Neighborhood Theatre & MaxxMusic present


Greyhaven, Violent Life Violent Death, Never I

Sat, July 21, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Neighborhood Theatre

Charlotte, NC

$20 adv/$22 dos

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$3 Under 21 Surcharge at Door (Valid ID required for entry into venue. Under 18 permitted with parent.)

Accepted forms of ID: State Issued ID or Driver's License, Military ID, Passport.

Jay Forrest (Vocals)
Joshua Brigham (Guitar)
Dustin Nadler (Guitar)
Chad Waldrup (Bass)
Adam Morgan (Drums)

Trust is key to any successful creative collaboration. It allows an artist to take risk and creates an open dialogue where each member is free to set aside personal ego to work towards a greater common goal. For melodic hardcore legends, Hopefall, that trust has become second nature over their twenty plus years of friendship and, as a result, their new full-length, Arbiter, continues the band’s legacy as pioneers.

Hopesfall formed in 1998. Over the next decade, the band would undergo numerous line-up changes but always drew from the same core group of lifelong friends to source new members. The bond between the group was so strong that even after disbanding in 2008, guitarists Joshua Brigham and Dustin Nadler and drummer Adam Morgan continued to get together on Wednesday nights to work on new music despite having no plans to release it. It was during these jam sessions that the music that would eventually find its way onto Arbiterfirst began to take shape.

In 2012, Brigham and Morgan visited frontman, Jay Forrest, in Chicago culminating in the decision that Forrest would add vocals to the demos. The lineup for the band’s reformation would then be cemented in August of 2015 when bassist, Chad Waldrup, joined the group to see Hum and Failure. Still, the idea of putting out new music as Hopesfall wasn’t part of the plan. With the lineup complete, the band brought their demos to another trusted collaborator -producer Mike Watts (Glassjaw, Dillinger Escape Plan, O’Brother) whom they had worked with on two previous releases, Magnetic North and A Types. It was Watts who brought the demos to Dan Sandshaw and Will Putney of Graphic Nature / Equal Vision Records where the idea of releasing it as a Hopesfall record was finally discussed. A testament to the band’s hard-earned legacy, the famed label immediately jumped on the opportunity to release the project.

Arbiter has a decidedly unique bend to it, but Brigham points out that it is built off of the same principles as Hopesfall’s previous catalog -“big riffs and dark melodies”. Forrest adds that the driving message of Arbiter remains the same as well: “Hopes fall. Tragedies happen. But that doesn’t mean you should give up or not stay the course”. Arbiter is a diverse collection of songs that encourages curiosity and exploration. Album opener, “Faint Object Camera”, holds truest to the band’s roots. It is an aggressive, riff-heavy track that was built loud enough to fill any room. “Tunguska” represents the other end of the spectrum with it’s ethereal, laid-back tones and driving melodies, and “H.A. Wallace Space Academy” bridges the gap between the two with it’s incredible dynamism and exuberant energy. Topically, Arbiteris political without taking to the bully pulpit. Again, “H.A. Wallace Space Academy”, “Tunguska”and “Faint Object Camera” serve as a perfect representation of the album’s diversity as they tackle the political manipulation to one of FDR’s Vice Presidents, a massive asteroid strike and a now defunct telephoto lense that at one point was part of the Hubble Telescope, respectively.

Arbiter is set for release on July 13th via Graphic Nature / Equal Vision Records. It is at once a reminder of why the band has become so influential and a beacon of the band’s continued evolution. Look for Hopesfall to support the release with select tour dates later this year.
Brent Mills (Vocals) | Johnny Muench (Bass) | Nick Spencer (Guitar) | Ethan Spray (Drums)

Empty Black, the new record from progressive metal band Greyhaven, is best encapsulated by one phrase – “make the accident look like it was on purpose”. This isn’t due to a lack of intent, but more so to a commitment to experimentation. As a product of the vibrant yet insular music scene in Louisville, Kentucky, Greyhaven has never been afraid to pursue the avant-garde. On Empty Black they’ve created an album that is pristinely violent while challenging the norms associated with heavy rock music.

