Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010


Sorry for the lack of updates if you check this blog. We have some news coming soon including shows, member changes and recording. Please check our facebook for show updates and so forth.
Peace & Solidarity,

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Upcoming Shows!

Saturday June 5th Benefit For We Are Family
1731 Maryland Ave
Baltimore MD

Tuesday July 6th
1731 Maryland Ave
Baltimore MD
Hostage Calm
Make Do And Mend
More TBA

Friday August 20th
1731 Maryland Ave
Baltimore MD
Get The Most
Sacred Love
+ a very special guest

Saturday, April 24, 2010

React! Showcase/Webstore/News

It's been almost two weeks since we got back the React! Showcase and I wanted to make a post about it but haven't had the time to give it the review/reflection it deserves. I have to say that April 9th and 10th were probably some of the best days of my life as well as the best shows Ive ever been too. Everything about it was great the venue, the bands, the vibe, the message. I really dont think it could have been much better. I knew from the beginning that React! Records was the right place for this band but after the showcase and watching how Aram and React! Crew brought all of it together and took care of everyone really confirmed it. It has been a long time since I was at a show or in room full of people who I know share the same ideas as me. I was starting to feel a little out of place and getting to the point where I felt that I could not relate, but after attending the Mindset record release, the React! Showcase, and a show in DC last weekend, I feel right at home. With all of that said, I want to thank Chris Bavaria, Mike Clarke, Daniel Fang and Colby Malone for making this band possible for me. Thank you to all the people who picked up the record or shirt. I cant tell you how much it means to me. I am truly grateful. Here are some videos from the Showcase

I posted some leftover shirts from the showcase as well as records in a webstore. Here is a link

As of right now we only have one show coming up. The flier and info is posted below. Besides that we are just writing and living life. Praise supports and recommends checking out the following bands:
Mindset (obviously)
Sacred Love
Secret People
No Tolerance
The Rival Mob
Waste Management
ON, Betrayed and the entire React! Roster
Title Fight

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

News 9.3.10

-Thanks to everyone who came to the Cro Mags show last Saturday. We had a blast. Below are some pictures and a video thanks to Radek and Mark Anthony.

-As of right now we only have one show beside the React! Showcase, here is the info:

Saturday, May 15th
at the Charm City Art Space
1731 Maryland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201

A discussion of the book
Sober Living For the Revolution: Hardcore Punk, Straight Edge, and Radical Politics with Mark Anderson (Positive Force / We Are Family DC / Dance of Days)

and featuring:

Sick Fix (MD/DC sxe powerviolence)
Praise (MD sxe youth crew hardcore, React Records)
Rations (DC sxe not fast hardcore)

a benefit for We Are Family DC (

doors at 7pm
all ages
no alcohol / drugs / shitty attitudes
be excllent to each other

-We are working on putting some shirts up for sale soon. Until then you can always order one from the React! Webstore

Monday, February 22, 2010

Preorders are up!

Stop by to preorder the Praise "Growing. Changing. Healing" EP!
The song "healing" can be heard here

Also we recommend ordering a ticket for the CroMags show if you havent yet!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

React! Showcase!!!

7 Seconds (one of the true greats of hardcore)

Betrayed (“Suffering” EP out soon on REACT!)

Mindset (only California date of the “Time & Pressure” US tour)

Get the Most (“Together” LP out soon on REACT!)

ON (“Double Vision” LP out now on REACT!/Reaper/Powered)

Punch! (Bay Area hardcore at it’s finest, s/t LP out now on 625 record)

Common Cause (“Statement of Purpose” LP out soon on REACT!)

Keep It Clear (Vancouver Straight Edge, s/t EP out now on Kram/NJW records)

NAILS (“Unsilent Death” LP out soon on Six Feet Under/Street Cleaner records)

True Colors (final US show, “Rush of Hope” LP out now on Six Feet Under)

Circles (“Lay of the Land EP out now on Silly Girl records)

Gone But Not Forgotten (“Seattle Crew” EP out now on REACT!)

Not Sorry (“Moving On” EP out now on Lifeline and Salad Days Records)

Praise (“Growing.Changing.Healing” EP out soon on REACT!)

Damages (“Unrequited” EP out soon on REACT!)

Secret People (Bay Area hardcore)

924 Gilman St.
Berkeley, CA 94701

APRIL 9th $10.00
April 10th $12.00

Travel Tips/Suggestions/Recommendations

You can fly into either San Francisco International (SFO) or Oakland International (OAK) airports. Oakland is actually closer to Berkeley, where the REACT! Showcase is being held, but we would suggest you base your decision on cost. Depending on where you are flying to/from, it may be cheaper to go to one or the other.

