Across Five Aprils (band)

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Across Five Aprils
Origin Chattanooga, TN, US
Genres Metalcore, post-hardcore
Years active 2001–2008, 2012
Labels Victory, Indianola
Associated acts A Tragedy in Progress
Members Brandon Mullins
Steve Wooteon
Josh Dycus
Zak Towe
Adam Nordmeyer
Past members Drew Miller
Jarrod Smith
Jason Barry
Steve Taylor
Jason Fields

Across Five Aprils (often shortened to A5A) was a post-hardcore band from Chattanooga, Tennessee. The band started in September 2001 and were signed to Victory Records. Their name was borrowed from the late Irene Hunt Novel based around the American Civil War. The band broke up in late 2008.

History[edit]

Formation, A Tragedy in Progress and Collapse (2001–2007)[edit]

The band released its first album, A Tragedy in Progress in May 2003 on Indianola Records. Following the success of this release, they played shows with bands such as Underoath, My Chemical Romance, Norma Jean, Haste the Day, Atreyu and It Dies Today. Not long after the release, original guitarist Jason Fields departed the band.

After some member changes, the band wrote and recorded their second release on Indianola, an EP entitled Living in the Moment. Shortly after the release of the EP, frontman Steve Taylor left the band and they picked up new frontman Brandon Mullins. Following Taylor's departure, bassist Jason Barry departed also. They toured the United States several times with bands such as The Banner, and then proceeded to write their second full length release, Collapse. Following the release of this album, the band went back on the road full time and in July 2007, the band was picked up by Victory Records. At this point, Drew Miller has also departed the band, leaving Zak Towe the only original founding member in the band. Before entering the studio to record their third album, guitarist Jarrod Smith has also left the band, and was replaced by Adam Nordmeyer.

Life Underwater and frequent line-up changes (2007–2008)[edit]

Across Five Aprils released their Victory Records debut album, Life Underwater, on February 19, 2008. The album was recorded by producer Matt Goldman from Glow in the Dark Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.[1]

Break up (2008)[edit]

On September 22, 2008, Across Five Aprils announced that they would be breaking up. They had a very short farewell tour in October and had their final farewell show in Chattanooga, TN on November 1, 2008.

Reunion and A Tragedy in Progress (2010)[edit]

On October 14, 2010, the original line-up of Across Five Aprils announced two reunion shows in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Marietta, Georgia. The band used the moniker A Tragedy in Progress as an homage from the debut album out of respect to the members that came after them, and decided not to use the original band name. They released a four song EP titled Going Down with the Ship on Indianola Records on January 25, 2011, on their original label Indianola Records. The EP included a re-recording of the song "Around the World in a Radio Flyer" (titled only "Radio Flyer") from their classic debut album.

2012 Reunion (2012)[edit]

On March 31, 2012, the band played a one-off reunion show in Pensacola, Florida. The first reunion show of the band under that name, as the 2010 shows were performed by the band under A Tragedy in Progress, which became a new band. The band members performing were not the original line-up but instead the line-up of the band's second album Collapse, unlike the 2010 reunion which focused on the Tragedy in Progress line-up. The line-up included Drew Miller and Zak Towe (from A Tragedy in Progress), Brandon Mullins, Jarrod Smith and Josh Dycus.[2]

Band members[edit]

Final line-up
  • Brandon Mullins - lead vocals (2004–2008)
  • Steve Wooteon - drums, percussion (2007–2008)
  • Josh Dycus - bass (2004–2008)
  • Zak Towe - guitar (2001–2008)
  • Adam Nordmeyer - guitar (2007–2008)
Former members
  • Drew Miller - drums, percussion (2001–2007)
  • Jarrod Smith - guitar (2003–2007)
  • Steve Taylor - lead vocals (2002–2004)
  • Jason Barry - bass (2001–2004)
  • Jason Fields - guitar, vocals (2001–2003)
2012 reunion line-up
  • Brandon Mullins - lead vocals
  • Zak Towe - guitar
  • Jarrod Smith - guitar
  • Josh Dycus - bass
  • Drew Miller - drums, percussion

Discography[edit]

Full Length[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Twenty-Three Minutes and Thirty-Four Seconds of Scenic City Rock N' Roll, March 2002
  • Self-Titled EP, October 2002
  • Living in the Moment, September 14, 2004 - Indianola Records

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Victory Records News". victory records. 2007. Archived from the original on 19 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  2. ^ http://www.facebook.com/atragedyinprogress/posts/352989514737301