As HELMET get ready to release their first album of new material in seven years — "Size Matters", due September 14 on Interscope Records — the band have announced a return to the road beginning September 17 in Atlanta. This five-week club swing marks their first trek in seven years and they’ll return to some of the venues they cut their teeth in including The Bowery Ballroom in New York, the Troubadour in Los Angeles, the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC and Slim's in San Francisco, with the idea of "filling the room with a roar," according to singer/guitarist/founder Page Hamilton in a recent interview with Billboard.com.
This tour announcement coincides with the arrival of "Size Matters"' first single "See You Dead" at radio stations nationwide. "The song is about a relationship that ended in a nasty way," reveals Hamilton, who adds that "the lyric was inspired by the line 'I'd rather see you dead little girl than to be with another man' from THE BEATLES song 'Run For Your Life' off the 'Rubber Soul' album."
For the fall tour, Hamilton will be joined by bandmates Chris Traynor (guitars), John Tempesta (drums, ex-WHITE ZOMBIE, EXODUS, TESTAMENT) and Frank Bello (bass, ex-ANTHRAX). Look for them to draw on songs from such memorable albums as "Strap It On", "Meantime", "Betty" and "Aftertaste" as well as "Size Matters".
Produced by Hamilton with assistance from Jay Baumgardner and former NINE INCH NAILS associate Charlie Clouser, the album is already building a critical buzz.
HELMET tour dates:
Sep. 17 - Atlanta, GA - Cotton Club
Sep. 22 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Sep. 24 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
Sep. 25 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's
Sep. 26 - Fitchburg, MA - WAAF Locobazooka
Sep. 27 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Sep. 29 - Philadelphia, PA - North Star
Sep. 30 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
Oct. 01 - Buffalo, NY - Showplace Theatre
Oct. 02 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
Oct. 04 - Cleveland, OH - The Grog Shop
Oct. 05 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's Hall
Oct. 06 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
Oct. 08 - Minneapolis, MN - Grumpy's
Oct. 10 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
Oct. 12 - Houston, TX - Engine Room
Oct. 13 - Dallas, TX - Gypsy Tea Room & Ballroom
Oct. 14 - Austin, TX - Emo's
Oct. 16 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
Oct. 17 - Salt Lake City, UT - Club Sound
Oct. 20 - Vancouver, BC - Richards On Richards
Oct. 21 - Seattle, WA - Graceland
Oct. 22 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
Oct. 24 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Oct. 25 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
Oct. 28 - Phoenix, AZ - The Brick House
Oct. 29 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
Oct. 30 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction