Bands vs Food feat., Memphis May Fire, We Came As Romans

Phenomenon Concerts & The Rialto Theatre Present

Bands vs Food feat., Memphis May Fire

We Came As Romans


May 08 Sun

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

The Rialto Theatre

$21 - $23

This event is all ages

General Admission Standing Room

Bands vs Food feat., Memphis May Fire
Bands vs Food feat., Memphis May Fire
The music of Memphis May Fire is the sound of hope and compassion, delivered by a dedicated group of men striving for something greater than the world around them. Memphis May Fire is a clarion call to those who insist on bettering themselves, their loved ones and the conditions afflicting the world. It's not about divisive politics, it's not about polarizing debate – it's about the transcendent power of love through heavy rock.

The body of work Memphis May Fire has crafted over their last three albums, together with producer and collaborator Cameron Mizell (Sleeping With Sirens, The Word Alive), represents a creative achievement beyond even what the band's formidable success would suggest. Sure, Unconditional arrived at #1 on Billboard's Rock, Independent andHard Music charts, but that was just the mainstream icing on a cake that was lovingly baked by fans around the world who've discovered Memphis May Fire in the live setting, from satellite radio, from social media and from each other.

These five guys are like family to over a million fans following Memphis May Fire on Facebook, the tens of thousands who rushed out to put this year's Unconditional at #4 in the Billboard 200, the dedicated diehards who empty the magazine rack whenever the group graces the cover of Big Cheese, Alternative Press, Outburn, etc. and the early believers who made Challenger the highest selling debut ever for Rise Records to that point when it was released in 2012. YouTube clips like "Sleepless Nights," "Miles Away," "The Sinner," and "Vices" together represent more than 20 million views.

Charismatic frontman Matty Mullins, emboldened by a renewed purpose and the type of humility derived from personal struggles not dissimilar to the stories the band hears from their fans, leads the charge against a backdrop of instantly memorable hooks and bottom-heavy crunch. It's all ably crafted by lead guitarist/co-founder Kellen McGregor, longtime bassist Cory Elder, deeply skilled drum basher Jake Garland and most recent addition Anthony Sepe, whose guitar chops came forth in the Challenger era.

"I feel a duty to put all of my cards on the table," explains Mullins, speaking specifically about the emotional vulnerability all over the songs on Unconditional. "This album came from a very personal place. It's very important for people find out someone else has gone through what they have. Otherwise, you feel like you're losing your mind."

The unity of shared purpose is palpable at a Memphis May Fire show, whether songs like "No Ordinary Love," "Beneath the Skin" or "Losing Sight" are blasting from the Warped Tour's main stage or emanating from the speakers at one of the packed clubs the band makes their nightly home. Cares cast aside, problems pushed to the forefront, the visceral connection between artist and audience is alive and audible with each sing-a-long chant. Melodic mood swingers like "Speechless" and "Need to Be" demonstrate the full capacity and scope of what Memphis May Fire is capable of doing, winning them spots on major radio festivals like Welcome to Rockville and Carolina Rebellion as their heavier side secures fests such as Download and With Full Force.

An organic and incremental growth has propelled Memphis May Fire ever since they followed their underground 2009 debut album with 2011's The Hollow, a modern metalcore masterpiece that led into the broadened musical horizons of their commercial breakthrough, Challenger, and the 2014 Album of the Year contender Unconditional.

Plenty of Memphis May Fire's contemporaries have fans that profess their adoration, gratitude & even spiritual connection to the power of music, but few groups embrace the full responsibility inherent within those reactions the way Memphis May Fire has, acknowledging that something bigger than rock n' roll has taken hold. Make no mistake, Memphis May Fire deliver hard rock anthems steeped in modern subculture and the best of radio rock, but their purpose continues to evolve into something greatly bigger than themselves, with no limit as to what they can achieve.
We Came As Romans
We Came As Romans
"Though we've grown as individuals, musicians, and as a band over the years, we have never changed the meaning behind what our band is, and if anything, on this record we found greater meaning and purpose in the message we are trying to send to listeners," explains We Came As Romans' lyricist and guitarist Joshua Moore, in regards to the band's musical evolution. "I think our fans will really understand and see that once they hear the album."

The Detroit, MI-based band will release their third full-length album, Tracing Back Roots, on July 23 via Equal Vision Records.

The eleven track album follows Understanding What We've Grown To Be, which was released in September 2011 and debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard Current Top 200. To date, Understanding What We've Grown To Be and the band's debut-full-length, To Plant A Seed, have sold over 183,000 copies combined. Additional Billboard Chart debut placements for Understanding What We've Grown To Be included: #5 on Top Hard Music, #7 Independent, #10 Top Current Rock, #15 Current Digital, and #21 on the Top 200 Album Chart.

In March 2013, the band travelled to Los Angeles to record the highly anticipated follow-up album, teaming up with renowned producer John Feldmann [The Used, Black Veil Brides, All Time Low]."It was a true joy to be included in Tracing Back Roots," notes Feldmann. "We Came As Romans push the boundaries of what modern alternative music should be, while staying authentic to their roots. One of the few new bands to keep true to their vision while developing as artists."

Moore adds, "It was honestly a dream come true for the band to be working with John Feldmann, with him being so well-respected and having produced some of our favorite CDs growing up. He brought this amazing new perspective to our group and really pushed me to step outside the box as a writer. I truly believe that this next record is all of the best elements of what we have done so far in music, combined with where we want to go and the music we want to play going forward."

The new album most notably showcases vocalist Dave Stephens in a new light, with the incorporation of his clean singing for the first time ever. In addition to his signature powerful, yet articulate, screams, Stephens now also displays rich melodic tones and gritty textures, that perfectly balances the soaring, smooth croons of co-vocalist Kyle Pavone. Musically the album expands on the anthemic, inspiring quality of the band's recently released single "Hope", offering sweeping guitars interlaced with delicate synth interludes and explosive percussive elements. The resulting album is their catchiest and most universally relatable music to date.

The haunting, intricate album artwork for Tracing Back Roots was illustrated by the incredibly talented Paul Romano [Chiodos, Mastodon], who also created the covers for the band's two previous full-lengths. Romano and We Came As Romans' bassist Andrew Glass collaborated on the artistic direction of each cover, with the newest one incorporating and elaborating on elements within the first two covers. Glass explains, "The imagery is based on the idea of moving forward with the knowledge that we have learned about ourselves throughout the years, from the darkest to brightest times in life. It represents our continuous work towards transforming into the people we want to be, while always remembering our roots that made us who we are."

Tracing Back Roots will be released around the world through partnerships with Nuclear Blast [Europe, South Africa, Russia], We Are Unified [Australia, New Zealand], Triple Vision Records [Japan] and through Equal Vision Records for North America and all remaining territories.

We Came As Romans formed in 2005 and is comprised of Dave Stephens [vocals], Kyle Pavone [vocals], Joshua Moore [lyrics/guitar], Eric Choi [drums], Lou Cotton [guitar] and Andrew Glass [bass].

The band has appeared on the covers of Alternative Press (twice) and Substream Music Press magazines, on the front pages of the NJ Star-Ledger, Asbury Park Press, The Aquarian Weekly, and The Metro (Detroit) newspapers, in exclusive features in Journeys stores and in Hot Topic's back-to-school campaign, and appeared on,, MTV Buzzworthy Blog, Axe Body Spray Sites, and Sirius XM Liquid Metal.

