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". Erase Me pre-order bundles will be available this evening (9pm PST / 12am EST) with digital pre-orders including an instant download of "On My Teeth".
"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 Underøath 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:
It Has To Start Somewhere
On My Teeth
Sink With You
Hold Your Breath
I Gave Up
Underøath has confirmed a number of festival appearances, with headlining dates to be announced soon:
UNDERØATH TOUR DATES
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
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.