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He Is Legend
August 13 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm$15
He Is Legend w/:
- To Speak Of Wolves
- Bad Seed Rising
Tickets = $15
He Is Legend
Belief can be a powerful thing. When shared even among a small group, possibilities remain endless. That brings us to He Is Legend’s fifth full-length offering, few [Spinefarm Records]. The communal faith belonging to a cadre of musicians, artists, and fans brought the collection to life. That’s why the title, a nod to Madame Helena Blavatsky’s occult treasure The Voice of the Silence, feels so cosmically apropos for the Wilmington, NC quartet—Schuylar Croom [vocals], Adam Tanbouz [lead guitar], Matty Williams [bass], and Denis Desloge [guitar].
“This is dedicated to the people who supported us through everything,” declares Croom. “I was inspired by the words of Helena Blavatsky. She’s basically the godmother of the occult, and she dedicated one of her books to the few. Basically, that means the few that follow the way. I thought it was very fitting for what we do. It took just a few artists and a few thousand of our fans to come through and say, ‘Fuck yeah, we want you to do another record.’ We left it up to them.”
In 2015, He Is Legend wrapped up a marathon tour cycle for 2014’s triumphant Heavy Fruit with the likes of Maylene and the Sons of Disaster and Wilson. As songs like “This Will Never Work” cracked 370K Spotify streams, Heavy Fruit elevated the group to a new plateau with acclaim from Alternative Press, Revolver Magazine, L.A. Music Blog, New Noise, Ultimate Guitar, and many more.
Returning home, the boys allowed their audience to make a decision on what would become album number five…“We started a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo,” Croom goes on. “If we met the goal, we’d do it. If not, we wouldn’t. It was all or nothing. The response was pretty overwhelming. We found new life, energy, and creativity in this as a result.”
With unique incentives like smoking jackets, amulets, and action figures, He Is Legend impressively raised 124% of their goal. During December 2015, the band retreated to a remote cabin in Carrboro, NC just 20 minutes from Warrior Sound: the studio where they cut both Heavy Fruit and It Hates You. The snowy setting and isolation instigated inspiration within Croom. “The cabin was really pivotal for us,” he says. “There was no cell phone service. The couple that owned it had dogs and cats roaming free. It’s this nice place literally in the middle of nowhere. Rather than turning on the TV at night, we’d be sitting around a fire to stay warm drinking wine. It brought an element of darkness out of me. I was in a strange place, dealing with some personal and family issues. I channeled that as I was stuck in the snow lonely. There was this longing for summer. In my eyes, the cabin had more to do with this music than we would readily admit.”
This time around, the guys produced few with Warrior Sound owner Al Jacobs. They amplified every element of their signature style. Summoning ghosts of White Zombie, Soundgarden, and Nirvana, the riffs hit harder, the lyrics cut deeper, and the rhythms stick longer.
“We tried to go for a minimalist approach,” he goes on. “We wanted to focus on all of the aspects we’ve ever brought to the table. There was a lot of anger and hostility in the music. That mainly came out of us redefining what we used to do really well. Our sound has changed a lot over the years, but that’s important for us to grow. Our fans expect us to morph a little. There’s a little bit of all our previous records in this.”f
Few takes flight on the hypnotic guitars and haunting harmonies of opener “Air Raid.” It quickly blasts off into a gut-punching slam and powerful chant, “I don’t know why she’s out of breath at the door of death.”
“‘Air Raid’ hits you like the fucking end of the world,” he exclaims. “It’s pretty self-explanatory as far as the lyrics go. It’s about how the earth wants humans to be gone. We’re a fucking cancer. It could shake us off like a dog shakes off flees. It’s as political as I’ve ever gotten.”
“Sand” snaps into a barrage of distortion and percussion before slipping into one of the set’s most unforgettable choruses. “It’s the shortest song,” he continues. “It’s a banger that gets in and gets out. Lyrically, it’s about personal issues in my life I’ve been facing for a while.”
Elsewhere, the psychedelic elegance of “Gold Dust” unlocks another facet of the fours-piece. “That might be my favorite song,” he admits. “There’s always one song that pushes where we are and shows where we could go next—or might not ever go again. I used a lot of imagery from a story that a friend told me. He ate mushrooms and had a spiritual awakening. I wrote from his experience and weaved some of my own into it. It’s about trying to see again what you’ve seen when you’re under the influence.”
Completing the album, He Is Legend found the right partner for release in Spinefarm Records. Now, few are about to become many in 2017. “I want fans to feel like this album is theirs since they were ultimately responsible for it,” Croom leaves off. “We had to make it perfect for them. It’s important for us to hug them and say thank you as much as possible. We accomplished something great through having a cult following that wanted us to continue. I think it’s important for people to know that and see this came to life because of them.”
In just over a year, Islander has gone from obscurity to a band in constant radio rotation. Fueled with a combination of emotionally capturing songs and audience-grabbing live shows, ISLANDER continue to lead at the forefront of their peers.
ISLANDER have stayed busy, constantly touring with bands such as Korn, Papa Roach, P.O.D., Suicide Silence, Seether, Nothing More and many others. Catch their energetic live show in Joliet Sunday, August 13th.
“These guys just might be the new force in heavy rock.” – Alternative Press
“New school band with old school soul and passion. Keep your eyes and ears open for these guys!” – Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D
“Creativity gets an A+.” – H.R. of BAD BRAINS
To Speak Of Wolves
Time does strange things, softens edges, peels away life, mends wounds, leads us away from paths we chose and offers our eyes a place they have never been before. It dispenses the notions we held, waiting for the moments our thoughts would be proven true or join the myriad of misguided ideas and archaic thought processes. To Speak of Wolves has submitted themselves to time, and while searching vigorously, these 5 young men found that they could not live apart from what they had created. All it takes is a random vibration in your pocket today, and life can be catapulted from the commonplace into the surprising gravity of the unknown. That gravity is what has created the ‘New Bones’ EP. The whirlwind of shows they didn’t get to play, festivals that didn’t know their name and a fan base they didn’t see grow into the chorus that it is today. Find Your Worth, Come Home wasn’t given an opportunity to see the light of day, but on it has own it clawed to the surface and made itself known. That sonic territory traversed is what brings us here today.
The TSOW quintet know better than to try and replicate ‘Find Your Worth, Come Home’, with that said, as cliché as it has the ability to sound, you should expect something else. Something deeper into the darkness of sound. It’s always cast in this good and evil light, but truly, these are men who don’t shy away from what life is for them, that it’s not all the triumph of rainbows and the padding of God’s abundance. No, that would be too slight an existence, the desire to dive deep into peril and shine through with the goodness of a hope, worth being deemed a hope. As Beethoven wrote unhinging, churning master pieces, feeling his way through the arrangements and Nirvana took you into the soul of men who had nothing but music to articulate the words they had stored inside them. You will be given another look into the soul of a quiet honesty and a resounding passion to the story of the life they have conquered thus far.
- August 13
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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