Celebrating its eleventh year of raising funds and awareness to non-profit organizations, Sub City (Hopeless Records’ 501c3 non-profit organization, which has raised more than two million dollars for charity), wrapped it’s 2013 edition of the Sub City Take Action Tour Featuring The Used last Friday, March 1st at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA. This year was one of the biggest years in Take Action Tour history with over $95K raised for charity, with this year’s charity of choice being It Gets Better Project, a national organization created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. In addition, the official drum set used on the tour was auctioned off and 100% of the proceeds benefited It Gets Better Project and The Living The Dream Foundation equally. Sub City founder, Louis Posen, stated, “A heartfelt thank you to all the bands, fans, management, labels and partners for making this one of the biggest Take Action tours in its 11 year history. The 2013 tour may be over but we and the music community will not stop taking action until teasing, bulling and victimizing young people for being themselves comes to and end.”
The tour featured alt-rock headliner, The Used, with support from We Came As Romans, Crown The Empire, and Mindflow. Kicking off at Las Vegas’ House of Blues on January 11th, the annual nationwide charity tour circled the US through February, showcasing some of the best bands in music today while raising funds and awareness for It Gets Better and the concept that we can all help play a part in making a positive impact. Ten percent of the cost of each ticket purchased was donated to It Gets Better and Sub City. Lead singer of The Used, Bert McCracken, tells us, “The Take Action Tour has been an incredible experience that will be impossible to forget. Thirty-three shows from the east coast to the west coast of the US; and the positive energy has been contagious. We want to thank Hopeless Records and the It Gets Better Project for inspiring not only us, but thousands of others as well. We are blown away by the insane amount of love and support that still exists for The Used after nearly twelve years on the road. After all these years, The Used still have the best fans in the world, by far! Thanks again, see you soon Used fans!”
The chosen charity for the tour, It Gets Better Project, is a place where young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or struggling to find themselves can see how love and happiness can be a reality in their future. It’s a place where our straight allies can visit and support their friends and family members. It’s a place where people can share their stories, take the It Gets Better Project pledge and watch videos of love and support.
“Working with The Used and everyone involved on the Take Action tour was a pleasure. It is great to collaborate with such a passionate group who support young people and are working to make a difference. We look forward to working together in the future.” says Stephanie Laffin of If Gets Better.
Bert and Jeph from The Used have created an It Gets Better video to help support the cause. Fans can view the video HERE: http://youtu.be/N-0MtFYFs-g.
In addition, Hopeless Records, in partner with their non- profit organization Sub City, presented the Take Action Compilation Volume 11, a compilation album for charity. This year features two CDs full of unreleased and exclusive tracks from The Used, Bad Religion, AWOL Nation, All Time Low, 3OH!3 and many more. 5% of the suggested retail price from the sale of this compilation go to continue to fulfill Sub City’s mission to connect bands, fans and causes they are passionate about. For the most current donation total and full list of charities benefiting from this and other Sub City releases, please visit: SubCity.net. The compilation is now available at any BEST BUY and on iTunes, here: http://smarturl.it/takeactionvol11.
Take Action Vol. 11 Track Listing:
1. The Used – The Lonely*
2. We Came As Romans – Fair-weather*
3. AWOL Nation – Sail (Unlimited Gravity Remix)*
4. Bad Religion – Fuck You*
5. The Wonder Years – Local Man Ruins Everything (Nervous Energies)*
6. Mayday Parade – Oh Well, Oh Well
7. Falling in Reverse – The Drug In Me Is You
8. Enter Shikari – Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here (Tek One Mix)*
9. Whitechapel – Animus
10. Periphery – Far Out (Instrumental)*
11. Sleeping With Sirens – James Dean & Audrey Hepburn (Acoustic
12. All Time Low – The Reckless & The Brave (Acoustic)*
13. Never Shout Never – Pray For Peace (Demo)*
14. 3OH!3 – You’re Gonna Love This (Wuki Remix)*
15. The Summer Set – Fuck U Over
16. Say Anything – Their Notions
1. Glass Cloud – Everybody Wants To Rule The World*
2. Ice Nine Kills – What I Never Learned in Study Hall (6 Feet Below)*
3. Memphis May Fire – Prove Me Right
4. Upon This Dawning – A New Beginning
5. Parkway Drive – Dark Days
6. SHARKS – Sea Of All Seas*
7. Balance & Composure – Quake
8. Silver Snakes – All My Eye*
9. Broadway Calls – Bring On The Storm*
10. We Are The Ocean – Machine
11. Transit – Skipping Stone (Alternate Version)
12. Seahaven – Understanding*
13. Set It Off – Dream Catcher
14. I Am The Avalanche – I’ll Be Back Around
15. The Scene Aesthetic – Carelessly (feat. Dresses)*
16. Plug In Stereo – I Hope You Know (feat. Tay Jardine)*
17. William Beckett – 48 In A Hospital *
18. Itch – London Is Burning*
19. Twin Atlantic – Make A Beast Of Myself (Space Brother Remix)*
20. The Animal In Me – Speak*
21. Hell Or Highwater – Come Alive (Acoustic)*
22. Palisades – Bury It (Acoustic)*
* denotes rare or unreleased
For more information on Take Action Tour, please visit: TakeActionTour.com/2013
Supporters of Take Action include Tilly’s, Anger Music Group, Hopeless Records, Equal Vision Records, Rise Records and all of the artists and labels included on the 2013 compilation.
For more information on It Gets Better, please visit:
About It Gets Better:
In September 2010, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage created a YouTube video with his partner Terry Miller to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. In response to a number of students taking their own lives after being bullied in school, they wanted to create a personal way for supporters everywhere to tell LGBT youth that, yes, it does indeed get better.
The It Gets Better Project™ has become a worldwide movement, inspiring more than 50,000 user-created videos viewed more than 50 million times. To date, the project has received submissions from celebrities, organizations, activists, politicians and media personalities, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Adam Lambert, Anne Hathaway, Colin Farrell, Matthew Morrison of “Glee”, Joe Jonas, Joel Madden, Ke$ha, Sarah Silverman, Tim Gunn, Ellen DeGeneres, Suze Orman, the staffs of The Gap, Google, Facebook, Pixar, the Broadway community, and many more. For us, every video changes a life. It doesn’t matter who makes it.
About Hopeless Records and Sub City:
Founded in 1993, Hopeless Records is a Southern California independent record label home to breakout artists All Time Low, There For Tomorrow, Anarbor, We Are The In Crowd, The Wonder Years and many more. Throughout its 17 year history, Hopeless Records has released more than 150 albums and launched the careers of Avenged Sevenfold, Thrice, and many other notable artists. In 1999, Hopeless Records formally started supporting non-profit organizations under the Sub City banner with charitable albums, tours, and events. Now itself a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, Sub City continues the mission of connecting bands, fans and the causes they are passionate about. Sub City has raised more than two million dollars for over 50 non-profit organizations.