Thursday, July 9 marks the long overdue return of Knoxville’s Straight Line Stitch to the Boise faithful. The live onslaught will take place downtown at the Crazy Horse on Thursday July 9. Joining in the mayhem will be Los Angeles-based metal contingent, Spades and Blades, along with Boise’s own Rise of the Fallen, and Denver’s Death for Breakfast. Tickets will be $12 in advance and $14 day of show. Showtime is 7 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the Record Exchange, or the Crazy Horse.
Knoxville’s Straight Line Stitch is perhaps a perfect example of perseverance. After a long struggle to complete their aptly titled and acclaimed The Fight of Our Lives album in 2011, the band began to see some overdue recognition for their talent and hard work. The album went to #5 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and the band made a well-received Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival run that year. Unfortunately, the momentum the band gained collapsed beneath the weight of struggles internally and externally. Over the next few years, the band experienced more line-up turnover than most bands experience in a career. When the dust settled, only vocalist and songwriter Alexis Brown and then bassist, now guitarist Jason White remained.
Brown and White never gave up, though Alexis admits, there were moments they gave such craziness consideration. Ultimately, it was the support of the band’s loyal fans that pushed any ideas of giving up out of their heads and gave meaning to the struggle that became the new EP, Transparency.
“Transparency was born out of all that. We were testing the waters to see if people still cared. It was the light at the end of the tunnel as far as; can we do this by ourselves without any support? The EP is a testament to that that we have. If it wasn’t for the fans we would have thrown in the towel a long time ago. They are the reason why Straight Line Stitch is still functioning.”
Transparency hit stores and digital markets June 30, and the band is wasting no time bringing it to the fans live. White and Brown, along with new bassist Darren McClelland, sound reinvigorated and they are ready to destroy stages world-wide with Boise near the top of the list. Check out Examiner’s recent interview with Alexis Brown in the video above.
Riverside, California’s Spades and Blades rose from the ashes of former hardcore punk band, The Havoc. The band’s hardcore roots tap into elements of metalcore and traditional hard rock. A big part of Spades and Blades and how they have progressed not only as a band, but also how their band has progressed with the music they play is how they utilized the vocals of Jason Todd. Todd is truly a front man who engages with the audience, compelling participation and interaction. However, musically, they have used his vocals; which include actual enunciation of lyrics even in the screaming and growling that is a demarcation of today’s brand of metal, as another instrument. Rather than the band being a prop to showcase the singer, they have aptly used the syncopation of Todd’s vocals and it is woven into the music, synchronous with the rhythm and beat of the bass, the drums, the guitars giving the music a brutal sound that send a message of all working as one to deliver the doom and gloom that is delivered lyrically.
Boise’s Rise of the Fallen began in the spring of 2012 with drummer Scott Mifflin and guitarist Chad Lytle by recruiting longtime friend Jeremy Franklin to handle bass duties. The trio set to work on building a new interpretation of grinding groove metal and soon they reached out to vocalist Kegan Stucki to square off the initial line-up.. After two years of terrorizing the local music scene; supporting touring acts and playing metal festivals, Rise of the Fallen moved to increase the intensity and creativity of its music which led them to adding second guitarist Daniel Rodriguez to the mix. In 2014, the band released its first, full 10-track demo. Rise of the Fallen mixes its innumerable influences together to create its own style and sound that delivers in high-octane, energy-fueled, melodic brutality.
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