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In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the release of their landmark second album "The Reason", the Multi-Platinum band HOOBASTANK, have announced they’ll launch a nationwide U.S. headlining tour this fall.  "The Reason Tour" will see the band perform the pivotal album in its entirety alongside fan favorites and new songs off their recently released sixth studio album "PUSH PULL", available now via Napalm Records. The trek will kick-off October 25 in Portland, OR and hit 24 major cities across the states (see all dates below). Renowned singer-songwriter, Secondhand Serenade (aka John Vesely)—who is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his platinum debut "Awake: Remixed & Remastered", 10 Years & 10,000 Tears Later-- is slated to open on the majority of the cross-country trek. Fan club ticket pre-sales start August 14 at 10AM local, (password PUSHPULL2018) and public on-sales start Friday, August 17 at 12PM local everywhere HERE.

2018 marks the 15th anniversary of "The Reason" which was produced by Howard Benson. The title track became a worldwide hit #2 Billboard Hot 100, #1 US and World Modern Rock charts (#10 Australia, #12 UK, #15 Germany), following the first single "Same Direction" (#9 Modern Rock, #16 Mainstream Rock). The album reached #3 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and set a record in Canada, with 21 weeks at #1.

Below are the HOOBASTANK fall U.S. headlining tour dates. For tickets:

DATE                   CITY                              VENUE

*Second Serenade on all dates except 10/25, 10/27 and 11/17.

THU 10/25            Portland, OR                    Revolution Hall
SAT 10/27            Salt Lake City, UT            The Grand
SUN 10/28            Denver, CO                     Gothic Theatre
TUE 10/30            Billings, MT                      Pub Station Ballroom
THU 11/1              Minneapolis, MN              Fine Line Music Café
SAT 11/3              E. Dubuque, IA                Q Casino
SUN 11/4             Joliet, IL                           The Forge 
TUE 11/6              Detroit, MI                       The Majestic
WED 11/7            Pittsburgh, PA                 Rex Theatre
THU 11/8              Philadelphia, PA              Underground Arts
SUN 11/11            New York, NY                  Highline Ballroom
MON 11/12           Boston, MA                     Brighton Music Hall
TUE   11/13          Sayreville, NJ                 Starland Ballroom
WED 11/14          Baltimore, MD                Rams Head Live
SAT 11/17            Biloxi, MS                        Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
SUN 11/18           Orlando, FL                    House of Blues
MON 11/19          Clearwater, FL                Capitol Theatre
WED 11/21          Greenville, SC                The Firmament
FRI 11/23             Houston, TX                    Scout Bar
SAT 11/24            San Antonio, TX              The Rock Box
SUN 11/25            Dallas, TX                       Canton Hall
TUE 11/27            Lubbock, TX                   Jakes
WED 11/28          Albuquerque, NM            El Rey Theatre
FRI 11/30             Phoenix, AZ                     Van Buren

Australians Mezko, is a duo act whose most recent EP release called "Syzgy" is making quite the buzz, and since releasing their latest single as well titled "They Like. We Like.", everything is turning up for them! With that, the duo caught up to discuss the matters about these releases and the future plan of events ahead.

1. So then, how did you guys meet and how did Mezko form?

The first time we met up was at bar called Shady Pines. Laura was very late and showed up drinking from a coconut, which I thought was quite strange. I decided I needed this person in my life, as I’m the kind of person who is always on time and never drinks from coconuts. We balanced each other well from the start. These days I’m late sometimes and sometimes drink from coconuts.

2. What was it, that got you into music and made you want to start a band?

A band is like a socially acceptable gang. You get all the loyalty, sense of belonging and good times a gang would offer, but you make music instead of meth. I’ve been playing guitar since I was 10 so my skills are more suited to a band.

3. How would you describe the style of music that your band creates and plays together?

Glitter on black.

