All Photography By: Fridae Mattas
All Photography By: Fridae Mattas






By: Fridae Mattas

This review was to be included with all of the other Canadian Music Week and Canadian Music Festival content but decided to split the editorials in half to give proper feature time to the artists that made the cut. After a few obstacles I am back to expressing my thoughts on these two bands.

Not too long ago I covered the headliners Hollywood Undead at a different venue but I have never seen Abandon All Ships live. They are one of those bands I always miss and the same thing almost happened again! Arrived at venue a few seconds to camera call, did not know if I missed it. Luckily for me the girl at the door was very helpful and the fabulous Live Nation escort came to get me, thank you for that! As we rushed into the pit I was scoping out the crowd, it was pretty packed already and Abandon All Ships was the second of three bands to grace the  Phoenix stage that night. DRUMS - ABANDON ALL SHIPS LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2013ABANDON ALL SHIPS LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2013Abandon All Ships is a five piece Electronicore band from Toronto, they have been on the scene since 2006 and will be releasing a new record July 3rd. I’ve heard two of their tracks before “Take One Last Breath” and “Infamous” which I recognized as they played them in their set. Aita’s screaming was fantastic, I love hearing growls that you can mostly understand. When Angelo Aita is not screaming he could be a little more entertaining and personable with the crowd as could Bassist Martin Broda. His vocals were decent, he has a nice tone to his voice and there is potential but he needs to work on his breathing, enunciation. The one reason I don’t listen tot his band is I am not a fan of autotuned vocals. Guitarist Daniel Ciccotelli was the most entertaining of the band, they all could have used a little more energy but overall a respectable performance…I recommend checking them out if you want a pleasant fusion of music in your ears.  MARTIN BRODA - BASS/VOX - ABANDON ALL SHIPS LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CANGELO AITA - VOX - ABANDON  SHIPS LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2013