Ground Transportation
San Francisco/The Bay Area has just about the best public transportation system in the U.S. Rental cars are really not a necessity, but if you just need to have that sense of freedom that comes with a vehicle, by all means, rent one, but do try to carpool. It cuts down on costs and emissions. If you want to check out public transportation options and route maps, these are the two main options:

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) –

AC Transit (Rapid Buses) -

Berkeley is sort of strange for lodging. There must be some wicked zoning requirements because major hotel chains are all but forbidden from establishing themselves within city limits. With that said, we have partnered with five area hotels/motels for the Showcase and negotiated lower rates for all of you traveling from afar. Simply call the hotel directly via the phone number below, mention the “REACT SHOWCASE” and you should get the room rate that is posted. These negotiated rates are in limited quantities, so make your reservations now! The rates are available on a first come, first served basis, and when they’re gone, they’re gone, so get on it. I’ve tried to list out most of the pertinent details to help you make your decision, but if you need any additional help, you can email

They are in order of recommendation. The Doubletree Hotel is the most “corporate” of the bunch, and if you are in a band traveling with merch/instruments or plan on walking back from Lanesplitters at 2am, this is the hotel for you. On the other hand, if you are all about the bottom line, you can stay at the Golden Bear Inn for $75 a night. Other than the Doubletree, most of the hotels in Berkeley are considered “Inns” and they may only have 40 rooms in the entire property, so again, MAKE YOUR RESERVATION EARLY.

Doubletree Hotel 510.548.7920
Star rating: ***1/2
Trip Advisor rating: 3
Fest rating: A+
REACT! negotiated rates, single/double: $99/$99
Total number of rooms: 378
Pros: nice hotel, close to Gilman
Cons: wireless internet $9.95 a day (but free in the lobby)

La Quinta Inn 510.849.1121
Star rating: **
Trip Advisor rating: 3
Fest rating: A
REACT! negotiated rates, single/double: $69/$79
Total number of rooms: 108
Pros: close to Gilman, free breakfast, free wireless internet

Roadway Inn 510.848.3840
Star rating: **
Trip Advisor rating: 4.5
Fest rating: A-
REACT! negotiated rates, single/double: $84.95/$94.95
Total number of rooms: 41
Pros: free breakfast, free wireless internet
Cons: Not super close to Gilman

Golden Bear Inn 510.525.6770
Star rating: **
Trip Advisor rating: 2
Fest rating: B+
REACT! negotiated rates, single/double: $65/$75
Total number of rooms: 40
Pros: the cheapest option, closest to Gilman
Cons: doesn’t have the best reviews

Holiday Inn Express 510.548.1700
Star rating: **
Trip Advisor rating: 3
Fest rating: B
REACT! negotiated rates, single/double: $109/$109
Total number of rooms: 69
Pros: close to Gilman
Cons: priciest option

The following hotels aren’t really recommended by the showcase organizers, but they are an option if the ones above all book up, although that is unlikely. We don’t have negotiated rates with them, and they are the three farthest from Gilman, but I’m guessing you’re an adult and you can make your own decisions.

Berkeley Travelodge 510.843.4262
Berkeley Vista Inn 510.841.4242
Super 8 Berkeley 510.841.3844

Berkeley is VERY vegan/veggie-friendly. Most of these restaurants, however, are located closer to the UC-Berkeley campus and further away from Gilman. Depending on your definition of “walking distance,” many of these restaurants will be within a 1 to 2 mile radius of the venue. A map with options and suggestions will be posted closer to the showcase date.

Thanks for taking the time to check this out, and we'll see you at the showcase!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Quick Update

The "Growing. Changing. Healing." recording is complete. We mixed it with Kevin yesterday and couldn't be happier. We are sending it out to get it mastered later this week and should have a song or two up very soon! On another note we got added to Cro-Mags/Killing Time/ Inmates/ Set To Explode show at Sonar on March 6th! Tickets are available here and you should get them soon because its probably going to sell out! Thats it!
Peace & Solidarity,

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Its Official!

React! Records will be releasing our "Growing, Changing, Healing" EP this spring! We couldnt be happier!

Taken From:

Praise is not a religious band, Praise is a Straight Edge band. In the fall of 2007, I was staying with Andy in Baltimore and spent a night discussing life, hardcore, new bands, 7 Seconds, and Straight Edge. Andy brought up that he had a couple of songs written for his previous band and sooner or later would like to use them for a new band. After discussing the ideas behind the music and lyrics I knew that Andy was going to create something special and we agreed that whenever it comes together REACT! would put it out. For almost two years Andy worked on finding the right line-up but time, distance, and life kept things from coming together. But finally in September of 2009 Praise was solidified with Michael Clarke and Colby Malone on guitar, Chris Bavaria on bass, Daniel Fang on drums and Andy Norton on vocals.

