Strawberry Girls Release New Single

Band premieres “Black Night, Golden Circus”
     Strawberry Girls have grown as musicians since first recording their debut album. If you listen and compare their earlier work to the upcoming record, the difference is massive. This contrast is most highlighted on the re-imagined version of “Black Night, Golden Circus”. It’s the first track the band ever wrote together and they were excited to go back and redo the song. Guitarist Zachary Garren explains, “When we originally recorded it, along with the rest of the original Italian Ghosts album, we played with less distortion and less energy. Over time, our live shows got more aggressive and energetic, and the recordings didn’t really hold up to what we became.”
    The idea to re-record “‘Italian Ghosts” was originally brought up because the opening guitar part of “Black Night, Golden Circus” is how the band ended their previous album, ‘American Graffiti’. Garren added, “We talked about possibly re-recording the song for fun, or an EP maybe, but we ended up deciding to re-record the whole original Italian Ghosts album to make it sound like the band we are now.”
      ‘Italian Ghosts’ also features four brand new tracks. As Garren shared, “We also ended up adding 4 new songs which feature vocals, and are based off the songs they follow on the album. We took parts from the original songs and turned them into new songs with vocals, so they are extensions of old songs in a way, but also pretty different than anything we’ve done”
     The record will be will be out February 17th and is available now for pre order at Merchbucket and Bandcamp.
About Strawberry Girls
When an eclectic group of individuals comes together with an idea to create something fresh, the results can often be outstanding. Such is the case with the experimental rock trio Strawberry Girls. These guys from California were founded by ex-Dance Gavin Dance guitarist Zachary Garren after he crossed paths with drummer Ben Rossett and bassist Ian Jennings. Although the band has worked with guest vocalists, they have remained an instrumental three piece. The album French Ghetto includes vocal appearances by Kurt Travis (A Lot Like Birds, ex Dance Gavin Dance), Nic Newsham (Gatsby’s American Dream), Shane Smit, Kathleen Mae, and Gavin Mulkey. “Our sound was originally built from a desire to practice and play as much as possible, without being restricted by the schedules of many different band members,” says Garren. However, what originally began as an invention out of necessity, became much more than that. Strawberry Girlstake a simplistic, yet sometimes technical approach to songwriting by mending parts together that get stuck in your head and compel you to listen to them over and over again.

    Strawberry Girls have gone back into the studio to record their new album “American Graffiti” and are excited for fans to hear the new songs. “We can’t wait for everyone to hear American Graffiti, an album we’ve been writing for over two years. We put a ton of work into making this our best album so far, not just musically, but sonically, too. It’s a bit different than our previous releases and we explore a lot more musical territory with this album. We care about every single note we chose to play on American Graffiti and know it shows.” Garren explained.

“American Graffiti” was released on November 13, 2015 and hit #22 on the Billboard New Artist Chart. The band has been consistantly playing shows since the release including the 10 year anniversary Dance Gavin Dance run and the sold out Chon tour.

In 2016, Strawberry Girls made their national television debut when they appeared on Last Call With Carson Daly. The feature included live footage from one of their LA shows and they will be appearing on the show again in 2017. The band also went back into the studio to work on their upcoming album.

     The Strawberry Girls will release “Italian Ghosts” (previously released in 2011) on February 17, 2017. The band rerecord the original album and will also include four brand new tracks. The record features guest vocals from Nic Newsham, Kathleen Delano, B Rolla, Joey Lancaster, Mark Banks, Sarah Glass and Jenna Fournier.
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A New Era Begins For The Northern

