‘Earthquake’ Is A Good First Impression For Hyvmine

Courtesy: Seek and Strike Records

The first impression is the most important that ca be made in any situation. From getting that coveted job to winning over a love interest to winning over audiences, that first impression is the best chance that one has to success in so many avenues. Taking this into consideration, it can be said that up-and-coming hard rock outfit Hyvmine has made a good first impression with its debut album Earthquake. Released Jan. 19 via independent label Seek & Strike Records (also home to Between The Buried and Me, Body Count, Gus G. and others), this first effort from Hyvmine is certain to reach a wide array of audiences. That is proven in part through the diversity in the album’s musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly. The album’s sequencing also helps to prove its ability to reach audiences, and will be discussed later. The record’s production is also important to its ability to reach listeners and will also be discussed later. Each element is important in its own way to the whole of Earthquake‘s overall presentation. All things considered, the noted elements make Earthquake a record that while not earth-shaking, is still a good first impression for Hyvmine.

Hard rock outfit Hyvmine’s debut album Earthquake is a work that, as noted is not necessarily an earth-shaking record. It is however, a good first impression for the up-and-coming hard rock outfit. That statement is supported in part through the musical arrangements that are exhibited throughout the course of the album’s nine-song, 42-minute body. right off the top, audiences are treated to an arrangement in ‘Shift’ that boasts elements of Alter Bridge and Dream Theater. Yes, that’s quite the duality, but somehow front man Al Joseph and his band mates make that pairing of influences work. The slow build from the song’s opening piano line into the more contemplative moments that make up the early portion of the song builds a strong foundation for the song. The eventual growth from that vibe to the more power packed portions of the song shows definite thought put into the arrangement, and in turn is sure to keep listeners engaged. the same can be said of the joining those Alter Bridge and Dream Theater influences within those harder-edged moments. Joseph’s own vocal delivery boasts an eerie similarity to that of Alter Bridge front man Myles Kennedy, too, adding even more interest to the arrangement. Add in the song’s lyrical content, which seems to present the message of living life to the fullest, and audiences get an interesting first effort here. It is of course only one song that shows the importance of the album’s arrangements to its whole. The post-grunge vibe of ‘Fire Escape’ conjures thoughts of Korn, Staind and so many aggro-rock bands that rose to fame in the late 90s and early 2000s while ‘Mirror Master’ brings about thoughts of Sevendust and The Veer Union. The arrangement at the center of the album’s title track, which also comes virtually dead center of the album, will reach fans of Creed and other similar acts. Considering the diversity displayed throughout these songs and that of the songs not noted here, it becomes fully clear why that diversity helps to make this record a good first impression for this record. It shows the band’s ability to cover any type of rock, giving in itself reason for audiences to give it at least one listen. It is just one of the album’s most important elements. Staying on the same note as the songs, their sequencing proves just as important to discuss as their arrangements.

Earthquake‘s sequencing is important to note because as much as the songs’ arrangements do for the record’s presentation, if they had been poorly placed, they would have been completely useless. Luckily though, that didn’t happen. Again, noting the gentle, contemplative piano run at the start of the album’s opener and the manner in which it builds into the bigger picture of the song, it is just the first strong salvo from the band. The transition from that song’s raucous finale to the more controlled yet heavy riffs of ‘Mirror Master’ was a smooth and smart move. It keeps the heavy without being too stark of a change. The heavy continues into the album’s third track with the more up-tempo ‘Shogun,’ which also boasts a solo that would make John Petrucci proud. The heavy still doesn’t end there. From there, the album transitions into a rather Creed-esque radio ready rocker in ‘All of Creation’ before the album finally pulls back in ‘Earthquake.’ What’s really interesting here is that while it does finally pull back, that pull back is only partial as it starts off soft before picking back up a little bit in what is overall yet another Creed style work. ‘Fire Escape,’ the start of the album’s final trio of songs, brings the heavy back in full force before moving in a slightly more mainstream direction again ‘ Elysium.’ ‘Great Divide,’ the album’s penultimate track, gives listeners one last dose of heavy before closing out the record in another Creed-esque rocker in ‘Cliffhanger.’ Considering the direction that the album takes from beginning to end with its energies, it can be said after going through the whole of the 43-minute run time that the album’s energy stays relatively stable. That applies from song to song and even within the songs themselves. The stability of the energies within the songs and between songs creates a listening experience that even more certifies listeners’ engagement. When that insurance is considered along with the insurance generated through the songs’ very arrangements, that whole shows even more why Earthquake, while again not earth-shaking, is still a good first impression from Hyvmine. It is still not the last of the elements that makes this record a respectable start for the band. Its overall production is also worth noting.

