The Almost’s new Tooth & Nail/Virgin/EMI album Monster Monster hits stores today, Nov. 3. In gearing up for the new release, the band has hooked up with retailer Best Buy to release an exclusive fan deluxe package of Monster Monster. The deluxe package includes limited edition swag from the band: t-shirt, trading cards, collector stickers and two bonus tracks (West and Wrong) and is on sale for $19.99 (the standard album is also on sale for $7.99). Fans can check out live in-stores at Best Buy stores in Houston (11/5) and Dallas (11/6) and also have the opportunity to chat live with the band online at AbsolutePunk.net tomorrow, November 4 at 8pm EST.
Formed by Underoath drummer Aaron Gillespie along with guitarists Jay Vilardi and Dusty Redmon, bassist Alex Aponte and newest member, drummer Joe Musten, The Almost’s Monster Monster represents the culmination of two years of touring, with the resulting disc a melding of the group’s individual talents into a truly collaborative effort. Before the street date, The Almost released a new video for “Lonely Wheel” to fans, which will be followed by their lead anthemic rock single “Hands.”
Gillespie, who played all the instruments on The Almost’s first album, is thrilled the way the group began to mesh on Monster Monster, and the band itself is raring to go out and play the new songs for their rabid, loyal fan base.
“This now feels like a real band,” he says. “Everyone gave up a piece of his own agenda for the good of the final result. And that’s how you end up with something special. They supplied the bricks and we built this house together.”
The Almost are currently on the road wrapping up dates supporting The Used and gearing up for their upcoming tours for 2010 (to be announced soon).
“Monster Monster is like a time-release painkiller: One The emotionally charged rock gets into your system, its’ good for a long-lasing buzz…”
-Alternative Press Nov. 2009
“Aaron Gillespie proves Say This Sooner was no fluke with this first single (Hands) from Monster Monster.”
-USA Today Nov. 3, 2009
“Aaron Gillespie’s inner classic rocker is a benevolent beast, and the music he makes with The Almost is scary good.” – HM Magazine Nov./Dec. 2009
Supporting The Used:
Nov 5 House of Blues Dallas, TX
Nov 6 House of Blues Houston, TX
Nov 7 La Zona Rosa Austin, TX
Nov 9 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ
Nov 10 The Wiltern Los Angeles, CA
Nov 11 Warfield Thatre San Francisco, CA
Nov 13 S howbox SoDo Seattle, WA