August Burns Red
August Burns Red
Background Information
Origin Manheim, Pennsylvania
Genre Metalcore
Years active 2003–present
Label(s) Solid State
Associated Acts Bells
Jake Luhrs
JB Brubaker
Brent Rambler
Dustin Davidson
Matt Greiner
Former Members
Jon Hershey
Josh McManness
Jordan Tuscan

August Burns Red is an American metalcore band from Manheim, Pennsylvania. Formed in March 2003, the band began their first performances while a majority of the members were still attending high school,[1] and soon began playing shows around Lancaster. The band name is derived from an incident involving their first vocalist, Jon Hershey.

The band is primarily known for their heavy breakdowns and odd-meter riffs. They state Between the Buried and Me, Misery Signals and Hopesfall as their main influences.[1]


Formation and Thrill Seeker (2003-2006)Edit

August Burns Red was founded in 2003. They recorded their first EP titled Looks Fragile After All with label CI Records in 2004.[2] After about a year of playing shows with a new vocalist the band was signed to Solid State Records in 2005. Original vocalist Jon Hershey would later go on to form instrumental post-rock band Bells.[3][4] August Burns Red released Thrill Seeker, their first full-length album, on November 8 of that year. In 2006, drummer Matt Greiner was endorsed by Truth Custom Drums.

Messengers (2007-2009)Edit

Their second album, Messengers, was released on June 19, 2007. The album had sold over 108,000 copies as of May 2011 and peaked at number 81 on the Billboard 200.[5]

Throughout 2008, August Burns Red toured with several acts across North America and Europe to promote Messengers. From April to May they toured with As I Lay Dying and Misery Signals across the United States and Canada.[6] In September and October of that same year, they headlined a tour with A Skylit Drive, Sky Eats Airplane, Greeley Estates, and This or the Apocalypse in the United States.[7] The band also visited Europe for a month-long headlining tour in November, playing in Germany, Finland, Norway, Sweden, The United Kingdom, Republic Of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and France.

After this series of tours, the band recorded two covers of popular songs. They recorded an instrumental version of the classic song, "Carol of the Bells" for the X Christmas compilation album, which was featured in trailers for the movie The Spirit, released Christmas Day 2008. They also recorded a cover of "...Baby One More Time" by pop singer Britney Spears for the Punk Goes Pop 2 compilation album, released in March 2009.

On February 24, 2009, the band released their second EP, entitled Lost Messengers: The Outtakes. It contains outtakes and material that was not included in Messengers.[8] August Burns Reds' first trip to the Middle East]took place on March 6, 2009 with the band playing at the Dubai Desert Rock Festival. The band's last tour before their next album release took place in the United States, where they toured with[metalcore band All That Remains in April and May.[9]

Constellations (2009-2011)Edit

To promote their upcoming album, August Burns Red released several new tracks and a music video during June 2009. The tracks Thirty and Seven, Existence, and Ocean of Apathy were all released on the 15th,[10] 21st, and 29th, respectively. A music video for the song Meddler was also released during this month.[11] On July 7, a week before the album's release, August Burns Red began streaming the full album on their Myspace profile for a limited time.[12] August Burns Red released their third full-length album, Constellations, on July 14, 2009. During the week of August 1, 2009, the album charted at spot 24 on the Billboard 200.[13] Another United States tour was organized with August Burns Red headlining and support from Blessthefall, Enter Shikari, All Shall Perish, and iwrestledabearonce.[14] After this tour, the band joined a short tour in Australia with Architects in support of Australian band Parkway Drive.[15] August Burns Red toured alongside Underoath and Emery in November and December 2009 as well.[16]

The band released their first live CD/DVD, Home, on September 28, 2010.[17] The group co-headlined an Alternative Press tour throughout November.[18]

On February 23, 2010, Constellations was nominated for the Dove Award for "Best Rock Album".

