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Underøath’s Erase Me Debuts at #4 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart

Underøath’s eagerly-awaited return album, Erase Me, debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart.

“When we decided to make a new album, we didn’t know what it would sound like, what the response would be or exactly who’d be interested. Finding out we have the #4 album in the country is just insanity,” said the band in a joint statement. “The response has been more than we could have hoped for and we’re still processing it all. In the streaming age we’re in,when money is spent on an album, we know it’s a conscious effort to support and we don’t take that for granted. Incredibly grateful today. Enjoy Erase Me. Dig in. Play it loud. 2018 is just getting started.”

“We challenged our creative boundaries in the roll out of this incredible album, to create a campaign as defining and defiant as the music,” explained Jenny Reader, Vice President of Marketing and Project Management for Fearless Records. “We are so proud to be a part of this new era for a seminal band, with the ability to now reach new audiences, redefining what the genre of rock is capable of. This is just the beginning.” Reader and Underøath manager Randy Nichols spearheaded the viral marketing campaign behind Erase Me, which included hand-scrawled CDs with the words “Erase Me” arriving at fan’s homes prior to the album announcement, a cleverly disguised website countdown clock and mysterious billboards popping up nationwide.

What started with news of the band’s Rebirth Tour in 2016, and the return of Underøath’s classic line-up of Grant Brandell (bass), Spencer Chamberlain (vocals), Chris Dudley (keyboards), Aaron Gillespie (drums/vocals), Tim McTague (guitar) and James Smith (guitar) culminated with the April 6 release of Erase Me. The 11-song collection has been described as “crushing” (Revolver), “massive” (Alternative Press, from their current cover story) and “epic” (Kerrang), with Metal Injection saying “This is truly the return of Underøath. The sheer and raw force of energetic emotion that was present on great albums such as Define the Great Line… is back in spades.”

“When we agreed to play shows again,” explained Chamberlain in a recent Revolverinterview. “I kind of knew something was going to happen. It’s unrealistic that we are going to think that we are going to get in a room and practice all these songs and not start riffing. We just rehearsed for what we needed to do and pretended like we weren’t going to make a record and tried not to put that pressure on anyone in the band. But I think me and Aaron eventually knew that we needed to make some music.”

In the weeks leading up to the album’s release, the Florida-based band released a pair of videos for the songs “On My Teeth” and “Rapture” as well as offering fans a look behind-the-scenes of the making of Erase Me with a series of Facebook-hosted videos dubbed “Erase Me // A Work In Progress,” (facebook.com/underoath). The week of release saw the band host a sold-out Los Angeles screening of the documentary “Get Over It (The Making of Erase Me),” offer an unrestrained performance at Emo Nite LA and capping the frenzied week off by playing a surprise show at Chicago’s 400-capacity Subterranean on release day.

Erase Me was recorded during the summer of 2017, the album was produced by Matt Squire (Panic! At The Disco, 3OH!3), with Ken Andrews mixing (Failure, Jimmy Eat World). Erase Me is available now at retailers, digital service providers (Found.ee/eraseme).

Underøath launch the Nø Fix Tour on Friday. Tickets for the band’s North American headlining dates include a download of Erase Me, with tickets and VIP packages available via Underoath777.com

Nø Fix Tour dates:

April 20 Las Vegas, NV Las Rageous

April 27 Jacksonville, FL Welcome to Rockville

April 28 Sunrise, FL Fort Rock

April 30 Birmingham, AL Iron City

May 1 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre

May 3 Knoxville, TN Mill and Mine

May 4 Charlotte, NC Carolina Rebellion

May 5 Lynchburg, VA Phase 2

May 6 Bethlehem, PA The Sands

May 8 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live

May 9 Wallingford, CT The Dome at Oakdale

May 11 Providence, RI Fete Ballroom

May 12 Niagara Falls, NY Rapids

May 14 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s

May 15 Sauget, IL Pop’s

May 16 Ft. Wayne, IN Piere’s

May 18 Columbus, OH Rock on the Range

May 19 Lexington, KY Manchester Music Hall

May 20 Springfield, MO Gillioz

May 22 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheatre

May 23 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall

May 24 Dallas, TX Bomb Factory

May 25 Little Rock, AR Metroplex

May 26 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma

June 2 Kansas City, MO RockFesst

June 15 Paris, France Download Festival Paris

June 16 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg

June 18 Wiesbaden, Germany Schlachthof

June 19 Bologna, Italy Zona Roveri Club

June 20 Milan, Italy Magazzini Generali

June 21 Dessel, Belgium Festivalpark Stenehi

June 22 Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany Southside Festival

June 22 Scheessel, Germany Hurricane Festival

June 23 Dessel Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting

June 27 Budapest, Hungary Dürer Kert

June 28 Prague, Czech Republic Aerodrome Festival

June 29 Madrid, Spain Download Festival Madrid

June 30 Ysselsteyn, Netherlands Jera on Air

July 12 Cadott, WI Rock Fest

July 13 Oshkosh, WI Rock USA

July 16 Burgettstown, PA Vans Warped Tour

July 17 Toronto, ON Vans Warped Tour

July 18 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Vans Warped Tour

July 28 Montreal, QC Heavy Montreal

July 29 Bangor, ME Impact Music Festival

August 24 Reading, UK Reading Festival

August 25 Leeds, UK Leeds Festival

*Dance Gavin Dance, Veil of Maya and Limbs open on the North American headlining dates.

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