MassConcerts Presents:


Islander, 3 Years Hollow, A King In Wait

Sun, March 1, 2015

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

Palladium Upstairs

$18.00 - $20.00

This event is all ages

Two sides inhabit the lifespan of a storm: first, the suddenness of the chaos in the storm itself, then the damage, debris and, hopefully, renewal and new growth in the aftermath.

The members of RED -- vocalist Michael Barnes, bassist Randy Armstrong, guitarist Anthony Armstrong and drummer Joe Rickard -- have lived the storms, and need you to believe you can come out the other side while listening to the tracks that make up the band's new project Release The Panic.

The duality infused in all of Release The Panic's songs -- be it musical or lyrical, from the title track all the way through -- is absolutely intentional.

"Every song on this record is two-sided," Randy says. "'Damage' is a great example, talking about how 'all I do is damage,' yet our character is determined by how we repair that damage.

"Same thing with 'Release The Panic,'" he continues. "We as humans can panic and be worried about our everyday lives. In the end, the battle has already been won."

"That's the double-sidedness of it," Michael says. "Releasing the panic, you either let go of the worry and the anxiety, or you actually panic and go crazy."

For the band, releasing some of the panic that comes with making a record meant embracing creative change. From teaming with veteran rock producer Howard Benson (P.O.D., My Chemical Romance, Daughtry, Skillet and many more) to introducing even more loops, beats and yes, danceable elements alongside RED's trademark heaviness, Release The Panic brings you RED in ways you've never heard before.

"When you look at the whole scope of the record, we've got more heavy songs on this record than ever," Anthony says. "'Release The Panic' and 'Damage' are two of the heaviest songs we've ever done."

"At the same time, it's OK for us to do a song like 'Die For You' and 'Same Disease' because something like 'If We Only' balances it out," Joe says. "It all fits in; it's just growing and changing with the times."

That growth is designed to take RED's impact to the next level, and involved the band reinventing the way it made music. RED came off the road completely in the first part of 2012, a first for a band known for its non-stop touring schedule, and based out of Los Angeles while making Release The Panic.

"We're both excited and scared to death of some things because we're so much closer to this project than we ever have been," Randy says. "We were on the road touring when we were making all the other records. Here we were, 100% locked into writing and making this record. It was amazing."

Known for getting passionate performances out of some of music's most powerful singers, Benson knew he had something special when first working with Michael Barnes.

"He's really committed to being a disciplined, great singer," Benson says. "In my world, most of my singers are completely the opposite of that; they don't take care of their voices, or they treat them like guitars and just throw 'em around."

The one creative element that has remained consistent is RED's ability to take feedback from fans -- be it through social media presences or face-to-face communication after a blistering live show -- and filter that into the new music created.

It's that trust gained across thousands of shows and now four records that allows the band to be transparent with that fan base, maybe saying things others in those fans' lives can't say.

"We can talk about the darker things," Anthony says. "We're still challenging people to get outside their comfort zone in certain ways, where they're rethinking themselves and being honest with themselves about who they really are."

Those ideas show up on Release The Panic on songs like "So Far Away" (dealing with emotional distance), "Glass House" (where even at our most transparent, no one can see into our true motives) and the album's initial single, "Perfect Life."

"As we recorded in Los Angeles, and looked at pop culture as a whole, the inspiration for that song was all around us, all the time," Anthony says. "There are people who have themselves convinced they're living the good life, but it's the clawing their way to live this kind of life that's troubling."

So these multi-faceted themes, meshed with fiery and sometimes unexpected musical moments, team to create RED's most electrifying project yet, something the band's new production partner watched coalesce.

"The thing I like about this record is that they're very forward-thinking songs for a rock band," Benson says. "These guys are sitting on a powder keg, frankly, and I just can't wait for the rest of the world to hear it."

It's time to unleash the storm. And it's time for new growth to shine through. It's time to Release The Panic.
Islander is made up of four individuals that have fallen in love with being a band. The guys have been hard at work playing with bands such as Flyleaf, The Chariot, As I Lay Dying, Stretch Arm Strong and many more. Catch them on tour!
3 Years Hollow
3 Years Hollow is a five piece hard rock band hailing from the Quad Cities (IL, IA). 3 Years Hollow's sound combines driving rhythms with melodic vocals and sweeping hooks. The band's sound has been described as the love child of Chevelle, Disturbed and Sevendust,

2012 saw a tremendous amount of growth for 3 Years Hollow (3YH) as they released their second CD, multiple music videos, joined the bill for Rockstar Uproar in Chicago, had two songs featured on MTV, secured a partnership with Ernie Ball and co-wrote and co-produced their third EP by working with Sevendust's Clint Lowery. All this activity has come while playing a full show schedule and broadening their hard core fan base, affectionately dubbed 'Hollow Nation'.

'Remember', the long awaited follow up to 'Ascension' was released in March 2012 to a sold out crowd. The recording process for this EP took them to Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, IL to work with Tadpole (Disturbed, Staind, Adelitas Way) on production and mixing, then on to Brad Blackwood of Euphonic Masters (Adelitas Way, Evanescense, Skillet) for mastering. That EP produced the band's most successful single and music video to date, 'Chemical Ride'.

In November of 2012, 3 Years Hollow collaborated with Clint Lowery (Sevendust, Call Me No One) to compose and produce the next generation of 3YH music. The first song, 'Take The World' has been included in their live set and the song title has been adopted as the battle cry for the band. Release dates for the new recordings are still pending.

As if all of these 2012 accomplishments weren't enough, the band also spent the year adding an admirable list of stage-mates to their already impressive resume. Papa Roach, In This Moment, Filter, Saliva, 12 Stones, POD, Eye Empire, Janus and Royal Bliss were added to the existing resume of Chevelle, Buckcherry, Puddle of Mudd, Pop Evil, Black Stone Cherry, Evans Blue and several others.

3YH has entered 2013 at full steam with Sirius XM Octane adding the song 'Remember' to rotation. This comes just as the band hits the road on tour with Eye Empire followed by a run with Sevendust and Lacuna Coil.
From here, there is essentially one goal: growing the geography of Hollow Nation. As the band's battle cry and favorite hash tag indicates, 3 Years Hollow is definitely out to #taketheworld.

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Jose Urquiza - Vocals
Tony Reeves - Guitar
Neil Kuhlman - Guitar & Vocal
Dex Digga - Bass
Chris Cushman - Drums



Unplugged Volume 1 - 2013
Distribution through Tunecore, iTunes & Amazon

1. Wasted (acoustic)
2. Chemical Ride (acoustic)
3. Lost (acoustic)
4. Remember (acoustic)
5. Still Waiting (acoustic)
6. All We Have (bonus track)


Remember (EP) - 2012
Distribution through Tunecore, iTunes & Amazon

1. Remember
2. Chemical Ride (Single)
3. We Belong
4. Run Away
5. Lost
6. Before it Begins


Ascension - 2009
Distribution through CD Baby, iTunes & Amazon

1. Ascension
2. Skin
3. Wasted
4. Make Yourself
5. Moving On...
6. Still Waiting
7. The End Of Demise
8. Suffer
9. Angels
10. Down
Venue Information:
Palladium Upstairs
261 Main street
Worcester, MA, 01608