Band releases Tragic Hero Records debut record
     A simplified definition of “Solstice” is “a turning point”, which appropriately is the title of the new album from Canadian metalcore band, The Northern.
      The release, their Tragic Hero Records debut, is a deeply personal album as the band worked hard to encompass who they are, not only as musicians and as individuals. The band explained, “Solstice to us represents the accumulation of our musical personalities, both emotionally and technically. We strove to create a work that fully embodied our personal experiences and life long aspirations in the industry. The album itself; as it is named ‘Solstice’ captures the light and dark moments we find ourselves cycling through in life just as the sun cycles through the season’s solstice and equinox. As a new season begins so dawns a new era for The Northern.”
     The Northern has been gaining national attention ever since the release of their first single, ‘Nauticus’ (ft. Michael Labelle of A Skylit Drive/Horcrux) and the band couldn’t be more thankful for the support surrounding the release, “we are ecstatic about the out pour of positivity and encouragement surrounding the release of ‘Solstice’. We look forward to what the future holds.”
     “Solstice” is available digitally on all major streaming platforms while physical copies along with merch are available at Merchbucket and MerchNow.
     Perfectly combining djent and metalcore, Canadian band The Northern stays true to themselves within a unique sound that fans have grown to love.
     Founding members, Leo Valeri and Nick Papageorgiou were on the road with their former bands when they got to talking about their musical tastes and realized they were very similar. Although they lived in different countries, The Northern was first formed as a project for fun and in the beginning was not intended to be a live band. After recording and releasing the Imperium EP, the overwhelming response made it clear this band would have to be more than just a hobby.
     That first EP Imperium was released in 2013 (Self-engineered, mixed by Doug Meadows of All Spark Studio, mastered by Joey Sturgis of The Foundation Recording Studio) and was followed by a collaboration with friend Kyle Anderson of The Afterimage titled ‘Digitize’ (engineered, mixed & mastered by Meadows). The next two singles were ‘Revive’ (2014 engineered, mixed & mastered by Leo Valeri of Emperor Studio) and ‘Matches’  (2015 – self-engineered, mixed & mastered by Sturgis). Once the momentum that “Matches” brought started to happen, it was clear it was time to switch gears and solidify the line-up which includes Vocalist Nick Papageorgiou, Eric Leblanc and Jordan Gallant on guitars, Adam Linka on drums/vocals and Gordon Campbell on bass.
     The current members of The Northern have shared the stage with bands like The Afterimage, Sirens and Sailors, Chasing Safety, My Ticket Home, Everyone Dies in Utah and many more. Some of them have also been featured on festivals such as Warped Tour, Scenefest, KOI Fest, Skatefest, Corefest and Canadian Music Week. The band is excited to hit the road with the new line-up and to showcase their current direction.
     Once things were solidified in 2015, The Northern set their sights high for 2016. The band announced that they had signed to Tragic Hero Records and released the first single, “Nauticus” off their upcoming 2017 release ‘Solstice’ (engineered, mixed & mastered by Doug Meadows).  Nick Papageorgiou explains, “Tragic Hero is a perfect match for our band. They’re a community of artists whose main goals are to help each and every artist equally, from the smaller bands up to the heavy hitters.”
      “Solstice” will be out January 27, 2017 and The Northern looks forward to hitting the road in support of the album.
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Earthists. Announce Debut Album

Band launches pre-orders of “Dreamscape”
     Excitement has been swirling around the debut Earthists. record ever since they released the first single “Winterfell” off “Dreamscape”. The band announced the album will be out on March 8th and is now available for pre-order on Bandcamp.
     Earthists. challenged themselves to create a record that transcends genres and to write lyrics that are meaningful. Guitarist Yuta Tanaka explains, “Dreamscape has variety of genres of music from a post rock song to metalcore songs. With this record, we wanted to create something new while incorporating technical riffage, jazzy piano sounds and grooves. Lyrically, we showcased struggling with loneliness and importance to live strongly.”
     The band wants the record to inspire listeners and has a special message to share with their fans, “We want all of you to never give up on your dream.”
About Earthists:
The Japanese Nature-Core powerhouse Earthists. formed in January 2015 in Tokyo. Musically comprised of technical guitar work, a groove-driven rhythm section, emotional singing and jazzy piano, Earthists. offers a unique interpretation on the flowering progressive metal-core scene. Now a part of the ever growing Tragic Hero Records roster, Earthists. looks to take their place among musical contemporaries such as ERRA, Intervals, Northlane and more.

The band will release their label debut in 2017 and plans to tour in support of the full length record.

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Craig Mabbitt Shares Personal Struggle On New Track

