So much for taking that break. Gearing up for another world tour, three artists Síren Call Records® artists have their hands full in preparation for the Restless Tour.
Each one coming off their own regional tours, Angels of Hellfire, S-n-L, and Ready Set Go are teaming up once again to bring you a night of rock. Rumor currently has it that we will also be graced with an appearance by Blink 81.
Blink 81 has been on a pretty serious hiatus ever since losing drummer Blake Ramsay. They’ve had a few replacements over the past couple years, still trying to find the one with staying power. Ania Lozano Miralles and Joel Coyle seem content to keep plugging along until they find the right mix.
Ready Set Go immediately jumped into a competition tour following last years’ Siren’s Poison World Tour. As a small act, they’ve come a long way in a short time. Chastity Ready and Sienna Simpson certainly have the energy and the drive necessary to succeed, constantly submitting singles and videos to be approved or edited to the head honchos at Síren Call Records® on an almost weekly basis. Accounting manager Oliver Urban states that “the amount spent on getting their records prepared, even if we don’t green light them all, is insane… but what they do sell makes up for it.” The band is so adamant, Urban adds, that they still enlist their original street team from their unsigned days to help general merchandise sales in the smaller, less commercial neighborhoods. They’ll be joining the Restless Tour for the second half.
John Lambert and Kassidy Murray, otherwise known as S-n-L, are still working pretty hard, both on their own and with other bands. They’ll just be returning home from a solo world tour, allowing just a few short weeks at rest before diving right back in on the Restless Tour. Lambert credits the ability to jump from one tour to another to “taking it easy on the road. If we’re not actually on stage, we’re mostly sleeping. With all the traveling, especially across time changes, you gotta get sleep whenever you can.” Or wherever. “I think I once took a catnap while taking a piss backstage before a show,” Murray admits. “I just came to, and I was in a full squat, a wad of TP already in hand. Felt like I’d just slept a full eight. Sometimes forty-five seconds of REM will make all the difference.”
If anyone can agree with that sentiment, it’s one half on Angels of Hellfire. Having a new baby in the house for the first time in three years (and prior to that, five!) is proving to be an exhausting experience for Richard and Jessénia Urban. “It’s especially tough because the next one up is just getting out of that obnoxious pre-school age,” Richard Urban indicates. “Pretty sure this is that last one. I’m getting too old for this shit.” His wife disagrees. “You’re only as old as the person you’re feeling,” she states as she reaches over to grab his wrist, placing his hand on her thigh. “See? You just got ten years younger.” The couple looks weary, having completed a world tour during the pregnancy and birth of their newest child, followed by a brief whirlwind Western European tour, but they say they’re ready. “We’re actually going to leave the kids in the city,” Richard said. “We’ve enrolled them at SoMA, so they’ll be well taken care of.”
Blake Ramsay has been counting down the days until he can hit the road again. “Yeah, man,” he says. “I’ve found that I like to be on the move.” Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he blames it on the hockey. “It’s not a sport where you really have time to sit. You’re on the ice for two minutes, you sit for two minutes, you’re back in the ice, you sit, you’re back on the ice. I’m a Canuck; it’s in my blood, so I gotta keep moving.”
Heading around the world means one thing to Taryn McLoughlin right now– real estate. “I’m thinking of getting a place in Paris, and either selling or subletting the one on Porto. And then, maybe something out in Ankara.” In addition, she said she’s going to be tracking down her brother, and her remaining sisters. “They’re scattered all over the place, and we never see each other. Definitely need to change that.”
If you’re hoping to catch these acts this time around, better save up or ask for an advance on that paycheck. Oliver Urban tells us that the reason for inflated ticket prices is a direct result of booking with a variety of clubs. “Normally, when booking a tour of this magnitude, we work with an owner who has clubs all over the world, which enables more regulation of prices, artist cut, and everything else. Take that out of the question, and we end up having to increase prices in one location to make up for a decrease in club contribution from another locale.” The artists aren’t too thrilled about the bloated prices either, so they already have plans to hit the cities with the lowest prices again as soon as possible to allow for a less expensive show. So if you miss them this time around, stay tuned for updates!
By Katy Did. Written for the city of Chicago. Article ID 73356