Corrosion of Conformity on tour this April, May and June…
In the summer of 2010, the founding members of the pioneering underground metal band Corrosion of Conformity
—bassist/vocalist Mike Dean, drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin and guitarist Woody Weatherman—gathered at Weatherman’s farm in the Virginia hills and began jamming together as a three-piece for the first time since the mid-1980s.
This was the classic COC lineup behind 1985’s Animosity
, the album that Decibel magazine
recently called “a crucial stylistic lynchpin in the bridge between metal and punk
” that “irrevocably reshaped crossover’s sonic possibilities.
” The trio re-learned songs from that album and 1987’s Technocracy
, but this was not just an exercise in nostalgia. They soon began writing new material.
“It was a little strange at first but pretty quickly it felt like we hadn’t missed a beat” says Mike Dean.
COC is currently planning a UK/Continental tour
as well as an appearance at Maryland’s Deathfest in the spring and summer of 2011, with a full-length album of new material due out this Autumn. Here are the dates:-
14.04.11 Germany Bochum Matrix
15.04.11 Netherlands Tilburg Roadburn
16.04.11 Germany Bremen Tower
17.04.11 Germany Wiesbaden Schlachthof
19.04.11 Austria Wien Arena
20.04.11 Germany München Feierwerk
21.04.11 Greece Athens An Club
22.04.11 Italy Mezzago (MI) Bloom
23.04.11 Germany Karlsruhe Dudefest-Jubez
25.04.11 UK Bristol Bierkeller
26.04.11 UK London Underworld
28.04.11 UK Manchester Moho
29.04.11 UK Sheffield Corporation
30.04.11 Belgium Vosselar Biebob
01.05.11 Netherlands Deventer Burgerweeshuis
05/27/2011 @ Maryland Deathfest
17.06.11 Clisson, France Hellfest
21.06.11 Madrid, Spain Sala Caracol
It’s been six years since the release of COC’s last album, In the Arms of God, with the lineup of Dean, Weatherman, longtime COC vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan, and guest drummer Stanton Moore of the jazz-funk band Galactic, one of the several drummers who filled in while Mullin recuperated from a drumming-related injury. Representing the more straightforward metal sound that characterized COC’s work with Keenan beginning with 1991’s Blind, ITAOG earned critical praise, with Billboard calling it a “riff-fueled set that ranks with [the band’s] best work.”
Following that release in early 2005, COC toured the U.S. and Canada with Motorhead, one of their biggest influences, and later teamed up with Clutch for a UK tour. But after Hurricane Katrina and the catastrophic flooding of New Orleans that August, COC canceled a scheduled trip to Europe so Keenan and Moore—both New Orleans residents—could go home to help rebuild. Meanwhile, Keenan got back together with the New Orleans-based metal supergroup Down, putting out one album in 2007 with another set for a 2011 release.
COC has plans to record again as a four-piece. But for now, the new “old” lineup is enjoying the return to their roots.
“Mike, Woody and I essentially learned together how to play music and cultivated our own style and sound and unspoken language,” says Mullin. “I’ve known Woody since fifth grade and Mike Dean since 1982, and re-bonding with them musically has been the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me.”
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