Chico, California based progressive rock outfit, Hail The Sun, surprised fans this week with the announcement that they would be dropping a brand new EP, Secret Wars on November 10th via Equal Vision Records. In celebration of the announcement, the band unveiled the EP’s lead single “1109” today in the form of an intimate video premiered on Alternative Press. “1109” offers thoughts of conflicted nostalgia towards a house where singer/vocalist, Donovan Melero, once called home. When coupled with the raw emotion and introspective lyrics of the track, the single’s visual accompaniment does a phenomenal job of painting a picture of the sort of questions that still haunt Melero with regards to the life he lived while residing in his former home. You can watch the video now on YouTube and preorder Secret Wars ahead of Friday’s official release.
Secret Wars, which comes midway through Hail The Sun’s national tour supporting I the Mighty, is in essence, a more aggressive extension of the band’s previous release, Culture Scars. The initial idea and mission statement for this EP actually took shape while the band was recording Culture Scars, and as Melero points out in the Alternative Press premiere for the “1109” video, is even alluded to in the liner notes for that record. Thematically, on Secret Wars, the band looks to “acknowledge all those battles that are kept behind closed doors. There may always be a force working against us, by our chemistry, or by those who supposedly have the public’s best interest in mind”. Secret Wars serves as the perfect capstone to the Culture Scars era of the band and will undoubtedly get listeners excited for what’s in store next from Hail The Sun.
The band is currently on the aforementioned national tour in support of their labelmates I The Mighty. Upon returning to Northern California, they will support Glassjaw on November 26th at Ace of Spades in Sacramento before heading to the UK with Silverstein. The band has largely built their following on an explosive live show in which Melero somehow manages to deliver vocals from behind the drumkit with as much, if not more, intensity as the most respected frontmen in rock. Seeing the band perform is, without a doubt, the sort of experience that is not to be missed. All of Hail The Sun’s current tour dates can be found below and tickets can be purchased here.
w/ I the Mighty
Nov 07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
Nov 08 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo
Nov 10 – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
Nov 11 – Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
Nov 12 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Nov 14 – Dallas, TX @ RBC
Nov 15 – Houston, TX @ Studio Live
Nov 17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
Nov 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
Nov 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
Nov 26 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Dec 08 - Southampton, United Kingdom @ Talking Heads
Dec 09 - Brighton, United Kingdom @ The Haunt
Dec 10 - Cardiff, United Kingdom @ The Globe
Dec 12 - Glasgow, United Kingdom @ G2
Dec 13 - Newcastle, United Kingdom @ Think Tank
Dec 14 - Manchester, United Kingdom @ Sound Control
Dec 15 - Huddersfield, United Kingdom @ The Parish
Dec 16 - London, United Kingdom @ The Lexington