Acclaimed post-hardcore heavy rockers Norma Jean signs with Razor & Tie and plans a 2010 album release.  The band will headline the “Explosions 2009” US tour in late November through December.  Norma Jean will play their breakthrough album Bless The Martyr and Kiss the Child in its entirety on select dates. This is the band’s first headlining trek since the Fall of last year and boasts an impressive lineup – Horse The Band, The Chariot and Arsonists Get All The Girls – with a few surprises from the powerful live band. In January Norma Jean will head into the studio to record a new album for a 2010 summer release.

Cory Brandan of Norma jean comments, “If we didn’t sign to Razor & Tie, I think we would have gone on a killing spree, with no regard for life or limb. I think for the first time in our career, upon presenting our ideas, we get to hear the word “yes” more often. It’s like discovering an unknown tribe on a distant island. Except we’re the tribe and we don’t know your language. Plus we have spears and swords and we’re cannibals. Either way, we’re insanely animated about R&T showing up and want to try on their Nike Air Jordans. “


Atlanta-based post-hardcore rockers Norma Jean have released four albums to date selling over 360,000 combined.   The band’s last album, The Anti Mother, debuted at #29 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and received rave reviews with Alternative Press calling it “ambitious and addictive.”   The album is the most furious, and yet melodic, music of their career and featured Page Hamilton of Helmet as well as a collaboration with Deftones’ frontman Chino Moreno.  The Grammy nominated band has an enormous online following with over 15 million MySpace plays and 267,000 MySpace friends as well as over 15,000 Facebook friends.   Norma Jean has spent the last few years on the road – headlining the mainstage on the 2008  Warped Tour, secondstage on the 2006 Ozzfest,  and  has toured with countless bands worldwide. Norma Jean is Cory Brandan (lead vocals/guitars), Scottie Henry (guitars), Jake Schultz (bass), Chris Day (guitars) and Chris Raines (drums). The band is managed by Tim Smith and Chris Byrnes of Blood Company and booked by Nick Storch at The Agency Group.

“one of noisy hardcore’s more convincing and dexterous.” Alternative Press

“swinging, furious urgency…” Revolver

“sounds like a thousand rabid children hacking away at a piñata packed with explosives.” Decibel

“Norma Jean’s hidden strength lies in their dedication to melody.” All Music Guide

“Norma Jean sounds like extra time in a brutal pit. Awesome.”  Kerrang!

“this band kind of totally rules.”

“Norma Jean have transcended the metalcore scene entirely …..raw, melodic and extremely angry” Artist Direct


New York-based Razor & Tie is one of the fastest growing independent record labels in the United States.  The label has enjoyed success in a variety of genres and garnered both Platinum sales and Grammy awards in the process. The rapidly expanding roster includes All That Remains, The Summer Set, Dead Confederate, The Whip, Hill Country Revue, Day of Fire, Angelique Kidjo, Dar Williams, Dave Barnes, Joan Baez, and Michael McDonald, to name a few.



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Nov-20 Houston, TX Meridian
Nov-21 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
Nov-22 Ft. Worth, TX The Door
Nov-24 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse
Nov-25 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
Nov-27 San Francisco, CA Slims
Nov-28 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
Nov-29 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Nov-30 Boise, ID The Venue
Dec-01 Salt Lake City, UT Club Sound
Dec-02 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
Dec-04 St. Paul, MN Station Four
Dec-05 Chicago, IL Reggie’s
Dec-06 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
Dec-07 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
Dec-08 Toronto, ON Opera House
Dec-09 Montreal, QC Tulipe
Dec-11 New York, NY Gramercy
Dec-12 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
Dec-13 Towson, MD Recher Theatre
Dec-14 Richmond, VA Canal Club
Dec-15 Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
Dec-17 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
Dec-18 St. Petersburg, FL State Theater
Dec-19 Atlanta, GA Masquerade**featuring Horse The Band, The Chariot and Arsonists Get All The Girls


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