Hail the Sun continue to push their sound — and grow their fanbase while doing it

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In any rock music scene, far too many bands struggle to achieve the delicate balancing act of artistic progression and consistency. Acts are caught in a potentially perilous quagmire: Churn out reliable yet predictably similar albums, and run the risk of becoming stale. Take too big of a creative risk, and the increasingly fickle rock marketplace may abandon your band for the next big thing. Yet in this difficult landscape, few rising bands successfully navigate these pitfalls quite like Hail the Sun.

The Chico, California post-hardcore act got off to a strong start with their independent releases POW! Right In the Kisser! and Elephantitis, immediately establishing themselves with high-energy progressive riffs, vividly intense lyrical themes, and the passionate vocal delivery of Donovan Melero. The band’s steady grind of touring and promotion earned them a growing and passionate following in the post-hardcore scene, and their unique sonic blend began to attract the ears of some in the industry.

The turning point came when the band attracted the attention of Will Swan of Dance Gavin Dance. Quickly signing to Will’s label Blue Swan Records, Hail the Sun was set for a make-or-break moment. Thankfully, they delivered in 2014 in the form of Wake, an album that elevated the chaotic intensity of their early work while bringing a greater focus to their progressive songwriting structures. Only a mere three years after the album’s release, Wake is already considered by many fans of post-hardcore to be among the scene’s classic releases.

Despite the pressure of following up such a successful release, Hail the Sun have only continued to grow, both musically and in terms of popularity. After signing to Equal Vision Records, the band released Culture Scars in 2016, which streamlined their sound while still tackling serious themes focusing on the dark undercurrents of “normal” society. And now only a little over a year since Culture Scars’ release, the band surprise released their latest EP, Secret Wars, on November 10. After the more accessible sound of their last album, the band refused to stay stagnant, and Secret Wars contains arguably Hail the Sun’s heaviest and most technically complex songs to date.

And the band brought all of that energy to their just-finished tour with I the Mighty and Good Tiger, including their two dates at the Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles, on November 18 and 19. Playing to sold-out crowds, Hail the Sun are continuing to prove why they are quickly becoming one of the biggest names in post-hardcore. Catch them opening for Glassjaw in Sacramento on November 26, and opening for Silverstein in the UK this December!

PlggdN Episode 5: Eidola – “To Speak, To Listen” Track-by-Track

On this special episode of PlggdN, Alex and Trystan sit down with Andrew Wells of Eidola for an in-depth discussion of the band’s new album “To Speak, To Listen”. Andrew discusses the album’s overarching concept, musical influences, personal stories, and the band’s creative process.

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Sianvar announce headlining tour w/ My Iron Lung & Save Us From The Archon

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Anyone who’s familiar with Blue Swan Records or perhaps is a fan of Dance Gavin Dance needs to check out this August tour that was just announced.

Headlining is the great Math Rock group called Sianvar, who are touring to support their brand new album Stay Lost which will be released September 5th 2016! You definitely want to check out this tour as they’ll be performing plenty of brand new material.

Supporting them on this tour are San Diego’s own My Iron Lung who have a great 90s Skramz & melancholic sound that you will love. Also performing is Save Us From The Archon which are one of the most impressive bands in the Progressive/Math Rock world right now.

Below are tour dates along with song samples of each band.

Tickets: www.bandsintown.com/sianvar

August 4th Walnut Creek, CA @ Red House
August 5th Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
August 6th Portland, OR @ Analog
August 7th Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
August 9th Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
August 10th Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre
August 11th Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
August 12th St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
August 13th Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
August 14th Detroit, MI @ Loving Touch
August 15th Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
August 17th Kent, OH @ Outpost Concert Spot
August 18th Rochester, NY @ Harmony House
August 19th Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13
August 20th New York, NY @ Webster Hall (Studio)
August 21st Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
August 23rd Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar
August 24th Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
August 25th Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
August 26th Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
August 27th St. Petersburg, FL @ Local 662
August 28th Jacksonville, FL @ Club 1806
August 30th Houston, TX @ Walters
August 31st Dallas, TX @ The Prophet Bar
September 1st Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
September 2nd San Antonio, TX @ Jack’s Patio Bar
September 3rd El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
September 4th Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
September 6th Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
September 7th Fresno, CA @ Strummers

Dance Gavin Dance Unveil Updated Version Of “Alex English” And Plan New Album

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Having been around for more than a decade, it’s difficult to find someone who hasn’t heard of Dance Gavin Dance. With a catalog boasting six full length albums, an EP, and a festival recording, this comes as no surprise; however, these post-hardcore juggernauts haven’t had the easiest ride. Three vocalists have contributed singing over eleven years. Their original vocalist, Jonny Craig, and his replacement, Kurt Travis, both appeared on two albums respectively, though not in a consistent order. Jonny departed in 2007, only to return in 2010 as his replacement’s replacement alongside co-founder, dual frontman, Jon Mess, who had left in 2008. Following Jonny’s second departure, the position has since been filled by ex-Tides Of Man singer, Tilian Pearson, and this one seems permanent.

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