COMRADES could just as easily be called adventurers as opposed to a band. Since forming in 2009, the trio – with married couple Joe and Laura McElroy at their core – have traversed North America countless times, exploring many off the beaten path locales and playing their unique brand of mostly instrumental music for anyone willing to listen. In 2013 alone, COMRADES played an impressive 112 shows, mostly in DIY venues from one end of America to the other. Throughout all their travels, building relationships with those they encounter has been at the forefront, resulting in a large network of friends they hold dear.

With their latest music creation, the band’s first proper full length Safekeeper, COMRADES revisit their trademark sound while breathing new life into their songwriting. The intricate and highly articulate guitar work that has previously served as their “voice” of sorts is now supplemented in greater part by Laura’s pristine vocals, as well as more aggressive vocal contributions by drummer Ben Trussell. The resulting sound serves as testimony to their merging of various influences, experiences, and ideals into one cohesive opus.

Safekeeper will be released on May 6th via Blood & Ink Records.

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Preorder Comrades “Safekeeper” LP now!

Preorders for Comrades “Safekeeper” LP are now live! A limited shirt design with cover art and limited vinyl colors are available as part of the preorder.

Rock Sound is currently streaming “Calling Down Fire (To Keep Warm), the first song of their new LP. You can take a listen here.

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PREORDER NOW:
LP – www.bloodandinkrecords.com/store/
DIGITAL – bloodandink.bandcamp.com

Safekeeper will be released on May 6th via Blood & Ink Records.

Comrades announce Spring tour

Comrades has announced a month long tour thoughout the east coast. The dates are below and they can also be found on our tour page.

 

03/07/14 Shippensburg, PA @ Roxtreme
w/ Household
 
03/08/14 Woodbridge, VA @ House Show
w/ Household
 
03/09/14 Hagerstown, MD @ RCM Youth Center
w/ Household
 
03/11/14 Richmond, VA @ Spider Fortress
w/ Household
 
03/13/14 Roanoke VA @ The Cistern
w/ Household
 
03/14/14 Harpers Ferry, WV @ The Shack
w/ Household
 
03/15/14 Tate, GA @ The Box
w/ Household
 
03/16/14 Valdosta, GA @ Elder House
w/ Household
 
03/17/14 Lakeland, FL @ Evolution Records
w/ Household
 
03/18/14 Odessa, FL @ The Goat House
w/ Household
 
03/19/14 Gainesville, FL @ Mars Bar
w/ Household
 
03/20/14 Birmingham, AL @ The Forge
w/ Household
 
03/21/14 Florence, AL @ The End
w/ Household
 
03/22/14 Nashville, TN @ House Show
w/ Household
 
03/23/14 Louisville, KY @ Spinelli’s Pizza
 
03/24/14 Mansfield, OH @ Relax Coffee
 
03/25/14 Rochester, NY @ Blossom Hall
 
03/26/14 Burlington, VT @ 242 Main
 
03/29/14 Brewster, NY @ 1 Ice Pond Rd.

03/07/14 Shippensburg, PA @ Roxtreme*
03/08/14 Woodbridge, VA @ House Show*
03/09/14 Hagerstown, MD @ RCM Youth Center*
03/11/14 Richmond, VA @ Spider Fortress*
03/13/14 Roanoke VA @ The Cistern*
03/14/14 Harpers Ferry, WV @ The Shack*
03/15/14 Tate, GA @ The Box*
03/16/14 Valdosta, GA @ Elder House*
03/17/14 Lakeland, FL @ Evolution Records*
03/18/14 Odessa, FL @ The Goat House*
03/19/14 Gainesville, FL @ Mars Bar*
03/20/14 Birmingham, AL @ The Forge*
03/21/14 Florence, AL @ The End*
03/22/14 Nashville, TN @ House Show*
03/23/14 Louisville, KY @ Spinelli’s Pizza
03/24/14 Mansfield, OH @ Relax Coffee
03/25/14 Rochester, NY @ Blossom Hall
03/26/14 Burlington, VT @ 242 Main
03/29/14 Brewster, NY @ 1 Ice Pond Rd.

* w/ Household

Comrades tour with Save Us From The Archon!

Comrades will join Save Us From The Archon in January to tour throughout the southeast. Dates are below and can be found on our tour page.

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01.03.14 Nashville, TN @ The Owl Farm
01.04.14 Cleveland, TN @ The Warehouse
01.05.14 Gainesville, FL @ 1982
01.06.14 Ybor City, FL @ Crowbar
01.07.14 Boynton Beach, FL @ Limitless Studios
01.08.14 Lakeland, FL @ Evolution Records
01.10.14 Roanoke, VA @ The Cistern
01.11.14 Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5

w/ Save Us From The Archon

Stand Together Fest – Nashville in April!

We’re very excited to announce Stand Together Fest, taking place in Nashville, TN from April 13th – 14th at Rocketown’s White Building.  We hope to see all our friends there, enjoying Zao, a reunion by Saints Never Surrender, Flatfoot 56, xLooking Forwardx, As Hell Retreats, and many more… including all of your favorite Blood & Ink bands!  More information and tickets online at: www.standtogetherfest.com

Welcome Comrades & With Increase

We are very excited to announce the addition of two great bands to the Blood & Ink family: Comrades and With Increase!

Comrades hail from the same city we call home, Richmond, VA, and offer up great (mostly) instrumental jams while also delivering an unparalleled genuineness on and off the stage. B&I is releasing Collection: 2010-2011 as a digital anthology with selections from their previously self-released material over the past two years. The band is also currently writing for a full length to be released on B&I in early 2012.

With Increase, hailing from Tampa, FL, are among a new breed actively picking up the torch of Spirit-filled hardcore. On their debut EP, Signs Of The Time, they demonstrate their incredible talent for balancing a melodic hardcore intensity with something more raw and, at times, almost desperate. The result finds the band clearly drawing influences from contemporaries, yet still creating a sound uniquely their own.

Both releases are available immediately via the B&I Bandcamp here and will be available via iTunes, Amazon, etc. on 11/15.