Polite punk from the steel city.

"Evolution of a Song" is an observational documentary about our latest song, "As a Matter of Stats." We started this blog to write about our writing and recording and haven’t posted in a while, so consider this a catch up session. The video includes the studio recording, the writing, rewriting, new ideas, scrapped ideas, and all of the little forks in the road that happen as a song evolves. There’s no one way to do it, this is just how we do. 

Mace Ballard presents: The Quarts & Jorts Spring Tour!
We head out this Thursday to 10 cities! (May 10 - 20) If you live in one of the places below, come hang out and have pop punk good times with us. If you don’t live there, take the Mega Bus - ROAD TRIP!
5/10 Baltimore, MD
5/11 Virgina Beach, VA
5/12 Raleigh, NC
5/13 Charlotte, NC
5/14 Nashville, TN
5/15 Nashville, TN
5/16 Louisville, KY
5/17 Indianapolis, IN
5/18 Chicago, IL
5/19 Detroit, MI
5/20 Cleveland, OH
5/24 Pittsburgh, PA 

Mace Ballard presents: The Quarts & Jorts Spring Tour!

We head out this Thursday to 10 cities! (May 10 - 20) If you live in one of the places below, come hang out and have pop punk good times with us. If you don’t live there, take the Mega Bus - ROAD TRIP!

5/10 Baltimore, MD

5/11 Virgina Beach, VA

5/12 Raleigh, NC

5/13 Charlotte, NC

5/14 Nashville, TN

5/15 Nashville, TN

5/16 Louisville, KY

5/17 Indianapolis, IN

5/18 Chicago, IL

5/19 Detroit, MI

5/20 Cleveland, OH

5/24 Pittsburgh, PA 

Iron City Beer goes great w/pop punk. We need your vote!
We made it to THE FINALS to become a Sound Ambassador for Iron City Beer (delicious beverage / Pittsburgh icon) and win $5,000.  
This is a major opportunity for a DIY band like us and it’s completely up to you if we’re gonna make it. The final winner is determined by a public vote, and you can vote for Mace Ballard once per day! 
So, if you’ve ever listened to us, seen us play, heard our name, or if you just like to support music, please vote for us once a day until May 1 at: http://www.ironcitysound.com/voting
Oh, and tell a friend… Thanks for your support!
-Chris, Brandon, TJ, and Steve

Iron City Beer goes great w/pop punk. We need your vote!

We made it to THE FINALS to become a Sound Ambassador for Iron City Beer (delicious beverage / Pittsburgh icon) and win $5,000.  

This is a major opportunity for a DIY band like us and it’s completely up to you if we’re gonna make it. The final winner is determined by a public vote, and you can vote for Mace Ballard once per day

So, if you’ve ever listened to us, seen us play, heard our name, or if you just like to support music, please vote for us once a day until May 1 at: http://www.ironcitysound.com/voting

Oh, and tell a friend… Thanks for your support!

-Chris, Brandon, TJ, and Steve

How to Have a Good Time (we guarantee it!)

This instructional video we made is our entry for the Iron City Beer Sound Ambassador program, we’ll find out on April 16th if we make it to ‘the finals’ in which case your votes and whatnot will be needed. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, for now, just have a good to very good time watching this instructional video that we made. Enjoy, and thanks for watching!

New song out now! (and how to get it for free)

Remember hearing about that song we recorded last weekend? It is out NOW! You can listen to it at our Warped Tour battle website, and if you vote for us, you can get the song for free!

Here’s how:

1. Visit http://www.votemace.com 

2. Listen “As a matter of Stats” & vote for us (takes less than a min to make an account)

3. Send us a message (on any social media site) of what # vote you were and we’ll send you back the free download!

BONUS: The person that votes the most (they allow one vote per day), wins a free t-shirt! Just keep track by sending us every vote. 

THANK YOU for your support!

HELLO FRIENDS!
We, MACE BALLARD, are currently  in the studio recording 2 BRAND NEW rock n’ roll tunes for your ears to  enjoy! We’re back visiting our good pal Kory Gable at Pin Up Studios in  Lancaster, PA, and so far are having a killer time!
As  I type this, we’ve finished recording both drums and bass, and Brandon  is about 50% finished recording his guitar parts. Tomorrow will be  another full day of recording last minute guitar riffs and then it’s on  to vocals! We’ve got some BIG surprises in store for you guys, I can’t  say what exactly, but be prepared for some serious face-melting to  occur!
In the meantime, head over to our facebook page @Maceballard and check out our full-length album The Next Time You See Sky,  which we recorded here this past summer! Also, while you’re there, be  sure to check out our up-coming show dates — We’re currently booking a  few weeks out on the road this Spring, so be sure to check back often to  see if your town is on the list!

HELLO FRIENDS!

We, MACE BALLARD, are currently in the studio recording 2 BRAND NEW rock n’ roll tunes for your ears to enjoy! We’re back visiting our good pal Kory Gable at Pin Up Studios in Lancaster, PA, and so far are having a killer time!

As I type this, we’ve finished recording both drums and bass, and Brandon is about 50% finished recording his guitar parts. Tomorrow will be another full day of recording last minute guitar riffs and then it’s on to vocals! We’ve got some BIG surprises in store for you guys, I can’t say what exactly, but be prepared for some serious face-melting to occur!

In the meantime, head over to our facebook page @Maceballard and check out our full-length album The Next Time You See Sky, which we recorded here this past summer! Also, while you’re there, be sure to check out our up-coming show dates — We’re currently booking a few weeks out on the road this Spring, so be sure to check back often to see if your town is on the list!

Album Reviews Part 1 + Teaser Clip

Reviews for The Next Time You See Sky are coming in! (more on the way)

The first one is from the Pittsburgh City Paper

“The Next Time You See Sky is a 44-minute blast of contemporary pop-punk with glossy production, but an old-school spirit underneath. 

The result is impressive — there’s an element of the post-emo “new pop-punk,” but not enough to make the record same-y. There are moments — sing-along choruses, overdubs that highlight particularly triumphant riffs — that make the record sound truly huge.” -Andy Mulkerin

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The second one is from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
 “The songs come with clever titles like ‘Words With Friends’ and ‘South Side Department of Tourism,’ and sometimes skew topical, like ‘Fight at the Museum.’” - Scott Mervis

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The most important review, though, will come from YOU. Here is a teaser clip, you can hear it all THIS WEEKEND! 

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