Recorded to 2” tape at Trax East Recording Studio (MISFITS, TURMOIL, HATEBREED), engineered and co-produced by Eric Rachel with assistance from Eric Kovortec, FULL SCALE RIOT’s empower features a widespread network of guests, including Jimmy Gestapo (MURPHY’S LAW), rapper Chris Rivers (son of the late great rapper Big Pun), Marc Rizzo (SOULFLY, MISFITS), and Tsarina Romanoff, in addition to the uplifting guitar tracks from blues/rock/reggae/soul singer/multi-instrumentalist and activist Ben Harper on “Game Face.” The album is out now on CD, streaming for your listening pleasure at this location, and it’s now receiving a fine visual presentation in the form of the following lyric video “Rising Tide”, which we’re stoked to premiere below!
Singer BJ Allen commented:
“Rising Tide is about being aware of the tools and methods being used to distract us from important issues that affect us all. While many people cling to silly social constructs like race, there’s a growing minority of people of all different backgrounds and hues who can clearly see the men behind the curtains pulling the strings.”
Top photo by Mattis.
Comprised of guitarist Tim McMurtie (ex-M.O.D., RHYTHM TRIP), vocalist BJ Allen, bassist Jeff Wood (SHAT, ex-M.O.D., ex-THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN live), and drummer Evan Rossiter, FULL SCALE RIOT follows up their Depopulation EP with the politically-motivated empower, delivering nearly a half-hour of their volatile punk/thrash-fueled hardcore. The album showcases new strengths in their songwriting and delivery, and perpetuates an even-keeled and intellectual batch of socio-politically-fueled tracks, the music wrought with angst and the lyrics focusing on a more forward-thinking society.
empower is out now on CD and digital formats through Eulogy Recordings; orders can be placed at THIS LOCATION. The band will self-release a vinyl version this year.
FULL SCALE RIOT continues to support empower live across the region, with shows in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York booked into the Spring months. Fans are also invited to take part in the band’s upcoming video shoot for the track “Eighty-Two Hundred,” which will take place at The Meatlocker in Montclair, New Jersey on April 8th.
1/28/2017 Jabber Jaws – Allentown, PA2/25/2017 Lucky 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Blastfurnace Productions Purple Heart Foundation Benefit3/25/2017 Blue Room – Secaucus, NJ @ NJ Toxic Fest3/30/2017 Stanhope House – Stanhope, NJ4/08/2017 The Meatlocker – Montclair, NJ @ video shoot for “Eighty-Two Hundred”4/21/2017 TBA – Philadelphia, PA w/ Electric Frankenstein, Symbol 64/23/2017 Bowery Electric – New York, NY w/ Electric Frankenstein, Symbol 6