August Burns Red
August Burns Red
|Origin||Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Genres||Metalcore, melodic metalcore, Christian metal|
August Burns Red is an American metalcore band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, formed in 2003. The band's current lineup consists of lead guitarist John Benjamin "JB" Brubaker, rhythm guitarist Brent Rambler, drummer Matt Greiner, lead vocalist Jake Luhrs and bassist Dustin Davidson. The band was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2016 for Best Metal Performance for the song "Identity" from its 2015 release Found in Far Away Places, and again in 2018 for "Invisible Enemy" from Phantom Anthem (2017). The band has released nine studio albums to date; their latest, Guardians, was released on April 3, 2020.
Formation and Thrill Seeker (2003–2006)
August Burns Red was founded in March 2003 when all the members were attending high school. The original practice sessions of the band began in drummer, Matt Greiner's old egg house and basement on the Greiner family's farmland. After playing many local shows within Lancaster, they recorded their first EP, titled Looks Fragile After All with label CI Records in 2004.
Vocalist Jon Hershey eventually quit the band during the same year, which led to Josh McManness taking on the position as lead singer. After several months of playing with McManness, August Burns Red signed to Solid State Records in 2005. Hershey would later go on to form post-rock band Bells.[better source needed][better source needed] August Burns Red released Thrill Seeker, their first full-length album, on November 8, 2005. In 2006, drummer Matt Greiner was endorsed by Truth Custom Drums following the release of the album.
McManness departed from the band in 2006, after only one tour. He was replaced by Jake Luhrs, then a resident of Montclair, New Jersey. Bassist Jordan Tuscan also left the band in 2006 for similar reasons as McManness. He was replaced by bassist Dustin Davidson, a friend of the band. The band's second album, Messengers, was released on June 19, 2007. Marking the debut for Luhrs fronting the group, it became the band's breakthrough album, reaching number 81 on the Billboard 200.
Throughout 2008, August Burns Red toured with several acts across North America and Europe to promote Messengers. From April to May they toured with As I Lay Dying and Misery Signals across the United States and Canada. In September and October of that same year, they headlined a tour with A Skylit Drive, Sky Eats Airplane, Greeley Estates, and This or the Apocalypse in the United States. The band also visited Europe for a month-long headlining tour in November, playing in Germany, Finland, Norway, Sweden, The United Kingdom, Republic Of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and France.
After this series of tours, the band recorded two covers of popular songs. They recorded an instrumental version of the classic song, "Carol of the Bells" for the X Christmas compilation album, which was featured in trailers for the film, The Spirit, released Christmas Day 2008. They also recorded a cover of "...Baby One More Time" by pop singer Britney Spears for the Punk Goes Pop 2 compilation album, released in March 2009.
On February 24, 2009, the band released an EP, entitled Lost Messengers: The Outtakes. It contains material that is related or was decided not to be included in the final, mastered version of Messengers. August Burns Reds' first trip to the Middle East took place on March 6, 2009 with the band playing at the Dubai Desert Rock Festival. The band's last tour before their next album release took place in the United States, where they toured with metalcore band All That Remains throughout April and May.
To promote their upcoming album, August Burns Red released several new tracks and a music video during June 2009. The tracks Thirty and Seven, Existence, and Ocean of Apathy were all released on the 15th, 21st, and 29th, respectively. A music video for the song Meddler was also released during this month. On July 7, a week before the album's release, August Burns Red began streaming the full album on their Myspace profile for a limited time. August Burns Red released their third full-length album, Constellations, on July 14, 2009. During the week of August 1, 2009, the album charted at spot 24 on the Billboard 200. Another United States tour was organized with August Burns Red headlining and support from Blessthefall, Enter Shikari, All Shall Perish, and Iwrestledabearonce. After this tour, the band joined a short tour in Australia with Architects in support of Australian band Parkway Drive. August Burns Red toured alongside Underoath and Emery in November and December 2009 as well.
The band released their first live CD/DVD, Home, on September 28, 2010. The group co-headlined an Alternative Press tour throughout November. On February 23, 2010, Constellations was nominated for the Dove Award for "Best Rock Album".
