After an amicable split with drummer Trivett Wingo forced THE SWORD to cancel its remaining tour dates, the band has now found someone to fill in for behind-the-kit duties and is ready to hit the road again. Joining them on the upcoming run is Kevin Fender, best known for his work with the Texas hardcore outfit EMPLOYER, EMPLOYEE. Tickets for the new dates go on sale tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. All tickets from previously postponed shows will be honored at the door.
Here is an official statement from THE SWORD: "We are pleased to announce the Warp Riders 2010 U.S. Tour Mk. II, beginning in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on November 27! These performances will feature the formidable skills of notorious intergalactic bounty drummer Kevin Fender. A veteran of the Austin music scene, Mr. Fender is best known for his devastating work with Texas hardcore legends EMPLOYER, EMPLOYEE."
Rescheduled U.S. tour dates:
Nov. 28 - Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay Theatre
Nov. 29 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Nov. 30 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
Dec. 01 - Roanoke, VA @ Martin's Downtown
Dec. 02 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Dec. 03 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
Dec. 04 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Dec. 05 - Boston, MA @ Royale Boston
Dec. 06 - Washington, DC @ The 9:30 Club
Dec. 07 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small's Theatre
Dec. 08 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Dec. 09 - Huntington, WV @ V Club
Dec. 10 - Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
Dec. 11 - Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
Dec. 12 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
Dec. 13 - St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
Dec. 14 - Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose Tap House
Dec. 15 - Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
Dec. 16 - Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's "Warp Riders", the third full-length album THE SWORD, sold around 8,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 47 on The Billboard 200 chart.