Speaking of bands traveling overseas: Starting April 9, Earthworms
and Fresh Heir
will be embarking on a tour of U.S. military bases in Europe. The trek will take them to bases in Germany, the Netherlands, Kosovo and the U.K. (Full dates here
"We hope to bolster our resume with this tour, and afford ourselves more opportunities similar to this one as a result," says Earthworms member Mathias."Also, we hope just to have an eye-popping, life-changing experience going to all of these places. Kosovo is a war zone. I look forward to this show the most, because those troops are deployed in a dangerous place and will really appreciate it when an American hip-hop band shows up to make their heads nod for a couple of hours. None of us have toured outside of the US -- visited yes, toured, no -- so this is a big deal for everybody."
Mathias said the trek came about after AFE (Armed Forces
), an organization dedicated to bringing American entertainers overseas to entertain those in the military, found Earthworms via CDBaby
and liked what it heard. The tour was booked by Lt. Jarod Trujillo, who has a radio show on the Armed Forces Radio
; Mathias says Trujillo is going to be promoting the concerts and playing Earthworms music on his show. Questions emailed to Trujillo weren't returned as of yet, but in a separate press release sent out by the band, he said, ""The Earthworms have a fresh and original hip-hop sound that reflects influences from across the entire spectrum of music. What's more, they put on an amazing live show that is like one big party."
If this tour wasn't exciting enough, Earthworms is already deep into preparations for its third album (and follow-up to Bottle Full of Bourbon
). The list of personnel confirmed already is mighty impressive.
"So far we have Percee P and Nikko Smith on the album, and
Raashan Ahmad (of Crown City Rockers) has also agreed to appear on it," Mathias says. "Crucial,
Ben Bounce, Pre (Indyground Ent -- [he] just had a beat on the Game's new
album), and Art Thugs (a.k.a. Breakfast Beats
) have supplied most of the
beats. [We] just got a new instrumental from Splitface
as well, and one or two from
our guy Capo thrown in the mix too. There will be more news on this album
coming soon.. don't want to jump the gun though!"
Fans can wish both acts bon voyage on Friday, April 3, at Off Broadway, when they'll be playing a European tour kickoff gig. Stay tuned to A to Z for an Earthworms tour diary as well!