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e've been doing this annual guide to new bands for 10

years now, and truth be told, itnevergets old We like

to think there's something here for everyone, whether

you're rocking neon kicks, readying your flat iron for Warped

Tour or growing your beard in anticipation of Fest 9 th s fa11. So

grab a bunch of highlighter markers and some energy drinks, fire

up your search engine of choice and discover more music in a

few hours than most employees of commercial radio stations

ever do in their lifetimes. You're welcome. Oh, and to quote the

great punk band Wire, "Everybody loves a history"-which is

why we decided to check up on all of the bands we featured in

our first-ever'1OO Bands issue from February 2001. Cruise over

to ALTPRESS.COM/FEATURES and be prepared to smile, groan,

scratch your head or just say "Who?"

The fourth annual AP Tour-starring Never Shout Never' the

Cab, Hey Monday, Every Avenue and the Summer Set-starts

in Dallas, Texas, on March 19. More details and ticket info can

be gleaned by pointing your browser over to the official tour

website (ALTPRESS.COM/THEAPTOUR) or following it on

Twitter ('it THEAPTOUR). Be advised that since this year marks

AP's 25th anniversary, we've been talking to some very special

guests to join the roadshow in select cities. Get your tickets now

or lie that you were there later

And if vou live in Austin, Texas (or if you feel like driving

there), go to Emo's (on the corner of Red River and 6th streets)

and hang with us at our annual 10O Bands You Need To Know

event on Saturday, March 20 from noon to 6pm. Bands from the

AP Tour will show what they're made of alongside some of the acts

mentioned in this special and some special guests we're not telling

you about. (This is why a lot of bands like rs: we can keep secrefs.)

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HO: Plttsburgh, PA

CHECKOUT: ConfettlEP

(0011 tl U; nts0rcs,c0m/lFmlnezcollllna3)

ROCKS LIKE: of Montreal,

Grizzly Bear, Deerhunter

Seventeen seconds into l. 2. 3's

debut single, "Confetti," they screw

up and shout, "Fucker!" "That was

a complete accident when we

originally demoed it," lead vocalist/

guitarist Nic Snyder admits. "But

we left it in since it has a cool feel

to it." lt's that kind of no holds

barred attitude that drives the

embryonic outfit made up of

members of the now-defunct

power-pop band, the Takeover UK.

Snyder symbolically named the

new outfit after the exact time he

officially quit the former band (1r23

p.m.), but also loves the simplicity

the name evokes. "l don't want

people to have any preconceived

notions about what we might

sound like," he says. "l'd like to

think we're genre-less. Whatever

happens, as long as it's good, we

let it happen." l, 2, 3 are so loose,

everything surrounding them is

in a state of flux. "[We are] going

to evolve rapidly," stresses Snydef,

"That's the cool thing. Everybody

who discovers us at an early stage

is going to be learning as much as

about the band as I am." [RC]

HO: Richmond, VA

CHECK OUT: You Are Forgotten EP

($ttF{tUlEt0; n!$$&odmdlliomtnd)

ROCKS LIKE: Saosin, Anberlin, the

Receiving End Of Sirens

Few bands are lucky enough to tour with New

Found Glory and Paramore, Of those bands, even

fewer are able to do it while unsigned-just another

accomplishment on Conditions' already-stuffed

resume. Since forming in late 2006, the Virginia

quartet have produced results-including winning

2OO9's Ernie Ball Taste Of Chaos Battle Of The

Bands-that would have any major label suit

salivating. They've also put out two EPs of hardhitting

anthemic rock buoyed by high-reaching

vocals and upbeat choruses that have moved

them to the top of record execs'wish lists. But

Conditions refuse to sign with just anyone. "We'd

like to surround ourselves with people who

genuinely care about us," says guitarist Alex

Howard. The band's other main goal is just as

noble: "We want to bring substance back into

music," he explains, "rather than talking about

hooking up with girls and partying." IELI

CHECK OUT: Bury Me Alive (80t1[ $IAli;s0lidslahnmdsmln)

ROCKS LIKE: August Burns Red, the Dlllinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die

"When we 90 into a restaurant and people see four dudes walking in, we tell them

we're in a metal band," says lnhale/Exhale guitarist John LaRussa, whose riffology

on the band's debut, 2OO6's The Lost, The Stck, 7fe Sacred might be the closest ihe

