Creator-Destructor launches pre-order for Western Settings EP

Creator-Destructor Records have officially launched the pre-order for Western Settings’ upcoming EP Old Pain. The first pressing of the record will be 500 pieces, pressed on black vinyl with a digital download included.

Creator-Destructor commented on the EP saying, “We are all super excited about this release, as it is one of the most refreshing and honest releases that we’ve come across in a while. We love it, and we hope you all do too!”

Aside from the 10″ black vinyl, Creator-Destructor are offering a pre-order combo with an Old Pain t-shirt as well, for just $25.

You can pre-order the vinyl and/or bundle, as well as stream/embed the first single “The Phenomenon,” via Bandcamp.

Torche announces dates with Kvelertak (2016)

TORCHE has announced a slew of new North American dates beginning this coming April and May. The Miami stoner/sludge rockers will be directly supporting Norway’s Kvelertak on a nearly month-long tour throughout the U.S. and Canada. On either end of the tour, TORCHE will also be playing two weeks of headlining dates in the US East and Southwest. Up-and-comers Wild Throne will support on the majority of the dates. Check out a full itinerary below.

TORCHE recently released Restarter, the band’s debut for Relapse Records and its best-selling album to date. The ten-song collection landed on multiple worldwide charts and was universally lauded by press outlets worldwide. Pitchfork called Restarter TORCHE‘s “most compelling record since Meanderthal,” and Entertainment Weekly dubbing the band “loud rock’s most adroit genre-benders.”

Restarter is available on CD/LP/2xLP/Digital and can be purchased via Relapse at THIS LOCATION or streamed & purchased digitally via TORCHE‘s Bandcamp page HERE.

Watch TORCHE‘s music video for “Annihilation Affair” HERE.

TORCHE Live:

***All Dates with Kvelertak & Wild Throne unless noted***

Apr 8 Nashville, TN The End*
Apr 9 Louisville, KY Haymarket Whiskey Bar*
Apr 10 Columbus, OH Skully’s^
Apr 11 Buffalo, NY The Studio @ Waiting Room*
Apr 12 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
Apr 13 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Apr 14 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
Apr 15 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
Apr 16 Washington, DC DC Brau (Festival)
Apr 17 Cambridge, MA Middle East
Apr 18 Quebec City, QC L’Anti*
Apr 19 Montreal, QC L’Astral
Apr 20 Toronto, ON Opera House
Apr 23 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
Apr 24 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
Apr 25 St Louis, MO The Ready Room
Apr 26 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
Apr 28 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
Apr 29 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
Apr 30 Boise, ID Neurolux
May 1 Seattle, WA El Corazon
May 2 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
May 3 Portland, Or Hawthorne Theatre
May 5 San Francisco, CA The Independent
May 6 Los Angeles, CA Fonda Theater
May 7 San Diego, CA The Hideout*
May 8 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Bar*
May 10 Austin, TX Barracuda*
May 11 Dallas, TX Three Links*
May 12 Houston, TX Rudyard’s^
May 13 New Orleans, LA Siberia^

* = with Wild throne ^ = Torche only

June 18 Clisson, FR Hellfest

Andrew W.K.’s “Party Hard” becomes official goal song for Pittsburgh Penguins

Andrew W.K.‘s anthem, “Party Hard” is now the official goal song for the Pittsburgh Penguins NHL hockey team. Andrew will be in attendance to host tomorrow night’s game against the New York Rangers, his first appearance at the arena since his song has been declared the team’s celebratory expression.

The song change came to fruition following a petition from fans on the Pittsburgh Sports and Mini Ponies website stating, “‘Party Hard’ is the ultimate expression of joy, happiness and love for one another. These are all feelings associated with watching your favorite hockey team score a huge goal at home. Hugs all around, people. There are few songs with such power and direction. Andrew tells you to Party Hard You Party Hard.”

Since “Party Hard” became the goal song on October 22, 2015, fan sentiment has been overwhelmingly positive and social media numbers have skyrocketed in agreement with the change, adding up to over 33 million impressions.

