Melodic garage rock. Sometimes punky, sometimes riotous, sometimes balladeering. Always rocking. We'll break your heart, and you'll love us for it.
Traverse the Abyss:
Traverse - To travel across or through
Abyss - A deep or seemingly bottomless chasm/pit
The interpretation TtA took on this is to pass through seemingly endless dark times in life, always a light at the end of the tunnel.
Traverse the Abyss is a "NU Metalcore" band from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Traverse the Abyss formed in mid 2016 and current line up is Eric Abyss (Vocals), "Iron" MIke White (Guitar), MIke "Bnoc" Bieniecki (Bass/Backing Vocals), Seth Cardona (Guitar) & Nathan Cardona (Drums).
Traverse the Abyss debuted onto the music scene on October 1st, 2016 with the lyric video for the single "One of a Kind" a modern metal song with positive self empowering lyrics and a consistent thundering drive throughout the song. On November 26th, 2016, Traverse the Abyss released their debut album "The Gamble of Life", The Gamble of Life represents everyday life scenarios and/or feelings and meshes it with gambling terms to reflect on how life is a gamble, you never know what to expect or if the odds are in your favor. Traverse the Abyss took a "gamble" when writing The Gamble of Life by uniquely incorporating sub genres all over the Metal spectrum and venturing off into the regions of Pop Punk, Punk Rock, Hard Rock, Rap and more.
Attention quickly came in the band's direction as a "breath of fresh air" in the Metal Genre and even in the Music Industry. Traverse the Abyss became an endorsed artist of Dirtbag Clothing ( Halestorm, Black Stone Cherry, Don Jamieson) shortly after the release of The Gamble of Life and released the lyric video for "Royal Flush" made by Dirtbag Clothing.
Traverse the Abyss released the music video for "Dead Weight" on August 8th, 2017 as a teaser for their e.p release coming in late 2017/ early 2018.
Established in 1992, Philadelphia’s Thorazine have toured North America eight times [ Canada 5], sharing stages (and vans) with such icons as FEAR, Antiseen, The Mentors, The Anti-Nowhere League, The Murder Junkies, Gang Green, The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, and Exene Cervenka – as well as Pegboy, Blanks 77, NOFX, Nashville Pussy and, wait for it… Blink 182. The Philly quartet also released a series of albums (1995’s Crazy Uncle Paul’s Dead Squirrel Wedding and 1998’s Vicious Cycle), EP’s, singles and countless compilations on the LA’s Dionysus Records/Hell Yeah label throughout the 90’s, and appeared at the 1995 Lollapalooza in Pittsburgh, PA.
Thorazine reached, perhaps, the peak of their mainstream infamy due to a trademark dispute with big pharma behemoth SmithKline Beecham. Long story short: The drug maker got a lesson in fair use, the band declined a lucrative offer and kept their name, and the whole kerfuffle produced a lot of free national publicity in newspapers, magazines, and television – including (ignominiously?) a full weekend of regularly scheduled name-checks on MTV’s The Week in Rock courtesy of Ocean City, New Jersey’s favorite son, Kurt Loder.
The band was the brainchild of drummer Dallas Cantland, guitarist Elliot Taylor, and (first and fourth) bassist Ed Ormsby. Jo-Ann Rogan completed the lineup when they “discovered” her slinging drinks at Philly’s landmark dive, McGlinchy’s – she remains a fixture and, some would argue, a civic treasure, behind the bar there to this day. The core trio of Cantland, Taylor and Rogan have remained steady since the band’s inception.
Taylor and Rogan also got married and have two boys, who frequent band rehearsals and even turn up at all-ages shows. Ornsby left the band early on, returned, and left again but still collaborates in songwriting and, after a few years of adulthood, has returned to rock and roll with Philly band Devil’s Taxi. Other bassist emeriti include John Quinn, Scotty Parker, Jim Kydonious and, most significantly, key influencer and canonical Thorazine bassist Ross Abraham, who put in the most time in front of the Ampeg “fridge” throughout the bulk of the 90’s. Dan Hoover (or “h00v3r,”) is the latest to fill that fourth slot to complete the lineup.
After an unscheduled band hiatus of several years, documentary filmmaker Heather Gillespie was inspired to shoot a film about the creation and history of the crypto-taxidermic artwork gracing the cover of the Dead Her project reunited Cantland and Abraham with Rogan and Taylor for the first time in nearly a decade. The old chemistry soon returned, some shows were booked, and then a whole shitload of shows were booked – including a West Coast tour coming in August, 2015. Songwriting and recording picked right back up and the band has new releases forthcoming, including a featured spot on the upcoming Punk Aid 4 compilation to benefit autism research.
- West coast tour summer 2015 from LA to Whistler Canada...
