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Updated: Aug 9

Michigan Hard Rock favorites TAPROOT have released the album art for their upcoming 7th studio album SC\SSRS, as well as announcing the release date for “Favourite Song”, the first single from the album. Featuring a guest appearance from NONPOINT vocalist Elias Soriano, the track will hit digital outlets on September 1st, with a video to follow. Produced by guitarist/vocalist Stephen Richards at The Loft in Saline, MI, and mixed by Matt LaPlant (Nonpoint, Skindred), SC\SSRS, the first Taproot 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/Amplified Distribution.

Taproot has also released audio for SC\SSRS track “No One Else To Blame”, which premiered last week on the band’s “TAPROOT TUESDAY” podcast. "N1E2B" is available on Youtube and the band's facebook, and will be available to stream on Bandcamp 8/9. No One Else To Blame: In April the band released an early mix of VIP (V\CT\M \ PLAY), which was featured on nationally syndicated radio shows including Hard Drive and Full Metal Jackie, giving fans their first taste of what was to come. VIP on YouTube: SC\SSRS is available for pre-order now from The band played their first shows in over 6 years this weekend, with a warmup show at The Crafthouse in Pittsburgh, PA, and a headlining appearance at The Adelphia Summer Concert Series in Marietta, OH with 10 Years, Smile Empty Soul, Adelita’s Way, and Truckstop, marking the first shows with new guitarist Taylor Roberts, and the return of original drummer Jarrod Montague, his first full sets with the band since 2008. Taproot has also added additional dates to their string of upcoming SC\SSRS album release shows, marking the band’s first live appearances in over six years, and their first tour in over a decade, set to feature 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 will join the band for select upcoming shows (with all other shows featuring longtime drummer Dave Coughlin of Sponge), and new full-time guitarist Taylor Roberts (Riding With Killers). The band has also announced a headlining appearance August 18th at the 2023 NORTHWOODS ROCK RALLY in Glen Flora, WI, as well as their previously announced “reunion” appearance at Blue Ridge Rock Fest in September.

Sat 8/18 - Northwoods Rock Rally | Glen Flora, WI | w/ Pop Evil, Soil, Smile Empty Soul Sat 9/2 – Taste of Madison | Madison, WI | WJJO Stage | w/ Nonpoint 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 Sat 12/9 - 101 WRIF - FM Detroit Presents: District 142 - Wynadotte, MI w/ I Set My Friends On Fire Limited VIP Experience Upgrades for all shows available at | 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 bands 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.

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