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For fans of Breaking Benjamin, Sevendust, Deftones, 30 Seconds To Mars...etc
Digital Summer is a unmistakable modern rock band originating from Phoenix, Arizona. Made up of heavy/melodic guitars and raw emotional vocals. Influenced by multiple music genres, Digital Summer is a rock band to the core, not a “trend” by any means. Digital Summer is known for their professional songwriting ability, energetic live show and seemingly endless promotional antics.
Aside from sharing the stage with bands like Alice in Chains, Godsmack, Deftones, Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch, Theory of a Dead Man and many more, Digital Summer has also toured nationally with Volbeat, Trivium, Sevendust, Drowning Pool, 10 Years, Nonpoint, Taproot, 12 Stones and more. With a live show that includes throwing guitars across the stage and diving into the crowd, the band is quoted often as saying “Fans should get their money’s worth. If you’re not willing to bleed on stage, you shouldn’t be there.”
Along with being professional musicians, the brothers manage to maintain additional professional careers of a completely different style. Frontman/Vocalist Kyle Winterstein and brother/Guitarist Ian Winterstein are both Firefighters in the Phoenix metro area. These additional careers are what drive the lyrical and emotional foundation of what Digital Summer's music is about. From death and tragedy to passion and endurance, the songs on a Digital Summer album come from their real lives and their very own experiences. "We're not looking to write about Hollywood glamour." Says guitarist Ian Winterstein, "We write about real life and hopefully our fans can relate."
“The fans are what keep this machine going” says frontman Kyle Winterstein on several interviews. Such words were proven to be even more truthful in March of 2012 when the band launched a Kickstarter campaign after a request from a fan. The idea was simple, offer the fans a chance to make donations toward the release of their new album and in turn they receive unique incentives for doing so. Fans came out of the woodwork to be part of the Digital Summer movement. The campaign raised roughly $50,000 in 30 days and many fans were given opportunities to meet the band, get listed on album credits and even enjoy private performances.
Digital Summer’s latest album, Breaking Point, is the cultivation of efforts between a band that’s tasted several sides of the music industry and a loyal fan base just looking to be part of the journey. Recorded at Vudu Studios in New York with Mike Watts (Adelita’s Way, Theory of A Deadman, 10 Years, Dear Hunter), Breaking Point features a sample of all the musical talents the band possesses. Heavy hitting rock tracks to keep crowds moving and heads banging, along with melodic musical pieces that include everything from piano and strings to beat production. Clint Lowery of Sevendust even makes a guest appearance playing lead guitar on the album’s first single “Forget You”. Breaking Point was released August 7th, 2012 and debuted at #13 on iTunes Rock Charts.
Between album cycles, Digital Summer recorded an all acoustic album entitled After Hours: Unplugged & Rewired, which features acoustic versions of songs from all 3 previous albums as well as a few brand new tracks. This album showcases Kyle's true voice in a smooth, up-front style alongside dark pianos and ambient strings. An additional element of melodic synths and periodic beat production sets this collection of songs apart from traditional acoustic albums. After Hours: Unplugged & Rewired was release October 11th, 2013 and debuted #34 on iTunes despite being an acoustic album that was never promoted to radio. The first track on the album, titled "This City", was actually written about the band's hometown of Phoenix, AZ.
There are rumors of a series of EP releases starting in 2015...
“There’s a brand of rock for every taste, but if I had to pick my poison, I’ve always gravitated towards a heavy, driving, edgy rock song more than any other. If it’s loud with a dash of frantic or angry pace to it, then sign me up, I’m interested. The guys from 3 Years Hollow subscribe to the same rock preference, and they successfully modeled their sound to fall in line accordingly. – Chris Brack, Rocksposure.com
Three Years Hollow’s debut album ‘Ascension’ has been well received by fans and critics alike. It’s an album that is aggressive on tempos, heavy on guitar riffs, yet well-defined and melodic on vocals. ‘Ascension’ contains fan favorite tracks ‘Wasted’ and ‘The End of Demise’ among others. One can’t help but notice the edge the album has from a lyric perspective. “The motivation for me on Ascension was that I was ticked off at girls. I was ticked off at everything!” says 3YH front man Jose Urquiza.
The long awaited follow up to ‘Ascension’ will be available early 2012. The recording process for this album has taken them to Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, IL to work with Tadpole (Disturbed, Staind, Adelitas Way, Seether) on production and mixing, then on to Brad Blackwood of Euphonic Masters (Adelitas Way, Evanescense, Sick Puppies, Skillet) for mastering. “In the years since Ascension, so much has happened for us personally. Life has happened for us. The new album subject has a positive message. It’s hard to write dark, angry songs when you’re so happy about everything” says Jose. With all of these positives, it’s no wonder why the band has been anxious to give the fans a taste of what they’ve been working on. That taste is the first single, ‘Chemical Ride’.
But don’t think that this album will have one single and a bunch of fluff to accompany it. As Jose states, “The song I’m most excited for people to hear is ‘We Belong’. It is so different from everything else that we do. It has so much harmony work in it. The whole message of the song is where ever I need to be, that’s where I want to be. Take me where we all belong.”
Three Years Hollow isn’t just a great studio band. They take a tremendous amount of pride in their live show as well. “We are commonly told that we sound even better live than we do on our album. That is something we take a lot of pride in.” says guitarist Tony Reeves. That pride in the live show has been noticed by promoters and has afforded them the privilege to compile an impressive resume of stage mates. That resume includes the likes of Chevelle, Buckcherry, Puddle of Mudd, Pop Evil, Taproot, Black Stone Cherry, Soil, Evans Blue, Tesla, The Veer Union, Janus, The Used, Candlebox, Anew Revolution, Kyng, Destrophy, Caroline's Spine, Marc Rizzo (Soulfly), Ben Kenney & DJ Kilmore (Incubus), Psychostick, Straight Line Stitch, Texas Hippie Coalition, 40 Below Summer and The Burden Brothers, among others.
From here, the sky is the limit for Three Years Hollow. 2012 brings a new album and a new level of excitement. They intend to get the music out to as many people as possible through distribution, promotion, and touring. The goal is to attract the right support to help 3 Years Hollow take their musical career to the next level and every level beyond. That level is definitely somewhere the band believes, to quote the song, “Where we all belong.”
The band recorded their debut album entitled Moment of Impact in 2010 featuring contributions from Sevendust members Lajon Witherspoon and Morgan Rose. The album was given a limited release the same year, with a full release planned for 2011. In 2012 the album was released in an expanded edition under the title Impact.
Like A Storm's 2014 single "Love the Way You Hate Me" has spent 5 weeks at #1 on Sirius XM Octane, and received radio airplay on stations all over the US and New Zealand. To date, it has peaked at #21 in the U.S Mainstream Rock Chart, making it the highest charting song by a New Zealand Hard Rock Act on that chart since Pacifier's 2002 single "Bullitproof", which hailed at #27. "Love the Way You Hate Me" features singer Chris Brooks playing the didgeridoo, combining the ancient instrument with progressive metal and hard rock influences.