I've caught these guys live several times now and they're great - hard and rockin'! -M
Following a sold-out Canadian tour and thrilling shows in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Japan on the Taste of Chaos international trek, UNDEROATH are gearing up for a Spring U.S. tour. The critically acclaimed sextet--lead vocalist SPENCER CHAMBERLAIN, guitarist TIM MCTAGUE, bassist GRANT BRANDELL, drummer AARON GILLESPIE, keyboardist CHRISTOPHER DUDLEY and guitarist JAMES SMITH--will launch a seven-week nationwide tour with Taking Back Sunday and Armor For Sleep on February 22.
UNDEROATH’s third album, DEFINE THE GREAT LINE--released June 20, 2006 on Tooth & Nail/Solid State--debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart is now certified gold. This follows the success of They’re Only Chasing Safety--their 2004 indie smash--which has now surpassed 405,000 copies sold. DEFINE THE GREAT LINE continues to garner a multitude of accolades:
Los Angeles Times “The album delves into new sonic territory, exploring phasing and untried guitar sounds…” (7/1/06).
USA Today “…singer Spencer Chamberlain howls against jagged riffs and rhythms that shift so suddenly he sounds like he’s walking an active fault line” (7/13/06).
SPIN “dense, chaotic metal-core that emphasizes the struggle inherent in faith. The band’s third album adds an extra dose of melody to the dual-guitar, scream-and-sing attack” (7/06).
Metal Edge “…an insanely ambitious record full of shifts in tempo, groove and even time signature; …Define The Great Line has a carefully chosen song-sequence and is designed to be listened to as a whole, rather than as a few singles and some filler or a grab bag of disconnected tunes” (8/06).
In their 5-star review, Alternative Press beamed of the album: “…artfully updating their early, brutal style with weird time changes, jarring electronic textures and post-metal ambience--the end result is transcendent” (July ’06). Meanwhile, last October the magazine placed the band on their cover hailing the music “an unrelenting examination of self that tests the bounds of hope, faith and forgiveness that’s as technical as it is melodic and uncompromising as it is inspirational.”
Of the album’s current single “You’re Ever So Inviting,” Billboard took note that it ”has Underoath coming out fighting in the New Year... Driven by the overlapping vocals of drummer Aaron Gillespie and frontman Spencer Chamberlain, the former’s traditional singing alternates with the latter’s scratchy screams…Timothy McTague and James Smith saw the air with their guitars, doggedly carving out the song’s tormented aggression. ‘You’re Ever So Inviting’ wrings your ears with a twisting grip and doesn’t let go” (1/20/07).
UNDEROATH just returned from Sweden where they shot two new videos with the avant-garde production team PopCore Films, who also directed the group’s smash “Writing On The Walls” clip which received a Grammy nomination for “Best Short Form Music Video.” Expect to see the videos for their new single “You’re Ever So Inviting” and the upcoming “A Moment Suspended In Time” later this year in conjunction with their fall headlining tour.
In more touring news, after their Spring trek, UNDEROATH will return overseas for an international tour in June. In July and August the group will include Vans Warped Tour performances in the U.S. July 24 through August 10 before launching their nationwide headlining U.S. tour this September.
The initial tour dates for UNDEROATH are as follows:
Date City Venue
Thu 2/22 University Park, PA Bryce Jordan Center
Fri 2/23 Ypsilanti, MI EMU Convocation Center
Sun 2/25 Birmingham, AL Boutwell Auditorium
Tue 2/27 San Antonio, TX Sunset Station
Wed 2/28 Dallas, TX The Palladium
Thu 3/1 Oklahoma City, OK Lloyd Noble Center
Fri 3/2 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Sat 3/3 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom
Sun 3/4 St. Paul, MN Myth
Tue 3/6 Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom
Wed 3/7 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theatre
Thu 3/8 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
Fri 3/9 Salt Lake City, UT Salt Air
Sat 3/10 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
Sun 3/11 San Bernardino, CA Orange Pavilion
Tue 3/13 Irvine, CA UCI Bren Events Center
Wed 3/14 San Francisco, CA The Concourse
Thu 3/15 San Luis Obispo, CA SLO University Rec Center
Fri 3/16 Reno, NV Lawlor Event Center/Univ. of Nevada
Sat 3/17 Boise, ID Theatre at Taco Bell Arena
Sun 3/18 Vancouver, BC PNE Forum
Tue 3/20 Edmonton, AB AgriCom (Northlands)
Wed 3/21 Calgary, AB Calgary Corral
Thu 3/22 Saskatoon, SK Prairieland Park
Fri 3/23 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings Theatre
Sun 3/25 Thunder Bay, ON Community Auditorium
Sun 3/27 Ottawa, ON Congress Centre
Wed 3/28 London, ON Centennial Hall
Thu 3/29 Toronto, ON Arrow Hall
Fri 3/30 Montreal, QC Theatre Olympia
Sat 3/31 Moon Township, PA Sewall Center/Robert Morris Univ.
Sun 4/1 Albany, NY Armory
Wed 4/4 Wilkes-Barre, PA Wachovia Arena
Thu 4/5 Amherst, MA Mullins Center
Fri 4/6 Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena
Sat 4/7 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
Sat 6/30 Bushnell, IL Cornerstone Festival