Abandon All Ships

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Abandon All Ships
2011 MuchMusic Video Awards - Abandon All Ships.jpg
Members Martin Broda, Angelo Aita and Ex Member Daniel Ciccotelli at the 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards.
Background information
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active 2006–2014[1]
Labels Universal Music Canada, Underground Operations, Rise, Velocity, Redfield Records
Associated acts Jhevon Paris, A-Game, Rody Walker, Protest the Hero, Lena Katina, Jonny OC, Liferuiner, XbikerackX, The Air I Breathe, Woe, Is Me, Animals as Leaders, Greeley Estates
Website www.abandonallships.com
Members Martin Broda
Sebastian Cassisi-Nunez
Angelo Aita
Kyler Browne
Melvin Murray
Past members Andrew Paiano
Daniel Paiano
David Stephens
Francesco Pallotta
Nick Fiorini
Chris Taylor
Daniel Ciccotelli

Abandon All Ships was a Canadian band from Toronto, Ontario. Formed in 2006, the group was signed domestically to Universal Music Canada via Underground Operations, along with an American deal to Rise Records and its imprint Velocity Records. The band had released a self-titled EP independently in 2009 and two full-length studio albums, Geeving in 2010 through Universal and Rise, and also Infamous in 2012. The band released their third and final album, Malocchio, on February 11, 2014. They announced their break up on August 15, 2014.[1]

History[edit]

Formation and Disband (television show) (2006–2009)[edit]

Abandon All Ships was founded in 2006 in Toronto, Ontario, originally playing covers of Norma Jean songs. Most of the band members attended Dante Alighieri Catholic Secondary, including lead vocalist Angelo Aita, keyboardist Sebastian Cassisi-Nunez, and original guitarist David Stephens. The three just started the band to play gigs and their career escalated from there, eventually adding local Toronto friends Martin Broda and Francesco Pallotta to fill in spots For Drums and Bass. Around 2007, Nick Fiorini was added along to the band to play Rhythm guitar. By 2008, the band released four demo songs online, which were "Megawacko", "When Dreams Become Nightmares", "Brendon's Song" and "Pedestrians Is Another Word for Speedbump". After rising in the Toronto scene, the group eventually toured and opened for many larger bands in their same genre or home country such as Silverstein. By the end of 2008, Nick Fiorini parted ways with the band and was replaced by Andrew Paiano. By then, the band recorded their self-titled EP.

Abandon All Ships widely were thought to be a Christian band, but this is controversial due to the band's regular use of profanity and suggestive lyrics in their songs and eventually settled the debate that while a majority of the members are Christians, the band is not a Christian band. Abandon All Ships quickly became popular on the Internet through Myspace, and were noticed even more after their appearance on the MuchMusic's television program Disband early-on in their career.[2]

Geeving (2009–2010)[edit]

At the end of 2009, David Stephens and Francesco Pallotta descided to end their careers with the band. Kyler Browne was then added to claim Lead guitar roles as well as Andrew Paiano's brother, Daniel Paiano to take the place for drums. In early 2010, the group was signed to Underground Operations, Rise Records, and Velocity Records. They released their first single, "Take One Last Breath" formerly "Pedestrians Is Another Word for Speedbumps" on June 29, 2010; the music video premiered online the same day.[3] They played at the 2010 Bluesfest in Ottawa, Ontario. At the festival they played some new songs, including "Geeving", "Guardian Angel" which features Lena Katina from the Russian band t.A.T.u.. "Maria (I Like It Loud)", and their first single "Take One Last Breath" all were to be featured on the then-upcoming album, Geeving.