In addition to their unique sound and positive message, We Came As Romans has become well-known for their impressive commitment to touring. In 2012 the band charged through extensive worldwide touring, including performances in the UK/Europe, Australia, the Philippines, Japan, Russia, North and South America and more, with the likes of The Used, Megadeth, NOFX, Parkway Drive, GWAR, Suicide Silence, August Burns Red, and The Devil Wears Prada. This summer, We Came As Romans will perform on the entirety of the 2013 Vans Warped Tour as a Main Stage artist � their second time on the full tour � with expansive stateside and international touring to follow throughout the fall and winter.
Miss May I
Miss May I
Hailing from Dayton, Ohio, Miss May I claims a sound that is mature far beyond their years. With no members over the age of 19, they have been breaking out of the Dayton music scene with a sound that is unbelievably fast paced, heavy, and crushing, yet tastefully melodic and catchy. Currently writing for a full length debut with Rise Records, the band is gearing up for a 2009 release thats looking to propel them to the forefront of their genre.
"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything." That provocative phrase was first uttered by one of America's Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton. In his inexhaustible effort to espouse the virtues of the brand new United States Constitution, Hamilton was quick to criticize those who refused to stand up for liberty. Civil Rights activist Malcolm X famously paraphrased his quote to similar effect. Emerging in an era where pop culture is dominated by vacuous personalities with little of substance to convey, when "scene" bands often concern themselves more with clever marketing strategies than the urgent issues of our
times, FOR TODAY stand decidedly apart.
Fight The Silence (Razor & Tie) arrives armed with For Today's message of strength through love. The band's emotionally explicit messages are torn from turbulent life experience, with an eye toward constructive change designed to impact their fans, the world at large and the band members themselves, in ways big and small. The band's fifth album is the broadest
demonstration of all that For Today has to offer, balancing the ragged, persistent urgency of their well-honed live show with the creative polish of modern metal songwriting and production. Plenty of bands offer up heavy breakdowns mixed with melodic choruses. But few display the authentic passion, the forceful optimism and the unifying anthem making power of For Today.
A furious exhortation to "burn it down!" kicks off the album in the appropriately titled "Molotov," which doubles down on For Today's modern and invigorating blend of the New Wave Of American Heavy Metal that dominated Ozzfest, the precision blast of sing/scream pioneers and the bottom heavy bounce of early nu-metal, album oriented Active Rock and mosh-pit destroying deathcore. Undeniable anthems like "A Call to Arms" and "Break the Cycle" are certain to take their place alongside For Today's most well-known crowd-pleasers, infused with a touch of atmosphere and melody to balance out the heavy crunch. The contemplative, ultra moody landscape of "Reflections" and the string-filled "Resonate" (which clocks in at just over 90 seconds) will give pause to fans of anything from Deftones to Radiohead, offering room to breathe between the impassioned screams, cementing Fight the Silence as both powerful and complete.
Lead guitarist and melodic vocalist Ryan Leitru, his bass playing brother Brandon, drummer David Puckett, new guitarist Sam Penner and vocalist/frontman Mattie Montgomery have crafted For Today's most diverse offering, building on the strengths of fan favorite albums like Breaker and their first album for Razor & Tie, Immortal, infused with the skills honed on Vans Warped Tour, as headliners of Scream The Prayer and on countless tour with contemporaries like We Came As Romans, Asking Alexandria, Devil Wears Prada and Throwdown. The band's potent blend of pummeling, powerful and evocative heavy music and outspokenly devoted lyrical force has earned them a dedicated following around the world. That passionate audience's fervent support was evidenced by Immortal's #1 debut on Billboard's Hard Rock chart (and #15 debut on the overall charts). The press has followed suit, with accolades coming from Outburn (who've featured For Today on their cover), Revolver, Alternative Press and more.
For Today has never been more prepared to make a record, fine-tuning the material for Fight The Silence for several months, including preproduction work with longtime collaborator and friend, producer Will Putney (Like Moths To Flames, Impending Doom, The Acacia Strain). "We wrote entire songs that didn't even make the album, which we've never done before,"
