Lacey Sturm

The Chameleon Club Presents

Lacey Sturm

Palisades, Stitched up Heart, Letters From The Fire

Fri, February 3, 2017

7:00 pm

Chameleon Club

$15.00 - $18.00

This event is all ages

Lacey Sturm
Lacey Sturm
Lacey has earned legions of fans worldwide not only through her astoundingly emotive voice and chart- topping songwriting, but also for the sheer sincerity of the uplifting messages pervading her work. Whether fronting multi-million-selling hard rockers Flyleaf or now as a solo artist (not to mention as an author and speaker), she remains uncommonly true to herself while inspiring others to strive for better ways to live and love.

Three years after amicably parting ways with the Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated Flyleaf, Lacey is releasing her stunning solo debut, Life Screams, in early 2016. This self-produced collection of urgent, anthemic and lyrically-timely rock is preceded by irresistibly optimistic single "Impossible," which debuts exclusively on SiriusXM's Octane on November 1 and goes immediately into rotation thereafter.

"I was just listening to the radio one day and I said to myself, "If I hear one more song telling people to kill themselves and go to hell, I'm going to have to put a record out!'" exclaims Lacey.

Writing alone, with husband/guitarist Josh Sturm, Skillet's Korey Cooper, and ex-Evanescence tunesmith David Hodges, Lacey created a record that is the sonic successor to Flyleaf's celebrated self-titled debut (which spent a staggering 133 weeks on Billboard's Top 200).

"In the beginning, Flyleaf really centered around my story and vision," Lacey explained.

Now a mother of two, author of 2014's The Reason and with a second book imminent, Lacey is approaching her latest creative phase with newfound perspective and appreciation.

"I just really started to value my relationships and value the people around me," she said. "We started [the solo project] like a group of artists in our hometown of Pittsburgh and it was kind of an accident."

Lacey's live band — featuring her husband Josh on lead guitar — has already performed for crowds in the tens of thousands and is booked for major rock festivals in 2016.

"I just think it would be a good thing to have a voice in the mix of all the hopelessness that actually gives you a light at the end of the tunnel," Lacey concludes. "A voice that's still honest about the pain and struggle, but can also scream, 'Hey, wake up and be alive because there's hope!'"
Palisades
Palisades
Palisades, formerly known as Marilyn Is Dead, has further reinforced and redefined their sound. Armed with a combination of post-hardcore and pop-punk influences, Palisades adds an entire new element of emotion to their rich, big sound. Strong, catchy choruses, along with aggressive melodic screaming are combined with more contemporary breakdowns, adding a very unique and distinct character to their music. Having recently recorded at Chango Gridlock Studios in Orlando Florida, Palisades plans to release their EP, and continue frequent touring.
Stitched up Heart
Stitched Up Heart's passion explodes in an uproar of crunchy guitars, haunting melodies, driving rhythms and anthemic songs. Furious and ultimately rapturous performances led by singer extraordinaire, Mixi, has captivated fans across the nation and around the world. Baron Reventón even christened the band: 'attention deficit gratification'.
Letters From The Fire
"These are our stories our trials and tribulations. This is who we are."

That's Mike Keller, the guitarist/founder behind the Bay Area rock powerhouse Letters From the Fire, explaining his band's moniker.

Ostensibly lifted from an old lyric, the phrase now serves as both a reminder of the band's sometimes turbulent origin—as well as a rallying cry as the group moves forward and (re)introduces themselves to the music world. While Letters From the Fire hasexisted for a bit, the group only recently solidified a lineup that best represents Keller's original vision (the band is rounded out by Alexa Kabazie, Cameron Stucky, Clayton Wages and Brian Sumwalt).

The band found a modicum of early success doing national tours with the likes of Fuel, Trapt, Non Point and Pop Evil, recording with former Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody and scoring a few rock radio hits ("Zombies in the Sun," a cover of " Eleanor Rigby")

But singer changes abounded... until they met Alexa Kabazie. " We heard about this singer from Kyle Odell, this producer we were working with," says Keller. "She was killing it on the demos we heard. We had to fly to North Carolina just to see if she could do it in person. She nailed the audition literally on the first try. Two weeks later, we already had seven songs ready to go. She's a star in the making."

With Kabazie now helping out on melody and lyrics, the band shifted gears. " She was all over the heavy stuff," says Keller. " We actually scratched a lot of stuff and wrote around her voice. It's interesting what she brings, because we're not really like In This Moment or Halestorm or anything you're hearing in rock right now."

You can hear the band's new focus on Worth the Pain, 13 new songs that offer a beguiling mix of melody and heaviness. Along the way, the album offers twists and turns: The slow piano build of " At War" gives way to the harsher realm of " Control," while the heavy groove of " Last December" co-exists near the perfect mix of pop and aggression in " Mother Misery." Throughout, Kabazie sounds both defiant and reflective, stating " I've been a soldier in every battle except my own" and, in the title track, simply stating " Thank you for walking away."

There are wounds here. " The record is full of stories," says Keller. " And this is the first time I really felt something lyrically when we were writing the record. Alexa actually says what she means. Her songs actually have helped me get through a lot of my own personal shit."

The first single, " Give In to Me," a pummeling mix of electronics and heavy guitar, centers around a person who has an addiction that gives into their dark side. To compliment the song, the video features a mysterious stranger torturing a prisoner, who (Fight Club-esque spoiler alert) ends up being themself.

After the video and album release, the band plans to hit the road for the forseeable future, concentrating on the now. " We're just going to play the new stuff," says Keller. " Shed the past, let this stand on its own."

Expect the album's title track to be a highlight. Like the band's name, it seems to summarize the group's early struggles and present triumphs.

"With everything we've gone through, we kept fighting," says Keller. " There were times we were so close to giving up and moving on. At the end of the day, it's been worth the struggle and the fight to do this."
Venue Information:
Chameleon Club
223 North Water Street
Lancaster, PA, 17603
http://www.chameleonclub.net/