Downfall 2012 Added To 2022 ShipRocked Cruise Lineup

Courtesy: Yvonne’s World PR

Downfall 2012 has been tapped to join this year’s ShipRocked cruise.

The announcement came through a news release distributed Monday. The six-day cruise is scheduled to launch Jan. 22 from Galveston, TX and to make stops in Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico before returning to port Jan. 27. Information on room reservations and tickets is available here.

Lamb of God and I Prevail are scheduled to headline the 2022 cruise. Also featured in this year’s event are bands, such as Nonpoint, From Ashes to New, and Drowning Pool. The cruise’s full band lineup is available here.

In related news, Downfall 2012 premiered the video for its cover of Elton John’s ‘I’m Still Standing‘ in November. The band premiered its take of Motorhead’s timeless classic, ‘Ace of Spades‘ in July.

More information on Downfall 2012’s stint on the 2022 ShipRocked cruise is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://downfalltwentytwelve.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/DF2012

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/Downfall2012

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Artifas Waxes Philosophical In New Single; Announces New Live Dates With Nonpoint

Courtesy: Imagen Records/Warner Music Group

Artifas premiered its latest single single this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Legacy‘ Friday. The song is the fourth single from the band’s forthcoming album, Reflections, which is scheduled for release Jan. 14 through Imagen Records/Warner Music Group. The record has also produced the singles, ‘Safe,‘ ‘Leave Me For Dead‘ and ‘Cut Me Out.‘

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Legacy’ is unique from its counterparts in the album. In the case of this song, the arrangement is more of an aggro rock sound where the other songs are more emocore in their approach.

The lyrical theme featured in the band’s new single is a philosophical rumination about the mark that we make on the world during our lives, according to a statement from the band.

“Legacy is a question, both to ourselves and our listeners,” the statement reads. “The question is what will you leave behind when your time is up? This is something we ask ourselves constantly. You only get one life. Are you doing everything you can to live the best life you can? In the end will you be satisfied with the legacy you leave behind?”

In other news, Artifas is scheduled to serve as support for Nonpoint’s upcoming live run. Nonpoint’s upcoming tour dates are makeup dates for dates cancelled this year due to COVID diagnoses among the band and a traffic incident that temporarily sidelined the band.

Artfas’ live dates with Nonpoint are noted below.

Artifas on tour with Nonpoint:

1/7 – Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater w/Nonpoint
1/8 – Battle Creek, MI @ The Music Factory w/Nonpoint
1/9 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s w/Nonpoint
1/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom w/Nonpoint
1/12 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon w/Nonpoint
1/14 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wallys w/Nonpoint
1/15 – Easton, PA @ One Centre Square w/Nonpoint
1/16 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents w/Nonpoint
1/18 – Charleston, WV @ Rock City Bake Company w/Nonpoint
1/19 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend w/Nonpoint
1/20 – Huntsville, AL @ Sidetracks Music Hall w/Nonpoint
1/29 – Little Rock, AR @ Rev Room w/Nonpoint
1/30 – St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s

More information on Artifas’ new endorsement deal, single, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest information at:

Websitehttps://www.artifas.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/artifas

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/artifasofficial

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Nonpoint Announces New EP Release, Tour Dates; New Video Coming

Courtesy: 361 Degrees Records

Nonpoint will give audiences a belated Christmas present later this month.

The band is scheduled to release its Ruthless EP Dec. 27. In celebration of the record’s release, the band will release the video for the five-song record’s latest single, ‘Back in the Game’ the same day.

Front man Elias Soriano gave audiences a brief explanation of the record’s new song in a prepared statement.

“This song sums up our view on how we approached independence from the very beginning,” he said. “We will be small but mighty. Like the song says, ‘I may be one man, but I’m a death squad.’ We give everything we got with ultimate absolution.”

Ruthless has already produced a cover of Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry‘ and the EP’s title track as singles. The EP’s track listing is noted below.

Ruthless Tracklisting:

  1. Back in the Game
  2. Get Better
  3. I Don’t Care
  4. Ruthless
  5. When Doves Cry

In other news, Nonpoint is gearing up for a new tour. The tour is scheduled to launch Jan. 7 in Indianapolis, IN and to run through Jan. 20 in Huntsville, AL. The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

Nonpoint Tour Dates:

1/7/2022 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
1/8/2022 Battle Creek, MI @ The Music Factory
1/9/2022 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
1/11/2022 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
1/12/2022 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
1/14/2022 Hampton Beach, NH @ Wallys
1/15/2022 Easton, PA @ One Centre Square
1/16/2022 Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
1/18/2022 Charleston, WV @ Rock City Bake Company
1/19/2022 Charlotte, NC @ Amos
1/20/2022 Huntsville, AL @ Sidetracks Music Hall

Nonpoint will be appearing at ShipRocked January 22-27, 2022

More information on Nonpoint’s new EP and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.nonpoint.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/nonpointworld

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/nonpoint

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Nonpoint Debuts ‘When Doves Cry’ Video

Courtesy: 361 Degrees Records

Nonpoint opened the new week with a new video.

