Syracuse Shows Presents


Being As An Ocean, Emarosa, Coldrain, Rarity, West Berlin

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

6:00 pm

The Lost Horizon

$17.00 - $20.00

Off Sale

This event is all ages

Formed in 2000 in Burlington, ON Canada, Silverstein has become as close to a household name as you can get in the post-hardcore scene. After 5 full length albums, 3 EP's, a live album, mini album, and numerous 7" singles and collections, Silverstein have sold more than 1 million albums worldwide. The lineup has remained largely the same over their 12 years on the scene and features Shane Told (vocals), Paul Koehler (drums), Josh Bradford (guitar), Billy Hamilton (bass) and Paul-Marc Rousseau (guitar).

Silverstein has played more than 1500 shows in 34 countries, and have been a staple on many festivals and tours. They have been a part of Vans Warped Tour, Take Action!, Taste of Chaos, Rock Am Ring (Germany), Soundwave (Australia), Give it a Name (UK), and also co-founded the Scream It Like You Mean It tour in 2010.

Since 2003, Silverstein has remained consistent releasing full length albums every 2 years. They burst on the scene with When Broken Is Easily Fixed (2003) which would shape the scene to come with its dynamic approach of mellow clean tones contrasted with screaming and heavily distorted riffs. In 2005, their sophomore and best selling release Discovering The Waterfront was critically and fan acclaimed with more structure and melody, but still keeping the emotion Silverstein had become known for.

In 2007, the band worked with legendary producer Mark Trombino and released Arrivals & Departures. Sticking to a more stripped down rock sound that went against the slick sampled tones of many bands at the time, the album had 2 of their biggest songs, and a video in heavy rotation on MTV. 2009 brought back 'Discovering' producer Cameron Webb and a return to the bands early sound with A Shipwreck In The Sand, a high concept album that also tackled some political topics for the first time. The album brought a number of guest vocalists including Liam Cormier (Cancer Bats), Lights, and Scott Wade (Comeback Kid).

After a departure from Victory Records in 2010, the band came right back in 2011 with their 5th full length Rescue on indie giant Hopeless Records. With new producer Jordan Valeriote at the helm, the album featured some of the bands best performances and songs ever, with songs like "Forget Your Heart", "Burning Hearts", "The Artist" and "Sacrifice" all being successful singles.

Never a band to rest for long, Silverstein also released Short Songs in early 2012, a "mini album" featuring 11 original songs and 11 covers all under 90 seconds long. This release took the band back to their punk rock and hardcore roots and was a huge critical success garnering extremely positive reviews.

The band are currently signed to Rise Records. They released their 8th studio album, I Am Alive in Everything I Touch, in May 2015.
Being As An Ocean
Being As An Ocean
It's been said that, contrary to mainstream opinion, some of the best heavy metal is more likely to send fans running to the library than running with the devil. Literary references abound within the genre, from Iron Maiden to Judas Priest. Hardcore-punk's emphasis on collectivism and personal responsibility, when operating at its best, shapes activists, politicians (the few good ones), humanitarians, and other idealists.

Considering BEING AS AN OCEAN is one of the most engaging, rapidly-ascending young bands combining heavy music, melodic catchiness and earnest, postmodern hardcore enthusiasm, it's no surprise they are powered by dense philosophical and spiritual exploration against a backdrop of in-your-face punk rock style passion.

Guitars interplay with complex and catchy dexterity. Rhythms churn, grind, and stomp before giving way to ambient excursions and introspective contemplation. BEING IS AN OCEAN is that rare heavy entity that offers a full experience for the head and the heart.

The rich musical journeys spanning across their self-titled record and the two albums prior were built for long drives and the Warped Tour alike, injected with heavy rhythmic bounce and powerful vocal interplay from charismatic screamer Joel Quartuccio and guitarist Michael McGough, who handles the soaring melodic singing.

Quartuccio's childhood friend, bassist Ralph Sica, and lead guitarist/main songwriter Tyler Ross cofounded the band with their singer just a few years ago, recruiting drummer Connor Denis and McGough while touring behind their well-received debut.

BEING AS AN OCEAN ventured from their native Alpine, California to Glow In The Dark Studios in Atlanta, Georgia to make their most recent album, a definitive statement of purpose summoning the most essential moments of the two albums prior and ramping it all up to newfound heights of creative expression. The band worked closely with new producer Matthew McClellan, who has worked with Issues and The Devil Wears Prada.

The resulting full-length contains no less than three mini-epics told over multiple songs. "The World as a Stage," "Sins of the Father" and "…And Their Consequence," thematically deal with the cycle of domestic violence, and how to break free from its grasp. "Little Richie" and "Ain't Nobody Perfect" is a story of redemptive hope and forgiveness. "The Zealot's Blindfold," "Sleeping Sicarri," and "Judas, Our Brother" are provocatively theological, offering that perhaps the answers are in the questions themselves. Standalone tracks "St. Peter" and "Forgetting is Forgiving the I" keep the entire offering fresh and diverse, resulting in a rich overall experience for the listener.

Hard touring across more than a dozen countries and counting, including a Monster Stage slot on Vans Warped Tour in 2015 has crystalized the powerful energy of Being As An Ocean into an unstoppable force. Fans of likeminded bands like La Dispute, Touché Amore, and Defeater are taking note, with many sensing the deeply rooted metalcore seeds planted in their overall aesthetic by Underoath, Norma Jean, and mewithoutyou.

Across three full-lengths marked by increasingly impressive progression and power, BEING AS AN OCEAN put an emphasis on provoking thought and discussion, right down to their album titles. The band touched on Old Testament tradition with Dear G-d (2012) and drew upon the poet Rainer Maria Rilke for How We Both Wondrously Perish (2014). Their engagingly unique "Being As An Ocean" moniker originates from a Gandhi quote.

BEING IS AN OCEAN's meditative pondering and adventurous soundscapes are delivered within a context of personal experience, human connection, and authentic emotion. They make the smartest post-hardcore, without sacrificing their dark screamo urgency. They offer something that stands out in a sea of sameness, filling an ocean of their own.
You should always remember your past while continuing to look forward. This is the philosophy that Emarosa embraces on their third album. For the Lexington, KY rock band what has come before is important because it has shaped them as musicians, but their new album, Versus, is what will allow them to step into the future. The album was written over the past year and recorded with Brian McTernan in Baltimore between November and January, a process that was both difficult and cathartic.

Bradley Walden was enlisted as the group's new singer last July. The chemistry between the musicians was immediate, and Bradley, a fan before joining the band, tapped into Emarosa's sensibility quickly, ready to add his own ideas to the mix. The band, whose last album, Emarosa, came out in 2010, had a few new ideas when Bradley joined, but much of Versus was penned in the studio with Brian. The process allowed the musicians the opportunity to remember how to be band again, to become re-invested in the music they can make together.

"They had worked for so long without a singer, trying everything they could, and they forgot how to be a band in some ways," Bradley says. "It took us being stuck in the studio together for seven weeks with Brian to be a band again. The recording process was really hard. That doesn't mean that the songs aren't good, but it was stressful. After we left the studio and could step back and listen, we were so proud of it. We created something that represented the struggle the band has gone to the past three years and I'm excited to be part of that."

For Bradley, who shared lyric writing duties with ER, the songs are representations of the feelings he had at the time, revealing the musicians' mindsets in the moment. There is no overall theme or message, rather an expression of emotion released in the music. "I don't always know what the songs are about when I write them," he notes. "I just let it come out. So it's cohesive but it's open to interpretation. We want people to find their own meaning in the songs and relate them to their own lives."

The album's title, too, reflects Emarosa's experience over the past few years. The musicians have fought many battles, both eternally and against themselves. It represents an uphill battle that, in the end, the band has won. That victory is present in the music itself, whether on older-feeling tracks like "American Deja Vu" and "People Like Me, We Just Don't Play" or on tracks that resonate with a new aesthetic like "I'll Just Wait," a evocative, layered rock number that surges with anthemic release.

The group, which initially formed in 2006, is already back on tour with the new songs as well. Emarosa served as direct support for Chiodos this past spring, an experience that really solidified the new lineup. The enthusiastic support of the fans was encouraging for the musicians, who were reminded of just what makes Emarosa's connection with their audience so special and unique. Versus is about a struggle, but it's also about the victory of a new beginning, one that wipes the slate clean and allows them to start again. It's a comeback that indicates even greater things down the road.

"The band had to overcome a lot of doubt and pressure," Bradley says. "It's been Emarosa versus themselves, their past and their critics. These are the first songs we've ever written together and the songwriting is the best and most mature it's ever been. It's hard for me to say if it's the best record, but I do feel like it's the best possible record we could have made and it's the best step toward the future of the band. This record is the pressure, frustration and perseverance of the past three years. This is the future of Emarosa."
Nagoya rockers coldrain have already made their mark in becoming a household name in their home country Japan, and have been building their international footprint with their blistering live shows and since the release of their mini-album 'Through Clarity' throughout the UK and Europe in 2013 (KKKK - Kerrang!, 8/10 Rock Sound). Fronted by enigmatic half-Japanese, half-American frontman Masato Hayakawa, the band are preparing to bring their sound to the masses.

Last year the band made their international entrance with a hotly-anticipated UK headline tour, a four week EU support run with metal titans Bullet For My Valentine, sets at Download Festival and Rock Am Ring / Rock Im Park and a UK and Europe support run with Crossfaith.

coldrain have performed at Japan's major rock festivals including Summer Sonic, Rock In Japan, as well as Ozzfest Japan where they performed to a rabid crowd of 10,000+. The band has also played to 5,000+ audiences at festival in Korea and Taiwan. In Japan the band will headline shows of up to 5,000 capacity rooms.

Their previous studio album, 'The Revelation', released in Japan April 2013 and produced by David Bendeth (Paramore, Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice & Men) charted at #7 in the Japanese Album Charts, selling 10,000 copies in its first week, and was #1 on Japan's Tower Record Chart. The album was released in the US, Canada,
UK and Europe through Hopeless Records in June 2014 with additional new tracks.

The band have performed on a number of headline tours in Japan, including a co-headline slot this year's sold-out Monster Energy Outburn Tour.coldrain have had a busy festival touring schedule this summer, including sets at Download Festival (UK) and Rock Am Ring/Im Park (Germany).

Following a highly successful support tour throughout the UK with Papa Roach this past March, coldrain are preparing to release their highly-anticipated new album 'VENA', produced by Brandon Paddock (Papa Roach/Black Veil Brides/The Used) . The remainder of 2015 will see coldrain support Bullet For My Valentine in the UK and Europe before making their North American live debut alongside Northlane and Volumes in the USA, and 2016 is set to be just as busy.
5 sometimes cold guys who play at the venues, write the music, and eat the burritos. "Alive In Your Eyes" OUT NOW via Rise Records!
Venue Information:
The Lost Horizon
5863 Thompson Rd.
Syracuse, NY, 13214