Weeks out from a substantial U.S. tour, Blessthefall has gone back to where it all began.
The post-hardcore act has shot “Off The Record,” a two-part series that maps the paths that brought the Phoenix, AZ quintet together. In it, frontman Beau Bokan talks of his early predilection for gangster rap, and his down-and-out days when he “didn’t have money to eat” and was “stealing from Walmart, eating Taco Bell.” He turned it all around when he auditioned with the band in 2008.
Billboard has an exclusive premiere of “Off The Record” (Part 1).
Blessthefall’s members -- Bokan, Eric Lambert (guitar), Jared Warth (bass/vocals), Matt Traynor (drums) and Elliott Gruenberg (guitar) -- reflect on their big call to shun a potential deal with Warners to join Fearless Records. It turned out to be the right one. The band is fresh off a top 20 on the Billboard 200 with “Hollow Bodies.”
Recorded with producer Joey Sturgis, “Hollow Bodies” is the band’s fourth to date and first to include co-writing with other musicians, guest vocalists (Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red, Jesse Barnett of Stick To Your Guns, and Lights’ Valerie Anne Poxleitner), and string-laced orchestration. The set peaked at No. 15 following its August 2013 release, eclipsing the No. 32 best of 2011's "Awakening."
The video for “Hollow Bodies” is below.
Blessthefall will embark on a co-headlining trek with Chiodos this summer, starting July 25 in Oklahoma City. The Crowd Surf America Tour also features support from I Killed The Prom Queen and Capture The Crown.
"So excited to be touring with our good friends in Chiodos,” Bokan tells Billboard.com. “They are one of the bands that helped shape this scene and we can't wait to give the fans a show they'll never forget.”
Crowd Surf America Tour Featuring Blessthefall and Chiodos, with I Killed The Prom Queen and Capture The Crown:
July 25 -- Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
July 26 -- Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
July 27 -- Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
July 29 -- Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
July 30 -- Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
July 31 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Live
Aug. 1 -- Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater
Aug. 2 -- Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
Aug. 3 -- Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
Aug. 4 -- Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
Aug. 6 -- Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
Aug. 7 -- Odessa, TX @ Club Patron
Aug. 8 -- Austin, TX @ ACL Live
Aug. 9 -- Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Pavilion
Aug. 11 -- Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
Aug. 12 -- Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
Aug. 13 -- Knoxville, TN @ The International
Aug. 14 -- Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy's By The Sea
Aug. 15 -- Winston Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
Aug. 16 -- Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
Aug. 17 -- Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Aug. 19 -- Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Aug. 20 -- Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Aug. 21 -- Hartford, CT @ The Webster
Aug. 22 -- Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
Aug. 23 -- Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
Aug. 24 -- Amityville, NY (Long Island) @ Revolution Bar & Music Hall***
Aug. 26 -- Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
Aug. 27 -- Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre
Aug. 28 -- Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Aug. 29 -- Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
Aug. 30 -- Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
Aug. 31 -- Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep ***
*** No Chiodos