- Shared the Stage with: The Mentors, The Anti-Nowhere League, Antiseen, The Murder Junkies, Gang Green, Stiff Little Fingers, The Humpers, Exene Cervenka, Blink 182, NOFX, Blanks 77, Pegboy, FEAR, The Bomboras, Jesse Mosher, Lollapalooza 94, The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black
- TV appearances: Jenny Jones, Gabrielle Carteris . Numerous radio and print articles.
- We have been on 8 North American Tours, with Canadian dates on 5 of these. Spent a week on the road with Antiseen and Fear. Our last tour was over 100 dates.
1994 Coffee Tea or Thorazine Hell Yeah Records out of print
1995 Crazy Uncle Pauls Dead Squirrel Wedding Hell Yeah Records
1997 Merry Stupid F*ing Christmas
1998 Vicious Cycle Hell Yeah Records
Plus NUMEROUS appearances on compilations (truthfully so many I forget)
In the studio so we have new product for 2018.
You may have heard some whispers recently about Ellie Lee Oldfield, the up-and-coming, Pittsburgh based singer/songwriter fresh on the scene – and taking it by storm. Her hair and edgy style may catch your attention first, but it’s her vocal range and musical flare that will suck you in from the first to final note. Covering everything from classic rock to modern pop while infusing her own new-day punk vibes, audiences of all genres are more than satisfied. But, it doesn’t end there. While pursuing her musical journey, Ellie began writing original material which she weaves into her live show at just the right moment.
Ellie feels that she was “born with music” in her soul and, with talent that goes beyond her young years, she’s ready to share her music with the world. The singer/songwriter has been playing live shows two-three times a week in the local and surrounding areas and has a consistent upcoming schedule.
On December 10th, 1999 at 7:30 PM in Santa Cruz, California, the bassist for Kaelber, Tabor McLeod, was born. Two hours later and 2,700 miles away in Morgantown, WV, lead guitarist/lead singer for Kaelber, Noah Myers, was born. Who would have guessed that 15 years later these two would meet and form the nucleus of Kaelber. During the summer of 2016, the addition of Matt Reese on drums was the final piece to Kaelber and sealed the band's hard driving, yet fluid sound.
Kaelber is an up and coming band that has been building a steady buzz in Pittsburgh and the surroundings areas since their first show in 2015. Based out of Greensburg, PA, Kaelber combines an eclectic mix of psychedelic, alternative, progressive, and pop rock fused with punk, funk, and metal to create a truly unique sound. Kaelber's onstage energy is infectious as they showcase their original songs and play covers from influences such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jimi Hendrix.
Kaelber recently released their first EP, which can be purchased on iTunes and Amazon. It can also be streamed on Spotify, Pandora, and Apple Music. In addition, Kaelber recently won the 2017 Rock the Palace competition at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA, the 2017 Westmoreland County Battle of the Bands at Twin Lakes in Greensburg, PA, and the 2017 Moon Township Battle of the Bands at Moon Park near Pittsburgh, PA. Furthermore, two of Kaelber's original songs "Something German" and "Oasis" were selected by AT&T SportsNet - Pittsburgh for the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday Night Rocks rotation.
Philadelphia born and raised singer/songwriter Giana Lynn has been working avidly to play her music out for others, both at local venues and farther away. Highlights over the 18 months include Giana Lynn appearing at Pink Moon Festival 8 in West Virginia, Artscape in Maryland, the Tri-County State Fair in New Jersey, The Tacony Summer Concert Series in Philadelphia, SawTown Tavern's Fringe on the Fringe night in Philadelphia, and more!
Giana Lynn's first full-length album, My Glass Heart, is available now! The sound could be described as pop/folk, though it has been deemed deep pop due to the subject matter. It features ten songs Giana wrote on the ukulele exploring long distance and not-so-long distance love, friendships, and self reflection. The thoughts, both light and dark, that bounce around Giana's head were wrapped up in catchy melodies to make up My Glass Heart and bring a piece of her to your ears.
Giana began dabbling in the art of composition at the early age of six. When her loved ones first heard City of Darkness in D Minor, they knew that that moment marked the beginning of a lifetime of creating music for her. Giana's fervor for creative writing not only continued, but intensified as she grew older. At age eleven she began to write songs with lyrics regularly, at age twelve she began to pen short (and not-so-short) stories as well. When Giana reached high school in the year of 2008, she decided to take her songwriting more seriously.