The band premiered the video for its cover of Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry‘ Monday. The video’s premiere comes more than a month after the band premiered the song by itself. The song is available to stream and download here.

Nonpoint’s new video is a relatively minimalist presentation. It opens with front man Elias Soriano on camera performing his part and blends that with footage of drummer Robb Rivera adding his subtle touches to the song. As the song reaches its peak, the black and white presentation expands into full color and presents the band performing the song in a sound stage, complete with solid white backdrop.

Where Prince’s original is a full-on 80s-influenced song in its arrangement, Nonpoint’s rendition takes the song’s lyrics (which seem to present a subject who is talking to another about their broken relationship) into full account with the mood and energy that it establishes.

The brooding approach to the verses do well to help translate the pain and frustration felt by the song’s subject while the choruses bring that frustration and pain to a peak each time. That emotion is heightened through the song’s overall instrumentation, enhancing the song’s presentation even more.

Front man Elias Soriano talked about the band’s take on the song in a prepared statement.

“Our fans throughout the years have always had a quiet romance with the songs we like to cover,” the statement reads. “Seeing that our biggest showing in that category, our cover of Phil Collins ‘In The Air Tonight,’ was a suggestion from a friend and fan of the band, we thought it only fitting we let all our fans have a chance to throw their hats in the ring this time. So in the middle of a global pandemic, we threw up a bracket style voting tournament with a list of contenders from Metallica to DMX. As fans voted over a few weeks, it was exciting to watch it go from 16 songs to the final two, Metallica’s – Nothing Else Matters vs Prince’s – When Doves Cry. When they chose Prince, the real work began. We went through version after version. We knew we had to do it justice in the biggest way we could as tribute to Prince and still make it Nonpoint. I’m happy to report from initial response among the few who have heard it is exciting and we look forward to our fans singing it for years to come.”

In other news, Nonpoint recently announced a series of dates that were re-scheduled due separately to a traffic incident and to COVID diagnoses in two of the band members. The re-scheduled dates are noted below.

The following shows have been rescheduled to the following dates in 2022:
1/7/2022 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
1/8/2022 Battle Creek, MI @ The Music Factory
1/9/2022 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
1/11/2022 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
1/12/2022 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
1/14/2022 Hampton Beach, NH @ Wallys
1/15/2022 Easton, PA @ One Centre Square
1/16/2022 Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
1/18/2022 Charleston, WV @ Rock City Bake Company
1/19/2022 Charlotte, NC @ Amos
1/20/2022 Huntsville, AL @ Sidetracks Music Hall

Nonpoint will be appearing at ShipRocked January 22-27, 2022

More information on the band’s tour, the band’s new EP and more is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.nonpoint.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/nonpointofficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/nonpoint

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Nonpoint Debuts Cover Of Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry’

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Nonpoint is bringing renewed attention to a classic song from the late great singer-songwriter Prince.

The band premiered its cover of Prince’s classic song, ‘When Doves Cry‘ Friday. The band’s brings new life and identity to the song. Where Prince’s original is a full-on 80s-influenced song in its arrangement, Nonpoint’s rendition takes the song’s lyrics (which seem to present a subject who is talking to another about their broken relationship) into full account with the mood and energy that it establishes.

The brooding approach to the verses do well to help translate the pain and frustration felt by the song’s subject while the choruses bring that frustration and pain to a peak each time. That emotion is heightened through the song’s overall instrumentation, enhancing the song’s presentation even more.

Front man Elias Soriano talked about the band’s take on the song in a prepared statement.

“Our fans throughout the years have always had a quiet romance with the songs we like to cover,” the statement reads. “Seeing that our biggest showing in that category, our cover of Phil Collins ‘In The Air Tonight,’ was a suggestion from a friend and fan of the band, we thought it only fitting we let all our fans have a chance to throw their hats in the ring this time. So in the middle of a global pandemic, we threw up a bracket style voting tournament with a list of contenders from Metallica to DMX. As fans voted over a few weeks, it was exciting to watch it go from 16 songs to the final two, Metallica’s – Nothing Else Matters vs Prince’s – When Doves Cry. When they chose Prince, the real work began. We went through version after version. We knew we had to do it justice in the biggest way we could as tribute to Prince and still make it Nonpoint. I’m happy to report from initial response among the few who have heard it is exciting and we look forward to our fans singing it for years to come.”

