TYPE O NEGATIVE ANNOUNCE INITIAL DATES FOR HEADLINING U.S. TOUR
WHICH LAUNCHES MARCH 28 IN PROVIDENCE, RI;
NEW CD ‘DEAD AGAIN’ OUT MARCH 13 ON SPV RECORDS
Goth rock icons TYPE O NEGATIVE have announced the initial tour dates for their 2007 U.S. headlining tour in support of their forthcoming CD DEAD AGAIN, out March 13 on SPV Records. The Brooklyn, NY band--PETER STEELE (vocals, bass), JOSH SILVER (keyboards), KENNY HICKEY (guitar), JOHNNY KELLY (drums)--will launch the trek March 28 in Providence, RI with Brand New Sin supporting.
The album’s title Dead Again implies a spiritual and physical void, but TYPE O is anything but finished. Although all of the sonics that have defined them for the past 17 years are still there, the quartet have significantly ratcheted up everything from atmospheres to musicianship. “The Profits Of Doom” features an opiate-laden psychedelic breakdown, while songs like “Tripping A Blind Man” and “Some Stupid Tomorrow” are powered by breakneck hardcore beats, which then downshift into medium-tempo grooves conjuring a ’70s underground vibe. “September Sun” reconfigures the “power ballad,” where the quieter melancholic parts are given greater resonance by the density of the riffs. “She Burned Me Down” is a destroyed-by-love song that inexplicably fuses Hickey’s arena-rock sensibilities with Laibach-ian martial cadences. The closing “Hail And Farewell To Britain”--Steele’s scathing farewell to a duplicitous ex-friend--stirs solid riffing, lyrical invective, incredibly deft playing along with field recordings of combat (think Sonic Youth covering the Animals’ 1968 hit “Sky Pilot”) for a jarring conclusion.
Type O Negative have raised the bar. Dead Again is arguably Type O’s most ambitious record yet, teeming with fury, sorrow and darkness and delivered with a broader sound palette that’s neither contrived nor cloying.
“Spacing the records far apart is how you achieve diverse results,” says Silver. “When you’re forced to write an album every year or eight months, you haven’t changed--you’re still the same asshole you were eight months ago. We’ve been different assholes every record. We’ve retained our identity through all the changes.”
“All of my music is based on what is going on in my life at the time and exaggerating it,” reveals Steele. “If I didn’t exaggerate it, I’d be writing about what I had for dinner last night.” Though early on, he and Silver used to define the band’s oeuvre as “gothadelic industrimetal,” these days he prefers “Confused dirge-core--The songs go from 40 BPM to 140 within a tenth of a second.”
For up-to-date information on TYPE O NEGATIVE, go to www.TypeONegative.net. The initial tour dates are as follows:
Date City Venue
with Brand New Sin:
Wed 3/28 Providence, RI Lupo’s
Thu 3/29 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
Fri 3/30 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Sat 3/31 Worcester, MA The Palladium
Tue 4/3 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
Thu 4/5 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theatre
Fri 4/6 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
Sat 4/7 Detroit, MI Harpo’s
with Celtic Frost and Brand New Sin:
Mon 4/9 Chicago, IL Metro
Wed 4/11 Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Club