In other news, The King of Partying just kicked off his first ever Las Vegas residency, featuring four Party DJ sets at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s new Center Bar. Andrew will continue his monthly series on the first Saturday of each month with the next appearance on Saturday, March 5.

Self Help Festival returns to California in 2016

The third annual SELF HELP FESTIVAL makes its highly anticipated return on March 19, 2016 at NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA. Today, the festival has announced the full lineup which will include performances by headliners A Day To Remember and Underoath with support from The Wonder Years, The Story So Far, August Burns Red, Yelawolf, Issues, Crown The Empire, Further Seems Forever, Letlive., Thy Art Is Murder, Tonight Alive, One OK Rock and Cruel Hand.

General admission tickets and a limited amount of VIP Packages, which include a photo op and meet & greet, limited edition festival poster, exclusive VIP t-shirt, VIP laminate, access to VIP area, early entry and general admission ticket, can be purchased now at http://www.selfhelpfest.com/.

Presented and curated by revered Floridian rock band A Day To Remember along with Fly South Music Group, United Talent Agency and Chain Reaction, SELF HELP FESTIVAL was started in 2014 with events in Philadelphia and San Bernardino. Inspired by their fans, the band’s overall mission is to deliver a memorable event featuring bands with positive messages embodied in their music. Past SELF HELP FESTIVALS have included bands like Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice & Men, Memphis May Fire, Stick To Your Guns, Whitechapel, The Ghost Inside, Motionless In White and Chiodos among others.

Each year SELF HELP FESTIVAL continues to grow, selling over 33,000 tickets since its inception, and 2016’s incarnation is shaping up to be its biggest yet. This year’s lineup will feature A Day To Remember’s return to the festival for the first time since its launch, the first performance back by the recently reunited post-hardcore giants Underoath and support from punk and rock’s hottest rising bands.

“Every year we strive to make improvements and this year fans can look forward to the continued evolution of the festival’s production, among other things.” – Jeremy McKinnon (A Day To Remember) 

“Beyond excited to play this year’s Self Help Fest! The first year we played was an absolute unforgettable show for all of us so we’re stoked for round 2! We’re looking forward to playing these new jams for you all. Help us get the show vibes right!” – AJ Rebollo (Issues)

“We’re dang excited to play at Self Help. With so many friends playing, it’s shaping up to be an insane day and we’re ready!” – Chris Dudley (Underoath)

Purchase tickets now at http://www.selfhelpfest.com/.

 

Shadow Woods Metal Fest returns to Maryland in 2016

SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST, the Mid-Atlantic’s open-air camping metal party, will once again terrorize the woodlands of central Maryland this fall with three days of more than thirty bands from diverse metal genres and regions. The 2016 festival runs from Thursday, September 15th through Sunday, September 18th at Camp Hidden Valley, in White Hall, Maryland, the same location where the maiden edition of the fest was held last year.

Organizers of SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST began announcing performers in mid-January and have been carefully curating this year’s lineup. “The response from performers and attendees to the 2015 event was overwhelmingly positive with many people telling me it was the best weekend of their lives!” says festival founder Mary Spiro of Metallomusikum.com/Shadow Woods Productions LLC. “We are humbled and frankly completely surprised by the outpouring of praise for the fest. There has been enormous interest from the metal community for certain bands to perform. Our team is taking its time to make sure the lineup matches our attendee’s expectations and sets us apart from other fests. We also want each day to have flow. It’s a balancing act.”

Spiro says that when all is said and done, the final lineup will surpass the ferocity of the inaugural installment. As of February 9th, twenty-one bands have been announced, including horror death mongers Acid Witch, death thrashers Coffin Dust, underground black metal kings Blood Storm, doom merchants Wizard Eye, psychedelic black metal gurus Helleborus, and Maryland doom trio Faith In Jane joins forces with the genre’s godfather Scott “Wino” Weinrich (The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan, Saint Vitus) for an exclusive SWMF performance, with much more to be announced.

Early Bird Weekend Passes for SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST go on sale at noon EST, February 12th for $115 on BrownPaperTickets.com.

Tent camping is included with the weekend pass. People who want to reserve cabin beds can do so for an additional $20 for the duration of the fest.

“It could be late Spring before we have the whole lineup in hand,” Spiro said. “It’s taking longer than we anticipated, but we think our patience will be rewarded, and festival goers will be really pleased with the bands yet to be announced.”

SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST 2016 Confirmed Lineup:

A SOUND OF THUNDER (DC) **traditional old-school heavy metal

ACID WITCH (Detroit) **horror death

BLOOD STORM (PA/TX) **black thrash

BOUND BY THE GRAVE (Baltimore) *death

CEMETERY PISS (Baltimore) **black

COFFIN DUST (Philadelphia) **death

CORPSE LIGHT (Baltimore) *doom

DARSOMBRA (MD) **metal drone

DESTROYER OF LIGHT (Austin, TX) **sludge

EMPYREUS(Chicago) **black

FAITH IN JANE FEATURING WINO (MD) ** doom trio joined by the godfather of the sound

GENEVIEVE (MD) **experimental black

GRAVE GNOSIS (St. Petersburg, FL) **black

HAXEN (Rhode Island) **black

HELLEBORUS (Manitou Springs, CO) **black

MYOPIC (DC) **death/doom

SAPREMIA (New Jersey) **death

TELOCH VOVIN (NY) **black

TEMPLE OF VOID (Detroit) **doom

WIZARD EYE (PA) **doom

XEUKATRE (Baltimore) **black

MANY MORE BANDS YET TO BE ANNOUNCED

Grimoire Records, who were sponsors of Shadow Woods Metal Fest 2015, have made a more substantial investment for 2016 and are now named as co-producers of this year’s fest.  ”I really believe in what Mary and the SHADOW WOODS team have started, and we are very excited to help keep it going,” says Philip Doccolo, who with Noel Mueller co-founded the Baltimore-based hybrid recording and distribution label in February 2013.  Expect to see Grimoire labelmates Myopic, Corpse Light, Genevieve and others performing throughout the weekend.

Lokvlt Productions out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Leftover Pizza Productions from Frederick, Maryland will continue to lend their booking expertise and scene knowledge. New to the SHADOW WOODS planning team is Washington, DC area metal hype-machine LCnK Promotions and online metal blog Metal Junkie Zine, both of who will be spreading the good news about Shadow Woods to their constituency.

“We were so impressed with the quality of the lineup and how well the fest was run last year, that we really wanted to take a more active role in 2016,” says I.O. Kirkwood, founder of Metal Junkie Zine, who will be organizing volunteers.

PUP shares video for “DVP,” tours (2016)

Following the massive reaction to their new single “DVP” last week, Toronto punks PUP have released a lyric video for “DVP.”

Last month, PUP announced their return to NYC for a one-off headlining show at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on Friday February 12. The show sold out in less than 24 hours, but fans who missed out will get a second chance later this spring when the band headlines Music Hall Of Williamsburg on June 25. PUP will play two additional headlining shows in Toronto and Los Angeles later this spring. Tickets for all three shows are on sale now.

And after spending nearly two months on a U.S. tour with Modern Baseball last fall, the two bands will reunite for a run of dates throughout the UK starting April 17. PUP headlines their own show in London on April 29, which sold out in just two days.

Thursday February 11 – Buffalo, NY – The Waiting Room
Friday February 12 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus *SOLD OUT*
Monday March 14-18 – Austin, TX – SXSW
Sunday April 17 – Amsterdam – The Sugar Factory # *SOLD OUT*
Monday April 18 – Hamburg – Nochtspeicher #
Tuesday April 19 – Berlin – Cassiopeia #
Wednesday April 20 – Cologne – Blue Shell #
Friday April 22 – Brighton – Green Door Store #
Saturday April 23 – Norwich – Owl Sanctuary #
Sunday April 24 – Huddersfield – The Parish #
Tuesday April 26 – Glasgow – Stereo #
Wednesday April 27 – Liverpool – Studio 2 #
Thursday April 28 – Derby – The Venue #
Friday April 29 – London – The Lexington *SOLD OUT*
Thursday May 26 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
Friday June 10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Saturday June 25 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg

# = with Modern Baseball

Swim Team shares “Dirty Work”

Infinity Cat Recordings has announced that Swim Team’s self-titled debut will be the next release from their Cassette Series.  The tape will be out on March 4, but you can listen to the first single now.

Cincinnati thrash-pop band Swim Team’s debut tape contains your 12 new favorite songs. It starts with “Dirty Work,” a grunge firecraker with unstoppable vocals, unapologetic lyrics, fuzzed-out guitar riffs, and a mid-song monologue that grows from a borderline deranged mumble to a ferocious catharsis. From then on, the album never stops. Feedback gives way to crunchy, headbang-inducing guitar and the drums and bass turn already-catchy tunes into straight up earworms with their relentless grooves. Singer Lillian Currens’ vocals jump from a caustic monotone to effortlessly cool croons to raw no-bullshit yelps, often seemlessly in the same track. Swim Team sounds like they could break free from your speakers at any moment, knocking you off your feet and leaving you scrambling for more.

In less than 30 minutes, the album blasts through every emotion you’ve ever buried deep inside yourself. (Hell, “Chlorine Dream”‘s warped promises of love only take 23 seconds to hook you in.) “I’m Fine” and “TV” perfectly capture the growing itch of little frustrations and people you can’t stand anymore, while “Reanimator” comes to terms with falling for someone who can’t seem to muster any normal human emotion. (“I’m in love with the living dead,” yells Currens in the chorus.) Swim Team’s quieter moments, like acoustic “Everything Went Wrong” and organ-filled “Closest Thing,” lament a love that could have been. By the time you get to “Teenage Mind” — an intimate reflection on the pains of growing up, with lines like “And I’m sorry that we grew up, I’m old enough now, I’ve seen enough world to know” floating over soft guitar — all you’ll want to do is hit repeat.

Limited to 350 lime green cassettes, Swim Team is out March 4 as part of the Infinity Cat Cassette Series, curated by Casey Weissbuch.

Sweet Cobra announces tour dates (2016)

Following a few months off the road after their U.S. tour dates with Mutoid Man, Sweet Cobra will take part in a North American Chicago-based package tour, the triad of acts also including Bloodiest and Electric Hawk.

The Chicago-based power trio will be touring in support of their Magic Bullet Records-released Earth LP, the tour running from its kickoff in Detroit on March 3, with shows in Detroit, Toronto, Syracuse, Montreal, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, and Cleveland before its hometown throwdown closing the tour out on March 12.

Sweet Cobra’s Earth is streaming in its entirety at THIS LOCATION, and the video for “Future Ghosts” playing HERE.

SWEET COBRA Tour w/ Bloodiest, Electric Hawk:

3/03/2016 Detroit, MI - UFO Factory

3/04/2016 Toronto, ON - The Hard Luck

3/05/2016 Syracuse, NY - Gorham Brothers Music

3/06/2016 Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz

3/07/2016 Brooklyn, NY - St. Vitus Bar

3/08/2016 Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie

3/09/2016 Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose

3/10/2016 Indianapolis, IN - 5th Quarter

3/11/2016 Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class (early show)

3/12/2016 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle

Earth is available through Magic Bullet on CD and both black and gold vinyl available HERE, and digitally via Bandcamp HERE as well as all major digital outlets.

Recorded and produced by Matt Talbot of Hum and Kurt Ballou of Converge at Talbot’s Earth Analog Studios, mixed by Ballou at his Godcity Studio, and mastered by Carl Saff,Sweet Cobra’s Earth LP also features guest contributions from both Ballou and Talbot. The nearly forty-six-minute record shows the band hungrier than ever; the trusted and infectious ferocity fans expect is here delivered through a slick, more accessible approach. The pairing of Talbot and Ballou as producers has truly yielded a stunning, classic heavy album for the ages.

Jon Bunch (Sensefield, Further Seems Forever, Lucky Scars) dies, musicians pay tribute

Jon Bunch

Jon Bunch

Musician Jon Bunch passed away on Sunday, January 31 at the age of 45.

The popular vocalist who over his decades-long career, fronted such beloved bands as Reason To Believe/Sense Field and Further Seems Forever, and more recently War Generation and Lucky Scars, went on to influence a generation of artists including Jimmy Eat World, Paramore’s Hayley Williams, Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carabba and Bob Nanna, who upon learning of his passing, took to social media to pay tribute to the singer. (see below).

Jon’s latest project, the rock band Lucky Scars, released its debut EP, ‘Rock and Roll Party Foul,’ in December on Spartan Records.

In remembrance and with the family’s blessing, Spartan Records has just released the band’s final music video for the single “Bandita” which can be viewed here.

Jon’s partner and longtime best friend Angelique Flores released the following statement:

“Earlier this week we lost an amazing person. Jon was a kind, thoughtful, sensitive man who made time for everyone and made a huge impact on many lives. For reasons still unknown to us at this time, his life was cut short at age 45. I am still in shock and devastated. My heart aches over his loss, and he leaves a massive void not only in my life but also in the lives of his family, friends and fans. I appreciate the outpouring of support, love, stories, pictures and videos shared that show the fun-loving, sweet and talented person he was. His heart and personality was as big as his 6’6” frame. I will notify everyone of the services once they are scheduled. His friends and I are planning a tribute show to honor this incredible man. Jonathan, you are an angel in heaven now. I miss you immensely tonight and forever.”

A Jon Bunch Memorial Fund has been established via GoFundMe, with the goal of helping to raise college funds for Jon’s 12-year old son, Jack, and the family’s funeral expenses. A portion of the proceeds may also be allocated to an organization that fights for the protection and safety of children, a cause important to Jon.

Additionally, Jon’s friends are in the early stages of planning several tribute shows to celebrate and remember Jon. Details are not available at this time.

More tributes to Jon Bunch:

Chris Carrabba – Dashboard Confessional, Further Seems Forever
Jon Bunch was larger than life in every way. He was a towering man. His voice was huge and serene. His heart was gigantic. My own heart breaks for losing him. I feel such deep loss but in that loss I am lucky to have his songs to guide me. Jon was my friend and I loved him.

Jason Gleason – Further Seems Forever
We had planned to grab a drink and catch up while I was in LA this weekend. Sadly, these plans will be delayed a bit. I was quite stunned and saddened yesterday to hear about the passing of Jon Bunch. An amazing musician, and an even better man. Jon had this uncanny ability, whether on stage, or off, to make everyone feel as if they were the only person in the room. His message was consistantly about love, and he personified that love through song and friendship. Based on all of the beautiful things that people have been outpouring on social media, Jon’s lyric that a “perfect dream outlives the man,” is a fitting testament to his legacy. May you rest in peace brother.

Further Seems Forever
We are in total shock, today we found out that Jon Bunch departed this world. Jon was an inspiration to us in so many ways. He had the uncanny ability to light up a room when he stepped into it. He left a huge imprint in the music scene from “Reason to Believe” to “Sense Field”, and we were lucky enough to make a beautiful record with him. It is a legacy of hope and one that will never fade. We truly lost a special person.

Jimmy Eat World
We are very sad to hear about the passing of Jon Bunch. He was such a talented and kind human being. He will be sorely missed!

Hayley Williams – Paramore
Rest in peace, Jon Bunch. Your voice sang me to sleep many nights. Thx for your contribution to my fav Further Seems Forever album.

