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As Friends Rust
As Friends Rust performing live
As Friends Rust performing at The Fest 14 in Gainesville, Florida on October 31, 2015. From left to right: Damien Moyal, Kaleb Stewart, Joseph Simmons, Timothy Kirkpatrick and James Glayat.
Background information
OriginDavie, Florida, United States
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Years active1996–1997, 1997 (1997)–2002 (2002), 2008 (2008)–present
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Past members

As Friends Rust is an American melodic hardcore band based in Gainesville, Florida.[1] The original line-up, which included vocalist Damien Moyal, guitarist Henry Olmino, bass guitarist Jeronimo Gomez and drummer Matthew Crum, formed in Davie, Florida in September 1996.[2][3] After recording a demo tape but failing to secure a record deal, the band parted ways in February 1997.

Following his move to Gainesville, Florida, Moyal reformed As Friends Rust in June 1997 with a new line-up (made-up mostly of then-members of his other band Culture), ultimately stabilizing the band with drummer Timothy Kirkpatrick, guitarists Gordon Tarpley and Joseph Simmons and bass guitarist and backing vocalist Kaleb Stewart. The band released its debut EP The Fists of Time via Good Life Recordings in 1998, prior to which Tarpley was replaced by Peter Bartsocas. After an American tour, Bartsocas was replaced by James Glayat and As Friends Rust released a split with Discount, also on Good Life in 1998, supported by a European and British tour. The band signed with Doghouse Records and released the 1999 EP As Friends Rust, ensuing a series of American, European and British tours for the next two years, along with reissues of early material.

Inner tensions caused line-up changes in 2000, culminating with Glayat, Kirkpatrick and Stewart quitting. Moyal and Simmons reconstructed the band by recruiting guitarist and backing vocalist Christopher "Floyd" Beckham, drummer Zachary Swain and bass guitarist Thomas Rankine. The new line-up recorded As Friends Rust's debut full-length album Won for Doghouse / Defiance in 2001, and embarked on extensive American, European and British tours. As Friends Rust signed with Equal Vision Records and released the 2002 EP A Young Trophy Band in the Parlance of Our Times, by which time tensions had again surfaced, resulting with Moyal quitting the band at the peak of its popularity. Beckham quickly took up lead vocals, until Adam D'Zurilla was welcomed as Moyal's replacement a month later. With D'Zurilla, As Friends Rust toured the United States, Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom several times, before Beckham, too, quit the band. In September 2002, the remaining members of As Friends Rust announced their continuation under a new band name, Salem.

As Friends Rust reunited in 2008, with Moyal, Kirkpatrick, Stewart, Simmons and Glayat reprising the 1998–2000 line-up. The band embarked on a European and British tour in 2008, followed by a Japanese tour in 2014. As Friends Rust has since performed a series of American and European festival dates in 2015 and 2019, supporting its compilation albums Greatest Hits? and The Porch Days: 1998 to 2000. In 2019, Stewart was replaced by bass guitarist Chad Darby and As Friends Rust released the EP Up From the Muck on Unity Worldwide Records, containing its first-recorded material in eighteen years. The band has since been working on its second full-length album.[4][5]

History[edit]

First incarnation (1996–1997)[edit]

As Friends Rust performing with its original members at Cheers in Coconut Grove, Florida on November 11, 1996. From left to right: Jeronimo Gomez, Matthew Crum, Damien Moyal and Henry Olmino.

In September 1996, vocalist Damien Moyal was invited to a band practice in Davie, Florida by guitarist Henry Olmino, bass guitarist Jeronimo Gomez and drummer Matthew Crum; the three had been playing under the name Wayside, originally with vocalist Robert Rudas, since 1994.[1][6][7] Moyal had previously been the vocalist in Shai Hulud and Morning Again, and was then simultaneously playing in Bird of Ill Omen and had recently rejoined Culture (having originally left that band in April 1995).[1][8][9]

Moyal named the new melodic hardcore band after the lyrics "as friends rust, from exposure to exposure", which he had penned in 1995 while in Shai Hulud, planned for a song titled "Now Ruin Is".[6][10][11] Instead of using Moyal's lyrics, Shai Hulud guitarist Matt Fox wrote new lyrics and the song became "My Heart Bleeds the Darkest Blood" (originally sung by Moyal).[10] After being kicked out of Shai Hulud, Moyal took the unused lyrics of "Now Ruin Is" to his next band Morning Again.[8][10] While Morning Again did write a song titled "Now Ruin Is", using Moyal's lyrics, it was thrown out shortly after Moyal was kicked out in June 1996.[10] Moyal re-used the abandoned lyrics for a Bird of Ill Omen song in August 1996, and a month later As Friends Rust was formed.[6][10][11] Bird of Ill Omen later recorded the song "Now Ruin Is" for its debut album, Self, Date You Still Breathe?, but with a different vocalist.[8]

