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Pride Through Strife
The name originated during a time period where nearly every member of the crew owned an old Volkswagen Beetle. Anyone who has ever owned one of these classic vehicles will understand the day to day struggle of just keeping the machine road worthy. The credo Pride Through Strife was imagined by the oldest of the three brothers (Aaron) and was stenciled into the roof of his '60's VW as a constant reminder that through our adversities and experiences we are empowered. Learning through our struggles; whether it was replacing a wheel on the side of the highway, or pulling an engine at 3am just to ensure a ride to work. We discovered that working together we could accomplish something seemingly impossible. These experiences would inevitably set the foundation of our entire outlook upon life, learning to take pride in the the strength gained through hard work. This is the fundamental idea behind "Pride Through Strife" which makes our music so cohesive. It's the connection between our peers, the fans, our friends and family that really drives this passionate music out of our souls.
Pride Through Strife is more than a band name; It is a way of life. Respecting your struggles and allowing yourself the reward of feeling pride after making it through a tough life situation. From failing relationships to revolutionary political tones and everything in between; PTS is dedicated to supplying positive messages through music. Reminding their fans that we are all one and can live life alongside one another without disrespect or prejudice.
Established in 2010; The band currently has two singles “2 fingers” and “A Very Merry Christmas” (An original seasonal tune) as well as an EP titled “In Root” with six original tracks. Mitchell Hillman a renowned music critic/ publicist in Arizona wrote a full review of the their EP in an editorial piece in Java Magazine and within remarked:
“In all actuality, the cynicism is pretty welcomed—perfect timing, perfect place…”Shady Lady” is probably one of the most perfect songs that borders on a misogynist glance at feminine infidelity. It is brought to you by a damaged ego, delivered by a destroyed love and wrapped in a simply amazing package.”
“2 Fingers” The most recent of the releases is a smooth high energy track that takes you through the experience of connecting with the crowd. More specifically a woman who is enjoying the music and feeling a connection with her while on stage as their eyes meet hers. They are currently working on their first full length album to be released in 2019. PTS has performed for numerous crowds from doing local tour support shows to touring on their own. They have performed for festivals such as Warped Tour, Phoenix Ignite, ShamRock Fest, The Vans All Nation Skate Jam (New Mexico), and an assortment of arts festivals around Arizona. The boys have shared the stage with well known artists like Dirty Heads, Fortunate Youth, Authority Zero, Black Uhuru, and many more!
This fusion of Reggae, Alternative Rock, Funk and positivity is a breath of fresh air. Pride Through Strife brings their own original creativity to these awesome fusions reminiscent of Sublime’s super groove rhythm section, strong political statements that of which are partially influenced by Rage Against the Machine, and vocal harmonies so tight they hit you like a wave crashing upon you. No matter what gets you down these boys will always encourage you to “Stay Up” while uplifting you with their high energy positive music.