Louisville's avant-garde rock band Xerxes has premiered the title track from their upcoming record, Collision Blonde, today at The new album will be released by No Sleep Records on October 21st. Fans can pre-order Collision Blonde now at iTunes (w/instant download of "Chestnut Street") and from No Sleep Records at
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"I always saw the moments that kind of changed the entire course of my life and my perception of life and love as collisions," vocalist Calvin Philley tells "Love at first sight is as violent as a head-on car wreck, and the not so steady descent out of love is even worse. Love, to me became this bright explosion of blonde hair and soft skin and blue eyes. As painful as it was comforting. It was that very first collision that kind of changed everything. But once the pain outweighed the pleasure, there was no real going back to it. And that was tough to come to terms with. Once things like that leave your life, it's better to lock the longing away and not even ask for it to come back. So it remains, I won't remember; you won't come back."
Xerxes' sophomore record, Collision Blonde, is tinged with desperate urgency as they meld elements of brooding rock (a la The Cure, Bauhaus, Joy Division) with intense contemporary post-hardcore on 10 songs including the newly released title track, "Chestnut Street" and "Exit 123."
Additionally, Xerxes has also announced a fall tour in support of the new album, which will include a record release show at No Sleep Records' CMJ showcase, "No Sleep till CMJ II."
Follow the band at for updates.
Xerxes Tour Dates:
Oct 17 - Johnson City, TN - The Hideaway
Oct 18 - Charlotte, NC - Lunchbox Records
Oct 19 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
Oct 20 - Amityville, NY - Amityville Music Hall
Oct 21 - Brooklyn, NY - No Sleep Records' CMJ Showcase/Collision Blonde Album Release Show @ The Paper Box
Oct 22 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fire (w/Empire! Empire!, Free Throw)
Oct 23 - Lakewood, OH - Mahall's Basement
Oct 24 - Columbus, OH - Double Happiness
Oct 31 - Birmingham, AL - The Firehouse (w/Coliseum)
Nov 1 - Gainesville, FL - The Fest @ The Atlantic (w/Self Defense Family, Frameworks, Rescuer & more)
Nov 4 - Nashville, TN - Stone Fox (w/Coliseum)

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