The new band played its first show on September 19, 1996, at Cheers in Coconut Grove, Florida.[12][13] The event was a Pixies tribute show and As Friends Rust performed covers of the songs "Hey" and "The Sad Punk".[12][14] As Friends Rust recorded six songs, "Encante", "Ruffian", "Broken Brain", "When People Resort to Name Calling", "The Only Point" and an untitled instrumental acoustic song, at Wisner Productions in Davie, Florida from November 19–22, 1996, with producer James Paul Wisner.[15][16] Three of the songs, "Encante", "Ruffian" and "Broken Brain", were used on a well-circulated demo tape shopped to record labels.[15][3]

By February 1997, this incarnation of As Friends Rust had fallen apart as Moyal dedicated more time to Culture and Bird of Ill Omen.[8] Olmino, Gomez and Crum opted to continue playing together, renaming the band Red Letter Day and asking Rudas to return as vocalist.[17][7][18] The same core members later played in The Rocking Horse Winner,[3] while Olmino also played with Anchorman and Dashboard Confessional and Gomez also played with Poison the Well.[7][18]

The "Porch House" era (1997–2000)[edit]

The idea to reform As Friends Rust was brought up in June 1997 by Culture's guitarist Stephen Looker, who had been a fan of the band's demo.[9][16][19] Moyal was still commuting from Miami, Florida to rehearse with Culture, but had made plans to move to Gainesville, Florida in August 1997, following the band's first European tour.[9][16] To complete the second incarnation of As Friends Rust, Moyal and Looker invited Culture's new drummer, Jason Dooley, and Culture's bass guitarist, Gordon Tarpley, the latter of which agreed to play guitar in the side-project.[13][9][16] Looker then approached Hot Water Music's bass guitarist Jason Black, who agreed to take up the same position in As Friends Rust.[13] Inspired by the band's proposed line-up, Moyal dubbed a new batch of As Friends Rust demo tapes, with updated liner notes announcing its new members, to take with him on Culture's first European tour and secure a record deal.[13][16][20] Culture's Belgian record label, Good Life Recordings, showed immediate interest in signing As Friends Rust and plans were made for the band to become active again before the end of 1997.[20][13] However, Culture and Hot Water Music's busy touring schedules and recording agendas kept As Friends Rust on the back-burner for several more months, and neither Dooley nor Black took active parts in the bands' eventually activities.[9][13][21]

In September 1997, drummer Timothy Kirkpatrick (formerly of the emo band Roosevelt) replaced Dooley in both As Friends Rust and Culture.[16] Though Looker and Kirkpatrick wrote a handful of songs together between Culture tours, the band came to a halt when Looker quit both As Friends Rust and Culture to join Morning Again, moving to Coral Springs, Florida in March 1998.[16] Looker would later join ex-As Friends Rust members in Red Letter Day (with Chris Carrabba having replaced Rudas), and play in Poison the Well and Reggie and the Full Effect, until he became a band manager, representing such artists as Further Seems Forever and As Friends Rust's successor Salem.[13] Moyal quickly asked ex-Morning Again and ex-Bird of Ill Omen guitarist Joseph Simmons to join both Culture and As Friends Rust, and recruited Hot Water Music's roadie Kaleb Stewart as bass guitarist and backing vocalist for As Friends Rust.[16] With an intact line-up, As Friends Rust recorded the song "Home Is Where the Heart Aches" at Goldentone Studios in Gainesville, Florida in late March 1998 with producer Rob McGregor.[22] Stewart invited three close friends, members of Hot Water Music, Chuck Ragan, George Rebelo and Chris Wollard, to provide additional backing vocals on the recording.[22][23]

"Home Is Where the Heart Aches" was combined with four songs from the 1996 recording session ("Encante", "Ruffian", "When People Resort to Name Calling" and "Broken Brain") to make up the band's debut extended play, The Fists of Time, released by Good Life Recordings on compact disc and 10" vinyl on July 13, 1998.[22][24] The cover art for The Fists of Time was illustrated by Moyal.[16] In April 1998, Tarpley quit both As Friends Rust and Culture simultaneously, leading Moyal to recruit ex-Morning Again bass guitarist and then-guitarist of Bird of Ill Omen (though the band was on hiatus) Peter Bartsocas as As Friends Rust's new guitarist and co-backing vocalist.[8] In promotion of the new line-up, recording and forthcoming release, the band embarked on a five-week tour of the United States, spanning from June 15 to July 18, 1998,[13] accompanied by Florida punk rock band Discount and Minnesota pop punk band Dillinger Four.[16][25] The tour included stops to perform at such festivals as More Than Music in Columbus, Ohio, Tin Can Full of Dreams in Lawrence, Massachusetts and Wilkes-Barre Festival in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.[16][13]

As Friends Rust's "guy with gun" logo, discovered and adapted by Moyal in 1998. The emblem was first used on the As Friends Rust / Discount split and has since appeared on the majority of the band's merchandise.

As Friends Rust was put on hold for a month as Moyal, Kirkpatrick and Simmons toured Europe and the United Kingdom with Culture from August 14 to September 13, 1998.[9] After replacing Bartsocas with guitarist James Glayat (who had previously played in Roosevelt with Kirkpatrick) in October 1998, As Friends Rust returned to Goldentone Studios to record "The First Song on the Tape You Make Her" with McGregor.[16] McGregor, Stewart and Keith Welsh provided backing vocals on the recording.[26] The song, which had been partly written with Bartsocas, would appear on a split CD and 7" vinyl with Discount, released by Good Life Recordings in December 1998.[27][28] The release was the first to feature As Friends Rust's new "guy with gun" logo, which Moyal had found on a wall while walking through an alleyway in Boston, Massachusetts' Chinatown in early July 1998 (while on tour with Discount).[29] As Friends Rust and Discount embarked on a second tour together, this time travelling around Europe and the United Kingdom from December 3, 1998 to January 11, 1999,[13][20] in promotion of the release and accompanied by Swedish hardcore band Purusam.[16][30]

In late 1998, As Friends Rust was signed to a three-record deal (two albums and one EP) by American record label Doghouse Records,[11][31] and on May 9, 1999, returned to Goldentone Studios to record six songs with McGregor.[32] The new material included "Half Friend Town", "Like Strings (Spell It with a K)", "Fire on 8th and 3rd", "Coffee Black", "Scapegoat Wets the Whistle" and a cover of Circle Jerks' "Operation", all with backing vocals provided by Stewart.[33][34] The songs were released on a self-titled compact disc and 8" vinyl by Doghouse Records on September 17, 1999;[35][36] the European version, released in July 1999 on compact disc and double 7" vinyl, was erroneously promoted under the titles God Hour and 6-Song CD by Good Life Recordings.[11][37]

As Friends Rust toured the east coast of the United States during three weeks, spanning from June 12 to July 4, 1999,[13] accompanied by Gainesville-based acoustic musician Keith Welsh.[32] The tour included stops to play the Wilkes-Barre Summer Music Festival in Kingston, Pennsylvania and Syracuse Hell Fest in Syracuse, New York.[38] The band quickly followed up with a five-week European and British tour in July and August 1999, playing at such festivals as Good Life Midsummer Hardcore Festival in Kuurne, Belgium, Festival Hardcore in Sant Feliu De Guíxols, Spain and Ieper Hardcore Festival in Ypres, Belgium.[38] The European and British tour was originally intended to be shared with Hot Water Music, but due to a disagreement over top-billing, the two bands ended up booking separate tours.[32][39][23] Hot Water Music booked a separate tour with Discount, while As Friends Rust headlined its own tour, playing a handful of cross-over shows with New Jersey melodic hardcore band Ensign and California melodic hardcore band Ignite.[32][40][13]

As Friends Rust headlining Ieper Hardcore Festival in Ypres, Belgium on August 20, 1999. From left to right: James Glayat, Kaleb Stewart, Damien Moyal and Joseph Simmons.

