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Calico System

From: St. Louis, MO, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded

Latest Calico System News

Below is our complete Calico System news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Calico System Calls It Quits

St. Louis metal/hardcore/rock outfit Calico System has apparently broken up. Guitarist Rick Giordano has issued the following statement:

"Well there is no IS really, we already have. Reasons? You want reasons? I don't have to explain myself to you!! But I'll sum it up by saying that it just didn't make sense to remain a band anymore. Music rules, but the music BUSINESS sucks and had taken its toll on all of us. A farewell tour will be happening. I can't say when or where yet, but it will happen. We hope to hit a handful of select cities possibly this fall to party with all our friends one last time. And to answer the most common email/comment questions we recieve... NO, you cannot find the CD anywhere. We're not happy about it either (biting tongue...) because we're really proud of the fucking thing! Good thing there's Internet downloading! And NO, we're not playing whatever show you saw us listed on on some other band's page or flyer or whatever. We have no upcoming shows. I can almost hear the applause from the kids on Lambgoat..."

Original guitarist Shawn Keith shortly afterward issued his own statement regarding the band's break-up:

"I figured I would chime in here seeing that both myself and Erik quit the band prior to the demise. When we got signed back in 2003 everything about the music and scene was completely different. You did not have Myspace to blow your band up and you actually had to have a record deal before any type of hype could be built around you band other than touring. We booked DIY tours early on before we were signed and put in the work. We toured probably more than a lot of bands EVER did and I am proud of the accomplishments that we made. It was a lot of blood sweat and tears but at the end of the day when everything is pointing against you then you just have to simply say 'it is time to move on. Erik and I quit back in February to pursue other interest in music and in our personal lives. We got to a point where we were not as passionate about it as we once were... Our label slapped a sounds like 'new breed of metalcore' sticker on the front of our new record and that is something we wanted to stray away from completely. Now when Deathcore is it fact the new 'cool' thing we decided we did not want any part of it. Even though both Erik and I are no longer with the band I still think it is important to thank anyone and everyone who ever came to see a show, let us sleep on their floors or bought any of our merch. You are the people that made it possible for me experience things I would have never been able to. I also would like to thank any promoter that ever booked a show for Calico System. It is because of you that we were able to get as far as we did and it is a memory that will never be forgotten. We are talking about doing a farewell tour in October in select cities that I myself will be apart of. I am being as sincere as I possibly can by saying THANK YOU for the support and good times."

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Calico System Announce Break Up

St. Louis metalcore act CALICO SYSTEM have announced that they’re breaking up after a yet to be announced farewell tour. If you care, you can read more about it here.

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Calico System, Stick To Your Guns, Tour Dates

Calico System, Stick To Your Guns, and Solidarity will tour out West later this month. Here are the tour dates:

2/21 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction (no STYG)
2/23 Victorville, CA @ Trilogy Theater
2/24 Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry's Pizza
2/25 Palmdale, CA @ Vets Hall
2/26 Las Vegas, NV @ University Theatre
2/27 Phoenix, AZ @ Metal Devastation
2/28 El Paso, TX @ Chic's Bar w/ Walls of Jericho
3/1 Lubbock, TX @ The Way
3/2 San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
3/3 Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
3/4 Dallas, TX @ TBA
3/5 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory

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Calico System Set To Record New Album

Calico System will enter Planet Red in Richmond, VA on January 19th to begin recording a new album. Producing the effort will be Andreas Magnusson and Randy Vanderbilt. Titled "Outside Are The Vultures," the effort is scheduled to hit streets in early-2007 via Eulogy Recordings.

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Haste The Day, Calico System Tour Dates

Haste The Day will kick of their "12 Days of Christmas" tour on December 11th with support from Calico System, Heavyheavylowlow, and Flee The Seen. Here are the tour dates:

12/11 Lafayette, IN @ Downtown Records
12/12 Covington, KY @ The Madhatter
12/13 Huntington, WV @ HYAMP
12/14 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
12/15 Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small's Theater
12/16 Lemoyne, PA @ Champion Ship
12/17 New York, NYC @ The Knitting Factory
12/18 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobard
12/19 Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz
12/20 West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
12/21 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown

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Calico System Writing New Album

Calico System are currently at home in St. Louis, MO writing a new album for Eulogy Recordings. At this point the writing process is going "extremely well" and the album is expected to surface in mid-2007. Meanwhile, the group recently added original member Justin Haltmar to their line-up on bass.

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Calico System Re-Unite With Drummer

Calico System have been rejoined by former bassist Justin Haltmar and are currently working on new material for their next record which they expect to have in stores early next year, with touring to kick off late this year.

