After The Fall will be hitting the road in a few weeks to support Strung Out. Check the dates above to see if the tour is coming to a city near you.
After the Fall will be heading to Canada in late July for a short tour supporting Bigwig.
The band continue hitting the road on the heels of last year's album, Dedication.
AFTER THE FALL tour dates w/ Bigwig:
July 20 Quebec City, QC, Canada @ L'Anti Bar & Spectacles w/ Still Insane
July 21 Oshawa, ON, Canada @ Diesel Room*
July 22 Shawinigan, QC, Canada @ La shop du Trou du diable - Wabasso w/ Northwalk
July 23 St-Raymond, QC, Canada @ Centre Multifonctionnel Rolland-Dion w/ Alambik, et invites
July 24 Montreal, QC, Canada @ Foufounes Electriques
* - Bigwig play Grandes Fetes Telus Festival in Rimouski, QC
After the Fall have been tapped to play the annual Punk Island festival in New York City. This year's installment takes place June 19 at Governor's Island. Admission is free and it'll happen from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Check out the full lineup below.
Punk Island - 2016 Lineup
Up For Nothing
Lost In Society
The Taj Motel Trio
Ellen and the Degenerates
IRA Infexion Respiratoria Aguda
Rats in the Wall
Joey Steel AndThe AttitudeAdjusters
AFTER THE FALL
Oh My Snare
Ratas En Zelo
My Pizza My World
The One Handed Bandits
My Kinda Fire
16 Hundred Pound Pig
Freya Wilcox & The Howl
The Sprocket Rockets
Legend of You
Left In The Attic
After the Fall have unveiled a series of weekend tours and one-off shows coming up throughout 2016 in support of last year's album, Dedication. These include separate jaunts with Mental Fix, Walk the Plank, and Neutral Territory, and an appearance at The Fest 15. Check them all out below.
AFTER THE FALL tour dates:
4/28 Montreal, QC LESCO w/ MENTAL FIX
4/29 Toronto, ON 300 CLUB w/ MENTAL FIX
4/30 Ajax, ON ROTILICIOUS w/ MENTAL FIX
5/4 Virginia Beach, VA PEABODY'S w/ PENNYWISE
5/7 Brooklyn, NY GRAND VICTORY w/ BIGWIG
5/21 Amityville, NY WILD FEST w/ CRIME IN STEREO, IRON CHIC
6/3 Fairfax, VA FAT TUESDAYS w/ WALK THE PLANK
6/4 Baltimore, MD TBA w/ WALK THE PLANK
6/5 Richmond, VA TBA w/ WALK THE PLANK
6/16 Trenton, NJ MILLHILL
6/17 Philadelphia, PA PHARMACY
6/18 Brooklyn, NY THE HIDEOUT
6/19 New York, NY PUNK ISLAND
6/24 New Bedford, MA POUR FARM w/ NEUTRAL TERRITORY
6/25 Allston, MA O'BRIENS w/ NEUTRAL TERRITORY
6/26 Portland, ME GENO'S w/ NEUTRAL TERRITORY
10/27 Tampa, FL Pre-Fest
10/29 Gainesville, FL Fest 15
After the Fall have announced another round of tour dates, this time for the U.S. Pacific northwest following their weekend in British Columbia supporting Propagandhi. Dead Bars will join them on most dates. Check those out below.
The band continue supporting last year's Dedication.
AFTER THE FALL tour dates:
02/05/16 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre w/ Propagandhi (sold out)
02/06/16 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre w/ Propagandhi
02/06/16 Victoria, BC @ Sugar w/ Propagandhi
02/10/16 Tacoma, WA @ Real Art w/ Dead Bars
02/11/16 Bellingham, WA @ Waterfront w/ Dead Bars
02/12/16 Portland, OR @ SMU Warehouse w/ Dead Bars
02/13/16 Longview, WA @ The Edge w/ Dead Bars
02/14/16 Seattle, WA @ Victory Lounge
After the Fall have announced a weekend of shows as direct support for Propagandhi next month in the British Columbia province in western Canada. Check those out above and below.
The band continues to support last year's album Dedication.
AFTER THE FALL shows w/ Propagandhi
02/05/16 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre (sold out)
02/06/16 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
02/07/16 Victoria, BC @ Sugar
BRIDGE NINE 2015: A YEAR IN REVEW BY BRIAN SHULTZ
13th: BoySetsFire - The Misery Index: Notes from the Plague Years [vinyl reissue]
BoySetsFire's bold and ambitious fourth album is one of my favorites of theirs, with anthems like "Requiem" and the bravely horn-addled yet intense "So Long and Thanks for the Crutches", so it was cool to have a hand in its release history with this new reissue. I remember seeing them live for the first time touring on it almost a decade ago and despite the small crowd at the time, they played their hearts out. This unintentionally almost-10th anniversary reissue is basically mandatory for fans--it looks good on complementary teal and white variants and includes a big poster insert.
27th: Caravels / Octaves - Split EP
This split EP is a rare co-release from B9, as we teamed up with Topshelf Records and their band Caravels to release new material from them and our own Octaves. Neither band had come out with new stuff since 2013, so it was nice to have two acts that play unique strains of modern post-hardcore in harmonious ways deliver fresh songs.
10th: War On Women - War On Women
Our first proper full-length release of the year was a total powderkeg: a fierce and volatile album that garnered quite the reaction--some ignorant Facebook users, sure, but mostly spiritual liberation as summed up by this one fan's feedback: "HELL FUCKING YEAH! EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH HARDCORE MUSIC!". The co-ed Baltimore punk quintet made their first huge musical statement, releasing a record that, per their name, tackled a wide array of contemporary feminist issues in both confrontational and humorous ways without skimping on Propagandhi-style aggression or riffs. There's an occasional theater to this record that revives Dead Kennedys' necessarily over-the-top social critique, too, while also melding punk, metal, and hardcore influences in newfangled ways.
24th: Alcoa - Parlour Tricks
Alcoa's sophomore full-length is actually a strong contender for my personal favorite album we released this year, so it's natural to say it deserves more recognition. Derek from Defeater has been quietly progressing this project since its genesis in the mid-2000s or so, and it's really seemed to peak on his fleshed-out full-length releases, a consistently enjoyable blend of alt-country and more generally alternative pop-rock leanings. His second album here tones down the bright recording of 2013's Bone & Marrow a bit, but the songs are somehow more powerful in subtler ways. I love the earnest, sadder stuff on here, like the stripped-down, darker "always chasing me" and the chamber feel of "come & go". Then there's my favorite track, "for holden", with the best chorus Gin Blossoms forgot to write during their heyday.
24th: Agnostic Front - Police Violence EP
Our relationship with Agnostic Front has yielded a prolific amount of cool stuff, including reissues of their classic foundational releases, the United Blood EP and Victim in Pain LP, as well as their seminal Live at CBGB album. This teaser EP we did for their new album, just as we did for their last one in 2011, steals some of the more old-school-leaning, thrashy material from their 11th (!) full-length, The American Dream Died, and includes an anthemic, burly B-side, "Same Old Story", exclusive to the release. The colors are sick, honestly, complementing the EP title and theme in a pretty brutal way (black and blue, pool of blood, and blood spatter).
14th: Gallows - Desolation Sounds
We had to sit on this album for a while before finally letting this side of the world hear it, as we helped Gallows get their new record out to U.S. fans for the second time in a row. This is another neat chapter in their evolution, bringing in more of the occult feel they've developed in this stage of the career with an accessibility that make certain moments sound like radio rock from an alternative universe. It's still dark and has plenty of punk bite, though: standout "Leather Crown" is a Fucked Up-style ripper, and the heavy, brooding "Chains" pounds the pavement hard.
12th: After the Fall - Dedication
After the Fall are actually old friends of mine--namely singer/guitarist Mike, whose band I've been following and watching play live since at least 2004, before we met. A genuine guy that just values friendship, loves punk and the power manifested in a short, well-written and aggressive but melodic song, it shows in spades on their fifth and newest album, Dedication. The whole thing is a heartfelt memorial to one of their original members, Brian J. Peters, who lost his battle with cancer in 2013. Every song tackles a different angle of Peters' personality or untimely passing, and it all ties together to paint a portrait of a seemingly great guy who touched everyone around him in profound ways, and it does so with a bright, melodic and catchy veneer the band have developed impressively over their decade-plus tenure.
19th: Modern Pain - "Peace Delusions" b/w "Kill Yr. Idols" single
This early version of "Peace Delusions" was the first sneak peak we got from Modern Pain's forthcoming full-length, which was initially self-titled before the band decided to go with the first single's name anyway. There's a slightly different aural aesthetic to this earlier version of the track, giving the short two-track single its own vibe--the exclusive B-side, a cover of Sonic Youth's "Kill Yr. Idols" offers insight into the band's unique approach to hardcore (more on this later), and is pretty spot-on as well.
H2O - Four Song 1995 Demo [reissue]
Before we started rolling out promo for H2O's new album, we did this fun little thing that looked back at their very beginnings. This was a reissue for the fans that weren't around the first time in 1995 for the release of their original demo tape, putting all four songs from the Don Fury demo session (recorded just after Christmas 1994) on a yellow tape limited to 200 and hand-numbered by Toby Morse himself.
