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UPDATE: New flyer posted below with full European dates!


When Despised Icon announced their return to the stage after a lengthy hiatus, fans were beyond excited (IndieMerchstore was too!). Erik Jarrin, longtime guitarist of the band, recently took some time out to answer some questions about their upcoming European run as well as their Canadian appearance. Big thanks to Erik for doing this. Be sure to check the flyers below for full information and if you are in the area, head out to a show!

1. When did the conversation start to get back together to play these festival dates?

Ever since we announced the split about four years ago, we’ve been asked every year by festival promoters in Europe and North America to reunite. Back then, Alex Erian started Obey The Brave and I was rejoining my former band Heaven’s Cry while raising my twin daughters, so the timing wasn’t right. We both released albums with our respective bands and Alex went on a crazy tour schedule with his band so he wasn’t available at all to do anything besides this. Since some of the other guys had kids as well, no one was really into doing this until now. Then, about a couple of months ago, new offers came knocking at the door and Alex reached out to me saying he had down time with OTB as they were between album cycles so we said, fuck it, we all miss it, let’s do this!


2. Was this a collective idea to get the band back together for some shows or did you have to go through a movie style montage recruiting the guys to play some shows?

Actually, I’m pretty much the only one that kept in touch with everyone in the band. Alex would come to my place every now and then when not on tour, Benoit helped me a lot in the first weeks I had my daughters with home stuff, I went to see shows with Sebastien a couple of times, Grind and I kept in touch through email and he came visit me once and I went out for dinner with Steve once or twice. We’d also gather at my place for an annual BBQ in the beginning of every summer so when the time came, it was easy business for me to reach out to everyone. The only challenge was to accommodate everyone according to their respective schedule and make it all work.


3. What can fans out there expect from Despised on these reunion shows as far as merch and potential set lists?

Well, these are reunion shows! Meaning we didn’t write new stuff, didn’t plan on reviving the band so our focus is on getting back together for a couple of rehearsals in Grind’s basement and to have the time of our lives playing together again on stage. Looking back at our career, The Ills of Modern Man is pretty much the album that did it all for us, so expect a lot of material off of that album. We are also revisiting some of the more obscure stuff that hasn’t been played in years and obviously all the classics will be part of the show. Honestly, I think fans are in for a treat. Merch wise, well we didn’t do any new design, we decided instead to bring back some of the classic shirts, jerseys and hoodies that became our trademark for many years and hopefully, the fans will get their hands on some of these designs as we’ve been asked a lot about some of them that were discontinued for many years.

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4. The response to the reunion has been fantastic. Do you see the band keeping an open door policy on playing shows in the future after this run?

The reality is that most of us have to take time off from work and for some of us, away from our families so this is a very unique opportunity to gather and do these shows. I don’t see it as something we’ll repeat over and over again. It’s been almost 4 years, fortunately for us, fans stuck to our music, stayed connected through our social media platforms and the timing was right so let’s assume that stars won’t be aligned all the time and let’s just make the most out of it. We should never say never, but the way it worked out and to see how difficult it was to get everyone available at the same time makes me believe that this won’t happen a lot in the future. So hopefully, all the fans will show up at some of theses shows and will share that love of extreme music with us once again. see you in the pit!

For full info on their shows head to Despised Icon’s Facebook Page.

Be sure to pick up some classic designs from the band if you can’t make it to a show by clicking the banner below:


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Our Back To School sale is going strong! Save on shirts, hoodies, hats, girls tees, accessories, and more from your favorite artists including The Black Dahlia Murder, Aborted, The Sword, Obey The Brave, Fallujah, Thy Art Is Murder, Vildhjarta, and MUCH more! 10-50% off! What are you waiting for, show the kids at school whose the boss with a fresh wardrobe with a cool price. Sale ends 9/16 and items are moving fast so be sure to order today.


All these items and more available now:





Obey The Brave have posted up a ton of killer new designs, including longsleeves, tank tops, shirts, and leggings! Head over to their official store to pick up the latest gear from the band.

In addition to fresh merch, there are also select items on sale for $7!!! Great deal, quantities are limited so be sure to pick some up today.


8/16: Check out six new songs from the band HERE!. They sound fantastic.

Update: There are only 46 out the 100 pieces remaining of the “Young Blood” pre-order and they are moving fast! Snag one today before they disappear.

Obey The Brave official merch store.

Also posted is the latest “Self Made” episode four full of purple men, tractors, and circle pits!!!!

Our friends in Obey The Brave are gearing up for their highly anticipated debut album “Young Blood” out August 28th on Epitaph. To hype it up, they are releasing a new webisode every Tuesday. Check out the first three above and be sure to keep checking back!

Obey The Brave official merch store.

Obey The Brave’s “Young Blood” deluxe bundle is now live! This highly anticipated album is coming out via Epitaph on August 28th and will ship on or around the 21st. The bundle is limited to 100 pieces so be sure to snag one today!

