(By Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor, RiffRelevant.com)
Argonauta Records is on a rampage lately! In the wee early hours of this very morning, they announced confirmation of the label’s signing of American Weed Rockers WASTED THEORY, with plans to re-release their much-adored ‘Defenders of the Riff‘ album. We have some details on that, plus a crop of photos from recent live shows I attended this Spring, and a few other fistfuls of dirt…
Argonauta PR buzz is shown as was given. I wrote the band bio for Wasted Theory, there’s no sense writing something new! I like those Wasted Theory cats. They belt out fantastically kick ass tunes, but also do great things to help the underground heavy music world. They do it quietly, more often than many are aware of, and deserve much praise.
Wasted Theory was born in July 2012, and raised in the Northern Mid-Atlantic salt air states of Delaware and Maryland. Fronted by Larry Jackson, Jr. on vocals and lead guitar, Brendan Burns on drums, bassist Rob Michael, and newcomer rhythm guitarist Andrew Petkovic, this heavy rock outfit conjures inspiration from several of the most hard-hitting, dirty blue collar, beefed up rock n’ roll acts of the past 40 years. With influences like Artimus Pyledriver, Orange Goblin, Corrosion of Conformity, and Nazareth, the result is a guaranteed truck-ton of boot stomping heavy music.
“We are totally stoked to work with Argonauta Records on the re-release of ‘Defenders of the Riff’.” the band says,
“This album opened many doors for us in regards of new fans, new opportunities and seeing new faces at our shows, so getting the chance to breathe new life into it again means a lot to us. We’re looking forward to adding the new bonus tracks on it, as well, to make it a cool little collectors’ piece for our diehard fans. We’re very much looking forward to seeing where this collaboration takes us! Cheers!”
The Wasted Theory “Defenders of the Riff – 2017 Edition” will feature two bonus tracks previously unreleased and will be available via Argonauta Records later this year. More details on the release to follow soon!
Speaking of ‘Defenders of the Riff‘ – Wasted Theory is all set to perform in that magnificent lineup for the Descendants of Crom Festival on Saturday, September 30th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
This one-day festival is stacked with over fifteen of the heaviest hitters out today, including several legendary acts set for this special event. Riff Relevant is a proud sponsor of DoC and some of us will be there in attendance. FIFTEEN BANDS for less than $35? We can’t pass that up, how could anyone? R.S.V.P. to the Fest’s Facebook Event and then grab your tickets here.
I’ll be white-knuckled in anticipation waiting to see Wasted Theory again, as well as many others at Descendants of Crom. However, for those of you who *for some ridiculous fucking reason* can’t make it to Pittsburgh on 9/30, you may have an alternate option one week beforehand.
Just prior to their appearance at Descendants of Crom, Wasted Theory has a show scheduled on September 23rd in their half-home state of Delaware, at the Oddity Bar in Wilmington. Also performing will be Clamfight, BlackHand, Disaster Committee, and Lord Crow. You can R.S.V.P. to the Facebook event here.
The poster for that show was done by Wasted Theory drummer, Brendan Burns himself (click poster below to open full size). I did mention they do a lot for the music community, no?
I’ve seen Wasted Theory perform live twice in the past several months, in Atlantic City NJ and Baltimore MD, two of the stops during their ‘Defenders of The Riff Tour‘ this past Spring. While each set was quite different due to the venue, crowds, and atmosphere, in that same thought, both of their performances were great. (Baltimore was a bit more fun for me, as that crowd included many friends.) What I have for you here are a crop of photos I shot during the Atlantic City show. Enjoy!