August Burns Red toured Australia and New Zealand in December 2010 on the No Sleep Til Festival. The band played alongside Parkway Drive, A Day to Remember, NOFX, Dropkick Murphys, Suicide Silence, Megadeth, Descendents, Gwar and many others.
Leveler and Sleddin' Hill (2011–2013)
On July 27, 2010, Brubaker stated that the band would be taking time off tour to write their next record, On February 12, 2011, the band announced via their official Facebook page that they had completely finished writing their new record and that they would be entering the studio on Valentine's Day.[better source needed] In March 2011, the band announced that the record was finished, and that it was (at that point) time for mixing.[better source needed] On April 5, 2011, August Burns Red revealed the name of the record as Leveler. On May 16, 2011, the band released the song "Empire" as a preview before its release. They also later premiered three other songs: "Internal Cannon", "Divisions", and "Poor Millionaire", on May 31, June 6, and June 14, respectively.
Leveler was released on June 21, 2011 in two forms; standard and deluxe. The deluxe version of Leveler contains four extra songs, including an acoustic version of the song "Internal Cannon". The album sold particularly well compared to their other releases, with 29,000 of its opening first week-copies being sold in the United States alone. These sales had the record land at position 11 on The Billboard 200 chart. After the release, August Burns Red took part on the main stage of the 2011 Vans Warped Tour.
Rescue & Restore (2013–2014)
On February 12, 2013 the band announced that they would be back in the studio the next week to commence recording on their new album. Carson Slovak (Century) and Grant McFarland (former This or the Apocalypse drummer) again oversaw the production of the album.
On May 5, they announced that the album, Rescue & Restore was set to release June 25, 2013. The album debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200. This is the highest that they have reached on the chart. On August 30, they announced that they would release a documentary DVD titled Foreign & Familiar before the end of the year.
Lyrically, the release delved into topics such as depression, grief at the death of a loved one, and social tolerance. It also featured influences from progressive metal and thrash metal as well as more mellow, melodic rock music. Adam Gray of the band Texas in July appears as a guest musician.
Found in Far Away Places (2014–2016)
On August 5, 2014, it was announced the band had signed to Fearless Records and Found in Far Away Places would be available for pre-order on April 13, 2015 along with their new single "The Wake".
The band embarked on the Frozen Flame Tour from January 22 to March 8, 2015 along with Miss May I, Northlane, Fit for a King and ERRA, for 39 shows in Canada and the United States, sponsored by Rockstar Energy.
Phantom Anthem (2016–2018)
On November 21, 2016, a teaser for the Messengers 10th Anniversary Tour in Europe and the United States was uploaded to the band's Facebook page. The tour started on the January 4, 2017 with supporting artists, Protest the Hero, In Hearts Wake and '68. On July 26, 2017, August Burns Red announced their new album, Phantom Anthem, released on October 6, 2017.[needs update] The first single from the album, "Invisible Enemy", premiered on the SiriusXM Liquid Metal show the same day as the album announcement. On November 28, 2017, it was further announced that band had been nominated for another Grammy Award in "Best Metal Performance" for "Invisible Enemy".
In 2019, the band embarked on the Constellations 10th Anniversary World Tour spanning from June 21 to December. The band will tour North America over the summer, go to Australia in October, and finish the tour in Europe in November and December.[non-primary source needed][better source needed]
On February 6, 2020, August Burns Red released their first single, "Defender", from their upcoming ninth studio album, Guardians, which is scheduled to be released on April 3, 2020, after which they will embark on a full North American tour in support of Killswitch Engage. On February 26, the band released the second single of the album titled "Bones". On March 26, a week before the album release, the band released their third single "Paramount". On December 15, the band released their cover of System of a Down's "Chop Suey!" on streaming music services.
For the 10th anniversary of the album Leveler, the band re-recorded it with guest musicians, alternate tunings, and new guitar solos. The anniversary edition is scheduled to be released May 21, 2021, through the band's own label, ABR Records. On April 21, the same day as the announcement of the 10th anniversary edition, the band released a new version of "Poor Millionaire" featuring guest vocals from Ryan Kirby of Fit for a King. On May 6, they released a new version of "Pangaea", that features a guest guitar solo from Misha Mansoor of Periphery, as the second single from the 10th anniversary edition.
