Vocalist Big Dad Ritch states in his interview with Loudwire, "...for "Rise", I wanted the song to feel like it was a call to arms - a call to defend all that you, as the listener, hold dear. It was meant to be a broad shot hitting on all causes present and past. No matter your cause, this song should make you want to see your flag fly. Whether it's the hated Patriots fighting for the 13 colonies against the British Empire, or the brave Americans and Texans fighting at the Alamo, they all deserve to be honored. They were all Americans, they were all our brothers, fathers, and sons. Now let our flag Rise!"
The newly-explored heavy side of TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION is evident throughout Dark Side of Black, which embraces the band's southern roots while exploring a murky, groovier feel - not straying too far from THC's tried and true brand of rugged outlaw rock.
Pre-orders for Dark Side of Black are available now via iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.Dark Side of Black was recorded at Boot Hill Studio in Corinth, TX and Valve Studios in Dallas, TX with producer Sterling Winfield (Pantera, Hellyeah, Damageplan).
Dark Side of BlackTracklisting (please note, new order):
1. Come Get It
2. Angel Fall
3. Shakin' Baby
4. Knee Deep
6. Into The Wall
7. Dark Side
9. Hit It Again
10. Gods Are Angry
Just in time for the release of Dark Side of Black, THC drummer Timmy Braun has joined the Paiste family of endorsed artists! Paiste is an internationally renowned manufacturer of cymbals, gongs and other percussion instruments, utilized by some of today's greatest drummers.
"I play only the best and Paiste is what I play!" states Braun. Check out Timmy Braun's endorsement announcement here.
In celebration of the album's release, TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION will venture out on a U.S. headline tour with support from fellow Texas namesakes and natives Sons of Texas. The "Dark Side of Black" tour will begin its first leg on April 29th in Shreveport, LA and visit a total of 26 cities before ending at River City Rockfest on May 29th. The tour will include five spring festival stops (these will not include Sons of Texas). Before the tour, the band will perform five headline dates, one of which will act as their official album release party.
Tickets for the first leg of the "Dark Side of Black" tour are on sale now via http://thcofficial.com/. See below for a full listing of tour dates.
TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION Tour Dates:
Headliner w/ local support:
4/19 Minot, ND @ The 'Original Bar
4/20 Mandan, ND @ Rock Point
4/21 Spearfish, SD @ ZBar & Nightclub
4/22 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
4/23 Denver, CO @ Herman's Hideaway - Official Album Release Party
"Dark Side of Black" Tour w/ Sons of Texas:
*Festival appearances in bold - NO Sons of Texas on festival dates
4/29 Shreveport, LA @ Riverside Warehouse
4/30 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Hell
5/1 Jacksonville, FL @ Metropolitan Park - Welcome to Rockville
5/3 Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
5/4 Richmond, VA @ The Broad berry
5/5 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
5/6 Winchester, VA @ Blue Fox Billiards
5/7 Concord, NC @ Rock City Campgrounds - Charlotte Motor Speedway - Carolina Rebellion
5/8 VA Beach, VA @ Shaka's
5/10 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East - Upstairs (NO Sons of Texas)
5/11 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
5/12 Manchester, NH @ Jewel Nightclub
5/13 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
5/14 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
5/15 Louisville, KY @ Trixie's Tiger Room
5/18 Pittsburgh, PA @ Hard Rock Cafe
5/19 Fort Wayne, IN @ Pierre's
5/20 Battle Creek, MO @ The Music Factory
5/21 Columbus, OH @ MAPFRE Stadium - Rock On The Range
5/22 Libertyville, IL @ Austin's Fuel Room
5/24 St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
5/25 Omaha, NE @ Chrome Lounge
5/26 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
5/27 Lawrence, KS@ Granada Theater
5/28 Pryor, OK @ Catch The Fever Festival Grounds - Rocklahoma
5/29 San Antonio, TX @ One AT&T Center Parkway - River City Rockfest
About TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION:
TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION are the purveyors of their own patented Red Dirt Metal sound: designing their own line in life and in music. For them, there is no other way. TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION are committed to crafting a unique, original and thoroughly raucous brand of music that's born of both life experience and a respect for rock 'n' roll's forefathers. What exactly is Red Dirt Metal? Take outlaw country, toss in a dash of Southern-fried classic rock and mix it with some potent Texas power grooves and you've got a combustible sonic cocktail on your hands.
TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION's 2014 release Ride Onhit #8 on the iTunes Rock Album chart, #5 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart, and #4 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. 2012's Peacemaker spent 30+ weeks on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and 17+ weeks on the Hard Music Chart. Dark Side of Black aims to smash those records and bring on a whole new chapter of THC.
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TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION is:
Cord Pool (Guitar)
Timmy Braun (Drums)
Big Dad Ritch (Vocalist)
John Exall (Bass Guitar)