On October 5, 1999, Japanese record label Howling Bull Entertainment released the compact disc compilation Eleven Songs, which included a selection of the band's recorded material from 1996, 1998 and 1999.[41][42] As Friends Rust had hoped to record a full-length album in late 1999 or early 2000, which was to include the newly-written song "Shame on You",[13] but was unable to compose enough new material.[43][44] In December 1999, the band played Gainesvillefest in Gainesville, Florida.[13] The festival was intended to be followed by a tour with New York metalcore band The August Prophecy and Florida metalcore band Dragbody, booked for December 1999–January 2000,[13] but it was cancelled at the last minute.[32] During the first half of 2000, As Friends Rust went on mini-tours with New Jersey hardcore band Fast Times and Washington D.C. hardcore band Good Clean Fun, and also played The Copper Sun Indie Records Winter Festival in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Detroit Festival in Detroit, Michigan and Krazy Fest 3 in Louisville, Kentucky.[45][46]

On June 22, 2000,[47] Doghouse Records re-issued The Fists of Time, under the expanded title The Fists of Time: An Anthology of Short Fiction and Non-Fiction, on compact disc, 12" vinyl and digitally, adding the songs "The First Song on the Tape You Make Her" and "Operation", which had previously been exclusive to Good Life Recordings and the European market.[48][49][50] The re-issue did not count towards the band's existing Doghouse Records three-record contract (which counted As Friends Rust as the EP and two full-length albums).[11] As Friends Rust immediately embarked on a four-week tour to promote the release, playing shows across the entire United States with Virginia hardcore band Strike Anywhere from June 1–30, 2000.[13][51] The tour included several cross-over shows with Florida post-hardcore band Glasseater, Pennsylvania emo band Mid Carson July and Florida emo band The Agency (the three of which were on a separate tour together), as well as stops to play such festivals as Mixed Messages in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Pheer Festival in College Park, Maryland and Hellfest 2K in Auburn, New York (the last of which As Friends Rust did not play due to a last-minute change in venue).[13][52][53]

In July 2000, Good Life Recordings invited As Friends Rust back to Europe for a week's worth of shows in Belgium and the Netherlands, including a performance at Dour Festival in Dour, Belgium and another at Metropolis Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands.[54][13] A month later, the band returned to Europe and the United Kingdom for a full five-week tour, spanning from August 17 to September 25, 2000,[13] and included a handful of cross-over shows with Canadian melodic hardcore band Grade, New Jersey melodic hardcore band Ensign and Massachusetts post-hardcore band Garrison.[55][13] This European and British tour also included stops at Ieper Hardcore Festival in Ypres, Belgium, TurboPunk Festival, in Poznań, Poland, Transmitter Festival in Hohenems, Austria and Complete MADness Festival in Potsdam, Germany.[55][56][13] The band had again planned to work on a full-length album in late 2000,[57] having written a handful of new songs described as "calmer and more depressing" (including "Tuesday Clad"),[13] but this material was eventually abandoned due to line-up changes.[19][58][59]

As Friends Rust performing at Plan 9 in Limena, Italy on September 16, 2000. One of the few shows when Kaleb Stewart took up lead vocals while Damien Moyal was sick. From left to right: Stewart, Joseph Simmons, Peter Bartsocas and Timothy Kirkpatrick.

Prior to leaving for Europe and the United Kingdom in August 2000, Glayat and Kirkpatrick had announced their desire to leave the band upon returning home.[60] However, tensions during the tour ultimately caused a much bigger change in membership.[60] On the way to Ieper Hardcore Festival, less than a week into the tour, the band was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Belgium, which badly damaged the touring van and resulted with Glayat suffering torn ligaments in his leg.[61] With Glayat wearing a splint, the band continued on to half a week's worth of shows in the United Kingdom,[61][13] following which the injured guitarist opted to fly back home instead of crossing back into Europe.[61][13] Ex-guitarist Bartsocas, who was visiting Europe at the same time and had been travelling with the band, filled the vacant guitarist position for the next four weeks of shows.[60][29] Three weeks later, Moyal suffered from laryngitis and lost his voice, leading Stewart to switch from bass guitar to lead vocals, and Bartsocas temporarily filling in as bass guitarist.[60][29] Moyal and Simmons called ex-Culture, ex-Morning Again and ex-Crucible bass guitarist Christopher "Floyd" Beckham (Glayat's at-the-time roommate) from Europe, asking him to join As Friends Rust as its new guitarist upon returning home, much to Stewart's dismay, leading the latter to quit the band.[60][62] Moyal and Stewart were initially to stay over in Europe following As Friends Rust's tour, for a second tour with their other band Bridgeburne R, but Moyal was forced to find a new bass guitarist for both bands.[60] Glayat and Kirkpatrick went on to play in Moments in Grace, while Stewart joined The Sheryl Cro(w) Mags and started Grey Goose.[63]

Won (2001)[edit]

As Friends Rust performing at Underground in Cologne, Germany in promotion of Won on November 4, 2001. From left to right: Damien Moyal and Joseph Simmons.

