New York hardcore band BACKTRACK begins their final East Coast tour today, the first in a multi-segment international tour which lasts through the year, after which the band will call it a day.
After eleven years as a band, having toured most of the planet several times over with countless other acts, and having released a long line of releases through several notable labels, the members of BACKTRACK have decided to go their separate ways on good terms. However, before they shut it down for good, they’re going to hammer the planet with an incredible amount of touring throughout the rest of 2019.
The countdown begins today, June 14th, with the launch of BACKTRACK’s final East Coast tour in Philadelphia. This run sees them joined by Dead Heat and Rule Them All, running the East Coast US and into Canada one more time, ending with a one-off in Brooklyn on June 28th.
In August, BACKTRACK will embark on their final West Coast tour with King Nine, Minus, and Somerset Thrower from August 9th through the 12th. September will see the band hitting the South Pacific region on their final run through Southeast Asia from September 14th through the 21st, and Australia from September 25th through October 2nd.
Following those runs, BACKTRACK is also booking their final European tour for November. See the current tour dates below and watch for updates to be announced shortly and throughout the rest of 2019.
The members of BACKTRACK collectively offer, “We appreciate everyone who has shown this band love over the past eleven years. Thanks to anyone who has supported us along the way, and we look forward to seeing you one last time.”
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BACKTRACK – Final Shows 2019:
Final East Coast Tour w/ Dead Heat, Rule Them All
6/14/2019 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
6/15/2019 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
6/16/2019 The Warehouse – Richmond, VA
6/17/2019 The Bakery – Atlanta, GA
6/18/2019 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
6/19/2019 Spinelli’s – Louisville, KY
6/20/2019 The Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
6/21/2019 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
6/22/2019 The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
6/24/2019 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON *no Dead Heat
6/25/2019 Bar Le Ritz – Montreal, QC *no Dead Heat
6/28/2019 Brooklyn Bazaar – Brooklyn, NY *no Dead Heat or Rule Them All
Final West Coast Tour w/ King Nine, Minus, Somerset Thrower
8/09/2019 The Lodge Room – Los Angeles, CA
8/10/2019 Gilman Street – Berkeley, CA
8/11/2019 Che Café – San Diego, CA
8/12/2019 American Legion Post 8 – Las Vegas, NV *no King Nine or Minus
Final Asia Tour
9/14/2019 Brownstone Studio – Bankok, TH
9/15/2019 Angkasa – Kuala Lumpur, MY
9/16/2019 Decline – Singapore, MY
9/18/2019 Rossi Music – Jakarta, ID
9/21/2019 Club Citta – Kawasaki, JP @ Bloodaxe Festival
Final Australia Tour
9/25/2019 Amplifier Bar – Perth, AU
9/27/2019 Enigma Bar – Adelaide, AU
9/28/2019 Stay Gold – Melbourne, AU
9/29/2019 Crowbar – Sydney, AU
9/30/2019 Hamilton Station – Newcastle, AU
10/02/2019 Crowbar – Brisbane, AU
BACKTRACK has been an imposing force looming over the underground music scene for over a decade, having cemented their name in hardcore lore one record, tour, and diatribe at a time. The quintet is formed by vocalist James Vitalo, bassist Danny Smith, drummer Steven DiGenio, and guitarists Ricky Singh and Chris Smith. Their output seethes with the tough-as-nails posture of Killing Time and Agnostic Front while snaking through glimmers of alternative and crossover.
Since their formation in 2008, BACKTRACK has delivered a heavy dose of recorded output through multiple labels. Their first release, The ’08 Demo, saw release in August 2008 via Flatspot Records, the label co-owned by the band’s Ricky Singh. They returned the following year with Deal With The Devil, the EP released through 6131 Records in late 2009. BACKTRACK’s first LP, Darker Half, was issued via Reaper Records in late 2011 to critical acclaim, which led to their signing with Bridge 9 Records, who subsequently released the band’s second LP, Lost In Life, in January of 2014. Bridge 9 also released BACKTRACK’s third, and now final LP, Bad To My World, in November of 2017.
BACKTRACK has also remained incredibly busy on the road for their densely packed existence. The band has performed at many notable festivals including Black & Blue Bowl, United Blood, Sound & Fury, Rain Fest, This Is Hardcore, Chaos In Texas, Hellfest, Outbreak Fest, Ieper Fest, SXSW, Fluff Fest, Bloodaxe Fest, Groezrock, Jera On Air, Vainstream, Rockfest, So What Music Fest, The Sound Of Revolution Fest, and many others.
Through exhaustive touring, BACKTRACK has embarked on over fifty tours across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Australia, and more, several or many times each. Throughout these many journeys, BACKTRACK has toured with the likes of Terror, Death Threat, Downpresser, Swamp Thing, New Morality, Cornered, Forfeit, Foundation, Harm’s Way, Gravemaker, Naysayer, Fire & Ice, Dead End Path, Cruel Hand, First Blood, Lionheart, Wisdom In Chains, Expire, Trapped Under Ice, Hundredth, Betrayal, Take Offense, Iron Mind, Alpha & Omega, Minus, Broken Teeth, The River Card, Cornered, Cold World, Expire, Dead End Path, Soul Search, No One Rules, Stray From The Path, Obey The Brave, Counterparts, Xibalba, Harness, Comeback Kid, H2O, Code Orange Kids, Final Prayer, Criminal Instinct, Gideon, No Bragging Rights, Rescuer, The Others, Stick To Your Guns, Redemption Denied, The Greenery, Suburban Scum, The Ghost Inside, Every Time I Die, Architects, Hundredth, Madball, Strife, Rise Of The Northstar, Bane, Malfunction, Turnstile, Mizery, Forced Order, Higher Power, No Warning, Twitching Tongues, Vein, Hangman, Risk It, Grove Street Families, Regulate, Year Of The Knife, Candy, Deez Nuts, King Nine, and more.