ABOUT SENSES FAIL–
Comprising vocalist James “Buddy” Nielsen, guitarists Dave Miller and Garrett Zablocki, bassist Michael Glita (former percussionist for Tokyo Rose), and drummer Dan Trapp, New Jersey outfit Senses Fail developed a slick amalgam of post-hardcore chuggery and emo heartbreak that recalled fellow New Jersey-based group Saves the Day. Formed in 2002 in Bergen County, Senses Fail quickly issued a debut EP and began gigging regularly while maintaining a thriving Internet presence. Drive-Thru Records took notice and signed the group in late 2002. A revamped version of the From the Depths of Dreams EP appeared in April 2003; it featured improved sound, one new song, and an acoustic version of the track “Ground Folds.” A tour with the Used wrapped up the year in successful fashion, while From the Depths of Dreams cracked the Billboard 200 and helped poise Senses Fail for a commercial breakthrough.
Let It Enfold You After more heavy touring and a bit of label drama, 2004’s Let It Enfold You — named after a Charles Bukowski poem — was released that September through Vagrant/Drive-Thru; a deluxe edition with bonus tracks arrived one year later. The band also contributed a cover of Suicidal Tendencies’ “Institutionalized” for 2005’s Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland video game soundtrack. Relentless touring persisted before the bandmates began work on their sophomore effort, which saw Senses Fail hitting the studio in May 2006 with producer Brian McTernan (Thrice, Cave In) and a new guitarist, Heath Saraceno (the former Midtown member wound up permanently replacing Miller, who’d previously left the group). A main-stage spot on the American Warped Tour helped the revised band hone its chops, as did a stint with the Taste of Chaos tour in the U.K. Both appearances led up to the release of the explosive Still Searching, which deemphasized the band’s screaming vocals in favor of an energetic, emo-tinged sound.
Life Is Not a Waiting Room Bassist Mike Glita left the lineup one year later, and Hot Water Music’s Jason Black climbed aboard as a temporary replacement during the recording of Life Is Not a Waiting Room, which arrived in October 2008. The following year, guitarist Heath Saraceno announced he was leaving the band. He was replaced by Zack Roach, and shortly afterwards the band returned to the studio. In 2010, their fourth album, The Fire, was released on Vagrant. The group’s fifth studio long-player, the well-received Renacer, was the first Senses Fail album to not feature founding member Garrett Zablocki, and would be the last outing with longtime drummer Dan Trapp. In 2015 the band inked a deal with Pure Noise Records and released Pull the Thorns from Your Heart.
A fierce hardcore band who’ve won a growing audience for their relentless, technically precise attack, Counterparts were formed in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 2007. Originally known as Brigade, the group was formed by vocalist Brendan Murphy, guitarists Jesse Doreen and Curtis Washik, bassist Eric Bazinet, and drummer Ryan Juntilla. The band was also briefly known as Sharia before adopting the name Counterparts, and they began playing extensively around Ontario. In 2009, Washik left the group, with Alex Re stepping in as their new guitarist, and Counterparts set out on a demanding cross-Canadian tour. In 2009, Counterparts signed with the Canadian punk label Verona Records, who released the band’s debut album, Prophets, in 2010. Also in 2010, Juntilla left Counterparts, with Chris Needham taking over on drums, and the band cut a split-EP with Exalt. Following lots of road work in Canada and the United States, Counterparts struck a deal with the American independent label Victory Records in 2011, and began work on their second album. During the sessions, Needham left the band, and Juntilla returned to his spot behind the drum kit. Counterparts’ first album for Victory, The Current Will Carry Us, appeared in the fall of 2011, and once again the band hit the road. By the time the tour hit Canada, Juntilla had once again parted ways with Counterparts, and Kyle Brownlee of the deathcore group Majesty sat in on the road; in 2012, it was announced that Kelly Bilan of I Am Committing a Sin was now Counterparts’ official drummer. In July 2013, the band returned with their third full-length album, The Difference Between Hell and Home, and after the first rounds of touring, Re announced he would be playing his final show with Counterparts in December 2013.
Southern California 4-piece, Movements, brings a nostalgic yet refreshing touch to today’s post-hardcore / emo revival. Fronted by charismatic lead singer Patrick Miranda, Movements delivers honest and engaging lyrics driven by aggressive and melodic instrumentals from Spencer York (Drums), Austin Cressey (Bass), and Ira George (Guitar). This high-energy group is set to introduce themselves in 2016 with an extremely emotional debut EP titled “Outgrown Things”