Louder Than Life Presents: Skillet with Starset and Sylar

Louder Than Life Presents: Skillet with Starset and Sylar

Starset, Sylar

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Iroquois Amphitheater

Louisville, KY


This event is all ages

Louder Than Life Presents
with special guests Starset and Sylar
Sunday, May 21 at 7:30pm (6:30pm gates)
Coors Light Iroquois Amphitheater Concert Series
Produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and Production Simple
All Ages

Please note there is an 8 ticket limit per household, credit card number, phone number or email address. Patrons exceeding the ticket limit will have their order cancelled automically and without notice.

Skillet lets their music speak the loudest. That’s how the quartet has cemented its place
as one of the 21st century’s most successful rock bands. Selling over 11 million units
worldwide, the Wisconsin quartet—John Cooper [lead vocals/bass], Korey Cooper
[guitar/keys], Jen Ledger [drums/vocals], and Seth Morrison [lead guitars]—have
received two GRAMMY® Award nominations and won a Billboard Music Award for the
platinum-certified Awake. Their double-platinum single “Monster” is “the eighth moststreamed
rock song of 2015” with a total of 57 million plays (and counting) on Spotify
and would earn the distinction of becoming “the best-selling digital single in the history
of Christian Music.” 2013’s Rise bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release
and received resounding and eclectic acclaim from the likes of USA Today, New York
Times, Revolver Loudwire, and more.
The group’s ninth full-length album, UNLEASHED [Atlantic Records/Word], sees them
turn everything up louder, amplifying all aspects of their signature hypnotic sound.
Channeling an intense muse, John immediately commenced writing just months after
Rise hit shelves.
“By the time Rise came out, I could take a little bit of a breather and experience it,” he
explains. “I remember thinking, ‘this feels important to me, but I need something a little
more urgent.’ I didn’t want whatever we did next to be so emotionally heavy. I wanted to
make a record that made people feel the music – an album that would connect people
to the music as well as to each other. An album, like some of my favorites, that’d be like
a party to listen to – where people could sing along - together.
That idea solidified as Skillet toured Europe in 2013 with Nickelback. Night after night,
John watched the non-English speaking audience sing every word back to him. It left an
indelible mark on his writing process.
“It struck me, how music is much bigger than a language,” he affirms. “There’s a
universal feeling. We wanted to get that emotion across more through the music than
with the words. I aimed to write songs people could easily relate to anywhere and
Getting off the road in 2015, John headed to Los Angeles to begin recording what would
become UNLEASHED with producer Brian Howes—who helmed the 2006 platinumselling
Comatose and co-wrote the platinum No. 1 smash “Awake and Alive.” Cutting
half of the album with Brian, John tapped the talents of multiple producers for the first
time in Skillet history, working with both GRAMMY Award winning producer Seth Mosley
in Nashville and Kevin Churko [Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed] in
Las Vegas.
“Comatose was a very special album for a lot of reasons,” he continues. “We wanted to
record with Brian again and when the chance came up we were both ready to go. I’m
also a huge fan of Kevin Churko, and it was amazing to have the opportunity to write
with him. When I met Seth we just clicked. The entire process with each of them was
such a great experience.”
The first single “Feel Invincible” explodes to life on a swinging guitar chug transitioning
to sweeping electronics and a theatrical vocal call-and-response. Everything culminates
on a towering chant that’s impossible to shake just as a melodic guitar lead takes off.
“It’s a fight song,” says John. “Sometimes, everything in the world makes you want to
give up. This is a reminder not to. I think, ‘This is my life. This is my family. I can’t go
around being scared all the time.’ I have the strength to face what’s happening.”
On the other end of the spectrum, “Stars” shines with a passionate and poetic refrain,
“Here I am, lifting up my heart to the one who holds the stars.” Amidst the shimmering
electronics and orchestration, it carries a message that John hopes will be easy to
“It goes along with wanting to speak to as many people as possible,” he continues. “On
a deeper spiritual level, for those who may not believe, it’s saying that there’s something
bigger out there—whether it’s your community, family, or friends. Basically that we’re
not, and don’t have to be alone.”
Whether it’s the snapping crunch of “Burn it Down” or the skittering crash and burn on
“Out of Hell,” the record exudes a propulsive energy that can speak to both sides of the
band’s audience, whether they’re sharing a bill with Disturbed or Lecrae.
“It’s been an amazing journey,” John leaves off. “The fans, the Panheads, means
everything to us. They’re the reason we’re here. They make our shows what they are.
We wanted to give that energy back to them in UNLEASHED.”
Ultimately, this is Skillet at their most potent, pure, and powerful.
Initiate Sequence. Start Transmission. Starset is the sonic interzone where fact, science and speculation collide. Their Razor & Tie debut, Transmissions is a thought-provoking broadcast of cinematic rock full of dramatic intents and personal nuances. Like any great piece of art, Transmissions begs more questions than it actually answers: precisely the intent of vocalist and songwriter Dustin Bates. What separates Starset from being simply a great band? When Bates formed Starset in 2013, it was done in collusion with a shadowy, multi-media group called The Starset Society to expand on scientific and political themes that course throughout the albums’ lyrical zeitgeist. Figurative. Literal. Real. Imagined. A delusion. A warning. Imagine an audio-visual schema culled from the fever-dreams of Trent Reznor and Phillip K. Dick. The Starset Society is an admonishment of what mankind could become when technologies are created without implication. Songs like the active-rock hit, DzMy Demonsdz or sprawling DzHalodz are the audio accompaniment to a tale set amongst humanity’s highest aspirations and utter ruin. Bates’ voice is at once plaintive and bellicose: a rage against the machine of slashing guitars and pulsing electronics where songs like DzCarnivoredz are slaked with heaviness and harmony while the likes of DzTelescopedz show a haunting, poignant side to Dustin’s dangerous visions. Bates’ credentials are wildly compelling. A PhD candidate in electrical engineering at Ohio University, he has done research for the U.S. Air Force and taught at the International Space University. He was also briefly signed to Epic Records with his prior group, Downplay: an experience that fueled the frontman’s rage against the corporate machine when his album was shelved due to record company indifference. With producer Rob Graves (Red, All That Remains), Bates forged a next-gen creative alloy that would become Transmissions. The album was subsequently mixed by Ben Grosse (30 Seconds to Mars, Fuel) and soon after, found a home with Razor & Tie Records. The themes and ideological fractals at the core of Starset are completely fact-based. They date back to 1899 when Nikola Tesla detected cosmic radio signals he believed to be communications from alien intelligences. They are also as cutting edge as the recent discovery of Planet Kepler 186, a DzTwin Earthdzlight years away that could one day become a home for a spacefaring human race. With Bates & Crew currently on the road winning over fans: it’s very clear the Starset message has been sent. www.starsetonline.com
Venue Information:
Iroquois Amphitheater
1080 Amphitheater Road
Louisville, KY, 40214