Bob Nanna – Braid, Hey Mercedes, City on Film
Jon was a huge inspiration to pretty much every one of my bands, particularly as a singer. I was in awe of his range and strength and I took every opportunity to pick his brain and study his performance & preparation during the tour Hey Mercedes did with Sense Field in 2003. He was super supportive and beyond kind to us, his friends, and his fans. He will be missed.

Mike Kinsella – Cap’n Jazz, American Football, Joan of Arc, Owen
The Killed For Less cassette was a staple in the Cap’n Jazz van. It was equal parts beautiful and odd and corny and interesting and romantic and mathy and sincere, and it was a huge influence on all the music I’ve made since.

Blair Shehan – Knapsack / The Jealous Sound
I met Jon around ’94. Our bands played shows together many times after that. Keep in mind, I was a big fan before I met him. I loved Reason to Believe in high school and mail ordered the first Sense Field directly from Jon that included a hand written note. His voice was pure and powerful. He was the quintessential front man. We both lived in Southern California and I would run into him off and on over the last twenty years. Whenever I saw him he would always be genuinely interested in what I was doing. He was sincere, warm, and welcoming. He was a true talent and the real deal. He will be missed.

Chris Higdon – Falling Forward, Elliott, Frontier(s)
Hearing Killed for Less for the first time was an eye opener, equal to seeing my first punk show. Seeing someone accomplish what you want to do makes it one step closer to becoming a reality. Beyond Jon’s voice, which made me start taking lessons soon after, the production and musicianship made me realize what could be accomplished with an independent label. Getting a chance to meet with the band and Jon a few times only made things more intriguing. There was an honesty and sense of universal peace and struggle with in them and in his lyrics. He would make things just cryptic enough in his songs that if you chose to, they could easily fit into your life regardless who or whatever you chose to love or believe in.What he brought to our community will be missed.

Jonah Matranga – Far, Onelinedrawing
There was a band called Sense Field. They made elegant, energetic music. I played a ton of shows with them back in the day, and became friends with them in that Rockworld way. I traded occasional hellos with their singer, Jon; just daydreams of singing together again or something. I just found out that he died yesterday. I don’t know anything about the details, and it doesn’t really matter. I’ve got that distant, detached feeling that lets me know I’m in shock and haven’t quite registered that I won’t run into him on tour, or sing with him, or anything. So much is gone when we go. Bye, Jon. You were beautiful.

Chad Gilbert – New Found Glory, What’s Eating Gilbert
Just heard that Jon Bunch passed away. Such sad news. The Sense Field’s “Building” is one of the best melodic post hardcore emo/rock songs ever written. I’ve tried recreating the feeling and impact of that riff and melody time again. A few years later after seeing Sense Field, they took New Found Glory on a tour before lots of people would. Besides being such a talented person he always had a smile on is face when I’d see him and was always positive and fun to talk to. He will be missed by lots of people. Jon Bunch was a pioneer without a doubt. There’s a light up ahead.

Eddie Reyes – Taking Back Sunday
The loss of great singer and pioneer of our genre Jon Bunch is a big loss. Not only was he an influence but was a part of one of the best bands of their time, Sense Field. The albums “Killed For Less” and “Building” were such a big influence on me. It is so sad, RIP legend…

Eric Richter – Christie Front Drive
Jon was probably my favorite vocalist in this genre. His vocal melodies and delivery brought tears to my eyes on several occasions. I guess that’s what you’re suppose to say when you were branded like we all were in that time period, but that statement is 100% true. Jon, your words ran deeper and I thank you.

Mineral
Sad to hear about the passing of Jon Bunch of Sense Field. Although it has been many years since our paths crossed, we remember him and the times that we shared fondly. Rest in peace.

Split Lip/Chamberlain
We had the fortune to share a stage many times with Sense Field, and Reason to Believe was on constant rotation in our early days. Today’s news hits close to home. RIP, Jon.