14th: Crown of Thornz - Nothing But Tragedy EP
Holy Christ did this 7" take forever to press. I guess if you were waiting for new Crown of Thornz material, a few more months was nothing at that rate--the NYHC act hadn't delivered new music since 1998. It was very cool to work with a classic and forward-thinking act of the mid-1990s NYHC scene, but it was cooler to have them come back and not just rehash what they were originally doing or pander to fans. These are two longer and still aggressive songs that really are in their own category of hardcore.
4th: Modern Pain - Peace Delusions
Modern Pain are another band that have certainly fashioned their own category of hardcore, and it's quite a good one--noisy, fuzzy and blown out, sounding like a lost relic of the '80s underground. This album is sick from start to finish, maintaining a blistering intensity through all its noisy divergences. It's unpredictable and rather hostile, leaving the listener with a weird, unsettling feeling by its end--in a good way. though. At this moment in hardcore, there's no other band out there quite like them.
11th: H2O - Skate! single
This was another teaser single we did, featuring two tracks from H2O's then-forthcoming and looong-awaited album, Use Your Voice, so we could finally get some new H2O out there sooner rather than later. There was a "Skate!" music video that came out around the same time as well, which the band roped in friend and pro skateboarder Steve Caballero for (he plays guitar on the track too!) and which features some pretty interesting footage of a teenage Toby Morse. These are definitely two of the faster songs from the record, making for a quick appetizer, and the limited-to-1000 7" seems to be a pretty sought-after item now.
25th: BoySetsFire - BoySetsFire
BoySetsFire proved their reunion album wasn't a fluke with this new self-titled effort, which also probably came out of nowhere for fans as it was announced just a month-and-a-half in advance. It's packed to the gills with sterling examples of their signature sound, running the gamut from huge anthems ("Savage Blood") and desperate-sounding numbers ("Cutting Room Floor") to upbeat, Rise Against-style cuts ("Heaven Knows") and juddering, Snapcase-esque hardcore ("Coward"), all with their incensed, politicized rage retained.
9th: H2O - Use Your Voice
H2O hadn't released a studio album of new material since 2008, so Use Your Voice was a long time coming--luckily it was worth the wait. The band came back hard with this jubilant and honest album that touches upon every enjoyable stripe of the melodic hardcore and punk spectrum while elaborating on all sorts of topics clearly important to frontman Toby Morse's heart. He expounds on the pure joy of skating as a young misfit, his love of pop music, social unrest, and even an ode to his wife (which mixes things up a bit, offering a different chorus tone from the band than we normally hear). They definitely cut 11 tracks any fan of H2O should love without pandering or phoning it in.
20th: Malfunction - Fear of Failure
The phrase "demo submission" has become sort of a misnomer, as most bands who get in touch with the label about working with us tend to offer fully-formed, finished releases without a home (and they're often terrible, or make no sense for us to release). Malfunction was the rare case of a demo submission being an actual demo submission, from a band that had been on our radar for some time, and also, actually good. They gave us three pre-production demos that showcased an exciting new chapter in their musical evolution, and the resulting album, Fear of Failure, fully delivered. Their first full-length is harsh, heavy and uncompromising, a fantastic entry of '90s metallic hardcore revival that pulls a little bit from an often overlooked scene.
After the Fall have premiered their brand new music video for "Indian Ladder" over at Substream Magazine. An ode to their original member who passed away in 2013, "the video is compiled footage of our lost friend Brian Peters, clips from his childhood and his time playing with After the Fall, plus live show footage from Montreal's Pouzza Fest 2015," says frontman Mike Moak. "The live footage and video was put together by our good friend Lando at Raw Cut Media."
The band has also unveiled European tour dates, which will take place this December after doing some touring in the northeast U.S. and Canada in the fall, including an appearance this weekend at The Fest. Check out that itinerary below.
