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Merging intensity with melody, plans to spread their rabid Quad Cities fanbase throughout the rest of the US and beyond, with an upcoming tour (alongside Saving Abel – with additional dates to be added), and their upcoming release, ‘The Cracks,’ which drops on February 11, 2014. The twelve-track release will be the group’s full-length debut for Imagen Records, and was produced by none other than Sevendust guitarist/songwriter Clint Lowery (Lowery also guests on a track, “For Life”).

“We want to play melodic hard rock,” explains singer Jose Urquiza. “That’s the music that brought us together. At the same time, we all have drastically different influences from progressive rock to hair metal to pop punk.”

Comprised of Urquiza, Tony Reeves (guitar), Neil Kuhlman (guitar), Dex Digga (bass), and Chris Cushman (drums), has already enjoyed success on such stations as Sirius XM Octane, which added the song, “Remember” (of which a remastered version resides on ‘The Cracks‘) to their rotation. Soon after, the song hit #1 on the channel, while all of the group’s videos have attracted nearly 500,000 YouTube views.

Also included is the aforementioned “For Life,” of which Urquiza describes as “It’s about a person who is struggling and has fallen away from the world alone. You can see the damage and the demons the person deals with on a daily basis. However, all of a sudden, there is hope instead of despair. The final message is to pull away from the demons, stand strong against them, and keep them out for the rest of your life. It was such an honor to bring that track to life with Clint.”

Instead of setting up shop at a single recording studio, it turns out that the sessions for ‘The Cracks‘ occurred at several different studios, including Groovemaster Studios (where Disturbed, Sevendust, and Pop Evil have all recorded) in Chicago, IL, Trailer Studios in St. Louis, MO, and the band’s own studio, Real Trax Recording, in Davenport, IA.According to Urquiza, it is also the realness of his lyrics that resonate greatly with fans. “Everything I write about is a completely personal experience or something I’ve witnessed or experienced myself. I talk about things I’ve seen or experienced. I want to give everybody something real.”

Tour Dates with Saving Abel:

Fri Jan 3                       Duncannon, PA                      Tubbys Sat

Sat Jan 4                       Fredericksburg, VA                Hard Times Cafe

Sun Jan 5                     Morgantown, WV                   Schmitts Music Hall

Tue Jan 7                     Cranston, RI                             1150    Oak Bar

Wed Jan 8                   Amityville, NY                         Revolution

Thu Jan 9                    Chambersburg, PA                 Orchards

Fri Jan 10                   Winchester, VA                       Blue Fox

Sat Jan 11                    Kernersville, NC                     Bucked Up

Sun Jan 12                  Elizabethton, TN                     Bonnie Kate

Tue Jan 14                   Augusta, GA                           Country Club Saloon

Wed Jan 15                 Valdosta, GA                          Kill Bill’s

Thu Jan 16                   Columbus, GA                        Front Porch of the South

Fri Jan 17                    Duluth ,GA                             Wild Bills

Sat Jan 18                    Rome, GA                               Brewhouse

Sun Jan 19                   Bowling Green, KY                Spillway

Wed Jan 22                 Louisville, KY                          Jim Porter’s Good Time Emporium

Thu Jan 23                   Newport, KY                          Thompson House

Fri Jan 24                    South Bend, IN                      Cheers Pub

Sat Jan 25                    Battle Creek, MI                     Planet Rock

Thu Jan 30                   Taylor, MI                               The All Around

Fri Jan 31                    Madison, WI                            The Redzone

Sat Feb 1                      Toledo , OH                              Headliners

Wed Feb 12                Appleton, WI                          Luna Lounge

Thu Feb 13                  Milwaukee, WI                      The Rave

Fri Feb 14                    Cherry Valley, IL                Take 20

Sat Feb 15                   Rochester, MN                      Wicked Moose

Sun Feb 16                  Fargo, ND                               Windbreak

Tue Feb 18                  Grand Forks, ND                 Shotgun Sallys

Wed Feb 19                Minot, ND                              Original Bar

Thu Feb 20                  Williston, ND                      DK’s Lounge

Fri Feb 21                    Bismarck, ND                      O.N.E.

Sat Feb 22                   Jamestown, ND                 Jamestown Civic Center

Sun Feb 23                  Spearfish, SD                      Czar Bar

Wed Feb 26                Manhattan, KS                  RC McGraws

Thu Feb 27                  Salina, KS                           Muse Ballroom

Mon Mar 3                  Phoenix, AZ                      Joe’s Grotto

Tue Mar 4                    Gallup , NM                      Gallup Inn

Fri Mar 7                     El Paso, TX                       Garage Tequila Bar

Fri Mar 14                   Corpus Christi, TX         Theos Sat

Sat Mar 15                  Houston, TX                     BFE Rock Club

Sun Mar 16                 OKC, OK                             Chameleon Room



The Cracks‘ Tracklisting:

1. The Devil’s Slave

2.  Chemical Ride

3.  For Life (Featuring Clint Lowery)

4.  The Cracks

5.  Fallen

6.  Taken By All

7.  Hungry

8.  RunAway

9.  We Belong

10.Take The World

11. Lost

12. Remember (remastered)


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