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Rock supergroup Saint Asonia plays free acoustic show at Magdon Music in Olyphant on Oct. 1

Rock supergroup Saint Asonia plays free acoustic show at Magdon Music in Olyphant on Oct. 1
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From a press release:

It was announced today that Hazleton active rock radio station 97.9X will bring hard rock band Saint Asonia to Magdon Music in Olyphant for a live unplugged show on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at noon.

The “97.9X-Clusive Pop-Up” is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited, so fans are encouraged to arrive at Magdon Music (225 E. Lackawanna Ave., Olyphant) early.

Yesterday, the Canadian-American supergroup debuted their new music video for “The Hunted” featuring Godsmack vocalist Sully Erna. The track continues to be one of the fastest-growing songs on rock radio over the past few weeks and is poised to break into the Top 20.

“I’m super excited to share ‘The Hunted’ video with our fans,” singer Adam Gontier said. “We worked with PR Brown, who did our ‘Better Place’ video from the first record, again. He’s also done all of Saint Asonia’s record artwork and is absolutely brilliant. He’s an amazing photographer, and his vision always seems to line up perfectly with ours. ‘The Hunted’ video sort of has a Little Red Riding Hood vibe to it. But it’s a little more ‘creepy,’ if you will. It’s kind of a straightforward song, and I really wanted the video to be simple and visually intriguing. I think we’ve achieved that.”

The band will release their Spinefarm Records debut “Flawed Design” on Friday, Oct. 25. To herald the release, the band has also dropped the new track “Beast.”

“The thing about ‘Flawed Design’ is that it took longer than we expected to make,” Gontier explained.

“But in the end, because of that, it turned out to be a really good piece of work. There were so many things happening in my personal life when we started the process in early 2017, I basically took a step back, took care of the things I needed to, and I went through a lot of extremely difficult situations; I found myself in a bad place. But, when I finally came out on the other side, I focused, we focused, and we made ‘Flawed Design.’ It’s a very real, vulnerable look into the last few years of my life – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

“I feel confident in saying ‘Flawed Design’ is, without a doubt, the best body of work/music I’ve ever created. I hope it has the same impact on fans as it has on me.”

“Saint Asonia” has confirmed two upcoming live appearances, one with Marilyn Manson and the other with Coheed and Cambria, with more to be announced soon.

The band previewed their latest music video through a new Snapchat Lens that puts the viewer right into the video’s key scene. In the 30-second excerpt from “The Hunted,” viewers can actually insert themselves into a clip from the video through a specially-designed Lens and can then share their cameo role with their friends on Snapchat.

Saint Asonia – named Loudwire’s Best New Artist of 2015 – sparked into life four years ago when former Three Days Grace frontman Adam Gontier and Staind guitarist/founding member Mike Mushok decided to turn their joint ambition to make music that is “raw, real, and straight from our hearts” into a new band and a full-fledged studio outing.

The result was their acclaimed self-titled debut album in 2015, which charted in the Top 10 in Canada and entered the Billboard U.S. Rock Albums chart at No. 2. The record was driven by the Top 10 radio tracks “Better Place” and “Let Me Live My Life,” as well as the high-concept video to the featured track “Fairy Tale.”

Collectively responsible for 28 Top 10 U.S. Rock Radio hits, including 17 No. 1s, the demand was immediately there for Saint Asonia to take to the road. Following an inaugural main stage appearance at Rock on the Range in 2015, the band set off on U.S. amphitheater tours with Disturbed and Wilkes-Barre’s Breaking Benjamin and will follow the release of “Flawed Design” with an extensive tour schedule, set to be announced shortly.

Saint Asonia currently features Sal Giancarelli (Staind) on drums and Cale Gontier (Art of Dying) on bass, and Breaking Benjamin guitarist Keith Wallen was one of several artists that contributed to the new album.