The single "Megawacko 2.0" was released on iTunes on August 24, 2010, along with the music video premiering on MuchMusic that same day. By September of that year, "Bro My God" also premiered with online streaming. Abandon All Ships with their increasing popularity were then included on the Monument tour from October 29, 2010 to December 5, 2010 with Miss May I, Sleeping with Sirens, The Crimson Armada, and Bury Tomorrow.[4]

Lineup Instability, Infamous (2011–2012)[edit]

On January 24, 2011, lead guitarist, Kyler Browne left the band. Browne left a note on his Facebook profile stating: "I have left AAS due to my own personal reason's having nothing to do with anyone in the band personally. The guys are all brother's to me however my heart was not in it anymore. I thank you all for all the love and support and I wish you all the best."[5] Taking Browne's place for the touring is lead guitarist Daniel Ciccotelli. Abandon All Ships participated in the 2011 Vans Warped Tour for selected dates on the east leg.[6]

On July 14, 2011 the Paiano brothers, Andrew (rhythm guitar) and Daniel (drums), left the band.[7] The remaining members explained "Well if you haven't already heard the news, Andrew and Dan Paiano will not be continuing as part of Abandon All Ships due to personal reasons I would not like to touch upon at this point and time.

On January 18, 2012, the band announced that they are in the process of recording their second studio album. The title was announced as Infamous, and it was released on July 3, 2012.[8] The video for its title track was released on the first of May with its environment and direction being described as "very Toronto".[9]

Abandon All Ships played on the Scream It Like You Mean It tour around North America. In September they headed out on a tour around Canada in support of We Came As Romans, also played will be Skip the Foreplay and Ice Nine Kills. After that they immediately headlined their own tour around Canada with support from Fall City Fall and Skip the Foreplay.

On November 29, 2012, the band was announced as support for For the Fallen Dreams European/UK tour beginning in March alongside fellow supporting acts Dream On, Dreamer, and No Bragging Rights.[10]

On December 14, drummer Chris Taylor announced left the band in a YouTube video. [11]

On August 5, the band was announced to go on a short tour with Dance Gavin Dance and Stolas beginning at the end of August.[12]

On August 15, Guitarist Dan Cicco announced that he had left the band to pursue a solo career. He is currently working with his title, The Hills Club, covering songs and playing acoustic guitar.

Return of Kyler Browne, Malocchio, and break up (2013–2014)[edit]

As of May, it is confirmed that they are currently writing for their 3rd record.

On September 4, 2013 the band released their first studio update since they began work on their third album, Part 1 is titled, "Traces".[13]

The band Facebook has posted a few pictures of former guitarist Kyler Browne, creating rumors that he has returned to the band.

On October 25, 2013, the band posted on Facebook a new lineup photo which showed that Kyler Browne was officially back in the band as well as touring member Melvin Murray, who originally was only scheduled as a touring drummer, but was later asked to join the band officially which he accepted.[14]

On November 8, 2013 the band released their second studio update for their new album, Part 2 is titled, Disposition.[15]

On November 18, 2013 Crystalyne premiered their song, "Ghost" which features guest vocals from Martin Broda, their new album, Remedy will be released worldwide on November 26.[16]

On December 4, 2013 the band shared a photo of the filming of the last part of their 3 part 3 studio update series through Indiescope via Facebook.[17]

On December 18, 2013 the band announced via Facebook the "Holy Shit! It's the Holiday" a benefit show on December 19 at Bovine Sex Club in Toronto with fellow acts Diemonds and Skynet with all proceeds going to All Creatures Rescue.[18]

On December 20, 2013 the band announced their new album, Malocchio, which is set for a February 11 release through Rise Records and Underground Entertainment. Along with the announcement the band are streaming the album's first single, "Reefer Madness" on YouTube.[19]

On December 30, 2013 the band announced the track listing for their forthcoming album Malocchio via Facebook.[20]

On January 25, 2014 the band released their forthcoming album's second single, "Cowboys".[21]

On February 12, 2014 Rise Records began streaming the band's new album on their YouTube channel.[22]

On August 15, 2014 the band announced their breakup.[1] They will host a farewell show in Toronto on September 25.[1]

Musical style[edit]

The band's third album incorporates elements from their first and second album while incorporating new elements into the mix as keyboardist Sebastian Cassisi-Nunez brought in more of an EDM influence.[13]