Montgomery explains. "We scrapped parts that weren't up to par, as well. So this album definitely represents the cream of the crop of everything we've written." The Prevailer EP and accompanying DVD was a gift to longtime fans, detailing their rise from the scrappy hardcore band who set the hard rock world ablaze with the one-two punch of Ekklesia and Portraits, setting the stage for the breakthrough success of Breaker. That album nearly cracked the Billboard Top 50, buoyed by a collection of songs that more clearly defined the band's metal leanings. Immortal and 2013's Prevailer saw For Today at their heaviest. This new album was tailor made to appeal to longtime fans while inviting new adherents alike.
"Fight The Silence is very inviting. It will be very accessible for a lot of different types of people," promises Montgomery. "People who haven't heard of the band before or who may not have liked the band in the past: I would strongly encourage them to check out this record. I'm very confident that it is better than anything we have ever done."
The songs on Fight The Silence are catchier and full of more hooks than any For Today tracks before now. Montgomery has always written from a perspective of generational shift, encouraging the youth of today to empower themselves and rise up for change. That sentiment has expanded, in part by the singer delving deeper within. "Fatherless" reaches into Montgomery's own childhood; dealing with the death of his father from cancer when the singer was just eight years old. "A Call to Arms" addresses income inequality and the plight of extreme poverty both in the United States and abroad. "One of the things I was sort of meditating on while writing the record is the fact that the vast majority of violence
in the world, if we're honest, is a result to poverty," Montgomery explains. "If we were to address poverty then rich people wouldn't have to live in gated communities with 24 hour security, like they do now, because people wouldn't be starving down the street from their multi-million dollar mansion." The album's title track (and first unleashed online) aggressively confronts the scourge of human trafficking, the modern day slavery that persists in the modern world. For Today is putting their money where their mouths are, as well. Sizeable portions of the proceeds from Fight The Silence will go to the A21 Campaign and their global effort to rescue and rehabilitate those who have been victimized by human trafficking and to expose and prosecute those responsible. Montgomery had all of the lyrics written for the song before he arrived at the studio. "Then the morning before Will got in, I watched a video someone sent me called 'Girls Going Wild in the Red Light District.' They were like, 'Ignore the title. Just watch the video.' In the video there are six girls standing in the window of a brothel in Amsterdam. This song starts playing and these prostitutes all start doing this synchronized dance to this music. All of the guys on the street stop what they're doing and come over and watch these hookers dancing in the window. Then at the end of it, these girls get done and the windows go black and this screen at the top of the building comes on and says, 'Every year thousands of girls are promised a dance career in Western Europe. Sadly they many of them end up here.'" The singer sat in the studio and wept for a good twenty minutes. "I was sobbing, snot coming out of my nose, tears coming down my face. How can we help? Where do we even start? I literally went through the lyrics to this song called 'Hope,' which is ironic. I went through the lyrics that I had written and selected everything and I hit delete. You know what? This is the one that we thought was going to be the single, so I'm re-doing the entire lyrics to this song. I want the world to hear about this thing. So I re-wrote them in 45 minutes that morning. Then we recorded it. That's 'Fight The Silence.'"
From the preorder campaign through For Today's considerable touring schedule, the band will work to raise awareness about this issue in particular, mostly in support of A21. "They have safe houses to rehabilitate, they're working on the political end to help get legislation passed, they're doing everything that I would love to do and just can't because I don't have the expertise. We're using what we have to help give them money and resources to make it work."For Today want nothing more than to give listeners the freedom to join them as part of a human community. Fight The Silence is an invitation to anyone and everyone to check out the songs, learn about the issues, come out to the show, engage in discussions with the band. "What I would like to see is for us as humans to be able to put down our differences," insists Montgomery. "Even if we don't agree, we can come together and help each other in this thing called life."The time for building up ideological walls and taking potshots at one another from behind them is over. The time to passivelyignore the world around us has long passed. For Today invites everyone to Fight The Silence with them, in whatever way they can muster. Participation, community, fellowship, relationship: For Today.
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