Paradise Isn’t Always What It Seems

Northern Ghost premieres their second single
     We’ve all experienced the disappointment that can come as a result of a situation not living up to our expectations, or had to deal with being promised something only to have it not be fulfilled. Those are the kind of character builders that influenced Northern Ghost’s new single, “False Paradise,” off their debut record, ‘Happy : Sad : Depressed : Suicidal’. Vocalist Tony McVaney delivers with such intensity, that one can hear the emotion he puts into the lyrics. When asked to explain his intent, he shared, “False Paradise is about buying into empty promises and dealing with the realization that the outcome you were expecting from your labor and choices doesn’t happen, or worse, turns out to be the complete opposite.”
While this may be the debut album for Northern Ghost, an earlier version of the band did release music under a different name as part of the Standby Records roster. Following a name change and a new home at Tragic Hero Records, the band will be releasing “Happy : Sad : Depressed : Suicidal” on July 7th. Northern Ghost is also featured on Tragic Hero’s first ever label tour with Dead Rabbitts, I Set My Friends on Fire and SET TO STUN, which kicks off on June 16th in Austin, TX and ends on July 15th with a performance in Fullerton, CA

Northern Ghost has not explained in any great detail about how much the name change and new home, might in some way signify a completely different course for the band. The intriguing record title and lyrics, in the first two singles, certainly does makes one wonder if those experiences were the inspiration behind the music.

About Northern Ghost:    
     Cleveland, Ohio’s Northern Ghost goes out of their way to create emotional, honest metalcore music and takes it’s influences from bands like Underoath and Architects. The end result is showcased on their debut album, “Happy : Sad : Depressed : Suicidal,” which will be released by Tragic Hero Records on July 7th.
     Northern Ghost was formed by Vocalist Tom McVaney and Guitarist Alan Bryan who both find inspiration from artists of many different genres and always pushed each other’s creativity. The addition of  Guitarist Nolan O’Renic, Bassist Kenny Pohorence and Drummer Mike Mazzoli, completes the line up of passionate, hard working artists.
     In 2017, Northern Ghost signed with Tragic Hero Records. The partnership was an easy decision once they met label owner Tommy LaCombe. McVaney explained, “Right away he made us feel like a priority and made it very clear he believed in what we’re doing.”
     Their debut album “Happy : Sad : Depressed : Suicidal” will be out on July 7th and is reminiscent of older Bring Me The Horizon and A Skylit Drive. McVaney has always used music as a coping mechanism and hopes the record will inspire fans when dealing with their own struggles.
“If our music can do for others what music has done for me,
then I know we’re doing something right.”
-Tony McVaney
     Northern Ghost will be featured as support on the inaugural Tragic Hero Records tour with Dead Rabbitts, I Set My Friends on Fire and SET TO STUN.



