I, Apollo - "Surface"

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I, Apollo - "Surface"

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Artist Bio:

Dubbed “The Millennium Falcon of Metalcore,” I, Apollo is a metalcore quintet from a small town in Ohio featuring Cole Smith (Guitar), Brendyn Moxley (Vocals), Justin Coleman (Guitar), Andrew (Droopy) Laird (Bass), and Quinten Hurd (Drums).

I, Apollo started touring before anyone in the band was 21. So far they have completed 3 tours hitting 22 states. In addition to touring with numerous bands including direct support for I Set My Friends on Fire, they have also played at a sold out shows, packed houses and music festivals with such notable acts as All That Remains, Starset, Slipknot, and many others.

I, Apollo recorded their five song EP titled “Stranded” with Josh Schroeder at Random Awesome! Studios in Bay City, MI. The band, known for their heavy promotion, passed out well over 3,000 demos before the official release of the EP. “The funny thing about passing out physical demos is you never see any other bands working the streets like we do. Meeting people you would never reach online.” This has been a major accomplishment for I, Apollo, gaining over 5,000 true fans on Facebook by working the streets and touring.

“These young guns have everything that it takes to make that next step and I believe they are well on their way.” – The Rustbelt Chronicles

The band wrote the “Stranded” EP in 2014 and scheduled studio time to record the five songs. Listening to scratch tracks the night before the recording session, the band decided to relieve their then vocalist of his duties. “It just wasn’t what we wanted to sound like.” With this move, the band had no lyrics, no vocalist, but headed to the Random Awesome! studios anyway. The plan was to just record instrumentals only.

Once in the studio, the band decided to rewrite all the lyrics. Brendyn Moxley, moved from guitar to the mic and nailed it. I, Apollo found the sound they were looking for.

The songs on the EP tackle everything from the AMC TV show “The Walking Dead,” relationships, betrayal, growing up, honesty, life experiences and modern dilemmas. The band comes through the music expressing views that speak directly to disenfranchised youth, music lover, and the down and out looking for a voice in today’s music. In love with music from an early age, I, Apollo lives, breathes and eats metal.

TOUR: Catch I, Apollo on tour with I Set My Friends On Fire in August, starting in Baltimore, MD.

About The Video: “Surface” by the band I, Apollo, was inspired by The Governor, a character from the AMC TV series, The Walking Dead. Featuring the album artwork by Dan Mumford (A Day to Remember, Miss May I), Corbin Thomas of wellcan media (Starset, Maroon Five, Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne, American Music Awards) brings this lyric video to life. The sense of hopelessness, helplessness, loneliness and pain created by The Governor’s evil deeds are illustrated through the song’s deep, dark lyrics. Intense flashing lyrics harken to lightening on a dark, stormy night as a girl stands alone atop a cliff looking over a city off in the distance, out of reach. Tentacles, a metaphor for The Governor’s evil, reach from the depths of hell to claim one more victim. Facing the choice between evil and an unknown fate, our heroine leaps from the cliff into a deep pit of uncertainty. The video ends with the girl once again standing atop a cliff, facing the future with hope.

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The Fantastic Plastics - "It's All Plastic"

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Brooklyn based New Wave revivalists The Fantastic Plastics can simply be described as "Candy Coated Cyanide." They blend pop sensibility with cutting lyrical content and wrap it all up with thick analog synths and gritty guitars. Originally based in central Illinois, The Fantastic Plastics relocated to NYC in late 2012 and began refining their look and sound. As a mainstay on the local indie scene the two piece consisting of Miranda Plastic on Moog, Theremin and vocals and Tyson Plastic on guitar and vocals continue to be a can't miss show with their amazing video installations, stage uniforms, and sing along anthems that serve as a harbinger for a future overrun by technology.

About The Video: Featuring stop-motion animated dolls, lots of wacky costumes, choreographed dance moves and inspired by the often strange world of YouTube celebrities: Mini scientist versions of The Fantastic Plastics create a weird world in which it is difficult to tell what is real and what is plastic.

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Kieran Robertson - "Secret Lover"

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Even at the young age of 17, Kieran has already claimed his place as the next shooting star from Scotland.

He understood what it means to write impressive, meaningful lyrics at the tender age of 14. His musical style evolves around Dark Rock and Gothic, Kieran Robertson's new, fresh, hard hitting style fits in with bands in the same genre of Black Veil Brides and the like.

