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9/22/2010 - Philmont Releases The Transition EP October 19
(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Sept. 20, 2010--Charlotte, North Carolina-based pop/rock band Philmont announces the release of its latest offering, The Transition EP, October 19, 2010. An independent endeavor, the project is being partially funded by fans who have pledged more than $4,000 to date.
The follow up to Philmont’s critically acclaimed ATTENTION (August 2009), The Transition EP delivers a high-energy, melodic pop sound with singable choruses like on debut single “You Will Remain,” currently vying for adds at Christian Hit Radio. Lyrically, the project ventures a bit more in-depth than previous Philmont efforts, touching on themes that include God’s divine nature, the case for creation and value of human life.
Philmont frontman Scott Taube explains, “It's been a couple of years since we wrote the majority of ATTENTION. We've experienced a lot in life since then- both joys and struggles--and we feel like this growth is reflected on the new EP.”
Although Philmont has funded a majority of The Transition EP, fans have donated to the cause at Kickstarter.com, an interactive web site that serves as a funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, and journalists. Philmont’s fundraising campaign kicked off September 8 and has already received more than $4,000. The band will continue to accept pledges through October 10. To donate, visit: www.kickstarter.com/profile/1964777814.
"We have been blown away by the response of fans to our Kickstarter campaign,” says Taube. “It’s been very humbling to see all the people who truly believe in our music and ministry get behind this project financially. We were able to hit our $4,000 goal in the first seven days of the project! Amazing!"
The Transition EP will be available via digital music outlets as well as at www.Philmont.BigCartel.com and Philmont live shows. In addition to the radio single, Philmont will support The Transition EP with a self-produced music video in the coming months. Additional details are forthcoming. For more information on Philmont and The Transition EP, visit www.myspace.com/philmontrock or follow the band on twitter at www.twitter.com/philmontrock.
Formed in 2005, Philmont comprises Scott Taube (vocals), Josiah Prince (guitar/keys), Justin Sams (guitar), Josh Guion (bass), and Jeremi Hough (drums). The band released its first national label project, a digital EP titled Oh Snap, on Forefront Records in July 2008. The debut received rave reviews from critics while garnering two Top 5 Rock radio singles “I Can’t Stand to Fall” and “The Difference.” The following summer, Philmont released its first full-length CD, ATTENTION, producing the band’s third Top 5 Rock radio hit, “Where To Start.”
Philmont has produced three successful music videos, breaking onto national music television charts for TVU and the Gospel Music Channel, while prompting a monthly web series on Steelroots.com called “Philmont Rising.” Additionally the band has also toured with acts including Pillar, Addison Road, Wavorly, Capital Lights and A Rotterdam November, while performing at every major Christian music festival as well as EO Youth Day--Europe’s biggest Christian youth event--and Flevo in The Netherlands. Philmont continues to tour more than 120 shows annually. For an up-to-date list of tour dates, visit www.myspace.com/philmontrock.
9/10/2009 - Philmont's First Full-Length Disc "Attention" In Stores Now
New EMI/Forefront Records rock act Philmont has released its first full-length CD, ATTENTION, currently available at physical retail outlets nationwide. The band will support ATTENTION this fall on its debut headlining tour, the “REAL ROCK SHOW,” joined by special guest Days Off Screen.
ATTENTION follows Philmont’s national label debut, Oh Snap, a digital EP released July 2008 and made available on disc last April. Its first full-length project, ATTENTION will feature five songs from the EP in addition to seven never-before-released tracks including “Hello Jack,” “To Say They Hit It Off Would Be An Understatement,” “Back Down,” “Setting Off,” “Letter to the Editor,” “The Terminal,” and “Where to Start,” the album’s first radio single presently vying for adds at Rock and CHR.
“We spent a long time working on the songs for ATTENTION, and we’re excited to finally share them with our fans!” says Philmont frontman Scott Taube. “So much of ATTENTION is about giving up control to God and letting Him work in our everyday lives to steer us toward the plan He has for us. It’s an important message that we hope will have a huge impact.”
To promote ATTENTION, Philmont will hit the road in October on its first headlining tour, the “REAL ROCK SHOW,” visiting 15-25 cities in Texas and the eastern U.S. Opening for the band will be Days Off Screen (www.myspace.com/daysoffscreen). Additional tour details are forthcoming.
