In case you missed it, on April 20th, Eighteen Visions announced officially their reformation and signing to Rise Records for the release of XVIII, their first album in 11 years. Initial single “Oath” (which you can listen to here” is a clear throwback to the early days of the band, especially the Vanity era, where the incendiary OC metalcore band really made their mark on the scene.
It’s also apparent that, according to a recent Twitter post by Josh James himself, that he’s a part of the reformed Eighteen Visions project as the band’s second guitarist. We’re not sure exactly if he’s a member of the band on recording or simply a touring member of the band, though the latter is a bit more likely with Wikipedia listing him as a touring member. The Stick To Your Guns axeman, Casey Jones member, and ex-founding member of Evergreen Terrace was in the music video for “Oath”, though – so maybe this isn’t a temporary thing. Regardless, Eighteen Visions is back, and the fact that Josh James is part of it makes things even more exciting.
Veteran American hardcore band Stick To Your Guns have accomplished a litany of things in their decade+ of existence – touring almost everywhere, releasing successful albums, and being a beacon of hope and intelligence certainly has landed the band a spot in the hearts of many. Not to mention being one of the first big bands on Sumerian Records.
Now, however, the band has accomplished something even bigger – thanks to the Hardcore Help Foundation, Stick To Your Guns will forever be known as the first American hardcore band to play in Kenya. Without mincing words, that is really fucking cool. To be perfectly honest, this is the kind of thing that hardcore needs more of – solidarity between persons of all colors, orientations, and races. It’s more important than album sales, chart numbers, and t-shirts sold. The band, which is playing the Vans Warped Tour all summer long again, has released video of this event, which you can find below. No One Is Illegal.
Stick To Your Guns, signed to Sumerian Records, released a new album titled Disobedient on February 10th, 2015. Check out what we think of the album after the jump.
I recently had the chance to discuss with Josh James from Stick To Your Guns about his favorite Warped Tour bands, touring, and the success of their most recent album.