CONCRETE JUNGLE RECORDS
Forthcoming album releases.
Death By Stereo – Black Sheep Of The American Dream
Authority Zero – Stories Of Survival
Release date 20/04/2012
DEATH BY STEREO
14 Years strong and still nothing can stop DEATH BY STEREO. Coming back harder, faster, and louder than they ever have, their sixth full-length studio album “Black Sheep Of The American Dream” will be out on April 20th 2012. “Black Sheep Of The American Dream” offers up DEATH BY STEREO’s return to their hardcore punk roots, interlaced with crushing metal breakdowns and blazing solos courtesy of the legendary party shredder, Dan Palmer.
Lead Singer Efrem Schulz comes correct with the vocal style that has personified the group’s unique sound. Reaching back to their first album “If Looks Could Kill, I’d Watch You Die…” for influence and taking it into a head on collision with some of the heaviest vocals of the band’s history, DEATH BY STEREO remains focused on the political, conscious, personal, and confrontational. With this album Schulz is calling for the world to stand up and fight.
Arguably one of the best guitarists to ever play hardcore punk, Dan Palmer is known for writing vicious riffs and laying down some of the most technical, melodic, soulful, ripping solos of any players out there. He really drove it home on this one, showcasing all of his skill, aggression, and finesse on “Black Sheep Of The American Dream”.
With this album, DEATH BY STEREO brought back original bassist and founding member, Paul Miner. In addition to lending his bass skills, Paul co-produced, co-wrote, engineered, mixed and mastered the album with the idea of taking the bands sound into a direction somewhere between “If Looks Could Kill” and “Into the Valley of Death”. With several years of experience producing under Paul’s belt working with some of the most recognized punk, hardcore and metal bands out there; such as TERROR, H2O, THRICE, ATREYU, this record sounds like a brick to the face.
Long time guitarist JP Gericke slays his parts from beginning to end with his trademark right hand picking style that fuels his other band, AUSTRIAN DEATH MACHINE. His onstage energy and tight playing style lock in perfectly with Dan’s powerful stage performance.
Crushing anything in his path, drummer Mike Cambra annihilates his drums to no end. Balancing precision and chaos is what Mike does best, delivering the fast, hard, heavy, and in your face drumming that has become part of the trademark DEATH BY STEREO sound.
Balancing chaos and consciousness is no easy task, and few bands will ever do it as well as DEATH BY STEREO. And somehow or another, the band does all this while completely out of their minds on Jagermeister. DEATH BY STEREO brings a conscious message with a no holds barred, uncompromising way of life that has become infamous.
In March 2012, Concrete Jungle Records will be releasing a 7” single (limited to 500 copies / clear vinyl) featuring two new tracks from the forthcoming album “Black Sheep Of The American Dream”. The blistering “WTF Is Going On Around Here?” attacks the right wing and calls for people of all nations, colors, and cultures to smash the system of control that holds us down, an idea that is reminiscent of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES at their angriest. The eye-opening lyrics of “The 5th of July” provides a stinging commentary on the July 5th murder of an innocent Fullerton, Ca man, Kelly Thomas, by police. Schulz says “the song takes issue with police brutality and the way the American justice system is designed for us to fail and for the powers that be to take control. No matter what the cost, even human life.” Akin to friends like SICK OF IT ALL and BIOHAZARD this song is will make you want to pummel the world.
Additionally, this February DEATH BY STEREO will be joining long time friends AGNOSTIC FRONT on their European 30th anniversary tour. The new album, “Black Sheep Of The American Dream” takes the band on an angry party across the state of the world. Hearing them take influence from friends and touring partners like SICK OF IT ALL, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, PENNYWISE, BAD RELIGION, AGNOSTIC FRONT, STRUNG OUT and MADBALL, but partying like VAN HALEN the whole time. If there is one thing you can take from this record it’s to stand up and be counted, and have a fucking blast doing it. DEATH FOR LIFE.
Death By Stereo are:
Efrem Schulz – Vocals
Dan Palmer – Lead guitar
J.P. Gericke – Guitar
Paul Miner – Bass
Mike Cambra – Drums
Mesa, AZ based punk rock royalty AUTHORITY ZERO has managed to weather the storm of the music industry and endure living on the road away from friends and loved ones. For the release of their fourth studio album, ‘Stories of Survival’, AUTHORITY ZERO used their music as a conduit to convey not only the trials and tribulations the group has endured, but also the current economic difficulties faced across the globe.
The album begins with a sample of Winston Churchill’s “Blood, Sweat, Tears and Toil” speech as the opening chords to “The New Pollution” kick in and DeVore laments about the current state of corruption in the music industry. The band seamlessly shifts to reggae for the socio-political observations in “Big Bad World” as the album runs the gamut of musical styles from driving punk rock to ska and reggae.
“The album title was a no brainer, as it encompasses everything this record stands for. This record has so much to do with survival, not only as a band, but as an individual living in a crazy world,” says Jason DeVore of AUTHORITY ZERO. Founded in the summer of 1994, the band has flourished for nearly two decades. Initially their goal was simple; create a sound that paid tribute to their punk rock forefathers, but not confined by the musical barriers that typically bound the genre together. Their live show and energy on stage quickly drew comparisons to that of Rage Against the Machine, and the local independent record chain Zia Records caught on. In 2001, Zia issued AUTHORITY ZERO’s debut, self-titled EP ‘Patches In Time’, which gained significant airplay on college radio, as well as indie powerhouse The Edge 106.3. Within months, the now classic EP became one of Zia’s best-selling releases.
With the band’s quick success, Lava Records, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records, signed AUTHORITY ZERO for the release of their iconic debut album, ‘A Passage In Time’, in 2002. The album’s diversity drew comparisons to the likes of Bad Religion and Sublime, while the band took to the road for tours with Sum 41, NOFX, Alkaline Trio, Punk-O-Rama and the Warped Tour. As word continued to spread about the group’s captivating live show, AUTHORITY ZERO released their sophomore effort, ‘Andiamo’, in 2004. The album embraced more ska and reggae influences and paired them with Latin-flavored rhythms to create their most culturally diverse record to date.
AUTHORITY ZERO then charged ahead with two other well received releases, a live album titled ‘Rhythm and Booze’ and 2007’s ’12:34′. Incredibly successful runs alongside Slightly Stoopid, H20, Pennywise and Pepper followed these releases before the band returned to the studio to begin crafting ‘Stories of Survival’. Marking the return of original bassist Jeremy Wood, as well as the addition of longtime friend Zach Vogel on guitar, ‘Stories of Survival’ was also the first release for Viking Funeral, an imprint label founded by Pennywise guitarist Fletcher Dragge, Ken Seaton of Hardline Entertainment and Suburban Noize Records.
AUTHORITY ZERO continues to forge their own path and cultivate a worldwide fan base of millions. Through ups and downs, trial and error, the band has overcome obstacles and presses on with a vengeance. “Stories of Survival” is going to be released in Europe for the first time via Concrete Jungle Records April 20th 2012 including 6 bonus tracks from the current live album “Less Rhythm More Booze”.
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