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12 STONES Set TO Launch US Tour With SALIVA and ROYAL BLISS April 18th; Beneath The Scars Due Out May 22nd
March 29, 2012 — To get fans ready for the May 22 release of their fourth album, BENEATH THE SCARS (Executive Music Group label via Fontana/Universal), 12 STONES is hitting the road with Saliva and Royal Bliss starting April 18 in West Springfield, VA.
For BENEATH THE SCARS, the New Orleans band joined forces, once again, with producer Skidd Mills (Saving Abel, Skillet, Saliva), who had previously worked with 12 STONES on 2007’s ANTHEM FOR THE UNDERDOG. The first single, “Infected,” mixed by Johnny K (3 Doors Down, Disturbed, Staind), is spinning on Active Rock stations nationwide and is available for download on iTunes and Amazon. Fans who pre-order the album from band’s official website will have early download access to six songs. The rest of the album will then be made available on May 22.
A lyric video for “Infected” can be seen below. As singer Paul McCoy explains, “The song was written about the messed up state of the world. It speaks about how crazy these times are, and about being fed up with the chaos and hatred.”
Check out 12 STONES at any of the following stops, with more dates being added in the coming days. Fans should check any of the band’s websites for updated information.
DATE CITY VENUE
With Saliva and Royal Bliss:
Wed 4/18 West Springfield, VA Empire
Fri 4/20 Vienna, WV YellowBeards Tavern
Sat 4/21 Maggie Valley, NC Stingrays
Sun 4/22 North Charleston, NC Market Street Saloon
Thu 4/26 Mt. Clemens, MI Emerald Theatre
Sat 4/28 Flint, MI Machine Shop
Fri 5/11 Broussard, LA The Station Bar and Grill
February 22, 2012 – 12 STONES will release their fourth album, BENEATH THE SCARS, May 22 on the Executive Music Group label via Fontana/Universal. The band joined forces, once again, with producer Skidd Mills (Saving Abel, Skillet, Saliva), who had previously worked with 12 STONES on 2007’s ANTHEM FOR THE UNDERDOG. The first single, “Infected,” mixed by Johnny K (3 Doors Down, Disturbed, Staind), is currently being serviced to Rock radio and will be available for download on iTunes and Amazon on February 28.
Fans who pre-order BENEATH THE SCARS from the band’s official website will have early download access to six songs starting March 6. The rest of the album will then be made available on May 22.
A lyric video for “Infected” recently premiered on Loudwire.com and can be seen below. As singer Paul McCoy explains, “The song ‘Infected’ was written about the messed up state of the world. It speaks about how crazy these times are, and about being fed up with the chaos and hatred.”
Early buzz for BENEATH THE SCARS surfaced last year as the track “Bulletproof”—which was mixed by Mike Shipley (Green Day, 30 Seconds To Mars)–made its way onto Rock radio stations across the country, including SiriusXM’s “Octane,” WIIL (Chicago), WBSX (Wilkes-Barre), KDJE (Little Rock), WRXW (Jackson), KFRQ (McAllen) and KHTQ (Spokane). It reached #1 on the CMW “Rock” chart, where it lived for eight consecutive weeks.
As singer Paul McCoy explains, “The album title comes from knowing that we all eventually fall short of our expectations regardless of financial, emotional, physical well being. But in the same breath, we all strive to find a way to better ourselves. That’s human nature. There are always two sides to people. It’s all about realizing that we all bleed the same. We are ALL human. Lyrically, the songs capture the essence of life’s challenges. As an example, the song ‘I’m With You’ is about the impact a friend’s suicide had on all of us in the band. It’s a song of hope for those that are going through the trials we all face and the hardships that are a part of life.”
A new partnership with the Executive Music Group and a recording that is the realized vision of a decade of finding their voice in BENEATH THE SCARS has delivered a renewed passion for the future of 12 STONES. “Thanks to EMG,” says McCoy, “we have found a new love for this industry. I think that people forget how hard it is to succeed when you don’t have the right people in place. We think that we are finally poised to break through the mold. I have never felt stronger about what we are doing and I think that this is only the beginning for this band.” Guitarist Eric Weaver added, “EMG, and their partners in Fontana/Universal, are all supporting the vision that we have for the band. We’ve always wanted to reach out to our fans that are all over the world, and finally we’re getting to do that. Our first tour in support of BENEATH THE SCARS will be in the U.S., and the opportunity to tour globally is something we have been waiting years for.”
12 STONES’ previous albums and singles have sold over one million copies in the U.S., in addition to singer Paul McCoy winning a Grammy® Award for “Best Hard Rock Performance” for his contribution on Evanescence’s “Bring Me To Life” smash hit single which went on to sell over 14 million albums worldwide. The band has also garnered multiple GMA Dove Nominations for their singles “Broken” and “Lie To Me.”