In February 2001, Moyal, Simmons and Beckham recruited former Twelve Tribes drummer Alexander Vernon and future Rehasher bass guitarist Guillermo Amador.[60][64] This line-up wrote and recorded two songs, "Morningleaver" and "This Is Me Hating You", at Goldentone Studios with McGregor in late February 2001, both of which were released as Morningleaver / This Is Me Hating You by Doghouse Records as part of its 7" vinyl Fan Series in March 2001.[65] Further line-up changes resulted with Zachary Swain (formerly of Rosalind, Adversary and Carlisle) replacing Vernon on drums in March 2001, and Thomas Rankine (formerly of Crestfallen, Bird of Ill Omen, Dead Men's Theory, Anchorman and Crucible) replacing Amador on bass guitar in April 2001.[66][17] Within four months, the band had written enough new songs for a full-length album.[59]

As Friends Rust recorded ten songs for its debut full-length Won in July 2001, with producer James Paul Wisner at Wisner Productions.[67][68][66] Recorded material included new versions of "Morningleaver" and "This Is Me Hating You", newly-written songs "We on Some Next Level Shit", "Fourteen or So", "Austin, We Have a Problem", "Won't Be the First Time", "Perfect Stranglers", "Laughing Out Loud" and "Last Call", as well as "Ten" for which Moyal improvised lyrics in the studio.[59] Former As Friends Rust drummer Matthew Crum contributed additional percussion, while backing vocals were provided by Beckham and Further Seems Forever bass guitarist Chad Neptune.[68][66] Won was delayed by several months, ultimately being released on October 5, 2001 in Japan by Howling Bull Entertainment, on October 15, 2001 in Europe by German record label Defiance Records and on October 23, 2001 in the United States by Doghouse Records.[69][70]

As Friends Rust began touring full-time in support of Won, starting with an American summer tour with Vangard, Keepsake and Further Seems Forever from early August to mid-September 2001.[71][72][73] The last leg of the American tour was cut short due to the September 11 attacks in New York City (As Friends Rust was scheduled to play the city three days later),[71] but the band managed to perform at the Orlando Magicfest in Orlando, Florida, Furnace Fest in Birmingham, Alabama, and Philly Music Festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[73] Another North American tour with Where Fear and Weapons Meet was initially booked for October to December 2001, but was cancelled when Where Fear and Weapons Meet's original vocalist quit and the band announced its breakup (it would ultimately reform).[74]

As Friends Rust then reunited with Strike Anywhere for a five-week European and British tour from late October to early December 2001, supported by Planes Mistaken for Stars during the first leg and Durango 95 for most of the European shows.[75] In promotion of these shows, British record label Golf Records reissued the band's earlier compilation album Eleven Songs on compact disc on October 22, 2001.[76] A highlight performance at London, England's Camden Underworld from November 16, 2001, was filmed and later released on video and DVD by British home video company Punkervision on December 17, 2002.[77][78] The chemistry shared between As Friends Rust and Strike Anywhere on tour also gave talk to releasing a split single of the two bands, but it never materialized.[59] As Friends Rust played its last show of 2001 at Gainesvillefest in Gainesville, Florida.[79]

Moyal's departure and transition into Salem (2002)[edit]

In mid-February 2002, As Friends Rust recorded five songs, "More Than Just Music, It's a Hairstyle", "The Most Americanest", "Temporary Living", "Born With a Silver Spoon Up Your Ass" and "Where the Wild Things Were", at Wisner Productions with producer James Paul Wisner, as part of a one-off loan-out to Equal Vision Records.[23][6] Tension within the band resulted with Moyal recording his vocals separately and co-producing the material without the other four members' presence.[62] During the studio sessions, Moyal also recorded the interlude "Up and Went" with Wisner performing keyboards and guitar.[62]

Promotional picture of As Friends Rust circa May 2002. From left to right: Thomas Rankine, Joseph Simmons, Adam D'Zurilla, Zachary Swain and Christopher Beckham.

