Razor & Tie has announced the signing of the influential post-hardcore act CHIODOS. The band is currently well into the writing process of its forthcoming studio album which will be released through a newly created band label imprint via Razor & Tie. The new music sees founding members Bradley Bell, Pat Mcmanaman, Derrick Frost and Matt Goddard reunited with charismatic founding frontman Craig Owens and also introduces fans to the band's newest member, guitarist Thomas Erak (formerly of THE FALL OF TROY).
CHIODOS will perform on the main stage of this summer's Vans Warped Tour beginning on June 15 in Seattle, Washington.
Commented Owens: “We're very excited to be working with Razor & Tie. The label is one that we as a band have looked to as a source of integrity-filled rock music for some time now.
"Having our own imprint gives us the opportunity to be as creative as we choose, while also giving us a way to get it to the fans in a direct and focused way.
"This will be the first time we have released music together since 2008. To say that we are anxious is an understatement.”
Added Bell: "We're extremely excited to do the Warped tour again. It's a tour we first did seven years ago that helped define us as a band and as people.
"After writing new material for the past few months, it will be very relieving to get back on the stage again and play music for our friends and fans.
"There needs to be more labels like Razor & Tie out there. I feel like they actually understand the band's motives and will do what it takes to help us present our vision. It's going to be a fun adventure that we are about to embark on with them."
Formed in 2001 in Davison, Michigan (just outside Flint), CHIODOS released two full-length studio albums with Owens ("All's Well That Ends Well" and "Bone Palace Ballet"), resulting in sales of over 500,000 units and 740,000 digital tracks in North America alone. During a well-documented brief time apart from CHIODOS, Owens formed/played with new band D.R.U.G.S. and CHIODOS released its third album, "Illuminaudio", in 2010. CHIODOS reunited with Owens in early 2012 and soon after added guitarist Thomas Erak.
During the last year, CHIODOS played a handful of high-profile U.S. shows and toured the U.K. in early 2013 as part of an annual Kerrang! magazine-branded tour.