Here’s the complete track listing of BENEATH THE SCARS:
3. For The Night
4. Worlds Collide
5. That Changes Everything
6. The One Thing
8. I’m With You
9. Bury Me
11. Only Human
12. Someone Like You
13. Shine On Me
14. Pretty Poison
ALIEN ANT FARM is proud to announce their new deal with the Executive Music Group label via Fontana/Universal. The original line-up–Dryden Mitchell (lead vocals), Mike Cosgrove (drums), Terry Corso (guitar), Tye Zamora (bass)–will start to work on their fourth album in November and is looking to release it Spring 2012. It’ll be their first release since 2006′s UP IN THE ATTIC, which spawned the hit single “Forgive And Forget,” and the first with the original line-up since 2003.
“We are pretty excited for the year to come,” declares guitarist Terry Corso. “We just came off of a three-month tour in the U.S. that made us realize that with the original line-up back together, we have fire and hunger again. That being said, we can hardly wait to hit the studio and start putting a new record together. We’ve been writing on and off for the past year and have a really good pile of new material. Basically the goal is to write another pile. With a fresh new collection, we hope to get our core fans excited, as well as turn some brand new listeners on to the ALIEN ANT FARM sound and show the world we have a lot more to offer than the average rock band.”
“The timing of ALIEN ANT FARM signing to Executive Music Group is priceless,” said EMG President Jacob Capricciuolo. “During a time where EMG is exploding and our philosophy is to ‘hustle,’ I feel together success is imminent. I couldn’t be more proud of their work ethic and their willingness to do whatever it takes to be successful.” As EMG Vice President Jimmy Swan continues: “For 10 years, I have used ALIEN ANT FARM‘s ‘Smooth Criminal’ to show all my bands the perfect example of how to cover a song. Being a huge fan of the band, it is an honor to be able to work with them. Having the original members back in the line up will give the fans what they have been waiting for.”
This week they’re traveling to the U.K. to participate in the “Michael Forever Tribute” on October 8 along with Black Eyed Peas, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aquilera, Ne-Yo, Smokey Robinson and others. The band will be performing two Michael Jackson songs, including their smash hit #1 single, a remake of “Smooth Criminal.”
“Being a part of the Michael Jackson tribute is an incredible honor for ALIEN ANT FARM,” proclaims singer Dryden Mitchell. “I love the idea that we will be the only rock band there. Michael just won’t stop providing HUGE platforms for us to get noticed! My first concert was Michael Jackson on his Victory Tour at Dodger Stadium when I was 10 years old. Fast forward to all that he has done for my life. Simply amazing when I take a step back and try to take it all in. I LOVE THE MAN! Incredible to say the least.”
ALIEN ANT FARM recently wrapped up their 60-date U.S. “ANTicipation Tour,” which had the band performing in front of capacity crowds at every stop. It was their first headlining tour—on their own new bus–since the fatal 2002 bus crash that killed the band’s driver and left singer Dryden Mitchell with a broken vertebrae. Lots more touring is already on tap for 2012. As Dryden proclaims, “In 2012, if them pesky Mayans are wrong…a bus load of touring to support a brand new stellar record. Naked hugs for all who come out.”
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Executive Music Group artists 12 Stones are holding a contest which will allow fans to submit footage to be included in their next music video. The band is asking fans that are into extreme sports to send in video to be included in the official lyric video for “Bulletproof” , the first single off of the band’s forthcoming Skidd Mills produced album, Only Human. Due to hit stores September 6th, Only Human is the fifth studio album from the quintet fronted by Paul McCoy, best known for his GRAMMY winning performance on Evanescence’s “Bring Me To Life”. The aforementioned single “Bulletproof” is available on iTunes starting July 12th. Interested fans can submit footage by heading to the band’s website or clicking here.
Weaver (guitars), Justin Rimer (Guitar), Michael McManus (drums)–will release
their fourth album, ONLY HUMAN, August 23 on the Executive Music Group label via Fontana/Universal.
Saliva), who had previously worked with 12 STONES on 2007’s ANTHEM FOR THE UNDERDOG, which was inspired by the effects of Hurricane Katrina on their hometown of New Orleans.
As singer Paul McCoy recently explained to Revolvermag.com: “One of the things
that I love about this record is that there are so many different things. We’ve
got some songs that are really heavy and then some really nice songs that have a
full orchestra behind them. There’s a lot of variety on this record. Those 12
Stones fans that like the heavy stuff, we’ve got something for them. And the 12
Stones people who like ‘Lie to Me’ and stuff like that, we’ve got plenty of
songs in there for them as well. This album’s our most mature for
The New Orleans band’s previous albums and singles have sold over two million copies in the U.S., in addition to singer Paul McCoy winning a Grammy® Award for “Best Hard Rock Performance” for his contribution on
Evanescence’s “Bring Me To Life” smash hit single which went on to sell over 14
million albums worldwide. The band has also garnered multiple GMA Dove
Nominations for their singles “Broken” and “Lie To Me.”
Stay tuned for further album details and news about the
band’s forthcoming summer tour.