Dead Rabbitts release first song since 2014
     The highly anticipated return of the Dead Rabbitts is finally here. The band released their Tragic Hero Records debut full length, “Shapeshifter” back in 2014 and is excited to premiere the first track, “Dead Again” off their upcoming album ‘This Emptiness’.
    “Dead Again” is about using substances as coping mechanisms, as evidenced in the song when Craig Mabbitt sings, “a shot to kill the pain, A drink to drown the shame. No matter what I do, it always hurts the same”. The song is very personal to Mabbitt as he explained, “This song is a reflection of myself, and the foolish ways I cope with pain. I realized that consuming substances for the wrong reasons can send you on a downward spiral, and no matter what you do, it will still hurt the same. Just gotta learn how to pick yourself up and end that cycle.”
     “Dead Again” is available on all streaming platforms (Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, Google Play, Amazon Music, SoundCloud) and pre orders for ‘This Emptiness’ will be available on 2/14.
About The Dead Rabbitts:
     The Dead Rabbitts are a metalcore super group from Phoenix, AZ. The band is comprised of Craig Mabbitt (Escape the Fate), TJ Bell (Escape the Fate, Motionless in White), and Rob Pierce . The music is largely reminiscent of Mabbitt’s previous groups Blessthefall and The Word Alive with Mabbitt telling AltPress “this is what I wanted to do with The Word Alive.” It’s a heavier bombardment of sound than Escape The Fate fans will be used to, but is still filled with plenty of hooks and harmonies.
     After the release of their first EP Edge of Reality (produced by Caleb Shomo of Attack, Attack! and Beartooth) and a successful tour with Get Scared, The Dead Rabbitts signed with Tragic Hero Records. “It pretty much fell into place”, says Mabbitt. “I called Escape The Fate’s old manager. I said, ‘If you’re interested, why don’t you manage this project?’ He said, ‘Cool. Well, I’m managing A Skylit Drive right now and they’re on Tragic Hero. Show me some songs.” So I did, and everybody loved them.
     Mabbitt and The Dead Rabbitts immediately began work on a full-length album with Andrew Wade (A Day To Remember, Motionless in White) in Ocala, Florida. “Wade took a lot of the songs and fucking killed it, in a good way,” says Mabbitt. “He took one of my least-favorite songs that we recorded, and now it’s the whole band’s favorite. It’s crazy how much something so simple can completely change a song.” The album is entitled Shapeshifter (out 2014) and is even heavier and faster than Edge of Reality. The record also features a sexually charged raucous tune with Ashley Costello of New Years Day.
     After staying quiet for three years, 2017 was the return of the Rabbitts as the band premiered, “Dead Again”, off their upcoming album ‘This Emptiness’.

The Artificials Sign To Tragic Hero Records

Former ERRA bandmates team up on new single
      Tragic Hero Records is proud to welcome The Artificials to their roster. The band is former ERRA guitarist Alan Rigdon’s new project which features his wife, Sarah, on vocals. Rigdon is excited to be a part of the Tragic Hero family once again, stating: “The Artificials are definitely going to bring some variety to Tragic Hero. Being a fresh take on female fronted metal is scary but the risk is in the risk not taken. You won’t hear another band quite like us that’s for sure. We are thankful to be on the Tragic Hero roster!”
     In addition to the signing announcement, the band premiered their first single “In The Hollow” which features original ERRA vocalist Garrison Lee. This is Lee’s first musical project/appearance in two years. Rigdon talks about working with his former bandmate, “We wanted to feature Garrison on the single because he has a cult following for his distinct vocals. I’ve kept in contact with him since I left ERRA and we always threw around the idea of featuring him on an Artificials song.” Rigdon shared what Lee said to him about the song, “He told me, ‘I’ve turned down guest vocals for every band that has asked me to feature on their music because I don’t want my first feature since I’ve been out of the game to be bad but when you asked, I knew it would be sick and I was more than happy to do it.”
    The single is off the upcoming album “Heart” and  Rigdon describes it as one of the most personal songs on the record with a very important message, “The meaning behind ‘In the Hollow’ is not giving in to the “American Dream” by settling and living paycheck to paycheck. Life is meant to pursue your passions regardless of circumstance. Our faith and passions drive us to see past the mirage of the norm, keeping us from being hollow.”
     News regarding the release of the band’s debut full length “Heart” is expected soon. For now “In The Hollow” is available on all major and minor DSPs (Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play, etc.) and any other streaming medium.

About The Artificials
     With a unique use of polyrhythms and odd time signatures, The Artificials will take you on somewhat of a mathematical journey of controlled chaos. Every song has a purpose and a certain feel, while keeping it simple with a catchy chorus to keep people singing. The dynamics of the clean guitar sections will take you from a sparkling angelic coma to a crushing chaotic rhythm and rip you back into reality.

