BLOODCLOT, the project featuring John Joseph of the CRO-MAGS, plus former members of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE (Joey Castillo, drums; Nick Oliveri, bass), and DANZIG (Todd Youth, guitar), will release its new album, "Up In Arms", on July 14 via Metal Blade Records. The cover artwork for the disc can be seen below.
BLOODCLOT has confirmed a near-three-week U.S. tour with NEGATIVE APPROACH. The dates are as follows:
Jul. 14 - Revolution Bar And Music Hall - Amityville, NY
Jul. 15 - Underground Arts - Philadelphia, PA
Jul. 16 - DC9 - Washington, DC
Jul. 18 - Shaka's - Virginia Beach, VA
Jul. 19 - Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
Jul. 20 - Paul's Tavern - Belmar, NJ
Jul. 21 - Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
Jul. 23 - Studio at the Waiting Room - Buffalo, NY
Jul. 25 - Cattivo - Pittsburgh, PA
Jul. 26 - Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH
Jul. 27 - Northside Yacht Club - Cincinnati, OH
Jul. 28 - The Magic Stick - Detroit, MI
Jul. 29 - Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL
Jul. 30 - Blueberry Hill - St. Louis, MO
Aug. 01 - Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
Aug. 03 - Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA
Aug. 04 - The Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA w/ Nails, Final Conflict
Aug. 05 - The Constellation Room - Santa Ana, CA w/ Nails, Final Conflict
Aug. 06 - Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA w/ Nails, Final Conflict
The lyric video for the "Up In Arms" title track can be seen below.
Says Joseph: "'Up in Arms' is a call to arms for the people of America and across the globe who are sick of the lies, death and destruction of innocent people being caused by the military industrial complex who run governments and propagate unjust wars in order to fill the bank accounts of corrupt businessmen."
Adds Youth: "If you take a look at what is going on right now in the world, corrupt politicians, war, famine, destruction of the planet by the animal agriculture industry — things have got to change before it's too late. Musically I wanted to write something that gave me the feeling I had the first time that I heard DISCHARGE, MOTÖRHEAD or the BAD BRAINS — a relentless wall of sound that makes you think!!"
In addition to being the leader of one of the most influential hardcore bands of all time — the CRO-MAGS — Joseph is an author, an outspoken advocate of plant-based nutrition, and a competitive Ironman tri-athlete. Youth — who played in AGNOSTIC FRONT at the age of 12 — has played guitar with a myriad of artists, including DANZIG, Glen Campbell, MOTÖRHEAD, Ace Frehley, and many more. Additionally, Nick Oliveri has played bass in QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, alongside one of the most sought-after drummers in the scene, Joey Castillo — who has also sat behind the kit for DANZIG and EAGLES OF DEATH METAL.
These four renowned musicians came together when CRO-MAGS guitarist AJ Novello was unable to play a show, and John Joseph called Todd Youth to fill in for him. The two rekindled their friendship and enjoyed playing together so much that a decision was made to reform BLOODCLOT (whose origins date back to a 1981 BAD BRAINS tour). Todd began the songwriting process, and soon after, Joey Castillo and Nick Oliveri were recruited to join the band. With the new lineup in place, and songs to record, Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel offered BLOODCLOT a worldwide deal.
John Joseph (CRO-MAGS) - Vocals
Todd Youth (ex-DANZIG) - Guitars
Nick Oliveri (ex-QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) - Bass
Joey Castillo (ex-QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, ex-DANZIG) - Drums
Photo credit: Wass Photography, Dustin Jack Photography, Lloyd Nickell, Tony Virgadamo