Equal Vision Records’ Hail The Sun will release their thoughtprovoking new full-length, Culture Scars on June 17 – just before the band begins their run on the 2016 Vans Warped Tour. The band recently debuted a new live video for the demo version of one of the album’s new songs, “Paranoia”, which can be seen now at

“Musically and lyrically, this song is about the perspective of how you see yourself versus how others see you, and whether it matters or not if there is a difference,” reveals Hail The Sun vocalist/drummer Donovan Melero. “This is the demo version, of course, and was redone in our sessions for the album but we wanted to share this anyway to put something new out into the world and have it be something special for our friends and early supporters.”

The album version of the song will be available in the coming weeks via digital retailers such as Spotify, iTunes, AmazonMP3 and as an instant grat track via MerchNOW.

Culture Scars is Hail The Sun’s third full-length, and was recorded with producer Mike Watts (The Dear Hunter, Hopesfall, As Cities Burn). The ten track album offers a dark mix of personal reflection and social commentary, exploring the relationships between observation vs. action and perception vs. reality – and the effect of each on human emotion and society as a whole.

“Culture Scars is a term we came up with to refer to those scars, both physical and emotional, that come about due to certain things that society deems as normal and acceptable,” shares guitarist Shane Gann. “We don’t normally put much thought into the amount of pain that may be caused by dirty politics, found within a family with a “problem child”, or existing behind the scenes of an adult entertainment shoot. These themes are so commonplace in the world, and yet there is often so much trauma and hurt that is brought about by all these scenarios. We wanted to shed some light on the darker side of what we think of as normalcy.”

“I want people to stop so easily accepting the realities that exist. We are a generation who are so comfortable watching things happen from behind screens, who are so accepting of the goings-on in the world, so long as they don’t directly affect their own lives,” he continues. “I want people to challenge themselves to think and act differently, to stop believing everything they read, to make more than just a carbon footprint. Break the mold.”

Culture Scars will be the follow-up to Wake (2014) and two prior self-released albums: Elephantitis EP (2012) and Pow! Right in the Kisser! (2010).

Hail The Sun is comprised of Donovan Melero (vocals, drums), Aric Garcia (guitar), John Stirrat (bass), and Shane Gann (guitar).

To date, the band has toured and shared stages with the likes of Dance Gavin Dance, A Lot Like Birds, Polyphia, I the Mighty, and Stolas; And has performed at festivals such as South by So What?!, SXSW, and Never Say Never. All upcoming tour dates can be found below.

Culture Scars
1. Paranoia
2. Entertainment Lies
3. Body Damage
4. Words of Gratitude (Parents)
5. The “Fun” in Dysfunction
6. The People That Protect Us
7. Burn Nice and Slow (The Formative Years)
8. Never Kill a Mouse Let it Kill Itself
9. Ministry of Truth
10. Doing the Same Thing and Expecting Different Results

Hail The Sun w/My Iron Lung and Hearts Like Lions
Jun 12 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Jun 13 Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe
Jun 14 Chico, CA @ 1078 Gallery
Jun 15 San Francisco, CA @ Brick and Mortar
Jun 17 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction*
Jun 18 Van Nuys, CA @ White Oak Music Hall
Jun 19 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues – Voodoo Room
Jun 20 Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
Jun 21 El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
Jun 22 Albuquerque, NM @ The Co-op

*Hail The Sun w/My Iron Lung and VIS only
2016 Vans Warped Tour
Jun 24 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
Jun 25 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Jun 26 Houston, TX @ NRG Park Main St Yellow Lot
Jun 27 New Orleans, LA @ Mardi Gras World
Jun 29 Nashville, TN @ The Fairgrounds
Jun 30 Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
Jul 01 St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park
Jul 02 Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field
Jul 03 West Palm Beach, FL @ S. Florida Fairgrounds
Jul 05 Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
Jul 06 Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Jul 07 Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheater
Jul 08 Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
Jul 09 Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Jul 10 Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
Jul 11 Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Jul 13 Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
Jul 14 Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Jul 15 Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
Jul 16 Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion