameron Olsen [guitar] and Brennen Bates [bass]—infuse their third full-length offering, Are We Having Fun? [Sumerian Records], with gleeful unpredictability.
“It’s meant to be unpredictable,” affirms Boyer. “Since there’s a cohesive sound, you’re essentially living in the same universe, but you’re listening to a bunch of different stories. We dug into how relationships and love can fuck with your head as much as anything else can. We welcomed the changes in our lives, because it was time to evolve—which is also when you should do a new record.”
The band initially emerged back in 2015. A year later, they released the breakthrough single “Happy Pills”, amassing over 164 million Spotify streams and counting. They parlayed this momentum into Kids in the Night (2018) and Pillows & Therapy (2021). The latter boasted fan favorites such as “Rehab”, “Losing Blood”, and “C’est la vie”, which reeled in over 28 million Spotify streams and counting. Meanwhile, Billboard proclaimed, “Their message empowers through the acceptance of something we all consider flaws at some point.” Of Pillows & Therapy, Under The Radar noted, “The band married grungey alt rock and synth-laden pop rock, embracing newly anthemic sounds as well as revisiting their ‘90s influences,” while Beyond The Stage Magazine proclaimed, “Weathers’ Pills & Therapy is the best medicine.”
Throughout 2022, they wrote and recorded what would become Are We Having Fun? with producer Jason Suwito (Sir Sly, Imagine Dragons). They absorbed the ebbs and flows of the Post-Pandemic season in their music as they sonically nodded to classic bands like My Chemical Romance and The Killers.
“We were kids in the two-thousands, so we love over-the-top emotional tunes with a heavier sound,” Boyer goes on. “When we were making the record, we were feeling a bit of rage and sort of doomed. So we asked ourselves, ‘Is this even fun anymore? Or, are we doing this because we’re stuck?’ Since the music encompasses a lot of raw emotion, we decided to be very honest with the title.”
“We want you to walk away feeling like you were heard, and it’s okay to not be okay,” Boyer leaves off. “At the same time, we’re trying to get out of the darkness, because no one wants to be in the dark for too long. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. When you’re on the floor crying, you’re not the only one.”
“To us, Weathers is a lifestyle and a family,” Brennen concludes. “So, it’s important for the three of us to express ourselves, stick together, and support each other as well as everybody out there who supports us.”
Atlanta rock n’ rollers Starbenders have today released their latest offering “The Game“ and the accompanying lyric video (out via Sumerian Records). Speaking on today’s drop, the band shares:
“We wrote “The Game” to inspire those who are feeling low on luck and overlooked by a world that’s often unforgiving. A battle cry for the downtrodden underdogs. We cooked up a sound to summon the feeling of self-generated power guided by Gods, angels, and ghosts. You can torch all obstacles and silence the doubters once and for all with a little bit of faith. It’s all in the way you play The Game.”
Stream “The Game“here, watch the lyric video below.
Hailing from Atlanta, GA, Starbenders has dropped their hotly-anticipated new release “The Game“ via Sumerian Records off the heels of 2020’s Love Potion studio album and serving as the follow-up to 2019’s Japanese Rooms EP. These are words similar to those which you will read on countless press releases, but there really isn’t anyone else out there doing what Starbenders have been doing since forming in 2014: The intoxicating combination of glam with new wave and new romantic, seduced into this modern era by four thrilling musicians and, in frontwoman Kimi Shelter, one of the most exciting songwriters in contemporary rock & roll.
SoCal Alt-pop trio, WEATHERS have announced today that they have signed a new deal with world-renowned independent label, Sumerian Records. The band have also dropped their first new single out via their new label home, the aptly named “Where Do I Sign?“. Find the track on streaming platforms HERE and watch the official music video below.
Speaking on the release of the band’s new track, frontman Cameron Boyer shares
“We wanted to make a song as a kind of satire on things we’ve been feeling in the past year. We’ve been joking with each other saying “what’s it gonna take to get to the next level?” And we mentioned selling our souls is our best bet. So we thought we’d turn that into a song and talk about all the things we want in a kind of dark twisted way. It’s a lighthearted mind set with with a darker feel since selling your soul would actually be something very serious.”
On the subject of their new label deal announcement, Boyer adds
“We are stoked to be signing with Sumerian Records. It feels like the perfect fit and we are thrilled to be surrounded by such an excited and dedicated team that believes in our music and vision. We are both inspired and humbled to be a part of their roster alongside some amazing artists including a few that we’ve become friends with on past tours. Calling this a dream come true would be an understatement. We can’t wait for what the future holds.”
Prior to their new record deal with Sumerian, WEATHERS had huge runaway success with track “Happy Pills”. Released in 2016, the track was certified Gold earlier this year and to date has racked up 31 Million YouTube views and over 156 million streams on Spotify alone. They followed their debut release up with a series of self-released singles which lead into their most recent album release, ‘Pillows and Therapy‘ which came out in August of 2021. The lead single from the album, “Ces’t La Vie” peaked at #26 on the Alternative charts. The band have an impressive 280 million cross-platform career streams and over 65 million YouTube views. They have a digital following of 2.5 million across socials and streaming platforms.
WEATHERS have played shows with Cage the Elephant, Jimmy Eat World, Dreamers, Palaye Royale, Badflower, Echosmith and Catfish & The Bottlemen, and have appeared at globally renowned festivals such as Lollapalooza, Firefly and this year’s Riot Fest. The band are currently on tour across the UK and Europe supporting Set It Off.
British artist AlienBlaze has announced her signing to Sumerian Records with the release of new song “Not Yours Never Was”. The first signing to the label’s recently formed, UK-based European operation Sumerian Records Europe Limited, AlienBlaze is also the first UK-based signing for the label.
“I’m so honoured to be signed by Sumerian Records.” Says Blaze. “I am so grateful to Ash Avildsen, who is quite honestly a true innovator and visionary. I look forward to what the future holds with Sumerian, making music for a new generation.”
Sumerian Records founder Ash Avildsen comments: “AlienBlaze’s compelling songwriting and natural ability to fuse styles in an original way at such a young age are the true signs of a timeless star in the making. From the first moment I heard her, I knew we had to have her on Sumerian.”
The first release comes in the form of “Not Yours Never Was”. Watch the video below.
AlienBlaze is a 20 year old singer/songwriter and lead guitarist crafting genre-fluid anthems resulting in a fascinating hybrid of everything from dark alternative pop, grunge, and emo, to rock and electronic elements. Her dominating presence emits an angsty appeal, encouraging a sense of self-empowerment to her young audience.
In her school years, AlienBlaze spent most of her time at home through sickness, so spent hours and hours learning the electric guitar on her mum’s Gibson U2, wanting to play like her guitar inspirations Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains and Slash. Blaze’s sense of alienation from her peers, is what inspired her to add the ‘alien’ part to her name as an artist.
She explains, “I consider my music to be slightly ‘genre-fluid’ because I take inspiration from many different sources. I like my lyrics to be poetic and different, and hopefully everyone can relate to the sentiment in the songs.” With a name like AlienBlaze, the young musician takes listeners into an undiscovered cosmos, staying true to her ethos of, “I don’t want realism. I want magic!”
Having toured as support to Cassyette earlier this year and following up with a packed-out appearance at The Great Escape in June, AlienBlaze was invited by Jack Saunders to perform at his Hopscotch show with Alissic.