In other news, the band is continuing its current tour, which was recently slowed by a pair of COVID-19 diagnoses and a traffic incident that saw the band lose a trailer holding its gear. The band posted a video this week, showing everything that it has gone through recently.

While the band has suffered some setbacks, it has not allowed these recent issues to halt its tour. The band has issued a statement on its recent bad luck streak and assured audiences that its tour will continue. The band’s statement is noted below.

“If someone hadn’t been filming when it all happened, people probably wouldn’t believe it,” singer Elias Soriano says about the band’s most taxing and obstacle-filled week in years. You thought it couldn’t get worse than 2020 and dealing with COVID? How about watching your trailer full of gear roll off into a Tennessee forest at 75 mph? Watch the video update to see the full story, then visit http://www.nonpoint.com for the chance to purchase an exclusive design to help with offsetting shortfalls and damage from the band’s brush with COVID as well as the accident with their trailer.”

In related news, one member of the band’s 361 Degrees fan base has launched a GoFundMe page to help the band cover the costs of replacing its damaged equipment and other costs. The page had raised more than $6,200 as of Friday. Donations can be made through the page here.

In more related news, the band is — as noted — continuing its tour. That is because as Soriano reveals in the video, most of the band’s gear survived the incident. The band’s upcoming dates, including re-scheduled dates, are noted below.

Nonpoint Tour Dates:

9/28/2021 Johnson City, TN Capones
9/29/2021 Jacksonville, NC Hooligans
9/30/2021 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues w/ Seether
10/1/2021 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle w/ Seether
10/2/2021 Destin, FL Club LA
10/3/2021 New Orleans, LA Southport Hall
10/5/2021 Tulsa, OK Vanguard
10/6/2021 Lubbock, TX Jakes
10/7/2021 El Paso, TX The Rock House
10/8/2021 Tucson, AZ Encore
10/10/2021 Phoenix, AZ Marquee w/ Seether
10/12/2021 Colorado Springs, CO Sunshine Studios
10/13/2021 Omaha, NE Waiting Room
10/14/2021 Iowa City, IA Wildwood

The following shows have been rescheduled to the following dates in 2022:
1/7/2022 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
1/8/2022 Battle Creek, MI @ The Music Factory
1/9/2022 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
1/11/2022 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
1/12/2022 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
1/14/2022 Hampton Beach, NH @ Wallys
1/15/2022 Easton, PA @ One Centre Square
1/16/2022 Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
1/18/2022 Charleston, WV @ Rock City Bake Company
1/19/2022 Charlotte, NC @ Amos
1/20/2022 Huntsville, AL @ Sidetracks Music Hall

Nonpoint will be appearing at ShipRocked January 22-27, 2022

More information on the band’s tour, the band’s new EP and more is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.nonpoint.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/nonpointofficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/nonpoint

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Nonpoint Releases Statement On Recent Trailer Incident, COVID-19 Diagnoses

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Nonpoint has had a rough go if it this month.

The band suffered a tough loss early this month when a trailer containing the band’s gear disconnected from its vehicle and flipped into a forest in Tennessee. To make matters worse, two of the band members were recently diagnosed with COVID-19.

While the band has suffered some setbacks, it has not allowed these recent issues to halt its tour. The band has issued a statement on its recent bad luck streak and assured audiences that its tour will continue. The band’s statement is noted below.

“If someone hadn’t been filming when it all happened, people probably wouldn’t believe it,” singer Elias Soriano says about the band’s most taxing and obstacle-filled week in years. You thought it couldn’t get worse than 2020 and dealing with COVID? How about watching your trailer full of gear roll off into a Tennessee forest at 75 mph? Watch the video update to see the full story, then visit http://www.nonpoint.com for the chance to purchase an exclusive design to help with offsetting shortfalls and damage from the band’s brush with COVID as well as the accident with their trailer.

In related news, one member of the band’s 361 Degrees fan base has launched a GoFundMe page to help the band cover the costs of replacing its damaged equipment and other costs. The page had raised just under $6,000 as of Tuesday. Donations can be made through the page here.

In related news, the band is — as noted — continuing its tour. That is because as Soriano reveals in the video, most of the band’s gear survived the incident. The band’s upcoming dates, including re-schedueld dates, are noted below.

