Texas Hippie Coalition have announced their next album, Dark Side of Black, will be released on April 22 via Carved Records. To coincide, they have released dates for a U.S. headline tour of the same name. The first leg of the Dark Side of Black tour will start on April 29 in Shreveport, LA and will continue through May 29 ending at River City Rockfest in San Antonio, TX. Fellow Texas natives Sons of Texas will support.
The band will also perform two headline dates prior to the start of the tour, including their official album release party on April 23 in Denver, CO. All dates listed below.
Tickets for the first leg will be on sale Friday, February 26th. Find ticket links here.
Embracing their southern roots while exploring a heavier sound than ever before, Dark Side of Black achieves a murky, groovier feel while not straying too far from THC’s tried and true brand of rugged outlaw rock. The album was recorded at Boot Hill Studio in Corinth, TX and Valve Studios in Dallas, TX and was produced by Sterling Winfield (Pantera, Hellyeah, Damageplan).
“Dark Side of Black is our heaviest album to date for sure,” states THC vocalist Big Dad Ritch. “We’ve learned a lot having made four full-length albums prior. We’re trying to use that knowledge we learned to make an album that can maintain what Ride On and Peacemaker bring to the table, yet we wanted it to lend itself more to the power that is the RED DIRT METAL of Rollin and Pride of Texas. So it feels like Pride meets Peacemaker. Top shelf THC meets bottom shelf liquor…”
Although Texas Hippie Coalition are experts at their trade, recording Dark Side of Black wasn’t easy at times. THC drummer Timmy Braun comments on his physical struggle while recording the album, having just recovered from a serious infection shortly beforehand. He feels, perhaps, that this struggle influenced his recording style overall.
“About Dark Side of Black, I have never had such a difficult time completing an album in my life,” begins Braun. “I say that because my first session I had just got out of the hospital. It was difficult for me to walk let alone play a drum kit. After being in bed for literally two weeks I felt a bit out of shape. Then for the second session my hand was swollen to almost twice its size because of an injury! I couldn’t make a fist let alone play a drum kit. However, I’m hoping the vibe I was able to create will have a special flavor that I wouldn’t have been able to offer had my life been in order, per say. In other words, tough times make for better art!”
Guitarist Cord Pool adds, “Between tweaking our writing style and being influenced by personal things, Dark Side of Black leads the listener a step closer to the darker and heavier side of what we have to offer.”
Pre-order Dark Side of Black here.
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Texas Hippie Coalition Tour Dates
Headliner w/ local support
22-Apr – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
23-Apr – Denver, CO @ Herman’s Hideaway – Official Album Release Party
Dark Side of Black Tour w/ Sons of Texas
29-Apr – Shreveport, LA – Riverside Warehouse
30-Apr – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade – Hell
1-May – Jacksonville, FL – Metropolitan Park – Welcome to Rockville*
3-May – Knoxville, TN – The Concourse at The International
4-May – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
5-May – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
6-May – Winchester, VA – Blue Fox Billiards
7-May – Concord, NC – Rock City Campgrounds @ Charlotte Motor Speedway – Carolina Rebellion*
8-May – Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s
10-May – Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs (NO Sons of Texas)
11-May – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
12-May – Manchester, NH – Jewel Nightclub
13-May – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
14-May – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
15-May – Louisville, KY – Trixie’s Tiger Room
18-May – Pittsburgh, PA – Hard Rock Cafe
19-May – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s Entertainment Center
20-May – Battle Creek, MI – The Music Factory
21-May – Columbus, OH – MAPFRE Stadium – Rock On The Range*
22-May – Libertyville, IL – Austin’s Fuel Room
24-May – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
25-May – Omaha, NE – Chrome Lounge
26-May – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
27-May – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
28-May – Pryor, OK – Catch The Fever Festival Grounds – Rocklahoma*
29-May – San Antonio, TX – One AT&T Center Parkway – River City Rockfest*
*Festival appearance – Sons of Texas not playing