January 15th the group will also be making a special appearance at the annual NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Convention, performing at the Fender booth. The band compiled live footage from their recent US tour to make the video for â€œCarcrashradio,â€ which can be viewed exclusively at ShockHound.com (shockhound.com/features/903-exclusive–watch-strung-out-s-new–carcrashradio–video). Touring in support of their seventh studio album, Agents Of The Underground (9/09, Fat Wreck Chords), dates in Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the rest of the US will be announced shortly.
On Agents Of The Underground, Strung Out teamed up with producer and long-time fan Cameron Webb (Motorhead, Social Distortion, Ignite) to record 11 blistering technical punk anthems that are being heralded by both fans and critics as the bandâ€™s best since their 1994 full-length debut, Another Day In Paradise. The release of Agents celebrates the bandâ€™s 20th anniversary, and vocalist Jason Cruz says â€œWeâ€™ve done a lot of touring and made a lot of records, and we have learned A LOT. Cameron was good at balancing what people want to hear from Strung Out, and at the same time, letting the band move forward. This album is the culmination of everything weâ€™ve done.â€
Agents Of The Underground
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The bandâ€™s return-to-form release has been garnering much critical acclaim, with SPIN.com claiming â€œAgents Of The Undergroundâ€¦ has all the double-time drums and big choruses and devilâ€™s-horns-worthy guitar leads you could ask for from a bunch of fellas whoâ€™ve been at this longer than some of their contemporaries have been alive,â€ and REVOLVER commenting â€œ’Black Crosses’ and ‘Ghetto Heater’â€¦ the same relentless Bad Religion gallop that made Strung Out punk-rock heroesâ€¦â€. AOL Musicâ€™s NOISECREEP added â€œThe album is packed wall to wall with shred-guitar flourishes, huge vocal hooks and some of the most intense rhythm section work this side of tech metal,â€ [which earned drummer Jordan Burns a feature story in DRUM! Nov â€™09] while ALTERNATIVE PRESS says, â€œblazing, guitar harmony-driven tracks like ‘Heart Attack’ sound like Bad Religion covering Iron Maiden, while breakdown dominated tracks like ‘Dead Spaces’ finally see the band writing music thatâ€™s heavy without being heavy-handed.â€
Strung Out is Jordan Burns (drums), Jason Cruz (vocals), Jake Kiley (guitar), Rob Ramos (guitar), Chris Aiken (bass).
Strung Out live dates:
1/8 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk w/ Calabrese
1/9 â€“ Reno, NV @ The Underground w/ Calabrese
1/10 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s w/ Calabrese
1/15 â€“ Anaheim, CA @ Anaheim Convention Center
(NAMM Convention, 5PM @ Fender booth)
1/22 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones w/ Pulley
1/23 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Downtown Brew w/ Pulley
1/29 – Riverside, CA @ The Vibe w/ Pulley
1/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre w/ Pulley