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Bands Announced for Infest in NJ

Bands have been announced for an upcoming fest entitled, "Infest", that will be taking place in Asbury Park, NJ on June 11th. Bands are as follows:

Dillinger Escape Plan
The Number 12 Looks Like You
Haste the Day
Sworn Enemy
From a Second Story Window
Cattle Decapitation
Job for a Cowboy
Misery Index
Scars of Tomorrow
Calico System
Too Pure to Die
Inked In Blood
On Broken Wings
Black My Heart
Full Blown Chaos
The Showdown
Flee the Seen

Infest will have 3 stages, one at the Stone Pony inside, Stone Pony outside, and on in Club Deep, which is across from the Stone Pony.

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Kittie To Do US Tour With Evergreen Terrace

Canadian metal band KITTIE will be teaming up with EVERGREEN TERRACE and CALICO SYSTEM for a U.S. tour beginning in April. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Apr. 14 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Apr. 15 - Portland, OR @ Rock and roll Pizza
Apr. 16 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
Apr. 21 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto
Apr. 22 - Albuqerque, NM @ Sushine Theather
Apr. 27 - Houston, TX @ The Meridiam
Apr. 29 - Lewisville, TX @ Fat Daddy's

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The Esoteric Plan Tour and Revamp Website

The Esoteric has a message for everyone about the upcoming 2006 tour schedule:

“Hello everyone, huge news! THE ESOTERIC will be hitting the road once again for a MAJOR US trek (that includes YOU California, know you've been waiting!).

SCARLET, CALICO SYSTEM and FIGHT PARIS are our tourmates for this one and the tour will run from January 13 in Virginia Beach through February 26 in Peoria, IL. See you there!”

In other news, The Esoteric have completely revamped the band’s website. Check it out, and check out the video for “Ram-Faced Boy” while you’re at it.

Here is the full listing of The Esoteric tour dates with Scarlet, Calico System, Fight Paris: More...

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Scarlet, The Esoteric, Calico System Tour Dates

Dates have been disclosed for the upcoming Scarlet, The Esoteric, Calico System, and Fight Paris tour. Here's the latest:

1/13 Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
1/14 Fredericksburg, VA @ KC's
1/16 Montclair, NJ @ Bloomfield Ave Cafe
1/17 Centereach, NY @ Centereach VFW
1/18 Wakefield, MA @ United Methodist Church
1/19 Sou Glens Falls, NY @ Halfpipe Thrills
1/20 Fulton, NY @ Fulton VFW
1/21 Southgate, MI @ The Modern Exchange
1/22 Grand Rapids, MI @ Ten Bells Nightclub
1/23 Chicago, IL @ The Studio
1/24 Omaha, NE @ The Rock
1/25 Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
1/26 Denver, CO @ Rock Island
1/27 Ogden, UT @ Club Boom Va
1/28 Boise, ID @ The Venue
1/29 Reno, NV @ VFW Hall
1/30 Sacramento, CA @ Junta
1/31 San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
2/1 Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry's Pizza
2/2 Hollywood, CA @ Whisky a GoGo
2/3 Lancaster, CA @ Cedar Centre
2/4 Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
2/5 Las Vegas, NV @ The Clubhouse
2/6 Phoenix, AZ @ Phix Gallery
2/7 El Paso, TX @ House of Rock N' Roll
2/9 Corpus Christi, TX @ The Ballroom
2/10 San Antonio, TX @ Bonds 007
2/11 Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
2/12 Baton Rouge, LA @ The Darkroom
2/13 Panama City Beach, FL @ The Showcase
2/14 Orlando, FL @ The Backbooth
2/15 West Palm Beach, FL @ Ray's Downtown Blues
2/16 Clearwater, FL @ 688 Skatepark
2/17 Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
2/18 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
2/19 Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
2/20 Tupelo, MS @ Rockwell Center
2/21 Memphis, TN @ The Complex
2/25 St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl

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Calico System, Chiodos Tour Dates

Calico System will be touring for about six weeks or so with Chiodos. Additional support is as follows:

Lovehatehero 10.28 - 11.20
Mikoto 11.22 - 11.30
Odd Project 11.25 - 12.03

The complete list of tour dates is as follows: More...

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Hellfest 2005 Schedule Released

The entire schedule for Hellfest has finally been released. HELLFEST 2K5 takes place on August 19-21 at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. Tickets are available at hellfest.com or you can purchase tickets at the Sovereign Bank Arena box office or charge by phone at 1-888-SBA-TIXX or online at sovereignbankarena.com.

The complete schedule follows, including stages, times and bands playing: More...

