MassConcerts Presents


Saves The Day, Title Fight, Modern Life Is War, The Promise, Right Brigade, Cruel Hand, Rude Awakening

Sat, June 18, 2016

Doors: 3:00 pm / Show: 4:00 pm


$30.00 - $35.00

This event is all ages

Founded on beliefs that are in short supply within the current underground music scene, Massachusetts' Bane has established themselves as one of the most influential and relevant bands in hardcore today. Since their inception, they've become one of the scene's hardest working bands touring the world over and releasing three full-length's: 1999's It All Comes Down To This, 2001's critically acclaimed Give Blood, and 2005's The Note.

Four years have passed since The Note was released, and the members of Bane schedules were looking busier then ever, finding the time to write a new full-length seemed unrealistic. In June 2009, the band booked studio time with Jay Maas at Getaway Studios and decided to go in and record however many new tracks they had at the time. A week later they emerged with six new songs all of them named after American soap operas, all six coming straight from their hearts.
Saves The Day
Saves The Day
"A sonic love letter to cut through the noise of the world. That's what this is," states Saves The Day's Chris Conley of the band's forthcoming self-titled album. "There's so much noise in the world right now, there are so many people having a hard time...I wanted to write this sonic love letter of sorts to cut through all that, to remind me, or whoever hears it, of what's important. It's the simple things."

Saves The Day are set to release their eighth studio album this fall on Equal Vision Records/Rory Records. The self-titled record will be released on September 17th and reunites the band with the label that helped shape them into the seminal act they are today. The album was produced by Saves The Day, engineered by Marc Hudson and mixed by Rob Schnapf, marking the first time the band has worked with Schnapf since 2003's In Reverie.

Saves The Day frontman Chris Conley explains, "Hard to believe it's been 15 years since we put out the debut Saves The Day album on Equal Vision Records. Back then, I was just a kid, 17 years old and still in high school. Somehow, after our demo was rejected by all the other indie labels of the time, Steve from EVR called us up on a landline and asked if we'd like to make a record. We were in the middle of rehearsing some new songs in a basement somewhere in New Jersey, and we dropped our instruments and jumped up and down, excited and amazed. No way to know that when we got the call it was the beginning of what would be an incredible journey through the world of music and beyond. In retrospect, I can see clearly that without Steve and Equal Vision Records, there would be no Saves The Day. After all these years, I still hold holy gratitude in my heart for Steve and his faith in our music. Signing back to Equal Vision feels like coming home."

Equal Vision Records owner Steve Reddy said, "We're so thrilled to have Saves The Day return to Equal Vision Records. I had first heard about the band from Sean McGrath. We knew we wanted to keep working together after his time in Hands lucky was I that the next thing he did was join up with a bunch of high school kids from New Jersey that would go on to became Saves the Day? I remember going down to NJ to check them out for the first time, where they shared a bill with Floorpunch. We decided to work together soon after and the rest is history. Saves the Day changed everything for EVR. We will always be grateful for what they did for the label and are looking forward to working together again."

Saves The Day will be released through Rory Records, an imprint of Equal Vision Records created by Max Bemis of Say Anything. "To be frank, Saves The Day is everything to me," says Bemis. "They're the band that made me want to be in a band. They're my favorite band and have been so for 15 years, without a hint of nostalgic undermining; It's simply because they're that amazing and continue to be, not because I remember them being so. To think that Chris is one of my best friends and I am going to get to further delve into our creative partnership as their label representative is beyond trippy. I can only assure diehard STD fans that for once, one of US is getting to have their hands in helping the band make records and it's even more amazing that in doing so we've brought Saves The Day back to the label that launched their career, on the strength of one of the greatest records they've ever made."

Saves The Day was created via a PledgeMusic campaign launched this past Thanksgiving. Over 1,450 Pledgers helped the band surpass their goal and record the album in a unique and intimate fashion. Through the campaign, Saves The Day also donated a portion of the earnings to Occupy Sandy to assist in the recovery efforts after the devastating storm. The band has spent a majority of the past year closely tied to their Pledgers, giving them early access to music, playing house shows and getting ready for special fan involvement on their upcoming tour.

Saves The Day will head out on a nationwide headlining tour this fall with special guests Into It. Over It and Hostage Calm. The tour kicks off in Pomona on September 4th and makes stops throughout the country before concluding on October 13th in San Diego. The album tracklisting and a complete list of tour dates can be found below. Tickets are on sale here - - along with a first listen of the record, with the song "Remember" streaming now.

Saves The Day formed in 1997, releasing their debut album Can't Slow Down in 1998 and followed by Through Being Cool in 1999 both on Equal Vision Records. 2001's Stay What You Are spawned the memorable "At Your Funeral" as the band continued to evolve and grow. 2003's In Reverie peaked at #27 on the Billboard Top 200, becoming the third Saves The Day album to chart on the Billboard Top 200. In 2006, the band began its concept trilogy, which was completed in 2011 with Daybreak. Saves The Day is Chris Conley (vocals/lead guitar), Arun Bali (guitar), Rodrigo Palma (bass) and Dennis Wilson (drums).

"I think this album sets the course. I've gone through a lot of my sort of...growing pains, and the music from here on now will reflect my newfound inner peace. And the reason Through Being Cool or Stay What You Are sounds the way it sounds, is because I felt fresh, I felt alive – like I do now," Conley concludes. "It's nice to be back."
Title Fight
Title Fight
Musical trends come and go, but the bands who stick around are the ones who eschew whatever’s popular in favor of playing the music that’s in their hearts—and Kingston, Pennsylvania’s Title Fight are a perfect example of this. Originally formed in 2003 by guitarist/vocalist Jamie Rhoden and the twin brother duo of vocalist/bassist Ned Russin and drummer Ben Russin when the trio were barely teenagers, Title Fight started as a way for these young kids to explore their burgeoning love of hardcore. But after adding guitarist Shane Moran in 2005, something funny happened: Their tireless practicing eventually transformed them into one of the most exciting hardcore acts in recent memory.

