“We are stepping away from All My Friends Are Dead.” AMFAD’s Chris Richter announces new music, new direction

Although the band need no introduction, All My Friends Are Dead are a melodic post-hardcore powerhouse hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio. Two years ago, they made their first appearance in Indiana and since then have managed to become a staple in their neighboring state’s music scene like no other. BRP caught up with Chris Richter, vocalist and founding member after a showcase and he had some exciting news that he wanted to share.

[Photo cred: Errick Easterday]

Last time we spoke, you were telling me that you guys have some big changes coming up. If you’d like, go ahead and give us all the rundown of what’s going on.
RICHTER:Well yeah man, we have some huge stuff coming up. We, as a band, have sat down and decided that we want to be more serious, more driven, and more put together.  So after almost five years, we are stepping away from All My Friends Are Dead and starting our next journey in music as Dead Friends.

That’s pretty huge, man. The rededication is awesome to hear, but what made you decide on such a big change?
Well, as real as it is man, this band has been going because I refused to let it go, so I powered through the years with many different members.  That makes it hard too. To ask these guys to give it their all in music they haven’t put themselves into.  This current record and all the stuff we had accomplished before is not of their hands, and I can’t ask them to accept that and step into those shoes and own it. That’s not real. It’s not fair.

That’s understandable and commendable of you to see it like that. So, where are you guys in the process? I mean, what kind of timeline are we looking at for all of this?
Quick man, we are not wasting any time. At. All. We are setting off for all this in October. We are already recording, already getting logos and merch set up. This is not going to be a slow process.

That is exciting, dude. Do you have a set date for the change?
Nothing is set in stone, but Dead Friends will be announced in October with music and music videos following. AMFAD still has content to be released too!

Damn, man. What is the plan for that? Will you guys release that as back catalog?
Our plan is to release the last bit of content and then leave it be. No more content, no more updates, nada. We will take the Facebook and change the name, leave the YouTube, iTunes and Spotify up so everyone can still enjoy the band they have grown to love. We would never ever take away all that progress and all those memories. We plan to make this change smooth and simple—nothing universally different.  So you can always check out the full length and all the old videos and stumble upon what the band has grown to be.

That’s good to hear. You guys have managed to amass a pretty strong following here, despite the fact that you’re from a pretty good distance away. What has that been like? How long have you guys been playing in central Indiana, and was the scene’s love for you guys something that took you by surprise?
Man, Indy was something we tackled just on a whim. If I could remember exactly what brought us that way I would tell you, but it was hard at first. That drive was just killer, but we started and couldn’t stop! It has been about two years of playing Indiana like it’s our hometown. We got there and the love we got was overwhelming. We felt like we mattered—like our music was loved and almost needed.  We have said hundreds of times that we see Indiana and those places and those fans as our home. We never get that kind of love and that kind of feeling when we play home. I’ll never forget when we played the bedroom of the vocalist from Archives and kids packed into that room and tore it up! That was the moment I knew these people really loved us.

I mean, you guys have been a force around here. There aren’t too many transplants that really seem to stick. I can attest to the fact that you guys go out of your way to create a real connection with the crowd at your shows. Do you think this has a lot to do with our scene’s love for you guys?
You know, that’s something I started to notice this last week or so that we just love to talk to fans, even if they never saw our set or not. It might be because we go out of our way to show appreciation and just connect or not, but I know that will never, ever stop. No matter what, we love to connect with the fan base in person or on the Internet. It’s the most fun when we are playing; we really, really love to mess around.

That’s definitely apparent. Our scene definitely celebrates bands that play hard, and love their fans. I don’t think I’m alone in my anticipation for this new direction, and I think it goes without saying that this scene will be behind you guys no matter what.
That’s means so much man. We are excited and terrified to make this change, and we know we are going to lose something. We know we are going gain so much more, and no matter what, at the end of the day we wouldn’t have anything if we never got that love and support from Indy and all the amazing bands and people we have encountered along the way.

Definitely dude. One last question, for a friend. What are the odds of hearing “New Year” at a show after October?
Very very high. Being Dead Friends won’t ever mean that AMFAD’s music won’t be around. The community is what made AMFAD. That community will never be restricted because we change. We won’t take away what you guys love. We won’t take away the old stuff ever. Plus dude, I fucking love playing “Motions” and “Strong Arm,” so we have to play them from time to time!

That’s great news man. I’m so excited to hear the new album, and to see the new energy level that all of this brings to your shows. I know it’s late, so I’ll go ahead and wrap it up. Thanks a lot for making time to do this, dude. People are gonna be so stoked.
It will have a whole new feel, man. I can’t wait to just show everyone!  But yeah dude, thanks so much. It was awesome and I’m glad we got to do this. It was killer, and I can’t wait for you to see the new stuff. We are playing it now. BRP

Written by Jordan Heath

Edited by Chelsea Renee Scofield

Photo by Errick Easterday

Photo Gallery: A Benefit Show For Tom Alderson

Last night, Indianapolis’ Hoosier Dome hosted a benefit show for Tom Alderson, drummer for hardcore bands Crosscheck and Drown. Alderson was the victim of a gruesome beating that took place following a This Is Hardcore after-show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 26. He sustained injuries that put him in the hospital where he currently remains in a medically induced coma.

