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THE STRIVE DRUMS UP A MODERN ROCK TAKE ON LADY GAGA'S 'PERFECT ILLUSION,' JOINS THE SAVIOR TOUR BEGINNING TONIGHT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Strive has put a modern rock spin on Lady Gaga's "Perfect Illusion" with brand new cover version and video exclusively available today via The Strive's YouTube channel.

The Strive's new album, Modern Pace, was released last week, but the decision to record "Perfect Illusion" came after the album was recorded. "We all like the song and thought it would be a fun little bonus for our fans," said vocalist Brendan Stevens.

The Strive has already released two videos for tracks from Modern Pace, "Kingdom" and "Subliminal Friend." Modern Pace is available via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music and more.

The band with join the Savior Tour with Metro Station and Palaye Royale beginning tonight in Dallas.

Image: The Strive Mazur PR, Michael MazurSee the Strive on the Savior Tour:

10/18/16 Tue. Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill, Dallas, TX

10/19/16 Wed. Scout Bar, Houston, TX

10/20/16 Thu. The Rev Room, Little Rock, AR

10/21/16 Fri. The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA

10/22/16 Sat. The Orpheum, Tampa, FL

10/23/16 Sun. O'Malley's Sports Bar, Margate, FL

10/25/16 Tue. Arizona Pete's, Greensboro, NC

10/26/16 Wed. The Canal Club, Richmond, VA

10/28/16 Fri. Voltage Lounge, Philadelphia, PA

10/29/16 Sat. The Studio at Webster Hall, New York, NY

10/30/16 Sun. Planet Trog, Whitehall, PA

11/1/16 Tue. Webster Underground, Hartford, CT

11/2/16 Wed. Brighton Music Hall, Allston, MA

11/3/16 Thu. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, Amityville, NY

11/4/16 Fri. Studio at Waiting Room, Buffalo, NY

11/5/16 Sat. Cattivo, Pittsburgh, PA

11/6/16 Sun. Agora Theatre and Ballroom, Cleveland, OH

11/8/16 Tue. A&R Music Bar, Columbus, OH

11/9/16 Wed. The New Vintage, Louisville, KY

11/10/16 Thu. Subterranean, Chicago, IL

11/11/16 Fri. The Rave, Milwaukee, WI

11/12/16 Sat. Fubar, St. Louis, MO

11/13/16 Sun. Mill City Lights, Minneapolis, MN

11/15/16 Tue. The Pike Room at Crofoot, Pontiac, MI

THE STRIVE UNVEILS 'SUBLIMINAL FRIEND' VIDEO ALONG AND MODERN PACE ALBUM TODAY

Image: The Strive, Subliminal FriendKANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Strive will unveil a video for "Subliminal Friend," the second from their brand new album, Modern Pace, both released today.

Inspired by the song's lyrics, which express frustration with societal ties and norms in daily life, the band and a small crew created a set at Monument Rocks in Grinnell, Kan., a breath-taking mysterious mountain range in the middle of nowhere, with full intent to tear to down.

"We did everything ourselves with the help of production manager extraordinaires Anna and Tyler Nissen," said drummer Nick Stacy. "Setup was meticulous and the wind was roaring at 20 mph, so keeping all the walls up and getting them to drop at the right time was one of the most difficult things we've ever done."

The video captures the band members sitting at a formal afternoon tea setting until a rush of chaos ensues and the walls literally come down. "We definitely enjoyed destroying the set more than setting it up," Stacy said. "It's incredible how fast things happen in real-time and how much life you end up capturing in slo-mo in those couple seconds. Seeing the walls drop in post was SO gratifying."

In the end, the video is a perfect illustration of "Subliminal Friend" and its deep meaning.

"The song was written about being stuck in a life situation where you feel stagnant," said bassist Michael Zenk. "It was written at a very unstable point in our lives, where we were unsure of whether we would be able to keep pursuing our dreams. All of us were frustrated for different reasons, and felt trapped by working our stressful day jobs, financial debt, family problems, unhealthy relationships, and social anxiety. It's a song about finding a way to escape all of our personal traps whatever they may be; finding a way to keep pursuing our goals and becoming personally successful in today's confusing, stressful, fast-paced society."

"Subliminal Friend" directed by Andrew Shepherd of Lost Fox Collective.

The Strive - "Subliminal Friend"

The Strive will join the Savior Tour with Metro Station and Palaye Royale on October 18. Fans will be able to pick up a copy of the new album Modern Pace at all the shows. The album will also be available via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music and more.

 

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THE STRIVE JOINS METRO STATION AND PALAYE ROYALE ON THE SAVIOR TOUR

Image: The Strive, Live, Mazur PR, Michael MazurKANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Strive is set to join Metro Station and Palaye Royale on this fall's Savior Tour.

The Savior Tour will coincide with the release of the Kansas City-based modern rock band's album Modern Pace, out October 14.

"We are stoked to be touring with Metro Station and Palaye Royale," said bassist Michael Zenk. "I absolutely love looking out into the crowd and seeing people singing our lyrics, moving along to the music and ultimately connecting with the songs that we write. That direct connection with our fans is so incredible. I love feeling like I can make a difference in people's lives by pursuing my passion."

The Strive will be playing music from Modern Pace...and maybe sneaking an older tune or two into the set. Regardless of what they are playing, The Strive promises to deliver a fast-paced, in-your-face, rock show, complete with lots of sweaty selfies.

"We've always been a band that goes all out, whether it's for five people or 500 people," said vocalist Brendan Stevens. "There's a lot of energy to the live show and as the listener, you are part of the show. We try to involve the crowd as much as possible. What we stress is that the only difference between us and the crowd is that we're on a stage."

Having the fortune of having the ability to play shows across the country in front of a diverse fanbase is not lost on The Strive. "Performing for me is an escape," Stevens said. "It's a beautiful release for me. Before I know it, the show's over and I'm talking to kids at our merch table. When I meet our fans and hear their stories, it really puts things into perspective for me. I like knowing that we're helping, we're making some sort of an impact on these kids' lives."

The Strive will join the Savior Tour on October 18. Fans will be able to pick up a copy of the new album Modern Pace at all the shows. The album will also be available via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music and more.

See the Strive live:

Image: The Strive, Mazur PR, Michael Mazur10/10/16 Mon. Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS

10/15/16 Sat. Texas A&M sister school San Antonio, TX

10/18/16 Tue. Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill, Dallas, TX

10/19/16 Wed. Scout Bar, Houston, TX

10/20/16 Thu. The Rev Room, Little Rock, AR

10/21/16 Fri. The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA

10/22/16 Sat. The Orpheum, Tampa, FL

10/23/16 Sun. O'Malley's Sports Bar, Margate, FL

10/25/16 Tue. Arizona Pete's, Greensboro, NC

10/26/16 Wed. The Canal Club, Richmond, VA

10/28/16 Fri. Voltage Lounge, Philadelphia, PA

10/29/16 Sat. The Studio at Webster Hall, New York, NY

10/30/16 Sun. Planet Trog, Whitehall, PA

11/1/16 Tue. Webster Underground, Hartford, CT

11/2/16 Wed. Brighton Music Hall, Allston, MA

11/3/16 Thu. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, Amityville, NY

11/4/16 Fri. Studio at Waiting Room, Buffalo, NY

11/5/16 Sat. Cattivo, Pittsburgh, PA

11/6/16 Sun. Agora Theatre and Ballroom, Cleveland, OH

11/8/16 Tue. A&R Music Bar, Columbus, OH

11/9/16 Wed. The New Vintage, Louisville, KY

11/10/16 Thu. Subterranean, Chicago, IL

11/11/16 Fri. The Rave, Milwaukee, WI

11/12/16 Sat. Fubar, St. Louis, MO

11/13/16 Sun. Mill City Lights, Minneapolis, MN

11/15/16 Tue. The Pike Room at Crofoot, Pontiac, MI

THE STRIVE TAKES A 'MODERN PACE' ON UPCOMING ALBUM

Image: The Strive, Mazur PR, Michael MazurKANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City's The Strive will release their debut full-length, entitled Modern Pace, on October 14, just before heading out on a nationwide tour.

An aptly titled album, Modern Pace features a modern rock style with an undeniable pop sensibility, resulting in a bold and memorable musical experience. "We felt that 'Modern Pace' encompassed the all of the concepts presented on this album," said drummer Nick Stacy. "The album is all about learning to create better lives for ourselves, and learning to adapt to modern society."

Modern Pace was recorded from January through August of this year at Stacy's home recording studio. It was produced together by Stacy and bassist Michael Zenk, with Stacy mixing all but three tracks, which were handled by Jeff Juliano.

Though this is The Strive's first official full-length, the group has had no shortage of recordings and live performances. Modern Pace shows a definite expansion in the band's sound, with every song taking on its own unique feel as well deeply personal lyrics.

"I think core fans and new fans alike will enjoy the versatility and the honest lyrics," said Stacy. "The songs always start with the smallest idea - a riff, a beat, an electronic melody, a vocal melody. Then everything past that is always a blur to us. The writing process is like dreaming once the initial idea is established."

"There are certainly some songs that can take extra in-depth attention to detail," added vocalist Brendan Stevens. "Sometimes a chorus takes days to finally come to me."

When it is all said and done, it comes down to the flow of the songs that make up the record. "When the flow is right and the album moves you forward as you listen, only then do you know the songs you have are the ones," said Stacy.

The Strive has certainly got it right with Modern Pace, as each piece of the musical puzzle seamlessly falls into place.

Modern Pace will receive wide release October 14 via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music and more.

LISTEN TO THE STRIVE'S "MODERN PACE"

THE STRIVE RELEASES VIDEO FOR 'KINGDOM' FROM BRAND NEW 'MODERN' PACE ALBUM

Image: The StriveKANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Strive has released a video for the song "Kingdom" today, taken from their brand new Modern Pace album, available October 18.

"Shooting 'Kingdom' was a BLAST!" said drummer Nick Stacy. "It was one of the most physically rigorous things we have ever done as a band. It took a total of 24 hours to do the first shoot."

The band chose "Kingdom" as the first single because of its insightful lyrics, which mirror the turbulent climate facing society today. "'Kingdom' has a very powerful social message that we want our fans to hear and connect with," said bassist Michael Zenk. "It is about the oppression that society faces by people in power, and how people need to keep a mindset to can stay in control of their own lives. When you make a choice to take control of your own life and live how you truly want to live, you find self-empowerment. When we as a people choose to unite, we find great power."

The video features a unique studio performance with thought-provoking visual clips supporting the message of the song.

"Watch it, listen to it, connect with it, rock out to it, cry to it, share it with others, love it," Stacy said.

The Strive celebrate the release of Modern Pace with a release party and live performance at Prohibition Hall in Kansas City on October 6. Modern Pace will be available October 14 via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music and more.

The Strive will join Metro Station and Palaye Royale on this fall's Savior Tour beginning October 18.

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