AFTER THE FALL tour dates:
October 29 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Smoke or Fire
October 31 Gainesville, FL @ High Dive - The Fest 14 w/ War On Women, Pears, more
November 5 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire w/ Choke Up
November 6 Brooklyn, NY @ Legion w/ Choke Up
November 7 Warwick NY @ Tuscan w/ Choke Up
November 8 Boston, MA @ O'Brien's w/ Choke Up
November 13 Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha w/ Deeper Well
November 14 Ottawa, ON @ Pressed w/ Deeper Well
November 15 Montreal, QC @ Quai Des Brumes w/ Deeper Well
01.12.2015 NED-Tilburg, Cafe Extase
02.12.2015 FRA-Paris, Le Cirque Electrique
04.12.2015 GBR-Dundee, Kage Nightclub, St Andrews Lane
05.12.2015 GBR-Glasgow, The 13th Note
07.12.2015 GBR-Manchester, Retro Bar
08.12.2015 GBR-Bridgend, Old Swan Inn
09.10.2015 GER-Cologne, Sonic Ballroom
10.10.2015 GER-Munster, Baracke
11.12.2015 GER-Hannover, Stumpf
12.12.2015 GER-Wermelskirchen, AJZ Bahndamm w/ Skin Of Tears
13.12.2015 GER-Mainz, Haus Mainusch
14.12.2015 FRA-Lyon, Le Sonic
15.12.2015 GER-Ulm, Cat
After the Fall have announced a series of U.S. and Canadian tour dates this coming fall. These include a one-off in RVA with Smoke or Fire on their way to The Fest this Halloween weekend in Gainesville, Florida; a northeast weekend with Choke Up; and another weekend in Canada with Deeper Well. Two weeks of as-yet-unannounced UK and Europe dates in December are forthcoming as well. Check out the itinerary announced so far below.
The band is out in support of their recent full-length, Dedication [purchase].
AFTER THE FALL fall tour dates:
10/29 Richmond, VA STRANGE MATTER w/ Smoke or Fire
10/31 Gainesville, FL HIGH DIVE FEST 14
11/5 Philadelphia, PA KUNG FU NECKTIE w/ Choke Up
11/6 Brooklyn, NY TBA w/ Choke Up
11/7 Warwick, NY TUSCAN CAFE w/ Choke Up
11/8 Providence, RI TBA w/ Choke Up
11/13 Toronto, ON SMILING BUDDHA w/ Deeper Well
11/14 Ottawa, ON PRESSED w/ Deeper Well
11/15 Montreal, QC LOUD HOUSE w/ Deeper Well
12/1 - 12/16 EUROPE / UK
After the Fall have announced a two-week-long run of tour dates supporting Such Gold in the northeastern U.S., with two dates in Canada as well. Also joining the two bands will be the Moms. Check those out below. After a tour with Anti-Flag and an appearance at Pouzza Fest in Montreal, the band continue to traverse the landscape in support of their latest effort, Dedication. Expect more tour dates soon!
AFTER THE FALL dates w/ Such Gold, The Moms
7/31 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
8/1 Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha
8/2 Ottawa, ON @ Pressed
8/3 Albany, NY @ VFW 6776
8/4 Boston, MA @ TBA
8/5 Hamden, CT @ The Space
8/6 Amityville, NY @ AM Music Hall
8/7 Brooklyn, NY @ Suburbia
8/8 Erie, PA @ BT Theater
8/9 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
8/14 Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell's
After the Fall's brand new album, Dedication, is in stores today! Check it out at the following places online:
Or, pick it up in person at your local record store. Here's a partial list of places with the great taste to carry Dedication:
A.K.J. RECORD SALES
BOO BOO RECORDS
BULL MOOSE MUSIC
C D CITY
DEARBORN MUSIC COMPANY
DISC AND DAT
FOREVER YOUNG RECORDS
HALF A MAN
HOMER'S ACQUISITION CORPORATION
INDEPENDENT RECORDS OF COLORADO SPRINGS
J S MUSIC CORPORATION
JACK'S MUSIC SHOP
MOJO MUSIC MD
PORT OF SOUND RECORD SHOPPE
PRINCETON RECORD EXCHANGE
ROLLING STONES CORP.
SIREN TRADING COMPANY
THE COIRO CORP.
THE ELECTRIC FETUS CO.
THE EXCLUSIVE COMPANY
TRANSCONTINENT RECORD SALES
VINTAGE VINYL RECORDS
WATERLOO RECORDS & VIDEO
The band kick off their tour tonight in Allston, Massachusetts. Here are the details:
May 12 Allston, MA @ O'Briens ^
May 13 Brooklyn, NY @ Acheron %
May 14 Albany, NY @ Low Beat *
May 16 Montreal, QC, Canada @ Pouzza Fest !
Jun 18 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon+
Jun 19 Providence, RI @ Simons677+
Jun 20 S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground+
Jun 21 Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall+
Jun 23 Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room+
Jun 24 Toledo, OH @ Frankies+
Jun 25 Columbus, OH @ The Basement+
Jun 26 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection+
Jun 27 Erie, PA @ Basement Transmissions+
Oct 31 Gainesville, FL @ FEST
^ (w/ Heartsounds, Great Lakes USA, Tied to a Bear)
% (w/ Heartsounds, Ambitions)
* (w/ Drag the River, Heartsounds)
! (w/ 88 Fingers Louie, The Bruce Lee Band, The Planet Smashers, more)
+ (w/ Anti-Flag, The Homeless Gospel Choir)