TORONTO CROWD @ HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2013Hollywood Undead were the headliners, the house lights were dimming , the fog started to emerge and once the beat dropped the crowd was fired up and ready for the band to blow them away! HU started in with the intro “Dust In The Wind” morphing into their set with hit single “Undead”. I was expecting the crowd to be a lot crazier than they were, it was like they were fighting the urge to crowd surf and mosh. A few were brave enough to fly around but in my opinion not enough people  were surfing considering how many bodies were in the venue, I was a little dissapointed in Toronto. It was good to see more females this time around, all were enjoying themselves and some were having a little too much fun! One girl in particular was escorted by security a few times because she was too intoxicated, some people just don’t know their limit or how to handle their liquor. As much as I dislike shooting in mosh pits or with crowd surfers, I love to photograph them and look forward to these shows just to get shots of the amazing crowd. Not this time…Although they were very energetic it did not compare to the crowd when I first covered Hollywood Undead at the Sound Academy. It could be because the band always comes to Toronto in the middle of cold ass Canadian winter, when most of us are hibernating in our igloos (ha ha). As I migrated out of the pit and back into the crowd area it was pretty packed for a Wednesday night where more than 300 other bands were playing across the city for the 2013 Canadian Music Week festival. DA KURLZZ - MC/DRUMS - HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2DANIEL MURILLO - VOX - HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2Once the band began to play, the first few songs were strong but soon enough I could hear there was something off, it sounded like they were having some technical issues with the equipment. Messier and a little strained but then again it was not their fault, the sound system clearly needs an overhaul. If you have the option to migrate around and shoot from different angles, always take it! The more options the bettter but there were a few newer photographers camping out at the same place for all three tunes. I love shooting the masks especially the ones that light up, I have mentioned this before in prior reviews so I will skip the details. I do wonder if they can see in those things? I did see that they were sweating bullets under those masks, I tried my best to avoid sweat drops on me or my lens. last time there was no pit and this venue usually doesn’t have one, I came prepared ready to shoot from anywhere  in the venue.J3T - MC - HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOENIX  CMF 2013HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2013On with the show! It was the same setlist as the last performance covered, the fans eagerly chanted and sang the words to each song before the beats dropped. Majority of them knew the track order off by heart. It’s always cool to watch all of this transpire after I am done photographing the band, you can feel the love the people have for their favorite musical act. The Larries of Hollywood Undead are stepping their game up every time I catch a set, Funny Man is not lurking in the shadows as much anymore however, I did see him standing in a corner taking it all in. His voice is full of bass when he flows, my ears like this sound! If  keeps up the crowd visibility and confidence enhancement, he will actually embody his nickname on stage. “I didn’t expect him to sound like that, he doesn’t look like he can rap” said a girl to her friend in the crowd. How can you tell by looking at someone if they can rap or sing? Some people are seriously delayed.FUNNY MAN - MC - HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2013J DOG - MC/KEYS HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2013The whole band had much more energy at the January show, but they had the charisma necessary to deliver what the fans were expecting, a great fucking performance. They just released a new record titled “Notes From The Underground”, working on that review. I like their style of Rap Rock crossbreeding especially the beats, these Eminemabee’s are growing on me. J3T and Charlie had the tightest flow with the most conviction followed by Funny Man and J-Dog. Danny sang his heart out as the crowd was singing along with him. There were moments he sounded a little tired but kept his energy up throughout the show. The Drummers had a nice solo which is always fantastic to watch because there are two of them, Da Kurlzz who floated the stage even more occasionally shaking out his curly fro hair. And, there was D-Rock who kept the beats on lock the entire set! I always try my best to get shots of every person on stage but sometimes it’s hard getting a clear shot of the drummer. And with this band it was more challenging because there are nintey five band members on the stage ha ha.DA KURLZZ - MC/DRUMS - HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2CHARLIE SCENE - MC/VOX/GUITAR - HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOEHOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2013J-Dog was rocking the Axe and Keys throughout the set as was Charlie Scene and Danny. But, J-Dog took it to the next level and jammed out on the speaker with his guitar for a few minutes, the crowd loved that! J-Dog is the most improved this time, they need to do more stage antics and work on interacting with the audience. Bringing a few fans up on stage every show is a good start.J3T - MC - HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOENIX  CMF 2013HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2013During the set in January Charlie Scene’s twin Larry was chosen to come on stage. This time, they invited two little boys both of whom looked under eleven (all ages show). The little Larries were dancing around trying to rap with the big boys, that was too cute. I love it when bands acknowledge their fans even when they have mascara tears, make them feel special and they will always come back for more. Hollywood Undead closed the set with “We Are” the first single from the new album. On that note, I suggest checking both bands live if you get the chance.

COPYRIGHT © 2013 FRIDAE MATTAS. All Rights Reserved

All Photography By: Fridae Mattas








The Jealous Sound Announce Fall Headline Tour Dates with Support from Daytrader- 3 New Dates Added!

Rise Records To Release Limited Edition Tour 7” Split Featuring Tracks From Both Bands

Seminal LA indie band The Jealous Sound has announced a fall tour with Long Island, NY’s Daytrader. The dates kick off on September 13 in Fullerton, CA and run through October 20.

The band’s latest LP, A Gentle Reminder, was released back in January to widespread acclaim and was their first set of new material since 2003’s Kill Them with Kindness.  Made in the Foo Fighters’ Studio 606 with John Lousteau producing, A Gentle Reminder features founding member Blair Shehan (who Entertainment Weekly described as an “emo genius” on their “Must-List” earlier this year) working alongside the Foos’ Nate Mendel and new drummer Bob Penn.

“We were pleasantly surprised to have the most successful and enjoyable tour of our career this last Spring,” offers Shehan. “Looking forward to playing the old favorites, a couple from A Gentle Reminder that didn’t make the set last tour and a brand new song that we’re very excited about…”

In conjunction with the tour, Rise Records will release a limited edition, split 7” featuring tracks by The Jealous Sound and Daytrader.

