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"PA Musician Review"

Q94’s radio personality, Jim Price, raves:

“Drummer Cory Aboud, bassist Stephen Wells, and guitarists Ryan Sheehan and Neil Deyarmin generate busy, boisterous, sharp-edged backdrops, serving as the launching pad for singer Krystal Shore's clear, siren-like voice. Acalasia weaves an interesting mix, with the group’s often agitated and swarming metallic arrangements balanced and tempered with Krystal’s smooth and melodic voice, singing lyrics that ponder conflicting emotions, complex personalities, relationship dynamics and more.”
- Pennsylvania Musician


We have released a demo EP that we distribute for free at all of our shows entitle "what makes you a maniac".

Tracks from our demo EP receive regular airplay at local radio stations.



The summer of 2007 proved to be a busy one for the melodic, modern rock band, Acalasia. In May of 2007, they recorded their 6-song EP �What Makes You a Maniac?� in their hometown of Altoona, PA. With energetic crowd pleasers like �Based on True Stories� and �Contradictory�, the demo�s singles are frequently played on the local radio circuit.

Soon after completing the recording, California�s Skratch Magazine asked the unsigned band to be part of their magazine�s summer compilation, which was distributed at select Warped Tour dates in August 2007. Also in August, Acalasia embarked on their first ever, two week tour of the east coast, venturing as far west as Chicago and as far south as Miami Beach. This self-booked tour provided the just the experience that Acalasia needed, leaving them with a tighter live show and the confirmation that playing music is, in fact, what they want to do with their lives. With a taste of the traveling life, they returned home to central PA, longing to get back on the road as soon as possible.

Acalasia started as most other clich� band beginnings do.
One garage.
Five people.
One dream.
Taking their name from the medical term achalasia, a condition characterized by a constriction of muscles that causes a difficulty in swallowing, the band decided to drop the �h� for a personal touch and adopt the meaning behind their band name to be that some things in life are �hard to swallow� or, in better terms, metaphorically �hard to take.�

Acalasia�s sound tends to defy categories. All five members have influences from versatile backgrounds, which can most certainly be heard in their final musical product. Guitarist Neil Deyarmin prides himself on creating alternative chord progressions that provide the backdrop for Ryan Sheehan�s hard-cutting riffs. Shore�s melodic vocals help add the final touch that characterizes the band�s sound. They�ve opened for national acts of all genres, among them being Machina, Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer, Automatic Loveletter, and Karate High School to name a few.

The five-piece band has high aspirations for the future and doesn�t intend on leaving the scene anytime soon. After being together for almost a year, they have plans to record new material over winter break, entering the studio as early as December �07 or January �08. For now, a sample of their sound can be found on their myspace at along with show updates and photographs. They have also most recently advanced to the �Impress the Judges� round of Bodog�s Battle of the Bands which will be held on November 28th, 2007 in Pittsburgh, PA.
Visit to place a vote for Acalasia!

For any information, questions, or booking inquiries, the band can be reached via myspace or through email at