EQUAL VISION RECORDS 2011 RELEASES
January 18, 2011
We Came As Romans - To Plant A Seed Deluxe Edition CD/DVD
March 1, 2011
Eisley - The Valley
April 19, 2011
Ghost Thrower - Get Miserable EP
April 26, 2011
Texas In July - One Reality
May 3, 2011
Life On Repeat - Wide Awake [three-song ‘single’]
June 14, 2011
Life On Repeat - Struggle & Sleep
June 21, 2011
Places And Numbers - Travels
August 29, 2011
Set It Off - Horrible Kids EP [remastered/rereleased]
September 13, 2011
We Came As Romans - Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be
September 27, 2011
This Time Next Year - Drop Out Of Life
October 25, 2011
Ghost Thrower - …Has A One that Got Away EP
November 1, 2011
For All I Am - Lone Wolf [self-released by band]
November 8, 2011
The Dear & Departed - Every Waking Moment
December 20, 2011
Say Anything - Burn A Miracle [single]
EQUAL VISION RECORDS 2011 MUSIC/TOUR VIDEO RECAP, PART II
Diving right in…I’ll start by saying that I didn’t even realize just HOW busy the month of July was for us, until I started doing this recap. We released five music videos in July alone, in addition to everything else that we were working on. FIVE! I was probably too busy to even realize how busy I was. Does that even make sense? Nope. Alright, on to the videos then.
Okay, actually - wait. Before we get into those five music videos…let’s start with this video of Mr. Bemis. In July, we signed Say Anything. We signed Say Anything. How cool is that!? Does anyone else remember when they were the surprise band playing outside at Giants Stadium before the doors for Bamboozle opened? It was in 2008 I think and kind of a strange set up and I’m pretty sure it was raining, but was still so much fun. Anyways, my point is that we’re all huge fans of this band and have been for a very long time (even longer than that show in 2008). We’re ecstatic to be working together and can’t wait to release their new album in 2012. Here’s a video of Max telling you that he likes us even though we’re superfans and that him and his producer Tim O’Heir get kinda weird together in the studio. Oh shush, just watch the video:
So as I mentioned in Part I, we had the chance to go to Texas In July's hometown of Ephrata, PA this year. We learned how to properly pronounce “Ephrata” and “Lancaster” and we filmed their music video for “1000 Lies” off of their recently released album One Reality. We also saw the movie Super 8 together while we were there. Productive trip!
Chiodos' music video for “Notes In Constellations” is honestly one of the most beautiful, breathtaking and emotional music videos I have ever seen. Gorgeous scenery and stunning cinematography. It's impossible to not fall in love with this video.
If you haven’t listened to I the Mighty before yet…you’re seriously missing out. They’re so talented. I don’t even know where to start so I’ll just let their music speak for itself. Check out I the Mighty’s live music video that was filmed at Chain Reaction, for “Cutting Room Floor”. It’s the first single off of their forthcoming EP.
Set It Off's music video for “Breathe In, Breathe Out” was another July release. This band, y'all. This band is one of the kindest, most entertaining, most energetic and impressive young bands that I know. Hearts of gold and talent to match. This video was chosen to be in mtvU’s “The Freshmen” contest - and WON thanks to their amazing, amazing fans (love you S!O family!!) who voted all day and night for two weeks straight. As the winner, the video was added to mtvU channel’s regular rotation!
Over the summer, We Came As Romans was on the entire 2011 Vans Warped Tour. It’s one of our favorite annual tours, so we made sure to send out a videographer to a few of the dates to capture their adventures! From that, we put together a live video of ”Mis//Understanding”, one of their new songs off of Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be:
WCAR also met THE biggest fan ever while on Warped Tour. Cheers to you, Lyle. Cheers to you.
This Time Next Year recorded/released their new album Drop Out Of Life with Chad Gilbert of NFG this year. They worked their butts off in the studio and created a brilliant album. Judging by this video, playing video games also proved to play a pivotal role in the making of the album. Additional noteworthy moments: Denis’ giggle at :43, and 1:25 when the band realizes it is physically impossible not to start dancing during the song, even though they wrote it. Boys will be boys. And pop punk is, in fact, NOT dead.
Before releasing This Time Next Year's album in September, we released We Came As Romans sophomore full-length. Both bands put together a behind-the-scenes look at the lyrics that make up each of their albums. TTNY lyricist/vocalist Pete Dowdalls had his track-by-track featured on Alternative Press. For We came As Romans' track insight we wanted to mix it up and premiere the songs WITH the track-by-tracks. Lyricist/guitarist Joshua Moore wrote up his track insight and we put the two together. Here's one of his favorite songs off of the album “Understanding What We've Grown To Be”:
This Fall on the Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour, This Time Next Yearhad an off day in Albany! Okay, now I know that doesn’t really sound that newsworthy, but if you knew just how rarely our bands came through Albany this past year, you’d be exited about it too. We ate burritos from Bombers and saw 50/50 that day. (Good, but sad movie). And instead of keeping all the fun to ourselves, we wanted to share the joy of hanging out with the boys with you, so we made the band work just a little bit on their day of rest, ha! Here’s Denis and Pete performing “Drop Out Of Life” acoustic at the EVR offices. Side note, am I the only one that noticed that Pete’s hat is exactly the same color as the blinds in the background? Hrmmm. Fascinating.
