As Cities Burn tell us what they’re listening to ahead of tour & first LP in 10 years
Back-in-action post-hardcore staples As Cities Burn are gearing up to release their first album in a decade, Scream Through the Walls, which comes out this Friday (6/7) via Equal Vision (their first for the label, following releases on Solid State and Tooth & Nail). We posted singles "2020 AD," "Chains," and "Hollowed Out," and as you can tell from those songs, the new album strikes a balance between the more aggressive and accessible sounds of the band's early days and the more experimental sounds of their latter period, and it's also a step forward and not quite like anything they've done before. Stay tuned to hear the whole thing later this week, and pre-order it here.
As the band is gearing up for the album release and the tour, we asked them what music they've been listening to lately, and co-frontman/screamer TJ Bonnette spoke to the rest of the band and sent over some songs/albums they've all been listening to, along with worthwhile, personable commentary. Read on...
TJ Bonnette on what As Cities Burn are listening to:
We are getting ready to hit the road on June 11th to promote our new record and we couldn’t be more stoked. Outside of the shows, we’re all big foodies and love exploring local spots. Our drummer, Aaron, is our guy when it comes to locating the best BBQ or burrito spot in town. We also enjoy a good dive bar to put a few cold ones back prior to the show. The cool thing about music is that there is so much to choose from. So many different styles and genres for whatever mood you are in. Each band or artist does it their way. I think what's rad about our band is that we all have a few bands that we are all into, but most of us have our own taste and for some guilty pleasures. Check out what each of us has been listening lately.
I (TJ) have been really into the latest Pinegrove record, Skylight, that came out last year. I really dig the singer Evan’s voice. Some of their songs are super short and I love that, I have a short attention span so they keep me wanting more. I really dig the the song “Angelina” on that record. It’s got a great melody and I just want to keep bobbin' my head. When I’m drinking a beer and smoking a cigarette on my porch I always want this song on.
Cody, my younger brother, guitar player and main songwriter in the band is jamming “Sega Genesis” by Messyah. He says he loves the production of the music and thinks once people know about him he will take off.
[Guitarist] Hunter [Walls] is our newest member and grew up in Mississippi. He’s looking forward to eating a lot of meat on this tour... not really he’s the only vegetarian in the band so we gotta give him a hard time. He’s been jamming some Blaze Foley lately. His jam is “Someday” on the record the Oval Room. He says “Thank God for God and Blaze Foley to help us get through the hard times”
Aaron [Lundsford] our drummer is usually driving upfront listening to a podcast but when he’s not you can find him listening to “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra. He says “As I grow older and get better and better at cooking I strive to embrace my inner Barefoot Contessa. Spending my evenings rolling meatballs to simmer in red sauce before generously deploying over a plate of perfectly al dente spaghetti is heaven on earth in my book. When I’m partaking in this domesticated, blissful, soul saving activity, I require the vibes of New York City and magical times that have passed us by. Only through Sinatra can I truly connect with the person I was meant to be - a Manhattan socialite that spends his weekends at Ina and Jeffrey’s estate on Long Island, sipping cocktails and eating Italian food.”
Joel, our touring bass player, who is looking forward to claiming the last bench in the van and not saying a word until we pull up to the venue has been listening to the band Barkmarket and specifically the song “I Don’t Like You." When we asked him what he dug about the song he said “Dave Sardy is a legend.”
As Cities Burn / All Get Out / Many Rooms -- 2019 Tour Dates
6/11 - Little Rock, AR - The Rev Room
6/13 - Houston, TX - The Secret Group
6/14 - San Antonio, TX - Jack’s Bar
6/15 - Dallas, TX - Three Links
6/16 - Oklahoma City, OK - 89th Street
6/17 - Lubbock, TX - Jake’s Sports Cafe
6/18 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace
6/19 - Scottsdale, AZ - Pub Rock
6/20 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
6/21 - Los Angeles, CA - The Hi Hat
6/22 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
6/23 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst Atrium
6/25 - San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
6/26 - Sacramento, CA - Holy Diver
6/27 - Bend, OR - Domino Room
6/28 - Portland, OR - Paris Theatre
6/29 - Seattle, WA - Funhouse @ El Corazon
6/30 - Spokane, WA - The Big Dipper
7/2 - Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Music Hall
7/3 - Denver, CO - The Walnut Room
7/5 - Omaha, NE - The Lookout Lounge
7/6 - Des Moines, IA - Lefty’s
7/7 - Minneapolis, MN - Lee’s Liquor Lounge
7/8 - Milwaukee, WI - The X-Ray Arcade
7/9 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
7/10 - Lansing, MI - Mac’s Bar
7/11 - Pontiac, MI - Pike Room @The Crofoot
7/12 - Cincinnati, OH - Legends Bar
7/13 - Louisville, KY - Tiger Room
7/14 - Nashville, TN - The Basement