Confide in their most recent line-up
Background information Origin Los Angeles, California, USA Genres Metalcore Years active 2004–2010 Labels Science, Tragic Hero Associated acts Avenged Sevenfold, Penknifelovelife, Underneath the Gun, Olivia, In Fair Verona, Avery Pkwy, Sketch Orchestra Past members Jeffrey Helberg
Aaron Van Zuthpen
Confide was an American metalcore band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2004. They released three EPs and two full-length albums. Since the band was on a secular label they were not marketed in the "Christian" market, but their faith plays a big role in their personal lives as well as their music. The band announced on on October 4, 2010 that they would be disbanding while on tour in Japan in 2010. Upon their return from Japan, they played their farewell show on November 7, 2010.
Formation and First EP's (2004–2006)
Confide was originally started in August 2004 by Aaron Van Zutphen, Jason Pickard and Josh Plesh as a deathcore act. They went looking for members in their youth group. Josh knew Billy, Jason and Aaron knew Jeffrey, that's how they got their first real line-up. In this period of time, they released two EPs, "Innocence Surround" and "Introduction".
In the end of 2006, former vocalist Josh o locão de dorgas left the band, and was replaced by current frontman Ross Michael Kenyon, putting his other band Penknifelovelife on hiatus. Ross moved to the United States to be with his girlfriend and went looking on the internet for bands who needed a singer. After some chatting with Jeffrey, he moved to his house and they started practicing. This line-up change also made the band shift into a purist metalcore sound. But in January 2007 Ross had to move back to Europe and started playing with penknifelovelife again, putting another band on hiatus: Confide. After one tour with And Their Eyes Were Bloodshot in Europe he stated on his bands MySpace he was leaving for Confide again. penknifelovelife split up and Confide started writing for Shout the Truth.
Signing to Tragic Hero and debut album (2006-2009)
Their first full length, titled Shout the Truth, was released on June 17, 2008 on Science Records. Shortly after the album was released, Science Records was eliminated by its parent company Warner Bros. Records and Confide was left without a label. In early 2009, the band was signed to Tragic Hero Records, and began performing all across the United States, on tours such as the "Don't Take Your Guns to Tour", alongside bands Once Nothing, Here I Come Falling, and In Fear and Faith.
On July 25, 2009, the band announced on their MySpace blog that they were going to re-release their album Shout the Truth. The re-release contained 3 bonus songs, one of which is a cover of the song "Such Great Heights" by The Postal Service, and was released on September 8, 2009. Following the release, the band headlined a promotional tour alongside acts This Romantic Tragedy and Agraceful. In January they finished recording their second full length studio album. The new album, entitled Recover, was released May 18. On April 7, Confide released a new song, entitled When Heaven Is Silent, from the new album. On April 21, they released a second song from the new album titled Now or Never. Along with their new album they released their second full length music video. They were planning to embark on the Band of Brothers tour.
However, on September 28, 2010, Confide dropped off the Band of Brothers tour. Their name was dropped and the tour started the next day. They also had taken their name off of Miss May I's headlining Monument Tour. Miss May I bassist, Ryan Neff confirmed that Confide had broken up, but the post was later removed. Joel Piper also stated on his twitter "My phone and email is blowing up right now. Some of you guys might know why." His tweet was later deleted also. Miss May I went on to talk about their tour because The Word Alive also dropped the Monument Tour. They stated "The Word Alive has decided to go on tour with A Day to Remember instead of the Monument Tour, and Confide informed us that they will not be doing the tour any longer because they are breaking up. Sorry to anyone who this disappoints, we do not have any further information on those band's situations." It was then unclear on what was happening with the band. The band updated their official Facebook page with information about their tour in Japan on September 29.
