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So this a thing that happened today: Audio Adrenaline are back together. Sort of. From jesusfreakhideout.com:
No doubt inspired by Newsboys decision to recruit former dc Talk and Tait band vocalist Michael Tait when Peter Furler stepped down, Audio Adrenaline has enlisted the aid of dc Talk vocal powerhouse Kevin Max to take the reins. As far as other Audio A members returning, the only original member to pick up his instrument once again is bass player Will McGinniss. Drummer Ben Cissell will not be returning, and neither will guitarist/vocalist Tyler Burkum who has been on the road with Mat Kearney (almost since Audio A disbanded in the spring of '07) and is also a member of the band Leagues.
Joining Max in the new Audio Adrenaline is former Superchick guitarist Dave Ghazarian on guitar (who also has been playing with Peter Furler's band this year) and Bleach drummer Jared Byers on drums. Byers actually filled in for Cissell on Audio A's final spring tour in 2007 when Cissell had already been committed to his first post-AA job as manager of Nashville youth club Rocketown. To make the band a quintet, solo artist Jason Walker will be providing keys and additional vocals (much like Burkum did, according to McGinniss), and recently worked with AA members Mark Stuart and McGinniss on the Know Hope Collective project.
Come&Live rockers Showbread are gonna release their latest project Cancer on September 25.
More than just an album, Cance is a "multimedia experice" with a film and an album - you can download your own propaganda kit at their website.
Still got one of those iTunes gift cards your parents got you for Christmas?? Time to clear that up. Pick up one of these albums out this week:
Owl City releases The Midsummer Station today - the follow-up to All Things Bright And Beautiful.
Project 86 have dropped Wait For The Siren - featuring the tune "Fall, Goliath, Fall"
Chris August has released The Upside Of Down with the song "Centre Of It"
New band Benjamin Dunn & the Animal Orchestra have released Fable - a collection of songs about characters from C.S. Lewis books.
and Satellites & Sirens have put out a new covers album as well, just for kicks.
Want 10 free kiwi tracks?? Hit up the Samstock 2012 mixtape on bandcamp.com featuring [shift], The Latest Fallout, and Black Boy Peaches plus a few more kiwi bands.
Well worth a download for sure! And if you're in the Dunedin / South Island area, make sure you take a look at the Samstock website, and head along at the end of November!
Anberlin just couldn't wait till October 16 to show you something from their new album Vital - so they've given you this track "Self-Starter"
Head over to billboard.com to check out the song, and expect to hear it on Life FM VERY SOON!!
It's been a while but kiwi-worship experts Magnify are back and ready to record a new EP. They need your help on indiegogo.com (kinda like kickstarter) to fund the recording process.
As little as $15 gets you a signed copy of the EP, but only for the first 500 - so jump on it!
Want 31 free songs from a bunch of Life FM artists? Okay then. Hit up freetoothandnail.com and enter the code TNN2012SUMMERSAMPLER to access the album with tunes from Family Force 5, Rapture Ruckus, The Letter Black, Children 18:3 and more.
So with the insane success of "Good Time" with Carly Rae Jepsen, Owl City is showing his serious side with a new track called "Silhouette".
"This past year, there's something that's been really compelling to me as a writer in figuring out how to make this three-minute song stirring and moving—even if it's about having a good time or a softer topic. How can I make people feel something and connect with the idea?"
With their Olympic track "One Heart, Million Voices" at over 100,000 youtube views and in the Top 20 Aussie charts, it's exciting to hear that New Empire are in the studio for the next few weeks working on some new stuff.
Also in the studio, Number One Gun who are working on their Kickstarter-funded album, and RED - who are recording the follow up to the epic Until We Have Faces, and a few others.
Keep it here for more info.