Featured: December 2011-2012 - Aria

A lot can happen in only twelve months. Some artists or bands will disband, while others may be climbing the charts.

So, we decided to take a look back and check up on the artists or bands who have previously received a 'Band of the Month' spot to see where they are now.

Last December 2011 we showed you a band from St. Catharines, Ontario by the name of Aria. And, since we featured this band they have definitely been busy.

Over the last twelve months, since we featured Aria, they did a stretch of tour dates throughout parts of Ontario. They played places like Oshawa, Ottawa, Belleville and, of course, Basement Entertainment's event in Waterloo, Ontario.

Beyond touring, however, Aria released a brand new record. Titled We Are All Prisoners, the band released their latest tunes on July 17th 2012. And, it is quite obvious fans are loving it. Some even posted that it is the "best record of 2012" and that it is "definitely worth the money" on iTunes.

Aria also played Canadian Music Week 2012 this past March of
2012 in Toronto, Ontario. On top of that, they released a brand new music video on their Youtube Channel for their single Purgatory, which now has almost nineteen thousand views.

As if that was not enough, Aria also had a line up change and recruited their new guitarist Mike Wirth, new bassist Ryan Ankenbauer and new drummer John Runkle. Plus, they even moved back to their Buffalo, New York home base.

These five have definitely shown that hard work pays off. And, in late 2012 they even signed with Leakmob Records, proving this once again.

So, as you can tell, Aria is still going strong. This band certainly had some amazing accomplishments in 2012 and I am sure 2013 will top that even more.

As for the future, vocalist Bianca Dyrland stated, "We are currently writing new material for our next release which we hope to put out sometime in mid 2013."

Make sure you continue to follow Aria. And, if you have yet to discover them, make sure you check them out on Facebook and Youtube. You will want to continue to follow this band for sure. And, I wish them all the best for 2013.

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Photo credit: Facebook

Picture 1: From left to right: Anthony James (guitar), Bianca Dyrland (vocals), Ryan Ankenbauer (bass) & John Runkle (drums)
Picture 2: Aria - We Are All Prisoners CD Cover



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