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Acceptance

Few bands from the early-aughts emo/pop-punk scene have a legacy as mythical as Acceptance. The band only released one LP before breaking up, and yet that album went on to become a cult classic, helping them amass a fan base so loyal that it remained devoted through a decade of the band's silence. When Acceptance emerged during the mainstream emo heyday in the early 2000s, they set themselves apart with catchy melodies, big choruses, and arena-sized singalongs, incorporating a harder rock edge into their sound, much like contemporaries Jimmy Eat World, the Juliana Theory, and Anberlin. They formed in Seattle in 1998, with the original lineup consisting of Jason Vena (vocals, bass), Kaylan Cloyd (guitar), Chris DeCastro (guitar), and Peter Pizzuto (drums). Their self-produced debut EP, Lost for Words, was released in late 2000 on local indie label Rocketstar Records.

Before recording a follow-up, the band experienced a few membership changes: DeCastro and Pizzuto left and were replaced by Christian McAlhaney and Garrett Lunceford, respectively. They also enlisted Christopher Camp and Ryan Zwiefelhofer on bass duties. Their second EP, Black Lines to Battlefields, was produced by Aaron Sprinkle (Relient K, Anberlin, MxPx) and released by the Militia Group in 2003. It featured a tighter, less generic pop/punk sound, which helped catch the attention of both Rick Rubin and VJ/A&R rep Matt Pinfield. However, before the band could record its debut LP for Columbia Records, another shakeup occurred in the lineup. Lunceford came out as gay -- which conflicted with the conservative views of some of his bandmates at that time -- and parted ways with the group. He was replaced, and the new lineup returned to the studio, with Sprinkle assuming production duties once again. Phantoms was released on April 26, 2005, and just over a year later, Acceptance split up.

The troubles began six months prior, when Phantoms leaked online, allowing fans plenty of time to enjoy the album before having to pay for it. When the physical copies were finally released, they were part of a batch of controversial copy-protected releases that resulted in a major lawsuit against parent label Sony BMG, which prompted a recall of all affected albums. Internal struggles between the band and label had also been brewing, most notably over the decision to release the ballad "Different" as the lead single, which the band felt was not representative of the album's sound as a whole. Due to the lackluster mainstream response, Columbia ended up rejecting the band's demos for its sophomore album. These myriad issues proved insurmountable and the band decided to call it quits in the summer of 2006. Oddly enough, however, Acceptance's popularity continued to grow over the subsequent years, buffered by the enduring power of Phantoms.

On January 26, 2015, just in time for the tenth anniversary of Phantoms' release, Vena, Cloyd, McAlhaney, Zwiefelhofer, and Lunceford reconciled and reconvened, enlisting drummer Nick Radovanovic. The group announced they would be reuniting for the Skate and Surf Fest held in Asbury Park, New Jersey. A few months later, they released their first new song in ten years, "Take You Away." The fan response was overwhelmingly positive. That summer, Acceptance embarked on a short sold-out club tour, promising fans a return to the studio. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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Track List: Phantoms

1. Take Cover

2. So Contagious

3. In Too Far

4. The Letter

5. Different

6. Ad Astra Per Aspera

7. This Conversation Is Over

8. Over You

9. Breathless

10. In The Cold

11. Permanent

12. Glory/Us

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Only one album? :(
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karebear8703
Acceptance is back! Can't wait to see them play this summer!
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Black lines to battlefields is the best song I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. Acceptance is still one of my favorite bands of all time, hands down.
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Has a great beat to this song by Acceptence
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Seattle yeahhh
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martinkale
I found theses guys years ago through AOL Presents or something like that. I went out and bought the CD right away. It's solid throughout. I highly recommend it.

It's sad that they didn't make any more music together. I'll have to look into the artists' other work.
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Goshhhh acceptance was so good!!! It's sad they only have one amazing album and not more ;(
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Holy crap, though I was hearing Anberlin.
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Great album
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Awesome song good feels
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Keep me hangin on... So contagiously y y y
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jnsb928
Nice to have their music played on pandora!! I went to their concert in phx,AZ at a club on ash street if I remember correctly back in 2002
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So damn good
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I miss these guys!
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Wow, why did i just hear them? where have they been?
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Great band- their music is one of a kind
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Best band ever! I saw them 14 times and would pay a large amount of U.S. currency to see them again!
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Such an amazing band, I can only hope one day they decide to do it again!
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Heard them for the first time todauy
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If you're a fan of Jimmy Eat World or Anberin, I suggest that you check these guys out. NOW. BEFORE YOU FORGET.
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The guitarist for Acceptance plays for Anberlin, Another great punk rock band
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Definitely wish I could get them to play at my wedding, love them!
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perez369
I will love this band forever
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Accepting doesn't mean involving.
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roundaboutmi k e
The original drummer, Garrett Lunceford, got kicked out because he was gay. The remaining members told him to cure his illness or get out. Definitely of irony : Calling your band Acceptance, then kicking out your drummer because he's gay. YAY!
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ph1678
They need to get back together!
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mabrown22
This album, Phantoms, is one of my favorite "complete" albums ever! Every song is great - I listen to this CD every day during my commute.
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chloedyoung
i love thir song"candle light"
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tns3031
love them
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jasonboyddav i s
does anyone know if the band Acceptance or any of the members have any side projects or play for any other bands??
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Christian from anberlin was a member of this band?
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hmm.. so far i've heard two of their songs, permanent and so contagious, and i loved them. they may just become one of my favorite bands!
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shearerenerg y
this one of the best bands ever
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luminescent_ e m a c i a t i o n
@bamford.che l s e a

I've never heard of anybody having a favorite band that only has ONE album. That must really suck for you. :(

-Arvis
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too many great bands break up after only album. This is one of them. Great pop-rock album.

@e-bodine - good call on the 3EB similarity. I've noticed Pandora groups artist not only by sound, but also by the time they were popular...pr o b a b l y because that's how most of the fans overlap. That might be why you don't see 3EB on the list.
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I aboslutely love this band. unfortunatel y i discovered them after they had already broken up. Its a shame because they are so great! Take cover and so contagious are my favorites!
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Okay, never heard them before, but like them. If they broke up, what are the new groups?
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*yawn*
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they are my absolute favorite band of all time! i would die if they had a reuion show! it would probably make my life!
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Why is Third Eye Blind not on the similar artists list?
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my absolute favorite band of the 2000's. still waiting for that reunion show :)
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Awww, I just listened to the song Take Cover and love it!
But I can't believe they broke up. ;-;
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they were an amazing band. I will always remember the show I got to see right before they broke up. I'll always listen to their music.
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They were soooooo good live!!! The band is surely missed by their many fans!
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Great band that had too short of a life. At least Christian went to Anberlin!
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blazingfox91
Amazing, just amazing. These guys are my greatest influence
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one of THE best bands of recent times, vocals are ridiculous, so was all the music
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realitysukkx
i love acceptance
definatly my favorite band
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one of the best live bands i have ever seen. vocals are insane
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Great Vocals.
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