Xbox Live Game With Fame With There For Tomorrow, Anberlin, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Straylight Run

posted October 7, 2008

Xbox Live Game With Fame With There For Tomorrow, Anberlin, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Straylight Run

Four hot bands are coming October 7 to play Halo® 3 with Xbox LIVE® members. You'll be able to check out each of the bands and then take them on in the game. Bands participating are Anberlin, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Straylight Run, and There For Tomorrow.

If you're an Xbox LIVE Gold member, and you want a chance to play with these bands, send a friend request to the following Gamertags and be online half an hour before (3:30 P.M. ET) the Game with Fame session starts on Tuesday, October 7, 4:00 P.M. ET.

  • Anberlin GWF
  • ScaryKids GWF
  • StrayLiRun GWF
  • TFT GWF

Date: Tuesday, Oct 7th, 2008
Time: 1PM-3PM Pacific Time
Game: Halo 3
Gamertag: TFT GWF, Anberlin GWF, ScaryKids GWF, StrayLiRun GWF (*space between each band name and GWF)
URL: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/calendar/gamewithfame/2008/1007-4bands-halo3.htm

Anberlin
After six years and three studio albums, Anberlin broke from Tooth & Nail to go to the Universal Republic label to release their fourth full-length, New Surrender, which comes out September 30.

"The whole album is conceptualized around the theme of a new surrender in the sense that everyone in their lives has something they know they have to give up," says vocalist Stephen Christian. "There's something that's holding each of us back from who we could become, so I think each song kind of tackles that theme of surrendering parts of life whether it's a person or a vice." The band is noted for its humanitarian efforts and have visited Kenya to discuss AIDS prevention, and India to tackle the issue of human trafficking.

Anberlin consists of Christian, guitarist Joseph Milligan, bassist Deon Rexroat, drummer Nathan Young, and new addition and former Acceptance guitarist Christian McAlhaney.

Scary Kids Scaring Kids
The band Scary Kids Scaring Kids actually self-financed their first extended play release, After Dark, and parlayed that into two exciting post-hardcore albums, The City Sleeps In Flames, and Scaring Kids.

Keyboardist Pouyan Afkary says of their most recent effort, "I think we really had time to make this album sound exactly the way we wanted to and focus on every track individually." Now with RCA Records, their next release is much anticipated. The band consists of Afkary, guitarists Chad Crawford and Steve Kirby, drummer Jamie Ethridge, singer Tyson Stevens, and bassist DJ Wilson.

Straylight Run
Straylight Run has taken a different strategy, releasing their own independent EPs coinciding with tour dates. "We don't have management by choice and we don't have a label by choice," says vocalist John Nolan. "With this new strategy, every time we go out on the road our fans will have new music," agrees drummer Will Noon.

With bassist Shaun Cooper, the band has released two full-lengths and two EPs, with the latest being Un Mas Dos which just came out September 16.

There For Tomorrow
"Our sound has been evolving since day one, says vocalist/guitarist/programming wiz Maika Maile, who co-founded TFT in 2003, "but with these new songs, I feel like we've grown as people as well as musicians. Lyrically and musically, these songs are straight-up, honest, and filled with everything we had to give." What more can you ask?

You can't. Instead, you can listen to their intense sound on their Point of Origin album, and the Pages and There For Tomorrow EPs. "We want people to have fun when they listen to us, but it's also important to have a deeper, hopeful foundation behind what we do," says Maile. "It's a big, scary world out there, but if we stay in this together, we're all gonna be OK." There For Tomorrow consists of Maile, guitarist Christian Climer, bassist Jay Enriquez, and drummer Chris Kamrada.

If you get a chance to play with any of these bands, Xbox wants to hear about it! Send an e-mail to xlmail@microsoft.com with the subject: "GWF - Four Bands." Be sure to include your Gamertag, home town, and which band you played with!

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