Adelitas Way Signs New Management Deal With FM Music Management

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Veteran rock band Adelitas Way has signed a new management deal.

The band signed a new deal this week with FM Music Management.  The artist management company’s roster includes other big names such as Nonpoint (whose new album X is scheduled to be released this Friday, August 24 via Spinefarm Records), Kataklysm, Through Fire, Royal Bliss, Deadset Society, Keith Wallen, Spoken and others.

FMM Partner/Manager Dino Kourelis talked about the band’s addition to the agency’s roster in a recent interview.  He said he was glad to have the band as part of the agency’s roster.

“We are excited to bring Adelitas Way in to the FM Management family,” Kourelis said.  “Adelitas Way continues to evolve and push the envelope in rock, and and Rick’s [DeJesus — Adelitas Way front man] passion and work ethic is unrivaled.  We look forward to helping them continue to climb.”

DeJesus shared Kourelis’ thoughts.

“My vision for Adelitas Way is clear and the mission is clear,” DeJesus said.  “We are going to continue to master our craft and grow to a point that is part of setting an example for all artists who see our story!  That takes a great team.  I’m excited for Fuel Music/the Vegas Syn to combine powers with an innovative, forward thinking company with my friend Frank Mastalerz leading the way with FM Music Management.  He has built an amazing team of music peers I’ve been working with for many years, and I’m looking forward to more exciting opportunities to grow.  Let’s do what we do best.”

Adelitas Way originally formed in 2006 and released its debut self-titled album in 2009 via Virgin Records.  That record was followed up in 2011 with its sophomore album Home School Valedictorian, which was released, also via Virgin Records.  Stuck, the band’s third album, was released in 2014, and would be its last for Virgin Records.

Its fourth album, 2016’s Getaway, was its first for The Vegas Syn/Fuel Music.  Notorious followed more than a year later in October 2017.  It was also released via the Vegas Syn/Fuel Music.

Adelitas Way’s music has been featured on television in various ways throughout its career.  That includes being featured in various WWE programs (and even in at least one WWE video game) and NFL programs on ESPN and FOX.  It has even been featured in an episode of CBS’ CSIMiami.

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Adelitas Way will join Fozzy on the road starting this Saturday, August 25 in Birmingham, Alabama for the latest leg of Fozzy’s tour in support of its most recent album Judas (2017).  Also joining the band as suppor for Fozzy are The Stir and Stone Broken, which will be touring in support of its latest album Ain’t Always Easy (released April 13 via Spinefarm Records).

More information on Adelitas Way is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.adelitaswaymusic.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/adelitasway

Twitter: http://twitter.com/adelitasway

 

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2018 Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival Lineup, Vendor List Announced

Courtesy: Live Nation/Danny Wimmer Presents

Labor Day is generally known nationwide as the end of summer.  It marks the start of fall, students’ return to school and the end of the summer concert season, but thanks to Live Nation and Danny Wimmer Presents, the summer concert series will extend beyond Labor Day this year thanks to one more concert festival this October.

The annual Monster Energy Rock Allegiance festival comes to BB&T Pavilion & Wiggins Waterfront Park in Camden, New Jersey on Saturday, October 6.  Now in its fourth year, the festival will be headlined this year by Avenged Sevenfold, Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach.

Also on this year’s bill are some of today’s and tomorrow’s most notable acts.  They include the likes of Fozzy, Skillet, Of Mice and Men, From Ashes To New, Blacktop Mojo and Stone Broken.  Fozzy’s performance is one of a current string of dates in support of its latest (and seventh) album Judas, which was released just this past October, while Skillet is touring in support of its ninth album, Unleashed (2016).

Of Mice and Men, which released the video for its latest single, ‘Instincts‘ late last month, is touring in support of its recently released fifth album Defy.  That record was released January 19, 2018 and includes the new single.

From Ashes To New’s performance is in support of its latest album, The Future.  The band’s sophomore LP, it was released April 20, 2018 via Better Noise Records.  It can be downloaded and streamed online through various outlets here.  the album’s lead single, ‘Crazy’ is streaming now here.

Blacktop Mojo is currently touring in support of its debut album Burn The Ships which is making waves on rock radio stations nationwide.  It was released December 15, 2017 via Cuhmon Records and includes a powerhouse cover of Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On.’  The band is streaming its full album online now here.

British rock outfit Stone Broken just released its sophomore album late last month via Spinefarm Records.  The album’s latest single, ‘Heartbeat Away,’ which addresses the issue of domestic violence, is streaming online now here.  It comes on the heels of the debut of the lyric video for the album’s lead single, ‘Worth Fighting For,’ which is streaming here.

Tickets for this year’s edition of the Rock Allegiance festival go on sale today, May 11, at noon eastern time at the official Rock Allegiance website. Hotel rates are also listed at the website. General admission lawn tickets start at $39.50 while Reserved Pavilion seating starts at $49.50.  VIP packages start at $169.00.  VIP packages include the following amenities.

