On Wednesday Texas Hippie Coalition Announces New Album 'Dark Side of Black' was a top story. Here is the weekend recap: Texas Hippie Coalition have announced a April 22 released date for their fourth full-length Carved Records album, Dark Side of Black, and they will be launching a headline tour next week.
The new album was recorded at Boot Hill Studio in Corinth, TX and Valve Studios in Dallas, TX with producer Sterling Winfield (Pantera, Hellyeah, Damageplan).
Big Dad Ritch had this to say about the effort,t "Dark Side of Black is our heaviest album to date for sure. We've learned a lot having made four full-length albums prior. We're trying to use that knowledge we learned to make an album that can maintain what Ride On and Peacemaker bring to the table, yet we wanted it to lend itself more to the power that is the RED DIRT METAL of Rollin and Pride of Texas. So it feels like Pride meets Peacemaker. Top shelf THC meets bottom shelf liquor..."
Drummer Timmy Braun reflects on the challenges he faced recording the album, "About Dark Side of Black, I have never had such a difficult time completing an album in my life," begins Braun. "I say that because my first session I had just got out of the hospital. It was difficult for me to walk let alone play a drum kit. After being in bed for literally two weeks I felt a bit out of shape. Then for the second session my hand was swollen to almost twice its size because of an injury! I couldn't make a fist let alone play a drum kit. However, I'm hoping the vibe I was able to create will have a special flavor that I wouldn't have been able to offer had my life been in order, per say. In other words, tough times make for better art!"
Guitarist Cord Pool adds, "Between tweaking our writing style and being influenced by personal things, Dark Side of Black leads the listener a step closer to the darker and heavier side of what we have to offer."
Texas Hippie Coalition will kick off their "Dark Side of Black" tour, will with support from Sons of Texas, on April 29th in Shreveport, LA and visit a total of 26 cities before ending at River City Rockfest on May 29th.
The tour will include five spring festival stops (these will not include Sons of Texas). Before the tour, the band will perform two headline dates, one of which will act as their official album release party. - See the tour dates and the album tracklisting here.