Musical style and influences
August Burns Red is generally credited as a metalcore band, and has also been said to share progressive metal elements. The band is also identified as a melodic metalcore band. August Burns Red songs frequently feature highly melodic guitar riffs, technical or odd time signatures and breakdowns, with a variety of influences including Meshuggah, Symphony in Peril, Pelican, Slayer and The Dillinger Escape Plan, as well as Between the Buried and Me, Misery Signals and Hopesfall. Unlike other melodic metalcore vocalists, Jake Luhrs generally does not mix clean vocals with his screams, though he does include spoken word parts on occasion. For example, their track "Spirit Breaker" features Luhrs reading a letter. However, since Phantom Anthem, Luhrs has used clean vocals in some songs, most notably "Coordinates" and "Lighthouse", the latter from their recent album Guardians featuring a clean-singing chorus.
While the group has stated that they don't mind being classified as metalcore, Brubaker has grown a distaste for many of the genre's bands: "I feel like anyone who can pick up and play a guitar and learn to play a metalcore riff and any drummer who can learn to play a thrash beat over a breakdown is doing it. It's almost become very formulaic, and metal to me was never a formulaic genre." Musically, the group has incorporated instrumentals such as the cello and the violin while also featuring song elements such as classical music inspired interludes, pushing the boundaries of what is considered 'metalcore'. Many of their songs do not contain choruses, unlike other bands in the metalcore scene.
August Burns Red members have been asked about the origin of their band name on many occasions and have given numerous different stories. The most popular story behind the name is an incident involving Jon Hershey, the band's original vocalist, when he dated a woman named August who burned his dog Redd alive in his dog house.
However, it was later revealed in a radio interview that this meaning (along with others) was simply a comical story created by the members and that there is no actual meaning behind the band name. Drummer Matt Greiner stated in the interview that "we just came up with the name to come up with a name."
For a significant part of the band's history, August Burns Red has widely been considered a Christian band. JB Brubaker mentioned in an interview with online magazine Shout!, that "Christianity is a religion, not a style of music" and he would "rather just let the music speak for itself.", and that he would rather let Christianity shine through the band's lyrics. Brent Rambler commented on the fact that "It is important to us that people know that we are indeed Christians... without having us stand up there and ram it down people's throats."
JB Brubaker responded to a 2015 interview question about the band's reaction to being labeled as a Christian metal band by explaining that the presence of Christianity varies in each of the members' lives, but then says, "We decided years ago that we were not going to be an 'evangelical band.' We're not onstage to bring people to God, that's not our purpose up there. Our number one purpose in ABR is to entertain." In a 2014 interview, Jake Luhrs responded to a similar question by saying, "No, we are not a Christian band because, in my eyes, and I'm a believer in Jesus Christ...that doesn't mean because all of us are Christians we are now a Christian band."
Since the members of the band are Christian, their beliefs are sometimes reflected in their writing and lyrics. However, these lyrics aren't meant to be religious but rather, positive and in songs such as "Fault Line", for the band's fans. Brent Rambler said in a 2016 interview, "We don't preach from stage, and we made the active choice that this band is about music, and being a positive influence. Since a lot of people correlate Christianity for positivity, that label has stuck with us." Recently some of the members have stated in interviews that not all of the band are Christian. They have said that they now just hope to spread positive messages in their music and lyrics, whether they are perceived as spreading a Christian message or not. In a 2019 podcast, Matt Greiner stated that the band decided to drop their Christian label in 2012, after disputes within the band over what kind of message they were trying to spread, and whether their main intention was to make music or to spread a Christian message. Although the decision initially was met with disapproval by Greiner and Luhrs, members of the band continue to state that August Burns Red is not a Christian band.