The album’s production is important to note in examining Earthquake because while it does largely impress, there are at least a couple of problem points. ‘Shogun’ is one of those problem points. There are moments throughout the song when front man Al Joseph’s vocals are slightly washed out by the song’s musical elements. This means that interpretation of what he is singing becomes difficult without a lyrics sheet. There also seems to be a bit of a balance issue between Joseph’s vocals and the song’s musical elements here, too. This is, of course, just this critic’s own take. Others might hear it differently. The problem that this critic has caught here is that again, the music seems to slightly overpower Joseph’s vocals. That takes away at least something from the enjoyment here. The vocals in ‘Elysium”s chorus seem to bleed together a little with its musical side, too. Again, this is just this critic’s interpretation. Other than those directly noted elements, the album’s production proves relatively positive throughout. Keeping this in mind, it proves — despite the few problematic balance issues — to be relatively stable from beginning to end. When that is considered alongside the stability in the album’s sequencing and the variety of the album’s musical arrangements, the whole of these elements shows in full why Earthquake is a good first impression for Hyvmine.

Hyvmine’s debut album Earthquake is a good first impression for the band. While it may not be an earth-shaking start for the band, it is still respectable. That is thanks in part to the variety exhibited in the album’s musical arrangements. From Dream Theater to Korn to Creed and points even in-between, the album’s arrangements are certain to reach a variety of audiences. The album’s sequencing keeps its energy relatively stable from beginning to end. This is proven through the song transitions and even within the songs themselves. The album’s overall production is relatively stable, too, strengthening its presentation even more. Each element is important in its own right to the album’s whole. All things considered, they make Earthquake a good first impression from Hyvmine that, while it might not have everyone thinking the same, will impress plenty of audiences. It is available now in stores and online. More information on Hyvmine is available online now at:

Website: http://seekandstrike.com/artists/hyvmine

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/hyvmineband

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The Veer Union Debuts New Single, Video Ahead Of Box Set’s Release; To Tour This Fall, Winter

Courtesy: TAG Publicity/The Rock Shop Entertainment

The Veer Union has released some more new music for its fans.

The band recently debuted the lyric video for its latest single ‘My Last Regret’ in anticipation of the upcoming release of its new career retrospective box set Decade: History of our Evolution. Pre-orders for the six-disc collection are open now.

Front man Crispin Earl recently discussed the band’s new single, explaining the introspective message at its center.

“I think we can call relate to at least one time in our lives where we wish we could have just made a better decision than the one we made in the past; in retrospect, as an artist, those mistakes that we make are also the same things that inspire us to make music from the depths of our hearts,” Crispin said.

Courtesy: Rock Shop Entertainment

While an official street date has not yet been announced for Decade: History of Our Evolution has not yet been announced, the band has already announced an early tour schedule in support of its new compilation set. The tour is currently scheduled to launch Dec. 8 in Mercersburg, PA and to run through Feb. 17 in Seattle, WA. The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

Courtesy: TAG Publicity/The Rock Shop Entertainment

The Veer Union Epic Evolution Tour Dates:
12/08 @ Mercersburg Mansion House – Mercersburg, PA
12/09 @ Monraes – Penneville, NY
12/30 @ Evening Star – Niagara Falls, NY
12/31 @ TBA – Philadelphia / Easton, PA
01/02 @ Irish Wolf – Scranton, PA
01/03 @ Whislky Warehouse – Mansfield, OH
01/04 @ Empire – Akron, OH
01/05 @ The Music Factory – Battle Creek, MI
01/06 @ Diesel – Chesterfield, MI
01/07 @ TBA – St. Joseph, MI
01/09 @ TBA – Lafayette, IN
01/10 @ Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
01/11 @ TBA – Rockford, IL
01/12 @ Penny Road – Barrington, IL
01/13 @ Every Buddy’s Bar – Chippewa Falls, WI
01/14 @ Hijinx – Fort Atkinson, WI
01/16 @ Spicoli’s – Waterloo, IA
01/17 @ Cafe Acoustic – St. Joseph, MO
01/18 @ Rose Music Hall – Columbia, MO
01/19 @ Aftershock – Merriam, KS
01/20 @ TAB – Omaha, NE
01/24 @ TBA – Grand Junction, CO
01/25 @ Herman’s Hideaway – Denverr, CO
01/26 @ Sunshine Studios Live – Colorado Springs, CO
01/28 @ Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
01/30 @ Limelight – San Antonio, TX
02/02 @ Scout Bar – Houston, TX
02/03 @ BFE Rock Club – Houston, TX
02/06 @ TBA – Flagstaff, AZ
02/07 @ Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
02/08 @ TBA – San Diego, CA
02/09 @ Viper Room – Los Angeles, CA
02/10 @ TBA – Modesto, CA
02/11 @ Holy Driver – Sacramento, CA
02/13 @ TBA – Eugene, OR
02/15 @ Rock Hard PDX – Portland, OR
02/16 @ TBA – Spokane, WA
02/17 @ El Corazon – Seattle, WA