Nonpoint Tour Dates:

9/28/2021 Johnson City, TN Capones
9/29/2021 Jacksonville, NC Hooligans
9/30/2021 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues w/ Seether
10/1/2021 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle w/ Seether
10/2/2021 Destin, FL Club LA
10/3/2021 New Orleans, LA Southport Hall
10/5/2021 Tulsa, OK Vanguard
10/6/2021 Lubbock, TX Jakes
10/7/2021 El Paso, TX The Rock House
10/8/2021 Tucson, AZ Encore
10/10/2021 Phoenix, AZ Marquee w/ Seether
10/12/2021 Colorado Springs, CO Sunshine Studios
10/13/2021 Omaha, NE Waiting Room
10/14/2021 Iowa City, IA Wildwood

The following shows have been rescheduled to the following dates in 2022:
1/7/2022 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
1/8/2022 Battle Creek, MI @ The Music Factory
1/9/2022 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
1/11/2022 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
1/12/2022 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
1/14/2022 Hampton Beach, NH @ Wallys
1/15/2022 Easton, PA @ One Centre Square
1/16/2022 Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
1/18/2022 Charleston, WV @ Rock City Bake Company
1/19/2022 Charlotte, NC @ Amos
1/20/2022 Huntsville, AL @ Sidetracks Music Hall

Nonpoint will be appearing at ShipRocked January 22-27, 2022

More information on the band’s tour, the band’s new EP and more is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.nonpoint.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/nonpointofficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/nonpoint

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Atreyu Debuts ‘Warrior’ Remix

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records

Atreyu premiered an updated take of its song ‘Warrior‘ this week.

The updated take features guest appearances by Travis Barker (Blink-182) and Zero 9:36. The original song is featured in Atreyu’s latest album, Baptize, which was released in June through Spinefarm Records.

The updated take of ‘Warrior’ does show some differences from its source material. For starters, the remix is shorter than the original take by less than only 20 seconds. The original runs approximately three minutes, five seconds while the remix runs two minutes, 48 seconds. The remix is shorter as it omits part of the breakdown and replaces it with some brief rapping from Zero 9:36 (a.k.a. Matthew Cullen). Other than that, the two arrangements are largely the same.

‘Warrior’ is just one of the songs that serves as a single for Baptize. The album has also produced the singles, ‘Save Us,’ ‘Underrated,’ and ‘Catastrophe.’

In other news, Atreyu has expanded its upcoming tour schedule. The band’s initial tour schedule was set to launch Nov. 9 in Dallas, TX with support from Tetrarch, Crown the Empire, Saul, and Defying Decay. Its new, updated schedule is set to launch Sept. 3 in Green Bay, WI with Nonpoint, Tetrarch, and Another Day Dawns.

Following its brief run with Nonpoint, Tetrarch, and Another Day Dawns, Atreyu now also has dates scheduled with Eighteen Visions, Dragged Under, and Dying Wish on Oct. 5 & 6 in Phoenix, AZ and Los Angeles, CA.

The band’s updated tour schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

ATREYU ON TOUR:
WITH NONPOINT, TETRARCH, + ANOTHER DAY DAWNS:

9/3 — Green Bay, WI — Epic Event Center

9/4 — Newport, KY — Ovation

9/5 — Madison, WI — The Sylvee

9/7 — Wichita, KS — Temple Live

9/8 — Fort Smith, AR — Temple Live

9/10 — Danville, VA — Blue Ridge Rock Fest

WITH EIGHTEEN VISIONS, DRAGGED UNDER, + DYING WISH:

10/5 — Phoenix, AZ — The Marquee

10/6 — Los Angeles, CA — 1720
 

WITH CROWN THE EMPIRE, TETRARCH, SAUL, + DEFYING DECAY:
11/9 — Dallas, TX  — Gas Monkey Bar And Grill 
11/10 — Houston, TX  — The Warehouse 
11/11 — New Orleans, LA  — Republic NOLA
11/13 — Daytona, FL  — Welcome to Rockville 
11/15 — Atlanta, GA  — The Masquerade
11/16 — Charlotte, NC  — The Underground
11/17 — Baltimore, MD  — Rams Head Live
11/19 — Pittsburgh, PA  — The Roxian
11/20 — Sayreville, NJ  — Starland Ballroom
11/21 — New York, NY  — Webster Hall
11/22 — Albany, NY  — Empire Live 
11/23 — Hartford, CT  — The Webster
11/24 — Worcester, MA  — The Palladium 
11/26 — Detroit, MI  — The Majestic
11/27 — Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall 
11/30 — Cleveland, OH  — The Agora 
12/1 — Grand Rapids, MI  — The Intersection 
12/2 — Joliet, IL  — The Forge
12/3 — Belvidere, IL  — The Apollo Theater AC
12/4 — Minneapolis, MN  — Skyway Theatre 
12/6 — Kansas City, MO  — The Truman
12/7 — Denver, CO  — The Summit 
12/9 — Salt Lake City, UT  — The Depot
12/10 — Boise, ID  — Knitting Factory
12/11 — Portland, OR  — Roseland
12/12 — Seattle, WA  — The Crocodile 
12/14 — Santa Cruz, CA  — The Catalyst
12/15 — San Diego, CA  — House of Blues 
12/16 — Santa Ana, CA  — The Observatory 