[Photo cred: Skip Zhang]

Show host Cody Dussia announced on the Facebook event page today that a total of $340 was raised and donated to Alderson’s GoFundMe. The Indianapolis hardcore scene is now one of hundreds of benefactors that donated to Alderson, his GoFundMe now totaling $29,339.

Thanks to photographer Skip Zhang, you can check out the gallery below and relive the event.

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Written by Chelsea Renee Scofield

Social Damage, New Heart, Chipped Teeth, more to perform Tom Alderson Benefit Show

This Saturday, The Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis will host a benefit show for Tom Alderson, drummer for hardcore bands Crosscheck and Drown. The show, kicking off at 6:30 p.m. and coming to a close at 11:00 p.m., will feature Prison Shiv, Doomcow, Chipped Teeth, New Heart, Mad World and Social Damage. All proceeds will go to Alderson to assist with any financial needs he might have.

According to Alternative Press, Alderson sustained injuries after an alleged incident that took place following a This Is Hardcore after-show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 26. Alderson’s bandmate stated that his injuries are the result of a gruesome beating from band members of Heavy Chains and Suburban Scum. Currently, Alderson remains hospitalized in a medically induced coma.

Since news broke out of the incident, benefit shows have been booked across the country, raising thousands of dollars and donating the proceeds to Alderson. This Saturday, the Indiana hardcore scene will be one of the many that contribute to those donations.

“I booked this show originally as a childhood cancer awareness show for Team Skylar. All proceeds were to be donated to Riley Children’s Hospital. After this happened to Tom though, Skylar’s stepfather brought up to me that we should make this an event for him,” said Cody Dussia, event host and vocalist of Chipped Teeth.

Admittance to the show will cost $10 at the door—a great price for a good show and an even better cause. A donation box will also be available for anyone interested in offering additional funds. The hardcore music scene is well known for their hospitality and eagerness to help one another, and here’s yet another example of that. So, make sure to clear your schedule this Saturday, but if you can’t make it, check out Alderson’s GoFundMe to donate!

“It’s just important for us to show people that hardcore isn’t a bunch of jackasses beating on each other,” said Dussia. “It’s about unity. It’s about brotherhood. I’ve never met Tom in my life, but I want to sell out the venue on Saturday and get him as much as possible. In hardcore, we look out for each other.”

Tom Alderson Benefit Show

Written by Chelsea Renee Scofield

Matter Fest 2015: Q&A with We Love You’s Caleb Wade Lewis

Matter Fest 2015 is just a couple days away and the hype is out of control! This year’s the second year for the festival, and bands and fans are excited to see it come back bigger and better than ever before. We Love You, one of the many talented bands on the festival’s lineup, are playing their second year on the fest. BRP talked with We Love You’s guitarist/vocalist Caleb Wade Lewis to discuss what improvements he’s looking forward to, which bands he’s excited to see and what surprises We Love You have planned for their time to take the stage. Read on to hear what Lewis had to say, and don’t forget to catch We Love You this Saturday!

[Photo cred: Courtney Simms]

We Love You played at the first ever Matter Fest last year, and now you’re playing the second year as well. What improvements/changes are you looking forward to or expecting from the fest?
LEWIS: Last year’s sound wasn’t the greatest, so I’m really looking forward to bigger PAs and things sounding a ton better than last year. It’s also inside this year opposed to being outside last year. I’m not too keen on playing outside so this is a big improvement to me. I also think it will be a ton more organized, I remember showing up to the park and not having a clue exactly where the Fest was even happening [laughs]. Trae has done a kick ass job this year of getting his ducks in a row. Praise him!

Focusing on the band, what are you and guys planning to bring to this performance that differs from your other performances?
We have tons of new material we are planning to bring out for this show. Almost too much material [laughs]. We have a huge problem with writing too much. We’ve heard a lot of people say that our sound is very hollow live. We’ve worked very hard on achieving a very intense sounding set. Being that we are a three piece band and I’m the only guitarist, I really have to step my game up and fill out that second guitar that isn’t there. Overall I think we are just going to be a ton louder than our normal performances.

Who are you most excited to see at Matter Fest?
I’m extremely stoked to see Church Tongue again. I saw them for the first time at MSM Fest and they blew my freaking mind. I’m excited to see what shenanigans they will pull on stage this time [laughs]. Sermos and Plagued By Humanity are up there with [Church Tongue]. I’ve never seen either band so I’m probably most stoked to catch those guys.

Is there one particular band performing at Matter Fest that has inspired you and the band musically? Maybe they influenced your style, or even inspired you to start playing in the first place?
This isn’t so much an influence on our music, but I’m going to go back to Church Tongue. Those dudes really inspired me to just work hard as hell on mastering the tone of our band. They seriously have the best damn live sound around. After seeing them live, I really went back and rethought our guitar tones and the way our set flows together. I hope to one day sound as massive as they do.