After releasing a handful of EPs and 7-inches as well as performing shows all over the world, Title Fight began attracting attention from fans and labels who were captivated by the way the band managed to put a modern spin on the melodic hardcore sound pioneered by acts like Gorilla Biscuits and Lifetime—and in 2010 the members of Title Fight dropped out of college in order to tour full-time with acts such as New Found Glory, Four Year Strong and H20. It was also around this time that the band entered the studio with Gorilla Biscuits/Quicksand guitarist Walter Schreifels who agreed to produce the band and promptly drove down to Northeastern Pennsylvania to help them prepare to record their highly anticipated full-length debut Shed.

“The cool thing about Walter is that when we came to him he told us he doesn’t produce a lot of records because he’s a full-time musician himself, so he only works with bands he really likes and hearing that was a huge compliment because he’s one of our biggest inspirations,” Ned Russin explains. “We were really up front about the fact that we wanted to feel in control with our music so he really just let us do our thing but came up with some helpful suggestions without trying to transform us into something we aren’t,” he continues when asked about Schreifels’ role in the process. “He came down and stayed at Ned and Ben’s parents’ house and we just hashed it all out in Jamie’s parents’ basement.”

From there the band headed to Philadelphia to record Shed over a grueling two-week period at the legendary Studio 4. However all those long nights paid off as Shed sees the band implementing various subgenres that range from old-school hardcore to aggressive punk rock that make these twelve energetic anthems instant classics for a new generation of listeners searching for music that inspires them as much as Title Fight were inspired by their heroes. “We wrote the last record when we were in high school and since then
we’ve dropped out of school, seen the world and had life experiences that are all reflected here,” Ned Russin explains when asked what it’s been like to sacrifice everything to make Shed a reality.

From the Hot Water Music-esque power of “27” to the old-school feel of “You Can’t Say Kingston Doesn’t Love You,” Shed is also a remarkably varied record that proves hardcore doesn’t need to be formulaic in order to be powerful. “The most important thing is that this is a Title Fight record,” Ned Russin summarizes, ”we’re not trying to pose and be anything we’re not.” Moran concurs adding, “we’re not a surface level band, we’re the kind of act who likes to dig a little deeper and we’re really interested in learning about the history of punk and hardcore to find the stuff that really speaks to us on a personal level.”

Speaking of personal, Shed also features some of the band’s most heartfelt lyrics to date—a fact that is largely due to the life-changing experiences the band have endured, both good and band since their previous recordings. “This album was a lot more collaborative from a lyrical perspective and instead of being about girls, it’s about real life situations,” Ned Russin says. “Throughout the past few years my grandmother passed away and my dad had reconstructive heart surgery so a lot has been on my mind and Title Fight has always been a great release for me to get out what’s bottled up inside,” he continues. “We just tried to be as sincere as we possibly could and write songs about what was important to us at the time.”
Ultimately this sentiment has always remained at the core of Title Fight and it’s one of the reasons why so many fans have gravitated toward the band’s music despite the fact that they don’t have any fancy costumes or onstage gimmicks. “I think we have a unique dynamic because we can always play a hardcore show with our friends in a basement but we can also play a show with more commercial bands on a larger scale and be accepted in both situations,” Moran explains.

“We’ve been a band for seven years and this is the first time we’ve had a recording that’s longer than seven minutes long,” Ned Russin adds. “The last year has been a crazy ride but the whole time we’ve always stayed true to the fact that we’re not trying to be anything we’re not,” he summarizes. “We’re four friends that play in a band together and we would still be doing this whether we were playing to five people or five hundred of them.”
Modern Life Is War
Modern Life Is War are one of the most beloved bands in the punk rock/hardcore world of the last decade, appealing to everyone from the jaded to the driven. The band released three highly influential albums before announcing a temporary hiatus in 2007.

"Fever Hunting" is Modern Life is War's triumphant 2013 return to form with original lineup of Chris Honeck, Matt Hoffman, Jeffrey Eaton, Tyler Oleson and John Eich in place. A true story of their collective coming of age, "Fever Hunting" plays and reads as an open diary of their last five years. Exposing every frayed nerve and internal struggle that it's creators carried deep within their hearts. Impassioned, embattled, and forever resilient to the world outside.

From the first strikes of the anthemic opener "Old Fears, New Frontiers" it's apparent that Modern Life Is War have not lost a step in absence, but have quickened pace on their own path. From there, the outpouring is overwhelming as eleven songs unfurl with equal and unmatched emotional weight. All of them bravely moving forward rather than resting on past laurels. Recorded by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios (Converge, etc) and Mastered by Brad Boatwright at Audiosiege Engineering (From Ashes Rise, etc).
Right Brigade
What started as a fantasy project from the maestro of the mosh part, aka Brian Ristau aka Clevo became hardcore's biggest band in 1999-2000. Considered to be the pinnacle of Brian's musical career, the band came to a screeching hault when Clevo realized that the producers of the much heralded "Moon Landing" were beginning to keep a stern eye on the highly anticipated "s/t" debut on Revelation. There were fears that the lyrical content was raising eyebrows (see the song "No Way") and the political attention became too much for this band.
Cruel Hand
Cruel Hand
Heavy music is alive and well. Cruel Hand moves on forward unscarred and unaffected by the trends.
Venue Information:
261 Main Street
Worcester, MA, 01608