The Groundbreaking Ceremony – Featured Band

 

Front man Jonnie Baker says, “We had originally planned on releasing a “making of…” video a month or so back, but our focus shifted towards the music video itself, in the end. We shot for over 12 hours a day for three days straight right before we left for Warped Tour, and the video’s been in post for the last three months really going through the grinder. Maybe we’ll release one in the future using all of the extra footage we have. We really wanted to put out the absolute best music video that we could, and working with Don Hampton (our director) was an absolute treat. He’s such a big name in the action sports world and has such great artistic vision and attention to detail and connections, we just absolutely couldn’t have had a better film team behind us for this music video. Camp Woodward really opened their arms to us, and played a huge part in making this video as great as it could be, and we can’t thank them, or Don enough. We look forward to working with them again in the future, and wanted to give a shout out and BIG thanks to everyone involved: Gary Ream, Dave Metty, Jeff Brockmeyer and Steve “Maverick” Haus from Camp Woodward, our film crew Michael Craven, Mark Stetzer, Jason Cline, Carley Greiner, Abbie Moyer, and Ken Grau. We also want to thank Gardy Raymond, our special effects editor/colorist — and of course Redbull — for going out of their way to give us wings when we were shooting for 12 hour days and needed it!”

 

The band also plans to release a new acoustic EP in late-November. The EP will feature acoustic versions of songs from the band’s two EP’s, “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better” and “Don’t Tell Me What I Can’t Do” as well as a few surprises.

 

Baker says, “We’ve always wanted to add something like this to our discography, because it’s a large part of the scene of music that we truly love. It’s always interesting to hear the transitions that take place between a full band version of a song that goes on a record, and the acoustic versions that they’re molded into. We chose to work with Paul Leavitt again just for these acoustic songs because of how remarkable his acoustic recording quality truly is. He has a certain “je ne sais quoi” that has always really spoken to us, especially with regards to his work with All Time Low, Yellowcard, and The Dangerous Summer. Plus, we just like working with Paul — it’s a super comfortable environment for us, and he’s just a genuinely awesome producer/engineer that we like being around and spitballing ideas with.”

 

The Groundbreaking Ceremony spent this summer on the Vans Warped Tour where they split their time between the Kevin Says and Ernie Ball Stages, quickly winning fans over with tunes off their latest EP Don’t Tell Me What I Can’t Do, which is packed with some of the catchiest melodies, driven guitar work, and melodic pop punk songs found anywhere out there.

 

The pop punk underdogs — featuring Jonnie Baker, Scott Southlea, Nick Walters and Dirk Smith — gained the love and support of thousands of fans by turning heads with their debut EP I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better! in late 2010, which captivated listeners with its irresistible, catchy melodies and thoughtful lyrics. Their EP, produced and engineered by Doug White (Gym Class Heroes, Every Time I Die), even went on to receive praise on AbsolutePunk.net which raved, “For only their debut EP, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better! is catchy, fast, and fun, embedding the best aspects of pop-punk music into this six song EP.”

Armed with endless potential, the band took their debut EP on the road, on self-booked tours throughout the northeast, and by working for the 2011 Vans Warped Tour where they took payment in stage time all across the country, playing over a third of the tour, and selling over 6,000 copies of the EP over the course of the summer alone. 

Nothing can adequately describe a band’s dedication or commitment to their cause quite like the praise which the band received from JR Wasilewski of LESS THAN JAKE fame who in 2011 called them, “THE hardest working band on the tour. They drive themselves show to show in their airport shuttle bus, get up and walk the line where fans are waiting to get into Warped to sell their CD, then go to catering where they proceed to pack lunches and dinners for all of the stage crews and mobile workers on the tour that can’t make it to catering. They don’t get paid, oh, and they don’t play every day. That’s right. They DON’T PLAY EVERY DAY.”

JR later went on to say, “If you see their merch booth or their name on the schedule or they come up to you while you’re waiting in line to get in, buy their CD and support these guys. They deserve it.” How’s that for a blessing from one of the band’s ska/pop punk forefathers?

The band’s hard work paid off when they were asked back to perform on the entire 2012 Warped Tour.

 

Known also for their enthralling live performances and intimate engagement with fans, these up-and-coming pop punkers are excited for what the future holds. Of the new EP, Baker says, “It’s so refreshing to look at what we’ve done. To see how much we’ve grown and continue to grow, as we finally after years of trying, are putting to paper some of the best material that we’ve ever written, that says exactly how we feel, and how we’ve felt,” says Baker. “Music almost seems like a commodity nowadays — so to know in our hearts that what we’re putting out there wasn’t written for us, speaks to us as musicians, and speaks to us as fans of the genre, and really bares the brunt of everything we’ve felt in our hearts — it lets us know that we’re still doing music for all of the right reasons. THAT’S the record we’re looking to put into people’s hands.”