Christian extreme-music label Solid State has come to traditional thrash. After 2OO8's

I Swean,.,the group took a short hiatus while singer Ryland Raus got married and

LaRussa welcomed a second chlld. The group returned late last year with Buty Me

/qrrve, whlch blends the aggro axework fiom th€ band's debut wlth the arty flourlshes

from thelr sophomore LB doubllng the melodlc content from both' On "lntentlons,"

metalcore eruptions leave burns all over the song's poppy verses' The fulFspeedahead

"Explosions" follows immedlately, blasting away any suspicions followers may

have entertained that the band developed a soft side' "l think we have the whole

package," says LaRussa. "l think we structure songs well. We have a lot of posthardcore

[elements]. lf ltansl don't want to hear the typical chugs and off-chords and

breakdowns, they'll get something with a llttl€ more meat to it." [DxF]

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Ho: Long lsland, NY

cHEcK OUT: Make Your own Hlstory

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ROCKS LIKE: Hatebreed, Madball, Five

Flnger Death Punch

They're a hardcore band from Long Guy-land, so you

might think Stray From The Path are just a bunch ot

pissed-off mooks. Fortunately, they've 9ot more going

on than mere fist-pumping, gang-shouting bluster "We

like to call ourselves'altelnative hardcore,"' says guitarist

Tom Williams. "l'd say we think of ourselves like what

Deftones used to be to nU metal; they never quite

sounded Iike everybody else, but they were still grouped

Iin that genre]. Once that fad faded out, they were still

around." On their new album, Make Your Own History,

SFTP make their bid for artistic longevity, combining

floor-punching hardcore riffs with a noise-rock squad's

feel for screeching catharsis and lyrics that journey

beyond anthems of bro-hood and scene politicking to

exploring the frustrations of every aspect of life. "We're

all positive, but so much negative stuff happens to us

that it just makes us angry," explains Williams. [PR

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HO: Phlladelphia, PA

CHECK OUT: The Upsldes

(10 $l.ttP; noslortncsmn)

RocKS LIKE: sav€s The

Day, New Found Glory, the

Starting Line

"The Wonder Years actually started

as a joke band," says frontman

Dan "Soupy" Campbell. "We were

just friends playing instruments

who ended up writing songs." That

might have been the case back in

2OO5, but today TWY exist as a very

real and serious proiect. The band's

second full-length, The Upsides, is a

sweat-soaked collection of pop punk

that's nakedly personal, from fratboy

bashing ("My Last Semester")

to Campbell's tales of anxiety and

depression ("Washington Square

Park"). "l'm all about full disclosure,"

the singer says. "l wanted to be

'lOO percent honest with everyone

listening." Thanks to this honestY

and a road-warrior mentalitY, the

band found respect on stages across

the country and around the world,

touring with bands such as Valencia

and Fireworks. lt's a nomadic

lifestyle, but Campbell wouldn't have

it any other way. "When I'm 'home,'

I'm really sleeping on a mattress on

the floor of my Iittle brother's room

at my mom's house," he says. "Home

for me now is being back in the van

with my best friends." [EL]

Ho: southend-on-Sea, U.K.

GHECK OUT: Do The Job (Lt0l0lt;tnrsacs.mo/hddiss)

ROcKs LIKE: The clash, Kaiser chiefs, Oueens Of The

Ston6 Age

When you're introduced to a band from Britain centered around

two brothers (identical twins, at that), a few obvious questions

suggest themselves-namely, "Haven't you guys killed each other

yet?" Happily, Michael and Jim Webster haven't reached the enmity

levels of the Kinks' Ray and Dave Davies, or the Gallaghers of Oasis,

although drummer Jim admits, "We've had our moments But the

beauty of being brothers is we can say anything in the world to

each othen" Baddies'clean, clipped punk attack, influenced by

sharp-edged ancestors like the Clash and displayed on their 2OO9 '

debut Do lhe Job, is enhanced by the identical uniforms they sport

(blue shirts, black jeans and Doc Martens), even at band rehearsals.

"Whenever you're doing something with the band," explains Webster,

"you're dressed for the occasion." The dress code was tested at a

recent gig in Norway where Baddies were temporarily minus their

signature shirts and considered going topless in solidarity. "Which

would've looked ridiculous," says Webster with a snicken "we're not

really the sort of young men who can pull that off." IDLI

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