It’s a Family Affair with Palaye Royale

mainBy Gary Susalis

Born in Toronto and raised in Las Vegas, the boys found themselves immersed in music at a young age. In their late teens, the brothers would trade the “City of Sin” for the “City of Angels,” founding Palaye Royale.

They also did things the old-fashioned way, insisting on playing hundreds of shows before cutting a proper album. They would embark on the High School Nation Tour two years in a row in addition to sharing the stage with the likes of Camp Freddy. At the insistence of Alex Burdon—daughter of The Animals singer Eric Burdon—Sumerian Records caught one show, was effectively blown away, and signed the group the same night. In the summer of 2015, Palaye Royale recorded Boom Boom Room (Side A) in just three weeks’ time with the help of another legend… (more…)


5 Questions with Oshie Bichar from Beartooth

OshieBy Gary Susalis

1. First off, huge congrats on breaking into the Top 5 on the charts! How do you think radio’s love and support for the band has affected your most recent success?

Being on the radio is cool! It’s pretty wild to see a Beartooth song getting so much love in that world. If it’s bringing more people to the shows, we’re all for it!

2. Until recently, the rock genre seemed to be carried by the legacy artists who have been carrying the torch for nearly 2 decades. Now, there seems to be a new era of bands that are ready to take charge and lead the genre into the next era. Besides Beartooth, what other bands do you feel are the leaders of Rock and what is it about you and the other bands that have been drawing the masses in droves to your shows and to listen to your music? (more…)


Cutter Fangirling with Bring Me the Horizon

Screen Shot 2017-03-21 at 9.56.13 AMAs Cutter sits down backstage with Oli Sykes and Jordan Fish from Bring Me the Horizon the subject of “fangirling” comes up. You know, having that moment with your favorite band or artist where you are such a huge fan that you just can’t even bring yourself to talk to them or you if you do you make a fool of yourself? We’ve all had those moments and those who haven’t, wish they had. Time to get in touch with our inner fangirl and an in depth conversation with Bring Me The Horizon about writing, doing things your own way, That’s the Spirit and much more.



For Better Or Worse – Citizen Zero

Tommy DeBenedictis and co-manager Rick Smith of Wild Justice Management, (guiding last year’s sales break-out band I Prevail), have a great thing going with Detroit’s Citizen Zero.  But if you’re within earshot of the enthusiastic Tommy D, then you’ve already heard the news. The band really brings it live as I saw for myself at Rock on the Range.  If you haven’t already, familiarize yourself with the single, “Go (let me save you).”  The band’s first major release (Wind-Up/Concord) “State of Mind” is in stores August 12.  Stand out tracks include current single “Go (Let Me Save You),” “Lure and Persuade,” and “When the Rain Comes.”  Check them out on tour, see when when they are coming to your market and bring the band into your studio for an acoustic or plugged in performance….. (more…)


Scratching the Surface with Through Fire

TFBANDPIClowresThe Through Fire single “Stronger” is one of those records from an emerging new artist that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle of core artists’ releases to the Active Rock format. The track has been on the Active Rock chart for 22 weeks and has been a top ten best selling single at the format for the last 6 of those weeks. Sales this week top 1600. Those who are playing the record are driving the sales along with great word of mouth from their live performances and the band had a great reception at the Chicago Open Air Festival. They will be playing a show for WJJO at the Dane County Fair on July 22. New supporting stations are KXXR Minneapolis, WZOR Appleton Wisconsin, and KDOT Reno. The band will begin touring with Nonpoint on July 30, then join Sick Puppies on September 18. KLAQ’s Kevin Vargas had the band to the station for an acoustic lunch and was so impressed that he asked them to play a station function three days later; the official station add followed. Something is cooking here and it’s time to revisit the single in your meeting this week. Enjoy our Artist Profile of the band.Robert England (more…)


Twists, Turns and Musical Convocations with GEMINI SYNDROME

Gemini SyndromepiclogoWe are so excited that Gemini Syndrome is now part of the Another Century family. Our friend Mark Abramson a man of such passion now has the reins of a speeding horse.  The band’s debut release (Lux) came out through Warner/ADA and went on to scan over 35,000 units
“Stardust” went Top 20 at Active Rock and also downloaded over 63,000 times and has just about 2 million Spotify listens and close to 3 million views on a simple lyric video

Now they have joined the Century Label Group and are rolling strong on their 2nd release Memento Mori. The first track released to the world is a song called “Anonymous” and came with a bad-ass 360 degree video… (more…)


The Eagle Has Landed – Avatar

AVATAR_PRESS“Yeah, we agree, there are so many bands coming from Sweden, ever since Abba, you know.” – Henrik Sandelin, bassist Avatar

By Carl C. Sundberg

Avatar is the kind of band you just have to see and hear to fully appreciate. And even after seeing or hearing them, it takes some time to process what you just saw or heard. Imagine The Crow fronting a quintet of ancient Swedish nationalists and you’re close. Well, not even close.

To be perfectly honest, trying to pin a description to this band does it more injustice than simply saying, “You’ve got to check this band out.”

And many people are. Avatar’s popularity is right on the cusp of glory. They’re currently touring the world, hitting many of the major festivals, including Rock on the Range, where RadioContraband caught up with them for a quick interview. Their latest single, “The Eagle Has Landed” from their sixth full length album, “Feathers & Flesh” is in the top 20 on the Mediabase Active Rock Charts, being played on rock stations all over the country. (more…)


Hellyeah Leaves the Party Behind to Get Down and Dirty on Their New Album “Unden!able”

Hellyeah“Now, no, it’s full on…you know musically, I want to go in to a gun fight with a fucking razor blade and win. And with Chad [Grey, vocalist] it was time for him to be Chad. ‘Who are you? There’s a lot of fucked up shit in that head of yours. Let it out’.” -Tom Maxwell, guitarist/co-founder Hellyeah

By Carl C. Sundberg

There was a time when the band Hellyeah, the supergroup of sorts featuring Vinnie Paul, drummer of Pantera and Damageplan and Chad Grey, vocalist of Mudvayne, conjured up visions of partying, getting tore up on a Saturday night, getting a little ass, a little alcohol, a little weed, hell, maybe a fight, who knows. Basic “Hell Yeah!” Behavior.

But what happens when a band sheds that good times mentality and goes a little deeper, a little darker? You get one of the most powerful albums of the band’s career. For Hellyeah that’s just what went down on their latest release, “Unden!able”. The album features, in addition to some of the most powerful songs the band has ever written, a cover of Phil Collin’s “I Don’t Care Anymore” that also happens to have the guitar work of Vinnie Paul’s brother – the late, great “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. (more…)


The Ascent of Red Sun Rising

rsrlive“You know, it’s always better when you’re growing as a band and you’re seeing success. We’re still in it though.” – Ryan Williams, guitarist Red Sun Rising

By Carl C. Sundberg

When Red Sun Rising hit the stage at Rock on the Range 2016, the crowd was already seething and surging forward to the stage. Throughout the performance, the crowd swayed and sang along, pumped their fists, packing tighter and tighter, and some fans took crowd surfing to the next level, with a young lady literally standing on a shirtless guy, as if he were an actual surfboard, cruising over the top of the crowd toward the stage. Red Sun Rising’s live show is wild, reckless and full of passion. (more…)