The Lovedraft Chronicles: Art Of Anarchy

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Photo Credit: T. Cody Strubel

Art of Anarchy, a band that has weathered the storm of rock’s tumultuous sea, made a monumental stop at Lovedraft’s Brewing Company in Mechanicsburg, PA, on March 29th, 2024. Presented by 717 Entertainment, this event wasn’t just another gig; it was a testament to the band’s resilience, evolution, and the unbreakable bond with their fans. Let’s dive into the heart of Art of Anarchy, exploring the band’s rich history, its members’ legendary backgrounds, and the hit songs that have defined their journey.

Art of Anarchy emerged from the chaos of creativity in 2011, a supergroup formed by original founding members, the Votta brothers, Jon and Vince, on guitar and drums, respectively, and guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, formerly of Guns N’ Roses and Sons of Apollo. The band’s lineup was a roll call of rock royalty, featuring long-time bassist John Moyer, who was recently succeeded by Tony Dickinson in 2022. Initially, the late Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots fame graced the vocals on their self-titled debut album in 2015, setting the stage for what was to be a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows, marked by Weiland’s untimely departure and subsequent passing.

The band’s second chapter saw the entrance of Scott Stapp, the iconic voice behind Creed, taking the helm as lead vocalist. The 2017 album The Madness marked a new direction for Art of Anarchy, blending the raw energy and emotion of hard rock with introspective lyrics and powerful melodies. Despite facing legal battles and lineup changes, the band’s spirit remained unbroken, a testament to their commitment to their art and their fans.

In 2020, a new voice joined the fray—Jeff Scott Soto, known for his work with Sons of Apollo and Journey, among others. This lineup change heralded the production of Let There Be Anarchy, an album that promised to redefine the band’s sound and ethos. The band’s evolution reflects not just the changing landscape of rock music but also the personal growth and artistic exploration of its members.

The setlist for the Lovedraft’s Brewing Company gig was a journey through the band’s history, featuring tracks that have become anthems for the hard rock community. Songs like “Die Hard” and “The Madness” showcase the band’s ability to craft songs that are both powerful and poignant, blending heavy riffs with melodic hooks that resonate with fans across generations. “Til The Dust Has Gone” and “Echo Of A Scream” highlight the band’s lyrical depth, exploring themes of loss, resilience, and redemption.

Attending an Art of Anarchy show is more than just a concert; it’s an immersive experience that captures the essence of hard rock. The band’s performance at Lovedraft’s Brewing Company was a testament to their musicianship, stage presence, and connection with the audience. Each song was delivered with raw emotion and precision, drawing the crowd into a shared journey of musical exploration and cathartic release.

Art of Anarchy’s stop in Mechanicsburg was a celebration of the band’s enduring legacy and a glimpse into their future. With each album and live performance, Art of Anarchy continues to push the boundaries of hard rock, embracing their roots while exploring new musical landscapes.

In the world of hard rock, Art of Anarchy stands as a beacon of creativity, resilience, and unyielding passion. Their story is a reminder that even in the face of adversity, music has the power to unite, inspire, and transcend. As the band looks to the future, one thing is clear: the anarchy is just beginning.

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T. Cody Strubel is the founder of Rock Documented, a platform he established in September 2015. As the Lead Photographer, Writer, and Editor, Cody has been instrumental in shaping the site's content and visual aesthetic. His exceptional work in music photography was recognized by the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame, where he was voted "Best Photography" at their inaugural event. Cody's equipment of choice includes two Nikon D850s, a Nikon 22-70mm 2.8 VR, a Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 VR, and a Black Rapid Shoulder Strap. His passion for music and photography, combined with his commitment to promoting local talent, makes him a vital voice in the Central Pennsylvania music scene.

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