New York hardcore band BACKTRACK are calling it a day. After eleven years as a band, having toured most of the planet several times over with countless bands, and having released a long line of releases through a plethora of notable labels, the band members have decided to go their separate ways on good terms. However, before they shut it down for good, they’re going to hammer the planet with an incredible amount of touring this year.
BACKTRACK today announces most of their final tours for 2019, with several more still in the planning stages for late in the year. The countdown begins with the band’s final East Coast tour, which sees them joined by Dead Heat and Rule Them All, running the East Coast US and into Canada one more time, the tour booked from June 14th through June 28th.
In August, BACKTRACK will embark on their final West Coast tour with King Nine, Minus, and Somerset Thrower from August 9th through the 12th. September will see the band hitting the South Pacific region on their final run through Southeast Asia from September 14th through the 21st, and Australia from September 25th through October 2nd.
Following those runs, BACKTRACK is also booking their final European tour for November.
The members of BACKTRACK collectively offer, “We appreciate everyone who has shown this band love over the past eleven years. Thanks to anyone who has supported us along the way, and we look forward to seeing you one last time.”
BACKTRACK has been an imposing force looming over the underground music scene for over a decade, having cemented their name in hardcore lore one record, tour, and diatribe at a time. The quintet is formed by vocalist James Vitalo, bassist Danny Smith, drummer Steven DiGenio, and guitarists Ricky Singh and Chris Smith. Their output seethes with the tough-as-nails posture of Killing Time and Agnostic Front while snaking through glimmers of alternative and crossover.
Since their formation in 2008, BACKTRACK has delivered a heavy dose of recorded output through multiple labels. Their first release, The ’08 Demo, saw release in August 2008 via Flatspot Records, the label co-owned by the band’s Ricky Singh. They returned the following year with Deal With The Devil, the EP released through 6131 Records in late 2009. BACKTRACK’s first LP, Darker Half, was issued via Reaper Records in late 2011 to critical acclaim, which led to their signing with Bridge 9 Records, who subsequently released the band’s second LP, Lost In Life, in January of 2014. Bridge 9 also released BACKTRACK’s third, and now final LP, Bad To My World, in November of 2017.
Final Asia Tour
9/14/2019 Brownstone Studio – Bankok, TH
9/15/2019 Angkasa – Kuala Lumpur, MY
9/16/2019 Decline – Singapore, MY
9/18/2019 Rossi Music – Jakarta, ID
9/21/2019 Club Citta – Kawasaki, JP @ Bloodaxe Festival
Photo Credit: Becca Lader