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Scranton’s Motionless In White plays with Falling In Reverse and Issues in NYC Jan. 27 and Philly Jan. 28

Scranton’s Motionless In White plays with Falling In Reverse and Issues in NYC Jan. 27 and Philly Jan. 28
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From a press release:

Las Vegas post-hardcore band Falling In Reverse is bringing Scranton metal band Motionless In White, along with Issues, Dangerkids, and Dead Girls Academy, on their national “The End Is Here” tour, which stops at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Friday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. and The Fillmore in Philadelphia on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the Hammerstein Ballroom (311 W. 34th St., New York, NY) show are $32.50, while The Fillmore (29 E. Allen St., Philadelphia) tickets are $27.50; both are on sale now at

Motionless In White is hard at work on their long-awaited fourth studio album and full-length Roadrunner debut, “Graveyard Shift,” slated for release this year. The single “570,” a tribute to their hometown, marks the band’s first new release since 2014’s “Reincarnate,” which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart as well as at No. 9 on the Billboard 200. Motionless In White’s third studio album was highlighted by the blockbuster title track, a Top 20 Active Rock radio favorite accompanied by a striking companion video now boasting close to 10 million individual views.

MiW celebrated “570” with nearly nonstop touring, kicking off with the 2016 Vans Warped Tour. From there, they joined forces with Korn and fellow Northeastern Pennsylvania rockers Breaking Benjamin on the eagerly awaited “Nocturnal Underground” tour in September and October, then played a series of heavy music festivals, including Chester, Pennsylvania’s Rock Allegiance; Louisville, Kentucky’s Louder Than Life; and Sacramento, California’s Aftershock.

Loved, hated, ridiculed, and admired, Falling In Reverse frontman Ronnie Radke is the rare rock ‘n’ roll provocateur whose unpolished unpredictability and reckless honesty make him equal parts hero and villain, depending on whom you ask. Radke puts it all on the line, take it or leave it, each and every time Falling In Reverse does anything.

Their latest album, 2015’s “Just Like You,” finds Falling In Reverse’s leader with no shortage of material to sing, scream, and howl about. In the roughly two years since “Fashionably Late,” Radke lost a close family member (faced head-on with the tear-jerking album closing ballad “Brother”), watched old friends succumb to old vices (look no further than the first track, “Chemical Prisoner”), and struggled with his lifelong search for meaning (“God, If You Are Above” is as real as it gets) and for personal redemption.

Emerging guitar hero Jacky Vincent throws down a vicious, Joe Satriani-inspired shred all over their songs; rhythm guitarist Derek Jones injects the band with the strength of crunch that only comes from touring as a metalcore vet. Jovial everyman drummer Ryan Seaman, whose résumé reads like an Epitaph catalog, lays back in the cut like the guys in classic hard rock bands of the ‘70s, yet pulls off double bass and crazy fills with equal skill.

“God, If You Are Above” rocketed to No. 1 on the iTunes Rock chart within hours of its release, and with good reason. It’s got an energized, emotive drive reminiscent of “Situations” (the best known song from Radke’s tenure in Escape the Fate, which has been viewed 50 million times on YouTube), but updated with the experience, charisma, and perspective of the singer’s more well-rounded modern persona; the song is naturally topped off by a reliably scorching Vincent solo. The playful innuendo is still there in party songs like “Sexy Drug” and the album’s title track, “Just Like You,” with its over-the-top, hilariously brave refrain: “I am aware that I am an asshole!”

Radke’s aesthetic is so coveted he spends significant “free time” overseeing clothing design and fulfillment for HOOD$ UP, his apparel endeavor. Self-empowerment, secret societies, and a bizarre amalgamation of esotericism and West Coast gangsterism collide in HOOD$ UP that transcends “brand” as much as the guys in Falling In Reverse have managed to agitate and captivate more than a band.

As unscrupulous imitators play catch-up with the look, sound, and feel of Falling In Reverse, the band soldiers on, blazing new pathways and bridging the gap between brutal metal and pop rock.