April 14, 2005

Underoath Swears to Thrill Chicago

By Randy J. Klodz

Fresh off a successful stint on the inaugural Taste of Chaos tour and before going full throttle into this summer’s Vans Warped Tour, emotive rockers Underoath will hit the road on the “Totally Badical Tour,” the band’s own headlining tour. Underoath’s tour will hit Chicago’s House of Blues on April 19.

Underoath--which includes Spencer Chamberlain (vocals), Timothy McTague and James Smith (guitars), Grant Brandell (bass), Christopher Dudley (keys) and Aaron Gillespie (drums, vocals)--hails from Tampa, Fla., while most bands in the emotive rock genre call Southern California home. To Underoath, the difference in geography is just a matter of regional demographics.

“Southern California, and like the tri-state area, are pretty much the thriving [punk-rock] scene areas in the United States, so obviously there are a lot of kids and a lot of shows there, so bands form there a lot,” said Underoath bassist Grant Brandell.

“You can definitely tell, even when we were a smaller band going on tour, the shows would draw like 150 kids a night [in other cities], and then we’d go [to Southern California] and there would be 500 kids a night,” Brandell said.

And Underoath is giving emotive rock fans exactly what they desire. Underoath’s latest album, 2004’s “They’re Only Chasing Safety,” offers spastic guitars and the brash vocals of Spencer Chamberlain. The album’s tracks “I Don’t Feel Very Respective Today,” “It’s Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door,” and “Reinventing Your Exit,” pack a big wallop fans across the country are sure to eat up.

House of Blues is at 329 N. Dearborn St. Tickets for this all-ages show are listed for $13 each with showtime scheduled for 6 p.m. For more information on Underoath log on to www.underoath777.com.
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