Texas is the Reason
With heavy hearts we say goodbye to our brother Jon Bunch, singer of the mighty Sense Field. We will never forget you, your voice or that big smile. Chest-bumps for life. “Yes I’ve got these dreams and you’re in them all”

Matthew Caws – Nada Surf
Rest In Peace Jon Bunch, singer of Sense Field (+ Reason to Believe + Further Seems Forever). We toured together and he was a lovely man.

Bryan Gassler – The Jazz June
In my early days I listened to a lot of punk and hardcore, and in 1994 that changed when I discovered Killed for Less by Sense Field. That album made me realize that melody could be born from the mosh pit and it was Jon Bunch’s gorgeous voice at the center of it that stood out the most. Although I didn’t know Jon, his voice and his songs had a tremendous impact on how I approached writing music. I am saddened by his passing, he was an emo-hardcore legend that left a big imprint on many people. Godspeed Jon, wherever you are.

Brett Detar – The Juliana Theory
I’m truly gutted to hear that Jon Bunch just passed away. Johnny Scars was an absolute sweetheart – hilarious and kind. Just a giant teddy bear – someone i looked up to long before I had the pleasure of knowing him. His voice and lyrics were definitely a massive influence in my formative musical years. Sense Field was the first band to take The Juliana Theory on tour and that was actually one of the only times I’ve ever gotten to tour as the opener for a band that I was a massive fan of beforehand. A couple years earlier I vividly recall Zao listening to Sense Field regularly in the tour van. To this day the album “Building” still sticks with me lyrically and is about the only piece of music from that era and scene that I still listen to. To me it’s as powerful and moving as ever. I was asked to play second guitar for Sense Field on a Japanese tour and I wasn’t able to do it and I’ve always regretted that. Thanks, Jon, for letting me borrow a lyric of yours for the last Theory record and much more importantly, thank you for blessing us with your music and your spirit. RIP.

“Sing on. You’ll live on. Sing on. Love will on.” – Jon Bunch

Jeff Caudill – Gameface
Jon and I weren’t super close friends but had definitely spent some time together over the years. I was always in awe of his voice and his presence on and off stage. I guess I was more of a fan. Reason to Believe was one of my first ever punk shows in the late 80′s. Then in the 90′s, Gameface and Sense Field played together all the time. I remember talking to him about songwriting and stuff. We were on the back porch of a house me and Popeye (Farside) rented at the time. Sense Field had just finished an album. We talked about how my songs were really autobiographical and his were more universal. He said he ‘just wanted to write songs that make people feel good – that bring people together.’ I’ve always remembered that, not only because it’s true but because of the way he said it – with such sincerity. That sincerity came through every time. Sense Field shows at that time were like going to church – so uplifting and moving. I think about all the shows we played together and watching Sense Field and thinking how lucky I was to even know this band existed. Those songs brought people together. Jon’s voice brought people together. A couple years ago we had him in the studio to record some backing vocals with Gameface and again, he was just awesome – so positive and energetic. Goosebumps all around the room as he sang “now is what matters now.” The last few days have been strange. I really don’t know when it’s all going to sink in but I’m thankful that his music will be with us forever.

Christie Front Drive
We are very sad today to learn of the passing of Jon Bunch. We (mostly Eric and I) would listen to Sense Field insistently in the van. We were all super excited to get to play with them at the Hong Kong Café on our first tour. They turned out to all be great guys and we were lucky enough to play with them many more times throughout the course of our turning days. Jon was always a humble kindhearted soul and one hell of a singer.

Samiam
We met Jon at the Mocambo in LA in ’92, he was a character…what a original.

The Starting Line
It’s so sad to hear of the passing of Jon Bunch – we had the opportunity to tour with Jon and Further Seems Forever back in 2005, which was an absolute pleasure. I remember all of us flipping out over the fact that Jon was in Sense Field, which was a huge deal to all of us. He was charismatic, kind, and such a great person to be around. The mark that Jon left on music and on the people and bands around him is undeniable and very much appreciated. RIP Jon.

