Thursday Mar 21

Mark Morton | Light The Torch Moon Tooth

7:00 PM Doors / 8:00 PM Show
17 & Over
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Mark Morton

Spend time talking to Mark Morton about his creative process and two themes emerge. One, he loves to write. The Lamb of God guitarist says, “I’m a musician, I’m a songwriter, I’m a guitar player, and I’m a lyricist.” Two, Morton is inspired by a wide swath of musical genres.

For his new project Anesthetic, Morton didn’t sit down this year and say I want to write a solo album. Instead, he’s actually been writing some of this debut for years. “This album wasn’t a concerted effort to start something outside Lamb of God,” he explains. “Music is always in my head, and until I write and record it, it’s stuck there. But once I record it, it’s out. It’s a catharsis, more for my own sanity.”

Light The Torch

The winds of change most definitely fanned the flame for LIGHT THE TORCH. On their 2018 full-length debut »Revival« [Nuclear Blast], the Los Angeles, CA trio—Howard Jones [vocals], Francesco Artusato [guitar], and Ryan Wombacher [bass]—drew from five years together as DEVIL YOU KNOW only to forge a wholly distinct path. Amidst myriad struggles, they returned from the brink under a new banner.

“2016 was a really tough year for us as a band, both personally and professionally,” admits Howard. “While going through some lineup changes we were also battling some issues with the use of our band name. At the same time, I was trying to deal with the loss of my oldest brother which really hit me hard. During that time, we just bonded like never before. We all meshed because we faced war together. We survived. At the end, we realized we were a real band and decided to make an album representing that resilience. Honestly, we came out of the dark. The name literally signifies what we went through.”

The musicians quietly struck the match for LIGHT THE TORCH during 2017. Without so much as telling either the label or management, they wrote the 12 anthems comprising »Revival« and recorded them in Los Angeles with the help of WOVENWAR and AS I LAY DYING bassist and producer Josh Gilbert [BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, SUICIDE SILENCE] behind the board. Joined by EXTINCTION A.D. drummer Mike “Scuzz” Sciulara behind the kit, the guys put their heads down and really focused on making an album as a whole, placing more emphasis on the songs flowing cohesively from one to the next.

Moon Tooth

Moon Tooth | Bottom Lounge

Between the release of their first full length ‘Chromaparagon’ in February 2016 and it’s first anniversary in February 2017 Moon Tooth has done over 130 shows with some highly notable acts. The band is currently in the studio recording its follow up to ‘Chromaparagon’.

Moon Tooth supported Intronaut & Entheos on a full US tour in July & August 2016. They supported Toothgrinder & Auras on a US tour in October 2016. They were direct support to Thank You Scientist on a tour of the US & Canada in December 2016. They co-headlined a tour with Astronoid in February 2017 in the US & Canada and supported Fit For An Autopsy & Tombs on another full US run in June & July of 2017. They closed out the busy year with their own full-US headliner in November of 2017 bringing Brooklyn’s Husbandry as support.

They have also shared stages with Killswitch Engage, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Gwar, Mutoid Man, Candiria, Weedeater, Veil of Maya, Cancer Bats, KEN Mode, & He Is Legend, King Parrot and have played festivals such as SXSW, CMJ, Texas Revolution Fest, and South By So What Fest.

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