HIDDEN HOSPITALS is gearing up to hit the road in support of their debut full-length album SURFACE TENSION. The Chicago-based foursome–which includes members from previous projects Damiera (Equal Vision Records) and Kiss Kiss (Eyeball Records)–will kick off a nine show run on May 3 in Rochester, NY. They’ll make stops in Syracuse, NY, Philadelphia, PA, and New Brunswick, NJ before hitting The Shop in Brooklyn on Friday, May 8. The group will then perform a special show with Anti-Flag on May 9 in Pittsburgh, PA and continue on to Columbus, OH and Cedar Falls, IA before returning to their hometown of Chicago for a show at Beat Kitchen on June 2. All dates are listed below and ticket info is available at www.hiddenhospitals.com.
HIDDEN HOSPITALS–DAVE RAYMOND (Vocals/Guitar), STEVE DOWNS (Guitar), JARED KARNS (Drums) and JOHN SCOTT (Bass/Vocals)–has spent the past three years finely etching SURFACE TENSION. The self-released album is available digitally via iTunes, Amazon, and other online retailers, as well as physical CD and limited copies on vinyl via a partnership with Secret Audio Club.
Produced and mixed by J. Hall, who also worked on their past releases, SURFACE TENSION is a record that churns heavy with kinetic energy and precise movements. A stable and familiar thread ties together the album–carefully paced through 12 engaging tracks–as a whole. The band transitions seamlessly between sharp, taut guitar-rock reminiscent of Diamond Eyes-era Deftones and an atmosphere of electronica evoking Radiohead’s Kid A. Check out the music video for “Rose Hips,” a new track off the album, here. The band decided to take a more artful approach to videos by shooting a short film, broken into three parts and set to songs “Pulp,” “Rose Hips” and “Modern Saints.” The next video in the series will premiere in the coming weeks.
Sun 5/3 Rochester, NY Bug Jar
Mon 5/4 Syracuse, NY Gorham Brother
Tue 5/5 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
Wed 5/6 New Brunswick, NJ Court Tavern
Fri 5/8 Brooklyn, NY The Shop
*Sat 5/9 Pittsburgh, PA Smiling Moose
Sun 5/10 Columbus, OH Skully’s
Sat 5/16 Cedar Falls, IA Octopus College Hill
Tue 6/2 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
* w/ Anti-Flag