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Website: http://www.theveerunion.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheVeerUnion

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The Veer Union Opens New Box Set Pre-Orders; Announces New Live Dates

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The Veer Union has opened pre-orders for its new career retrospective box set.

Fans can pre-order History of Our Evolution limited edition box set, which is being released via Rock Shop Entertainment, now.  The six-disc collection includes two takes on the band’s album Decade — the original take and an acoustic take – Decade 2 and its acoustic companion as well as a separate disc of demos and rarities.

Fans who pre-order the new multi-disc set now will receive an instant download of the band’s cover of Faith No More’s hit song ‘Epic’ as an added bonus.

Courtesy: TAG Publicity/The Rock Shop Entertainment

In anticipation of the box set’s release, the band has also announced a new live schedule that starts Dec. 8 in Mercersburg, PA and runs through Feb. 17 in Seattle, WA.  The schedule also includes performances in Denver, CO; Akron, OH and Los Angeles, CA among many other dates.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

The Veer Union Epic Evolution Tour Dates:
12/08 @ Mercersburg Mansion House – Mercersburg, PA
12/09 @ Monraes – Penneville, NY
12/30 @ Evening Star – Niagara Falls, NY
12/31 @ TBA – Philadelphia / Easton, PA
01/02 @ Irish Wolf – Scranton, PA
01/03 @ Whislky Warehouse – Mansfield, OH
01/04 @ Empire – Akron, OH
01/05 @ The Music Factory – Battle Creek, MI
01/06 @ Diesel – Chesterfield, MI
01/07 @ TBA – St. Joseph, MI
01/09 @ TBA – Lafayette, IN
01/10 @ Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
01/11 @ TBA – Rockford, IL
01/12 @ Penny Road – Barrington, IL
01/13 @ Every Buddy’s Bar – Chippewa Falls, WI
01/14 @ Hijinx – Fort Atkinson, WI
01/16 @ Spicoli’s – Waterloo, IA
01/17 @ Cafe Acoustic – St. Joseph, MO
01/18 @ Rose Music Hall – Columbia, MO
01/19 @ Aftershock – Merriam, KS
01/20 @ TAB – Omaha, NE
01/24 @ TBA – Grand Junction, CO
01/25 @ Herman’s Hideaway – Denverr, CO
01/26 @ Sunshine Studios Live – Colorado Springs, CO
01/28 @ Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
01/30 @ Limelight – San Antonio, TX
02/02 @ Scout Bar – Houston, TX
02/03 @ BFE Rock Club – Houston, TX
02/06 @ TBA – Flagstaff, AZ
02/07 @ Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
02/08 @ TBA – San Diego, CA
02/09 @ Viper Room – Los Angeles, CA
02/10 @ TBA – Modesto, CA
02/11 @ Holy Driver – Sacramento, CA
02/13 @ TBA – Eugene, OR
02/15 @ Rock Hard PDX – Portland, OR
02/16 @ TBA – Spokane, WA
02/17 @ El Corazon – Seattle, WA

More information on The Veer Union’s new box set, tour and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.theveerunion.com

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

 

 

 

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Everybody Panic! Tapped To Join 2016 Storm Warning Tour

Courtesy: O'Donnell Media Group

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Everybody Panic! is extending its current tour schedule.

The Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based band announced recently that it has been added to the 2016 Storm Warning Tour.  The tour kicks off May 6th in Sauget, IL and runs through May 31st in Pittsburgh, PA.  Also on board for the upcoming tour will be Hed (p.e.) which is currently touring alongside Everybody Panic! on its current tour, and The Veer Union.  Everybody Panic! is currently serving as a support act for Powerman 5000 on its current headlining tour.  That tour wraps Saturday, April 30th.  The current schedule for the Storm Warning Tour is noted below along with its current dates alongside Powerman 5000 and Hed (p.e.).

