Heavy music is often the result of deep emotions. Sadness, frustration and anger combined with a musician's talent can result in music which is awesomely powerful, uniquely deep, and thought-provoking. Such is the case with HourCast.
Born out of Boston, Massachusetts, HourCast combines elements of hard rock and metal with a distinct electronic influence. "We had no preconceptions as to what the band would sound like," says vocalist Patrick McBride. The members of HourCast - Mcbride, drummer Jerry Clews, guitarist David Henriquez and bassist David Sullivan - have combined their varied influences to create a unique sound that incorporates the heavy flavor of Deftones and Tool with the dark electronic atmosphere of Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode.
The somber tones of State Of Disgrace are a result of these efforts. From the introspective opening track "This Life", to "Freeze" (which McBride describes as an "epic, desperate song") State Of Disgrace has a cold, sharp intensity. The self-loathing "Smash Up" eschews a bitter tone, while "Lunar" tells a tale of longing and loneliness. "The music and lyrics are a reflection of what was going on at the time," explains McBride. "I found myself in a new environment and was going through a big change in my life and that comes out in the songs." State Of Disgrace will be available at iTunes on May 2nd and in stores on June 6th, 2006.
Not being signed to a label could serve as a liability to some bands, but not HourCast. "We didn't have a label telling us what to do and that allowed us to add variety and flavor to the album," says McBride. HourCast is a band looking to gain ground in the current music scene. "Myspace and live shows are definitely helping us to build a fan base," says McBride.
The track listing for State Of Disgrace comprises:
Almost Like Life
3rd Of July
Memories And Lies
HourCast will be on tour with Sevendust
May 4 La Crosse, WI La Crosse Center
May 5 Superior, WI Wessman Arena
May 6 Peoria, IL Expo Gardens
May 7 Saginaw, MI Dow Events Center
May 9 Chicago, IL HOB
May 11 San Antonio Sunset Station
May 12 Mc Allen, TX La Villa Real
May 13 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street
May 15 Baton Rouge Texas Music Hall
May 17 Memphis, TN The New Daisy
May 18 Raleigh, NC Disco Rodeo
May 19 Columbus, GA Bradley Theatre
May 20 Greenville, SC Anderson County Fair