More information on Atreyu’s new ‘Warrior’ remix, new tour dates, and album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://www.atreyofficial.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/atreyu

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/atreyuofficial

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Nonpoint Front Man Elias Soriano Talks Touring, Making Music In New Interview

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Nonpoint will launch its new nearly month-long tour Sept. 11 in Easton, PA, but it seems like an off-cycle tour so to speak.  Typically, acts tour on the backs of new albums and/or EPs, but it’s been three years since the band released its then latest album, X  Given, you guys have your new hit single, ‘Ruthless’ and its video.  So talk to me about the decision to launch the tour.

Elias: Traditionally speaking that is definitely the case.  But we are in untraditional times and if this EP’s cycle hasn’t taught everyone about our latest string of decisions it’s that we are rewriting the way we are doing things here on Team Nonpoint.  As well as how we tour and even perform.  We have an extensive catalog and over 160 published songs.  So we got ways to change up our sets and plan to do just that.  In this upcoming set list we’re playing songs that we haven’t played in 20 years in some cases.  Our fans will get a taste of some of our catalogs that will make true fans of the band happy they came.  As well as getting a taste of Ruthless and who knows what else from the EP.  For now Ruthless is our focus and seems to be enough to keep fans excited about our next steps.

One thing that I’ve noticed about your past tours is that Hooligans in Jacksonville, NC is a favorite place for you to play live.  What is it about that venue and/or the city that draws you so much there?

Elias: 90% of the time its the fans.  The other 10% is usually how nice the venue employees are that is just the icing on the cake.  We can’t always anticipate a perfect stage or the people who work locally.  But when both the venue is respected and the people working there are friendly it makes for those comeback spots like Hooligans for sure.

Nonpoint isn’t going out alone for its upcoming tour.  You are bringing along for the ride, Dropout Kings, which is well-known in its own right, Any Given Sin and Saul, both of which are up-and-coming acts.  What is it about those bands that made you decide to bring them along?

Elias: As we always have a list of bands we wish we could have that always varies due to availability of bands and of course timing. But outside of availability, for the most part we try to bring out bands we feel like our fans will enjoy seeing and carry a similar energy onstage.  Dropout Kings have that swag we like in a support act.  Our styles are similar so that’s always nice.  Saul has a powerful sound and coincidently were an up and comer who’s schedule lined up with our plans as well as a suggestion from our agent.  When we heard their music we immediately gave the thumbs up.  Any Given Sin have a great buzz in spaces we also see lots of success not to mention they are under the FM Management umbrella as is Nonpoint, so it was a good fit and invited them to join us as well.  It’s gonna be a great lineup for our fans all night which is the most exciting thing for the band members.

Speaking of other bands, now that Nonpoint has launched its new independent label, 361 Degrees Records, have you started looking for bands to sign or will the label be more for the band’s own releases?  If you are looking at other bands to sign, can you give any hints as to which ones are getting consideration?

Elias: No one just yet.  Though we are seeing success through our strategies, model and process, all of these things happen the way they do because of the team we have, their commitment to the plan and process, ability to pivot and move quickly, to have patience and understanding of their audience base and most importantly have the work ethic to follow through.  It’s a lot to ask of people just looking to just perform and sleep all day.  Not to mention people looking to change the way they think about the music industry in a traditional sense.  It’s a big ask so we’re going to be extremely selective on our additions to the label.  But anything is possible right?

Staying a moment longer on the matter of your new label, you made the announcement some time ago.  In that time, has the reality and enormity of that move had time to settle in?  What is your reaction to your fans’ support for your new venture?

Elias: It’s definitely settled in and it’s as expected.  Some triumphs and some goals we fell short on.  What we have found is what’s sustainable and what we needed to adjust.  But nothing that has us turning tail and running from the independent route.  Quite the contrary, every triumph and every lesson learned is driving our next ideas into lower risk realities and ultimately wins for our camp.  So we say, “Bring on the mistakes.”