“Rise Records is very excited to release this limited edition tour press 7″.  I’m a huge fan of The Jealous Sound (and of course Daytrader) and I’m honored to release music with them. I personally can’t wait until the Portland, OR tour date,” says Rise founder Craig Ericson.

Tour Dates:

Thu- Sep 13 Slidebar Fullerton CA  21+

Fri- Sep 14 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco CA  AA

Sat- Sep 15 Blue Lamp Sacramento, CA 21+

Mon- Sep 17 Bunk Bar Portland OR  21+

Tue- Sep 18 Sunset Tavern Seattle WA  21+

Thu- Sep 20 Kilby Court Salt Lake City UT

Fri- Sep 21 Hi Dive Denver CO 18+

Sat- Sep 22 Czar Bar Kansas City MO 18+

Sun- Sep 23 Firebird St. Louis MO AA

Tue- Sep 25 Bottom Lounge Chicago IL 17+

Wed- Sep 26 The Loft Lansing MI  AA

Thu- Sep 27 Mohawk Place Buffalo NY  16+

Fri- Sept 28 Hard Luck Bar Toronto, ONT 19+

Sat- Sep 29 Il Motore Montreal QC 18+

Sun- Sep 30 TT the Bears Cambridge MA 18+

Tue- Oct 2 Gramercy Theater New York NY 16+

Wed- Oct 3 Ollie’s Point Amityville NY  16+

Thu- Oct 4 Milkboy Philadelphia PA 21+

Fri- Oct 5 Rock And Roll Hotel Washington DC  AA

Sat- Oct 6 Motorco Durham NC  AA

Mon- Oct 8 The Social Orlando FL AA

Wed- Oct 10 High Dive Gainesville FL  18+

Thu- Oct 11 529 Atlanta GA 21+

Thur- Oct 18 Plush Tucson, AZ

Fri- Oct 19 Soda Bar San Diego CA  21+

Sat- Oct 20 The Satellite Los Angeles CA






San Diego quartet Pierce The Veil has premiered their much-anticipated new music video for single “King For A Day”  today on VEVO, featuring Sleeping With Siren’s Kellin Quinn. The video, which was first revealed on MTV BUZZWORTHY, features the guys’ tongue-in-cheek take on a heist movie.  

“We wanted something that mixes Oceans Eleven with the old school 80’s heist movies like Point Break and Gleaming The Cube. It was so much fun shooting all the action in a real bank and getting to work with real actors and actresses. Definitely our best video yet!” – Lead Singer, Vic Fuentes.

The track is featured on the band’s critically acclaimed new album Collide With The Sky, which debuted at #12 on the Billboard Top 200, #1 on the Alternative Chart, #1 on the Rock Chart, and #1 on the Hard Music Chart, selling over 27,000 copies in its first week. The album is available now on iTunes.   

Pierce The Veil – “King For A Day” Music Video (Ft. Kellin Quinn)

Following a colossal summer on the main stage of Vans Warped Tour and a UK headline run in September, Pierce The Veil will charge into fall to headline the “Rockstar Energy presents The Collide With The Sky Tour” with direct support from Sleeping With Sirens, labelmates Tonight Alive, and Hands Like Houses.  

PIERCE THE VEIL – Vic Fuentes (Vocals), Mike Fuentes (Drums), Tony Perry (Guitar), Jaime Preciado (Bass) – With a unique brand of progressive post-hardcore, Pierce The Veil have captured a rabid fan base across the globe. Gaining a reputation for their explosive live show and the unique vocal style of singer Vic Fuentes, the band has received press support from Outburn, Kerrang!, Revolver, AOL, FUSE TV, warped tour coverage feature by The NY Times, and were recently featured on the cover of the August 2012 issue of Alternative Press Magazine and AMP Magazine’s Warped Tour Issue. Primed with an incredible new album and a rigorous tour schedule, Pierce The Veil are truly on fire!


