A New Ascension is Stereofame.com's Artist of the Month for February 2011

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Florida-based rock duo is revamping their sound and renewing their focus.

Persistence is not often a word synonymous with rock n roll. But in many cases, persistence is exactly what separates the mighty from the meek.

Just ask Jacksonville, Florida-based rock duo A New Ascension. After starting as a studio project in 2005, the band has endured through the members’ many life changes, not the least of which was the untimely death of their original lead singer, Jordan Mylar. After taking time away from the project, A New Ascension has reassembled with a purpose. Their renewed commitment has earned them the title of StereoFame.com’s Artist of the Month for February 2011.

The band is anchored by newly anointed front man, Jared Boice, who is stepping out from his previous role as lead guitarist. Together with drummer Kyle Brewer, Boice is aiming to meet the challenge of his new role head on. “(After the death of our previous lead singer) you begin to realize that life is short,” Boice said. “So we figured it was a good time to bring the band back and start from scratch.”

Cut from the same cloth as bands like Incubus and Hoobastank, A New Ascension impresses with the high level of musicianship that goes into their tunes. Original tracks like “Every Part Of Me” and “Another Galileo” showcase Boice’s proficiency as a guitarist, which comes across as almost a mathematic approach to the instrument. “My influences range anywhere from Green Day to Metallica to Dashboard Confessional,” Boice said. The common thread here is the love affair with guitar-driven rock, evident in songs such as “Tina Gray,” which begins with a heavy, almost metal-based guitar riff set atop a bouncing pop/punk rhythm. Speaking to the new material, “Kyle is genius when it comes to percussion,” Boice said. “He knows what the song needs before I even have to make any suggestions.”

With Boice and Brewer gearing up to release two new singles this month, A New Ascension looks to reestablish the vision they first set out to achieve over five years ago. Together with StereoFame, Boice said, the band hopes to reach new listeners and connect with them in ways never before available. “I don’t think there’s another site out there that can compete with StereoFame, and what it’s doing for artists out there,” Boice said. “They've created an amazing social music game to connect fans and artists. We need a new model and StereoFame is right at the front.”

To hear more from A New Ascension, check out their page of StereoFame at http://www.StereoFame.com/ANewAscension and be on the lookout for two new singles being released later this month.

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