Socionic

Live Review: Socionic & With Our Arms To The Sun at The Whisky

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Do you remember the feeling of going to a show and seeing a band and being absolutely blown away? Well I sure do, and it has happened again. There are two bands out right now that have really grabbed my attention, With Our Arms to the Sun and Socionic. These two bands are FUCKING GREAT!!! Their performances each and every time are quite a spectacle of intensity and drenched in their extreme passion for what they do. To With Our Arms To The Sun and Socionic, music is art and life. And on Saturday night at the Whisky of all places, These two knocked my damn socks off.

With Our Arms to the Sun are the type of band that brings it each and every time they are on stage. In fact they are quite a hard act to follow. Their set consisted of all new songs from their upcoming album Orenda. I have to tell you that these new songs will blow you away. There is a real depth to them that takes you on quite a journey. And when you hear it live, it really sucks you in. With Our Arms are also a band that understands leaving it all on stage. Their performance this evening was passionate, heavy and absolutely inspiring. Singer/guitarist Josh Breckinridge has a real knack for being in the moment and letting the music take him places. Guitarist Joe Leary, bassist Joseph Breckinridge and drummer John McLucas all contribute to the beautiful chaos that unfolds on stage.

Socionic give it their all as well. Their show is more of a “show” with lights and drama. It’s done in a way that helps to make you feel like you are a part of their show. Their set featured songs off their newest album Dividing Horizon. Like With Our Arms to the Sun, Socionic take you on a journey with their music and live show. Singer Michael Meinhart has a commanding and at times intimidating presence on stage, along with a powerful voice that soars. Guitarist Billy Graczyk, bassist Matthew Denis, and drummer Lior Dar, play with a sense of urgency as well as passion, that radiates from themselves to their instruments.

These two bands are something special. When I first started Audioeclectica, the main goal was to show people that there still is good music out there, and With Our Arms to the Sun and Socionic prove my point and then some. The things I’ve talked about before in regards to passion, intensity, danger, and belief in what they do rings true for these two bands. With Our Arms to the Sun and Socionic both deserve your attention. Go see them live, I personally guarantee you won’t be disappointed

 

https://www.facebook.com/WithOurArmsToTheSun

https://www.facebook.com/socionic/

Live Review: With Our Arms To The Sun, Socionic, MAL, Kolm @ The Viper Room

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One of my favorite things about going to shows is when the lineup fits. Each band that plays the evening fits the bill, and nothing is out of place. Especially when you have a night full of artistic and progressive bands. Last night at the Viper Room, was just that. With Our Arms To The Sun, Socionic, Mal, and Kolm all delivered. The theme of the night for me was passion, and each band had it.

First up for the evening was Kolm. Their blend of prog rock, and metal really set the tone for the night. As a three piece, playing that style is no easy task but they pull it off with passion and great musicianship.

Next up was Mal. Their sound is a mesh of prog rock and 90’s rock. The three guys playing have the ability to mix genres and make something genuinely creative and passionate, and extremely tight. Amongst the songs are heavy grooves and sensible melodies led by singer/guitarist Kris Jung and bassist PJ. Their latest album Aqua Macabre is one album you should definitely check out!

With Our Arms To The Sun was the third band of the night and they absolutely killed it. Playing a set of all new material from their upcoming album Orenda, they didn’t miss a beat and left it all on stage. Each member of this band understands the statement of “playing with passion,” and it shows in each song they play. With Our Arms To The Sun is epic by nature, thus allowing the songs to feel like a journey of emotions as you listen. Singer/guitarist Josh Breckinridge, along with guitarist Joe Leary, bassist Joe Breckinridge and drummer John McLucas, have a unity on stage that is unrivaled by many bands of today. The band live is a different animal. It’s something you should see and won’t regret. I’d even say that if you are a band that has to play after With Our Arms To The Sun, you best bring it all, because they are the real deal.

Closing out the night was Socionic. Their artsy and theatrical set was played with a great deal of passion (there’s that word again). Musically the band is tight and really work to deliver a show. The majority of their set was comprised of songs off their newest album Dividing Horizon. Socionic is one of those bands that seeing them live is the best way. Their album is great to listen to, but just like With Our Arms To The Sun, the best way to experience it is in a live setting.