Kieran, despite his very young age, has already amassed a great deal of experience on stage, due to the amount of times he has already performed live.

Kieran is a perfect entertainer and live performer, together with his band, consisting of 2 Germans and long time friend Jack Ross. Kieran recently performed a show in his home town in Glasgow at the Cathouse, where 200 fans were blown away by his stunning performance.

Kieran's new album Secrets Of Succubi is now fully recorded. The album is being mixed and produced by none other than Joe Graves, who recently proved what a talent he has with his work on the latest Asking Alexandria album. Kieran is, himself a huge fan of bands such as; Black Veil Brides and New Years Day, but also a fan of the older classics such as Motley Crue and Kiss.

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Big D and the Kids Table - "Oi Dj"

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Big D and the Kids Table team up with Maddie Ruthless of The Far East & The Doped Up Dollies for this explosive single 'Oi DJ'. This single was record on a day off touring Canada by Steve Rizun @ Drive Entertainment and later vocals were tracked by Jay Maas at Getaway Released by Strictly Rude records, this single can only be nabbed by finding a physical 7" vinyl copy at Big D & DupD shows or digitally on iTunes. Big D heads to the U.K. this August, Europe with Less Than Jake & The Bennies this October and head into the studio to record their new LP this January.

About The Video: Big D and the Kids Table team up with Maddie Ruthless of The Far East & The Doped Up Dollies for this explosive single 'Oi DJ'. This single was record on a day off touring Canada by Steve Rizun @ Drive Entertainment and later vocals were tracked by Jay Maas at Getaway Released by Strictly Rude records, this single can only be nabbed by finding a physical 7" vinyl copy at Big D & DupD shows or digitally on iTunes. Big D heads to the U.K. this August, Europe with Less Than Jake & The Bennies this October and head into the studio to record their new LP this January.

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Richie Ramone - "I Fix This"

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Richie Ramone is the fastest, most powerful drummer who ever played with the legendary punk rock band the Ramones. He joined the Ramones in 1983 and first appeared with the band on their Subterranean Jungle tour.

Richie performed in over 500 shows around the world with the Ramones and wrote several critically-acclaimed and fan-favorite songs for the albums Animal Boy, Too Tough to Die and Halfway to Sanity. Punk rock icon, Joey Ramone, remarked that “[Richie] saved the band as far as I’m concerned. He’s the greatest thing to happen to the Ramones. He put the spirit back in the band.”

Richie is notable as the only Ramones drummer to sing lead vocals on Ramones songs, "(You) Can’t Say Anything Nice” as well as the unreleased “Elevator Operator.” Richie was also the only drummer to be the sole composer of Ramones songs including their hit “Somebody Put Something in My Drink” which remained a staple in the Ramones set list until their last show in 1996 and continues to be covered by new generations of bands worldwide. “Somebody Put Something in My Drink” was included on “Ramones Mania,” the first Ramones album to go gold as well as “Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits,” an album comprised of songs hand picked by Johnny Ramone as the Ramones’ best works. Richie also wrote "I'm Not Jesus," "Can't Say Anything Nice," "I Know Better Now," "Humankind" and "Smash You" which became the title track for one of the Ramones' most successful re-releases, Smash You: Live '85. Richie's "I'm Not Jesus" took the Ramones in a heavier direction and has become a frequent cover tune for innumerable heavy metal bands. Richie’s songwriting contributions were supported by Joey Ramone: “I encouraged Richie to write songs . . . we never let anybody else write our songs.”

In 2007, Richie Ramone introduced his virtuosic drumming to the symphonic world with his “Suite for Drums and Orchestra” based on Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story. He debuted his arrangement with the Pasadena Pops Orchestra as the featured drum soloist and was an immediate hit with critics and patrons there and in other cities. He is currently working on another innovative “Suite for Drums and Orchestra” comprised of classic James Bond movie songs.

In 2011, the Recording Academy gave the Ramones a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in Los Angeles, where all three of the band's drummers (Tommy, Marky and Richie Ramone) stood beneath the same roof for the first time ever. In 2012, Richie was the only surviving Ramone featured on the second Joey Ramone solo album, “Ya Know?” On October 8, 2013, Richie released his first solo album, "Entitled," which features new songs written by Richie as well as new recordings of songs he wrote for the Ramones. Billboard notes, "Richie's 12 freshest cuts aim to please fans of both rock and metal with its blend of power chord-chugging simplicity and guitar hero virtuosity."

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