Ignite with special guests

Slabratory presents

Ignite with special guests

Skipjack, Eken is Dead, Somatic

Sun ยท July 3, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$15 adv & $20 day of

This event is 21 and over

*Online sales end at 6PM day of show unless otherwise noted. After that, limited tickets will be available at the door.

Orange County's Ignite aren't another punk rock/hardcore band. They don't wear make up. They don't care about image. They aren't a here today, gone tomorrow flash in the pan. They aren't tired scenesters, clinging desperately to the past. So what, you ask, are Ignite? That's easy.

Ignite, who've been making music together for over 10 years, are a successful, international act with a diehard global following. They've got a proven, rabid fanbase that populates over 30 countries, thanks to their Iron Man tour scheduling. People go crazy for Ignite all over Europe, Australia, South America, and in their native US, and that's why the band lives on the road, bringing the fans what they want and what they need.

Ignite are rock band with hardcore roots, a rock band that supports a series of environmentally and socially conscious groups like Doctors Without Borders, Habitat For Humanity, Sea Shepherds, Project Blue Sea, and Earth First. Ignite have donated the proceeds from a series of seven inches, ten inches, and splits to these causes. They've released three albums, A Place Called Home (2000), Past Our Means (1996) and Call On My Brothers (1995), all of which enjoy a place in the hardcore canon. Our Darkest Days is their latest full-length, and first for Abacus Recordings.

Most importantly, Ignite are a rock band whose music isn't just a vehicle to enact change and to educate. Their music is catchy, well-written, and timeless enough to seep into your brain, your blood, and your heart; these songs will stay with you forever. On Our Darkest Days, Ignite push forward with positive momentum, showing off a matured version of the intelligent, socially and politically aware, melodic brand of hardcore that fans have come to expect. But these aren't songs reserved solely for reckless, rebellious youth or the band's diehard fans. The songs that populate Our Darkest Days will stand the test of time you'll listen to them when you've got kids of your own.

On Our Darkest Days, Ignite have progressed beyond their punk/hardcore foundation. Sure, songs like "Bleeding" and "Let It Burn" have so much energy you'd think singer Zoli Teglas, his longtime co-conspirator Brett Rasmussen, and their crew downed several cases of Red Bull before recording Our Darkest Days, but there is a depth and breadth of focused songwriting on this album. Ignite have paid particular attention to melodic detail and once again, the soaring vocals of Teglas take center stage.

"Having [producer] Cameron Webb behind this album from the pre-production steps to the mastering has brought a great new element to Ignite," reveals Teglas. "He's produced great records, like the last Social Distortion and Motorhead records. He made us think outside of the box and helped take our songwriting up a few notches. He pushed us to get more melodic in the songs." He's right. "Bleeding" sets the tone for the album, with its angry, yet melodic pulse. It's also the band's commentary on our country's occupation of Iraq and the government's agenda. "Poverty For All" represents a sonic and songwriting shift for Ignite. The song, which deals with the political strife and Communism that has plagued Teglas's home country of Hungary, is different because "we have never used this fast beat before and it gives us a refreshing new way to play a fast song," says bassist Rasmussen. "Let It Burn" is sure to be a fan fave, with its heavy breakdown, it message about alcohol abuse, and its gang vocal. But it's that thread of potent melodicism that courses through the song's vein and makes it so memorable. You will hum the melodies of most of these songs days after you've listened to em.

But what makes Ignite appeal to rock fans of all ages and creeds is that Our Darkest Day is, according to Rasmussen, "a great blend of hardcore, punk and rock. Zoli's vocals bring a refreshing singing voice to the growling/screaming dominated hard rock music world. The songs have lyrical content that has meaning and melodies that can be heard."

In today's overpopulated rock music scene, standing out and making yourself memorable are essential survival tools. Ignite have mastered the art of memorable melodies on Our Darkest Days without sacrificing an ounce of intensity, aggression, or heart.
SKIPJACK has been on the forefront of the San Diego music scene since 1996. Starting with their debut release foundations ,launched them into popularity in the mid-1990's. After a two year hiatus SKIPJACK released letters from the frontline in 2009, which contains the now crowd favorites ,1959, and short life no regrets. in 2011 SKIPJACK teamed up with Luke pabich of good riddance to release a split EP with his other band (outlie). The split was released on the home lab entertainment entitled "born into it". To follow the release of the split, SKIPJACK released their strongest album to date, kill American radio. Now as 2012 comes to a close, SKIPJACK is eager to hit the studio and write the next album which is currently already underway. Now we hope to see you at a show, singing along!!!!
Eken is Dead
Eken is Dead
EKEN IS DEAD (say it like wreck, not eek) is a Los Angeles, CA based four-piece hard rock alternative/metal act. Since it's inception at the end of 2007, EKEN IS DEAD has been on a mission of absolute domination. In two years, members Eric Almanza, Vic Arevalo, Jack Espinoza, and Chris Navarrete have earned a well deserved reputation throughout the scene based on professionalism and commitment to excellence. Whether an intimate local show or a packed House of Blues, EKEN IS DEAD has consistently brought their high intensity and charismatic presence to every single one of their 115+ shows. In addition to the relentless live schedule for which they have toured both regionally and internationally, EKEN IS DEAD has independently produced an EP, "The Dead Ascend", full length LP, "Amendment.", and videos for the songs "Condition" and "Lights Out". Even then, the promotional efforts are non stop with the introduction of an ever expanding merchandise line, thousands of giveaways, and an online presence that grows stronger by the day. EKEN IS DEAD's "No Retreat, No Surrender" attitude in all they take on is evident as everyday is treated as an opportunity. They continue to grow musically while sharing stages with the biggest acts all over the region and turning on new listeners, all without ever compromising their integrity as musicians or humans. It is this commitment that sets them apart.
The current band members all grew up in the same area of north county San Diego, influenced greatly by the success of local punk heroes Blink 182 and Unwritten Law.

Brian got his start beatin' the drum skins with Minors in Possession and Hornswaggled. Eric (also known as Fonz) founded No Clue and Good Fer Nothin' before playing with The Classified. Casey sang and played guitar in Finite. Adam Stemmler's resume includes slappin' tha baess in Twelve Under and Heavy Trevy.
Venue Information:
Brick by Brick
1130 Buenos Ave
San Diego, CA, 92110