This summer’s shaping up to be a pretty good one, all things considered. We have that Slaughter Survivors tour coming up with Conducting From The Grave, The Contortionist, and some other cool bands that we’re dying to get tour dates for and now Animals Leaders are going on a national headline tour with Intronaut, Dead Letter Circus, Last Chance To Reason, and Evan Brewer. The first batch of dates have been released for the AAL tour, and it’s shaping up to be pretty decent:

07/07 San Diego, CA – Soma
07/08 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
07/10 West Hollywood, CA – Key Club
07/11 Scottsdale, AZ – Martini Ranch
07/13 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
07/14 Wichita, KS – The Oz
07/15 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
07/16 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
07/17 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
07/18 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
07/19 Farmingdale, NY – Crazy Donkey
07/20 Albany, NY – Northern Lights

I can only assume the 2nd half of the tour will hit the East and Midwest a bit more—at least I hope so. Despite being new signings to Sumerian Records, which is a sign of impending constant touring, Dead Letter Circus are Australian; They probably won’t be able to make it over here that often, and I’d like to see them before they head back home. I’d also like to see how Evan Brewer would perform live—since his upcoming solo album is entirely bass, how will it translate through a live setting? Will it be just him noodling around on bass? It’d be cool to see, and I’m sure the type of metal fan that would enjoy a show like this would find it to be interesting, especially if he plays with two basses. The whole lineup is great, and Animals as Leaders put on one of the greatest shows I’ve ever seen.

More dates when we get em! Cross your fingers!

– JR

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