BACKWOODS PAYBACK guitarist/vocalist Mike Cummings recently unleashed Confessions of a Lackluster Performer, a collection of a writings by a musician/artist who’s been neck-deep in the U.S. underground music scene since the age of 15. These collected works capture the fine line between desperation and self-realization, depression and rejoice, the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. The book was initially issued in 2009. An updated edition with new works from the author and an introduction from acclaimed solo artist and co-founder of the legendary band Life Of Agony, Keith Caputo is now available. Turn on. Tune in. Drop out to live. Nosensemakessense. For order info visit lulu.com.
In related news, the Pennsylvania stoner/doom rockers are about to embark on a 17-date U.S. tour with labelmates Lo Pan. The loudness will begin March 9 in Baltimore and include two appearances as part of this year’s SXSW music conference in Austin, Texas. BACKWOODS PAYBACK will be touring in support of their Small Stone Recordings debut, set for release later this spring.
BACKWOODS PAYBACK Tour 2011
w/ Lo Pan
3/09/2011 Golden West Café – Baltimore, MD
3/10/2011 Krug’s Place – Frederick, MD
3/11/2011 Slim’s – Raleigh, NC
3/12/2011 Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge – Atlanta, GA
3/13/2011 The Nick – Birmingham, AL
3/14/2011 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
3/15/2011 The Ten Eleven – San Antonio, TX
3/16/2011 Death Metal Pizza – Austin, TX
3/17/2011 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK w/ Tombs, Castevet
3/18/2011 Headhunter’s (back patio) – Austin, TX [SXSW date]
3/20/2011 Headhnter’s – Austin, TX [SXSW date]
3/20/2011 Rudyard’s – Houston, TX
3/21/2011 The Hi Tone – Memphis, TN
3/22/2011 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
3/23/2011 The Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN
3/24/2011 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
3/25/2011 Corktown Tavern – Detroit, MI
3/26/2011 South Park Tavern – Dayton, OH
3/27/2011 Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
After touring the country relentlessly for five years, the singer of a Pennsylvania hardcore band decided to stop everything, lock himself in his basement and turn a new page. Armed with a four-track and a life long obsession with Neil Young, Black Flag and Sabbath, he re-emerged two days later with the blueprint for what would become BACKWOODS PAYBACK. With the help of a few like-minded individuals the band transformed into fully operational Death Star of riffage before the end of that year.
Staying true to the D.I.Y. sensibilities of their past, BACKWOODS PAYBACK spread their word one song, town and person at a time. The band toured the U.S. whenever possible, self-recorded and released their own EPs and full-lengths and acted (and continue acting) as hosts and goodwill ambassadors of sorts to touring bands from all over the world. Small bar shows led to bigger ones and weekend tours turned into month-long jaunts. After several years and countless trips crisscrossing the country, BACKWOODS PAYBACK found themselves sharing the stage with the likes of The Hidden Hand, Exodous, Gwar and Cradle Of Filth.
BACKWOODS PAYBACK Lineup:
Mike Cummings: Guitar, Vocals
Jessica Baker: Bass
Rylan Caspar: Guitar
W.S. Curtiss: Drums
“Exactly what big bearded men from Nowhere, PA would sound like: ball swinging sludge with a touch of blues.” — Decibel
“Backwoods Payback have the potential to make a sizable splash, and will be an easy sell to the fans of Scissorfight, Alabama Thunderpussy and Clutch.” — Metal Review
“You like heavy doses of sludge-ridden rawk like Pentagram but feel the love really coming on when you add in a steeped-in-the-still feel of the southern backwoods, this is for you.” — Ray’s Realm