“Back to the roots,” exclaims Texas In July bassist/lyricist Ben Witkowski. “That’s what this album is all about.”
The Ephrata, PA-based metal outfit will release their new self-titled album on October 9 via Equal Vision Records. “Our listeners can expect the technical feel of our first full-length, I Am, with some of the melodic elements from our most recent album, One Reality; as well as a whole new feel overall that we experimented with while writing the new songs,” Witkowski explains. “Where it was fast in the past it's now faster, more riffing, technical drums, more solos, heavier breakdowns, and even a touch of clean guitars.”
“The entire time that we were writing and recording the album, we intended on giving it a title. But as time went on and the album progressed, and the more we began to hear that we were bringing the old Texas In July sound back, with the twist of adding in our new experimental and melodic elements, the more that faded,” the band reveals of their decision to self-title the album. “We are so proud of this record and couldn't throw any title on it, just for the sake of it having a title. When I jam this record, I hear Texas In July.”
The explosive new album was recorded with Will Putney [For Today, Chiodos, Life Moths To Flames] at the Machine Shop Studios in Belleville, NJ. Frontman Alex Good, at just 19-years old, leads the pack, offering his most diverse and in-your-face vocal delivery to date on Texas In July. He’s impeccably backed by the band’s balanced blend of crushing breakdowns, ongoing onslaught of fast-paced, unforgettable riffs from duel guitarists Christian Royer and Chris Davis, driving bass grooves of Witkowski, and of course -the always admirable technical prowess of 20-year-old drummer Adam Gray.
“Lyrically the record is angry, honest and rebellious, in a way. I really wanted to open up and let everything out in an interesting, yet subtle way. The fuel for the lyrics came from many places, it's interesting what you can observe and write down in a year,” Witkowski states.
Texas In July is the follow up to the metal quintet’s sophomore full-length album and Equal Vision Records debut, One Reality, which was released on April 26th, 2011. The album premiered at No. 3 on the Billboard New Artist/Heatseekers Chart and also placed on the Billboard 200, Rock, Independent, and Hard Rock charts. The album was recorded in Hadley, MA with producer Zeuss [Hatebreed, Shadows Fall].
In less than two years time, the band has already headlined three UK/European runs, toured Canada multiple times, crisscrossed the US countless times and even ventured to China, Australia, Thailand, Singapore, and Japan to headline shows. US tour highlights include the Motel 6 Rock Yourself To Sleep and I’m Alive tours – both with We Came As Romans, the 2011 Take Action Tour with Bayside and Silverstein, and the 2012 Leveler Tour with August Burns Red. Texas In July also recently completed their first major US headlining tour with support from Like Moths To Flames, The Air I Breathe, Hundredth and For All I Am. The band has also played at renowned music festivals around the world such as New England Metal and Hardcore Fest, Graspop Metal Meeting, Summerfest, Cornerstone Festival and The Bamboozle.
Texas In July will remain on the road through the end of the year, first touring the US with For Today this fall on The Unshakeable Tour and then heading back overseas for a winter tour of UK/Europe with Miss May I.