All in all this was a great night for music and for Los Angeles based bands. The Viper Room is fast becoming a favorite of mine again to see shows. It’s intimacy really gives off a vibe of community, something that has been missing in Los Angeles, especially in that area, for a long amount of time. Every band was meant to be on stage this evening and did it justice. With Our Arms To The Sun and Socionic are gearing up to go on tour together for a few weeks. So when they come through your area, I strongly suggest you make it out to see them. As well as if Mal, and Kolm are playing in Los Angeles. Nights like this and bands like those that played, really give me hope for the music.

With Our Arms To The Sun and Socionic Tour Dates:

*9/07 @ Lowbrow Palace       El Paso, TX
*9/08 @ The Mix                      San Antonio, TX
*9/09 @ Scout Bar                   Houston, TX
*9/10 @ The Door                     Dallas, TX
*9/11 @ Stickyz                          Little Rock, AR
*9/13 @ Foobar                          Nashville, TN
*9/14 @ Melody Inn                 Indianapolis, IN
*9/15 @ PJ’s Lager House       Detroit, MI
*9/16 @ Ottawa Tavern           Toledo, OH
9/18 @ Riot Fest                      Chicago, IL (With Our Arms To The Sun only)
*9/20 @ Lee’s Liquor Store   Minneapolis, MN
*9/22 @ Lost Lake                    Denver, CO
*9/25 @ The Shredder             Boise, ID
9/27 @ High Dive                    Seattle, WA (With Our Arms To The Sun only)
9/29 @ Black Forest               Eugene, OR (With Our Arms To The Sun only)

 

Band Of The Week: Kolm

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The ability to mix genres is no easy task. There has to be an element of purity to it. Some bands can do it and Kolm is one of those. By mixing progressive rock, with ambient soundscapes, a bit of electronics, and some good old heavy riffs, Kolm has created a captivating sound. Not to mention they do this a three piece band, which brings its own merit. Their self titled EP stretches past the norm and leaves you wanting more. Next week Kolm will be sharing the stage with three other great bands, With Our Arms To The Sun, Socionic, and Mal. I would recommend not missing this show!

 

 

 

http://kolmband.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Kolmband

Audioeclectica Podcast: Josh Of With Our Arms To The Sun

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I had the great pleasure of sitting down with Josh Breckinridge the vocalist/guitarist of With Our Arms To The Sun. We discuss their upcoming new album ORENDA and upcoming tour dates, music tastes, and have an all around fun conversation.

Enjoy!

-Brian

 

Podcast: Conversation With- Josh of With Our Arms To The Sun:

 

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Live Review: Socionic, Here Lies The Hero, Elixir On Mute At The Viper Room

Live shows are beyond powerful. There is something really special when you can have a deep connection with an audience no matter how big or small. Friday night was an evening that belonged to the very deserving Socionic. Their new album Dividing Horizon just came out and it is spectacular. Their performance this night was outstanding. I’ve seen a lot (and I mean a lot) of bands in my life and Socionic just left a mark in my mind. Just as With Our Arms To The Sun has been able to do, Socionic grabs you from the first note all the way to the end. As they were the highlight of the night, there were a few other bands that really hit it home.

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First up was Here Lies The Hero. This 5 piece post hardcore band similar to the likes of Letlive and Norma Jean, took charge to the stage. You could tell by watching them on the Viper Room’s stage that they are a very energetic band. I was waiting for them to lash out and go nuts, but they restrained themselves and focused on delivering a solid performance of mainly new material that sounded great. They really set the tone for the night.

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Next up was the very interesting prog rock band Elixir On Mute. Guitarist Jordan Ferreira is a shredder amongst the best. His command of the guitar is captivating. Joining them for their live set was bassist Matt Denis (also of Socionic). Their set was very free flowing, allowing for the music to do the talking. Granted I wasn’t a fan of the vocals from the recordings I heard before seeing them, this band live really kills it.