Philmont began when singer Scott Taube and guitarist Josiah Prince connected after the breakup of their former local outfits. After many self-booked tours and one-off dates to support an ambitious independent release, the group landed a performance at Christian music’s ultimate event, the Cornerstone Festival. It was at Cornerstone that Philmont caught the attention of EMI/Forefront Records, inking a record deal in early 2008. That summer the band debuted a digital EP, Oh Snap, earning rave reviews from critics who touted “…Philmont is definitely a young act to keep your eye on in the coming years” (JesusFreakHideout.com) and garnering two Top 5 Rock radio singles “I Can’t Stand to Fall” and “The Difference.” The band also produced three successful music videos, breaking onto national music television charts for TVU and the Gospel Music Channel, while prompting a monthly web series on Steelroots.com called “Philmont Rising.”
Last fall, Philmont joined acts Pillar and Addison Road on the “For the Love of the Fans” tour followed by dates with Wavorly, Capital Lights and A Rotterdam November during the winter and spring. The group was also invited to join in on two major Freedom Experience dates for more than 10,000 people and made appearances this summer at select festivals including Ichthus, Cornerstone, Sonshine Fest, Soul Fest, EO Youth Day--Europe’s biggest Christian youth event, and Flevo in The Netherlands. Philmont continues to tour more than 120 shows annually. For more information on Philmont and an up-to-date list of tour dates, visit www.myspace.com/philmontrock.
6/3/2009 - Forefront Records' Philmont Partners with Steelroots for Video Series
Forefront Records and Philmont joined forces with Steelroots this spring for a new original series of webisodes featuring the Charlotte-based rock band. The webisodes reveal what happens during a day in the life of a touring band.
“We only work 20 minutes out of the day so there is a whole lot of downtime,” laughs singer/guitarist Scott Taube. “Probably about 85 percent of our entire day is downtime. So you’ll get to see how we handle downtime and how we amuse ourselves.”
Launched back in April, “Philmont *Rising” will offer a new webisode on the 13th of every month during this year-long campaign. Episode 1 (“Who the Heck Is Philmont?”) and episode 2 (“Our First Taste of Tour”) are currently available at Steelroots.com.
“We couldn’t be happier about working with Forefront Records and Philmont to bring this new content to the Steelroots community,” says Bryan Smerdon, director of programming for Steelroots. “They produce relevant music that appeals to today’s generation and are the perfect partner for the Steelroots brand. It’s clear that they have set a high standard of excellence in their work, and we’re excited to be partnering with them on this project.”
View the “Philmont *Rising” webisodes at http://www.steelroots.com/countdown/philmontrising.aspx.
2/17/2009 - Philmont Set to Release Oh Snap in Stores April 21
(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Feb. 16, 2009 – New EMI/Forefront Records rock act Philmont will release Oh Snap in retail stores on April 21. In support of its release, the band will debut new music from Oh Snap on tour with labelmates Abandon and This Beautiful Republic this week.
Produced by Rob Hawkins (Fireflight, Jackson Waters), Oh Snap will include the five songs featured on Philmont’s digital EP, released last August, plus bonus acoustic track, “The Ascension.” The disc has huge sound, thanks to the excitable opener, “I Can’t Stand to Fall,” rapidly pulsating “My Hippocratic Oath” and fist-pumping “Photosynthetic.” The CD also features the worshipful “Another Name,” co-written with Justin York and new artist Chris Taylor, and pop anthem “The Difference,” a co-write with Ben Glover.
The band and its EP have already caught the ear of music critics. Jesusfreakhideout.com remarks, “…Philmont is definitely a young act to keep your eye on in the coming years,” while indievisionmusic.com comments, “Their music is full of soaring vocal harmonies combined with charging guitars…The result is something that takes the strong energy of bands like Ivoryline or Anberlin and mixes it with the catchy, accessible melodies of bands like Third Eye Blind or Fall Out Boy.”
“The Difference” will went for adds at Christian CHR and Rock radio on Feb. 13. The music video for the “The Difference” is currently No. 1 on Steelroots.com’s “Top 10 Countdown” and No. 2 on the GospelMusicChannel.com Rock chart.
Earlier this month Philmont wrapped the “Out of Control” tour with Capital Lights and A Rotterdam November. From Feb. 16-19, the band will join labelmates Abandon and This Beautiful Republics for a Forefront Records new artists tour to key radio markets in Chicago, Grand Rapids, Toledo and Columbus. The band will perform additional shows in these markets; more information is available at visit www.myspace.com/philmontrock. Afterward, Philmont will then join the “Keep Breathing” tour with Wavorly, A Rotterdam November and Ilia on Feb. 20, which runs through March 15.
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