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Hellfest 2005 Announces Another 39 Bands

HELLFEST 2005, which takes place August 19th to the 21st in Trenton, NJ, has announced the next 39 bands out of the 188 total bands playing this year's festival (and they're still not done). Here are the latest additions:


Against Me!
A Love For Enemies
A Murder of Crows
Anorexic Beauty Queen
At All Cost
Between Walls
Boy Sets Fire
Burning Season
Calico System
Classic Case
Glass and Ashes
Haste The Day
I am Idaho
MC Goldie Wilson
None More Black
Norma Jean
Planes Mistaken for Stars
Smoke or Fire
Strike Anywhere
Summers End
Sworn Enemy
Beautiful Mistake, The
Unseen, The
Time Of Need
Triple Threat
When Tigers Fight


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Darkest Hour Confirmed For Gator's Aftermath

DARKEST HOUR and TURMOIL are among the bands that have been confirmed for Gator's Aftermath, a one-day festival set to take place Friday, July 1 at Ziggy's in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


Tickets are $15 in advance (etix.com) or $20 the day of the show (with the purchase of a Sounds of the Underground ticket and $25 the day of without a Sounds of the Underground ticket).

For those who are out of town and attend the Sounds of the Underground, the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds are allowing camping overnight. So you can go rock the hell out at Sounds of the Underground, get a good night's sleep, and go directly across the street to Ziggy's the next day. There will be water connections for RVs and bathrooms with showers.

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Haste The Day and Calico System Tour Dates

Haste The Day and Calico System will be hooking up for a run of dates in late-May and early-June. Here's the schedule:

5/18 Little Rock AR @ Vino's
5/19 Peoria IL @ East Peoria Legion Hall
5/20 Omaha NE @ Ranch Bowl
5/21 Sioux City SD @ Jefferson City Community Center
5/22 Rapid City SD @ Quality Inn
5/23 Colorado Springs CO @ Navajo Hogan
5/25 Cedar City UT @ the Boondocks
5/26 Lancaster CA @ Mr. Q's
5/29 Lake Havasu AZ @ Havasu Underground
5/30 Henderson NV @ Roadhouse Casino
6/1 Oklahoma City OK @ Green Room
6/2 Wichita KS @ Eagles Lodge
6/3 Springfield MO @ Nu Brew Coffee House
6/4 Bloomington IN @ Rhinos

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Calico System and The Burning Season Tour Dates

Calico System and The Burning Season will be hitting the road together this week. More dates will be announced, but here's the latest:

4/15 Warrensburg MO @ Christian Campus House
4/17 Evansville IN @ Wired Cafe
4/18 Nashville TN @ The Muse
4/20 Augusta GA @ Lokal Loudness Live w/ Across Five Aprils
4/23 Herrin IL @ Teen Town
4/28 Richmond IN @ Charlies Coffee Bar
4/29 Jasper IN @ Shelterhouse
4/30 Salem IL @ Roller Palace

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Calico System To Enter Studio

Calico System will enter New Jersey's Big Blue Meenie Studios on March 25th to begin tracking their new album, "They Live." The effort will hit stores this summer through Eulogy Recordings.

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The Warriors, Reflux, Calico System Tour Dates

Dates have been finalized for the upcoming The Warriors, Reflux, and Calico System tour. Deadsoil will be appearing during the tour's last two weeks. Here's the schedule:

1/28 Panama City Beach FL @ Springfield Community Center
1/29 Baton Rouge LA @ The Darkroom
1/30 New Orleans LA @ Cypress Hall w/ Diecast, Hoods
1/31 San Antonio TX @ Sin 13
2/1 Dallas TX @ July Alley
2/2 Amarillo TX or Wichita KS @ TBA
2/3 Boulder CO @ Club 156
2/4 Salt Lake City UT @ The Circuit
2/5 Boise ID @ The Venue
2/6 Spokane WA @ Fat Tuesday
2/7 Seattle WA @ Studio Seven
2/8 Portland OR @ Solid State

dates w/ Deadsoil: More...

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Across Five Aprils And Calico System Tour Dates

Across Five Aprils and Calico System have announced the following stops on their tour:

12-31 - Atlanta , Georgia @ The Green House
01-01 - Beaufort, South Carolina @ Midland
01-02 - Fredericksburg, Virginia @ Shooters
01-03 - Norfolk, Virginia @ Michael Bob's
01-04 - Montclair, New Jersey @ Bloomfield Cafe
01-05 - Baltimore, Maryland @ Mojo
01-06 - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania @ Champion Ship
01-07 - Setauket, New York @ Fellowship Hall
01-08 - Lakewood, Ohio @ Phantasy Night Club
01-09 - Nashville, Tennessee @ The Muse

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