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Interview with Josh Wills (Story of the Year)

2023 see St Louis post-hardcore giants, Story of the Year, in full celebration mode. Not only have they announced that they will be jumping on tour with fellow early 2000’s mammoths Yellowcard for the anniversary of their fourth and undeniably most successful record, Ocean Avenue, alongside emo juggernauts Mayday Parade, Anberlin and The Wild Life, they will also be celebrating their own babies. Their debut record, the one that introduced us to the larger than life Until the Day I Die, Anthem of Our Dying Day and And the Hero Will Drown, none other than Page Avenue also hits the big 20 mark.

Two decades on from their launchpad release, the band are still going strong, gearing up for the release of their sixth studio album Tear Me To Pieces, out March 10, 2023 via SharpTone Record. We’ve already been graced with half of the tracks including the nostalgia-grab 2005, the titular triumph Tear Me To Pieces and the hard hitting War, tracks that will translate well on the stage when they head to Australia next month.

We spoke to drummer, Josh Wills, ahead of their Knotfest appearance and album release sideshows to tear both the album and their sets into pieces.

TEAR ME TO PIECES TRACK LISTING:
01. Tear Me To Pieces
02. Real Life
03. Afterglow
04. Dead And Gone
05. War
06. Can’t Save You
07. 2005
08. Sorry About Me
09. Take The Ride
10. Knives Out
11. Use Me

Fans can pre-save Tear Me To Pieces here

To celebrate the announcement, Story Of The Year have shared lead single and title track Tear Me To Pieces. The track sets the tone for the entire album – hard-hitting, catchy, and unforgettable. Tear Me To Pieces is available to stream here. The new single is also paired with a music video, available to watch now.

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Slipknot’s KNOTFEST Set To Take Over Australia In 2023!!!                                              

KNOTFEST, the destination festival brand curated by SLIPKNOT, is continuing its ever-expanding global domination with the announcement of its next location – KNOTFEST AUSTRALIA in 2023.
 
The music and counterculture experience created by the multi-platinum sonic phenomenon SLIPKNOT, will hit the East coast of Australia starting on Friday, March 24th at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, before making its way to Sydney on Saturday, March 25th at Centennial Park and wrapping up in Brisbane on Sunday, March 26th at RNA Showgrounds.
 
Headlined by SLIPKNOT, the hugely stacked festival line-up includes PARKWAY DRIVE, MEGADETH, TRIVIUM, NORTHLANE, AMON AMARTH, IN FLAMES, KNOCKED LOOSE, SPIRITBOX, STORY OF THE YEAR, ALPHA WOLF, VOID OF VISION, BAD OMENS and MALEVOLENCE.
 
A staple at KNOTFESTs all over the world, the KNOTFEST Museum will also be making its way to Australia for the very first time. The KNOTFEST Museum features a jaw-dropping collection of items from the band’s history and a fan-favorite attraction at the other KNOTFESTs around the globe. Tickets are strictly limited in each city.
 
Early bird pre-sale tickets are on sale at 9am local time on Thursday 3rd November here and general public tickets go on sale at 9am local time on Monday 7th November here.

KNOTFEST AUSTRALIA 2023
DATES AND VENUES:

Friday 24 March 2023 – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
Saturday 25 March 2023 – Centennial Park, Sydney
Sunday 26 March 2023 – RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane

SLIPKNOT’s latest album, ‘The End, So Far’ landed yet another #1 Official Album Chart position in Australia, their fourth straight #1 in a row, as the album racked up a string of global chart accolades, including #1 Album positions in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico and Top 10 in Japan, Finland, Sweden, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Portugal, Ireland, Belgium, Austria, France and the Netherlands.  

About SLIPKNOT: There was never a band like Slipknot, and there will never be another. Like a spore out of the Midwest, they’ve quietly bloomed into the most uncompromising, undeniable, and unique presence on the planet whose influence transcends genres and generations. Since sowing the seeds for revolution in Iowa during 1999, these musical outliers have captured a GRAMMY Award alongside 10 nominations, scored 12 Platinum / 41 Gold album certifications around the world, and logged over 8.5 billion global streams and 3.5 billion video views to date – unprecedented for a rock act in this generation or any other. Rolling Stone cited the seminal platinum-selling 2001 album Iowa among “The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time,while The Ringer attested, “They’re the most important heavy band of their era.”  In addition to marking the group’s third consecutive #1 debut on the Billboard Top 200, their sixth full-length album, WE ARE NOT YOUR KIND, bowed at #1 in twelve countries worldwide in 2019. Selling out shows on multiple continents, they deliver an irreplicable multi-sensory experience on tour and through their own festival Knotfest. With their seventh studio album, THE END, SO FAR, Slipknot are back, and nothing will be the same again.
 
About KNOTFEST: Knotfest is Slipknot’s own self-curated, destination festival brand, currently held in eight international locations; the US, Japan, Mexico, Finland, Germany, Colombia, Chile and Brazil. Designed as an immersive, unforgettable, ‘dark carnival experience’, the event invites you into Slipknot’s apocalyptic underworld where stunning visuals, fire breathers and nightmarish creatures on stilts set the stage for an intoxicating and memorable weekend of live music.
 
Stay up to date on all things KNOTFEST over at https://knotfest.com/australia/ and by following on socials.

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