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The Sword have finalized dates for their upcoming tour of the Midwest and West. Here are the tour dates:
7/9 Phoenix, AZ @ Big Fish Pub
dates w/ Akimbo, Saviours
7/10 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
7/11 Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
7/12 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
7/14 Portland, OR @ Dante's
7/15 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
7/16 Boise, ID @ The Bouquet
7/17 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
7/18 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
7/19 Lawrence, KS @ Granada
dates w/ Saviours
7/20 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
7/21 Fargo, ND @ Aquarium
7/22 Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest - Ascot Room
7/23 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
7/25 St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
7/26 Rapids, MI @ Juke's Grand
7/27 Louisville, KY @ Phoenix Hill Tavern
7/28 Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
7/29 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
7/30 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
Wrightsville Beach, NC’s ASG will hit the road with The Sword (who recently opened for Early Man and Priestess on their national tour), Torche (ex-Floor) and Tarantula AD (playing select dates) on a tour that will take them through the Southeast, Northeast and Midwest portions of the US. Here are the tour dates:
3/29/2006 @ Skate Park of Tampa - Tampa, FL (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
3/30/2006 @ Thee Imperial - Jacksonville, FL (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
3/31/2006 @ Back Booth - Orlando, FL (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/1/2006 @ The Jinx - Savannah, GA (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/2/2006 @ The Milestone - Charlotte, NC (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/3/2006 @ The Soapbox - Wilmington, NC (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/5/2006 @ Warehouse Next Door - Washington, DC (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/6/2006 @ The Khybar - Philadelphia, PA (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/7/2006 @ Pianos - New York City, NY (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/8/2006 @ Living Room - Providence, RI (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/11/2006 @ Buffalo Icon - Buffalo, NY (Torche, The Sword)
4/12/2006 @ The High Five - Columbus, OH (Torche, The Sword)
4/13/2006 @ The Temple Club - Lansing, MI (Torche, The Sword)
4/14/2006 @ Subterranean - Chicago, IL (Torche, The Sword)
4/15/2006 @ The O'Aces Center Stage - Farmington, MO (Torche, The Sword)
4/16/2006 @ Hi Tone - Memphis, TN (Torche, The Sword)
4/18/2006 @ Walters On Washington - Houston, TX (Torche, The Sword)
4/19/2006 @ Sanctuary - San Antonio, TX (Torche, The Sword)
4/20/2006 @ Emo's - Austin, TX (Torche, The Sword)
Austin, Texas-based quartet THE SWORD have inked a deal with New York City label Kemado Records. The fast-rising band, known for their explosive songs, gripping live performances and unique vision, will release their self-titled debut on February 14, 2006.
"The Sword" final track listing:
01. Celestial Crown
02. Barael's Blade
04. Winter's Wolves
05. The Horned Goddess
06. Iron Swan
07. Lament for the Aurochs
08. March of the Lor
The song "Iron Swan" has been posted online at this location.
THE SWORD will perform a number of New York City-area live dates in mid November, previewing tracks from their forthcoming release. The details are as follows:
Nov. 19 - Brooklyn, NY - TBA (with PANTHERS, SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE)
Nov. 21 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (with INNAWAY, HULL)
Nov. 22 - New York, NY - LIT (with CHEESEBURGER)
Dec. 16 - Austin, TX - Emo's
When J.D. Cronise, guitarist and singer for Austin, Texas, sludge band the Sword, formed the band two years ago, he did some research on the name first. He found it hard to believe that no one else had taken the moniker yet, one he says he thought "would be badass." But that's when things started getting tricky.
"There's another band called Sword from our old stomping grounds of Richmond, Virginia, and we're cool with them," he explained, adding that there are other bands who have also chosen the name without the "the." There was also a Canadian metal band called Sword that was founded by brothers Mick and Dan Hughes during the 1980s; their last album was released in 1988 through Roadrunner Records.
Cronise admitted that "We've got a little opposition from some people" over the use of the name, "and we're trying to work it out." He said there's been no legal action filed yet, but the Sword are hoping "it doesn't come to that." And in his opinion, it shouldn't. "It's just silly, really," he explained. "There's not a band called the Sword."
But possible litigation's the least of the Sword's worries — they've got to make sure their self-titled, self-produced debut disc surfaces on February 14 as planned. The band's label, Kemado — which signed the Sword after Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton floated the four-piece's demo its way — has pushed the album back a few times, Cronise said. The LP will contain nine tracks, including "Celestial Crown," "Freya," "Iron Swan," "March of the Lor" and "Ebethron." The Sword are hoping there won't be any more setbacks, because they're anxious to hit the road; the band, whose sound's reminiscent of early Clutch crossed with Mastodon, has no definitive touring plans yet. The Sword have logged miles with ... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead.
Cronise said the Sword — which also includes guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie and drummer Trivett Wingo — were not inspired by Mastodon, but admits the two bands have a similar style.
"As far as the writing of the songs on this record, I hadn't really listened to them much at that point, and I think maybe even as they were getting bigger, I made a conscious effort to not listen to them for a while, because I knew what I was trying to do was kind of along the same lines as what they were trying to do," he explained. "So I didn't want to hear too many of their riffs. I didn't want them sneaking into our album. What I'm trying to do with our music is not to make it palatable or poppy, but to make it listenable. It still tries to be aggressive and heavy and huge-sounding and, like, an experience to listen to, but not something where it's like, you can only take so much before you have to turn it off because it's all screaming or all blast beats. We all of course look back to the glory days when there were awesome bands on majors."