Monster Energy Rock Allegiance VIP package amenities include:
  • Access to the GA Pit and/or 100 level tickets for the Main Stage / Pavilion for the headlining four band performances
  • Commemorative Rock Allegiance 2018 VIP laminate
  • Dedicated VIP entrance to the festival
  • VIP hang areas on the Battleship New Jersey and BB&T Pavilion lounge (space limited at each area)
  • Exclusive VIP restrooms and special food and beverage offerings (for additional purchase)

Along with lots of music, this year’s festival will also feature lots of food and drink including sweet and savory treats from: Tony Luke’s Cheesecake, Baby Blues BBQ, Chickies & Pete’s, Lil Trent’s Treats, Nico’s Pizza & More! and Sum Pig Food Truck.

A number of craft breweries will be on hand at the festival, providing refreshment.  They include: 21st Amendment (San Francisco, CA), Dogfish Head (Milton, DE), Foudners (Grand Rapids, MI), Neshaminy Creek (Croydon, PA), Oskar Blues (Longmont, CO), Spellbound (Mount Holly, NJ), Troegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, PA), Unibroue (Chambly, QC) and Victory Brewing Company (Downington, PA).

The Monster Energy Rock Allegiance festival is fueled by Monster Energy and sponsored by f.y.e., Roadrunner Records, Fxck Cancer and SWFTCharge.  More sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks.  The festival is produced by Live Nation and Danny Wimmer Presents.

More information on this year’s Rock Allegiance festival is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.RockAllegiance.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rockallegiance

Twitter: http://twitter.com/rockallegiance

 

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Stone Broken’s Sophomore Album Proves It Was Truly Worth Making

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records

Nothing worth doing in life is ever easy.  We’ve all spoken or heard this old adage at one point or another in life.  Nothing worth doing is easy because the reward of the hard work put in toward the goal makes that work that bearable.  Ain’t Always Easy, the sophomore album from rock outfit Stone Broken is an example of the value of the ends equaling the work put in towards those ends.  Released April 13 via independent record label Spinefarm Records, this first effort for the label from the British band is an 11-song outing that will appeal easily to fans of Theory of a Deadman and other similar acts.  Lyrically speaking, it will appeal to any rock fan thanks to the positive messages presented throughout its 40-minute run time.  Keeping this in mind, Stone Broken’s latest LP proves both musically and lyrically to be a record that is ready to *ahem* break Stone Broken into the mainstream rock realm.

Stone Broken’s sophomore album (and its first effort for Spinefarm Records), Ain’t Always Easy is a solid new effort from start to finish that proves this British rock band is ready to break out into the mainstream rock realm.  This is proven both musically and lyrically throughout the album’s run, starting with its opener, the up-tempo rocker ‘Worth Fighting For.’  In regards to its musical content, one would instantly think this was Theory of a Deadman if one didn’t know it was Stone Broken.  This is not only thanks to the song’s arrangement, but also thanks to front man Rich Moss’ vocal delivery.  He sounds just like TOAD front man Tyler Connolly.  The similarity in the two vocalists’ voices is incredible to say the very least.  Guitarist Chris Davis’ riffs and drummer Robyn Haycock’s solid time keeping keep the song moving forward, never letting the song get away from itself in the process.  Meanwhile, bassist Kieron Conroy’s low-end expertly compliments ‘Davis riffs, completely filling out the song’s arrangement, helping to make the arrangement wholly infectious and memorable.  Its musical arrangement is only one part of what makes it stand out.  The noted positive messages are not lost here, with Moss seemingly saying to listeners that despite all of the negatives in the world, one should note give up hope, but instead keep fighting and pushing on. This is inferred as he sings in the song’s lead verse, “Head down/Jury’s out/Got some things to think about/Not pointing fingers/But it’s easy to see/Messed up/Outta luck/This is gonna show you up/Communicating your infectious disease/Cut ties/Dirty lies/You’re the first to criticize/Because you’re full of it and everyone knows/Dead beat enemy/Everything you’re covering/Under the weight/the cracks are starting to show.”

He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “Big screen magazine/Show us what you’re offering/You’ll realize it’s all just part of the show/Rules bent/Money spent/Wonder where the budget went/That’s not the kind of thing they like to expose/Wake up/Take a look/Haven’t they all got enough/We can’t relate, ‘cause it’s the life that they chose/Red face/Open case/Disappeared without a trace/Why can’t you see that’s how democracy goes?”  All of this negativity is countered with Moss and company singing in the song’s chorus, “Stand up/Show them what we’re made of/That’s what we’re fighting for/Don’t wanna lose it all/Stand up/And lead a generation/That’s what we’re fighting for/We’re gonna give it all/Stand up/The world is worth fighting for.”  This message of hope and determination is not rare nowadays in music, but it is also not overly common, so it is nice to have a message of not giving up and persevering versus just yelling and screaming about things.  It is a message of action, but not violent action.  In other words, it is a message that is certain to inspire listeners of all ages.  When this is considered alongside the song’s musical arrangement, the end result is a song overall that is not just a strong start for Stone Broken’s new LP, but a strong example of what makes the album so strong overall.  It is just one of the songs that serves to show what makes the album so strong.  ‘I Believe’ is another piece that serves to exhibit the album’s strength.

‘I Believe,’ instantly lends itself to comparisons to the best works not only of Theory of a Deadman but also to the likes of Black Stone Cherry and other similar acts with its Southern rock-sound.  Once again, the teaming of Davis and Conroy creates a solid whole through their juxtaposition that, when joined with Haycock’s time keeping, proves to be just as infectious as any of the album’s other arrangements.  And again, Ross’ vocal delivery sounds so similar to that of Connolly that the similarity in the bands’ sounds is undeniable.  Davis’ solo in the song’s bridge adds to that easy comparison.  Between that catchy hook and the rest of the song’s arrangement, the whole of the song’s musical side does plenty to make the song stand out.  Of course the song’s musical side is just one part of what makes this song stand out.  Once again, its lyrical content goes a long way toward making it stand out, too.  Ross sings here, “Time’s gone/Movin’ on/I guess I’m on my way/Ride along/Singing songs/Just to hit that stage/Lights down/On the crowd/The voices in my head/Hoping some day that I can do it again/I’ve got a feeling you’re gonna get the best of me/You’ve gotta see it and start believing/Honestly, you can be anything you wanna be/I’ve got a feeling you’re gonna have the time of your life/Reachin’ out/I can see/I won’t waste a second ‘cause I want it all/Reachin’ out, I believe.”  That’s just the song’s second verse, but it still sends a clear message.  The song’s lead verse finds Ross singing about where he’s come from, from sitting in his room, playing on his guitar, dreaming about reaching that dream.  He uses that as the basis for his statement that if he could obtain his dream of rock stardom, then anyone can achieve their dreams, regardless of what they are.  He sings in that lead verse, “Head home/Music on/A million miles away/I sit down and played around/I practiced every day/Rewind, then do it all again/Hoping someday I’d be just like them.”  The chorus, as noted already, drives home that if he can do it, so can the listeners as he sings, “I’ve got a feeling you’re gonna get the best of me/You’ve gotta see it and start believing/Honestly, you can be anything you wanna be/I’ve got a feeling you’re gonna have the time of your life/Reaching out/I can see/I won’t waste a second ‘cause I want it all/Reaching out/I believe.”  This is such a welcome, positive message, and more proof of what makes this record such a strong new effort from Stone Broken.  It is definitely not the last song that could be cited, either.  ‘Home,’ the album’s lone ballad is one more song that can be cited in supporting said statement.

‘Home’ is not unfamiliar territory for mainstream radio, just as the already noted songs aren’t either.  This is standard fare about someone being out on the road, away from loved ones, with all of the emotional musical accompaniment to tug at listeners’ heart strings.  Musically, it is easily comparable to works from not only Theory of a Deadman, but Nickelback and Creed, too.  Ross sings here, “When the nights are getting long/I wanna hear you say/You’re not that far away/I wonder how you’re getting on/I see you every day/When I’m away/When I miss you/I know it’s true/Every time I try/It ain’t always easy/I’m gonna take this on my own/Every time you wanna go/It’s hard when you’re alone/I’m only dreaming/Going right where you wanna go/Got a feeling that you’ll know/It’s hard away from home.”  The song’s second verse is not much different, with Ross singing, “When you call me on the phone/You play our favorite song/Reminding me of home/When it’s hard to carry on/I wish that I was wrong/But the days go on and on/When I hear you/I can see through/Every single time/It aint’ always easy/I’m gonna take this on my own/every time you wanna go/It’s hard when you’re alone/Im only dreaming/Going right where you wanna go/Got a feeling that you know/It’s hard when you’re alone.”  Again, it doesn’t necessarily break any new ground musically or lyrically. But for mainstream radio, that’s a good thing.  It is another song that – much like so much of the album’s entries – is radio ready and will fit in so easily with Stone Broken’s more well-known contemporaries.  It most certainly still is not the last of the album’s entries that proves the album so solidly ready for the mainstream rock realm.  ‘Heartbeat Away,’ a hard rocker which addresses domestic abuse, is very similar to another song crafted some time ago by Nickelback.  ‘Otherside’ is another lyrically positive anthem that touts taking chances in life and living life to the fullest, rather than letting difficult times keep one down.  There is even commentary on addiction in ‘Let Me See It All’ and ‘Just A Memory.’  Between those songs and the pieces more directly noted here, the whole of Ain’t Always Easy proves to be a record whose work and effort was worth it.  It is a record that is instantly radio ready from start to end and is sure to enlighten and inspire listeners of all ages thanks to its lyrical themes.  Keeping this in mind, it is a record that proves Ain’t Always Easy was worth doing and will be worth hearing.

Up-and-coming rock band Stone Broken has proven with its sophomore album (and first for Spinefarm Records) that it is ready to break into the mainstream.  It has shown that while making its new album Ain’t Always Easy might not have been an easy road, the work was worth it, as the payoff shows.  It is available now in stores and online, and will be available at the band’s upcoming performance at the Rock Allegiance Festival on October 6 in Camden, Jew Jersey.  More information on Ain’t Always Easy is available online now along with all of Stone Broken’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.stonebroken.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OfficialStoneBroken

Twitter: http://twitter.com/StoneBroken_

 

 

 

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