Atlanta rockers BITERS are set to release ‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ on 19th May through Earache Records. The album, produced by Dan Dixon, is the follow-up to 2015’s critically acclaimed ‘Electric Blood’ and is set to land in the wake of a UK/European tour this Spring (dates below).
BITERS possess a certain energy coursing through their veins…that unmistakable sprinkling of stardust required for a band to go stratospheric. Formed in Atlanta, GA in 2009, frontman Tuk set about his mission to bring back no-nonsense rock n’ roll to the masses. Their sound is infused with a modern twist on 70’s rock, it’s loud and fiery, yet unafraid of pop hooks and sweet harmonies. BITERS remind us of times when bands looked like bands and acted like gangs and are set to destroy any suggestions that rock is dead with their hunger for anarchy and partying hard. They’ve a cynical social commentary on the state of the world and a knack for a catchy feel-good chorus.
When it comes to the brand new album, Tuk tells us, “I knew I wanted to do something totally different to ‘Electric Blood’. It’s very easy to get side tracked as an artist and especially easy to lose perspective with so many people giving you advice and critique. For this album, I wanted to go back to the reason I started this band back in 2010 – my love for early 70’s glam rock, power pop and those big anthemic sing-alongs are where my heart feels most home. I wanted to take risks and really wear my heart on my sleeve this time around.”
For ‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’, BITERS recruited the expertise of multi-platinum songwriter/producer Scott Stevens to help take them to the next level. LA-based Stevens has worked with The Struts, Highly Suspect & Shinedown and his input on the lead single ‘Stone Cold Love’ has elevated BITERS sound to a whole new level. With regard to having someone else in the studio, Tuk tells us “The most valuable thing people like Scott and Dan Dixon (producer of ‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’) bring to the table is their willingness to strive for greatness. They don’t give up. They’ll sit and work ‘til they’re out-of-their-mind exhausted. To find that same obsessive kinship with other writers and producers gets me so fired up. The experiences I’ve had in recent years touring, writing and working with other driven, inspiring people have been invaluable. Not all experiences were great by any means, but it was for a greater good. I love being pushed and challenged. It feeds my soul.”
The album ignites with the punchy mission statement of ‘Let It Roll’ and the next 33 minutes are pure unadulterated rock n’ roll perfection. The stomping T-Rex style groove of ‘Stone Cold Love’ will make a home between your ears with its anthemic, stadium sized chorus. ‘Callin’ You Home’ is a reflective and existential stargazer soundtrack, whilst the feel-good bounce of Tuk’s personal favourite, ‘Gypsy Rose’ (which was birthed whilst singing to his border collie; “Sometimes you find inspiration in the most unassuming of situations” he informs) and the straight up no-frills, chunky rock riffs of ‘Chasing The Feeling’ make ‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ a record that re-energises the entire the genre, making rock n’ roll relevant once more.
BITERS are blazing a trail across the globe with their electrifying live shows. In March, they undertake a 24-date European tour with label mates Blackberry Smoke which will see them playing to over 50,000 music fans, including a date at London’s iconic Roundhouse. UK dates rack up as follows:
Mon 27th Mar – OXFORD O2 Academy
Tue 28th Mar – LONDON Roundhouse
Wed 29th Mar – NORWICH UEA
Fri 31st Mar – MANCHESTER Academy
Sat 1st Apr – DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
Mon 3rd Apr – GLASGOW Barrowlands
Tue 4th Apr – NEWCASTLE O2 Academy
Thu 6th Apr – BRISTOL O2 Academy
Fri 7th Apr – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy
Sat 8th Apr – PORTSMOUTH Pyramids Centre
BITERS are; Tuk (vocals/guitar), Matt (lead guitar), Phil (bass) and a wild animal on the drums named Joey.