In January 2010 the band, with their good friend Kevin Bernsten, entered the studio and recorded the band’s d├ębut EP “Growing, Changing, Healing” which will be released on REACT! this spring. Musically this incredible 4 song EP draws influence from Battery, Turning Point, Civ, Gorilla Biscuits, and 7 Seconds, yet maintains a character all of it’s own. Lyrically Andy focuses on reflection and personal growth, as well as encouraging people to recognize their own ability to create change in our world. Pre-orders will be starting in March.

React! doing lots of great stuff this year!

In 2009 the Maryland Straight Edge powerhouse Mindset played with fury all over North America, including breakout sets at both the Sound & Fury and This Is Hardcore Festivals, in support of their unbelievable “R E A L P O W E R” EP. Never following in line, and never slowing down, Mindset have grown to become one of the most uplifting and powerful bands of our time, and I’m proud as hell to announce that on Monday January 25th we will be launching the pre-order for their new EP entitled “Time & Pressure”. This new 6 song 7” delivers the same urgency and passion that Mindset is known for, but with lyrics and song writing that show a marked growth and evolution. This EP also marks the first recordings that Dan (drums) and John (guitar) have laid down with the band, and the results have been nothing short of inspiring. Two new songs CREATE/CONTROL and WASTE have been posted on our myspace page, and two additional songs have been posted on the Mindset page as well, so check them out now and get your head straight!

The pressing is limited to 200 on WHITE VINYL, 400 on RED VINYL, and 900 on BLACK VINYL and each copy will also include a digital download code as well as all the good stuff you’ve come to expect from REACT! We will also have a couple of new merch designs as well as some package deals so be ready for Monday January 25th and until then hit up the REACT! and Mindset myspace pages:

**PLEASE NOTE** These orders are launching REALLY early due to the insane release schedule we have this year, the upcoming Mindset/True Colors tour, and the showcase in April. We haven’t even gotten the test presses back yet, so please don’t order if that’s a bum out for you. I really appreciate the support and know that it sucks to wait, so if you do choose to order we’ll make sure you get a little treat before the orders ship. That being said, anyone who orders and then starts to send me a bunch of emails is just going to get a refund and no records. Logic bomb.


The band that started it all for REACT! are back! Get the Most have completed their new 10 song LP entitled “Together” which will be released on REACT! this spring. With an incredible demo and two already classic EPs, Bubs assured us that “Together” will deliver the same fast paced energetic sound that the band is known for, with some surprises thrown in as well.

This will be the first proper full-length that REACT! will release so it’s fitting that it’s by the band that inspired me to start the label. Pre-orders will be starting in March, and you can be sure that we’re going to be going all out for this release. Until then make sure to check out their Myspace page and show support for these master killers:


I’m happy to announce that Betrayed will be releasing our new EP entitled “Suffering” on REACT! this spring. Lyrically focusing on overcoming our own grief and easing the suffering of others, this 4 song EP documents the band still maintaining the urgency of their youth and showing the world that straight edge hardcore is not defined by age. Pre-orders will go up in March and until then you can check out the myspace at:

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Recording 1.9.2010/1.10.2010

This past weekend we went to record with our good friend Kevin Bernsten in Baltimore. We finished tracking drums, bass and Mikes guitar tracks, as well as my first attempt at vocals on 4 songs. Colby was on tour with Reignition so he wasnt able to get his tracks done. Colby and I will be going back in on the 18th to finish up vocals, guitars and mixing. I couldnt be happier with the way this is turning out and cant wait for people to hear it.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

A couple photos from last night thanks to Phil...

We moved...

I didnt like the tumblr format so I switched to a blog I am a little more familiar with. Here is all the info from the last blog....

This will be the official blog/website for Praise. Praise is a hardcore/punk based out of Baltimore. We will be recording four songs with Kevin Bernsten January 9th and 10th for a 7inch EP to be released on a yet to be announced label. Kevin Seconds will be taking care of the artwork for the record. As of right now we only have two shows lined up:

565 West Clark Ave

York, PA



Pushing On



April 9th/10th

924 Gilman St

Berkeley, CA 94701

7 Seconds



Get the Most


Right Idea

Common Cause

Keep It Clear

True Colors


Gone But Not Forgotten

Not Sorry




Thats it for now! Be sure to check back for mp3s in the next few weeks!

Peace & Solidarity,