TAPROOT have released their new single “Favourite Song”, the first official single from their upcoming album SC\SSRS, in stores 9/29. Featuring a guest appearance from NONPOINT vocalist Elias Soriano, the track hit digital outlets on September 1st, with a visualizer lyric video available below. Produced by guitarist/vocalist Stephen Richards at The Loft in Saline, MI, and mixed by Matt LaPlant (Nonpoint, Skindred), the album, fully written and recorded by Richards, will be the band’s first studio release since 2012’s The Episodes (Victory), available Sep 29th at retail and all digital outlets Worldwide via THC: Music/Seven Arts/Amplified Distribution.
“Favourite Song” goes to radio this week and has already started garnering attention from stations across the US, including spins on the nationally syndicated show HARD DRIVE with Lou Brutus. The track made its live debut on the WJJO stage at TASTE OF MADISON over the weekend, where Nonpoint vocalist Elias Soriano made a guest appearance on stage to perform the track live for the first time.
“Favourite Song” ft: Elias Soriano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7G1zUZuL7s
SC\SSRS is available for pre-order now from taprootmerch.com.
TAPROOT will play BLUE RIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL in Alton, VA this weekend, followed by a series of sold out album release shows at the Machine Shop in Flint, MI, and an “Album Release Tour” with dates through the end of 2023 featuring special guests September Mourning, Eva Under Fire, Smile Empty Soul, Dead By Wednesday, I Set My Friends on Fire, and Heartsick on select dates. The upcoming shows will also showcase the return of original drummer Jarrod Montague, who rejoined the band earlier this year.
Sat 9/9 – Blue Ridge Rock Festival | Alton, VA
Fri 9/29 – The Machine Shop | Flint, MI – SOLD OUT w/ Heartsick | Lift the Medium
Sat 9/30 – The Machine Shop | Flint, MI – SOLD OUT w/ Eva Under Fire | See This Through | Never the Crash
Sun 10/1 – The Machine Shop | Flint, MI – SOLD OUT with Eva Under Fire | Heartsick
Fri 10/6 – Route 20 | Racine, WI – w/ Smile Empty Soul | Heartsick | Finding Ghosts
Sat 10/7 – The Forge | Joliet, IL- w/ Smile Empty Soul | Heartsick
Fri 10/13 – EPIC Event Center | Green Bay, WI- w/ September Mourning | Heartsick
Sat 10/14 – The Blue Note | Harrison, OH- w/ September Mourning | Lift the Medium, Xero Hour
Fri 10/20 – The KING of CLUBS | Columbus, OH-w/ September Mourning | XFACTOR1 | Artifax
Sat 10/21 – The Winchester Music Tavern | Lakewood, OH- w/ September Mourning | Brothers At Arms
Thu 11/2 – The Vault – New Bedford, MA w/ Dead By Wednesday
Fri 11/3 – Wally’s | Hampton Beach, NH w/ Eva Under Fire/ Dead by Wednesday
Sat 11/4 – The Gramercy Theatre | NYC, NY- w/ Eva Under Fire / Dead by Wednesday
Fri 11/17 – Elevation | Grand Rapids, MI
Sat 11/18 – The Eclectic Room | Angola, IN
Fri 12/8 – Masonic Theatre – Steubenville, OH w/Theriaca
Sat 12/9 – 101 WRIF – FM Detroit Presents: District 142 – Wynadotte, MI w/ I Set My Friends On Fire
TAPROOT also recently released Best of Besides, a 17-track collection of remastered demos and rarities, mastered by Richard Easterling (Tantric, Zen From Mars) that hit stores and digital May 5th.
Taproot formed in 1997 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and went on to sign to Atlantic Records, releasing their Ulrich Wild (Static-X, Pantera, Mindless Self Indulgence) produced debut album GIFT in 2000, followed by extensive touring including appearances on Ozzfest 2000 and 2001, and tours with Deftones, Incubus, Papa Roach, Slipknot, Mudvayne, Disturbed, and Linkin Park.
The band’s sophomore release Welcome, their first pairing with legendary producer Toby Wright (Alice in Chains, Metallica, Korn, Primus) which Rolling Stone called, “a self-preserving transition from new metal to art metal”, went on to sell over 500,000 copies and spawn the hit Rock singles “Poem”, which peaked at #5 on the Mainstream Rock charts, and “Mine”, helping propel Welcome to over 50 million digital streams. The band would continue heavy touring with Alien Ant Farm, Chevelle, joining Disturbed on the Music As A Weapon Tour, and Linkin Park. Vocalist Stephen Richards would also appear on the track “P5hng Me A*wy” on Linkin Park’s 2002 remix album REANIMATION.
2005 saw the release of Blue-Sky Research, also helmed by Wright, the band’s final release for Atlantic, which spawned the hit radio single “Calling”, co-written with FAR vocalist Jonah Matranga, and saw the band collaborate with Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Nick Hexum (311), and Stephen Carpenter (Deftones), with heavy touring again, with the likes of Chevelle, Staind, P.O.D., and Flyleaf.
Taproot released several more full-length studio albums, including 2008’s Our Long Road Home (Velvet Hammer), 2010’s Plead The Fifth (Victory),with the single “Fractured (Everything I Said was True” reaching the top 20 on the Active Rock Chart, and 2012’s The Episodes, while continuing to tour consistently through 2013, when the band went on an indefinite hiatus, returning only to play a sporadic handful of local Michigan shows, before reforming officially this year.