Switching gears back to touring, fans have always come out in a big way to see Nonpoint when it comes to town.  Looking at the 361 Degrees – All things Nonpoint group page on Facebook, fans’ reaction to this upcoming tour make it sound like this run will be no exception to the rule.  What does that continued support mean to you as a band?

Elias: It’s everything to our band.  At the end of the day our livelihood is a career where success and failures rest on the opinions of others vs just effort and ability.  We are under a microscope and at the same time broadcast around the world.  So when you have that kind of support that you can count on its irreplaceable. 

On a related topic, live music finally returned this year following almost a year (if not a year) shut down due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  I’m not trying to jinx anything, but with all the reports coming out about the virus’ Delta variant spreading, are there any concerns about the possibility of live music getting shut down again?

Elias:  Who wouldn’t be concerned?  I have fellow musicians reaching out that I haven’t spoken too in quite some time reaching out, gauging our thoughts seeing that we’re about to head out.   So I can’t say I’m feeling any better about it.  But as always we have a plan to keep our fans going if for any reason we get grounded again.  Eventually we hope NONPOINT AIRLINES will fly again.

Speaking specifically to Elias and Robb, you two are the only original members of the band to date.  You’ve seen other musicians come and go from the band, the most recent change being that of Jason Zellstra replacing B.C. Kochmit, who himself replaced Dave Lizzo in 2014.  Jason is now the band’s fifth lead guitarist.  You’ve also had now two bassists.  What I’m getting at is that lineup changes always have an impact on a band especially when performing live and living together on the road.  Has it ever impacted you two, mentally or emotionally, having to break in so many new members?  It can’ be easy going out on the road and recording with new members so seemingly constantly.

Elias:  It’s never fun losing a member or feeling like you have to part ways from someone because of creative chemistry, personal issues, lifestyle or even in some cases substance abuse.  Again, we roll with the punches, hope for the best, try to give people the benefit of the doubt and get ourselves back on our feet.  But what’s the point holding grudges or bitching about it?  We’re all human and shit happens.  Get up and get back on the horse.

Getting off that topic, your fans are constantly polling each other on their dream set lists (and band lineups) for your tours.  Going back again to the All Things Nonpoint group on FB, do those interactions play any role in your own decisions on your set lists or even the bands that you bring with you on tour?

Elias:  Of course we do!  Honestly, who wouldn’t want to know what their fans want to hear?   It’s like a cheat sheet for a test you gotta take.  Our goal is to get an A and impress the teacher.  So let me get your answer to #12 homie.

I wanted to go back to the launch of your new label again for a bit.  Nonpoint nation as a family is clearly excited about the band launching 361 Degrees Records.  When you first hinted at the announcement, there was rampant speculation that the band was going to announce it was calling it a career.  I’m sure you read the comments.  So what was your reaction to your fans’ reactions to the then cryptic statement ahead of the big announcement?  What does that reaction mean to you as a band?

Elias:  Honestly you’re the first person to mention it to me so I truthfully don’t have an answer to that particular moment.  If you want me to address it on our current timeline I guess I’d simply say, SIKE! 

Staying on that topic, I and thousands of others watched the video that made the announcement of the label’s launch.  Nonpoint obviously is not the only band to launch its own label.  Dropkick Murphys has Born & Bred Records.  Dry Kill Logic has Psychodrama Records.  The list goes on from there.  Just as with anyone reaching that point at which they decide to make a career change, I imagine there was a specific point at which you as a band made the decision to go independent.  Maybe I missed it in the video, but what was it that led to the decision?  What was that proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back?  When did that moment, that realization happen?

Elias: We did address it in the documentary, so I’d say you definitely want to watch it for the details to that answer.  But simply put, we saw an opportunity to do so during a very lucrative time in our careers.  So we took it.

Expanding from there, ‘Ruthless,’ your new single and its video have gotten only positive reaction from audiences and radio stations alike.  Audiences are already chomping at the bit for the band’s next single.  Can you offer an update on a time frame for its release?

Elias:  Our timeline is based on what our team and our audience can absorb in a given time.  When we take our next step it will be as thought out as Ruthless.  That took time and attention.  Seeing there is still much to be accomplished with our Ruthless Pre-Order going out, the tour and our next release already on deck, there will be plenty to chew on in the very near future.

One last question and I will close this out.  Since we’re talking music, we know the band is working on a new EP that is sue out sometime late this summer or during fall.  Can you offer an update on its progress or release date?  Is a new album coming, too?

Elias: Plans as we mentioned in the documentary series are to give fans a full presentation of the EP song by song and video by video, repeating for 2 more EP’s till we deliver a final body of work (full LP) containing all the EP’s and an entire new grouping of songs.  It will be our most ambitious project ever and our fans will be along for the ride every step of the way.