Less than two weeks following the recording session, Moyal quit As Friends Rust, citing dissatisfaction with touring and wanting to focus on school and his then-fiancé.[62][80] In retrospective interviews, Moyal stated that the new members, Beckham, Swain and Rankine, were taking As Friends Rust in a more mainstream and polished direction, which in turn led to his loss of interest.[29] In an interview conducted shortly after Moyal's departure, Rankine revealed that frictions with the vocalist had become increasingly problematic, especially since the band's recent European and British tour in October–December 2001.[17] Rankine pointed out that Moyal's attitude had been negative and holding back the band from progressing in a natural direction, and that by leaving suddenly, he had left the band in a difficult situation with record label and touring obligations to fulfill.[17] At the time of Moyal's departure, As Friends Rust already had several upcoming shows scheduled and was in the midst of booking an entire year's worth of tours.[29][62] The band was also talking about writing a second full-length album (to fulfill its Doghouse Records contract),[29] and was being courted by larger record labels.[62][81][82] Moyal, nevertheless, encouraged the band to find a new vocalist and continue under the established name.[62][80] Moyal went on to form Damien Done, a solo project which eventually expanded into a full band.[20][83]

As Friends Rust performing at Krazy Fest 5 in Louisville, Kentucky on June 22, 2002. Adam D'Zurilla (front) replaced Damien Moyal as lead vocalist in March 2002. Also pictured Christopher Beckham (left) and Thomas Rankine (right).

Beckham initially stepped up as temporary vocalist and Tarpley returned to fill the vacant guitarist position,[17] as the band embarked on a short midwest tour supporting Sick of It All, Shai Hulud and Thursday during the first week of March 2002.[62] This was immediately followed by a week-long east coast tour with This Day Forward, Coheed and Cambria, The Stryder, Fairweather, Liars Academy and Prevent Falls as part of the Equal Vision Records Presents: Spring Showcase 2002 Tour, and a one-off date opening for Agnostic Front in New York.[62][84]

Adam D'Zurilla (formerly of Short Order, Esteem, Die Tomorrow and Kumité) was finally welcomed as Moyal's replacement in late March 2002, allowing Beckham to return to playing guitar.[17][62] D'Zurilla's first show was at the Hell City Tattoo Festival in Columbus, Ohio on April 5, 2002,[85] followed by a week-long east coast tour with Bloodlet and Hotwire, and a performance at Gorefest in Miami, Florida.[86][87][62] In the last week of May 2002, As Friends Rust played a week's worth of Florida shows supporting Prevent Falls and Whippersnapper.[62][88]

As Friends Rust performing at Krazy Fest 5 in Louisville, Kentucky on June 22, 2002. Joseph Simmons (front) remained as sole guitarist for the band's 2002 European and British tour. Also pictured Thomas Rankine (right).

The final recordings with Moyal were released on the extended play A Young Trophy Band in the Parlance of Our Times on compact disc and 12" vinyl on May 27, 2002 by Defiance Records in Europe and on May 28, 2002 by Equal Vision Records in the United States.[89][90] The band immediately hit the road non-stop for the next six months, beginning with a two-week Canadian tour in early June 2002, followed by a month and a half-long American tour with Prevent Falls, Garrison and Clark, spanning from mid-June to late July 2002.[62][91][92] During this tour, As Friends Rust played Krazy Fest 5 in Louisville, Kentucky,[93] and three Van's Warped Tour dates in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California.[94][92] Upon returning home in late July 2002, Beckham quit the band; he went on to play in the punk rock band J. Page.[95]

As Friends Rust travelled as a four-piece, with Simmons as sole guitarist, for its month-long European and British tour, which spanned from early August to early September 2002.[95][92] The tour included dates at the Defiance Records Festival in Cologne, Germany, the Sommerspektakel Open Air Festival in Sarstedt, Germany and Ieperfest in Ypres, Belgium.[96] The band was supported by The Copperpot Journals on its ten-date United Kingdom leg.[97]

Prior to leaving for Europe, the band had already discussed abandoning the name As Friends Rust in favor of one that better reflected its new musical direction.[95][96] It was while on this European and British tour that announcements were made to fans that this would be As Friends Rust's final tour,[98][99] and that the band would be officially changing its name to Salem upon returning home.[100][101] Although As Friends Rust officially played its last show on September 11, 2002 in Amsterdam, Netherlands,[96] the band would continue to be billed under its old name, as additional tours had been booked well-in-advance for the remainder of 2002.[96][102] As such, Salem continued to play As Friends Rust songs and tour in promotion of Won and A Young Trophy Band in the Parlance of Our Times for several more months.