Christianity label[edit]

Although having Christian themes in the band's music as a regular feature, Abandon All Ships is not a Christian band. Also notable is that despite including these Christian themes in their music, the band's lyrics also frequently feature profanity. In addition, the name of their album, Geeving, is taken from the Urban Dictionary definition of the word,[23] which directly reads "Couldn't care less. Don't give a shit. Leave me alone. Fuck off. Happy Thanks Geeving."[24]

Band members[edit]

Final line-up
Former members
  • Francesco Pallotta – bass guitar (2006–2009)
  • Nick Fiorini – rhythm guitar (2007–2008)
  • David Stephens – lead guitar (2006–2009)
  • Andrew Paiano – rhythm guitar (2008–2011)
  • Daniel Paiano – drums (2009–2011)
  • Chris Taylor – drums (2011–2013)
  • Daniel Ciccotelli – lead guitar (2011–2013)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Abandon All Ships discography
Releases
Studio albums 3
EPs 1
Singles 5
Studio albums
Year Album Chart positions
CAN US
200

[25]
US
Heat

[26]
2010 Geeving
27
16
2012 Infamous
54
142
3
2014 Malocchio
EPs
Year Album details
2009 Abandon All Ships
  • Released: July 17, 2009
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: Compact Disc

Videography[edit]

  • "Take One Last Breath" (2010)
  • "Megawacko 2.1" (2010)
  • "Geeving" (2011)
  • "Infamous" (2012)
  • "August" (2012)
  • "Less Than Love" (2013)
  • "Reefer Madness" (2014) Lyric Video
  • "Trapped" (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/abandon_all_ships_announce_breakup_farewell_show
  2. ^ "Abandon All Ships". MuchMusic. Retrieved 29 October 2011. [dead link]
  3. ^ Abandon All Ships – Take One Last Breath (video) Youtube.com 2010-08-10
  4. ^ The Crimson Armada Added To Miss May I, Abandon All Ships Tour Metalunderground.com
  5. ^ Kyler Browne Facebook Post Facebook.com Retrieved 2011-03-02
  6. ^ Vans Warped Tour Bands Vanswarpedtour.com
  7. ^ Common, Tyler. "Abandon All Ships lose two members, one joins Woe, Is Me". Alternative Press. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ Ramirez, Carlos. "Abandon All Ships, 'Infamous': Metalcore Meets Rap in New Video". Noisecreep. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  10. ^ http://www.underthegunreview.net/tag/abandon-all-ships/
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ http://lambgoat.com/news/20911/Dance-Gavin-Dance-Abandon-All-Ships-Stolas-tour
  13. ^ a b http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/abandon_all_ships_release_new_studio_update
  14. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153398297755360&set=a.10151335993510360.807938.412754290359&type=1&theater
  15. ^ http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lSVGwSAxNqU&feature=g-high-u
  16. ^ http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/song_premiere_crystalyne_ghost_ft._abandon_all_ships_martin_broda
  17. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153582982305360&set=a.10153329733210360.1073741825.412754290359&type=1
  18. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153636442845360&set=a.10153329733210360.1073741825.412754290359&type=1
  19. ^ a b http://propertyofzack.com/post/70606048426/abandon-all-ships-announce-malocchio-stream-reefer
  20. ^ https://www.facebook.com/abandonallships/posts/10153676295040360
  21. ^ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/01/25/abandon-all-ships-debut-cowboys/
  22. ^ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/02/12/full-album-stream-abandon-all-ships-malocchio/
  23. ^ Goodwin, Bobby (27 August 2010). "Abandon All Ships | Interviews – Substream Music Press". Substream Music Press. Retrieved 13 October 2010. 
  24. ^ "Urban Dictionary: geeving". Urban Dictionary. 15 July 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2010. 
  25. ^ "Infamous". billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  26. ^ "Geeving". billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  27. ^ "FANS REPORT IN: Abandon All Ships Album And Music Video Details". Under the Gun Review. 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 

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