Explosive Canadian rockers Art of Dying have announced the dates for their much anticipated US headlining tour, their first shows on American soil since releasing the critically acclaimed 13 song full length, Rise Up (Eleven Seven Music). Newcomers Children 18:3 and Letters From The Fire have been handpicked as support for the 40+ date run. Tickets and exclusive VIP upgrades are available now through EnterTheVault.com.
“We are looking forward to this tour in a big way“, says Art of Dying frontman Jonny Hetherington. “A lot of amazing clubs in some of our favorite cities where we are able to get up close and personal with our biggest fans at our VIP engagements. We’re also stoked to be bringing along some cool new bands.”
08/31 @ The Fish Head Cantina – Halthorpe MD
09/01 @ Hooligan’s – Jacksonville, NC
09/02 @ The Drunk Horse Pub – Fayetteville NC
09/03 @ The Wizard Saloon – Hickory, NC
09/04 @ The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN
09/06 @ Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
09/07 @ Scout Bar – Houston, TX
09/08 @ Trees – Dallas, TX
09/09 @ Fitzgerald’s – San Antonio TX
09/10 @ Click’s – Tyler, TX
09/11 @ Jake’s Backroom – Lubbock TX
09/13 @ Club Red – Mesa, AZ
09/14 @ The Irenic – San Diego, CA
09/15 @ Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV
09/16 @ Above DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
09/17 @ Malone’s – Santa Ana, CA
09/18 @ The Whiskey – W.Hollywood, CA
09/20 @ Studio Seven – Seattle WA
09/21 @ Hawthorne Theatre Lounge – Portland, OR
09/22 @ The Pin! – Spokane, WA
09/24 @ Diamondz Event Center – Jerome, ID
09/25 @ Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
09/27 @ Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO
09/28 @ City Hall – Denver, CO
09/29 @ TBA – Colorado Spring, CO
09/30 @ Aftershock – Merriam, KS
10/01 @ Lookout Lounge – Omaha, NE
10/02 @ Gabe’s Oasis – Iowa City, IA
10/05 @ The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
10/06 @ Wicked Moose – Rochester, MN
10/07 @ The Garage Bar – Moorehead, MN
10/08 @ Big’s Bar – Sioux Falls, SD
10/14 @ Q&V Expo Center – Ringle, WI
10/15 @ The Back Bar – Janesville, WI
10/16 @ Realm – Toledo, OH
10/18 @ The Outpost – Kent, OH
10/19 @ Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH
10/20 @ Cheers Pub – South Bend, IN
10/21 @ The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
10/22 @ Battle Creek – Battle Creek, MI
About Art of Dying:
There is an old saying which claims that great art is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration. The truth though is that exceptional creativity is nurtured by a complexly brewed combination of unswerving dedication and God-given talent. It’s a fact no better illustrated than by the history of Vancouver’s hard-rockers ART OF DYING and their talismanic frontman Jonny Hetherington. From hours busking on the corners of frozen streets, to catching the ear of members of DISTURBED, to gatecrashing some of North America’s biggest venues, to writing and recording records of truly epic proportions, the trajectory of the quartet’s career has astonished both fans and industry insiders alike.
“In my early days as a musician I just wanted to play and hone my chops,” explains Hetherington, “and playing on the street seemed like the best way to do that. It teaches you a lot about songwriting and about yourself, because you’re having to learn and make mistakes in front of people. I’ll never forget the folks who came and took notice of what I was doing back then, lots of them are ART OF DYING fans now and I think that’s testament to what we’ve been able to create as a band.”
And what ART OF DYING has been able to create is muscular, vivacious hard-rock bursting with lung-shattering choruses and a sincerity that is impossible to fake. Equally at home with a lead-fingered riff or a deft slow-burner, there is an ease of breadth in AOD’s repertoire that would send most of their peers salad-green with envy.
Gradually, Hetherington’s ambitions grew beyond his local sidewalk and he began to seek out like-minded collaborators that he could expand his already impressive template with. The self titled album of 2006 that he released on his own label (Thorny Bleeder Records) became the foundation that ART OF DYING would build their career upon. It was recordings of those initial sessions that would eventually find their way into the hands of DISTURBED’s Dan Donegan – a guitarist with both a fine personal pedigree and a keen ear for new talent.
“I was blown away when I first heard their indie record,” enthuses Donegan. “I lived with it for quite a while and I was so impressed with the quality of the songwriting that I had a feeling there was something special going on. Me and David [Draiman, Disturbed vocalist] had been looking for someone to sign to our imprint for a while, but I wanted to make sure the guys could do it live – it’s hard to find a band that are the complete package these days. So, we invited them out on a DISTURBED tour of America, we really threw them in the deep end!”
Plucked from relative obscurity, the band introduced guitarist Tavis Stanley and bassist Cale Gontier to their ranks on the eve of the run with DISTURBED – the quartet playing onstage together for the very first time during the soundcheck of the opening show of the tour. But suddenly, everything clicked. “The moment I knew that we had it right was when our voices started harmonizing,” says Hetherington, of the band’s now-trademark three-way vocals. “It felt like the band I had always been looking for and that tour went brilliantly for us – it was the catalyst for us to rise to another level.”
Now, with a critically-acclaimed and widely-played major label debut under their belts (VICES AND VIRTUES, Warner Bros), ART OF DYING have returned with long-player RISE UP, their most imperious effort to date.
“We pushed ourselves incredibly hard with this record,” explains Tavis. “We went to the studio with our producer David Bendeth (Bring Me The Horizon, Breaking Benjamin, Of Mice & Men) thinking we had the album pretty much done, but he challenged us far beyond where we thought our limits were.”
“In fact, a lot of the lyrical content on the album is about the idea of overcoming adversity,” continues Hetherington. “About taking yourself beyond where you thought you could go… about proving the naysayers wrong.
Indeed, if ART OF DYING writes about one thing above all else it is a study on the power of the human will and the uplifting capacity of one’s own self belief. This is rip-snorting rock ’n’ roll that will smash your self-doubt into a million pieces. It’s for the believers, for the die hards.
“The most important thing for me is connecting,” finishes Hetherington. “I want people to leave our shows or finish listening to our albums feeling something, and ultimately being inspired. Really, that’s the most powerful, potent thing about music in my experience – and this music is my statement saying ‘I’m not going to go quietly, and nor should you’!”
Going quietly they most certainly are not: ART OF DYING has only just begun