- Thrill Seeker (2005)
- Messengers (2007)
- Constellations (2009)
- Leveler (2011)
- August Burns Red Presents: Sleddin' Hill (2012)
- Rescue & Restore (2013)
- Found in Far Away Places (2015)
- Phantom Anthem (2017)
- Guardians (2020)
- Jones, Kim. "Top 8 Christian Metal Bands". About.com. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
- Garcia, Manuel (May 9, 2007). "August Burns Red Interview". DrivenFarOff.com. Retrieved June 19, 2008.
- "Allmusic Discography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 14, 2010.
- "August Burns Red Bio". ChristianMusic.com. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
- Brandon. "August Burns Red Interview with Matt Greiner". Enoch Magazine. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
- "Q&A Interview: Brent Rambler of August Burns Red". Red River Noise. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
- "Ever wonder what happened to ABR's original singer Jon Hershey". Facebook. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
- "Bells Facebook Page". Facebook. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
- [dead link]
- "Misery Signals Announce Tour With As I Lay Dying". MetalUnderground.com. February 20, 2008. Retrieved June 19, 2008.
- jason (September 29, 2008). "Tour dates". The Gauntlet.
- "New EP". Sputnikmusic.com. February 28, 2009. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
- "Tour dates". Lambgoat. March 27, 2009.
All That Remains' previously announced April/May tour dates will now include August Burns Red.
- Casey (June 4, 2009). "Photos From the August Burns Red Video Shoot". Solid State Records. Archived from the original on July 14, 2009. Retrieved June 6, 2009.
Their album "Constellations" is available in stores and online July 14! They will be posting the first song off the album June 15!
- "News announcement". Metal Underground. July 7, 2009.
The band has decided to post their entire album for streaming on their MySpace page.
- "Constellation chart information". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 15, 2010.
- "Tour announcement". Blabbermouth. Roadrunner Records. October 24, 2010.
AUGUST BURNS RED will undertake a U.S. headlining U.S. tour from July 10 to August 8. Joining the band on the 24-city trek are BLESSTHEFALL, ENTER SHIKARI (July 10–27), ALL SHALL PERISH (July 28 – August 8) and IWRESTELEDABEARONCE.
- aubin (May 14, 2009). "Tour announcement". Punknews.
In support of the disc, the band will be headlining some Australian dates with support from August Burns Red and Architects [UK].
- Mimic, Ryan (November 21, 2009). "Tour date announcement". Ryan's Rock Show.
Underoath, August Burns Red, and Emery will be hitting the road together starting tomorrow.
- "Release announcement". Blabbermouth. Roadrunner Records. July 12, 2010.
August Burns Red filmed its June 4 concert ... for a forthcoming CD/DVD, "Home", to be released on September 28 through longtime label home Solid State Records.
- Sciarretto, Amy (August 30, 2010). "Tour announcement". Noiscreep. AOL Music.
The mag is sponsoring their second annual fall tour, which boasts Bring Me the Horizon and August Burns Red as the co-headliners.
- Jones, Kim. "41st Annual Dove Awards 2010 - Album of the Year Nominees". About.com. Archived from the original on December 17, 2011. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
- "August Burns Red: JB Brubaker Interview 2010". YouTube. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
- "Niet compatibele browser". Facebook. April 17, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
- "August Burns Red". August Burns Red. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
- "Leveler peaked No. 11 on Billboard 200 charts on its 1st week".
- "Vans Warped Tour 2011". Archived from the original on July 3, 2011. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
- "August Burns Red turns Christmas metal this year". The Northern Light. December 3, 2012. Archived from the original on April 13, 2014.
- "Alternative Press | News | Bring Me The Horizon, Never Shout Never, Black Veil Brides, more announced for Warped Tour 2013". Altpress.com. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
- "August Burns Red Headed To The Studio Next Week | Theprp.com – Metal, Hardcore And Rock News, Reviews And More". Theprp.com. February 17, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
- "August Burns Red". billboard.com. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
- "AUGUST BURNS RED To Release 'Foreign & Familiar' DVD".
- "August Burns Red, 'Rescue & Restore' track by track - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
- "Timeline Photos - August Burns Red - Facebook". facebook.com. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
- "August Burns Red - Facebook". facebook.com. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
- "THE FROZEN FLAME TOUR, August Burns Red, Miss May I, Northlane, Fit For A King & ERRA - Tickets - The Nile Theater - Mesa, AZ - February 22nd, 2015". Ticketfly. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
- "- GRAMMY.com". The GRAMMYs.
