Thursday, March 20, 2008

Beat Union raps new video and on tour

BEAT UNION have premiered the video for "Calling," which is up now on the Alternative Press magazine website: The clip was directed by Hurley Entertainment/Daniel Chesnut (Greeley Estates) and was inspired by the drinking scene in the film Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels. The video has a distinct European film style look and features lots of slow-to-fast motion, upside down camera angles and quick rack focus.

Hailing from Birmingham, England, BEAT UNION--who fuse potent songwriting with an amalgam of influences from The Clash to Elvis Costello and The Jam--are set to release their U.S. debut album DISCONNECTED on April 22 via Science.

Recorded in November 2007 with producer John Feldmann (The Used, Good Charlotte, Story of the Year, The Matches) at the helm, DISCONNECTED is a seamless yet diverse eleven-track debut that celebrates the past as it looks to the future with serious intent.

After just wrapping a Winter tour with Bedouin Soundclash and hotly-tipped shows at SXSW--one with UK acts at The Great Escape Showcase and the Vans Warped Tour/Alternative Press magazine's international showcase--BEAT UNION have hit the road again for a Spring U.S. run (see dates below). They'll also be a featured guest at the April 11 Vans Warped Tour kick-off party at the Key Club in West Hollywood, CA. Look for the group--DAVE WARSOP (vocals/guitar), LUKE JOHNSON (drums), DEAN ASHTON (guitar), ADE PRESTON (bass)--to perform on the Vans Warped Tour most of the summer on the stage. BEAT UNION has also been confirmed for Japan's Summer Sonic Festival August 9 and 10. See below for the current tour itinerary and go to, and for updates.

Date City Venue
with Authority Zero, Whole Wheat Bread, Civet:
Wed 3/19 Orlando, FL The Blackbooth
Thu 3/20 Port St. Lucie, FL Mojo Room
Fri 3/21 Jacksonville Beach, FL Freebird Café
Sat 3/22 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
Mon 3/24 Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
Tue 3/25 Wilmington, NC The Soapbox Laundrolounge
Wed 3/26 Virginia Beach, VA Steppin' Out
Thu 3/27 Washington, DC Rock n Roll Hotel
Fri 3/28 Staten Island, NY L'Amour
Sun 3/30 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel
Mon 3/31 Cleveland, OH Peabody's Down Under
Tue 4/1 Chicago, IL Reggie's Live
Wed 4/2 Sauget, IL Pop's
Thu 4/3 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
Fri 4/4 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
Sat 4/5 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
Mon 4/7 Reno, NV Club Underground
Tue 4/8 Sacramento, CA The Boardwalk
Wed 4/9 Los Angeles, CA Knitting Factory

Vans Warped Tour Kick-Off Party:
Fri 4/11 West Hollywood, CA The Key Club

UK dates with State Radio:
Sat 5/20 London, ENG Kings College
Sun 5/21 Leicester, UK The Charlotte
Mon 5/22 Southhampton, UK Unit 22
Tue 5/23 Birmingham, UK Barfly

Vans Warped Tour 2008:
Fri 6/20 Pomona, CA Pomona Fairgrounds
Sat 6/21 San Francisco, CA Pier 30/32
Sun 6/22 Ventura, CA Seaside Park
Wed 6/25 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
Thu 6/26 Las Cruces, NM N.M.S.U. Practice Field
Sat 6/28 Salt Lake City, UT TBA
Sun 6/29 Denver, CO Invesco Field
Tue 7/1 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Wed 7/2 Kansas City, KS Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Thu 7/3 Dallas, TX Center
Sat 7/5 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sun 7/6 Houston, TX Sam Houston Race Park
Wed 7/9 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheater
Thu 7/10 Orlando, FL Central Florida Fairgrounds
Fri 7/11 Tampa, FL Vinoy Park
Sat 7/12 Miami, FL Bicentennial Park
Sun 7/13 Jacksonville, FL St. Johns County Fairgrounds
Mon 7/14 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Tue 7/15 Virginia Beach, VA TBA
Wed 7/16 Washington, DC Merriweather Post Pavilion
Thu 7/17 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
Fri 7/18 Detroit, MI Comerica Park
Sat 7/19 Toronto, Ontario TBA
Sun 7/20 Montreal, Quebec TBA
Wed 7/23 Boston, MA Tweeter Center
Thu 7/24 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Fri 7/25 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Sat 7/26 Uniondale, NY TBA
Sun 7/27 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
Mon 7/28 Englishtown, PA Raceway Park
Tue 7/29 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
Wed 7/30 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Thu 7/31 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Fri 8/1 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheatre
Sat 8/2 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sun 8/3 Minneapolis, MN TBA

Sat 8/9 Tokyo, Japan Summer Sonic Festival
Sun 8/10 Osaka, Japan Summer Sonic Festival

Vans Warped Tour:
Wed 8/13 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Thu 8/14 San Diego, CA TBA
Fri 8/15 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sat 8/16 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sun 8/17 Los Angeles, CA Home Depot Center

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