July Burns Red

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Why hello there! Long time, no see. My fault, of course. Sorry about that. Here at Tooth & Nail / Solid State, we like to work hard and play hard. So of course after the awesome craziness that was August Burns Red’s “Leveler” – which, if you haven’t heard came out at #11 on the Billboard charts – Scott and I decided to reward ourselves with a nice little 4th of July vacation with a bunch of our friends to sunny California.

Well who should happen to be in the Golden State at that exact time but our pals in August Burns Red! What a happy coincidence! The Warped Tour was posted up at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View the day we flew in. Obviously we had to make a pit stop to say hello and congratulations to the band on an absolutely face-melting new album.

It was a perfect day and the dudes absolutely killed their set. It’s maybe hard to explain the type of pride that comes along with being able to literally see the results of so much hard work and passion from people you care a lot about. We are so grateful for and appreciative of our bands and the effort that goes into creating an album and touring and all the things that comprise being a band.

Personally, I feel lucky every day to be able to do what I do, and it’s all because of people like August Burns Red. The least we could do was give them a small token of our gratitude.

So congratulations again to ABR and [shameless self-promotion coming] if you haven’t picked up “Leveler” yet, it’s available in stores and online now! Download it on the interwebs at iTunes or Amazon MP3.

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Fuel To The Fire

Speaking of summer festivals and Warped Tour…

For the past few years we’ve been spending our springs putting together a Tooth & Nail / Solid State magazine called FUEL. Each mag features a bunch of interviews with and articles written by our bands.

This year’s FUEL cover band is August Burns Red and the issue includes an interview with guitarist JB Brubaker.

“It’s always difficult for me to pick specific things that I view as inspiration.  I am not one to look at something beautiful or sad or whatever it may be, and feel inspired to write.  That’s never been where I have been coming from.  I write what I think sounds good.  I try to write interesting songs.  If I find the music to be interesting, then it’s my hope that others will as well.  You could say I’m simply motivated by the desire to continually get better at my craft…”

For the rest of this interview and more, be sure to stop by our booth this summer at one of the many festivals we will be at and/or Warped Tour!

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