Back in the United States, Salem was supposed to go on tour with Florida emo band The Remedy Session, from mid-September to early October 2002, but the tour was cancelled.[95] Salem officially played its first show on September 28, 2002 at The Factory in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, opening for Further Seems Forever, though the band was billed as As Friends Rust.[95] Salem was again billed as As Friends Rust during its week-long south-eastern American tour with Fairweather, Liars Academy, Open Hand and Codeseven, and during another week-long south-eastern American tour with Shelter, Keepsake and Running from Dharma, which together spanned most of mid-October 2002.[95][100] It was only once it began touring with The Movielife and Brand New in late October 2002 that the previously-booked billing was corrected to feature the band's new name.[95][100] Upon returning home from this tour in mid-November 2002, Swain quit the band and Salem properly began moving onto new things away from As Friends Rust.

Reunion (2008–2019)[edit]

As Friends Rust's first reunion show at The Atlantic in Gainesville, Florida on August 15, 2008.

In March 2008, Moyal announced that As Friends Rust would reunite for a series of European and British shows as part of the band's Back in Coffee Black Tour '08.[103][104] It was further revealed that the band would be performing with its 1998–2000 line-up (referred to as "The Porch Days" line-up), including Kirkpatrick, Simmons, Stewart and Glayat.[105][106] At the time, Simmons and Stewart were still living in Gainesville, Florida, but Moyal had relocated to Ann Arbor, Michigan in September 2006; Kirkpatrick had been living in Los Angeles, California since January 2005; and Glayat had been based in Brooklyn, New York since August 2002.[107][81][29]

The Back in Coffee Black Tour '08 kicked off with a single American show at The Atlantic in Gainesville, Florida (a venue co-owned by Simmons and Rankine), on August 15, 2008.[105][106] Three days later, the band flew to the United Kingdom and Europe for six shows spanning August 18–23, 2008.[105][106] The reunion tour included concerts at the Camden Underworld in London, England, Conne Island in Leipzig, Germany and Ieperfest in Ypres, Belgium.[105][106] Due to a passport issue, Glayat was unable to travel with the band on its initial flight to England, so As Friends Rust played at Camden Underworld as a four-piece, with Simmons as sole guitarist.[108]

On April 24, 2011, As Friends Rust social media accounts were created on Facebook and Twitter (an official Myspace profile had previously been created on December 29, 2005).[12] On June 6, 2011, As Friends Rust recorded demos of six new songs, but the band was not satisfied with the result and ultimately shelved the material.[109][29] The band continued writing more material over the next several years.[81][110]

In 2014, As Friends Rust travelled to Asia for the Japan Tour 2014, which spanned from June 12–15, 2014, supported by Japanese hardcore bands Endzweck, Noy and Nervous Light of Sunday.[111][107] Kirkpatrick was unable to tour and was temporarily replaced by former Culture drummer Joshua Williams.[13] In promotion of the tour, Japanese record label Cosmic Note released a best-of compilation album on compact disc titled Greatest Hits?, on June 4, 2014, which included a selection of the band's recordings from 1996 to 2002, hand-picked by Moyal.[112][113] The compilation was also released on compact cassette by Indonesian record label D'Kolektif on December 27, 2014, and on 12" vinyl by Dutch record label Shield Recordings on April 29, 2015.[114][115]

As Friends Rust played three shows in 2015: the first at the Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, New York on April 30, 2015 (during which Bartsocas rejoined the band to play a song);[116][117][118] the second at Groezrock festival in Meerhout, Belgium on May 2, 2015;[119][107] and the last at The Wooly as part of The Fest 14 in Gainesville, Florida on October 31, 2015.[120][121] On May 22, 2015, German record label Demons Run Amok Entertainment released The Porch Days: 1998 to 2000 on 12" vinyl.[122][123] The release compiled all of the band's studio recordings from 1998 to 2000, as well as previously unreleased live recordings of two of the three songs composed-but-never-properly-recorded by the band with that line-up.[122][107]

New album (2019–present)[edit]

As Friends Rust performing at Booze Cruise Festival in Hamburg, Germany on June 8, 2019; the band's last show with bass guitarist and backing vocalist Kaleb Stewart. From left to right: Damien Moyal, Kaleb Stewart and Joseph Simmons.