I’m already up to October? Jeez. See how fast the year has gone by?! In October we signed a very sweet, very hardworking (and very young) band called For All I Am. The Chicago-based quintet had never even been on a tour before. ever. But they were about to embark on a full US run with We Came As Romans. It was seriously incredible to see them up there in front of such a big crowd in NYC and then remember that they’d never even been to New York before (or anywhere, for that matter). So wild. I can’t wait to watch them grow and hope that you all check them out. They self-released an EP, Lone Wolf, this year and will release a full-length album in 2012!
In November and December we released part one and two (of three) for a We Came As Romans' Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be music video series. Here are the videos for “Mis//Understanding” and “Just Keep Breathing”!
We knew from the start that the creation of this next video was going to be especially time consuming as it required tons of animation and digital workings…well, it was definitely worth the wait. The result is a unique, fun, beautiful, artistic and impressive video - a great representation of the band. Check out Eisley’s dreamy, steampunk inspired video for ‘The Valley”! The band is currently prepping for the release of their new EP, Deep Space, which will be released on February 14th!
I didn’t really start this post with intentions of starting and ending with Say Anything, but hey…why not!? We just released “Burn A Miracle” - the first song off of the band’s forthcoming full-length album, Anarchy, My Dear - on December 20th. I really hope you like it. I really like it. We also released a lyric video that was created by the ever talented Casey Crescenzo of The Dear Hunter. Listen to it. Learn it. Love it. (pleaseeee?)
And I’ll end with this video of Max talking about anarchy. Because that’s not a loaded topic at all. Maybe I should have said, “with Max talking about what anarchy means to him.” There we go, that’s better.
I had so much fun looking back at all of these videos and truly hope you enjoyed it too! And sorry that you had to read through my rambling between each video, (okay let’s be real, I’m not that sorry ;) just a little bit.)
I hope you found a new band and/or video to love in these recaps or that I at least put a smile on your face by sharing a video you haven’t watched in a few months. And hopefully I didn’t forget too many EVR videos on this list, there were so many to choose from. Send me a message in the ASK box if I did and I’ll try to post it later!
And that’s a wrap on the 2011 video update. Here’s to releasing even more music videos in 2012!
EQUAL VISION RECORDS 2011 MUSIC/TOUR VIDEO RECAP
So…while I started compiling my favorite EVR moments of 2011 I thought to myself, holy smokes we released a lot of music videos this year. And sifting through all of them on our YouTube Channel I realized we also have some really awesome and hilarious tour updates that still make me burst out laughing and/or crying to this day. Sometimes all at once. Anyways, I pulled a bunch of them (okay…most of them) and compiled them into a month by month recap. I can’t believe it’s my job to put things like this together. Way too much fun. Here’s January 2011 - June 2011, I’ll have the second half posted soon. Enjoy!
We started the year off with a teaser for We Came As Romans' Deluxe CD/DVD of To Plant A Seed:
And then Mozart Season put out this tour update soon after. I think this footage might have been from when they were out on the road with letlive., not positive though. I still have one of the show posters from that 2010 tour hanging on the wall next to my desk haha. I’m actually going to go listen to Nightmares right now. I miss Mozart Season.
In March we released Wild Orchid Children's brilliant music video for 'Ahead Of Us The Secret' - the video itself being an hommage to the Beastie Boys. This band will blow your mind. Seriously.
We had our first SXSW showcase in YEARS this past March. It was an incredible and memorable day of music - including Gatsbys American Dream’s very first show back. Also performing on the lineup: Eisley, Wild Orchid Children, ORBS, This Time Next Year and our buds in Harvard. We also teamed up with livestream to stream and film the show! I love SXSW.
In May, a video of Texas In July’s Adam Gray juggling and drumming simultaneously went viral. The video was cool…even cooler was him going on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to perform and impress Leno and William Shatner. Just another day in the life of Adam Gray. Here’s some of the backstage footage:
And freakin’ Fairweather reunited this year. WHAT EVEN?! May was such an awesome month. Here’s a video of the band performing ”Whatever It Takes” at Black Cat:
In June, we announced signing I the Mighty with this emotional video. We can’t wait to share their music with you — stay tuned for release news. 2012 will be an exciting year for them! They’ll also be out touring the west coast with A Lot Like Birds and Just Like Vinyl (ex-Fall of Troy) in January, so be sure to show them some love on that tour!
I can’t really think of a better way to wrap up the first half of this list of 2011 video memories than with this Chiodos tour recap. We still watch this regularly in the office and crack up. And without fail Piebald’s “American Heart” gets stuck in my head. Every. Time. Not to mention how awesome this screen preview is. Nice face B haha :)
Part II…coming soon!
Equal Vision Records 2012 Calendars
Our brand new calendars for 2012 are now available on MerchNOW.com! Each month has a different band featured including Say Anything, Eisley, We Came As Romans, Texas In July, For All I Am, Glass Cloud and more!