For more than 15 years Underøath has been sharpening its fierce eloquence when it comes to pounding out the Christian-slanted hard rock that has earned the band a glowing global rep. Blending post-hardcore and heavy metal with a decent dose of screamo, the Tampa outfit featuring Aaron Gillespie and Spencer Chamberlain has moved from blustery broadsides like “I’ve Got Ten Friends and a Crowbar That Says You Ain’t Gonna Do Jack” to refined explosions such as those that dot their first disc in eight years, “Erase Me.” The album hits hard. From ‘Bloodlust’ to ‘I Gave Up’ the band rails through a storm of sound. But that sound is no-longer associated with overt Christian perspectives. Chamberlain has told the press that they “couldn’t grow musically” under that banner, and once they let it go they “became healthy, happy….and were able to create again.” Underøath‘s ‘Three Thoughts’ interview finds them amplifying that notion, with the guys questioning recent actions in the name of Christianity. “When you believe in the rules and not the reason [behind them], then you got an issue,” says Gillespie. Watch them shoot from the hip about the act of speaking truth to power. – The video can be watched below.
Underøath will embark on the “Erase Me” tour this fall. It is the band’s first major market headline tour in support of its new album, “Erase Me” (Fearless Records), which recently debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart. The tour finds Underøath returning to many markets they previously sold out on their incredibly successful “Rebirth” tour.
In addition to playing multiple shows in several markets, the tour will see the band performing at landmark venues, such as The Shrine in Los Angeles. Underøath will close out the tour with their first-ever headline arena show at The Sun Dome in their hometown of Tampa. This date serves as the band’s sole appearance in its native Florida this year.
Joining Underøath for this “can’t-miss” trek are Dance Gavin Dance, who recently debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard chart with its new album, “Artificial Selection”, and labelmates The Plot In You. In August, Underøath will announce the final band to appear on the tour.
“We’re dang excited to finally announce the ‘Erase Me’ U.S tour,” Underøath‘s Chris Dudley said. “We’re bringing along Dance Gavin Dance, a special guest that we think people are going to be pretty pumped on (patience!) and The Plot In You. We’ve also already started working hard on the show itself to make it something unlike anything we’ve done before. So, between that and the lineup, this is basically gonna be insane.”
Fans will also have plenty of opportunities for band experiences on this run. VIP meet-and-greet packages will be available and soundcheck performance parties will be taking place.
Underøath will also appear on three dates of the final cross-country Vans Warped Tour, as well as at other key summer fests.
JUL 28 – Heavy Montreal, Montréal, Canada
JUL 29 – Impact Music Festival, Bangor, ME
AUG 12 – iMatter Festival, Horseheads, NY
AUG 24 – Reading Festival, Reading, United Kingdom
AUG 25 – Leeds Festival, Leeds, United Kingdom
SEP 14 – Riot Fest, Chicago, IL
SEP 15 – Riot Fest, Chicago, IL
SEP 16 – Riot Fest, Chicago, IL
SEP 28 – Louder Than Life, Louisville, KY
OCT 13 – Monster Energy Aftershock Festival, Sacramento, CA
OCT 14 – Monster Energy Aftershock Festival, Sacramento, CA
“Erase Me” fall 2018 tour dates:
Nov. 02 – Nashville, TN – War Memorial
Nov. 03 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
Nov. 04 – New Orleans, LA – The Joy Theater
Nov. 06 – Austin, TX – Stubbs
Nov. 08 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre
Nov. 09 – Los Angeles, CA – The Shrine Expo Hall
Nov. 10 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Nov. 12 – Salt Lake City, UT – Union
Nov. 13 – Boise, ID – Revolution Concert Hall
Nov. 15 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Nov. 16 – Spokane, WA – The Knitting Factory
Nov. 17 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
Nov. 19 – Vancouver, BC – The Vogue Theater
Nov. 20 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
Nov. 23 – Denver, CO – The Ogden Theater
Nov. 24 – Denver, CO – The Ogden Theater
Nov. 26 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium
Nov. 27 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre
Nov. 28 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
Dec. 01 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
Dec. 02 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Hall
Dec. 05 – New York, NY – Playstation Theater
Dec. 07 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Dec. 08 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Dec. 09 – Philadelphia, PA – The Electric Factory
Dec. 11 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
Dec. 12 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
Dec. 13 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
Dec. 14 – Tampa, FL – The Sun Dome
“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).