FIRST BLOOD has announced its first national headlining tour for January 2007. Support acts on the bill chosen by the band include DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR, BLOODLINED CALLIGRAPHY, and DEAD HEARTS.
Releasing their full-length debut, "Killafornia", on Trustkill this year, the group has already completed tours of the U.S., Europe and most recently Japan. This summer the band was on the road with HATEBREED, NAPALM DEATH, and EXODUS with U.S. and European dates. More recently, FIRST BLOOD vocalist Carl Schwartz got to fufill a dream when he played bass for HATEBREED on their recently European headlining tour as well as some of their U.S. tour with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. Speaking on that experience vocalist Schwartz explains, "I was staying in Berlin with my girlfriend, I had time to kill and she told me that some bands were playing down the road, it turned out to be HATEBREED. After I went to surprise them and say hello, they told me that they needed me on tour with them because Chris (HATEBREED bassist) injured his hand. I went to my girlfriend's house grabbed my bag and ended up on tour for the next two weeks."
Schwartz is such a HATEBREED fan and watched them so many times that he was able to play many of their songs the following night without rehearsal.
FIRST BLOOD is anchored by Schwartz who cut his teeth as a former member of break-neck no nonsense hardcore groups like TERROR and SWORN VENGEANCE. Armed with a cynical outlook on authority and passion for animal rights, veganism and the environment, "Killafornia" tackles a myriad of social and political concerns in its songs.
Amazingly before 2006 Schwartz and his frequent musical collaborators had left FIRST BLOOD on the back burner when they wanted to break from their other bands. Releasing splits and EPs on labels such as Deathwish Inc and Bridge 9, the members would receive fan mail from around the world from kids eager to see them wreck stages. Growing into a tight live unit within the past year, the group has done stints with such touchstone names as SICK OF IT ALL, AGNOSTIC FRONT and COMEBACK KID, among others.
FIRST BLOOD w/ DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR, BLOODLINED CALIGRAPHY and DEAD HEARTS:
Jan. 05 - Huntington, WV - Hyamp
Jan. 06 - Virginia Beach, VA - Club Relevant
Jan. 07 - Wilmington, NC - Lucky’s
Jan. 08 - Kernersville, NC - Creation Skatepark
Jan. 09 - Augusta, GA - Sector 7G
Jan. 10 - Winter Park, FL - Odin’s Den
Jan. 11 - Jacksonville, FL - Thee Imperial
Jan. 12 - Decatur, AL - The Underground
Jan. 13 - Baton Rouge, LA - The Darkroom
Jan. 15 - Houston, TX - Walters On Washington
Jan. 16 - San Antonio, TX - Sanctuary
Jan. 19 - Rialto, CA - Rialto Music Coalition
Jan. 20 - Fullerton, CA - The Alley
Jan. 22 - Las Vegas, NV - Leatherneck’s Club
Jan. 25 - Tulsa, OK - The Pink Eye
Jan. 26 - Little Rock, AR - Vino’s
Jan. 27 - Johnson City, TN - The Hideaway
Jan. 28 - Lexington, KY - Mecca
Jan. 29 - Burbank, IL - Champ’s Rock Room
Jan. 30 - Columbus, OH - Bernie’s Distillery
Jan. 31 - Mt. Clemens, MI - Hayloft Liquor Stand