Underoath Announce North American Tour With Dance Gavin Dance & The Plot In You

Underoath have announced a North American tour with Dance Gavin Dance and The Plot In You. Another special guest will be added to the trek at a later date.

Tour Dates:

11/02 Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium
11/03 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
11/04 New Orleans, LA – Joy Theater
11/06 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
11/08 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
11/09 Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center
11/10 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
11/12 Salt Lake City, UT – The Union Event Center
11/13 Boise, ID – Revolution Center
11/15 Portland, OR – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
11/16 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
11/17 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
11/19 Vancouver, BC – The Vogue Theatre
11/20 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
11/23 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
11/24 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
11/26 Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium
11/27 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
11/28 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
12/01 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
12/02 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
12/05 New York, NY – PlayStation Theater
12/07 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
12/08 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
12/09 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
12/11 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
12/12 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
12/13 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
12/14 Tampa, FL – USF Sun Dome

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Underoath’s Spencer Chamberlain: “I Don’t Think Religion Should Be In Music”

Back around 2009, Underoath stopped identifying themselves as a Christian band. Now, during an interview with Loudwire, Spencer Chamberlain said he doesn’t believe religion should have a place in music.

Chamberlain said the following:

“So a band is a bunch of personalities. It’s like being married… If anyone’s been in a relationship, trying to keep your girlfriend happy or your wife or your boyfriend or whoever… is a lot of work. Add a bunch of people into that, all different personalities, that’s a lot of work.

But then put a guideline, a rule, overtop of it saying ‘now we all have to believe the same thing.’ That’s like saying… you’re in my band and I’m like ‘I’m going vegan and so is he and if you don’t you’re out of the band.’ And you’re kinda like ‘That’s not really how humanity works.’

Putting a religion on a band; we’re all six individuals, that’s really unfair. What if someone decides to go down a different path? What if someone has questions? What if someone maybe just doesn’t feel right with stuff anymore?

And that pressure was really hard, because if you questioned that within the band, there was kind of this facade and smoke and mirror effect going and like, I know you’re not telling me how you really feel because you don’t want to cross that boundary of sounding like you’re not a Christian anymore, and same with this guy. No one’s talking anymore; there’s all this inner turmoil because we couldn’t talk about shit.

I just think it’s really inhumane and I don’t think religion should be in music. I don’t really care what Maynard [James Keenan of Tool, etc.] believes in, I think his music is great.”

He later added:

“I don’t hate any religion. I think anyone should be entitled to do whatever the fuck they wanna do. But for us, there was a lot of weird pressure and weird stuff behind the scenes. And people sing things that they are but they aren’t and vice versa. They like made a painting out of me. Since 2006 on, when it came out that I had problems with drugs, there was never any help.

It was just like ‘let’s crucify that guy. Because look how terrible of an example of a Christian he is.’ Not one person offered to help me. It was just like ‘fuck that guy, let’s get him out of here.’”

Underoath Tease Four New Songs, Announce “Secret” Album Release Show

Underoath have shared teasers for four new songs titled “It Has To Start Somewhere,“ “Wake Me,” “Bloodlust,“ and “Sink With You.” These tracks will appear on the band’s new album “Erase Me,“ which is set to be released on April 6. Furthermore, the group will be playing a “secret” album release show in Chicago, IL on April 6 as well. Fans can RSVP now to get the location.

Underoath’s Spencer Chamberlain: “One Of The Best Things We Ever Did Was When We Agreed Not To Be A Christian Band Anymore”

Awhile back, Underoath stopped calling themselves a Christian band, and now Spencer Chamberlain has offered more insight into that decision, during an interview with Revolver. According to him, stripping the label was “one of the best things [they] ever did.”

Chamberlain said the following:

“I think that whole idea of spelling it out was a no-brainer for us. If anyone understands how a band works it’s really really hard to juggle all those relationships and personalities. Then in addition to all of that we were adding religion to it and holding people accountable to different things as they’re growing up and learning about themselves and telling them, “You have to be like me, do the things that I’m doing.”

I don’t care what fucking religion you are, that’s so not what it’s about. It’s not about a unit moving together, it’s about a bunch of people growing up on their own. It was so much pressure and everything you did — no pun intended — you were crucified for. You couldn’t do anything without someone being angry. People don’t realize how much that weighs on you.”

My drug problem was very public and all of the Christian community hated me. I was struggling and all I was getting was hate, like, all I’m having is people tell me how shitty I am all the time. That’s not love, that’s not comfortable. The most alone and isolated I’ve ever been in my life is when I considered myself a Christian, personally.

Because I had real issues going on in my life and no one could talk to me about it. There was no help. There was nothing. It was just hide it, don’t talk about because if you do you’re not Christian and the band can’t go on anymore and that’s such an unrealistic thing. Life happens, people deal with stuff differently. It was driving us all apart and it was making things really unhealthy and I had a huge problem with calling the band a Christian band.”

He also added:

“I think part of music and art is stirring the pot. One of the best things we ever did was when we agreed not to be a Christian band anymore, and when we made this record the [phrase] “That’s not Underoath enough” was not allowed to be said because those two things fucking ruined our band in the first place. We couldn’t grow musically and we couldn’t grow individually and once we let that stuff go we became a healthy happy family that got along and were able create music again.

I’ve been off drugs for over a year and I know that was able to happen because we just let all those titles and restrictions go. That’s beautiful to me and if people are mad about that they can be mad all they want. I’m at a point in life where I can happy and healthy and they really want us to be a metal band and a Christian band again? I would be dead by now. I would be miserable — and overdosed on drugs — and there wouldn’t be an Underoath.”

Underoath’s new album “Erase Me” will be released on April 6.

Underoath’s “Rapture” Video Is Now Available On YouTube

After previously only being available on Apple Music, Underoath’s “Rapture” video is now up on YouTube and can be seen below. This track is from the band’s new album “Erase Me,” which will be released on April 6 via Fearless Records.

Guitarist Tim McTague said the following:

“I think we really wanted to capture something different with this video. The song is so unique for Underøath and we have always been a visual band. I think being able to tell a visual story with an audible narrative that ties everything together is one of the things that makes Underøath special to fans. We are stoked to see the reaction.”

Underoath Premiere “Rapture” Music Video

UPDATE: The clip is now available on YouTube.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Underoath have premiered a new video for their new song “Rapture” exclusively through Apple Music. You can check that out HERE. This track is from the band’s new album “Erase Me,” which will be released on April 6 via Fearless Records. If you don’t have Apple Music, you can just stream the track below: