Say Anything front-man Max Bemis has announced that Tyler, TX based duo Merriment is the newest addition to the roster of Rory Records, his imprint label via Equal Vision Records. Merriment is the second band signed to Rory Records, which was launched earlier this year with the signing of Tampa, FL-based indie outfit Tallhart. Merriment will join their new label mates and Say Anything on tour for the final two days of the 'Say Anarchy Fall Tour' on October 27 in Dallas, TX and October 28 in San Antonio, TX.
The two piece band is comprised of siblings Christie DuPree (vocals, guitar) and Collin DuPree (guitar) and has already shared stages with the likes of Mutemath, Eisley, Say Anything and more.
"We're super excited to be signed to Rory Records," Christie expresses. "Everyone we've met at EVR and Rory has been so nice to us and we are so excited to be working with them! Collin and I are writing for a new record right now and we can't wait to get into the studio and to be able to share these new songs with everyone. We also have a few dates with Say Anything coming up which should be a lot of fun!" Bemis adds of the signing, "Not only is Merriment one of my favorite bands but they have more potential to blow the heck up than most bands I encounter nowadays."
Prior to their days of recording and performing, Merriment spent years honing their skills, learning as much as possible about music and songwriting, and developing their own unique sound. “I think I was 13 or 14 when I first started trying to write songs, I would just open up Garageband and record myself making up melodies and such. Then after a while, I asked one of my sisters to show me a few chords on guitar, and started writing songs that way,” Christie explains of her early involvement in music. Those sisters just happened to be - Sherri, Stacy and Chauntelle DuPree - who comprise Equal Vision Records' very own Eisley, along with brother Weston DuPree and cousin Garron Dupree. It surely would surprise few that Christie and Collin, the two youngest members of the DuPree family, would choose to embark on an equally creative and musical path of their own.
The young duo's debut album, 'Through The Rough', was recorded in their hometown of Tyler, TX, with the assistance of Andy Freeman for the recording, engineering and mixing. The duo self-released the EP on March 6, 2012 and later released a vinyl split 7” with Eisley, featuring the EP’s title track, on July 3, 2012. This summer Merriment premiered their first music video "Blessed Soul" exclusively through Paste Magazine. The video, directed by Chris Phelps, is also now available on Youtube.
The true beauty of Merriment's 'Through The Rough' lies within its seemingly simple, yet subtly intricate compositions. While on the surface each track carries the sound of delicate sweetness, further listens reveal a mesmerizing darkness within the lyrics, fueled by the pure pain of love lost. Musically the album is airy and whimsical with light, dancing guitar work and gentle percussion's guiding along the angelic, emotional vocal work of Christie. Their memorable tunes blend together elements of indie, folk-Americana and pop music - reminiscent of the innovative likes of Iron and Wine, Red House Painters, and Bon Iver, offering a graceful, modern sound that displays a musical maturity well beyond their years.
Merriment's upcoming tour dates on the 'Say Anarchy Fall Tour' with Say Anything, Murder By Death, The Sidekicks and Tallhart can be seen below.
Say Anything w/ Murder By Death, The Sidekicks, Tallhart, Merriment
Oct 27 Dallas, TX @ Trees
Oct 28 San Antonio, TX @ Korova
Blessthefall has premiered their music video for single "40 Days" with Kerrang! Magazine.
The new video, which was first revealed by ESPGuitars, offers the band's take on a zombie film, featuring lead singer Beau Bokan returning from his grave.
"After waiting around for several months for the new season of The Walking Dead to start back up we decided to take matters into our own hands and make our very own zombie flick, with a Blessthefall twist" explains lead singer, Beau Bokan. "As many of our fans know we dont take ourselves too seriously, so we of course added a proper dose of BTF comedic value. The video was a blast to film and we even added a very special female guest zombie at the end. Hope you love this music video as much as we do and remember...you dont always live just once."
To follow a successful summer on the Vans Warped Tour, the Phoenix, AZ quintet is currently overseas in the UK on the Never Say Die Tour with We Came As Romans and Stick To Your Guns, and have recently announced their North American headline tour, including support from A Skylit Drive, At The Skylines, and Skip The Foreplay.
