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The Devastated have dropped off of the forthcoming “Devastation On The Nation Tour” with King Conquer, Bermuda and The Last Ten Seconds Of Life. Speaking on that, they stated:

The Devastated will not be participating in the incoming King Conquer tour as some may have heard. We wanted to make a more formal announcement on our behalf. This tour was never fully agreed to by The Devastated, and was a misunderstanding that wasn’t handled in just time, before the tour was announced. It is regrettable that it was, and we are very sorry to those that had gotten their hopes up.

As for what we are currently up to as a band. We are home, and writing, and plan on doing so for the remainder of summer…”

In light of their departure from the bill, Deserters will now join the trek from September 02nd-September 11th. Here’s how the trek will now run:

08/23 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
08/24 Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box
08/25 Metairie, LA – The Cypress
08/26 Houston, TX – Walters
08/27 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
08/28 San Antonio, TX – The White Rabbit
08/29 Dallas, TX – TomCats West
08/30 El Paso, TX – Lips Lounge
08/31 Albuquerque, NM – Gasworks
09/01 Mesa, AZ – The Underground

With Deserters:

09/02 Fullerton, CA – The Anchor
09/03 Canoga Park, CA – The Cobalt Cafe
09/04 Bakersfield, CA – The Dome
09/05 Soledad, CA – The Castle
09/06 Hermiston, OR – The Grimm Den
09/07 Tacoma, WA – Hells Kitchen
09/08 Bremerton, WA – The Charleston
09/09 Spokane, WA – The Hop
09/10 Boise, ID – The Venue
09/11 Ogden, UT – The Basement

With In Dying Arms:

09/13 Omaha, NE – The Commons
09/14 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
09/15 Minneapolis, MN – The Beat
09/17 Barrington, IL – Penny Road Pub
09/18 Peoria, IL – The Brass Rail
09/20 Akron, OH – The Vortex
09/22 Binghamton, NY – American Legion Post 1254
09/22 Rochester, NY – The Dub Land Underground
09/23 Wareham, MA – 3065 Live
09/24 Manchester, NH – Rockos
09/25 Albany, NY – Bogies
09/26 Smithtown, NY – Smithtown Hall
09/27 Trenton, NJ – Backstage at Championship
09/28 Richmond, VA – Kingdom
09/30 Jacksonville, FL – The Phoenix Taproom

Pelican’s Trevor de Brauw Talks Music Piracy

Pelican guitarist Trevor de Brauw recently addressed the a rather broad question regarding the state of the music industry copyright reform and piracy in general. Speaking with Heavmedia.com, he offered:

“I wish I had answers for this, but I really don’t. There’s so many sides to the question and so many perspectives, especially from generation to generation, that it’s not really possible for the various sides to ever see eye-to-eye or come to any real resolution. Coming from the 90s – the era of tape trading and, eventually, CD burning – I have always thieved a percentage of my music, but it’s always been secondary to the feeling of owning the album or the song.

I live by an edict that was verbalized quite well by music critic Christopher Weingarten: “steal as much music as you can, buy as much music as you can afford.” And I do buy a lot of music because I am a collector and obsessed with music and records. And I don’t think there’s anything intrinsically wrong with stealing an album in order to preview it before you’re willing to part with cash on an actual copy. In the old days you’d buy an album and if it sucked you got burned; I’m as happy as anyone to leave those days behind.

But I do think that something has to change. I could go the old guilt trip routine about how our band is at a level that we should be able to make a living off our music, but with the record sales we lose to theft we can’t afford to do the band full time and have to approach it as a hobby. But no one sympathizes with those stories because who has the right to say that they deserve to make a living off of music, right?

But the way I see it it’s not really the high-sense-of-entitlement bands that are getting burned on the deal, it’s music fans like myself, who are going to see recorded music decline with each passing year. If labels can’t sell records, can’t even break even on them, there’s no incentive to keep making them. Putting out a record is a huge gamble to begin with, now that sales are declining who the fuck would want to take that kind of risk?

And what’s left is bands trying to fund their own recordings so they can sell them via platforms like Bandcamp or give them away, which means budgets keep getting lower, which means records start sounding shittier – all fine and good of course since digital music sounds like crap to begin with.

Think about an album like Loveless – that record had an insane recording budget, required the label to take a tremendous risk. That record would never, never, never happen now – it’s not even remotely possible for anyone to consider investing money like that in an album because it will not recoup. The same will soon go for incredibly artistically ambitious “commercial” albums like Dark Side of the Moon, or Exile on Main Street. And it’s not killing the bands – the bands will continue making their music, but we’ll be the ones who have to live with the inferior version of their master vision, or no recording of it at all because there’s no budget for it.

I don’t know how to shift the gears on a sea change like this. There needs to be huge cultural shift to understand that the recorded arts are being neglected. Music piracy would need to be stigmatized.

I think there should be more enforcement – not the way the RIAA have gone after music fans and sued them for ridiculous sums for stealing music, but the platforms for stealing music. I don’t know that fines and lawsuits settle anything, but if there were at least some online oversight going on and taking down illegal download links it would make things better. Potentially.”

Soungarden frontman Chris Cornell recently invited a young fan by the name of Ben Dawson onstage during his solo set last Wednesday (June 20th) in Newcastle, England. According to those in attendance, Dawson yelled out to Cornell from the audience asking if he could play a song with him.

Cornell obliged and invited him up, with Dawson then performing an impromptu version of Soundgarden‘s “Outshined” alongside Cornell. Fan-filmed footage of that can be found below:

Danny Marianino of North Side Kings is preparing a book titled “Don’t Ever Punch a Rockstar – A Collection Of Hate Mail & Other Crazy Rumors“. The set will not only focus on the impact (pun not intended) of his 2004 one punch on Glenn Danzig; but also compile the hate mail and such that followed in its wake. More details can be found on Facebook.

Miss May I To Tour The UK This Fall

Miss May I will hit the UK in November and December for the following run of shows:

11/30 Manchester, UK – Club Academy
12/01 Glasgow, UK – Classic Grand
12/02 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy 2
12/03 Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms
12/05 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
12/06 London, UK – Garage
12/07 Cardiff, UK – Great Hall 2

The Amity Affliction, The Ghost Inside, Architects and Buried In Verona have booked the following Australian tour for later this year:

09/26 Brisbane, AUS – The Tivoli (all ages)
09/27 Brisbane, AUS – The Tivoli
09/28 Newcastle, AUS – Panthers
09/29 Sydney, AUS – Big Top
10/02 Canberra, AUS – UC Live
10/05 Melbourne, AUS – Palace Theatre (early show)
10/05 Melbourne, AUS – Palace Theatre
10/06 Adelaide, AUS – Thebarton Theatre
10/07 Fremantle, AUS – Metropolis
10/08 Fremantle AUS – Metropolis (all ages)

Some higher quality fan-filmed footage of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo rejoining his former Suicidal Tendencies bandmates onstage can be found below. The footage finds Trujillo joining the band onstage for some Infectious Grooves tracks at this past weekend’s “Orion Music + More” festival.