Modern Life Is War, Die Young

Parade of Flesh presents . . .

Modern Life Is War

Die Young

Modern Pain, Stymie

Fri, February 21, 2014

7:00 pm

Sons of Hermann Hall

Dallas, TX

$13.00 - $15.00

This event is all ages

Modern Life Is War
Modern Life Is War are one of the most beloved bands in the punk rock/hardcore world of the last decade, appealing to everyone from the jaded to the driven. The band released three highly influential albums before announcing a temporary hiatus in 2007.

"Fever Hunting" is Modern Life is War's triumphant 2013 return to form with original lineup of Chris Honeck, Matt Hoffman, Jeffrey Eaton, Tyler Oleson and John Eich in place. A true story of their collective coming of age, "Fever Hunting" plays and reads as an open diary of their last five years. Exposing every frayed nerve and internal struggle that it's creators carried deep within their hearts. Impassioned, embattled, and forever resilient to the world outside.

From the first strikes of the anthemic opener "Old Fears, New Frontiers" it's apparent that Modern Life Is War have not lost a step in absence, but have quickened pace on their own path. From there, the outpouring is overwhelming as eleven songs unfurl with equal and unmatched emotional weight. All of them bravely moving forward rather than resting on past laurels. Recorded by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios (Converge, etc) and Mastered by Brad Boatwright at Audiosiege Engineering (From Ashes Rise, etc).
Die Young
Houston's Die Young (TX) first rallied together in the fall of 2002 as simply Die Young, a determined and passionate crew spouting sociopolitical hardcore that took direct inspiration from bands like Catharsis, Integrity, Black Flag, and Trial, in addition to philosophers like Chomsky and Nietzsche. Die Young's lineup rotated a lot over the years, with the most consistent members being frontman The Reverend White Devil and drummer Rynearson (that's James Fuckin' Rynearson, to you). The band released two 7"s in 2003 -- Songs for the Converted appeared that spring, followed by Confession of a Petty Thief that fall. Both releases were then gathered together (along with several new tracks) into the May 2004 album The Message, released through Immigrant Sun Records. The EP Survival Instinct followed a year later, as did a split 7" with Orange County's 7 Generations (Surprise Attack Records).

When Die Young returned from a summer 2005 tour, however, the guys found cease-and-desist letters waiting for them in the mail courtesy of a California band with the same name. The two groups eventually settled with the Houston crew adopting "TX" after their moniker to differentiate themselves. As was their nature, Die Young (TX) continued to tour relentlessly all across the world, notably venturing to oft-neglected places beyond the contiguous United States like Alaska, eastern Asia, South and Central America, the Caribbean, and more. The group's hard work did not go unnoticed, and in July 2006, Die Young (TX) signed a deal with Eulogy Recordings. An early 2007 split with Long Island metallic hardcore upstarts Invade led into the March release of the band's Eulogy debut, Graven Images.

Die Young (TX) continued to tour in support of Graven Images through all of 2007, and then recorded their swan song, Loss, a 7-inch for A389 Recordings in early 2008. With the release of Loss that summer, Die Young (TX) toured a couple more times throughout North America, Latin America, and Europe. Their final appearances in Canada during July 2008 led them to be arrested and deported from Vancouver, British Columbia, after performing 13 shows without work permits or proper legal permission to perform at certain types of venues in Canada. Still Life Recordings from Italy released Die Young (TX)'s final works and rare vinyl tracks on to CD format in late Summer 2008 on Through The Valleys In Between. The band was on hiatus for most of 2009, and did not write or record any music during that time.

Die Young officially played their last show in October 2009 in Houston, Texas.

UPDATE 10/2/2013: Die Young has recently announced they will regroup to record two new records to be released in early 2014 on Headfirst! Records.
Modern Pain
It ain't easy being stankalicious. This is especially true if you are an independent entity. But the funk is proving to be more relevant in the 21st century than ever before. Case in point: the recent revival and revitalization of Stymie and the Pimp Jones Love Orchestra, a San Francisco-based, multi-piece outfit lead by singer/songwriter Sean "Stymie" Sharp.

Stymie is an animated individual. When he speaks about anything, from music to comics to movies, he speaks with an intense and jovial vigor that is as learned as it is inspired. His tiny apartment is littered with ol' school accoutrements, from VHS tapes to boomboxes, but the beauty of modern media trends does not elude him whatsoever. "With file sharing and Youtube," says Stymie, "you are in more control of what you listen to." Thus, you can seek out what you like instead of being nudged into it or spoon-fed something more formulaic.

On this point, Stymie argues, "It is true that not all things are for all people. But this does not mean that you shouldn't give people – the fans – the benefit of the doubt." The man is speaking about categories and genres, abstract concoctions that lead people to "wearing uniforms. Like I got my punk rocker uniform and he's got his gangster uniform and so on." And sure, if you're gonna call Stymie and the PJLO anything, the man doesn't completely object to being tagged as a leader of a funk band, as he explains: "Funk is the least limited genre. 'Funk gets stronger' – to quote George Clinton – but we don't want to limit things at all." In other words, Stymie does not want to "categorize the fan base," as he is also inclined to dip his creative pen into avenues such as ska, R&B, rock, reggae, and even go-go. This musical diversity was a bit harder to realize way back in the 20th century, when massive corporations still dictated listening trends and indies had less resources for getting heard. But now? The game is on.

The band has come a long way and has accomplished a lot of things to get to the pinnacle that it is at today. The current incarnation, a combo of veteran soldiers and funky-fresh blood, has Stymie tickled stink. "This version of the band is carving out its own identity with these new songs." Indeed, he has been writing new ditties at an astonishing rate, "inspired by the blessing of these talented people." The current, exuberant and extra-tight line-up includes drummer Jon Merker, Paul Sloan on guitar, bassist Ace Alan, Jerry Goldstone on guitar, John Gibson on trumpet, Simon Rochester on keyboard, Chris Jordan on saxophone, Art Hafen on Trombone, as well as vocalists Joseph "Mojo" Powell, Priscilla Smith and Noelle Guerin.

The new material, with such titles as "Breathing Underwater", "Fight" , "The Wreckage","and "Star Brigade in the Slipstream," debuted in late 2012. And in an effort to whet the appetites of longtime and potential fans alike,the band has uploaded high-quality performance footage of classic Stymie and the PJLO material on Youtube, tunes that can be heard on previous releases such as Dem Sum Goodies and The Secret Hits of the Black and Blue Parade.

Stymie, who grew up in Hollywood off of Sunset, started the band in San Francisco in 1996. The first lineup featured Joe "Mojo" Powell, a soulful harmonizer who still sings with the band today. As for the band name, Stymie thought it up while walking down Haight Street, and the name, like his songs, are meant to remind the audience that there ain't nothin' but overflowin' imagination around here. The band soon proved itself to be incredible live, and while it has enjoyed the honor of opening gigs for the likes of Earth, Wind, & Fire, Fred Wesley, and Billy Preston over the years, Stymie and thePJLO has been packing 'em in with its own sold-out headlining shows for over a decade now.

This is why it is imperative for YOU to come see the man and his crew in a theatre near you.
Venue Information:
Sons of Hermann Hall
3414 Elm St
Dallas, TX, 75226