August Burns Red toured Australia and New Zealand in December 2010 on the No Sleep Til Festival. The band played alongside Parkway Drive, A Day To Remember, Suicide Silence, We Came As Romans, NOFX, Dropkick Murphys, Megadeth, Descendants, GWAR and many others.

Leveler (2011-present) Edit

On July 27, 2010, JB Brubaker stated that the band would be taking time off tour to write their next record.[19]

On February 12, 2011, the band announced via their official Facebook page that they had completely finished writing their new record and that they would be entering the studio on Valentine's Day.[20]

On March 16, 2011, the band announced via their official Facebook page that the record is finished, and that it's time for mixing.[20] On the 31st of March, August Burns Red revealed their website which has a countdown to the 4th album release date which is June 21, 2011. On the 5th of April, August Burns Red revealed the name of this upcoming record on their website and Facebook as Leveler.[21]

On May 16, 2011, the band released the song "Empire" on their Facebook page and on iTunes as a preview of the album. They later released three other songs: "Internal Cannon", "Divisions", and "Poor Millionaire", on May 31, June 6, and June 14, respectively.

The album was released on June 21, 2011. The deluxe version of Leveler contains four extra songs, including an acoustic version of the song "Internal Cannon".

August Burns Red is currently on Vans Warped Tour 2011 and will be playing on the whole tour. They will be playing along with Miss May I, A Day To Remember, The Devil Wears Prada, Paramore and many more.[22]

Christian faithEdit

JB Brubaker mentioned in an interview with Shout!, an online magazine, that "Christianity is a religion, not a style of music" and he would "rather just let the music speak for itself."[23] However, Brent Rambler commented on the fact that "It is important to us that people know that we are indeed Christians...without having us stand up there and ram it down people's throats."[24]

Band name Edit

The group explained the origin of the band's name revolves around an incident involving the group's founding vocalist, Jon Hershey. “We had our name because in high school, one of our best friends, Jon Hershey, was also our vocalist at the time. But, right before he joined the band, he was dating this girl named August. The relationship got a bit out of hand, and he really wanted to end it. So, he ended the relationship and instead of just getting sad about it, she got really, really, really, angry, and Jon at the time had a dog named Redd. It was an Irish setter and it had red fur and everything. So, she got really mad, went up to his house, and burned his dog Redd alive, in his dog house. The name and everything comes from, because the next day, the headline of the newspaper in the local news was 'August Burns Red', and then we just kind of went with it. It really affected Jon, so when we were picking a band name, that was one that stuck in his head, so he decided to use it. So, our name doesn’t mean anything, it just had a really weird and kind of gross meaning.” [25]

Band membersEdit

  • JB Brubaker − lead guitar (since 2003)
  • Brent Rambler − rhythm guitar (since 2003)
  • Matt Greiner − drums, keyboards, piano, programming (since 2003)
  • Dustin Davidson − bass guitar, backing vocals (since 2006)
  • Jake Luhrs − lead vocals (since 2006)
  • Josh McManness − lead vocals (2005–2006)
  • Jordan Tuscan − bass guitar (2003–2005)
  • Jon Hershey − lead vocals (2003–2004)


Main article:August Burns Red discography
Studio albums
Year Title Label Chart peaks
US US Hard Rock US Rock US Christ
2005 Thrill Seeker Solid State
2007 Messengers 81 1
2009 Constellations 24 2 8 1
2011 Leveler


  1. 1.0 1.1 August Burns Red Interview
  2. Allmusic Discography
  6. Misery Signals Announce Tour With As I Lay Dying
  7. Tour dates
  8. New EP
  9. Tour dates
  10. Photos From the August Burns Red Video Shoot
  11. Photos From the August Burns Red Video Shoot
  12. News announcement
  13. Constellation chart information
  14. Tour announcement
  15. Tour announcement
  16. Tour date announcement
  17. Release announcement
  18. Tour announcement
  20. 20.0 20.1
  22. Vans Warped Tour 2011
  23. Interview @ SHOUT! Music Webzine
  24. August Burns Red, "Thrill Seeker" Review

External linksEdit

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