At the age of fifteen, she put that decision to work and churned out songs with more sound structures and accompaniments. When she began to attend Arcadia University in 2012, she, even more so, seriously considered maturing her musical style and lyrics, and fiercely chasing her dreams of becoming a full-time musician. As a self-taught vocalist (aside from any choral instruction at the theater camp she attended from summers 2007-2012), she learned to write songs that better fit her vocal range through trial and error. She began to compose more orchestral compositions with the hopes of working in the film or video game score industry. She decided to switch majors from theatre to music and was accepted into Temple University, which she began to attend the following school year - in 2013.
However, in autumn of 2013, Giana withdrew from school with a burning desire to chase her dreams on her own terms. Although she did withdraw from college that Fall, the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014 progressed with passionate, positive energy as Giana was preparing to record her EP Gianre, a pun based on the variety of genres included on the eight-song EP combined with her name. The sessions began as early as February of 2014 and continued to run all the way into October of 2014. Gianre was released on November 18th, 2014. Her first full-length album, My Glass Heart, was released on July 11th, 2017. Giana hopes to continue to play shows wherever possible and start recording a another album as 2018 approaches.
Giana lives by several philosophies including, but certainly not limited to, treat others the way you yourself want to be treated, be kind whenever possible: it is always possible, (Dalai Lama) and, in her own words, aspire to inspire. Her ultimate goal is to touch peoples' souls with her music the way her own soul has been embraced a multitude of times by others' music, and to inspire people to truly live the life of which they dream.
Thieves & Lovers originally formed in sunny, sultry southern California in 2014. Citing influences like Jimmy Eat World, the Goo Goo Dolls, and The Replacements the band’s sound blends melodic vocals with tight guitar-driven arrangements.
Originally conceived as a side project for vocalist and guitarist Stoner, Thieves & Lovers became a full-time project upon relocating from Los Angeles, CA to Pittsburgh, PA in the summer of 2015. The band has steadily been gaining momentum through the release of a few very well-received EPs.
In 2014 they released their first self-titled EP under their own Royalty Classic Records imprint and began playing shows in the southern California area. In the spring of 2015 the band began the recording sessions for what would become the SEASONS record at Wandering Star Studio in Newport Beach, CA while continuing a steady show schedule. After relocating to Pittsburgh, PA in the summer of 2015 the record was completed at Echoes Recording Studio with producer Todd Stotler.
Released on Record Store Day of 2016, Thieves & Lovers' sophomore album SEASONS builds upon the band’s melodic, guitar-based sound. The album garnered more attention, and received highly-positive press for the band as they continued their steady show schedule around the northeastern United States.
In early 2017 the band revealed they had been working on a new EP, and the single "Long Goodnight" was released in the spring ahead of the album of the same name. The song has been receiving positive press, as well as consistent airplay on terrestrial and digital radio stations.
Continuing to play as many shows as possible, the new album Long Goodnight is currently being mixed - with a scheduled release date of late 2017.
FUBAR has been developing new originals as a full band since September 2011. They have released a DEMO (3 songs), THE FREE EP (7 songs), a LIVE album from their winning performance at the Battle of the Bands entitled, “Fuck It… We’re Doin’ It Live” (8 tracks), a full length album entitled “ALL DAY!!” (13 tracks) and a new “Official Demo” (10 tracks) with songs both old and new to showcase the band.
FUBAR has opened for several national acts including Authority Zero, H.R. (of Bad Brains) and the Dubb Agents, Death by Stereo,The Supersuckers and Polkadot Cadaver. They also won first place at the Local Commotion Battle of the Bands in 2012 and placed 3rd in the Jozart Center Battle of the Bands in 2014. Additionally, in 2012, FUBAR's single Highway from the FREE EP was featured on 105.9 The X on the Local Listen and in 2017 FUBAR's single "Hunt for Inspiration" from the new Official Demo was featured on 105.9 the X on the Edge of the X...
In over 5 years as a band FUBAR has never been late, cancelled or called off from a single show. Looking forward to 5 more years!
Thanks for reading and stay FUBAR my friends!
"great metal band - their formula for metal is incredible" - David Fairhead - Kettle Whistle Radio
Until we have Faces is a 5-piece post-hardcore band from Pittsburgh, Pa. The members come from varied sub-culture backgrounds, and the music blends these influences into something new, yet familiar. Their fresh style and exciting live show has allowed them to share the stage with bands like Sleeping Giant, Silent Planet, the Misfits, Symphony X, and plenty of others, and has also given them the privilege of being invited to fests like Creationfest east and Cornerstone. The band explores controversial themes within the Christian music scene such as homosexuality in the church, sexual promiscuity, abusive relationships, and self-harm, in the hopes to mabe open the conversation more for those who feel they have no voice. Their latest album HALLOWS, which was successfully kickstarter funded, was released on June 17th of 2016, and is available wherever albums are sold online as well as on their bandcamp page for pay what you want.
Upcoming post-hardcore band ready to come onto the scene and tear it up!