After announcing Give It A Name Incoming last week, just confirmed is a tour that is going to showcase four hot new bands and artists for 2009 under the name of Give IT A Name Introduces 2009. The tour features In This Moment, Lights, Versemerge and Whole Wheat Bread.
In This Moment is fronted by the stunning Maria Brink who is fast becoming one of the most photographed women in rock with several US Magazine covers under her belt including Revolver and Metal Edge. In This Moment's invigorating mixture of metal and hard rock quickly caught the attention of fans of acts ranging from AFI and Avenged Sevenfold to Bleeding Through and Atreyu. It also enabled them to tour with Ozzy Osborne, Megadeath, Lacuna Coil and have been confirmed for this year's US Warped tour. The diversity and depth was refreshing and simply undeniable. In 2008, they continue to carve out their own unique and exhilarating chapter in the hard rock genre, laying the foundation for an extremely bright future. If you haven't heard of In This Moment, it won't be long until you do because this band is at the brink of greatness. Century Media Records on Monday 6th April will release the single 'Forever' from the album 'The Dream' (produced by Kevin Churko - Ozzy Osborne, Britney Spears) in which there will be re-release on Monday 13th April to coincide with the UK tour - the new version of the album will include brand new bonus tracks.
Toronto-based 21-year-old, Lights released a CD of the self-titled debut EP on September 23, 2008 in North America. The self-made Canadian writes, produces, and performs her own music as well as designs her own artwork including the self-portrait on the cover of her debut EP. The EP is a sparkling blend of electronica-based pop, rock, and new wave, topped off by Lights' honeyed vocals. Four of its songs have already racked up a collective 10.3 million plays on Lights' MySpace page and she has 5.8 million views. A digital version of the EP was released on iTunes last April by Canadian indie label Underground Operations and has already sold more than 12,000 copies and 95,000 singles in the US alone. In her native Canada, sales add another 10,000 EPs and 48,000 singles. More recently, the song "Drive My Soul" was featured on MTV's "The Hills." And has also reached number one in Canada. Lights spent the summer performing on the Warped Tour in the U.S., and V Fest in Toronto, and sharing stages with artists such as Chiodos and Metric. She will also be playing at this year's Warped tour in the summer.
Versemerge were recently quoted by AP Magazine as being one of the '100 Bands You Need To Know in 2009'!! ..hailing from Port St.Lucia Florida, and fronted by the young & talented Sierra Kusterbeck, Versemerge are fast proving they have what it takes to stand out from the crowd. Recently signed to Fueled By Ramen Records, the bands self titled 6 track debut EP (produced by Paul Wisner, who's previous work included Underoath, Dashboard Confessional, and The Academy Is...) was released worldwide on Feb 6th. The band are currently about to start work on their debut album, and will spend most of 2009 on the road touring across the states. There's no doubt that this band were born to do this, their passion & excitement for what they do is clearly palpable by the excitement showcased by fans at the band's incendiary live performances, and the barrage of positive & excited feedback from blogs and Web sites all over the world. It's difficult to imagine how 2009 couldn't be the year that Versemerge become the breakout band that everyone will be talking about!
Florida's Whole Wheat Bread has just released a new album "Hearts of Hoodlums" which was produced by Travis Huff (Yellowcard, Pharcyde) and features guest appearances by rapper Murs and singer Mike McColgan of Street Dogs. The album showcases the band's traditional punk influences while also working their love for all things crunk into their sound. The band recently caught the attention of rapper Lil Jon who invited the band to contribute music and songwriting to his new album "Crunk Rock" due this summer on Universal Republic Records. The artists will perform together this March at the prestigious SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. Whole Wheat Bread has toured North America with Gym Class Heroes, Suicidal Tendencies, Bad Brains, Bouncing Souls, Rancid and others. The band has performed at many US festivals including Bamboozle, Coachella and Warped Tour.
Thursday 9th: O2 Academy Islington
Friday 10th: Cardiff CLWB
Saturday 11th: O2 Academy 2 Sheffield
Sunday 12th: Glasgow King Tuts
Tuesday 14th: O2 Academy 2 Newcastle
Wednesday 15th: Manchester Academy 3
Thursday 16th: O2 Academy 2 Birmingham
Friday 17th: O2 Academy Brixton (Enter Shikari, The Blackout, Academy Is and more)
Saturday 18th: Manchester Academy (Taking Back Sunday, Underoath, Thursday and more)
Sunday 19th: O2 Academy Brixton (Taking Back Sunday, Underoath, Thursday and more)
Sunday 19th: Manchester Academy (Enter Shikari, The Blackout, Academy Is and more)