Meet Me @ The Altar
Honey Revenge, John Harvie, Elliot Lee
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Meet Me @ The Altar
Meet Me @ The Altar is here to dismantle rock music’s stereotypes riff by riff. The band–comprised of guitarist-bassist Téa Campbell, drummer Ada Juarez and lead vocalist Edith Victoria–has reignited the genre with their refreshing mix of earworm pop melodies, blazing guitar riffs, and punk attitude. Now, the band is ready to stake their claim in rock history with their debut album, Past // Present // Future, released via Fueled By Ramen on March 10th.
The record finds the bandmates experimenting more than ever as they solidify a signature sound while also ripping apart the “nostalgia act” box they didn’t ask to be placed in. Each word in the album title holds a significant meaning: “Past” pays respect to the iconic bands who’ve influenced them (including Paramore, Twenty One Pilots, P!NK, Demi Lovato, and Avril Lavigne). “Present” finds the band redefining what a modern-day rock band looks and sounds like, while “Future” looks ahead at how the band will impact the genre and where they might go from here.
Calling upon iconic producer John Fields (Jonas Brothers, P!NK, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato), Past // Present // Future (out March 10th on Fueled By Ramen) sheds any notion of sonic limitations. “We wanted this album to have a throwback sound but still feel like it was produced today,” Edith says. “John did all those early ‘00s Jonas Brothers records that we are obsessed with - he was the perfect person to work with.” This inspiration is best captured in lead single “Kool.” A perfect balance of pop and rock with whispers of a flirty R&B groove, “Kool” is a song for anyone with a crush, shaking up typical song structure to deliver an ultra-catchy, straightforward chorus: “You’re so kool.”
Other album highlights include: “Try” which embodies everything the band adores about pop punk’s electric energy, and the vulnerable “T.M.I.” which brings uncomfortable feelings of self-doubt to the surface (“I think I’m the worst/Criticize everything ‘til it hurts/If you knew me better you’d like me worse”). “It’s therapeutic because I'm finally saying all these things publicly,” Edith explains. “So maybe it'll give someone else the energy and confidence to say it to other people too instead of keeping it inside all the time.”
There’s also “Rocket Science,” whose uplifting message on not giving up on oneself is anchored by free-spirited riffs and bright vocals, and the punchy “Say It (To My Face)” that gives a middle-finger to naysayers who put down confident women in the industry (“You say you’re not a fan but you got all my songs playing in your head”). “Any woman in a male-dominated field can relate where people think they could say things to you,” notes Edith. “We have two more levels on top of that, being women of color and some of us being gay. People just say the most ridiculous and unnecessary things.”
Past // Present // Future may be the exciting kickoff to Meet Me @ The Altar’s new chapter, but the bandmates have already captured the hearts of rock diehards nationwide since getting public supportive tweets from Halsey, All-Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth and The Wonder Years’ Dan Campbell. Those viral moments led to the band’s major-label signing to Fueled By Ramen in 2020.
That same year, their breakthrough hit “Garden” provided relief during the height of the pandemic with its uplifting message and reminder that it’s okay not to be okay. Following the release, Meet Me @ The Altar shared 2021’s Model Citizen EP featuring singles like “Feel A Thing” and “Brighter Days (Are Before Us).” Their relatable appeal has scored praise from publications like Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The FADER, NPR Music, Stereogum, NYLON and more. The band has also spent the last two years touring, sharing the stages with Green Day, Jxdn, KennyHoopla and most recently MUNA on the trio’s North American tour, which saw them perform to sold-out crowds at venues like New York City’s Irving Plaza and The Wiltern in Los Angeles. The band has also ruled the festival circuit, with unforgettable performances at Lollapalooza, Riot Fest and When We Were Young.
One thing Meet Me @ The Altar prides itself on is its strong sisterhood, which was initially formed in 2015. Téa Campbell and Ada Juarez met via YouTube in 2015 after Campbell stumbled upon Juarez’s drum cover of a Twenty One Pilots song. Despite living in different states (Florida and New Jersey, respectively), the two became fast friends and decided to start a band. After persistent auditioning, Edith Victoria (a Georgia native) joined the band in 2017.
“It's just so interesting how we met so young and we were all living completely different lives, but we have the same view and dedication on where this band can go,” Téa says. “We’re friends at the core (“We probably were sisters in a different life,” Ada interjects). It is really easy when everyone's on the same page. We never saw this band as a hobby—we saw it as what we wanted to do in life.”
As Meet Me @ The Altar continues to ascend in 2023, they hope to sever previous ties to nostalgic yesteryear as they establish an unconventional, new-generation sound. At the end of it all, the bandmates are genuine music fans who are fulfilled when their songs’ messages help out those who really need it.
“What’s so cool about our dynamic is that we're just friends making music and that will always be who we are,” Téa leaves off. “So everything that's happening outside of us three is awesome of course, but it's not going to change us.”
Honey Revenge consisting of Devin Papadol (vocals) and Donovan Lloyd (guitar) are a pop-rock band creating a buzz out of Los Angeles, CA. The band has grown within the DIY community with help of their loyal fan-base. The band is taking the music scene by storm with new singles "Worst Apology" and “Airhead” being the lead up to their massive track, "Habitual" -- “"Habitual” is a fun, dancy reflection of my own negative attitude. Sometimes it’s important to acknowledge how much your mindset can affect your mental health and overall quality of life.” Says Devin Papadol regarding the song. Their single “Are You Impressed” has gained notable support from Radio 1. Other singles include “Rerun” and "Distracted" that melds a world of hook-driven versus that ooze a distinct refreshing sound and made its way onto Spotify’s Fresh Find Rock Best of 2022. The track is draped in melodies with rock-influenced riffs that makes Honey Revenge a deadly-sweet but threatening treat. The duo have spent the past year working on their debut record, Retrovision, collaborating with producers Josh Strock (MGK, Motionless In White, Ice Nine Kills), Zach Jones (AS IT IS, Nova Twins) and Kris Crummett (Dance Gavin Dance, Issues.) Honey Revenge has been featured on support from Spotify "Fresh Finds" and Apple Music's "New In Rock" with major press support, online and print from Rock Sound, idobi radio, MTV, Kerrang! and State Of The Scene Podcast. They continue to build their ever growing social following alongside a glowing stage presence. Honey Revenge has three national tours with performances to countless sold out crowds under their belt. They have previously shared the stage with acts such as Loveless, The Home Team, Arrows in Action, Rain City Drive and State Champs. The band will be playing their first UK show this December which sold out within nine days. Honey Revenge has prepared a hive worthy of the approaching swarm with their debut record, Retrovision is out now via Thriller Records.
Brooklyn based artist Elliot Lee fuses dark pop melodies with edgy vocals and innovative electronic-rock soundscapes to create an unpredictable sound, acting as a voice for the voiceless. Elliot Lee holds an awareness of what music that is unhindered by norms can do for the underrepresented. This bravado oozes through the cracks of her homemade music, with tracks that are laced with late-night-slumber-party confessions and existential cognizance. Inspired by the feeling of loneliness, Elliot's music acts as a reminder that you are never alone.
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