UK headline tour w/ Crown The Empire
Sept 16 – Leeds @ Cockpit 2 
Sept 17 – Newcastle @ Academy 2 
Sept 18 – Glasgow @ Ivory Blacks
Sept 20 – Nottingham @ Rock City Basement
Sept 21 – London @ Underworld
Sept 22 – Birmingham @ Asylum 
Sept 23 – Manchester @ Moho Live
Sept 25 – Southampton @ Joiners
Sept 26 – Cardiff @ Clwb Ifor Bach
Sept 27 – Bristol @ The Fleece
Sept 28 – Kingston @ The Peelw/ Sleeping With Sirens, Tonight Alive, Hands Like Houses  
Oct 12 – Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse 
Oct 13 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA  
Oct 14 – Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater 
Oct 17 – Dallas, TX @ The Door 
Oct 18 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit  
Oct 19 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse 
Oct 21 – Nashville, TN @ Rockettown 
Oct 23 – Orlando, FL @ Plaza Live  
Oct 24 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room  
Oct 25 – St Petersburg, FL @ The State Theater 
Oct 26 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade 
Oct 27 – Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club 
Oct 28 – Baltimore, MD @ The Recher Theater 
Oct 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts
Oct 31 – Albany, NY @ Northern Lights 
Nov 2 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium  
Nov 3 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre (w/ Sleeping With Sirens, Tonight Alive, & I Am King)  
Nov 4 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House (w/ Sleeping With Sirens, Tonight Alive, & I Am King)  
Nov 6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater 
Nov 7 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues 
Nov 8 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot 
Nov 9 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues 
Nov 10 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
Nov 12 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
Nov 14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue  
Nov 16 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon  
Nov 17 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom 
Nov 18 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades 
Nov 20 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims  
Nov 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues 
Nov 23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe – Strip 


Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV





By: Fridae Mattas

This was my second Warped tour and I didn’t think I would make it! There was a torrential downpour the minute I hopped onto the streetcar to head for the Flats at Molson Canadian Amphitheater which used to be Ontario Place. Now, they have turned Ontario Place into a three-in-one summer venue; The Molson Canadian Amphitheater, The Flats and Echo Beach.

Once I finally arrived and checked in drenched from head to toe, I headed straight for the stage at the Amphitheater where Joanna (Fridae TV Photographer) was already waiting. The venue had pond like puddles, inside of the Amphitheater was flooded and the people were huddled together trying to stay dry in ankle deep water. They really need to add a few more drains at this venue to keep it from flooding, it reminded me of the under developed areas in Cuba where they do not have many drains to control the water flow of heavy rains.

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV

The rain added to the list of problems for this year’s Toronto stop, earlier in the day I was told a Woman had a heart attack during a band’s set. After talking with a few people I found out that it was Taylor Nesseth, 19 from Ontario. This was her first trip away from home  and the girl had been saving every penny in a jar to attend “The Best Day Ever”. Taylor was in the mosh pit during American Deathcore band Chelsea Grin’s set and collapsed near the stage at about 12:40. Her friends and other concert goers were trying to revive her but were unsuccessful. The paramedics arrived and found her without a pulse, they rushed her to Toronto Western Hospital where she was pronounced dead. My condolences go out to Taylor Nesseth’s Family and Friends this tragedy is so heartbreaking. Nesseth’s official cause of death still unknown, autopsy results are still to be released.

After the tragic passing of the teenage girl, The Monster Stage at Echo Beach was shut down for the remainder of the festival, they say it was due to the weather but it was shut down immediately after the Chelsea Grin set. This incident hits close to home for me and every time I think of this poor girl, I remember one of the times I almost lost my teenage life at a concert.