4. A new EP titled "SYZYGY" is now out, where did the inspiration for the EP come from and why?

We’d been working on about six songs for this EP and through the process of recording it we realised these three fit together in this orbit of individuals. That’s kinda what ‘syzygy’ means.

5. From that EP comes a single called "They Like. We Like", tell me about it?

It is what it is. We didn’t think too much about this song in order to preserve what was good about it. We put a lot of time and thought into the other two songs on this EP, but this one just happened and we wanted to keep it that way. Sometimes the first thing you come up with is the best thing.

6. Will there be any other songs taken from this EP and made into singles or even video releases?

Not at this stage. If someone would like to film a cowboy dressed in black, riding a white horse in slow motion on a beach and send it to us, I think that’d work well as a video for ‘You in Me’.

7. How do you go about promoting your band and shows?

Currently prototyping a system so that when someone responds as attending on a Facebook event and then on the night the gig rolls around, if they are at home, at the pub or anywhere other than the gig, it will send an electrical charge through their phone and gently shock them until their geolocation matches the venue’s.

8. Can you describe your show, visually and musically for us?

Someone once reviewed our live show and said it was ‘like if Blondie fronted Nine Inch Nails but Nine Inch Nails was just Trent Reznor and Vangelis’. I love that. It’s accurate but in a hilarious way. It also has a Vangelis reference which makes me very happy.

9. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.

Our next show is Yours & Owls festival. It’s in Wollongong which is one of our favourite places to play. The people there always great, no bullshit and open minded to new music. You should be there to experience that alone.

10. What else does the band have planned out for this year 2018?

We’ve got some more music to release and will do another Australian tour. After we take some time off to write and sleep for a bit.

For the first time on African soil, Brochella brings electronic hardcore band I SEE STARS to Rumours Rock City in Johannesburg. Joining them on the night will be local metal heavyweights Facing The Gallows, Truth & Its Burden and OneDaySky.

Brochella, in association with RAM, have yet another stellar line up of heavy and alternative music for all music lovers in Johannesburg at the premier live music venue, Rumours Rock City. This will be the music series’ first international act on any of their line ups starting a new phase in the festival's evolving commitment to bringing the best and biggest music line ups to Johannesburg. I SEE STARS’ mixture of electronic and post-hardcore elements put them at the forefront of the alternative and metal music scene globally and now Johannesburg audiences will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close to the band that is paving the way for their genre of music.

Ashley De Beer, vocalist for hardcore titans Truth & Its Burden, is ecstatic about the upcoming show with I SEE STARS. "I See Stars have been pushing the boundaries of music for years, a great band that innovates and creates music that speaks to a youth culture in ways not many bands can. We’re naturally excited to share the stage and be considered for such a great show. I think it’s going to introduce a younger audience to music they never knew existed and we are most certainly stoked to be a part of it. This also marks the return of RAM and that’s enough to get any band over the moon, so let’s make this a most welcomed come back and have this show sell out!" says De Beer.

Early bird tickets are available now for only R200 on until 31 August 2018.

Pre-sale tickets will be available at R250 on from 1 September 2018 with tickets at the door going for R300 on the night of the show.

Tickets are limited so get yours now at the special early bird price to avoid any disappointment.

Brochella presents I SEE STARS live in Johannesburg is in association with RAM.


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On September 21st, GUTSLIT and STILLBIRTH embark on the GUTTED AT BIRTH South East Asia 2018 tour. The tour is slated to begin in Dubai and finish in Bangkok on October 7th. Check out the dates below.


Sept 21: Dubai, UAE
Sept 22: Hyderabad, IN
Sept 23: Mumbai, IN
Sept 24: Delhi, IN
Sept 25: Kathmandu, NE
Sept 27: Phnom Penh, CM
Sept 28: Ho Chi Minh (VT)
Sept 29: Jakarta, ID
Oct 03: Manila, PH
Oct 04: Taipei, TW
Oct 05: Tokyo, JA
Oct 06: Seoul, KR
Oct 07: Bangkok, TH

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