Authority Zero * Ballyhoo! * Versus The World * Empty Sails

at Launchpad

July 25, 2013 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Time: 7:30pm     Day: Thursday     Doors: 7:00pm     Ages: 13+ Ages     Price: $15
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*** Authority Zero ***

Mesa, AZ based punk rock royalty AUTHORITY ZERO has managed
to weather the music industry storm and endure living on the road away from
friends and loved ones for almost 2 decades. With four studio albums under
their belt, two live acoustic albums, and two EP’s, they appear to be just getting
started. Over the past few years the band has broke ground internationally,
beginning with shows in Japan, followed by performances at Belgium's
legendary Groezrock, Spain’s Resurrection Fest and UK's Rebellion Fest
amongst countless other European festivals. With tours through Russia and
Australia in the works, AUTHORITY ZERO continues to seek new destinations
to spread their live show and music.

Initially their goal was simple; create a sound that paid tribute to their punk rock
forefathers, but not confined by the musical barriers that typically bound the genre
together. Now,18 years later, they have just wrapped on their fifth full-length
studio album. Named after the Malcolm Gladwell book, The Tipping Point
was recorded with producer Cameron Webb (Pennywise, Social Distortion,
Motorhead etc.) at Maple Studios in California. Their latest effort pays tribute
to their punk rock forefathers while expanding their musical boundaries into
unconventional reggae and rock tinges beyond the typical punk rock aesthetics,
creating a whirlwind rock album that will undoubtedly take listeners by storm.
The new album is set to be released on April 2nd via Hardline
Entertainment-US/Canada/Japan, Concrete Jungle-Europe/UK and
3wise Records-Australia and will be followed by a heavy touring schedule
around the globe. Lead Singer and Front Man, Jason DeVore says "The
excitement and anticipation for the new album The Tipping Point that I have
is unparalleled,” says vocalist Jason DeVore. “The closest thing I can think of
is how I felt when we first released A Passage In Time so many years ago.
You feel you're really doing something right when you and the members of your
band are rocking out to it like it's their new favorite album that just came out.
That's how it should feel. The energy, the intensity, and collaborative sounds
along with a new realm of production working with Cameron Webb has made it
extremely intense. It's a taste of the old school and slingshots into new areas and
veins of music we have yet to tap into. We've also incorporated some surprise
elements. It's an album based on the idea of tipping the scales, unity, causing a
ruckus while forging on, and the history and future of all who have been involved
and will be for years to come. We're fired up."

*** Ballyhoo! ***

A rock band with punk energy and pop reggae grooves, Baltimore’s BALLYHOO! are a fun, fan-loving powerhouse. These road dogs have tirelessly toured coast-to-coast taking their music to the people. Between the road and the studio, BALLYHOO! have crafted a sound distinctly their own; fresh, fun, and embodied by the soul of the party lifestyle. Lead singer and guitarist, Howi Spangler, has a reputation for mixing slick lyrics with his smooth but powerful voice. Drummer Donald “Big D” Spangler lays out the hard-hitting beats, which are underlined by JR Gregory’s funky and witty bass lines. Scott Vandrey (aka DJ Blaze) rounds it out on the turntables and keys.

BALLYHOO!’s unique sound, hardcore devotion to the road and their fans has pitched them into snowballing success. The band has performed with a myriad of national touring acts; 311, Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, The Dirty Heads, Matisyahu, and more. In 2011, after concluding the Last Calls and Liabilities tour with respected contemporaries, Pepper, they were honored with being included on the ever-popular Hollister Holiday Playlist. They were listed on MTV’s Top 100 Bands to Watch and even featured 2 downloadable songs on the popular video game ROCK BAND. Tour highlights include the 2011 311 Pow Wow Festival, the 2012 311 Caribbean Cruise, Bamboozle 2012, & the entire 2012 Vans Warped Tour.

The band’s last single “Last Night” saw rotation at various alternative radio stations including WHFS Baltimore, WRFF Philadelphia, KUKQ Phoenix, Star 101.9 Honolulu, & SiriusXM/Faction, as well as various specialty shows around the country. The band's new single "Walk Away" is next and poised to open even more doors at radio with it's melodic chorus and sing along vibe. Yesod Williams, owner of the band’s label LAW Records says of his newest addition, “Having BALLYHOO! join the LAW family is a perfect fit. They are an incredibly talented band with a really catchy style”.