Tour dates:
With Powerman 5000 and Hedpe
4/28 Dubuque, IA @ The Venue
4/29 Algona, IA @ Afterlife Lounge
4/30 Des Moines, IA @ Woolys
With Hedpe and The Veer Union

5/6 – Sauget, IL @ Pops
5/7 – Toledo, OH @ Realm
5/8 – Louisville, KY @ Trixie’s Entertainment Complex
5/10 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
5/11 – Sanford, FL @ West End Trading Company
5/12 – St Petersberg, FL @ State Theater
5/14 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Green Room
5/15 – Fayetteville, NC @ Drunk Horse Pub
5/16 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
5/17 – Beckley, WV @ Munchies
5/18 – Baltimore, MD @ Fish Head Cantina
5/19 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
5/20 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
5/23 – Cambridge, MA @ Middel East Downstairs
5/24 – Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House
5/25 – Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
5/26 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution
5/27 – Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom
5/28 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
5/29 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
5/30 – Brockway, PA @ Camaseli Bar
5/31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
June 17/18 Laconiafest with Sevendust, Ted Nugent and more.

 

 

 

 

More information on Everybody Panic!’s upcoming live dates is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/everybodypanic1

 

 

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Everybody Panic! Joins PM5K On Tour

Courtesy:  Cavigold Records

Courtesy: Cavigold Records

Everybody Panic! is back on the road again.

The up-and-coming Oklahoma City, OK-based band is currently touring alongside veteran hard rock act Powerman 5000.  The tour is in support of the band’s 2015 EP Attack.  The band’s current tour April 30th in Des Moines, IA and also includes performances in Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana.  Following its current tour the band will join forces with Hed (pe) and The Veer Union for The Storm Warning Tour beginning May 7th.  Dates for that tour will be announced soon.  Everybody Panic’s current tour schedule is noted below.

Tour dates:
With Powerman 5000 and Hedpe

March 31 – Waterloo, IA @ Reverb

April 1 – La Crosse, WI @ Cavalier Theater

April 2 – Belvidere, IL@ Apollo Theater

April 3 – Danville, IL @ Vintage Villains

April 5 – Ringle, WI @ Q & Z Expo Center

April 6 – Chippewa Falls, WI @ Everybody’s Bar

April 7 – South Bend, IN @ Cheers

April 8 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection

April 9 – Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa

April 10 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater

April 20 – Pekin, IL @ Twisted Spoke

April 24 – South Bend, IN @ Cheers

April 30 – Des Moines, IA @ Woolys

 

More information on Everybody Panic!, its tour, latest news and more is available online now at:

 

 

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EVERYBODYPANIC1

 

 

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Decade Is A Solid Start To TVU’s Second Decade

Courtesy: Pavement Entertainment

Courtesy: Pavement Entertainment

Ten years ago The Veer Union released its debut album Time To Break The Spell.  In the year since that album was released The Veer Union has seen a lot of changes and still survived every one of those changes.  Now a decade later the band has weathered those storms and released its fourth full-length studio recording all without support from major music outlets on television and radio.  The album, aptly titled Decade is a statement about everything that the band has weathered and its dedication to go another ten years and then some.  If this new album is any indication, then the Canadian melodic hard rock band has plenty of years left even if it never gains the mainstream support that it obviously so rightfully deserves.  That is evident right off the top in the album’s opener ‘Defying Gravity.’  This hard rocker is a good fit for anyone that is a fan of Sevendust with its melodic hard rock approach.  Its lyrical content adds just as much to the song.  ‘Watch You Lose,’ the album’s second offering is another example of what makes this latest record from The Veer Union so promising.  The same can be said of the anthemic ‘We All Will.’  All three songs are clear examples of the promise that The Veer Union has for the next decade.  They are hardly the only songs that could be cited from this album for said argument.  The seven compositions not noted here could just as easily be cited.  Keeping that in mind, the whole of this record proves in the end to be a record that offers promise for another decade for the Veer Union.

