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Buffalo, NY (July 10, 2013) – Led By The Blind is heading back to the studio in late July to finish work on two new songs. The singles are expected to be released in early August after a short round of promotion gets underway. The studio they will utilize this time is World Of Noise in Cheektowaga, NY. The band says that the new music will be a bit more progressive and edgy than previous tunes, attributing the change to the addition of Jeff Pennachio as the Lead Guitarist.
"Jeff wasn't with us when we wrote the last album. We had an issue within the band resulting in the loss of a guitarist and needed him to learn all of our songs in two weeks for the studio and upcoming shows. I can say for sure we were impressed," explains Drummer and Vocalist Jamie Ervay. "In addition to learning them all, he also wrote a few solos that pretty much blew our minds and thankfully made their way onto the album. As far as the new material goes, you can definitely hear a nice but subtle change since adding him to the writing process, especially as the band continues to evolve."
There is also talk of a new music video, to be directed by Jamie Ervay coming right around the time of release for the new music. Jamie also wrote, directed, and created the music video for "O#2" with the band this past October. The video can be seen here http://youtu.be/ZNlNyw5YiU8
The expected release dates for the new singles have been suggested as August 6th & August 13th. Look for those on iTunes, Spotify, and most other digital music providers.
Olean, NY February 8, 2013 – Led By The Blind has announced that half of their music sales for the month of February will be donated to Boarding 4 Breast Cancer, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation dedicated to providing education, prevention and support programs for young people and the action sports community at large. In short, buying their music is helping to save lives.
Jamie Ervay had this to say regarding the band's action,
"Ryan, being an A+ snowboarder, ran into some girls at Holiday Valley who were involved in B4BC. They filled him in on it. He brought it to the band's attention. We discussed it and agreed to help out in this small way. We will also have literature available at our upcoming shows to help educate and spread the awareness of the organization. We hope that this encourages others to get involved in any way they might be able to. When we do good, we feel good. But we'll feel better if our actions help even just one affected individual."
Led By The Blind has been added to two upcoming shows during their break to write new music. The shows are listed below.
January 12th - at The 40/8 in Cheektowaga, NY w/ My Kingdom, Trace Your Steps, With Life Comes Death, Murder City Outlaws, My Girl Chernobyl, /Signs/, & Digital Afterlife
Cost: $7 presale, $10 at door - all ages
February 27th - The Road To The Sphinx Tour at Xtreme Wheels - more details to come
Hope to see you all there!
Last year was a decent year for us. We won some awards, made a music video, got put on Pandora Radio, played some awesome shows...
This year will be even better. We have a few things in store for the future, some we can't mention just yet. We are saying there WILL be NEW MUSIC. This year the band reinvents itself. We hope everyone enjoys the surprises that are in store.
Olean, NY (October 28, 2012) – Led By The Blind has released their debut music video for "O#2", a song from their 2011 release "Controversy". The video is entirely self-produced and directed by Jamie Ervay, the drummer/singer of the band, on the ridiculously small budget of just $500. The video features a creepy storyline in which the main character (also played by Jamie Ervay) wakes up in an unfamiliar environment and can't find his way out. The video has memorable visuals and a great cinematic style, giving some insight into the minds of the artists and giving the video a feel of it's own that differs from the traditional style of music videos seen everyday.
The video was shot locally to the band over just 3 days with a Canon 6D camera. The editing and visual effects were all created over just a 30 day period.
Jamie had this to say, "I'm pretty proud of this video. It's the first I've ever made of this magnitude and it's the first time I've combined all of the skills I've acquired over the past decade. I give the credit to all the bonus features on 'The Lord Of The Rings', and 'Matrix' trilogies. I just hope people enjoy it."
The video can be seen here http://youtu.be/ZNlNyw5YiU8 or at most any of the band's web presences including www.ledbytheblind.com .
This past weekend, Led By The Blind won WNY Music Awards in "Best Drummer" to Jamie Ervay, "Best Lyrics In A Song" for "Cut Me Free", "Best Rock/Metal Band", and "Album Of The Year" for "Controversy". The band would like to thank everyone for their support. Being recognized for hard work and talent is always a nice confidence boost.