Td Trout – Gameface
In high school, Jeff and I loved Reason To Believe. Such a cool band all the way around and vocal wise just amazing. Gameface first real show was with Sense Field and Jeff and I were both super stoked. Years later Gameface was able to be part of the benefit show for Rodney from SenseField when his daughter was hospitalized, what a super emo show. And then Jon came into the studio to sing on NOW, one of the highlights of my 26 yrs in gameface, sends the best kind of chills when I hear the end of the song. But here’s the part of friendship that would not be expected. This past year my son played basketball in the same league as Jon’s son. That is where we hung out and really talked. He played me his new songs and talked about fatherhood and those times are what I will remember about him. Tonight I will hold my loved ones closer and think of talents lost while getting the best kind of chills while listening to this song.

Greg Bennick – Trial
The right band for the right time. It’s the voice that sweeps up our emotions along with the musicians who hit hard and capture the feeling of the times. Sometimes that’s all we need to get by. There was a time when Sense Field and Jon Bunch’s voice were at the center of what was a new scene. It was a new feeling, a sense of emotional exploration, and it’s own new time. Bands like Farside and State of the Nation amongst others were bringing emotion to reason, and along with Sense Field were tapping into our feelings first and foremost, and our anger or passion second. This felt very real. And Jon Bunch had the voice to carry that scene. I just wish more people had gotten a chance to experience the band. So many bands get so much play, so much attention, so much of everything…for so little reason. Sense Field was a band who deserved so much more than they ever got. RIP Jon Bunch (Johnny Scars). “Love is building…”

John Herguth – Atlantic/Pacific, The Love Scene
On what would be the last afternoon I got to spend with my friend Erin, who passed away from cancer, I called Bunch and asked him to give her a ring to say “Hi.” She was maybe the biggest Sense Field fan of all time and she literally had a week left. We sat at her house and she got a call from a California number which she immediately declined. I convinced her to call it back and it was Bunch. They spoke for at least thirty minutes and she was beside herself with excitement. It was pretty amazing. He was a sweet dude. Truly.

Saosin reunites with Anthony Green for LP

Saosin announced they have reunited with original front man Anthony Green and will release a new album on Epitaph this year. This will be the first new Saosin music with Anthony Green since 2003. The band have shared a teaser video with a clip of new music that you can listen to now:

Anthony Green explains, “Making this record was such a sentimental thing for me. You can literally hear us making amends with each other while lamenting on our experiences together. It was very healing and cathartic, and might be the heaviest thing I’ve been a part of since the first EP. Epitaph is a perfect fit for this band.”

Saosin formed and released their first EP, Translating the Name, in 2003. Anthony Green parted ways with the band after they signed with a major label, and vocalist Cove Reber stepped in as front man. The band went on to release two major label albums without Green, Saosin (Capitol, 2006), and In Search of Solid Ground (Virgin, 2009). Anthony Green has been a part of the band Circa Survive since leaving Saosin.

Chris Sorenson, Saosin bassist explains “We have known Brett Gurewitz/Epitaph was interested since our second show in 2003 but the timing wasn’t right. I am stoked to see our almost 13 year courtship come full circle in 2016. We’ve been working on the idea of recording a new Saosin record with Anthony since 2010. It’s great to be back, playing gigs, and writing the music we never had the chance to write from the beginning.”

In addition to writing and recording with Saosin, Anthony Green will perform with the band at all shows indefinitely; tour dates listed below. Stay tuned for more news on Saosin music.

SAOSIN TOUR DATES
With Young & Heartless

Mar 11 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
Mar 12 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
Mar 13 Charlotte, NC – Amo’s South End
Mar 16 St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
Mar 18 New Orleans, LA – Howlin’ Wolf
Mar 19 Grand Prairie, TX – QuikTrip Park
Mar 20 Grand Prairie, TX – QuikTrip Park
Mar 22 Jacksonville, FL – Mavericks
Mar 23 Orlando, FL – The Beacham
Mar 24 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
Apr 02 Las Vegas, NV – Extreme Thing