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The highlight of the night was Socionic. They are the real deal. They made the small Viper Room stage seem huge as they delivered on every song with tight precision and gusto. Singer Michael Meinhart, is so passionate in his delivery. Vocally he has range and personality along with solid melodies. Musically the band is tight and full of the prowess needed to deliver the lie performance. Their set consisted of songs from their EP Identity and new album Dividing Horizon. One of the coolest things I saw during their performance was the guy standing next to me. He had to be no older than 21 and was singing along to all the songs he knew. It was one of those moments that reminded me of myself when I was younger. Socionic has the music and live show to really leave a mark amongst all their peers.

It’s nights like this that make me long for the days of going to shows and being wowed by the bands I see. The entire night was filled with one good band after another. On an interesting note as well, The Viper Room is fast becoming the it place to play in Hollywood now.

Socionic:

https://www.facebook.com/socionic/

Here Lies The Hero:

https://www.facebook.com/Hereliesthehero

Elixir On Mute:

https://www.facebook.com/ElixirOnMute

By: Brian Lacy

Band Of The Week: RECAP

Since we have reached the half way point of the year, why not do a recap of all the bands of the week for 2015 so far. Here you go!

Ghost Parade:

http://ghostparade.net/

https://www.facebook.com/GhostParade

Before The Mourning:

https://www.facebook.com/BeforeTheMourning

Dedvolt:

https://www.facebook.com/DEDVOLT

http://www.reverbnation.com/dedvolt

Tidalwave:

https://www.facebook.com/itsatidalwave

Ancillary Theorem:

https://www.facebook.com/Ancillary-Theorem

http://www.reverbnation.com/ancillarytheorem

Malaki:

https://www.facebook.com/Malakiband

Haster:

https://www.facebook.com/Hasterband

http://www.reverbnation.com/Haster

http://www.hastermusic.com/

A Light Within:

https://www.facebook.com/ALWaudio

http://alightwithin.bandcamp.com/

Sweet Cobra:

https://www.facebook.com/sweetcobra

Socionic:

https://www.reverbnation.com/socionic

https://www.facebook.com/socionic

http://www.socionicband.com/

The Broken Stems:

https://www.facebook.com/thebrokenstems

http://brokenstems.com/

The Everyday Losers:

https://www.reverbnation.com/theeverydaylosers

https://www.facebook.com/theeverydaylosers

Sierra Swan:

https://www.facebook.com/Swan5

http://www.sierraswan.com/

All Hail The Yeti:

www.reverbnation.com/allhailtheyeti

https://www.facebook.com/officialallhailtheyeti

The Bloodline:

https://www.facebook.com/thebloodlineofficial

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/we-are-one/id951839102

Royal Thunder:

https://www.facebook.com/RoyalThunderMusic

Sensory Station:

https://www.facebook.com/sensorystation

www.sensorystationmusic.com

Vanishing Life:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vanishing-Life

Hidden Cabins:

http://www.hiddencabins.net/

https://www.facebook.com/hiddencabins

Dust Moth:

https://www.facebook.com/dustmothband

Mal:

https://www.facebook.com/malsongs

https://www.reverbnation.com/malsongs

http://www.malrock.com/

Set and Setting:

https://www.facebook.com/setandsetting

https://setandsetting.bandpage.com/

http://setandsetting.bandcamp.com/

Lost In Society:

https://www.facebook.com/lostinsociety

http://lostinsociety.com

Band Of The Week: Socionic

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Socionic is a genre bending band with influences ranging from Tool, Deftones, Nine Inch Nails, the very underrated Porcupine Tree and soundtrack maestro Clint Mansell.  Their music is a classically heavy, all the while adding a melodic sense that carries their artistic vision throughout their songs. You can tell from listening that this band is extremely passionate in how their music sounds and is delivered. Their recent EP release Identity, was produced by Rhys Fulber (Fear Factory, Frontline Assembly, etc) and helps to show their knack for the aggressive side of modern metal and the dark contrasts of industrial. These guys have a sound and the music to really go far.  Socionic is currently gearing up to release a new album this year.
Socionic: Epiphany

 


Check out their music on Reverb Nation:

https://www.reverbnation.com/socionic

https://www.facebook.com/socionic

http://www.socionicband.com/

 

By: Brian Lacy