Mayday Parade sign to Rise Records, tease new music

It’s been a while since fans have heard anything from the Mayday Parade camp. Last year, they embarked on their A Lesson in Romantics tenth anniversary tour, but since then, things have been quiet. On Tuesday (April 10), things changed when the Florida-founded band took to social media to announce some major news. Taking to Twitter, the band unveiled that they had left their longtime record label home of Fearless Records for Rise Records.

The five-piece will now join bands like Issue, Dance Gavin Dance, blessthefall, Sleeping with Sirens, Of Mice and Men, and more on the Oregon-based record label’s roster.

In an Instagram post, the band posted a cryptic teaser, leading fans to speculate what it meant. The short, 30-second clip finds the band in what appears to be some creepy wooded area. Each member has their moment in front of the camera as it zooms in on them. Before the shot can get a full close-up, it goes to an error/static screen and a new member appears. The same thing repeats with only the band member changing. The clip ends with the number six appearing behind the static followed by Rise Record’s logo. Watch Mayday Parade’s cryptic clip here.

“We are very happy to be teamed up with Rise Records for the release of our 6th full length album,” begins a note from frontman Derek Sanders about joining forces with Rise Records.

“Rise has done a fantastic job with their projects and it’s clear that they are passionate about the music they help put out into the world. We appreciate the fact that they believe in our band still after all these years and we are so excited for everyone to hear what we’ve been working on. Thank you all!”

Mayday Parade’s still-in-the-works sixth studio album will be the follow-up to the group’s 2015 release, Black Lines.

ONE OK ROCK joins Fueled by Ramen lineup

The guys from ONE OK ROCK have already made a name for themselves in their home country of Japan, so what is a band to do once they’ve conquered the music scene in their home country? Easy. sign with a record label in the United States and try to conquer that music scene too. On Monday (Sept. 12), it was announced that the Japanese band has officially signed with Fueled by Ramen.

In addition to signing with the Florida-founded record label, it was also confirmed that they will be releasing their first English-language album in early 2017. While the name of the record and the official release date have not been announced, FBR has confirmed that the lead single from the album will be titled “Taking Off” and is set to premiere on Friday, Sept. 16.

“I’m proud to welcome ONE OK ROCK to the Fueled By Ramen family,” Fueled By Ramen president, Mike Easterlin, said in a press release. “Their monumental rise in Japan has been thrilling to watch and we look forward to launching the next chapter of their career here in the US and around the globe.”

Prior to signing with Fueled by Ramen, ONE OK ROCK had toured with several bands including All Time Low, Sleeping with Sirens, and Issues. By joining the Fueled by Ramen family, the group will be in good company counting bands like Panic! at the Disco, Paramore, 3OH!3, The Front Bottoms, and Young the Giant as fellow label mates.

Sleeping With Sirens Sign with Epitaph, Release New Song


What is a band to do right before they head out on the second leg of their massive world tour?

Simple, sign with a record label that has a lot of rock bands on its roster.

Sleeping with Sirens did just that, going from Rise Records which they called home since their debut,over to Epitaph Records.

In honor of the signing, the band also released a new song titled “Kick Me” which we will assume will be featured on their upcoming new record. Check out the new song below.

Back in August, the band had revealed that they would be leaving Rise Records and would be working as an independent band on their upcoming new album which they had hinted at the month before with photos of them in the studio with John Feldmann.

Apparently, that plan didn’t last long since not even three months later they announced their signing with Epitaph.

Sleeping with Sirens released their last album, Feel back in 2013 which debuted at number three on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and will begin the second leg of the U.S. portion of their world tour with Pierce the Veil and newly revealed supporting act, Mallory Knox and PVRIS.

Check out the tour dates here.


Jan 23 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena

Jan 24 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre

Jan 26 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre

Jan 27 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre

Jan 28 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo

Jan 30 – Magna, UT @ The Great Saltair

Jan 31 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore

Feb 02 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium

Feb 03 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre

Feb 04 – St Paul, MN @ Myth Live

Feb 06 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom

Feb 07 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at ONC

Feb 08 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion

Feb 10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

Feb 11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

Feb 13 – Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Arena

Feb 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

Feb 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

Feb 17 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom

Feb 18 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore

Feb 20 – Richmond, VA @ The National

Feb 21 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore

Feb 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

Feb 24 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore

Feb 25 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues

Feb 26 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues

Feb 28 – Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center

Mar 01 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom

Mar 03 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live

Mar 04 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom

The Morrissey Label Drama Continues On


With every passing day, it seems like Morrissey keeps getting himself deeper and deeper into this battle against his former or maybe not former record label Harvest/Capitol Records.

The musician, for the past three weeks, has been at war with the label, but until now, the label have not formally responded to any of it. The only response which might or might not be on behalf of Harvest, was an inside source, familiar with the situation, saying that Morrissey is still under contract with the label for one more record.

