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.

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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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Aethere Takes Their Signature Heavy Sound Up A Notch

Band releases new album, “Adrift”
     Aethere is proud to release their Tragic Hero Records label debut, “Adrift.” The California death metal band stayed true to their roots and kept this album heavy, all while pushing their limits musically and showcasing their technical growth.
     However, the music isn’t the only heavy element of this record. Drummer Josh Slater focused the lyrics on the obstacles he was facing in life as he explained, “Lyrically, none of this was supposed to see the light of day. It’s a journey through the hardest times of my life and the constant struggle of dealing with my depression and anxiety.”
     Aethere is excited to show fans the new music and wants listeners to know how important the record is to the band. As Slater shared, “Adrift is more than just an album, it’s all of us in our most raw form. Broken, battered, and bruised; this is Adrift.” Everyone faces obstacles but how we move forward is what defines us. It is clear that Aethere embraces this concept and is excited to portray those feelings to their fans.
     “Adrift” is available on all major digital platforms with physical copies at MerchNow and Merchbucket.
About Aethere
     Aethere perfectly combines aspects of deathmetal, metalcore, black metal and hardcore into a sound all their own featuring profound vocals and technical guitar. Periphery, After The Burial and The Faceless are several of the band’s influences which contributed to the writing process of their Tragic Hero Records’ debut full length, “Adrift”.
      Formed in 2009 when Drummer Josh Slater and former Guitarist Garrett Wasson started playing together and recorded a three-song demo, Aethere started playing shows locally in Northern California and quickly built an impressive fan base. After seeing success on the regional level, the band went into the studio to record their debut full length, “Wave Existence” (Produced by Marcus Wade, released in 2011) They released a music video for the song “Oblivion” and gained a substantial amount of internet presence, breaking 20k views in a little under a months time when it was released.”. The band became students while in the studio of various DIY experiences, and took it upon themselves to take things to the next level on their follow up EP “Demons” (produced by Bob Swanson at Mayhemeness, released in 2012). Aethere continued to play locally, building the brand of the band before heading back into the studio in 2014 to record the “Past and Present” EP.
     With various releases under their belt, Aethere began touring nationally and playing the Death Metal festival circuit with such prominent Death Metal acts such as Cattle Decapitation, Psycroptic, and Fallujah to name a few.  After getting a great response at the national level, the band was ready to get back into the studio for their next release and solidify the current line-up of with the addition of guitarist Chris Tognetti, Bassist Evan Yoshino and Vocalist Jimbo Patton.

In 2017, Aethere signed to Tragic Hero Records and will release their label debut, “Adrift” (Recorded and Produced by Zach Ohren) on April 28. While one of the heavier bands on the label’s roster, they are a perfect addition to the expanding Tragic Hero Records’ family. The band is confident in their decision that the label is the best home for them, stating, “Tragic Hero is the best fit for us on a professional level, as well as a creative level. Their sincerity and excitement for our musical vision is everything we could ask for and more.”

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The Northern Gets Glitchy With Their New Video

Band premieres “Terra”
     The Northern is proud to premiere their new video for “Terra,” off their Tragic Hero Records debut album, ‘Solstice.’ The song is an important track off the record that focuses on the human interest topic of how technology is slowly taking over. As shown in the lyrics, “There’s a passion in your heart but you’ve forgot it in your mind. Instead, we plug ourselves into machines, using filters and friend lists as common currency,” the band uses the song to get a strong message across. As explained by Bassist Gordon Campbell, “Terra, translated from Latin as ‘Earth’; is the concept that all things on this planet share a common connection. From the tiniest of insects to plant life, even to humans, the title is meant to be satirical. Written about the false connections humanity has created through technology, we have seemingly become more connected. However, as a result of essentially isolating ourselves, we have lost touch with ourselves, and our planet.”
     The Northern has been catching attention for their unique mix of djent and metalcore. “Terra” showcases the technical abilities of Guitarists Jordan Gallant and Eric Leblanc, the strong bass lines from Campbell, signature powerhouse screams from Nick Papageorgiou, all while complimenting Drummer Adam Linka’s clean vocals.
     “Solstice” is available now at Merchbucket and MerchNow.
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” was released January 27, 2017 and The Northern looks forward to hitting the road in support of the album.
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Strawberry Girls Announce First Headlining Tour

Band kicks off Summer with 25 city run
     The Strawberry Girls have had an exciting past year between the “Italian Ghosts” release and their two appearances on NBC’s “Last Call With Carson Daly.” They’ve stayed busy playing shows in California and are ready to hit many of the big cities in the U.S. and reconnect with fans they’ve met on previous tours.
     Strawberry Girls are excited to get back on the road and will be sharing the stage with direct support from Comrades and opener Belle Noire. Collectively, the band shared, “It’s been over a year since our last tour, so we’re excited to get back on the road and play a brand new set of songs.”  Additionally, the band explained how they look forward to playing the song ‘Gospel’, every night. It’s fitting that the track features Belle Noire’s vocalist Joey Lancaster, making the tour that much more special with the longtime friends performing together.
     The tour kicks off on June 5th in Santa Cruz, CA and wraps up on June 29th in Redding, CA making the cross country trek 25 shows in 25 days.
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 Girls take 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 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 consistently 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 released “Italian Ghosts” (previously released in 2011) on February 17, 2017. The band re-recorded 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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Northern Ghost Joins Tragic Hero Roster

Band premieres first single off debut album
     Tragic Hero Records is proud to welcome Northern Ghost to their roster.  Being  reminiscent of older Bring Me The Horizon and A Skylit Drive, the band fits well with the other artists on the label. Vocalist Tony McVaney explained, “When Tragic Hero Records first heard us, they were just as excited as we were about what we’ve created. The enthusiasm, excitement and passion we shared with the label was something the industry has never shown us before and made the decision to work with Tragic Hero Records an easy one.”
     Northern Ghost are excited to share the first single, “Deathwish,” off their upcoming debut album to be released this summer. The song is special to the band and portrays a perfect glimpse of what the future holds for Northern Ghost. As McVaney shared, “Deathwish is the first song we wrote as a band. Lyrically, you can hear the mental struggles I was going through at the time. This single is the beginning of Northern Ghost and is the first piece of us we want to share with everyone.”
     Northern Ghost is featured on the first ever Tragic Hero Records Tour that kicks off this summer with Dead Rabbitts, I Set My Friends on Fire and SET TO STUN.
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, which will be released by Tragic Hero Records this summer.
     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 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.

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