The Veer Union’s latest full-length studio recording is a fittingly titled new record.  That is because it offers real promise for the band’s next decade.  That is obvious right off the top in the album’s opener ‘Defying Gravity.’  The song’s melodic hard rock sound is a good fit for anyone that is a fan of Sevendust and others of that ilk, much like with the band’s previous works.  The song’s musical arrangement expertly compliments its lyrical theme of self-determination.  That theme is displayed though the contradiction of the song’s verses to its chorus.  Front man Crispin Earl sings in the song’s lead verse, “Heavy is the heart that I am holding/With the weight of all the world with no wings/I’m stuck to the ground/What was once a dream/Is lost inside a scream/I just need the energy/So I can fight the enemy in me.  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “This is not a revelation/This is just a destination/So I will right the wrong/And rise up to the sun/I just need the energy so I can fight the enemy in me.”  These lines are pretty straight forward.  It is Earl singing about having been to the lowest points.  By contrast the chorus presents a figure that despite those lows is determined to ride up figuratively speaking.  That is illustrated as Earl sings, “I won’t let go/I won’t let go/I’ve been six feet underground/Fighting to be found/But I won’t let go/I won’t let go/I’ve been locked inside a cage/Left to rot away/But I won’t let go/I won’t let go/I will be/I will be/Defying gravity.”  This is a strong, self-assured statement.  And just as the subject’s attitude changes so does the tone of the song’s arrangement.  Guitarists Ryan Ramsdell and Dan Sittler go from a heavy, chugging vibe to a much more hopeful sound as Earl sings that line of defying gravity.  It serves to help illustrate that new sense of hope as the song’s subject sits and reflects on everything that has happened.  That attention to detail both musically and lyrically shows why ‘Defying Gravity’ is a firm first impression from the band on its latest album and an equally firm example of why the record gives promise for the band for the next decade.  It is just one of the songs that exemplifies this, too.  ‘Watch You Lose,’ the album’s second track, is another example of how Decade displays real promise for the band in its next decade.

‘Defying Gravity’ is a firm first impression from The Veer Union in its latest full-length studio recording.  It also is a clear example of why this record shows great promise for the band in its next decade.  It is just one piece that serves to show this, too.  ‘Watch You Lose’ is another good example of what makes this record so promising.  Whereas the album’s opener tackles one person’s determination to move forward from the pain of the past, this song takes a different tone.  In terms of its lyrical content, it comes across as a song that centers on the familiar topic of relationship issues.  That can be implied as Earl sings, “The last of you/Is left in me/In my rearview/A memory/I can’t rebuild/The remedy/I’m so consumed/That I can’t breathe/That I can’t see/And so I’m coming back/To watch you lose.”  This comes across as a relatively straight forward message.  This is someone that can’t let go of the past or the emotions raised by the past, thus leading said figure to want that closure so badly.  Earl goes on to sing, “Cause I’m fighting broke and bruised/And I’m dying from the truth/Untie me from the noose/Untie the noose/I will/I will/Watch you lose.”  From here the song’s subject continues on in similar fashion, singing about being so emotionally overwhelmed that he/she wants to see that person “lose.”  This is only the interpretation of this one critic.  But who hasn’t been in the position presented by Earl and his band mates at one point or another.  This is a song that could apply to the band’s female fans just as much as their male fans.  Everybody that has ever been in a relationship has been at that point after a parting of ways that they feel those strong emotions, wanting the one the hurt them to pay somehow.  They want to see that person lose after making the other person lose.  That ability of the song to reach listeners (provided that is the correct interpretation) is just one part of what makes this song another of Decade’s strong points.  The song’s musical arrangement adds another layer to the song.  The brooding vibe that is established in the song’s early bars echoes the early emotions that a person feels in those early stages post parting.  The fire and energy in the music, delivered not just through the guitars and drums, but through Earl’s vocals illustrates that emotion even more.  All things considered here, the music and lyrics together show why this song will be another fan favorite from Decade and more proof of why the album in whole shows promise for the next decade for The Veer Union.