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos For Fridae TV

Every stage was rescheduled after the storm minus the Monster stage, amazingly enough there were people still waiting for some live tunes! Everyone who had a Toronto Warped Tour ticket was welcome to hit the Buffalo stop of the tour but thousands of people refused to leave, they wanted to rock on regardless of the rain.

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV

First up after much confusion was T.Mills, we had no idea what was going on and who was playing where. Last minute decision was we would wander to the biggest crowd and at that moment in time the House Of Marley stage had an enormous crowd waiting for whoever. I asked a few of the fans who they were waiting to see and they told me T. Mills along with a brief biography. T. Mills also known as Travis Mills 23, from Riverside California is a self made pop rapper causing a stir with his debut EP “Finder Keepers”. As a Rapper he is not too bad but his lyrics need work, a lot of it. I do give him props for putting on an entertaining set, giving the girls in the front row the attention they were craving.

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV
Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV

Punk-Pop veterans Yellowcard hit the stage next, they have been in the game since 1997 with a few line-up changes in the years. This band stands out because of the use of a Violin with their punk sound. Vocals were okay, the music sounded fantastic especially the violin and guitar but I was expecting authentic enthusiasm from the band. I picked up this vibe that they were not enjoying themselves too much, everything seemed a little forced as I noticed with a few other bands. Tonight Alive’s front Woman “Jenna McDougall” didn’t seem as though she was genuinely feeling the tunes she was performing, it was very pageant like. Her voice sounded decent but the heart was not there. I did like her Sailor Moonish hairdo, I still wear my hair like that sometimes. Other bands we caught were, Of Mice and Men who put on a crowd worthy performance but it was nothing new or special to my eyes and ears.

A few other performances worth a mention are Every Time I Die who put on a solid set, but I wish vocal mic was a little louder than the guitars. Even standing at the back of the crowd where the sound is the best, you could not hear him sing. A new band to my ears was Breathe Carolina who for an auto-tune band put on a very energetic and respectable performance, the people were loving them. The crowd was more of a blend than last year, various groups of people young and old.

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV
Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV

As we waited to be let into the pit for one of the bands, there was some random trailer park looking bottle blonde with a Nikki Sixx try hard look-a-like who thought he was a super star. Trailer girl was yelling for everyone to get out of their way so they could pass. Nobody cared about the pint sized Mini Sixx or knew what band he belonged to, yet gladly moved out of his way without a fuss. It was amusing to me because of the recent documentary on Warped Tour  “No Room For Rock Stars”. That wannabe isn’t the only one guilty of this, there are many I have come across that have bigger egos than talent and careers. What they don’t realize is, because of that ego their career is at a stand still, people don’t like arrogance.

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV
Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV

Moving it along, we don’t want a super novel to unfold! Next band that I thought was pretty good was Pierce The Veil, as lead vocals Vic Fuentes stated “We’re just a bunch of Mexicans from California”, not too shabby for a bunch of Mexicans, they tore it up! Still so young yet they know how to work the stage and crowd. Judging from the fans reception these young larries have a very bright future ahead of them!

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV

Next up was another old school Florida punk band New Found Glory, I was never a fan of this band but thought, hey why not see how they do live. Not bad at all, they put on a good show although I’m still not feeling vocals too much but I do recommend checking them out.

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV
Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV
Photography By: Joanna Glezakos For Fridae TV

Before I talk about the last band, one more must have a mention Taking Back Sunday! They were the best of the Tour hands down! Adam Lazzara’s Vocals were stellar and he embodied every note of his music in the performance. They were so amazing live, the crowd loved every single second of the set. Surprisingly they let us stay in the pit for four tunes, the only band that day who let the media stay in the pit for more than two. I ducked out of the crazy pit after the third tune to watch from the side, I would love to see them rock out again. What I realized about Warped tour is almost every random media outlet is accredited, professional or not. There was “Media” in the pit with their Walmart cameras taking teenie shots of themselves in front of the bands as they played. Another thing I noticed that I have only seen at Warped Tour is every Tom, Dick, Mary and Larry backstage stands on the stage to watch the sets. Common courtesy, if you are not a photographer, videographer, stage tech or in the band, get the fuck off the stage!

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV
Photography By: Joanna Glezakos for Fridae TV

The final band I will speak of for this years Toronto stop of the Vans Warped Tour is Britain’s , You Me At Six. They actually did well despite the sound issues, majority of the bands had some pretty killer sound considering there was a hurricane like storm hours before. The crowd of mostly teenage females was anxiously waiting for them to begin and then sang every word to every song. I’ve never covered a set or attended a concert where the band had to ask the crowd to start surfing. Their fans were female and after the death of  19 year old Taylor Nesseth earlier that day, was that really a good idea? However, they did start floating and bodies were flying after lead vocals Josh Franceschi requested it without incident.

Warped tour is always great for the variety of bands, if you don’t like one band, you can easily find another by wandering around to the different stages. This year was different, a new venue was hosting, the weather was out of control and a young concert goer lost her life. The show must go on and that it did! Bands played and the music was heard as thousands of people enjoyed their time at the Toronto date of The 2012 Vans Warped Tour, a little rain didn’t scare them off! I have to give huge thanks to my awesome photographer Joanna for the always fantastic shots and the incredible folks over at MSO. As always, you can find more photos and videos of majority of the mentioned artists here and here, see you all next year!

COPYRIGHT © 2012 FRIDAE MATTAS. All Rights Reserved

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First Track From Upcoming Album on Hopeless Records

After coming out of hiatus last year with their seventh studio album When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes to worldwide acclaim, Hopeless recording artists YELLOWCARD are getting ready for another big and powerful year with “ALWAYS SUMMER”, the first released track from the upcoming album due out later this Summer.  With a new and firm lineup (Josh Portman fills in for departing bassist Sean O’Donnell), Yellowcard have been hard at work in the studio with longtime producer Neal Avron, creating another career highpoint in a history filled with pinnacles.

A fresh and energetic guitar-led track, “Always Summer” crashes out of the gate with their dual-guitar attack with a muscular rhythm section and punctuated by Sean Mackin’s distinctive violin, providing a perfect rallying cry that not only are Yellowcard back, but they’re here to stay.  Confident and strengthened by the fan support they’ve received on their return with WYTTSY, this song is not only a love song of sorts, but also a thank you to their fans, in which Ryan Key sings, “I think I have everything I need / It got dark, but now I think I see / The World around is full of arms still reaching out to me.”  The track will be streamed exclusively on Absolutepunk.net on Monday, May 21st and will be available on iTunes  starting Tuesday, May 22nd.

Kicking off the Summer with a special performance at USA 7’s Collegiate Rugby Championship at PPL Park in Chester, PA, on Saturday, June 2nd, Yellowcard will be one of the headliners on this Summer’s 2012 Vans Warped Tour which begins in Salt Lake City, UT on June 16th and wraps up on August 5th in Portland, OR.

With over two million albums sold and eight singles that have received significant Top 40 and Alternative radio airplay including the smash “Ocean Avenue”, Yellowcard’s most recent studio album, When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes debuted on at #19 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums and top ten charts worldwide when it was released last Spring. Their upcoming album is set for release this Summer and features guest vocals from Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low), Cassadee Pope (Hey Monday), and Tay Jardine (We Are The In Crowd).

Yellowcard is Ryan Key (vocals/guitar), Sean Mackin (violin), Longineu (“LP”) Parsons (drums), Ryan Mendez (guitar) and Josh Portman (bass).


07.14 Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau
07.15 Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre



Release First Music Video For
“I Come Alive”

Vulnerable Debuts at #21
on Top 200 Current Album Chart!