Package includes:
– Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Skateboard Deck (size 8″ X 32″)
– “Young Blood” debut full length LP on yellow vinyl
– “Young Blood” CD
– Limited Edition 11 x 17 lithograph card stock poster

Lifestyle 1:25
Is Starts Today 3:06
Self Made 3:41
Live and Learn 3:24
Garde La Tete Froide 2:45

Grim 0:33
Get Real 3:28
Time For A Change 4:10
Unstoppable 3:21
Early Graves 2:42
Burning Bridges 3:52

Obey The Brave have signed to Epitaph Records and Distort Entertainment! Check out the video below:

We are super stoked for them. Be sure to catch them on this Summers All Stars Tour and more announcements on their upcoming album.

Obey The Brave official merchandise.

Be sure to check out this years All Stars Tour featuring a ton of great bands. IndieMerch’s own Obey The Brave will be heading out with the likes of Suicide Silence, Winds Of Plague, Unearth, and many more so be sure to check out the dates and cruise to a show!

8/03-Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theatre
8/04-San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
8/05-Fresno, CA @ Blackbeards Park
8/07-Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
8/08-Anaheim, CA @ The Grove
8/09-Reno, NV @ The Knitting Factory
8/10-Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
8/11-Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
8/13-Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre
8/14-Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian
8/15-Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
8/16-New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
8/17-Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
8/18-Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
8/19-Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
8/20-Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
8/21-Virginia Beach, VA @ The NorVa
8/22-Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
8/24-Houston, TX @ House of Blues
8/25-San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
8/26-Dallas, TX @ The Palladium
8/27-Mission, TX @ Pharr Events Center

Obey The Brave official merch store.

Update: Check out the new video from the band called “Get Real” featuring Scott Vogel of Terror.

Directed by acclaimed Montreal director Jessy Fuchs and recorded once again by Antoine Lussier and Yannic Desgroseilliers of 357 Productions (Emmure, Ion Dissonance), “Get Real” brings OTB’s sound and in-your-face energy to the next level.

After making a ton of noise in the underground scene in a matter of weeks, Canadian heavy hitters Obey The Brave are now getting ready to unleash their debut EP “Ups and Downs” May 22nd 2012 on Good Fight Music. The one-off EP on Good Fight, “Ups and Downs”, features the bands first single “Live and Learn” and their much anticipated second single “Get Real”, featuring Scott Vogel of Terror. The Ep will be available exclusively on 7” vinyl (4 limited colors available) and digitally. An exclusive IndieMerch bundle featuring a limited edition skateboard, gold vinyl and T-S is now available at http://www.indiemerch.com/obeythebrave.

Singer Alex Erian comments on the release of the EP and the future barreling at OTB, “The wait has been driving me crazy! So stoked to finally share our EP and new music with you guys. Working with Vogel on this track was a huge honor. We’re currently working on our debut full length, due later this summer, and are literally about to sign to our two favorite labels. Got big things in the works fellas.”

Obey The Brave’s second music video “Get Real” drops May 1st. Directed by acclaimed Montreal director Jessy Fuchs and recorded once again by Antoine Lussier and Yannic Desgroseilliers of 357 Productions (Emmure, Ion Dissonance), “Get Real” brings OTB’s sound and in-your-face energy to the next level.

Catch Obey The Brave live at Bamboozle May 20th and across the US this summer on the All Stars Tour. In the meantime, OTB will be extensively touring Eastern Canada on the following dates:

04/27/12 – Drummondville, QC @ Salle Gaston Mandeville
04/28/12 – Rimouski, QC @ Le Cactus
05/02/12 – St-Catharines, ON @ Coco Cabana Nightclub
05/03/12 – London, ON @ Rum Runners
05/04/12 – Kitchener, ON @ Schwaben Club
05/05/12 – Toronto, ON @ Annex Wreckroom
05/06/12 – Gatineau, QC @ Heart Fest
05/09/12 – Fredericton, NB @ Kingsmen Center
05/10/12 – Charlottetown, PEI @ Murphy’s Community Centre
05/11/12 – Moncton, NB @ The Manhattan Club
05/12/12 – Halifax, NS @ The Pavilion
05/13/12 – Riviere du Loup, QC @ Sunset Bar Spectacle
05/14/12 – Trois-Rivieres, QC @ Rock Cafe Le Stage
05/15/12 – Quebec, QC @ L’Agitee
05/16/12 – La Baie, QC @ Le Plaza
05/20/12 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Bamboozle
06/15/12 – Montebello, QC @ D-Tox Rockfest

Check out the first glimpse of the “Get Real” music video:

PRE-ORDER scheduled to ship on or around May 21st, 2012
1. Live and Learn
2. Get Real

Package includes:
– OTB Limited Edition Gold Vinyl Ups & Downs 7″ EP (with download code). Only 50 pressed!
– Limited Edition “Get Real” T-shirt
– Limited Edition AUTOGRAPHED Skateboard Deck, autographed and hand numbered by OTB. Only 50 made!

Note – Skate Deck Only No trucks or wheels or grip tap included.

Obey The Brave official merch store.

The official merch store for Obey The Brave is now live! If you haven’t heard the band, check out the video below.

The newly formed Canadian five piece features members of Despised Icon and Blind Witness. Look for tour dates coming to your town soon as this band is going to be smashing venues all over the world!

Obey The Brave official merch store.