LEAD SINGLE, “BORN THIS WAY,” FROM NO. 1 SELLING ALBUM, OXYGEN:INHALE, CONTINUES ITS RADIO CHART ASCENT
TOUR GUESTS INCLUDE WE AS HUMAN, RIGHTEOUS VENDETTA, LIKE A STORM
Top-selling rock band THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH gets ready to launch its “Born This Way Tour” into major markets across the US. Named for the hit single, “Born This Way,” from the band’s second consecutive No. 1 selling Billboard Hard Rock album, OXYGEN:INHALE, the tour begins Oct 7 at Mojoes in Chicago (Joliet, IL) and travels through in Houston, Dallas, Minneapolis, Charlotte and many more before wrapping up Nov. 9 at Jake’s Backroom in Lubbock, TX. Guest artists featured on select dates include We As Human, Righteous Vendetta and Like A Storm. With tickets going on sale in all markets by Sept. 19, see www.ThousandFootKrutch.com for the latest tour updates. (Tour dates are also listed below.)
Driving the successful debut of OXYGEN:INHALE in part is the recording’s lead single, “Born This Way,” currently Top 20 at Under The Radar, Top 35 at Active Rock, Top 40 at Mainstream Rock and Top 5 Rock at Christian radio. As TFK turns up the song’s volume on the road, NASCAR and Southeastern Conference (SEC) colleges also crank it up on ESPN through mid-December as the single continues to ascend the radio charts. The song further picks up over 311,000 views and 4,300+ likes on YouTube.
“We were made to be who we are, and every one of us is unique,” says McNevan of the premise behind “Born This Way.” “We’re wired the way we are for a reason. We were all created equal, and this song is an anthem for everyone who’s tired of being someone they’re not, or has to dumb down who they are for someone else. Be yourself, you’re the best version of you.”
Blazing a trail independently, propelling 2012’s The End Is Where We Begin to the top of sales charts and sparking five Active Rock hits and two Christian No. 1 songs, TFK continues to shatter expectations with OXYGEN:INHALE. Released Aug. 26, the album debuted as the 7th bestselling artist recording in the country, garnering TFK its highest ever position on the Billboard Top 200 Current Albums chart at No. 10 while simultaneously becoming the best-selling band on the Top Current Rock Albums chart, No. 6 on the Top Internet and No. 1 on the Top Christian/Gospel Albums charts.
McNevan describes the sound of OXYGEN:INHALE as being a “natural evolution” for the band. In an auto-tuned era, the band rejected all the studio trickery that has come to define much of modern music and relied instead on solid performances.
“We wanted to make a raw rock record,” he says. “We decided to strip away all the background sounds and popular over-production, so that what you hear are just the instruments and the voice.”
Like the live, raw and organic experience of a TFK concert, the new album features the core elements of guitar, bass, drums and vocals. Meant to be listened to as an album experience, OXYGEN:INHALE tells a story, a narrative that reads like an open letter to the broken hearted, the lost, the abandoned and the hopeless. Although there are the adrenaline fueled rock songs TFK has become known for, OXYGEN:INHALE also dares to lower the volume on a few songs and allow the melodies and words to soar.
“To me, the words are as important as the melody,” McNevan says. “The song has to say something important, to connect with the audience on a deeper level. I had this image of prostitutes, addicts, business men/women, people from all walks of life, holding up a sign that reads ‘Breathe Through Me.’ Love includes everyone. We were called to love one another, help and support one another, and to walk through life together.”
While lead single “Born This Way” encourages the listener to be who they are, “Untraveled Road,” which hit No. 2 on iTunes’ Rock Song sales chart and racked up nearly a quarter-of-a-million YouTube views, is like marching orders set to music, with vocals delivered with hip hop urgency before exploding into a chorus that reminds of Linkin Park at their catchiest. “Give It To Me” and “Like A Machine” are signature TFK rockers that keep the adrenaline high and feature McNevan’s incredible vocal range and agility. Songs like “Set Me On Fire,” “Glow” and “Oxygen” find the band moving in a new direction with spare instrumentation, while “Set Me On Fire” is a stadium sized song reminiscent of U2 at their most powerful.
With marketing, sales and distribution through The Fuel Music into all territories worldwide except Europe, where it releases through Hassle Records, OXYGEN:INHALE has been promoted on Loudwire.com, Revolver Magazine, Alternative Press, NewReleaseTuesday.com, HM, CCM, About.com and many more, received an exclusive ‘First Play’ on iTunes Radio, and significant positioning in digital and physical retailers such as iTunes, Best Buy, Amazon.com, Walmart and many others. TFK also played tracks from the new album during the band’s first-ever live event in SiriusXM Octane’s New York City studios as the album continues to rack up wide-spread acclaim.
Thousand Foot Krutch tour dates follow:
Sep 20 Shippensburg, PA Uprise Festival
Sep 27 Crystal Springs, MS Chautauqua Park
Oct 4 Louisville, KY Louder Than Life Festival
“Born This Way Tour” Begins:
Oct 7 Joliet, IL Mojoes *
Oct 8 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights *
Oct 10 Battle Creek, MI The Music Factory *
Oct 11 Sturtevant, WI Rt. 20 *
Oct 12 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre *
Oct 16 Flint, MI The Machine Shop **
Oct 17 Fort Wayne, IN Piere’s **
Oct 18 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection ***
Oct 20 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club *****
Oct 21 Rochester, NY The California Brew Haus *****
Oct 22 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall *****
Oct. 24 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre *****
Nov 01 Johnson City, TN Capone’s *****
Nov 02 Chattanooga, TN Track 29 *****
Nov 4 Dallas, TX Trees *****
Nov 5 San Antonio, TX 210 Kapones Live *****
Nov 7 Houston, TX Scout Bar ****
Nov 8 Abilene, TX The Lucky Mule ****
Nov 9 Lubbock, TX Jake’s Backroom ****
Nov 23 Moscow, RU Ray Just Arena
Nov 25 St. Petersburg, RU Cosmonavt Club
Nov 26 Ufa, RU Ogni Ufi
Nov 27 Yekaterinburg, RU Tele-Club
* We As Human
** We As Human, Like A Storm
*** Like A Storm
**** Righteous Vendetta
***** We As Human, Righteous Vendetta
(All tour dates subject to change.)
About Thousand Foot Krutch:
With featured performances and headlining positions on the summer festival circuit after performing at the premiere festivals Rock on the Range and Rocklahoma for the last two consecutive years, the Ontario, Canada-bred TFK has been a continuously escalating highlight reel since their formation in 1997. Receiving over 2,000, 5-star average customer reviews on iTunes® alone for its 2012 independently released, SiriusXM Satellite Radio Octane-nominated “Epic Album of the Year,” The End Is Where We Begin, the album went on to become the band’s biggest ever selling mainstream album (hitting No. 14 on the Billboard Top 200) and spark five Active Rock radio hits (“Let The Sparks Fly,” “War of Change,” “Light Up The Sky,” “Courtesy Call,” “Fly on the Wall”) and two No. 1’s at Christian radio (“War of Change,” “Light Up The Sky”). Remarkably, the three most recent albums, OXYGEN:INHALE, The End Is Where We Begin and Metamorphosiz II The End Remixes Vol. 1 & 2, receive 358,000 daily views in combined streaming across all of YouTube.
With best-selling albums, additional Active Rock radio hits “Fire It Up,” “Move” and “Phenomenon,” plus a slew of soundtrack slots, the group has literally infiltrated every facet of pop culture. They continue to receive ongoing ESPN appearances, as well as various NASCAR, MLB, NHL, WWE, NCAA and NFL airings (including the 2010 Super Bowl), along with the “GI Joe” movie trailer, WGN-TV’s “Smallville” and EA Sports’ NHL 2010 and 2013 video games.
With a major fall tour to be announced soon, all the latest tour dates and additional band information can be found at www.thousandfootkrutch.com, http://twitter.com/officialtfk and www.facebook.com/thousandfootkrutch, where the band has over 1,031,000 likes.
About The Fuel Music
The Fuel Music & Management, LLC, is one of the leading independent distributors of music, CD’s, tapes and vinyl records internationally and enjoys a growing base in artist merchandise sales. Based in Tennessee, the Fuel team brings nearly 50 years of combined music industry experience in record label operations (Furious? Records), record distribution and marketing (EMI Label Group), and artist management for artists ranging from upstart bands to GRAMMY and Dove Award nominated, multi-platinum artists. More information on the company can be found at www.thefuelmusic.com.
SOURCE: Hoganson Media