Boston hardcore punk icons American Nightmare have announced a U.S. tour for spring next year in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Year One, the compilation that gathered together the band’s first two EPs. The record will also be re-released in the winter of 2020 through Heartworm Press and Bridge Nine Records.
Formed in 1998, the band also released two full-length albums as Give Up The Ghost – 2001’s Background Music and 2003’s We’re Down Til We’re Underground – before breaking up in 2004. After a seven year break, the band reunited in 2011 and released a self-titled third record in 2018.
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In the interim, of course, vocalist Wesley Eisold went on to form Cold Cave in 2007, and he still fronts the darkwave band today. As great as that band are, it was the volatile and violent shows of American Nightmare that propelled them deep into the heart of the hardcore scene, resulting in a legacy that grew exponentially in their absence - which is the way these things tend to happen, isn't it?
There’s no word yet if the band have any plans to bring the anniversary tour over to the UK, but we can hope. The full list of U.S. tour dates is as follows:
American Nightmare North American tour 2020
13 Boston, Royale
14 New York, Brooklyn Steel
16 Philadelphia, Theatre of the Living Arts
19 Cleveland, Beachland Ballroom
20 Detroit, Magic Stick
21 Chicago, Thalia Hall
22 Minneapolis, Fine Line Music Hall
25 Denver, Bluebird Theater
26 Salt Lake City, The Complex Grand
28 Portland, Hawthorne
29 Vancouver, Imperial Theatre
01 Seattle, The Showbox
06 San Francisco, The Fillmore
14 Los Angeles, The Fonda