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The Expendables

Fortunate Youth, Katastro

01/23/2015, Ventura Theater

Santa Cruz, CA-based reggae-rock-metal band THE EXPENDABLES kick started 2015 with the January 13 release of their sixth full-length studio album SAND IN THE SKY (Stoopid Records) and then hit the road on their annual “Winter Blackout Tour” that kicked off in VENTURA on FRIDAY, JANUARY 23 at MAJESTIC VENTURA THEATER with support from Fortunate Youth and Katastro.


All Photos: Steve Kennedy


SAND IN THE SKY—mixed by Butthole Surfer guitarist and legendary producer Paul Leary (Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, U2, Weezer) and co-produced by THE EXPENDABLES and Gordon Brislawn (who was a co-producer on their Getting’ Filthy album)--features the new song “Starry Night,” currently available as a free download via Those that pre-order the 12-track album via iTunes (HERE) will also receive an instant download of “Starry Night” along with another new track, “Music Move Me.” SAND IN THE SKY marks the follow up to their 2010 full-length album Prove It (Stoopid Records), which debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart and #30 on the Independent Chart, and 2012’s acoustic album Gone Soft.  



“We are beyond excited to finally release Sand In the Sky,” the band shares. “We know our fans have been waiting for new music and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it! Go grab ‘Starry Night’ for free to hold you over until January and then get ready for us. This year’s ‘Winter Blackout Tour’ is going to be insane and we’re stoked to come to your city and rock your faces off!”  



THE EXPENDABLES--Geoff Weers (guitar/vocals), Adam Patterson (drums/vocals), Raul Bianchi (lead guitar) and Ryan DeMars (bass)-- hit the road starting Friday, January 23 in Ventura, CA on their 40-date “Winter Blackout Tour” that will make its way across the U.S. and back wrapping Sunday, March 15 in San Diego, CA. For more information on the “Winter Blackout Tour,” including links to purchase tickets, go to: (@theexpendables)


About The Expendables:
Since forming in Santa Cruz, CA in 1997, The Expendables have staked their claim in the California inspired surf/rock genre with a sound all their own that blends reggae, punk rock, metal and 80s-style dueling guitar solos. During the first seven years of their career, the band of four longtime friends released three full-length albums (2000’s No Time To Worry, 2001’s Open Container and 2004’s Gettin’ Filthy) completely independent, selling a combined total of over 40,000 units with no physical distribution or record label. In 2007, the quartet signed with Stoopid Records--a new independent label formed by Slightly Stoopid--as the label’s first non-Stoopid release, after touring alongside the band and catching the attention of founders and front men Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty. Their first release on the label, the self-titled The Expendables, became an instant classic by fans and received critical praise. Following their support run on 311’s Summer Unity amphitheatre tour, The Expendables went straight to the studio to record 2010’s Prove It, which was produced by Butthole Surfer guitarist Paul Leary (Meat Puppets, Sublime) and NOFX’s El Hefe and features guest appearances by long-time friend G. Love plus various members of Slightly Stoopid. In 2012, the band changed things up and released an all-acoustic album called Gone Soft. Now, they are ready to get fans rocking with their new full-length studio album Sand In the Sky (January 13, 2015). In addition to their own annual Winter Blackout Tour, many other headlining tours and a summer on the Vans Warped Tour, The Expendables has shared the stage with artists such as NOFX, Less Than Jake, Slightly Stoopid, Pennywise, Pepper, 311, Steel Pulse and The Madd Caddies, among many others.  


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