Photo credit: Nick Fancher; Left to right: Chris Dudley, Tim McTague, Aaron Gillespie, Spencer Chamberlain, James Smith, Grant Brandell
UNDERØATH RETURN WITH ERASE ME (APRIL 6, FEARLESS RECORDS), THE BAND’S FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 8 YEARS
NEW SONG, “ON MY TEETH,” STREAMING NOW
The audacity to profess your true self is a virtue. Moreover, the transparency to outwardly proclaim a significant shift in the sentiment you once held so sacred is both courageous and compelling.
Feb. 22, 2018 – Underøath release Erase Me, their sixth studio album and first since 2010, via Fearless Records on April 6.
The confirmation of what is one of rock music’s most anticipated and speculated about reunions arrives with Underøath’s first new song in nearly a decade, “On My Teeth” (https://youtu.be/WlDVOIO1rIA)
“We’ve had success and we’ve come through a lot of waters,” explains drummer/vocalist Aaron Gillespie. “There’s been 11,000 things we’ve been through so you would think, almost rhetorically, ‘What do you need now?’ All of us are finally in that place in our lives where the only thing we care about is inclusion for everybody—for the world. For me, exclusion is the scariest thing in the world. And I think Underoath coming back now with a new record—which none of us thought was possible—we want people to know that this is your music and you can feel however the fuck you want about it. I just want to prove that we are doing everything in the most honest way we ever have. This is the healthiest we’ve ever been as a group of people, as musicians, and in our worldview.”
Gillespie’s quote touches on the narratives behind the 11-song release: addressing the dire circumstances that led to the demise of the band, the ability to, now, be true to themselves and with their listeners as well as the individual band members disenchantment with religion.
“We took a step away and then we realized that we are a family,” adds singer Spencer Chamberlain. “We do miss it and we miss each other. We made the decision to never play again as Underoath and then we let that sit a couple of years. Band members rebuilt themselves and their friendships–and then we rebuilt the band.”
Erase Me was written and recorded over the summer of 2017 with producer Matt Squire (Panic! At The Disco, 3OH!3) and mixed by Ken Andrews (Failure, Jimmy Eat World).
Erase Me tracklist:
Erase Me pre-orders will be available this evening (9 pm pacific/12 midnight eastern) with digital pre-orders including an instant download of “On My Teeth.” Digital pre-orders are available via http://found.ee/eraseme with physical bundles available here: http://found.ee/
Underøath has confirmed a number of festival appearances, with headlining dates to be announced soon:
April 20 Las Vegas, NV Las Rageous
April 27 Jacksonville, FL Welcome to Rockville
April 28 Sunrise, FL Fort Rock
May 4 Charlotte, NC Carolina Rebellion
May 18 – 20 Columbus, OH Rock on the Range
May 26 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma
June 15 Paris, France Download Festival Paris
June 16 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg
June 21 Dessel, Belgium Festivalpark Stenehi
June 22 – 24 Scheessel, Germany Hurricane Festival
June 22 – 24 Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany Southside Festival
June 23 Dessel Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting
June 28 Prague, Czech Republic Aerodrome Festival
June 29 Madrid, Spain Download Festival Madrid
June 30 Ysselsteyn, Netherlands Jera on Air
July 12 – 14 Cadott, WI Rock Fest
July 13 Oshkosh, WI Rock USA
July 28 – 29 Montreal, QC Heavy Montreal
August 24 Reading, UK Reading Festival
August 25 Leeds, UK Leeds Festival
Underøath is Grant Brandell (bass), Spencer Chamberlain (vocals), Chris Dudley (keyboards), Aaron Gillespie (drums/vocals), Tim McTague (guitar) and James Smith (guitar). The band has released five studio albums including two gold records: They’re Only Chasing Safety and Define The Great Line, and have earned a pair of Grammy nominations. Define The Great Line debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart. The Tampa-based band parted ways following the release of 2010’s Ø (Disambiguation), returning in 2016 for their self-proclaimed Rebirth Tour.
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