After an explosive 2013, punk MC iTCH announces the anticipated release of his debut album The Deep End. Following two EPs, a headline UK tour and two huge US tours, including a stint on the legendary Warped Tour, iTCH is finally ready to unleash his incredible debut on March 24th via Red Bull Records.
The Deep End includes the singles 'Best Shot', 'Homeless Romantic' feat. Taking Back Sunday's Adam Lazarra and the forthcoming single 'Life Is Poetry', released March 17th. Other guest vocalists lending their talents to the album include US artist Matisyahu and Less Than Jake's Roger Manganelli. An album of true originality, the pace and energy never lets up, creating a varied, sonic journey from a bona fide creative.
Of the album, iTCH says: "I'm beyond excited about being able to finally release my first solo album. I'm so proud of this record, I've taken the time to get it exactly how I want it to sound and have had the honour of working with some life time heroes. You can hear how much fun I had making this record and how creatively free I was allowed to be. This is without a doubt the best record I've ever released."
A truly impassioned and creative performer, the album has been a long time coming for the former frontman of political punk outfit The King Blues. Following the breakup of his former band, iTCH has forged his own career, focussing on his cutting lyrical style and passion for different musical styles to create a hybrid of hip-hop, punk, pop, electro and rock, all underpinned by iTCH's unique fire and attitude. Despite being stuck in a wheelchair for the whole summer of 2013 due to an injury sustained at a show, he managed to complete the Warped Tour in the US whilst continuing to write, create and collaborate - including a mixtape tape with Dan The Automator.
iTCH is also pleased to announce a UK tour with Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip, including two dates at London's KOKO. Dates as follows:
19th Manchester Academy 2 *sold out*
20th Edinburgh Liquid Room
21st Glasgow Arches
22nd Newcastle Academy 2
23rd Sheffield Plug
24th Leeds Stylus
25th Birmingham Institute
27th Cardiff Solus
28th Exeter Lemon Grove
30th Oxford Academy
1st Norwich Waterfront
2nd Hull Union
3rd London KOKO
4th London KOKO *sold out*
5th Cambridge Junction
6th Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms *sold out*
7th Bristol Anson Rooms
8th Bedford Corn Exchange
The Deep End tracklisting:
1. Life Is Poetry
2. Sun Goes Down
3. Homeless Romantic feat. Adam Lazarra
4. Laugh feat. Matisyahu
5. Like I'm Drugs feat. Dani Artaud
6. Another Man feat. Megan Joy
7. Bottom Of The Glass feat. Roger Manganelli
8. Not My Revolution feat. BC Jean
9. The Deep End
10. Children Of The Revolution
11. Best Shot
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