Thank you again for all your time.  Best of luck on your tour, guys.  I for one as a loyal member of the Nonpoint Nation family am looking forward to what’s to come from you all.

The full schedule for Nonpoint’s upcoming tour is noted below. Tickets are available here. The announcement of the new tour comes more than two months after it premiered its latest single, ‘Ruthless.’ The band premiered the song’s video last month.

I’m About To Explode Tour Pt. 1 with special guests: Saul, Dropout Kings, & Any Given Sin

09.11.21 – One Centre Square – Easton, PA

09.12.21 – House of Independents – Asbury Park, NJ

09.14.21 – Wallys – Hampton Beach, NH

09.15.21 – Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY

09.16.21 – Beachland Ballroom- Cleveland, OH

09.17.21 – Music Factory – Battle Creek, MI

09.19.21 – Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN

09.21.21 – Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN

09.22.21 – Rock City Bake Company – Charleston, WV

09.23.21 – Shagnastys Grubbery And Pour House – Huntsville, AL

09.24.21 – Amos – Charlotte, NC

09.28.21 – Capones – Johnson City, TN

09.29.21 – Hooligans – Jacksonville, NC

10.02.21 – Club LA – Destin, FL

Dates with Atreyu, Tetrarch & Another Day Dawns:

09.03.21 – Epic Event Center – Green Bay, WI

09.04.21 – Ovation – Newport, KY

09.05.21 – The Sylvee – Madison, WI

09.07.21 – Temple Live – Wichita, KS

09.08.21 – Temple Live – Fort Smith, AR

Dates with Seether & Plush:

09.30.21 – House of Blues – Mrytle Beach, SC

10.01.21 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA

10.10.21 – Marquee – Tempe, AZ

Nonpoint will be appearing at the following festivals:

09.10.21 – Blue Ridge Rock Fest – Danville, VA

09.18.21 – Fall Fling – Peoria, IL

09.25.21 – Rebel Rock – Orlando, FL

January 22-27, 2022 ShipRocked

More information on the band’s tour, the band’s new EP and more is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.nonpoint.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/nonpointworld

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/nonpoint

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Nonpoint Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Nonpoint will head back out on the road later this summer for a full-length tour

The band made the announcement Friday. It will launch what it has dubbed the “I’m About to Explode Part I” Tour Sept. 11 in Easton, PA. The tour is scheduled to run through Oct. 10 in Tempe, AZ and features performances in cities nationwide, such as Jacksonville, NC; Green Bay WI and Destin, FL.

Front man Elias Soriano was upbeat as he talked during a recent interview, about getting back on the road.

“We’re coming out of the pandemic swinging!,” he said. “The bands and the shows will leave fans talking for weeks.. Production is new, show is BRAND NEW, deep cuts from our catalog and our most Ruthless Setlist ever. ITS ABOUT TO EXPLODE, Part 1 is the swing of the bat and first contact”

The band had previously announced a handful of live dates for this month and September, as well as the schedule for its 2022 appearance on the ShipRocked Cruise. It makes this announcement the band’s first big tour announcement of the year.

Dropout Kings, Saul, and Any Given Sunday will serve as support throughout much of the tour. Joining the band for other dates are the likes of Tetrach, Seether, Atreyu, and Plush.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here. The announcement of the new tour comes more than two months after it premiered its latest single, ‘Ruthless.’ The band premiered the song’s video last month.

I’m About To Explode Tour Pt. 1 with special guests: Saul, Dropout Kings, & Any Given Sin

09.11.21 – One Centre Square – Easton, PA

09.12.21 – House of Independents – Asbury Park, NJ

09.14.21 – Wallys – Hampton Beach, NH

09.15.21 – Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY

09.16.21 – Beachland Ballroom- Cleveland, OH

09.17.21 – Music Factory – Battle Creek, MI

09.19.21 – Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN

09.21.21 – Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN

09.22.21 – Rock City Bake Company – Charleston, WV

09.23.21 – Shagnastys Grubbery And Pour House – Huntsville, AL

09.24.21 – Amos – Charlotte, NC

09.28.21 – Capones – Johnson City, TN

09.29.21 – Hooligans – Jacksonville, NC

10.02.21 – Club LA – Destin, FL

Dates with Atreyu, Tetrarch & Another Day Dawns:

09.03.21 – Epic Event Center – Green Bay, WI

09.04.21 – Ovation – Newport, KY

09.05.21 – The Sylvee – Madison, WI

09.07.21 – Temple Live – Wichita, KS

09.08.21 – Temple Live – Fort Smith, AR

Dates with Seether & Plush:

