Robb, Estrin and their cohorts have come full circle, taking the reins of their collective destiny, just as they did back in the ’90s when, barely out of high school, they charged out of their West Valley ’hood to become part of a posse of similarly brash and versatile young SoCal hard rock bands like Incubus and Linkin Park. Now, once again, they’re challenging themselves, and they’ve responded with what stands as Hoobastank’s most accomplished and expressive effort. “We’ve been on this journey for a long time now,” says Robb, “and we’ve come to a greater appreciation of what motivated us when we were first starting out: We play music, enjoy each other’s company, have a good time and let the chips fall where they may. It’s like a clean slate, but not in a bad way—quite the opposite. We’re no longer trying to satisfy others, not even on a subconscious level; we’re comfortable in our own skin. We know who we are and we know what we do, and there’s a certain amount of peace in that.”
One of the most crucial benefits to keeping their sound rough and rugged is clearing a more direct pathway to connection with the listener. “A song like ‘Dog on a Leash’—that’s about feeling like you need to ask permission to do what you want, like you’re under the mercy of someone else, whether it’s your boss or an overbearing girlfriend or boyfriend or whoever, which is something I’ve seen happen so many times to people in my life,” DeJesus explains. By drawing out those pained and primal emotions in their music, Adelitas Way aim to ultimately empower their listeners with a sense of release. “Hearing a song that’s about something you’re dealing with and realizing you’re not alone is so important for getting through things,” says DeJesus. “That’s what I want our songs to help people to do. And when someone
connects with a song so much that they think we wrote it specifically about them, that’s when I know we’ve gotten the job done.”
12 Stones -
12 Stones is a post grunge hard rock band that started in mid 2001. The Current lineup consists of Paul Mccoy(vocals), Eric Weaver(lead guitar), David Troia(touring bass), Sean Dunanway(touring drums), and Jon Stephenson(touring guitar)
The four band members met in Mandeville, Louisiana, a small suburb north of New Orleans, and within 15 months were signed to a record deal with Wind-up Records. Lead vocalist Paul McCoy was previously featured in the Evanescence single "Bring Me to Life", which later went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2004.
Songs from the band have appeared in various films and TV shows. "My Life", from their self-titled album, was featured on the soundtrack of the 2002 film The Scorpion King. "Broken" (also from the self-titled album) served as the official theme song for WWE's WWE Judgment Day pay-per-view in May 2002.
Drowning Pool -
Turned the world into believers with their breakthrough single "Bodies" in 2001. Ten years and four albums later, they gave fans a new reason to believe. "Feel Like I Do," the lead single from their self-titled fourth studio release [Eleven Seven Music, 2010], became the band's biggest radio hit to date, reaching No. 2 at Active Rock Radio, and remaining in the Top 5 for 12-weeks. With 2009's "37 Stitches" off of Full Circle reaching #4 at Active Rock and "Feel Like I Do," the band had 2 consecutive Top 5 Active Rock smashes and cemented their place as one of the top hard rock acts today. The band's sophomore album, Desensitized with second singer Jason Jones spawned a Top 10 hit with "Step Up." Recent successes have paved the way for unique opportunities such as presenting the Lane Evans Mental Health Care Reform to then-senator Barack Obama on Capitol Hill, performing for our troops all over the world and partnering with organizations like The Wounded Warrior Project and the G.I. Film Festival.
KAFKA MACHINE -
The Kafka Machine is the melding of several like minded musicians from the Morgantown West Virginia area. Combining the speed and technicality of the new school with the groove and feel of the old school. We are here to change and challenge what death metal is today and to create a new chapter and sound like nothing ever heard before.
The Kafka Machine was started in June 2009 by Tim McCollum, Alec Smith and Shane Hoopengarner, they were brought together by a shared passion for death metal music and a desire to create their own. In October 2009 drummer Matt Cunningham joined the group and completed the lineup. The band began preparing in earnest to make their debut. Plans were put on hold ,however, in February 2010 when Shane left the group, leaving and empty guitarist spot to be filled. Guitarist Ed Green joined in June of 2010 and the band began writing new music, making their live debut in October 2010 at the legendary 123 Pleasant St. The Kafka Machine played several shows over the next year and began making plans to record. In October 2011 Matt left the band and was replaced by Adam Sanders. The band continued writing and performing. In August 2012 Alec got a job teaching school and moved to Kentucky. His spot was filled by Kip Ambro. After a few months of performing and writing the band decided to expand their ranks and added Zack Arnold as a second guitarist. In July 2013 Zack decided to leave the band. The Kafka Machine soldiered on as a 4 piece, writing new music. In October Kip moved from bass to guitar and Jeremy Kinney joined on bass, once again giving the band five members. We are writing, recording and as always looking toward the future.