Greyhaven’s debut full-length, Cult America, was released in 2014 and has since enjoyed a steady increase in revarance from fans and critics alike. On Cult America, Greyhaven came close to achieving the sound they’ve sought since beginning their careers in music. With four more years of creative maturity in hand, the members of Greyhaven – Brent Mills (Vocals), Johnny Muench (Bass), Nick Spencer (Guitar) and Ethan Spray (Drums) – were able to precisely pinpoint their intentions on Empty Black, resulting in a collection of songs that brings to fruition their vision of a rock record that could withstand the test of time.

Lyrically, Mills follows in the footsteps of writers who penned words that worked as well inked on paper as they did sung on stage. He studied writers like Kurt Cobain, Lou Reed, Thurston Moore and Jim Morrison whose lyrics are often considered poetry. The most notable influence came from Cobain’s practice of coupling broken, often contrarian, phrases in a way that made perfect sense. The lyrics on Empty Black are intimately provocative; encouraging the listener to seek a personal interpretation of their meaning, even as everything from phrasing to cadence and delivery tie into a definitive mission statement for the record.

At the core of Empty Black is the theme of universal struggle, both on a macro and micro level, best exemplified by the cyclical nature of the opioid crisis or our dependency on oil. Government maintains a volatile control over an international drug trade that causes the decimation of small town communities across America and an oil economy that is destroying the environment. As these epidemics spread, government involvement becomes more lucrative, increasing their incentive to grow their roles in these industries. Here we find one of the many meanings for the title, Empty Black, as the term conjures images of both gasoline and heroine.

As each new international crisis found its way into the headlines during the writing of Empty Black, Mills’ lyrics delved into more obscure territory and the the composition of the tracks would grow more vicious. There is a sinister sense of urgency to Empty Black, but the band still sees it as a positive album. When you’re faced with a world on the brink of destruction, you can either be sad and angry all of the time or you can focus on what makes you happy. That’s what this record is to Greyhaven – a source of catharsis in a life where one can justifiably get lost down a rabbit hole of negativity. The band’s hope is that it will provide fans a similar liberation from the anxiety of life in 2018, or any other year.

Empty Black was produced by Will Putney (Every Time I Die, Body Count, Knocked Loose, Amity Affliction) and will be released this spring on Graphic Nature / Equal Vision Records. Greyhaven will celebrate its unveiling with the band’s biggest tour to date supporting Norma Jean on their North American dates. With the release of Empty Black, this tour will undoubtedly be the first of many big steps forward in Greyhaven’s story to take place this year.
Violent Life Violent Death
Violent Life Violent Death
Scott Cowan - Throat,
Joseph Benham - Shred,
Matt Alexander - Shred,
Justin Campbell - Thunder,
David Holquin - Skins
Never I
Never I
In February of 2015, Never I began performing around the southeastern United States, fusing their unique sound with a show ignited by their energy. Show-goers describe the band as chaotic and raw with fast-paced riffs, driving percussion, and intense vocals throughout their performance.

The Charlotte-based outfit has since released one EP, SPEAK (2016), and two singles; Hopelessness In Hoping For The Best (2017) and Shatter (2018). The band’s sophomore EP, The Less I Loved Myself (including Shatter) was produced by Matt McClellan and is anticipated for debut on March 3rd, 2018.

Briefly following the recording of The Less I Loved Myself in spring, 2017, vocalist Ian Powell parted ways with the group. The sextet is currently comprised of Jacob Peters, Hayden Myers, Dakota Boelte, Connor Vogt, Clint Hughes, and Keenan Jackson.

Never I continues to write and tour all across the United States.
Venue Information:
Neighborhood Theatre
511 East 36th Street
Charlotte, NC, 28205