Never Say Die Tour w/ We Came As Romans, Stick To Your Guns, For The Fallen Dreams, Obey The Brave, At The Skylines, and more
Oct 19 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix Zaal
Oct 20 - Koln, Germany @ Essigfabrik
Oct 21 - Berlin, Germany @ C-Club
Oct 22 - Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle
Oct 23 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben/Fryshuset
Oct 25 - Munster, Germany @ Sputnikhalle
Oct 26 - Esch, Luxembourg @ Kulturfabrik
Oct 27 - Pratteln, Switzerland @ 27
Oct 28 - Tezzo D'Adda (Milan) Italy @ Live Club
Oct 29 - Munchen, Germany @ Backstage Werk
Oct 30 - Wien, Austria @ Arena
Nov 01 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Futurum
Nov 02 - Leipzig, Germany @ Werk 2
Nov 03 - Den Haag, Netherlands @ Paard
Nov 06 - Moscow, Russia @ Pipl
The Nut Up or Shut Up Tour presented by Peter Says Denim w/ A Skylit Drive, At The Skylines, Skip The Foreplay
Nov 24 - San Bernardino, CA @ NOS Events Center (CA Metalfest)
Nov 26 - Spokane, WA @ A Club
Nov 27 - Calgary, AB @ The Den
Nov 28 - Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
Nov 29 - Saskatoon, SK @ Louis' Pub
Nov 30 - Winnipeg, MB @ WECC
Dec 1 - Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks
Dec 3 - London, ON @ Rum Runners
Dec 4 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Dec 5 - Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
Dec 6 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium Upstairs
Dec 7 - Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
Dec 8 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
Dec 9 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
Dec 10 - Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose
Dec 11 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Dec 13 - St Louis, MO @ Firebird
Dec 14 - Tulsa, OK @ Bixby
Dec 15 - Lubbock, TX @ Jakes
Dec 16 - Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
Dec 17 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
Dec 18 - El Paso, TX @ Club 101
Dec 19 - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre
On the brink of their national tour with Falling In Reverse, Enter Shikari has released “Live In London W6. March 2012”- a two track colored vinyl 7"*, limited to just 300 copies, will be available exclusively to North America and can be purchased via the band's North American online store. A three track digital download version will be available on iTunes & Amazon.
*All vinyl’s purchased will include a download card with all 3 tracks
All songs were recorded from their sold out headline show at the Hammersmith Apollo in London and can be found on the band’s highly successful release 'A Flash Flood Of Colour!'
Track listing: Live In London. March 2012
1. Gandhi Mate, Gandhi
Check out a live video of the band performing “Gandhi Mate, Gandhi” live: http://youtu.be/yxGlykH3T-Q?hd=1
Purchase Live In London. March 2012 limited 7” over at http://entershikari.merchnow.com/
Grab the record digitally for just $2.99 at iTunes: http://smarturl.it/liveinlondonitunes
In honor of the tour beginning we are giving fans 'A Flash Flood Of Colour' for just $6.99 on iTunes! http://smarturl.it/AFFOCitunes
Enter Shikari hits the road with Falling In Reverse, I See Stars and letlive for The Thug In Me Is You tour!
To purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.entershikari.com/shows/
Wed 10/17 Salt Lake City, UT -The Complex
Thu 10/18 Denver, CO Summit -Music Hall
Sat 10/20 Minneapolis, MN -The Brick
Sun 10/21 Des Moines, IA -Wooly’s
Mon 10/22 Chicago, IL- House Of Blues
Wed 10/24 Kansas City, KS -The Beaumont Club
Thu 10/25 Milwaukee, WI- Turner Hall
Fri 10/26 Sauget, IL- Pop’s
Sat 10/27 Indianapolis, IN -Egyptian Room
Mon 10/29 Columbus, OH -Newport Music Hall
Wed 10/31 Cleveland, OH- House Of Blues
Thu 11/1 Grand Rapids, MI -The Intersection
Fri 11/2 Detroit, MI -St. Andrew’s Hall
Sat 11/3 Pittsburgh, PA -Stage AE
Sun 11/4 Albany, NY- Northern Lights
Tue 11/6 Worcester, MA- Palladium
Wed 11/7 New York, NY- Best Buy Theater
Thu 11/8 Washington, DC- Howard Theater
Fri 11/9 Philadelphia, PA- Electric Factory
Sun 11/11 Shroudsburg, PA -Sherman Theater
Mon 11/12 Raleigh, NC- Disco Rodeo
Wed 11/14 Atlanta, GA -The Masquerade
Thu 11/15 Orlando, FL- House Of Blues
Fri 11/16 Ft. Lauderdale, FL- Revolution
Sat 11/17 Tampa, FL -Cuban Club
Mon 11/19 Houston, TX -Warehouse Live
Tue 11/20 San Antonio, TX -White Rabbit
Wed 11/21 Dallas, TX- House Of Blues
Sat 11/24 Lubbock, TX -Lonestar Pavilion
Sun 11/25 Albuquerque, NM- Sunshine Theater
Tue 11/27 Phoenix, AZ -Marquis Theatre
Wed 11/28 Los Angeles, CA- The Wiltern
Thu 11/29 San Diego, CA -Soma
Fri 11/30 Las Vegas, NV -House Of Blues
Sat 12/1 Pomona, CA- Fox Theater
Bristol Gothic / Punk Rockers Ashestoangels have unleashed their latest single 'Elsinore', music video produced by William Control and A Glass Half media
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