     The Artificials originally consisted of Guitarist Alan Rigdon and his friend Aaron Surratt way back as teenagers posting demos on Myspace. Although the recordings were rough, it got the musicians noticed. Rigdon decided to put the band on hold when he joined ERRA. After recording with ERRA and going out on numerous national tours, Rigdon felt it was time to get back to his own thing. He went on to marry Vocalist Sarah Rigdon and started up The Artificals again.
     Finding the perfect additions to the line-up proved to be easier said than done. Rigdon found Travis Wilburn (guitar) on social media and because he had a similar writing style, he proved to be a perfect fit. Brent Stanley, a proficient multi instrumentalist was a hometown friend of Rigdon’s and was brought in on bass. Finding a drummer was the most difficult spot to fill but luckily Rigdon’s childhood friend, Shelton Summersgill was between projects and joined on drums.
     The Artificials released a 4 track EP in 2014 (Produced/Engineered by A. Rigdon of Sturdy Sounds Recordings, Mastered by Griffin Kolinski [RIP] at Hourglass Studios). It was these recordings and the past relationship Rigdon had with Tragic Hero Records President Tommy LaCombe while with ERRA that led to the band partnering up with the label for their first full length album, “Heart” (Mixed/produced/mastered by A. Rigdon of Sturdy Sound Recordings). Rigdon explains, “I have history with Tragic as I used to play guitar for ERRA. Tommy and I kept in touch because I felt like he really cared about our music and provided us with such a personable business relationship.”
     “Heart” will be out March 2017. The band looks forward to hitting the road on their first tour together.
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The Northern Gets Personal On New Track

Band premieres “Umbra” off upcoming album
     Substance abuse is something that effects many people whether it’s a personal struggle or someone close to them. The Northern released their new single “Umbra”, that touches on the topic and is an extremely personal track to the band.
   Guitarist Eric Leblanc opens up about the single, “Umbra is about the dark shadow cast in the wake of substance abuse, personally touching on the feelings of hopelessness and loss of control. In essence a total eclipse of the illuminating good forces in life.”
     The powerful lyrics, “The devil who once perched on my shoulder now dwells inside my head. The bottle is the only thing to silence the deafening sound it spreads” shows the inner battle that can happen when someone hits rock bottom.
     “Umbra” is the second single off the band’s upcoming Tragic Hero Records debut album, ‘Solstice’ and is available for pre-order at Merchbucket.
About The Northern
      Perfectly combining djent and metalcore, Canadian band The Northern stays true to themselves within a unique sound that fans have grown to love.
     Founding members, Leo Valeri and Nick Papageorgiou were on the road with their former bands when they got to talking about their musical tastes and realized they were very similar. Although they lived in different countries, The Northern was first formed as a project for fun and in the beginning was not intended to be a live band. After recording and releasing the Imperium EP, the overwhelming response made it clear this band would have to be more than just a hobby.
     That first EP Imperium was released in 2013 (Self-engineered, mixed by Doug Meadows of All Spark Studio, mastered by Joey Sturgis of The Foundation Recording Studio) and was followed by a collaboration with friend Kyle Anderson of The Afterimage titled ‘Digitize’ (engineered, mixed & mastered by Meadows). The next two singles were ‘Revive’ (2014 engineered, mixed & mastered by Leo Valeri of Emperor Studio) and ‘Matches’  (2015 – self-engineered, mixed & mastered by Sturgis). Once the momentum that “Matches” brought started to happen, it was clear it was time to switch gears and solidify the line-up which includes Vocalist Nick Papageorgiou, Eric Leblanc and Jordan Gallant on guitars, Adam Linka on drums/vocals and Gordon Campbell on bass.
     The current members of The Northern have shared the stage with bands like The Afterimage, Sirens and Sailors, Chasing Safety, My Ticket Home, Everyone Dies in Utah and many more. Some of them have also been featured on festivals such as Warped Tour, Scenefest, KOI Fest, Skatefest, Corefest and Canadian Music Week. The band is excited to hit the road with the new line-up and to showcase their current direction.
     Once things were solidified in 2015, The Northern set their sights high for 2016. The band announced that they had signed to Tragic Hero Records and released the first single, “Nauticus” off their upcoming 2017 release ‘Solstice’ (engineered, mixed & mastered by Doug Meadows).  Nick Papageorgiou explains, “Tragic Hero is a perfect match for our band. They’re a community of artists whose main goals are to help each and every artist equally, from the smaller bands up to the heavy hitters.”
      “Solstice” will be out January 27, 2017 and The Northern looks forward to hitting the road in support of the album.
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