The Early November
Technically, The Early November's roots began ten years ago in Hammonton, New Jersey, when left-handed Ace Enders picked up his step-dad's right-handed guitar and taught himself how to play. As he improved, he continued to play right-handed, but began to play with the goal of getting a recording contract. "Originally, it was just me. I had some acoustic songs and I was looking to make a record. I was able to record everything but drums and bass, so I was searching for band members that had the same taste in music and the same goals."
On the hunt for the perfect chemistry, Ace persevered through 15 band member changes in less than a year. Eventually, he came to find drummer Jeff Kummer and together they came up with the name The Early November. "At the start of November, the weather still hasn't decided what it is going to do; it can be hot at the beginning of the month, then suddenly turn cold," Jeff explains, "Early November is the changing of the seasons. It is the calm before the storm, a feeling that can be associated with anything in life, particularly relationships, so we felt it would be an appropriate name for our band."
Together, Jeff and Ace as The Early November recorded a demo showcasing acoustic guitars with minimal drums and bass as back up. In the path of their influences: Jimmy Eat World and The Who, the music recorded was an incredible mix of intense rock songs with slower, sing-a-longs, each passionately capturing a spectrum of everyday feelings that all audiences can relate to. The demo was sent out to the only record label the band was interested in: Drive-Thru Records.
With so many demos coming through the Drive-Thru office, it took an in-person meeting with label co-owner Richard Reines to bring record deal attention to the band. Richard received an instant message from one of the band member's girlfriends, asking him if he had heard the demo. As luck would have it, Richard was visiting the band's hometown in New Jersey and agreed to meet with them to at least give some advice. The band was incredibly excited about the meeting and brought all their equipment with them, in hopes of playing live for Richard. Although they did not perform for him that night, they did play the demo. Richard then brought the CD back to his sister and co-owner of Drive-Thru, Stefanie Reines. What Richard and Stefanie heard on the demo was Ace's intensely personal lyrics with music that mirrored and increased the emotional vibe of each song, much in the way that a soundtrack in a movie increases the drama of each scene. "The last time a band stirred up this much emotion in me was six years ago when I discovered Jimmy Eat World," responds Stefanie.
By the time that Drive-Thru offered them a record deal, The Early November was a full band with Ace Enders, Guitars and Vocals; Jeff Kummer, Drums; Sergio Anello, Bass; and John Dubitsky, Guitars.
Although the band had never been on the road before, playing only as local support for acts that came through the state of New Jersey, Richard and Stefanie were confident in the band to put them on the Drive-Thru Stage of the Warped for selected dates.
As rumors spread about Drive-Thru's new signing, The Early November won over larger audiences at Warped. Their popularity was also shown on MP3.com.where three of their songs quickly rose to the top five of the punk charts, with "Every Night's Another Story" hitting #1. Within two months The Early November already had over 180,000 downloads on MP3.com.
The Early November's EP, "For All Of This" is in stores now. Featured on the EP will be "Every Night's Another Story", "All We Ever Needed", "I Wanna Hear You Sad" and "Ashala Rock." Two versions of the EP are available. An acoustic version will be available only on the Drive-Thru Records website. The electric version features two live acoustic songs not on the acoustic EP as enhanced footage.
Cartel sees themselves as minstrels of their day, offering songs about life and love that have always captured the human soul. Issuing a challenge to their cohorts, Will Pugh calls out "pop punk today isn't going anywhere--let's make some moves." With their new album Chroma, Cartel definitely makes some big moves in the right direction.
Having toured across the U.S. multiple times, with a widely enjoyed, self-released EP Cartel quickly garnered a devoted and noticeably growing fan base with a reputation for being one of the most fun, genuine, talented bands around. When Alternative Press compiled their 2005 list of "Bands You Need to Know," you bet your boots that Cartel was on that list. The band's Ransom EP was a hit with fans everywhere, and what the band has achieved with Chroma is the result of hard work, intuition, and great synergy between old friends. Cartel has only been a band for a few short years, but the band's members have known each other for well over a decade.
This record sounds like an inspired band who are unafraid to be inquisitive in their song craft and recording. It doesn't stray far from their true sound, but at the very same time soars much higher and drags along with it noticeable influences from the band's love for bands their parents listened to. In the song "Answer," Pugh found out where a lot of his inspiration came from and tips his hat to Brian Wilson. Chroma reflects the band's ability and desire to write timeless songs with genuine subject matter and classic nature in the modern world of the benign and cold. The band attempts to take a step into the same ballpark as the staid records of their parent's generation that inspire for generations to come.
While Chroma is not a concept album, the album was built as a cohesive piece. Honestly, "Settle Down" and "If I Fail" are specific examples among many of songs inspired by a common, fervent search for love and truth with beckoning lyrics and a pop tinge. "Settle Down" contains the darker undertones of the three, and the angst of young love with hope of lessons learned. It's not so much pop-punk anymore for the Atlanta boys, but more pop-rock, now laden with more alt-rock tinges and twists. Where bands in the '60s brought rock 'n' roll out of the drab singles format, Cartel has a new direction and vision for their music, bringing surprise and intrigue. Chroma offers plenty of surprises while remaining culturally relevant and fresh. Cartel has opened their minds to new musical possibilities that challenge their peers to achieve something more. The band brings the best of both worlds in accessibility and artistry. Chroma also reveals Pugh's deep thoughts and philosophical questioning through bright melodies that stay in your head all day long. Their compelling guitar arrangements, driving drums, and youthful energy rival more seasoned artists and naturally invoke attention.
Cartel mesh loud, bombastic guitars with pretty melodies and rock arrangements with an acute sense of pop songwriting. The band started out as a guilty pleasure for many, they who are now demanding more and more. Their album is evidence of a creative connection that transcends the band's relatively short life.
Seahaven began in 2009 as four friends in Southern California who shared a passion for the post-punk and indie sensibilities of favorites Brand New, Jawbreaker, and Crime in Stereo. After ex-Final Fight drummer James Phillips decided to take a break from the hardcore tendencies of his previous band, he joined forces with Kyle Chadwick, Eric Findlay, and Michael Craver to create a sound that has been described as "a somber combination of indie / punk elements and overtones that inspire and uplift your average punk-listener".
Featuring a guest vocal performance from Jordan Brown of Set Your Goals on the track "Love", as well as the crystal clear production of acclaimed producer Zack Ohren (Heartsounds, Set Your Goals), it is easy to distinguish the more pop-punk and lighthearted qualities of the band's youthful energy (the average age of the band members being 20) which at first glance is buried beneath the downtrodden lyrical content and darkened sonic musical passages of the debut offering. The combination of the two contrasting musical themes within the bands debut EP "Ghost" has proved succesful for the Torrance, CA four-piece, given the overwhelming positive rsponse to the record thus far. The band will be hitting the road in July in support of the album, and plan to stay on the road for the remainder of the year.