- "2016 Grammy Awards: Complete list of nominees". LA Times. December 7, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
- "August Burns Red Confirm New Album Title, First Single Set To Debut". Theprp.com. July 26, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
- Lynch, Joe. "Grammys 2018: See the Complete List of Nominees". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
- "AUGUST BURNS RED - The Official Website". www.augustburnsred.com. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
- Childers, Chad. "August Burns Red Issue New Song 'Defender,' Detail 'Guardians' Album". Loudwire. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
- Desk, TV News. "August Burns Red Announce New Album GUARDIANS". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
- Hartmann, Graham. "Killswitch Engage Announce 2020 Tour With August Burns Red". Loudwire. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
- Trapp, Philip. "August Burns Red Are Full Speed Ahead on Crushing New Song 'Bones'". Loudwire. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
- "Listen To New AUGUST BURNS RED Song 'Paramount'". Blabbermouth.net. March 26, 2020. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
- "LIVE(STREAM) REVIEW: August Burns Red @ Christmas Burns Red, Rock Lititz Studio". Distorted Sound. December 15, 2020. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
- Lewandowski, Nao (April 20, 2021). "August Burns Red announces 'Leveler: 10th Anniversary Edition,' due to release May 21". HM. Retrieved May 8, 2021.
- Kennelty, Greg (April 21, 2021). "AUGUST BURNS RED Streams Re-Recording Of 2011 Song "Poor Millionaire"". Metal Injection. Retrieved May 8, 2021.
- Childers, Chad (May 6, 2021). "August Burns Red Re-Record "Pangaea" With Misha Mansoor". Loudwire. Retrieved May 8, 2021.
- Deming, Mark. "August Burns Red | AllMusic". Allmusic. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
- "Alternative Press | Bands | August Burns Red". Alternative Press. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
- McKenna, David. "Review: August Burns Red – Leveler". Revolver. Archived from the original on May 6, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
- Graff, Gary (2011). Metalocalypse Now!!! Mayhem Fest 2011. Revolver. pp. 42–43. 1527-408X.
- Fryberger, Scott. "X Christmas Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved January 10, 2008.
- "August Burns Red Burns Red Presents Sleddin' Holiday Album". Bradley Zorgdrager. October 9, 2012.
- Solum, Maggie. "August Burns Red Interview". Fourteeng. Archived from the original on April 10, 2010. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
- "August Burns Red on New Album, New Label and Getting Older". thenewfury.com. The New Fury. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
- "August Burns Red Interview - May 9th, 2007". Driven Far Off. May 15, 2007. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
- McEnroe, Colin. "Colin McEnroe Show: The Hardcore Side Of Christian Rock". yourpublicmedia.org. Colin McEnroe Show. Archived from the original on October 20, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
- "Interview @ SHOUT! Music Webzine". A-pathetic.net. January 27, 2012. Archived from the original on December 16, 2010. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
- "August Burns Red, "Thrill Seeker" Review". JesusFreakHideout.com. August 29, 2005. Archived from the original on July 4, 2008. Retrieved June 13, 2008.
- "August Burns Red Vocalist Says They're 'Not a Ministry' Christian Band Who's 'Soul Purpose' is to Preach; Lets Music Speak Truth". BreatheCast. BreatheCast. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
- "Band Interview: August Burns Red". Damnation Magazine. Damnation Magazine. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
- "Interview: JB Brubaker of August Burns Red". killyourstereo.com. killyourstereo.com. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
- "August Burns Red: "We don't want to alienate anybody, it's not right"". Punktastic. Punktastic. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
- "Brothers of Merit - Faith, Brotherhood, and August Burns Red with Matt Greiner: Episode 06". Brothers of Merit. buzzsprout.com. February 3, 2019.
- ASCAP Sleddin' Hill Work ID: 884560449 ISWC: T9129008317
- Gray, Adam. "Adam Gray announcement". Instagram. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to August Burns Red.|