Serving as the first single to be released by the Texas rock act in 2013, “Skin Deep (Adderall)” walks the line between rock anthem and ballad with fine precision. The growth in the band’s songwriting, both lyrically and structurally, from their debut is undeniable here. Vocalist Evan Lester shines above the rest, with his soulful vocals traversing from near a whisper to an all-out belt of emotional power that few will be able to deny, but that’s not to say the band doesn’t hold their own. Much like Lester’s vocals, the instrumentation for “Skin Deep (Adderall)” knows few bounds. It takes a necessary backseat to the vocals early on, then slowly becomes more and more prominent until taking center stage during the piano-lead bridge, making for a wholly satisfying listening experience.
We never thought the sky was anything less than the limit for Avion Roe, and that continues to be the case with the release of “Skin Deep (Adderall).” If one band deserves to get signed in the alt-rock realm in 2013, it’s Avion Roe, and all the reasoning you need can be streamed below: (more…)
My Chemical Romance will continue their B-side saga with the release of the fourth installment of their Conventional Weapons series on January 8. The Conventional Weapons series of five 7″ vinyl, two-track singles compiles songs recorded in 2009, before the band recorded Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. If you can’t wait until next Tuesday, check out streams of the two latest songs below the jump.
If you like My Chemical Romance, check out OurStage artist Avion Roe.
Texas rockers Avion Roe will be taking over the OurStage Twitter tomorrow night from 7-8pm Central Time to answer any and everything you want to know about their music, hobbies, tour plans, and hopes for the new year. To make even better, every fan who submits a question will be automatically entered to win a one-of-a-kind prize pack featuring limited edition merchandise and collectibles.
To participate in OurStage’s exclusive Tweet & A with Avion Roe you will need an active Twitter account and the ability to send messages from 6-8pm Central time tomorrow, December 4. We will announce when we’ve begun accepting questions, and the band will begin replying around 7pm. The winner of our giveaway will be announced the following day.
If you’re excited about this event, tell your friends! Use the social share buttons above, and tell everyone unfamiliar with the band to watch their video for “Who I Am” below:
If you took part in our recent Tweet & A with Jitta on the Track you were witness to the first of what is quickly going to become a recurring event here on OurStage. We’ve been listening to your requests, and from here on out we’ll be doing our best to connect you with your favorite artists, starting with a live Tweet & A with none other than Avion Roe next Tuesday!
Hailing from Texas, Avion Roe have spent the last few years cutting their teeth in the alternative scene. They spent a good portion of their Summer on our stage at Warped Tour, and are currently working on preparing new music for a 2013 release. The guys will be joining us next Tuesday, December 4, from 7-8pm Central Time to answer YOUR QUESTIONS. Even better, the band will be giving away an exclusive prize pack during the event, including a one-of-a-kind photo print, autographed t-shirt, and more! Everyone who submits a question through Twitter will be entered to win, so keep an eye on the official Ourstage Twitter for the Tweet & A announcement next week.
This is Tour Manager James checking in from the Orlando, FL date of Van’s Warped Tour 2012. For the last month, I have been riding aboard the OurStage.com tour bus with Larry G(ee) and his band, as well as a few stage hands, and thought it might be a nice change of pace to shed some light on my day-to-day life here on the world’s largest traveling music festival.
Every morning, I rise around 7:00am and check with our driver (Jens) to learn about our arrival time and whatever information he is able to offer about the venue. We arrive and I wake up Larry so he and I can begin promoting the day’s performance. We stroll the venue, setup merch, locate stages, promote on social networks, drink coffee, and sweat the equivalent of roughly two gallons of water before getting the day’s set times at 10am. Once that happens, the grounds become a rampage of managers and promo kids doing their best to get the word out about their act’s time. It’s hectic, it’s crazy, it’s Warped before gates.
Once the gates open, the real day can finally begin. The band and I regroup from our morning promotion then set off to promote within the gates until (and usually after) the performance. When Larry has somewhere to be, something gig-related to do, or when the band is in need, I’m there. When they perform, I’m there both as manager and photographer. On the rare occasion the day allows for me to have some time to explore the grounds, I do my best to catch as many sets as possible (most of which I’ve shared on the OS Warped Tumblr) and, if at all possible, shower.
Evening brings a cooler temperature, but our efforts never end before dark. I assist Larry and his band as needed, begin packing up our belongings, and do my best to catch a glimpse of the sunset before diving into some editing work on the day’s photos. It’s tiring, and most of the time you want to sleep for days on end, but the night Warped Tour crew BBQ keeps us up and lifts even the lowest spirits. It’s one of those rare moments when everyone from main stage to catering is really together, and not one has passed that’s let us down.
After all this, Larry, his band, the crew, and I return to the bus and exchange stories before bed. It’s a long, long day, but one you’re always excited to begin again in the morning.
I’ll be writing another entry next week highlighting my favorite moments of this tour, but for now, here are a few of my favorite images thus far:
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