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Acceptance came out swinging as the popularity of pop-punk rose, and split right as it was dying. After nearly a decade of hiatus, the band is finally back on the scene to give old and new fans alike what they've been craving for years. The band is back on tour, and whether fans saw every concert or never got the chance to see a show, they have the chance now.
Those lucky enough to snag Acceptance tickets for their new tour have a great opportunity to see what this band is made of. Back when the band first started out, they were playing venues like The Shelter in Detroit, The Muse in Nashville, Graceland in Seattle and The Sanctuary in San Antonio. Since their return, they've made appearances at Gramercy Theatre in New York and Saint Vitus in Brooklyn. More touring is in their plans, however, and they'll be showing up at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, The Showbox in Seattle and The Observatory in Santa Ana, California.
After eight years as a band, Acceptance broke up, but the guys didn't just sit around waiting. Vocalist Jason Vena was featured on All Time Low's album Don't Panic, and Kaylan Cloyd released an album entitled The Compound along with his band Search/Rescue. Nick Radovanovic teamed up with fellow band member Christian McAlhaney to help form the band Thunder Thunder.
Acceptance has had various lineup changes over the years, but they started out with Jason Vena on vocals, Bryan Chalk on drums, Chris DeCastro on guitar and Kaylan Cloyd on guitar. This was the 1998 lineup, but only months after they released the Lost for Words EP in 1999, DeCastro left the band to be replaced by Garrett Lunceford. The band's EP drew attention, and they began touring with groups such as Bleach, Element 101 and Juliana Theory. After getting noticed through releases and touring, Acceptance was signed by Sony. However, by 2006, fan rumours of the band breaking up were finally revealed to be true. Nick Radovanovic, who had come in to play drums with the band before its hiatus, would periodically update the band's social media pages. It was soon announced that Vena, Cloyd, Radovanovic, McAlhaney (guitar and vocals), Lunceford and Ryan Zwiefelhofer -- the final bassist -- would be bringing the band back together.
Acceptance would end up playing on the Cornerstone Festival and the Warped Tour, but it was the release of Lost for Words that ensured their breakthrough. It was released on Rocketstar Records, a Seattle indie label, and quickly sold about 5,000 copies. This is when the industry began taking notice, and this ensured that a five-song demo they released got serious attention. The recognition would eventually lead to the band signing with Sony and their first major-label EP, Black Lines to Battlefields, being released by Sony-owned The Militia Group.
While Acceptance released demos and EPs that got major recognition for their quality, they can only lay claim to one major hit album, and this was Phantoms in 2005. It's the single full-length studio album that was released before the band's hiatus. The record received great reviews from AbsolutePunk and Jesus Freak Hideout. The band focused on pop-oriented punk in the album, and this appealed to fans of similar bands, such as Sum 41, Simple Plan and The Ataris, who were defining the genre at the time.
If any words could be used to describe an Acceptance show, they would be "high energy." Anyone who has ever had Acceptance tickets likely noticed a few guys standing up front facing the wrong way. There were likely the venue's "muscle," used to grab crowd surfers before they could land on the floor and harm themselves. Bright lights are constantly shining on screaming fans who can't hold still if they were paid to. Anyone going to an Acceptance show should expect to get a fairly decent workout if they're within 50 feet of the stage.
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