April 5, 2012 –
The Used have released the first music video for “I Come Alive” off their 5th studio album, Vulnerable, which hit #21 Top 200 Current Albums, #4 Independent charts, #3 Hard Music charts, #12 Digital Album chart and #7 Alternative Chart one Neilson Soundscan in Canada.  Vulnerable also chartted #8 on the Billboard Top 200 charts in The USA.

The Used and director Aaron Hymes came up with the treatment for the video that was shot over the course of two days in California. Singer Bert McCracken wants to share: “The music video for “I Come Alive” is simply a piece of art to be enjoyed. Our band in no way condones violence or teen bullying. The song, for me, is about falling down or hitting the ground; when things happen to you in life. That’s pretty much what ‘Box Full of Sharp Objects’ was about as well, on the first record. Taking a hit can be the most inspirational thing that can happen to you.”
This is the first album release off their own record label Anger Music Group partnered with Hopeless Records. The band recently announced a headlining tour kicking off May 12th with Dead Sara and Stars In Stereo and will also play Main Stage on this summer’s 2012 Vans Warped Tour.
Turning personal adversity into art is The Used’s trademark and Vulnerable was a record that simply had to be made. It marks a particular triumph for singer Bert McCracken, who is now reenergized after suffering a broken hand and elbow last year, falling from a stage in Orange County, Calif., and then spending four months getting surgery and recuperating. The experience partially birthed the title and concept of Vulnerable.
“Me feeling that vulnerability kind of sparked this creative fire inside of me,” says McCracken. “This record’s really about becoming more than just who you are, and allowing yourself that vulnerability to be a more powerful person. It’s a lot more positive than a lot of records we’ve written in the past. I think everyone could use some positivity nowadays.”
The Used—which also includes guitarist Quinn Allman, bassist Jeph Howard and drummer Dan Whitesides formed in Orem, Utah in 2001, signing to Reprise Records that same year. Championed by producer and collaborator John Feldmann, the band issued their gold-certified Self-Titled debut in 2002, quickly cementing the Used as leaders among the post-hardcore elite, thanks in part to unforgettable singles like “Box Full of Sharp Objects,” “The Taste of Ink” and “Buried Myself Alive.” The band then released the CD/DVD combo Maybe Memories in 2003, now certified platinum, featuring B-sides, live cuts, demos and unreleased tracks, while still another gold record followed—2004’s In Love And Death—spawning singles “Take It Away,” “All That I’ve Got” and “I Caught Fire.”
2007’s Lies For The Liars, hit #5 on the Billboard Top 200, led to 2009’s Artwork, which peaked at #10 on the Billboard Top 200. As if that weren’t enough to keep a band busy, since 2001 the Used has also destroyed countless stages the world over, touring with a who’s who of modern rock and heavy music contemporaries, and have been featured acts at major festivals like Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos, Ozzfest, Projekt Revolution and the UK’s Reading and Leeds festivals.
“I think Vulnerable is really new for us. There’s a lot of hip-hop influence, beats and drum and bass kind of stuff, but it’s also still a Used record, by all means,” explains McCracken. “Just like any other Used record, it’s a horse of many colors: There are a lot of soft and heavy sounds, there are a lot of brutal, sharp, bright sounds, and the tempos are anywhere from ultra-slow to super fast and heavy. There are a lot of different conceptual feelings on the record.”
“This record is for all those people who weren’t the coolest people around. We never were. This record’s for kids like us, who just love music, because it saves their lives every day,” McCracken says. “At the end of the day, I’m the only one who has to live and die with myself. I want to make it a good one for me. I only have one life to live.”
The Used Headlining Tour Dates:
5/12/12- Buffalo, NY                Town Hall

