Just a couple weeks out from losing gear in the same Detroit-area floods that took out the Small Stone Records offices, heavy rock troublemakers Against the Grain have announced they’ll hit the road in October alongside long-running punk outfits Guttermouth and Voodoo Glowskulls. To be perfectly honest, neither is really my thing, but I have no doubt that Against the Grain‘s high-energy thrust will do well on tour with them, and it’s yet another in the four-piece’s continuing series of runs that seems to be geared toward their perfecting their craft, rugged and dirty as that craft might be. I’m glad they’ve gotten their gear back and I’m glad they’re getting out again.
The PR wire puts it like this:
Against The Grain announce West Coast tour with Guttermouth/Voodoo Glow Skulls
Detroit’s speed rock machine Against The Grain are hitting the road with punk rock veterans Guttermouth and Voodoo Glow Skulls in October for month long west coast scheduled to start in Fresno, CA and end in Corona, CA. It will be the third 20+ date haul they’ve done this year and first packaged tour they have been a part of since their run with long time running Japanese doom/stoner band Church Of Misery in Fall 2013.
Sun Oct 5 – Fresno, CA – Strummers*
Mon Oct 6 -San Jose, CA – Blank Club*
Tues Oct 7 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge*
Wed Oct 8 – Sacramento, CA – Assembly Hall of Music*
Thurs Oct 9 – Sparks, NV – The Alley*
Fri Oct 10 – Bend, OR – Domino Room*
Sat Oct 11 – Tacoma, WA – Jazzbones*
Sun Oct 12 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon**
Mon Oct 13 – Missoula, MT – The Top Hat Lounge**
Tues Oct 14 – Boise, ID – Crazy Horse**
Thurs Oct 16 – Laramie, WY – Cowboy Saloon **
Fri Oct 17 – Salt lake City, UT – The Loading Dock**
Sat Oct 18 – Grand junction, CO – Mesa Theatre**
Sun Oct 19 – Denver, CO – The Marquis**
Mon Oct 20 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep**
Tues Oct 21 – Kansas City, MO – The Scene Rock Bar**
Wed Oct 22 – Fort Worth, TX – Lola’s Saloon**
Thurs Oct 23 – Midland, TX – Blue Max**
Fri Oct 24 – Rio Rancho, NM – The Damn Bar**
Sat Oct 25 – El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace**
Sun Oct 26 – Flagstaff, AZ – The Museum Club**
Tues Oct 28 – San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick*
Wed Oct 29 – Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar*
Thurs Oct 30 – Corona, CA – M15*
* = w/ Voodoo Glow Skulls
** = w/ In The Whale
Against The Grain suffered a major blow as a band when their gear was destroyed by flooding in their practice space due to freaks thunderstorms occurring in Detroit in early August but due to support from all over (including a message of assistance from the Valient Thorr/Revolving Beast camp), they managed to successfully raise the money needed to assist them in getting new gear to get back on the road. On September 12th, they will be a part of a benefit show being held at The Corktown Tavern in Detroit with Axe Ripper, Rawdogs and Mud Falcon playing as support to Against The Grain. Tesco Vee has signed on to be MC’ing for the night and to host a silent auction of vintage Meatmen/Touch and Go items.
In what has been an extremely active year of 2014 A.D. for the band, Against The Grain has toured all over the states in support of their re-release of Motor City Speed Rock that Self Destructo Records put out on 10” vinyl. They’re in the middle of writing new songs for their upcoming record that will see the light of day in mid 2015 with touring plans already solidified for January 2015 with a Detroit favorite of the underground scene, more of that plus other news in development in the following weeks.
Motor City Speed Rock and Surrounded By Snakes vinyl are available at http://www.shopturbojugend.com and all digital streaming/download services (i.e. Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Mp3 and more) worldwide.