For a band that have had their front-man undergo some serious surgery in the past year, Defeater are still hitting the road pretty hard. Having literally just come off the back end of Impericon's Never Say Die tour, which saw them support The Amity Affliction throughout Europe, Defeater have already announced when they will be back on our shores. Working with Avocado booking, they have put together a UK/European headline tour for March 2016.
Most of the venues appear to be smaller stages than the recent Impericon tour, which is obviously a good thing as we can all get a bit more up close and personal for Defeater's impassioned live set. The tour sees them travelling briefly through Switzerland, Germany, France & Belgium before hitting the UK for four dates, before returning to Europe to visit The Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic and to hit Germany extensively.
The tour will be in support of their most recent and fantastic album ‘Abandoned’ which was released in August via Epitaph. The album continues to chronicle the world and its cast of characters created by Defeater vocalist Derek Archambault, this time focusing on a lapsed Catholic priest as he deals with guilt, addiction and morality in post-war America. Although previous album ‘Letters Home’ wasn't exactly bad (in fact it was also fantastic), Defeater's new work somehow seems like a return to form, and is an extremely intense and driven record. Perhaps the new energy and vigour on the record can be attributed to their vocalist and lyricist now being healthy and fighting fit. If you have seen Defeater before, you know what an amazing performance they put on, and if you have never caught them live, then this will definitely be a tour you don't want to miss!
Tour support comes from the awesome and humble Australians Break Even and their honest, personal brand of Post-Hardcore, and Tel-Aviv's Hardcore Punk act Kids Insane. A really solid tour package all round. Check below for the tour dates, and a couple of tracks to whet your appetite. I'm already excited for this one…
10.03.16 - Zürich, Switzerland @ Dynamo
11.03.16 - Trier, Germany @ Ex-Haus
12.03.16 - Orleans, France @ Astrolabe
13.03.16 - Brussels, Belgium @ AB
14.03.16 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy 3
15.03.16 - Glasgow, UK @ Cottiers Theatre
16.03.16 - Manchester, UK @ Star and Garter
17.03.16 - London, UK @ Scala
18.03.16 - Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Effenaar
19.03.16 - Göttingen, Germany @ einsB
20.03.16 - Köln, Germany @ Underground
21.03.16 - Frankfurt, Germany @ Elfer
22.03.16 - München, Germany @ Feierwerk
23.03.16 - Wien, Austria @ Arena
24.03.16 - Lichtenstein, Germany @ JZ Riot
25.03.16 - Prague, Czech Republic @ OO7
26.03.16 - Berlin, Germany @ Musik und Frieden
27.03.16 - Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang