Classic Gig Posters: THE SWORD

i_swordposter2Not to be confused with the Canadian heavy metal band from the late ’80s simply named Sword, The Sword are a retro-metal four-piece hailing from — of all places — the singer/songwriter oasis of Austin, Texas. First conceived in 2003, the Sword really hit their stride about a year later, when founding vocalist and guitarist J.D. Cronise joined forces with guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie, and drummer Trivett Wingo, and made a much raved-about appearance at Austin’s famed SXSW festival. National touring stints with everyone from Clutch to indie rock darlings …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead followed, and by mid-2005, the Sword had been picked up by New York-based indie label Kemado Records, with their much-anticipated debut album, Age of Winters, appearing early the next year. Before completing their second album, they contributed two songs (one original and one Led Zeppelin cover) to a split 12″ EP with Swedish heavy rockers Witchcraft in November 2007. Gods of the Earth arrived in spring 2008. the-sword-poster-harper-jatenChanging their muse from fantasy to science fiction, the Sword released Warp Riders in 2010, a concept album featuring an original narrative written by the band. In 2012 they came back from their sci-fi journey with their fourth full-length, Apocryphon, which blended the fantasy elements of their earlier work with a more far-out, metaphysical vibe. The band further tweaked its sound for 2015’s High Country, eschewing some the heavier doom metal tendencies of prior outings for a more streamlined, Southern hard rock feel.

 

 

The Sword Setlist at Fitzgerald’s, Houston, TX, USA – October 11, 2015

343be27878d8cc173a821cfc9e53c1d8Buzzards
Arcane Montane
Seven Sisters
High Country
The Dreamthieves
Maiden, Mother & Crone
Tears Like Diamonds
Mist & Shadow
Freya
The Horned Goddess
The Bees of Spring
Empty Temples
Tres Brujas
The Warp Riders
Cloak of Feathers

Encore:
Suffer No Fools
Arrows in the Dark

 

Sword Green Goddess 14x20 Offset poster 25USDTOUR DATES

Oct 13 Lawrence, KS Granada
Oct 14 Madison, WI Majestic Theater
Oct 15 Iowa City, IA Gabe’s
Oct 16 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
Oct 17 Omaha, NE Waiting Room
Oct 18 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
Oct 20 Mesa, AZ Club Red
Oct 21 Pomona, CA Glass House
Oct 22 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up
Oct 23 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
Oct 25 Sacramento, CA Aftershock 2015
Oct 27 Seattle, WA Neumos
Oct 28 Vancouver, Canada Rickshaw Theatre
Oct 29 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
Oct 30 Boise, ID Neurolux
Oct 31 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
Nov 2 Englewood, CO The Gothic Theatre
Nov 3 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
39ee86c39143240e47a8e71d10c32d84Nov 4 Lubbock, TX Jake’s
Nov 18 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
Nov 19 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
Nov 20 St Petersburg, FL The State Theatre
Nov 21 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live
Nov 23 Birmingham, AL Saturn
Nov 24 Nashville, TN Exit/In
Nov 25 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
Nov 27 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
Nov 28 Charlotte, NC Neighborhood Theatre
Nov 29 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel
Dec 1 New York, NY Webster Hall
Dec 2 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair
Dec 3 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
Dec 4 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
the-sword-11x17Dec 5 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
Dec 6 Toronto, Canada Opera House
Dec 8 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls
Dec 9 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
Dec 10 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig
Dec 11 Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid Scheme
Dec 12 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall
Dec 13 St Louis, MO The Ready Room
Dec 15 Memphis, TN 1884 Lounge
Dec 16 Little Rock, AR Juanita’s Cantina & Ballroom
Dec 17 Oklahoma City, OK ACM
Dec 18 San Antonio, TX Paper Tiger
Dec 19 Corpus Christi, TX House of Rock

 

 

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