We recently had the opportunity to review Slaves newest album Beautiful Death, officially being released tomorrow, February 16th via SBG Records. Beautiful Death, produced by Erik Ron (Panic! At the Disco, Set it Off, Hands Like Houses), is set to be the band’s most powerful release to date. Vocalist Jonny Craig comments, “With this album, I feel like I have the chance to be the person I was supposed to be the entire time.” Wow is he right, every song on this album is unique sounding instrumentally with the common themes of persistence (seen in songs such as “Patience is the Virtue” and “The Pact”) and heart-break (seen in songs such as “True Colors” and “Deadly Conversations”) reappearing throughout.
After recent surgery on his back and a cancelation of a bunch of dates with Slaves, Jonny Craig is making his return to the touring circuit. However, it’s only for a few days in Texas. Joining him on the tour are Long Beach alternative rock band Hearts Like Lions (FFO: As Cities Burn, Mutemath) and Milwaukee alternative/indie band Dreamhouse (FFO: Circa Survive, Saosin).
In case you missed it, back in February Jonny released this statement about his health and having to postpone shows:
“Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I have been forced to postpone the upcoming shows in Texas and New York City.
Over the past few weeks I had been experiencing severe back pain. After consulting with the doctor it was clear that surgery was necessary. In this time, I have undergone three back surgeries. I’m beginning post surgery recovery and will have to remain hospitalized for the present time to properly heal from these surgeries and get back to full health before I can perform.
It hurts me so much to postpone these shows, but I hope you understand this is something I need to do for my health. I am going to work to ensure that these rescheduled shows are extra special. Once I know my recovery timeline, I will get these shows rescheduled and announced as soon as possible. All tickets will remain valid and will be honored at the rescheduled shows. A special thank you to Third String Productions, Twin Productions, and New Island for their understanding and help with rescheduling these shows.
Thank you for your continuous support.
Check out the tour flier below and the artists’ social links. If you can, make it out to a show. This is one tour that you do not want to miss.
Less than a year ago, Slaves seemed like a project that was already on its last legs. Formed in 2014 around the controversial yet indisputably talented singer Jonny Craig, the band was initially branded as a fresh start for Craig, in music and in life. However, the band’s first two studio albums, devoid of much of the technicality and memorable arrangements of his prior bands Emarosa and Dance Gavin Dance, failed to leave a large impact. Beyond the music, Jonny Craig and the band quickly fell back into controversy and interpersonal drama, and after lead guitarist Alex Lyman became the latest member to depart, the band seemed to announce its breakup last April.
Having been around for more than a decade, it’s difficult to find someone who hasn’t heard of Dance Gavin Dance. With a catalog boasting six full length albums, an EP, and a festival recording, this comes as no surprise; however, these post-hardcore juggernauts haven’t had the easiest ride. Three vocalists have contributed singing over eleven years. Their original vocalist, Jonny Craig, and his replacement, Kurt Travis, both appeared on two albums respectively, though not in a consistent order. Jonny departed in 2007, only to return in 2010 as his replacement’s replacement alongside co-founder, dual frontman, Jon Mess, who had left in 2008. Following Jonny’s second departure, the position has since been filled by ex-Tides Of Man singer, Tilian Pearson, and this one seems permanent.