Bands - posted on January 6, 2017 by

Skytown Riot – Alive In The Fire

Skytown Riot‘s new studio album Alive In The Fire is out now and available on iTunes, Amazon, and other music retailers. Very proud of this record and everything that went into it, from the first demos we recorded in Knoxville in 2015 to the finished album release.


01. Breaking Silence
02. In Dissolution
03. Devil’s Masquerade
04. Paint Me The Sky
05. One Day
06. In The Grey
07. Sensational
08. Dynamo
09. Misbehave
10. Runaway Princess
11. The Afterglow
12. Slavebyrd
13. Alive In The Fire

Van Gallik – vocals, guitars, keyboards
Jason Fruchey – bass
Sebastian Dunkel – drums, percussion

Produced by Mike Dearing at HiFi Studios Knoxville, TN.
Mastered by Kevin Nix at LNix Mastering, Memphis, TN.
Coverart by Jesse Hasek.

Check out the lyric video for the first single, In Dissolution (produced by Cloud Music Typography).

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Uncategorized - posted on February 13, 2016 by

Studio Update – February 2016

2016 is in full swing and I’ve been busy preparing for production of a brand new Skytown Riot album.  Just finished recording drums and overdubs for 13 new tracks over the course of last week at HiFi Studios in Knoxville, Tennessee.  It’s been a pleasure working with producer/engineer Mike Dearing again (if you listen to P.O.D.’s “Addicted” or Andy Wood’s latest solo album, you’ll hear that he is the real deal).  Very happy with the drum tones we got.

In terms of gear, I used my trusty Pearl Masters/Session Studio Classic hybrid kit (along with a small vintage Rogers kit for overdubs), an array of different snare drums (14×8” Pearl Vinnie Paul Signature , 14×6” Risen Ported Maple, 14×5″ Pearl Ultracast, 14×5” Ludwig Acrolite), Paiste Signature and Dimensions cymbals, Remo heads (Emperor clear on toms, Ambassador and CS coated on snares, Powerstroke 3 on the kick drum), as well as Vic Firth Danny Carey Signature sticks (usually not my go-to model, but perfect for this production).

Can’t wait to tour this new album later this year!

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Bands, Tour - posted on December 1, 2015 by

Final Shows In 2015

Only a few more weeks left in 2015 and I’m out for a final run with Skytown Riot, supporting Spoken, and 10 Years, before we head back into the studio to finish the new album.  Here are the dates:

Dec. 3 – Dallas, TX – Trees

Dec. 4 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar

Dec. 5 – Beaumont, TX – The Gig

Dec. 6 – San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall


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Tour - posted on April 10, 2015 by

Tour Update

I’ll be touring with Skytown Riot this May and June, supporting 10 Years on their “Triggers & Tripwires” US-Tour alongside Starset and Islander. The tour will kick off May 27th in Lafayette, Louisiana, and wrap on June 23rd in Virginia Beach, Virginia, including shows in New York, Seattle, and Philadelphia.  Be sure to check out the full tour dates:

May 27 – Lafayette, LA Nite Town
May 28 – Denton, TX Rockin Rodeo Denton
May 29 – Laredo, TX Laredo Energy Arena (10Y & Breaking Benjamin only)
May 30 – San Antonio, TX 210 Kapone’s (10Y & @Breaking Benjamin only)
May 31 – Odessa, TX Club Patron Odessa
June 2 – Farmington, NM The Top Deck Night Club
June 4 – Reno, NV Knitting Factory [Reno]
June 5 – Boise, ID Knitting Factory [Boise]
June 6 – Spokane, WA Knitting Factory [Spokane]
June 7 – Seattle, WA Studioseven Seattle
June 9 – Idaho Falls, ID Peppertree
June 10 – Grand Junction, CO Mesa Theater And Club
June 12 – Joplin, MO Venue 3405
June 13 – Macomb, IL The Outskirts
June 14 – South Bend, IN 103.9 The Bear (Big Growl 4)
June 16 – Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
June 18 – Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
June 19 – New York City, NY The Gramercy Theatre
June 21 – Manchester, NH Jewel Nightclub
June 23 – Virginia Beach, VA Shaka’s Live


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Bands - posted on February 15, 2015 by

Skytown Riot

Excited to be working with Alternative/Progressive rockers Skytown Riot starting this month.  Currently promoting their latest effort “Soul Or System”, produced by Mike D (P.O.D., Pillar), the band has toured nationally, opened for Halestorm, Sevendust, Hoobastank, Filter, among others, and is planning to return to the studio this spring.

I’ll be kicking things off with STR with two shows (2/22 – Athens, TN, and 2/27 – Chattanooga, TN) and a studio session in Nashville later this month (tracking for Live Syphon at Studio 515).  More dates for spring/summer coming soon!


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