Above All Else
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Above All Else

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"County band to rock out with punk quintet"

The News

WESTVILLE – Local group Above All Else will be sharing the stage with Ontario's punk rock group, Protest the Hero, this week at an all-ages show.

Comprised of Rody Walker (lead vocals), Tim Millar (guitar, vocals), Luke Hoskin (lead guitars, vocals, piano), Moe Carlson (drums), and Arif Mirabdolbaghi (bass, guitar vocals), Protest the Hero has a sound and style reminiscent of Rage Against the Machine and System of a Down.

Protest the Hero has played alongside acts such as Limp Bizkit, Korn and fellow Canadian group, Sum41.

They also claimed the title of "Best Indie Metal Band" at the 2004 Indie Music Awards during Canadian Music Week in Toronto.

They'll be stopping at the Cadet Hall in Westville on Friday, August 17th, as part of their Maritime tour.

Doors open at 6:30 pm, and tickets are $13 in advance, or $15 at the door.

Advance tickets can be purchased at CD Plus in the Highland Square Mall, or online at www.ticketpro.ca.
- The News

"Above All Else is Back from Their Maritime Tour!"

Pictou County’s very own pop-rock group, Above All Else, has returned from their Maritime tour! The two week tour was an overwhelming success as large numbers of excited fans showed up to illustrate their support for a maritime band that has the potential to make it in the music business. Their debut LP entitled “Second Chances… Are For Losers” was released on July 29th, and since that date copies have been selling at an increasing pace. Also in July, Above All Else was signed to Takedown Records (Halifax, N.S.). Takedown Records promises that by summer’s end CDs will be in all CD Plus, HMV, and Music World locations across the Atlantic Provinces. By December, CDs will be in stores in Ontario and Quebec, and full Canadian Distribution will be accomplished by spring. With an Ontario Tour slated for this winter, and a full Canadian Tour slated for next summer, great things are in store for Above All Else. Above All Else is proud to be from Pictou County, and you can help to show your support for the local talent! Check out www.aboveallelse.net and www.myspace.com/aboveallelse to listen to four of their songs off their LP, to view concert dates and venues, to view merchandise items and to keep in contact with Pictou County’s finest! CDs are in-store at the Highland Square Mall CD Plus location. - The Advocate

"Takedown Records Response"

Above All Else is the epitome of hard work and dedication... They haven’t gone the route that many bands have gone and in a tough industry such as this, you have to do nothing but admire that! They have stuck to their punk roots, built on it and left me (as well as a lot of other people) extremely impressed. Above All Else is definitely making their mark on the crowds they play for as well the bands that are on the bills with them. - Mark Peyton (Owner) Takedown Records

"We want AAE on air!"

"We were recommended by some people to play you guys, we are Fusion Rock Radio from Toronto, Ontario, we are interested in playing you on Air"

** Comment was responded to, we have full air play **

"AAE's break in US radio."

“hey guys, my name is Ben and I work for WSUP "The Evolution" radio station out of Platteville, WI (www. wsup. org). We are nationally recognized and have some major hook ups with Victory Records. The music Director really likes your sound and we were wondering if you could send us a CD, some recordings, or a press kit so we can play you on air?”

*** This marked AAE’s official break into US Radio! ***

"Faber Drive Review"

Dave Faber (Jan 13, 2008)
Faber Drive | Universal Records / 604 Records
"Don’t stop you guys are all young and got a lot of potential!"
- Dave Faber - Faber Drive

"Lovehatehero Review"

Pierrick Berube (Jan 17, 2008)
Lovehatehero | Ferret Records
"You guys are good man!... yeah well if we have shows in the area then just hop on man!"
- Pierrick Berube - Lovehatehero

"Ten Second Epic Review"

Andrew Usenik re: Arrogance (Jan 14, 2008)
Ten Second Epic | Universal Records / Blackbox Recordings
"It's definitely the best song I have heard from you guys. It has a really strong chorus, which is definitely the most important thing."
- Andrew Usenik - Ten Second Epic

"Smashbox Recording Studio Review"

Mark Scott (Feb 18, 2008)
Smashbox Recording Studio
"What’s up?
Can’t wait to get the mixing/ mastering finished! As always it was a pleasure working with such a bunch of pros. ------People will surely have an eargasm when they hear how good this new song is! "
- Mark Scott - Smashbox


"Second Chances..."
11 song full length, released: July 29th / 2007
Takedown Records

Track Listing:
1. Something You'll Never Forget
2. Revenge Is Sweet And Sour
3. Oh... Now I Get It
4. My Point Exactly
5. All And Everything
6. Goodbye
7. Happy Endings
8. One Night Only
9: Boys And Girls
10. A Lesson Learned
11. Second Chances...

The album had a headlining tour throughout Eastern Canada covering 4 provinces in summer 07'. It was the first release through Halifax based (Takedown Records) and the single "My Point Exactly" hit radio airwaves throughout Nova Scotia. The single recieved at minimum medium rotation on all stations across Nova Scotia with rotation rights.


Note: Second Chances was a 500 copy press, and may not be sold after it's sell out. New album is slated to have full North American distribution and will be known as Above All Else's debut release.

Pre production tracks: "Arrogance Is Sexy" and "You Didn't Watch Sesame Street...Did You?" have opened eyes, Victory records A&R rep put "You Didn't Watch Sesame Street...Did You?" on full rotation in Wisconsin. Both songs are also release across Canada hitting stations with mass requests from Halifax to Toronto.



Above All Else is a pop rock act out of Pictou County, Nova Scotia that has left quite a dent on the independent Canadian music industry. Together they have had label hype, sponsors and have seen their music showcased on The Vans Warped Tour, multiple Canadian tour stints, and radio stations across Canada and the United States.

AAE has released 1 full length album, "Second Chances... Are For Losers | 2007 | Takedown Records". Toured with such acts as Faber Drive, Hello Operator, 16th Avenue, Aberdeen and Awake and Dreaming. Also in 2008 Above All Else was one of the most played bands in Canada on myspace.com. In July, 2008 AAE was actually the #1 ranked overall across all genres for indie bands in Canada.

October 2009 will see Above All Else in the studio recording their new album showcasing a matured explosive sound. Above All Else has been described as pop rock with hooks, breakdowns, melodies and energy throughout every song. As fast as you sing along; you’ll throw down. Above All Else throws every ounce of emotion they have into their music. Eastern Canada isn’t keeping Above All Else a secret any longer.

Bands AAE has shared the stage with:
2009 Vans Warped Tour (Montreal)
The Trews
Faber Drive
The Stampeeders
Protest The Hero
The Audition
Forever The Sickest Kids
Ten Second Epic
Hello Beautiful
Hello Operator
and tonnes more.

Big Dates / Showcases:
New Glasgow Jubilee (3000+ crowd)
Toronto Opera House (showcase)
Halifax Pop Explosion (sold out)
2008 Vans Warped Tour MTL
Sold out Marigold Theatre, Truro, NS (2 nights in a row)