5/13/12- Albany, NY                Northern Lights
5/15/12- Philadelphia, PA        TLA
5/16/12- Huntington, NY         Paramount
5/18/12- Providence, RI          Lupo’s
5/19/12- Boston, MA               House of Blues
5/21/12- New York City          Irving Plaza
5/22/12- Allentown, PA            Crocodile Rock
5/23/12- Charlotte, NC            Fillmore
5/30/12- Silver Spring, MD      Fillmore
5/31/12- Cincinnati, OH          Bogart’s
6/1/12  – Milwaukee, WI          The Rave
6/3/12  – Winnipeg                   Garrick
6/5/12  – Edmonton                 Starlite
6/6/12  – Calgary                     Macewan Ballroom
6/9/12  – Vancouver                Vogue
6/10/12- Seattle, WA               Showbox at the Market

6/11/12- Portland, OR             Roseland Theatre

Vans Warped Tour Dates:
Jun 16             Salt Lake City, UT

Jun 17             Denver, CO
Jun 20             Las Vegas, NV
Jun 21             Irvine, CA
Jun 22             Pomona, CA
Jun 23             San Francisco, CA
Jun 24             Ventura, CA
Jun 27             Chula Vista, CA
Jun 28             Scottsdale, AZ
Jun 29             Las Cruces, NM
Jun 30             San Antonio, TX
Jul 01              Houston, TX
Jul 03              Dallas, TX
Jul 05              Maryland Heights, MO
Jul 06              Auburn Hills, MI
Jul 07              Tinley Park, IL
Jul 08              Shakopee, MN
Jul 09              Bonner Springs, KS
Jul 10              Noblesville, IN
Jul 11              Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Jul 12              Burgettstown, PA
Jul 13              Holmdel, NJ
Jul 14              Montreal, QC CA
Jul 15              Toronto, ON CA




August Burns Red

Live in Toronto

Editorial Review

By: Joanna Glezakos

 On Saturday February 25th presented by Live Nation, August Burns Red with special guests Silverstein, I The Breather and Texas In July took over the Sound Academy. August Burns Red, a Metalcore band from Manheim, Pennsylvania has been together since 2003 they are: JB Brubaker − Lead Guitar, Brent Rambler − Rhythm Guitar, Matt Greiner – Drums/Keyboards/Piano/Programming, Dustin Davidson − Bass Guitar/Backup Vocals and Jake Luhrs − Lead Vocals. I was a little surprised to see the combination of a Metalcore band like August Burns Red playing a show with post-hardcore band Silverstein.

Now I haven’t heard much of Silverstein’s newest work, I did really enjoy their last album but they kind of fell off the radar for me. The band is from Burlington, ON and having played most of their shows in Toronto than in any other city, you would think there would be more support for them. Although it seemed that very few in the crowd were enjoying themselves as much as those pressed up against the barricade, from where I stood at the back of the Sound Academy, many grumbled and booed as the band played. I was pleased to hear a few of older songs, and even a sneak peak of their new album. I must admit one part that I was a bit confused about was when Silverstein decided to trade instruments back and forth with one another multiple times. I remember listening to Silverstein in high school, in what I confess were my more “emo” days but never the less it was nice to see them perform.

Finally the stage was being set up for August Burns Red and the crowd was getting antsy. The people soon squashed forward and began to cheer “ABR, ABR.” Finally after a few seconds the lights dimmed and August Burns Red started to play. I must admit they are a joy to watch every time and never cease to amaze me. Jake Luhrs, is probably one of my favourite lead singers because of his ability to fill a room with his energy. Unfortunately for me, my time in the media pit ended early because of how crazy the crowd got but I enjoyed it just as much from the back of the club. August Burns Red finish their tour in the US on the 24th and will move on to tour Asia, Europe and Australia for the next few months, I would expect a great show every night and they definitely deliver! You can view more photos from the show HERE!

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All Photography By: Joanna Glezakos

FridaeTV photographer Joanna, dropped by the chaotic Between The Buried and Me’s show last week at The Phoenix. Below you will find  a few of the photos from the show! Pictures speak a million words and tell ten thousand different stories, you can find more shots on FridaeTV Facebook enjoy major thanks to Metal Blade Records and Joanna Glezakos.