For those who have not been keeping a close eye on the battle, Morrissey had claimed that the record label had dropped him following his critique of the label’s promotions for his recently released record, World Peace is None of Your Business. After that source claimed that he had not been dropped, Moz had revealed that he and his lawyer had email proof that the record label’s head and his assistant had sent them emails confirming that he was no longer a part of their roster.

In a new post titled “Please Close the Door Behind Me” on his blog site, True to You, the singer wrote about how Harvest/Capitol was like a beacon at the beginning and how he had high hopes for his relationship with them.Then, thing took a turn for the worse when Morrissey had suggested them create music videos for promotional reasons. The label, allegedly, scoffed at his suggestion and opted for clips of the singer reading songs’ lyrics instead.

But, the head-butting between him and record head Steve Barnett. Morrissey claims that the only reason the label released World Peace is None of Your Business was just to “get Morrissey out of the Inbox.”

One thing Morrissey did warn fans about on the post was to watch out because World Peace would “instantly disappear from iTunes and record stores and every download-upload-offload outlet on the planet, because Harvest technically have no right to sell it.” If you were to go onto iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Rdio right now, you would notice World Peace is no longer on the services because like he said, Harvest has no rights to it.

We’re guessing this is not the end of it.

The ‘Morrissey Dropped From Label’ Debate Continues


It’s like the “he said, they said” between Morrissey and his record label just keeps on going with no end in sight.

Last week, an “inside” source close to the situation had reportedly told Billboard that the former Smith’s frontman was still in the middle of his contract with Harvest/Capitol. The contract that he allegedly signed with Harvest/ Capitol had the singer releasing two album with them.

His recently released album, World Peace is None of Your Business was the first of the two, according to that source, and another was still in limbo.

Today, True to You, Morrissey’s go to blog to write everything and or anything that he has going on in his head or is bothering him, has once again confirmed that Moz had been dropped by the label.

In the blog post, which was not posted by Morrissey, surprisingly, the writer claims that Morrissey and his lawyer are currently in possession of emails that were sent to them from Steve Barnett, the head of the record label, and his personal assistant in which they confirm that the relationship between the singer and the record label had come to an end.

There is also a part in the post in which the writer claims that there was no recording agreement signed by Morrissey for Harvest/Captiol which means the Moz will retain full ownership of World Peace is None of Your Business as well as the label has no interest in licensing a second album from him.

So far, we don’t think anyone knows what’s going on. Harvest/Capitol have yet to officially release a statement about Morrissey’s claims. This all comes after Morrissey blasted the label for not promoting the album like they were suppose to with things like music videos. In his opinion, his fans who made fan-made music videos for tracks on the recently released record, were better at promoting the record than the label themselves.

Morrissey NOT Dropped from Record Label, Says Record Label


After taking to his blog this past weekend, to reveal that he has been dropped by his record label, Morrissey’s label Harvest/Capitol has revealed that the former Smith’s frontman was in fact not dropped from their roster.

Over the weekend, Morrissey took to the internet to blast the record label for not helping promoted his new record World Peace is None of Your Business. What sparked Moz’s fire was when three fans of his created music videos for three of his new tracks.

In his blog post on True to You, he blasts the label for not even trying to help with music video promotion.

Today, a source close to the record label has revealed that Morrissey had in fact not been dropped like he claimed online. Instead, the “source close to the situation” revealed that he still has one record left in his contract with Harvest.

In the original story written by Billboard, the music mag claims, “A source close to the situation tells Billboard that Moz has not been dropped by Harvest/Capitol, and that his contract with the company calls for two release, the first of which was World Peace.”

World Peace is None of Your Business was released last month and manage to reach the #2 spot on the charts in the United Kingdom and the #14 spot on the charts in the United States. Quite a feat for not having the so-called “cooperation” of your record label.

Guess well just sit back and wait for the Moz to take to his blog to vent about this which is probably happening as we type this.

Morrissey is slated to begin the European leg of his World Peace tour this coming October, let’s see if he’s able to make it through this tour unlike his North American leg.

Morrissey Dropped By Record Label


And the hits keep coming for Morrissey.

Two weeks after a former security guard accused the singer of firing him after not carrying out a so-called “hit” on a fansite editor, the former Smiths frontman has now been reportedly dropped by his record label, Harvest/Capitol Records.

In a post on his blog, True to You, the singer wrote about how his label had not done anything to help promote his recently released record, World Peace is None of Your Business. The post went up on Thursday and by today, the iconic singer once again finds himself without a record label.

In the post, Morrissey praise three fans who went out of their way to create music videos for tracks off of the album. “These videos fully understand the intent of the song, and I am relieved that these films exist,” he writes.

Instead of leaving it as is, Moz went on to explain how the record label should have done it to help promote the new record which reached the #2 spot on the charts in the United Kingdom and the #14 spot on the charts in the United States. “A similar document ought to have been harvested by the record label, but please understand that the pop or rock industry can be as dedicated to perpetuating public deception as the world of politics itself.”

