Independent label powerhouses Ferret Music, Prosthetic Records, Trustkill Records and Metal Blade Records, along with sponsors Music Choice, Revolver, PureVolume.com and Hot Topic have joined together with 18 of the hottest bands in the metal and hardcore scenes to present the Sounds of the Underground Tour 2005. The tour is scheduled to run June 25 through the end of July. The Sounds of the Underground will be an all-day event with music starting each day at noon and will be held in both indoor and outdoor venues in the U.S. and Canada.
POISON THE WELL
FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES
EVERY TIME I DIE
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD
HIGH ON FIRE
ALL THAT REMAINS
A LIFE ONCE LOST
A special half-time performance will be made by GWAR mid-way thru the show. MADBALL and TERROR will be splitting the East and West portions of the tour. Regional appearances will be made by: THE RED CHORD (East Coast markets), FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF FLAMES (Midwest and Southeast markets), and HIMSA (Western markets) on the tour.
The Sounds of the Underground Tour is produced by Face the Music Touring booking agent Tim Borror, Ferret label executive/artist manager Paul Conroy, Ferret label owner Carl Severson and artist manager Larry Mazer. One of the concert organizers, Paul Conroy, concedes, "It was nearly two years ago to date when we were watching A LIFE ONCE LOST, EVERY TIME I DIE, UNEARTH and LAMB OF GOD play a VFW Hall in Suburban Philadelphia; there was something about the energy in that single show that made me a believer that these bands would grow to levels that would far exceed the VFW halls they were accustomed to playing. This tour will serve as an important vehicle in the continued development of 'organic' heavy music. Myself, Carl Severson, Tim Borror and fellow partner Larry Mazer are sincerely honored to have this opportunity to launch such a tour with its incredible group of bands."
Frontman Keith Buckley of EVERY TIME I DIE commented, "I can't imagine a tour that is so efficient in finding the pulse of American music. This has it all, and we are proud to be a part of it. Come and get your fix kids, this is great music for all of us bad people."
Trevor Phipps of UNEARTH lays it on the line: "This tour will show the masses that real music is alive and well. The Sounds of the Underground will prove that you don't need 'pop-culture' to embrace your sound and way of life. We are all excited as all hell to get this tour underway."
Sounds of the Underground will be the first festival tour for CLUTCH. Lead singer Neil Fallon commented, "I look forward to the catering tents and excited youth groups. Leave your styling gel at home. Marshall stacks and mag lights all the way around! Sign me up and give me all your drink tickets."
Ticket prices for Sounds of the Underground will be kept as cheap as possible; nearly all advance tickets will be under $30. Organizers of the tour are ticket price sensitive and will be sure to pass along info on how and where to beat overdone surcharges as well as offer advance tickets online before tickets go on sale to the public.
For more information on Sounds of the Underground, visit the official web site at this location.