The return of tour and break-up (2009-2010)
On October 4, 2010, it was officially announced by Confide of their breakup. They have stated that they'll part ways when they return from their tour of Japan in early October. The band plans to play a handful of farewell shows on the West Coast. A statement released on behalf of the band says,
- "There is no easy way to say this at all but it's time to put an end to all the rumors you guys keep hearing about us breaking up. Unfortunately, the rumors are true and we wish we could have been the first to tell you guys but there are reasons why we couldn't release this statement until now. We want to be 100% honest with you guys and let you know the real reasons that Confide will be no longer because you deserve to know. First of all, we want to let you know that each member of the band remains friends and the band breaking up was a positive thing and nothing bad happened to result in this. After being a touring band for over three years now, Confide is on the road for nine to ten months out the year and for some people in the band, it was getting to be a struggle to be gone so much, living in a van, sleeping in parking lots and not eating/sleeping well. We absolutely love making music, playing shows and especially meeting/hanging out with fans but we feel God has a new chapter for our lives right now. Around two weeks ago, Joshua, Trevor & I (Ross) sat down and talked about how we felt about touring and how it is really taking a toll on our lives. After the talk, we then sat down as a full band and told Jeff & Joel how we felt and they were very understanding and knew exactly what we were going through. Jeff & Joel discussed keeping Confide going but we decided as a group that it would be for the best if Confide came to an end after our Japan tour, which is in early October. Each member of the band will continue to work in the music industry in some way or another, whether it be in a band, work for a record label/management company, work in a studio, or whatever it may be, we're not giving up on music and you will definitely hear from each of us again. We hope that you guys will show each of us the same support that you have shown Confide over the years. Since the beginning, Confide has been a band that strives to help, encourage and inspire people and even though the band will be no more, we want you guys to still be able to talk to us on a personal level so if you ever want to talk or just say hey, please never hesitate to contact us through our facebook, twitter or myspace profiles. As a huge thank you to our fans, we will be doing a bunch of farewell shows. We'll post dates and details on the farewell shows once we get back from Japan and figure all of that out. We want to thank fans and give you guys a chance to come to a show and celebrate the life of Confide with us."
Confide's final concert
On November 7th, 2010, Confide had their final show at the Glasshouse in Pomona, California. The event was a sold-out show, and they had local bands open up for them that Confide had shared the stage with at other venues around Southern California. After the show was over, fans from all around the country were outside awaiting to say their goodbyes and take pictures with the band one last time. All merchandise, instruments, wires, microphones, and the band's van were up for sale after the show.
Confide reunited for a one-time show at the Playground Festival in Hidden Valley, California on September 4th, 2011. Fans have speculated that they will tour again, but it has been confirmed by the members of Confide that they will not be touring after this show.
- Jeff Helberg - guitar, (2004-2010)
- Aaron VanZutphen - lead guitar, piano, programming, vocals (2004–2009)
- Billy Pruden - bass (2004–2009)
- Josh Plesh - lead vocals (2004–2006)
- Jason Pickard - drums (2004–2005)
- John Penton - drums (2005–2006)
- Ross Kenyon - lead vocals (2006-2010)
- Arin Ilejay - drums (2006–2009)
- Joshua Paul - guitar, backing vocals (2008-2010)
- Trevor Vickers- bass guitar, backing vocals (2009-2010)
- Joel Piper - clean vocals, drums, piano, electronic programming/ sampling (2009-2010)
- Shout the Truth (Science Records, 2008)
- Recover (Tragic Hero Records, 2010)
- Innocence Surround (Self-released, 2005)
- Introduction (Self-released, 2006)
- Demo (Self-released, 2008)
Year Song Director Album 2007 "Zeal" (was never finished, but can be found on YouTube) Ryan Wilson Demo 2008 2008 "If We Were a Sinking Ship" Daniel Chesnut Shout the Truth 2009 "Such Great Heights" Daniel Chesnut Shout the Truth (re-issue) 2010 "I Never Saw This Coming" Luke Rocheleau Shout the Truth (re-issue) 2010 "The View From My Eyes" Jon Stone "Recover"
Studio albumsShout the Truth · Shout the Truth (re-issue) · Recover EPsInnocence Surround · Introduction · Demo 2008
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