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ABACU5 is a four-piece rock band from Dallas, TX. THeir debut album, "A Long Way to Begin" released on April 25th, 2017, produced by Geoff Rockwell (Forever the Sickest Kids, Crown the Empire, Regan James). Their unique melodic rock sound has been described as Rock Opera you can take seriously" with "thick vocal choruses and screaming guitar solos so full of personality (that one) is reminded as much of Led Zepplin as of Minus the Bear.
Although ABACU5 performs all over the DFW metroplex, they have also toured China when selected as the guest artist for the Shanghai American School and gained additional overseas exposure with multiple performances across several of Shanghai's premiere live music venues, taking advantage of their time in China and their audiences, hungry for American style music.
Sometimes things catch fire. Just ask Dark Avenue. Originally formed as a side project to the Dallas/Fort Worth heavyweight Pistol Whippin Ike, three of the members began writing alternate jams for fun – and the project instantly sparked a wildfire. In a short amount of time the band established a reputation in the DFW area, performed with acts like Pop Evil, Queensrÿche, Red Sun Rising, Bobaflex, 36 Crazyfists, and launched a successful crowdfunding campaign to finance their first recordings. With the release of their debut album Illusions, Dark Avenue have bridged the gap between metal and hard rock – and Texan crowds have been drawn to their fulgent flame.
Formed in 2014, Dark Avenue is comprised of guitarists Barry Lorberbaum and Andrew Lewthwaite, bassist Alan Sauls, drummer Jeff Hathcock and vocalist Mario Cadena. The band’s first recording was Seasons Change, a five-song EP whose title track was the catalyst that ignited regional interest. It spurred a showcase during SXSW/Austin Music Week and a development deal with Breakout Artist Management, who fostered their growth and transcended them beyond the Dallas scene.
“The scene in Dallas is super vibrant,” explains Lorberbaum. “But there wasn’t anyone bridging the gap between heavy bands and the lighter bands. The heavy music crowds stuck to their bands, and the alterative/hard rock fans stuck to theirs. You did not see any crossover fans. That gap is bridged with our music. The metal fans get their heavy, and the alt-rock fans get their more mainstream sound, and all get songs they can relate and sing along to.”
That middle ground between heavy and light is where the nexus of creativity lies for Illusions. In the center of a Killswitch Engage/Imagine Dragons Venn diagram, the first single “Outside” is colossal and robust, yet driven by dynamic and melodic vocals. Perhaps that’s why it’s been featured on several nationally televised MMA events. Then there’s the song "Una Vez Mas," the group’s first single in Spanish. Its overwhelming response prompted the band to track Spanish versions of their songs for a future deluxe release of Illusions. And let’s not forget the crowd favorite “Maybe Tomorrow.” It won Video of The Year at the 2016 Krave Music Awards and helped them take home the grand prize: Artist of The Year.
“I want people to leave listening to the album like they were right there with us,” says Cadena, “feeling what we were feeling, seeing what we were seeing, as if they were part of it.”
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Formed in 2009, South Florida based band Daybreak Embrace aims to become more than a genre. Though their foundation is firm on energetic Rock, D/E members take pride in being true admirers of all music. Listening you may find they pull influence from many different directions such as Electronic, Alternative, R&B, Progressive, Metal, and more. In 2010, D/E released their first EP, "Tomorrow Awaits", under the direction of Producer Paul Trust, who also produced "Mercury", their second EP released in 2013. After two semi-national tours and global sales under the independent label, Capsule Music, D/E has begun to establish themselves as a mainstay in the coming generation of innovative music.
James "Wamo" Wamsley - Vocals
Dan "Kardagan" Cartagena - Guitar
Keneth Figueroa - Guitar
Giann Rubio - Drums
Ryan Dorries - Bass