Hey, another awesome band setting forth on tour! Last week, the eloquent Gunnar wrote up a really great review for Oh, Sleeper‘s Children of Fire. It was so good it convinced me to give it a few spins, and he wasn’t wrong; it’s really great!

Anyways, this tour is a bit odd, in a good way. Seems like Oh, Sleeper will be joined on tour with the non-profit organization “To Write Love on Her Arms.

It took me awhile to figure out what TWLOHA was all about, and to be honest I’m still a bit confused. I’m guessing they’re some sort of anti-bully/ suicide hotline type thing. Which is great and all, but their “Vision” page is a bit obnoxious and never really gets to the point.

We all wake to the human condition.  We wake to mystery and beauty but also to tragedy and loss.  Millions of people live with problems of pain.  Millions of homes are filled with questions – moments and seasons and cycles that come as thieves and aim to stay.  We know that pain is very real.  It is our privilege to suggest that hope is real, and that help is real.

You need to know that rescue is possible, that freedom is possible, that God is still in the business of redemption.  We’re seeing it happen.  We’re seeing lives change as people get the help they need.  People sitting across from a counselor for the first time.  People stepping into treatment.  In desperate moments, people calling a suicide hotline.  We know that the first step to recovery is the hardest to take.  We want to say here that it’s worth it, that your life is worth fighting for, that it’s possible to change.

Once again, it kind of goes on a bit, but it’s a good cause nevertheless. [Editor’s note: We once changed the website’s color to purple to raise awareness for the cause, but we liked the color scheme so much that we kept it for quite a while. – JR]

Apparently a speaker from the Organization is just going to appear on stage for a few minutes each night, talk about the organization, and then go sell merch and provide further information to anyone who wants it. Sounds good to me.

Here are the full dates.

Oct 27 – Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music
Oct 28 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory
Oct 29 – Rogers, AR – Pinnacle Hills Cross Church
Oct 30 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
Oct 31 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Underground
Nov 3 – St. Paul, MN – Station 4
Nov 4 – La Crosse, WI – Warehouse
Nov 5 – Joliet, IL – Mojoes
Nov 6 – Toledo, OH – Frankies
Nov 7 – Jamestown, NY – Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena
Nov 8 – Annapolis, MD – Knights of Columbus
Nov 10 – Richmond, VA – Kingdom
Nov 11 – Lynchburg, VA – Cross Point Venue
Nov 12 – North Charleston, SC – The Wharehouse
Nov 13 – Jacksonville, FL – Murray Hill Theatre
Nov 14 – Lake Wales, FL – Club DeCosey
Nov 15 – Douglasville, GA – The 7 Venue
Nov 16 – Chattanooga, TN – The Warehouse Venue
Nov 17 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown (White Building)
Nov 18 – Tupelo, MS – Good Time Charlies
Nov 19 – Baton Rouge, LA – North Gate Tavern
Nov 20 – Waco, TX – Art Ambush/Runt Entertainment

And if you’re truly interested, here’s the full release from the TWLOHA website:

September 19, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – Fort Worth’s explosive heavy rock band OH, SLEEPER has announced non-profit organization To Write Love on Her Arms will be joining the Children of Fire Tour, which kicks off October 27 in Little Rock, AR.  The band will be joined by Greeley Estates, Ten After Two, At the Skylines and Secrets touring in support.

“We are extremely excited to partner up with TWLOHA for this upcoming tour,” says guitarist James Erwin.  “It’s an organization we’ve loved and supported for years now, so it’s cool to come together with them to help get the word out to our fans about TWLOHA. It’s an important issue, so hopefully this will help bring light to a situation that plagues so many youth today.”

“Over the past five years, we have found a home within the greater community of music,” adds TWLOHA spokesman Chad Moses.  “Here, we have had some of our greatest opportunities to engage individuals and grow incredible friendships.  We met the guys in OH, SLEEPER a few years ago at Cornerstone Festival, and they have since become some of our most visible supporters in the hard music scene.  At TWLOHA, we value working closely with music we believe in, but beyond that we also get to work with musicians we firmly stand behind.  I remember vividly an interaction between Micah and a young fan directly following their set at Cornerstone.  The young man approached an exhausted Micah and simply expressed gratitude for the honest nature of their debut album When I Am God.  He said that some of those songs kept him going and were the reason he did not die by suicide.  Immediately, Micah stood up, gave the fan a bear hug and said, “We are honored to have you as a fan. Thank you for staying alive! Never give up!”

“Who wouldn’t want to collaborate with guys like that?,” continues Moses.  “They are creating music because they have a message to spread and fans they love.  It is clear that we are all working toward the same thing: spreading hope.  OH, SLEEPER’s creativity and personality have had TWLOHA’s support for years now, and this Fall, we have the chance to work together on their tour for the release of Children of Fire.  The new album exists in a world full of questions, a world which many of us relate to on some level.  The hope with this tour is to start a conversation and let the people in the audience know they are not alone, that their story is important and their life matters, that hope is real and help exists.”

OH, SLEEPER unleashed their third studio album, Children of Fire, digitally on September 6 and will release the album on CD on September 27.  The much anticipated release has set message boards, blogs and websites on fire with grassroots buzz and has garnered rave reviews across the board.

The show should be worth seeing Oh, Sleeper alone, but maybe you can also contribute to this organization.

– EC

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