One light note does come out of his semi-lengthy post, he reminds fans of The Smiths that it has been 30 years since the band managed to get to the #2 spot on the charts with zero air play or promotions and how “the struggle for the airwaves remains difficult.”

We’re pretty sure this is not the end of this for Morrissey especially since he will be heading out on the European leg of his tour in October. Now, we should start taking bets how many times this tour will be “rescheduled.”

Yellowcard Announce Big News


Yellowcard fans got some sad news last week when the band announced that their longtime drummer, Longineu “LP” Parsons III, had left the band. The statement was sweet and simple revealing that Parsons had “decided to pursue other musical interest.”

Now, the band are back with better news to get their fans out of the little funk they might have gone into when they found out one of the original members was gone. The Florida-based group announced today that they have signed with Razor & Tie Records and their new album which they had previous announced, is set to be released later this year.

Like fellow new Razor & Tie artist The Ready Set, who also just signed a deal with the label, Yellowcard have signed a multi-record deal with the California indie-label. Earlier this year, Yellowcard announced they were working on new material, but now it has been confirmed that the new record, still untitled, will be released this Fall.

“We are beyond excited for what lies ahead. There are so many amazing opportunities on the horizon for us, and we are stoked to have a new partner in Razor & Tie,” the band commented about the new business relationship.

“It’s great to have Yellowcard on Razor & Tie.  They make rock the way we like it—with energy, hooks and attitude. They are total pros and we couldn’t be more proud to work with them,” added Razor & Tie co-owners Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam.

Yellowcard have already been confirmed as one of the many artists to take a ride on the Vans Warped Tour this year. The new record will also mark the follow-up to 2012’s Southern Air.

VersaEmerge Dropped by Fueled By Ramen


In news that might not be all that shocking, it seems that Fueled by Ramen has dropped VersaEmerge from their artist roster. While no official word has been given as to why the duo have been dropped from the record label, many can attribute that it was due to the fact that they have continually been delaying the released of their sophomore album, Another Atmosphere.

The band were originally scheduled to head out on the Vans Warped Tour this year, but decided that it would be in the best interest of the label and them, to just bow out to concentrate on working on the new album. The album, though has apparently been in production for well over a year. In May, the band released a statement about why they were dropping off the yearly festival tour, but reassuring their fans that they were not breaking up and that they were working on new material, “for real this time.”

”We’re very sorry to say that we are canceling our appearance on this summer’s Van’s Warped Tour. This was not an easy decision and we sincerely apologize to the Vans Warped Tour and to anyone who planned to see us this summer. We are still going through some important changes that would be unjustifiable and inexcusable to rush.

Do not fear! We are not splitting up. We’ve been working hard towards an exciting and much needed reorganization. It has taken quite a long time to solidify what direction we want to go in and  but have we finally figured that out.  We’re challenging ourselves daily with self-producing A LOT of new material. So look forward to some new songs… Very very soon. (FOR REAL THIS TIME)

We know that we haven’t made any major announcements in these past few months, and we cannot thank you enough for hanging in there with us throughout this vast period of silence.

We hear you guys!

We will be releasing some more information in the weeks to come concerning future plans and new music…”

As of right now, neither the record label or the band themselves have released a statement on the matter, but it looks like Fueled by Ramen are taking the steps to put them in the alumni category.


William Beckett Joins Equal Vision Family

William Beckett

William Beckett, the former frontman for The Academy Is…has officially signed to Equal Vision Records. The record label is currently home to bands such as Say Anything, Chiodos and Eisley. Since the separation of this band, Beckett has been working on a lot of new music, continuously releasing new tracks on line and giving fans a taste of what a full length album would sound like.

Now with this new record label as his home, Beckett has announced that he is currently working on his full length album with producer, Marc McClusky who has worked with Weezer and Ludo.

Beckett released the following statement about his signing to the label (or you can watch it below):

“Regarding the signing, Beckett had the following to say: “I’ve been a fan of EVR and its roster since I was listening to The Stryder and Saves the Day in high school. For months I was approached by labels but after the first conversation I knew EVR was a perfect fit; I can make exactly the record I want to make.”

Beckett will be heading out on a Spring tour starting in late March. Once that tour ends, he will be heading over to the 2013 Vans Warped Tour. You can see the dates to his Spring tour down below:

Mar 22 Dekalb, IL @ The House Cafe
Mar 23 Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose Tap House
Mar 24 St Louis, MO @ The Firebird
Mar 26 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
Mar 27 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
Mar 28 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Mar 29 Houston, TX @ House of Blues (Bronze Peacock)
Mar 30 Dallas, TX@ Prophet Bar
Apr 01 Scottsdale, AZ @ Rhythm Room
Apr 03 Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe
Apr 04 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
Apr 05 Upland, CA @ Wire Music & Art Venue
Apr 06 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues (5th Ave Side Stage)
Apr 07 San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
Apr 09 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Apr 10 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Apr 12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Apr 13 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
Apr 14 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room