The Throwback Tour of the Summer Features I Set My Friends on Fire

Band announces run with Arsonists Get All The Girls
     I Set My Friends on Fire have been staying busy ever since the signing announcement with Tragic Hero Records back in December. The band released their first new single in over a year, toured consistently, and have been working on their upcoming releases. Continuing their busy schedule, they are featured on the first ever Tragic Hero Tour this summer and then immediately heading out with Arsonists Get All The Girls.
     In 2007, Arsonists Get All The Girls released their sophomore record, “The Game of Life,” helping launch the band into the national spotlight. With that being said, it was an easy and perfectly timed decision to do an anniversary tour with I Set My Friends on Fire. Guitarist Nate Blasdell shared, “Both of our bands have talked about touring together for a couple years now. Honestly, Arsonists were a big influence on ISMFOF and was something we definitely wanted to make work.”
     I Set My Friends on Fire will be making another big announcement very soon with Blasdell summing it up in saying, “It’s certainly gonna be a summer to remember!”
     “The Game of Life” 10 year tour also features Kingdom of Giants and West Cliffs. The run kicks off on July 15th in Victorville, CA and wraps up July 30th in Tonawanda, NY.
About I Set My Friends on Fire
     Fusing together older influences of emo/post hardcore with a little bit of funk thrown in, I Set My Friends On Fire aims to set themselves apart from other bands with their unique sound that the band describes as “evil funk”.
    ‘Pop Goes Punk’ covers are everywhere nowadays, but back in 2008 I Set My Friends On Fire were one of the first to experiment with the concept on the track “Soulja Boy”. High school seniors, Matt Mehana and Nabil Moo put the single on their Myspace as a joke and it went viral immediately. The response was so overwhelming that Myspace took down the band’s page three times because they assumed the views were increasing so quickly because of being hacked to increase plays. The duo gave it one more try with a new page and would inevitably be the beginning of something special.
     After multiple offers from different labels, the band signed with Epitaph Records and before graduation they were flown to make their Bamboozle debut. Their first album, “You Can’t Spell Slaughter Without Laughter” (produced by Lee Dyess and Travis Richter of From First To Last) was released in late 2008 and hit the top of the iTunes chart and #29 on the Billboard Heatseekers.  After two years of extensive touring, the band went back into the studio to record “Astral Rejection” (produced Dyess and Richter) which was a more hectic, heavier album. Before the release, Moo decided to leave the band and Mehana was left as the only original member.
     I Set My Friends On Fire has spent extensive time on the road. The band was the most anticipated band on Warped Tour 2009 and was featured on the tour in 2011. Their impressive tour history has included international shows in Europe, Russia, Canada, U.K, Australia as well as all over the United States. Other notable festivals include South By So What, UnSilent Night and Never Say Never Festival. I Set My Friends On Fire have shared the stage with bands like Attack Attack, Cash Cash, We Came As Romans, Of Mice and Men, Dance Gavin Dance, Silverstein, Sleeping With Sirens and many more.
     2015 brought new changes to the band. After using different touring musicians, Mehana announced the band was no longer just him and brought in long time friends to round out the lineup. Guitarists Nate Blasdell (The Bunny, The Bear) and Jonathan Rosell,  Bassist Joe Mosey (Lights Out Paris) and Drummer Josh Miller (The Last Ten Seconds of Life) would then go on to play over 170 shows, in 123 cities, through 24 countries in 250 days. This included the U.K, mainland Europe, Russia, Australia, Canada, and numerous U.S tours. After relentless touring, Miller and Mosey decided to leave the band.  Chris Thompson and Connor Mitchener joined the band solidifying the current lineup and announced the release of the 3rd album, “Caterpillar Sex” (produced by Mehana) was delayed indefinitely as the band was constantly touring.
    The band announced in July 2016 that they would be taking a three month break from touring after the summer to finish the album to be released at the end of the year. In December 2016, I Set My Friends On Fire signed with Tragic Hero Records after being independent for the past year. Blasdell explained how the partnership was a perfect fit, “[Tragic Hero] was one of many labels we met with, but a label that loved us for what we were, had faith in our crazy ideas, and truly wanted what was best for us, which was allowing us to have creative control. It was without question that Tragic Hero was going to be our new home”.
     In addition to the signing announcement, I Set My Friends On Fire released their first video in four years with the new single, “My Uzi Holds A Hundred Round Conscience” off their fourth studio album (to be released in Summer 2017). The record will bring the band back to their roots and the original ISMFOF sound but with a twist.

Earthists. Showcase Technical Abilities

Premiere guitar playthrough for “Footprints”
     Earthists. released their debut record, “Dreamscape,” in March and has gained a lot of attention for their technical abilities, as well as meaningful lyrics. The band is heavily influenced by progressive metal bands, some of which elements can be showcased in “Footprints.” The standout characteristics of technical guitar work in the verses mesh perfectly with catchy lead guitars, all while implementing Guitarist Yuto Hirabayashi’s unique chord progressions.
     “Footprints” was originally intended to be an instrumental track. However, when Hirabayashi joined the band, he perfected the track with additional guitar riffs. The end result also included lyrics that focus on the idea that, “We’re always meeting and parting in our lives, but in order to move on, we need to look past our footprints behind us.”
     “Dreamscape” is available now at Merchbucket and MerchNow.

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.
      Earthists. will release their debut record, “Dreamscape” in March of 2017. The band challenged themselves to create an album 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.”
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