The band is currently writing, and gearing up for their show on THE ALL STARS TOUR in Cleveland, OH this August 15th. The next upcoming show after that is with Mychildren Mybride and Affiance in Jamestown, NY on August 25th. They may be unveiling a new tune by then. Keep your eyes and ears open. \m/
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Led By The Blind has been nominated for WNY Music Awards in the following categories and the links to go and vote are listed as well. VOTE!!!!
Best Rock/Metal Band
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Darien, NY - Members of Led By The Blind were roaming the dirt blanketed, hot and sweaty fields of Warped Tour 2012 at Darien Lake, NY this Tuesday. Keep in mind they visited as fans and not performers. They handed out LBTB flyers, made friends, and moshed the shit out of most of the music. However, it just wouldn't be any fun if nobody made a musical sound.
Jamie was somehow on his way back from hanging with Pro Bee and Mark at Miss May I's performance when the man with the mic on the Digitech Stage asked if anyone wanted to play guitar. Hands were raised, emotions ran high (and low) and Jamie was thrust into the guitar off. Bewildered at what was happening, Jamie thought he was going to perform a song until the organizer elaborated that it was a "shredding" competition. Suddenly, Jamie wished Jeff was in his place instead, as Jeff would have smoked everyone on stage and off.
Once on the stage, Jamie attempted to play something on a detuned guitar handed off to him from the previous contestant and failed to play anything audible at all. If his competitior was any better, he'd never have made it to the next round.
In the midst of waiting for the second round to begin, Miss May I guitarist Justin Aufdemkampe came into the trailer to show someone a really fancy pedal. Jamie said, "Hey, let's battle on stage bro!" Of course, Justin declined, as he was already dripping with sweat.
So the battle continued and Jamie took the stage for Round 2. Well, he played much better in the second round but failed out to the winner of that round and the entire competition.
So I guess 3rd place in a guitar competition at Warped Tour really isn't that bad, for a drummer.
After leaving the competition with his consolation prize in hand, he noticed a BandHappy drumset set up and being grooved on by the instructor in front of Taking Back Sunday's merch tent. Jamie was then pushed over to it and asked if he could play on it. The instructor willfully allowed it. Once Jamie began playing, a small crowd formed around him, cheering him on. A few were familiar faces of the LBTB crew (Heather, Eddie, Jesska, Angel, Lexi Lou Who, Sara) and many were not.
Once satisfied with even being allowed to play, Jamie showed gratitude to the instructor and handed the sticks back along with the comment, "Dude, thanks for letting me jam. I appreciate it." A short video can be seen below:
All in all it was as good a Warped Tour as could be hoped for when attending as fans. Cheers.
Led By The Blind Announces Video Pre-Production
The band has announced they are planning a music video for "Yellow Spaceship". The video is in pre-production. While many ideas such as time travel, space travel, cloning, and epic depictions have been tossed around, misdirection is one concept to be expected.
The video will be directed and edited by Jamie Ervay. Filming is scheduled to begin July 27th.
Led By The Blind On The All Stars Tour Stop In Cleveland
Cleveland, OH June 20, 2012 – Led By The Blind will perform alongside such bands as Suicide Silence and Dance Gavin Dance and more on The All Stars Tour at the legendary Peabody’s concert club at 1pm on Wednesday, August 15th. The Buffalo, NY based alternative metal band will be joining The All Stars Tour for an evening in Cleveland for what's sure to be an irritably soothing night to remember, complete with a hangover (for those 21 and over). Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Drinks cost money.
The full details for The All Stars Tour at Peabody's in Cleveland are as follows:
ESP, Arkaik, MerchConnectionInc.com present:
The All Stars Tour 2012
SUICIDE SILENCE • DANCE GAVIN DANCE
The Word Alive • I See Stars • A Skylit Drive • Winds Of Plague • Stick To Your Guns • Attila • For The Fallen Dreams • Stray From The Path • Make Me Famous • Betraying The Martyrs • Obey The Brave • Ice Nine Kills
Wed, August 15th, 2012 • Doors: 12:30 pm / Show: 1:00 pm • Peabody's Concert Club • Cleveland, OH
$25.00 adv and $30.00 door