Do you think having out-of-state bands playing the fest will bring a larger audience to the fest?
I think so. Chase Huglin is from Fort Wayne, but he definitely has a pull from pretty much anywhere he plays now. The dude is blowing up and I’m very stoked on that. He’s actually on tour with Dependence who’s pretty freaking incredible also. I know Ghost Key’s pretty big. I can see tons of people from neighboring states showing up to see them and falling in love with a lot of the bands Indiana has to offer.

Have you noticed there’s like a ‘sad-core’ revolution happening? Bands like Being As An Ocean, Moose Blood, the music is just sad and people love it, including myself [laughs].
I’ve seen it a lot lately. I’m a sucker for sad music and always have been, I’m not quite sure why. But there’s definitely a resurgence of sad music happening right now and I couldn’t be happier. There was once a time when you said your band was emo and people would scowl at you [laughs]. Now you tell someone that and they don’t even question it. WLY writes the exact kind of music I’ve always wanted to write. I’m glad I finally got the courage to do it now instead of a year from now when the kids have moved on to the next coolest thing [laughs].

Anything else you’d like to add?
I’d just like to inform everyone to show up at 1:00 p.m. and stay for the whole show. There’s a band for everyone no matter what you like. This isn’t something you want to miss. You’ll definitely regret it. BRP

We Love You

Written by Chelsea Renee Scofield

A Guide To The Matter Fest 2015 Lineup

Matter Fest is only a week away, which means one thing: you’ve only got a week to learn about each band and memorize the lyrics of their greatest jams! Below, BRP has gathered the latest and greatest singles, songs, albums, and EPs from each artist and band featured on the festival lineup. Get educated and don’t forget to come hang out on Saturday!

ForeverAtLast – “Mr. Whitecoat”

Ghost Key – “Dismantle”

Church Tongue – “Ghost World”

Wicked World – “Save My Soul”

We Love You – “As Long As I Die By Your Side”

Oceans Grey – ‘Simon Says’

Archives – “Graveyard”

Sermos – ‘(husk)’

Guilt Trip – ‘Apprehended’

The Truth – ‘Heel/turn’

The Cambion – “The Ugly”

Inheritors – “Carrier”

Plagued By Humanity – ‘Bred Into Suffering’

Chin Up – ‘Mehen’

Disowner – “Thieves”

Chase Huglin – ‘Glow’

Grim State – ‘Post Traumatic Social Dysfunction’

Everyone Leaves – ‘The Great And Terrible’

Dependence – “Still.”

Hypewriter – “Quirk”

Chipped Teeth – ‘Born To Lose’

Dropkick – ‘Bottom Of The Food Chain’

All My Friends Are Dead – “Waypoints”

Pissed On – “Ill” & “Aggression” ft. Isaac Hale of Knocked Loose

Zealot – “Drained”

Blackwater – ‘Erase Scum’

Written by Chelsea Renee Scofield

Matter Fest 2015 to gather bands from across the country this Saturday

This upcoming Saturday, the second annual Matter Fest will take place at Bordermen Gym, located in Converse, Indiana. The festival will feature 29 bands on two separate stages, starting at 1:00 p.m. and ending, well, once we’ve all had enough slams n’ jams for one night. Admission to Matter Fest will cost $10 at the door.

Many of the bands booked for the fest are Indiana’s own locals, but some are traveling from as far as the west coast to perform. These bands include Ghost Key (Illinois), Wicked World (Wisconsin), Pissed On (Kentucky), Zealot (Minnesota), All My Friends Are Dead (Ohio), Everyone Leaves (Ohio), Grim State (Ohio) and Dependence (California).

Besides the out-of-state musicians that are playing at Matter Fest, several of the best locals that Indiana has to offer will make appearances as well. These bands include ForeverAtLast, Chipped Teeth, Church Tongue, The Truth, We Love You, Sermos, Inheritors, Guilt Trip, Archives, Hypewriter, Oceans Grey, Dropkick, The Cambion and many more, listed on the show flyer below.

Since 2015 marks the second year for Matter Fest, Trae Roberts, founder and manager of the festival, is aiming to make every aspect of the event bigger and better than before.

“This year, I [booked] more regional bands to help bands get a little more recognition and to draw kids from out of state. I think that made [the event] more attractive to a lot of different people. I also started planning a lot earlier than I did last year,” said Roberts.

Matter Fest will offer tons of variety, whether it be genres of the bands or where they’re from. So, don’t forget to come out this weekend, and bring some cash for merch!

Roberts is also holding a pre-party at his home the night before the event to raise money for the venue, sound and transportation. The night will include an acoustic performance from Safe House, as well as appearances from We Love You, Hogarth, Anna Meets Wolf, Cody Almond, Kerry Gagen, The Obnoxious Boot (spoken word) and more. To get hyped for the festival and check out even more performances for a good cause, visit Trae’s house at 6:00 p.m.—it’s only $5 at the door for food, drinks, games and music.

Feeling overwhelmed by the stacked lineup or haven’t heard of the bands before? Check out my guide to Matter Fest!

Written by Chelsea Renee Scofield