09.30.21 – House of Blues – Mrytle Beach, SC

10.01.21 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA

10.10.21 – Marquee – Tempe, AZ

Nonpoint will be appearing at the following festivals:

09.10.21 – Blue Ridge Rock Fest – Danville, VA

09.18.21 – Fall Fling – Peoria, IL

09.25.21 – Rebel Rock – Orlando, FL

January 22-27, 2022 ShipRocked

More information on the band’s tour, the band’s new EP and more is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.nonpoint.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/nonpointworld

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/nonpoint

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Saul Debuts ‘Looking To Fight’ Video; Announces New LIve Dates

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records

Saul premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its song, ‘Looking to Fight’ Tuesday. The song is featured in the band’s debut album, Rise as Equals (2020). The musical arrangement featured in ‘Looking to Fight’ is a heavy, melodic hard rock composition very much in the vein of Breaking Benjamin.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Looking to Fight’ is a deeply contemplative message, according to front man Blake Bedsaul.

“‘Looking to Fight’ is a moment of introspection,” said Bedsaul. “Ask yourself this: Am I the hero or the villain in any given situation? After a long hard look into how I was dealing with my emotions, I realized that I was the villain of my own story. But don’t just apologize. Take responsibility for your actions and own up to them. Make the change to be someone to fight for — not against.”

The video for ‘Looking to Fight’ is relatively simple. It features in one part, the band performing its new single in a specially lit studio setting. That footage is paired with video of a man dealing with the ramifications of an argument that he had with a woman suggested to be his girlfriend. The visuals are meant to help translate the message that Bedsaul noted in his discussion on the song’s lyrical theme.

In other news, Saul is scheduled to launch a new tour in support of Rise as Equals, which also spawned the single, ‘King of Misery,’ Sept. 7 in Sturgis, SD. Some of its dates will find the band performing as support for Nonpoint’s “I’m About To Explode Tour.”

The scheduled for Saul’s upcoming tour is noted below.

SAUL ON TOUR:

8/7 — Sturgis, SD — Iron Horse Saloon (Sturgis)*
8/8 — Fort Madison, IA — RiverFestFM*
8/10 — Minot, ND — The O’Riginal Bar & Nightclub
8/11 — Fargo, ND The Hall — Fargo Brewing Company
8/14 — Council Bluffs, IA — KIWR Riot Fest*
8/19 — Kansasville, WI — 1175
8/20 — Glen Flora, WI — Northwood Rock Rally*
8/21 — Beaver Dam, WI — Stormy’s Music Venue
9/10 — Appomattox, VA — Blue Ridge Rock Fest*
9/11 — Mansfield, OH — Inkcarceration Festival*
9/24 — Orlando, FL — Rebel Rock Festival*
*Festival Dates

WITH ATREYU, CROWN THE EMPIRE, + MORE:
11/9 — Dallas, TX — Gas Monkey Bar And Grill
11/10 — Houston, TX — The Warehouse
11/11 — New Orleans, LA — Republic NOLA
11/13 — Daytona, FL — Welcome to Rockville           
11/15 — Atlanta, GA — The Masquerade
11/16 — Charlotte, NC — The Underground
11/17 — Baltimore, MD — Rams Head Live
11/19 — Pittsburgh, PA — The Roxian
11/20 — Sayreville, NJ — Starland Ballroom  
11/21 — New York, NY — Webster Hall
11/22 — Albany, NY — Empire Live
11/23 — Hartford, CT — The Webster
11/24 — Worcester, MA — The Palladium
11/26 — Detroit, MI — The Majestic
11/27 — Columbus, OH — Newport Music Hall
11/30 — Cleveland, OH — The Agora
12/1 — Grand Rapids, MI — The Intersection
12/2 — Joliet, IL — The Forge
12/3 — Belvidere, IL — The Apollo Theater AC
12/4 — Minneapolis, MN — Skyway Theatre  
12/6 — Kansas City, MO — The Truman
12/7 — Denver, CO — The Summit
12/9 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Depot
12/10 — Bosie, ID — Knitting Factory
12/11 — Portland, OR — Roseland
12/12 — Seattle, WA — The Crocodile
12/14 — Santa Cruz, CA — The Catalyst
12/15 — San Diego, CA — House of Blues
12/16 — Santa Ana, CA — The Observatory

More information on Saul’s new single, video, and tour dates is available now along with all of Saul’s current live dates and more at:

Websitehttps://saulofficial.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/saulbandofficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/saulband

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