Highly-regarded proggers Haken will be visiting North American shores for ten dates in the spring, including a headlining appearance at the 12th annual
Rites of Spring Festival (aka ROSfest) in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Supporting the band on most dates is Next to None, the band featuring Max Portnoy, son of prog drummer extraordinaire Mike Portnoy. InsideOut label mates Spock's Beard are on the bill for the dates in Quebec City and Montreal.
Haken guitarist Charlie Griffiths had this to say about their imminent visit:
"One of our biggest ambitions since the beginnings of the band has been to tour the USA. For it to actually be happening is an amazing feeling. We honestly can't wait to get over there and play our music.
We've only had a couple of opportunities to meet our American friends before; first at Prog Power USA in 2011 and then at Prog Nation at Sea in 2014 and the fans were incredibly passionate about the music. We're looking forward to visiting some new places and hopefully seeing a lot more new faces.
We've put together a great set list covering the whole Haken discography and I really think they're going to love it. For a couple of the Canadian shows we're going to be sharing the stage with Spock's Beard, which is crazy because we've been fans of theirs for years.
We also have the pleasure of bringing Next to None along with us. I saw them play on the cruise and although they're young, you wouldn't know it by listening to them - they kick ass! When Haken was starting out we depended on the kindness of other bands to give us opening slots, so it's great to now pass that on to the next wave of musicians. I think this will be a great package. Don't miss it!"
Tour dates are as follows:
4/25/15 - Token Lounge - Detroit MI (with Next to None)
4/26/15 - Reggie's - Chicago IL (with Next to None)
4/27/15 - TBC - Toronto ON (with Next to None)
4/28/15 - Imperial - Quebec City QC (with Spock's Beard)
4/29/15 - Club Soda - Montreal QC (with Spock's Beard)
4/3015 - Studio at Webster Hall - New York NY (with Next to None)
5/1/15 - Bull Shooters Saloon - Philadelphia PA (with Next to None)
5/2/15 - RosFest - Gettysburg PA
5/3/15 - Empire -Springfield VA (with Next to None)
5/5/15 - Circo Volador - Mexico City
Haken released their third album, The Mountain, on InsideOut in 2013 to great acclaim. In late 2014 they dusted off and recorded three early songs for the Restoration EP. Their fourth full-length album is due on InsideOut worldwide later in 2015. Stay tuned.