Baltimore, Maryland’s most fearless hardcore heavyweights, Trapped Under Ice, have premiered “No Relief” from their long-awaited new full length, Heatwave, due out July 21st via Pop Wig Records. The track continues to highlight the band’s “no rules”, groove-centric approach to hardcore, looking to inspire just as many shaking hips as banging heads.
Trapped Under Ice announced a run of United States East Coast tour dates with support from Fury and Freedom, as well as run of shows in Texas with Gag, Firewalker, and The Real Cost. See full itinerary below.
When Trapped Under Ice went on hiatus in 2013 their impact was felt, whether directly through the new bands formed by TUI-alums themselves (most notably Turnstile and Angel Du$t), or indirectly in the sonic influence taken by many young up-and-coming HC bands, many of which have now released music through Pop Wig Records, the label founded by several Trapped Under Ice members. Now everything has come full circle as Trapped Under Ice return with Heatwave, continuing to hold their never-vacated mantle as one of hardcore’s most forward-thinking bands.
Trapped Under Ice have always colored outside the lines, often treating hardcore’s conventions as loose guidelines to be shifted and warped into something driven just as much by hooks as by breakdowns. On 2011’s modern classic, Big Kiss Goodnight, Trapped Under Ice began to lean into their catchier sensibilities, and now Heatwave finds the band fully embracing that side of themselves and writing their most concise and infectious work to-date. The album’s tight fourteen minute run time leaves no room for filler, just eleven lean tracks of aggressively groovy, hook-filled hardcore, at once exuberant and kinetic but undeniably aggressive and raw.
08/25 Boston, MA @ The Middle East *
08/26 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar *
08/27 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts *
08/28 Albany, NY @ Trickshots *
08/29 Baltimore, MD @ The Windup Space *
08/30 Fayettville, NC @ The Drunk Horse Pub *
08/31 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern *
09/01 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade *
09/02 Richmond, VA @ The Warehouse *
09/03 Washington, DC @ St. Stephen’s *
09/22 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada #
09/23 Houston, TX @ Walters #
09/24 Austin, TX @ Barracuda #
* w/ Fury, Freedom
# w/ Gag, Firewalker, The Real Cost
Photo by Anne Kohler