Band Photo: 40 Below Summer (?)
From: NJ, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped
The seeds of 40 Below Summer were sown in 1998, when drummer and Peruvian native Carlos Aguilar started jamming with singer Illidge. Joe D’Amico came into the fold next, followed by Jordan Plingos and Puerto Rican-born Hector Graziani. A self-released EP called Sideshow Freaks and constant gigging in New Jersey and New York helped foster a buzz about the band, and after numerous showcases on both coasts, a deal was signed with London/Sire Records. Their major label debut, Invitation To The Dance, was rele ased in October of 2001, produced by the legendary GGGarth Richardson (Rage Against The Machine, Kittie).
Following one label-supported run on the Jagermeister Music Tour, with Drowning Pool, Coal Chamber, and Ill Nino, making things work on their own is exactly what 40 Below Summer did – with the help of an incredibly devoted and growing fan base. “It’s pretty uplifting, especially when we’re just out in a van playing smaller clubs, and the kids are crazy,” continues Plingos. “They follow us, they’re just so psyched for you to be there, they want to talk to you and tell you what they thought about the show. It’s just nuts to see what five guys in a van can do.
“We’re not a nu-metal band,” says Illidge firmly. “We have elements of nu-metal in us; we have elements of old school metal in us. We have elements of hardcore and straight-up rock and folk and even some jazz and funk. We don’t want to be pigeonholed. We’re an aggressive rock band, and rock explores a little bit of everything.”
With The Mourning After ready for release, 40 Below Summer is preparing to do what they do best – tour as much as possible – and bring their hardcore fans a killer new album, an energized band, and an uncompromised outlook. “Everything feels much better,” says Aguilar. “Every single experience, every single show, the way we recorded this album, the songwriting – everything feels like it’s being done by a band again.”
“The music has to always come first,” confirms Illidge. “The music and the band itself have to come before anything else, and then you deal with the rest.”
Latest 40 Below Summer News
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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Tonight I attended the Ill Nino, 40 Below Summer, Trivium and The Autumn Offering concert in Philadelphia, Pa at the Trocadero. More...
The leaders of Latin metal, Ill Nino, will be heading out for a few dates with label mates and rising stars, Trivium. Both bands are taking time from working on their latest records to play these shows. Other bands confirmed for these shows are 40 Below Summer and The Autumn Offering.
Ill Nino have had a great deal of success from their singles "How Can I Live?" and "This Time’s For Real," off their last release, Confession. Orlando’s Trivium have become the band to watch in 2005. With the March 1 release of their new album, Ascendancy, Trivium hope to inspire metal fans with their brand of music that will keep old-school and new-school fans happy.
The upcoming gigs are as follows:
12/17 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
12/18 - Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
12/19 - NorVa - Norfolk, VA
12/20 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
40 Below Summer have parted ways with guitarist Jordan Plingos. The group's official statement on the matter is as follows:
After five years of working together, 40 Below Summer and Jordan Plingos have decided to part ways. We appreciate everything that he and his family had brought to the band. We'll always wish Jordan the best in all of his future endeavors and will never forget him.
...And so begins the new era of 40 Below Summer. Filling in for the next tour will be Ty Fury, formerly of Motograter. Get ready for what is to come.
40 Below Summer's most recent album, "The Mourning After," was released last November through Razor & Tie Records.
40 Below Summer have announced the initial dates for their upcoming trek with Slitheryn, they are:
September 10th Farmingdale, NY - Downtown (Feat. Bully)
September 11th Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
September 12th Clifton Park, NY - Northen Lights
September 13th State College, PA - The Crowbar
September 17th Detroit, MI - Harpo's (Feat. Black Flood Diesel)
September 18th Milwaukee, WI - The Rave (Feat. Black Flood Diesel)
September 20th Sauget, IL - Pop's
September 21st Columbus, OH - Al Rosa Villa
September 22nd Allentown, PA - The Crocodile Rock
September 23rd Philadelphia, PA - The Theater of Living Arts
September 24th Norfolk, VA - The Norva
September 25th Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Toronto's NO ASSEMBLY REQUIRED have announced that their new CD is set to be released in 2005, and will be titled 'The Great Tribulation'. This will be the followup to the successful independent release titled 'Constructing the Machine' which features guest vocals from Max Illidge of 40 BELOW SUMMER, who also mixed the disc, which has sold over 6,000 copies independantly across Canada and the USA.
Dates have been announced for Flaw's upcoming trek with Ill Niño, they are as follows:
March 10th Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
March 11th Phildelphia, PA - The Trocadero
March 13th Worcester, MA - The Palladium
March 14th Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
March 16th Columbus, OH - Al Rosa
March 17th Murfreesboro, TN - Inferno Bar
March 19th McAllen, TX - Villa Real
March 20th Houston, TX - The Engine Room
March 21st Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
40 Below Summer are expected to serve as support on most dates. In related news, Flaw have posted the second featurette behind the making of their forthcoming new album "Endangered Species" online over at their official website www.flaw.com. "Endangered Species" will see a release through Republic/Universal on May 04th
The opening acts have been announced for this year's Jagermeister Music Tour featuring SLIPKNOT, FEAR FACTORY and CHIMAIRA. The openers and dates are as follows: More...
Ill Nino, 40 Below Summer, and Flaw will be going out on tour together in March, dates are expected soon. Check back, they'll be put here when they're available.
40 BELOW SUMMER and DOG FASHION DISCO will be doing shows at the end of February leading into March, with the dates coming soon.
DOG FASHION DISCO will enter the studio soon to record some new demo tracks