The musical and lyrical power exhibited in ‘Defying Gravity’ and ‘Watch You Lose’ show clearly why these two songs are among the album’s strongest points.  Collectively they show why Decade is a promising start for The Veer Union’s next decade.  They are just a couple of examples of what makes this album an important mark for the band.  Later in the album’s run the band presents another strong composition in the form of ‘We All Will.’  This is another piece loaded with optimism both in its lyrical and musical content.  One could almost argue that thanks to the combination of said content it is somewhat anthemic.  That is because its lyrical content alone presents a message that is seemingly centered on unity and strength.  The song starts off in its lead verse with Earl singing about people facing the worst situation but having that fire inside to push on through and rise up.  What’s important is the use of the word “we.”  That simple, two letter word establishes the message of unity.  The lines that accompany it throughout establish that message of collective strength.  This leads to it becoming a song that is certain to be a fan favorite in the band’s live shows.  One can almost see fans pumping their fists in proud defiance of those negative forces and situations as they sing along proudly.  And as with the previously noted songs this song’s musical arrangement accents the determination among those masses.  The ability of the band’s members to fully capture the emotion of those masses, singing and chanting together, creating so much collective strength and unity is a statement in itself about this song.  When set against the song’s lyrical content it is no wonder why this song is yet another of the strongest of Decade’s moments.  It is just as little surprise as to why along with the previously noted songs, all three show clearly why this album is a promising start for The Veer Union’s next decade.  Of course that is not to ignore any of the album’s other offerings.  All things considered Decade may not be the best rock record of the last decade.  But it is a record that every fan of the rock realm should hear at least once.  That is because it is one of the best new hard rock records of 2016.

Decade is one of the best new hard rock records of 2016.  And considering everything that the band has been through to get to this point it can be said of the album that it is a promising start for the band’s next decade.  That is evident in the thought put into both the album’s lyrical themes and its musical arrangements.  The album’s lead single ‘Defying Gravity’ proves this as does the equally stirring ‘Watch You Lose.’  ‘We All Will,’ with its anthemic vibe is yet another example of what makes this record a strong start for the band’s second decade.  That is thanks to its seeming message of collective strength and unity in the face of so much turmoil both internally and externally.  Of course any of the album’s other songs could be used to exhibit what makes it another welcome offering from The Veer Union.  All things considered Decade proves to be a record that every fan of the rock realm should hear at least once as it is in the bigger picture one of the best new hard rock records of 2016.  It is available now in stores.  The band is currently touring in support of Decade so audiences can pick up a copy of the record at any of the band’s live shows, too.  More information on those shows is available online now along with more information on Decade at:

 

 

Website: http://www.theveerunion.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/theveerunion

 

 

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Round 2 Records Announces Schedule Changes For Upcoming Live & Loud Tour

Courtesy:  Round 2 Records

Courtesy: Round 2 Records

Later this month, indie rock label Round 2 Records will launch its inaugural Live & Loud Tour. The tour hasn’t started yet but has become so popular that additional dates have been added to the original tour schedule.
Round 2 Records’ original Live & Loud tour saw its bands–The Veer Union, Bobaflex, Artifas, Bridge to Grace–performing a total of twenty-three dates. That schedule was updated today with the addition of two new dates early on in the tour and the removal of one date. The newly added dates are: Flagstaff, AZ (February 20th) and Las Cruces, NM (TBA). The one date removed from the schedule is the tour’s stop in Lafayette, Louisiana. That stop was originally scheduled for February 29th. The updated tour schedule for the Round 2 Records Live & Loud Tour is noted below.

 

Round 2 Live & Loud Tour Dates:

2-18 San Diego CA – Brick by Brick

2-19 Phoenix AZ – Last Exit Live

2-20 Flagstaff AZ – The Green Room

2-23 Las Cruces NM – TBA

2-25 San Antonio TX – Fitzgeralds

2-26 Abeline TX – Legends Rock House

2-27 Tyler Tx – Clicks Live

2-28 San Leon Tx – 18th Street Pier

3-2 Slidell LA – The Corner Pub

3-4 Clarksville TN – The Warehouse

3-5 Madison AL – 11th Frame

3-6 JACKSON TN – The Empourium

3-9 Tallahassee FL – Pugs Live

3-10 Charlotte NC – Amos Southend

3-11 Anderson SC – TJ Whispers

3-12 Fayetteville NC – The Rock Shop

3-13 Greensboro NC – Blind Tiger

3-16 Charleston WV – TBA

3-17 Morgantown WV – TBA

3-19 Hagarstown MD – Hard Times Cafe

3-25 Kent OH – The Outpost

3-26 Southbend IN – TBA

3-27 Crest Hill IL – Bada Brew

The Veer Union will still serve as the headline act for this tour with Bobaflex, Artifas, and Bridge to Grace serving as support acts throughout the tour. Ticketing information is available online now along with venue information and more at http://www.round2live.com. More information on the Round 2 Records Live & Loud Tour is available online now along with all of the tour’s latest updates at:

Website: http://www.round2liveandloud.com

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