In January 2019, As Friends Rust announced that it had been actively writing and demoing new songs since 2011 for its second full-length album, and that its songwriters were finally proud of and happy enough with the current material to properly record and release it.[1][81][5] Kirkpatrick had moved St. Augustine, Florida in 2018, and with three members living in Florida, the logistics of getting together to record material became more feasible.[81] Moyal also announced that the band would be recording and releasing a two-song extended play in mid-2019 (though this was ultimately delayed by a year), as a precursor to the band's sophomore album.[1][5]

As Friends Rust performed three shows in 2019: one at The Kingsland in Brooklyn, New York on April 25, 2019, and two on the same day at Molotow in Hamburg, Germany on June 8, 2019, as part of the Booze Cruise Festival.[124][125] Upon returning from Booze Cruise, As Friends Rust parted ways with Stewart, though the band did not immediately look for a replacement bass guitarist.[126]

As Friends Rust recorded two songs, "Up From the Muck" and "Last of the Famous International Scumbags", for its planned comeback extended play in early March 2020.[127] The recording sessions were tracked individually at various studios in Florida and New York: Kirkpatrick recorded his drum tracks at Warhouse Studio in Gainesville, Florida; Simmons recorded his guitar tracks at his home studio, Jazzberry Jam Audio, in Tampa, Florida; Glayat recorded his guitar tracks at Tall Pine in Brooklyn, New York (engineered by Bartsocas); and Moyal recorded his vocal tracks at Wisner Productions in St. Cloud, Florida (Wisner having since relocated from Davie, Florida).[127] The songs feature bass guitarist Chad Darby (who also plays in Samiam and Ship Thieves), who recorded his tracks at his home studio in Gainesville, Florida.[127] The songs were then mixed by James Paul Wisner at Wisner Productions.[127] "Up From the Muck" premiered digitally on March 23, 2020,[128][2] while "Last of the Famous International Scumbags" premiered digitally a week later on March 30, 2020.[129][130] Both songs were released on a 7" vinyl by Unity Worldwide Records on July 3, 2020.[129][131]

In January 2020, it was announced that As Friends Rust would perform at Furnace Fest in Birmingham, Alabama on September 20, 2020, though the festival was ultimately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[132] As Friends Rust was re-booked to perform at the next year's edition, and set to play on September 26, 2021, but the band cancelled its appearance due to the prolonged pandemic.[133] The band is currently booked and scheduled to appear at Furnace Fest 2022, on September 25, 2022.[134][135] In a September 2021 interview, Moyal noted that the band is still working on its planned second full-length album.[4] Moyal also explained that the band had hoped to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Won in 2021, but that due to last-minute planning, the celebration had been postponed to the album's 25th anniversary in 2026.[4]

Members[edit]

Current lineup

  • Damien Moyal – lead vocals (1996–1997, 1997–2002, 2008–present)
  • Timothy Kirkpatrick – drums (1997–2000, 2008–present)
  • Joseph Simmons – guitar (1998–2002, 2008–present)
  • James Glayat – guitar (1998–2000, 2008–present)
  • Chad Darby – bass guitar (2019–present)

Former members and touring musicians

  • Henry Olmino – guitar (1996–1997)
  • Jeronimo Gomez – bass guitar (1996–1997)
  • Matthew Crum – drums (1996–1997)
  • Stephen Looker – guitar (1997–1998)
  • Gordon Tarpley – guitar (1997–1998, 2002)
  • Jason Dooley – drums (1997)
  • Jason Black – bass guitar (1997)
  • Kaleb Stewart – bass guitar and backing vocals (1998–2000, 2008–2019), lead vocals (2000)
  • Peter Bartsocas – guitar and backing vocals (1998, 2000, 2015), bass guitar (2000)
  • Christopher "Floyd" Beckham – guitar and backing vocals (2000, 2001–2002, 2002), bass guitar (2000–2001), lead vocals (2002)
  • Guillermo Amador – bass guitar (2001)
  • Alexander Vernon – drums (2001)
  • Zachary Swain – drums (2001–2002)
  • Thomas Rankine – bass guitar (2001–2002)
  • Adam D'Zurilla – lead vocals (2002)
  • Joshua Williams – drums (2014)

Timeline[edit]

  • Note that the Studio album and EP bars represent the release dates, not the recording dates; membership often changed between the two events.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums and EPs

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