Black Market Activities has set an October 23 release date for “Danza IIII: The Alpha – The Omega”, the fourth and final album by THE TONY DANZA TAPDANCE EXTRAVAGANZA.
Singled out early on by Alternative Press magazine as “one of the underground’s fiercest live acts,” THE TONY DANZA TAPDANCE EXTRAVAGANZA cut its teeth in the mid-00s, touring with the likes of THE ACACIA STRAIN, DESPISED ICON, CATTLE DECAPITATION, MISERY INDEX and SUICIDE SILENCE. With a rep for dazzling chops and planet-smashing heaviness, balanced by a healthy sense of humor, the Tennessee band released three albums — 2005’s self-titled debut, 2007’s “Danza II: Electric Boogaloo”, and 2010’s “Danza III: The Series of Unfortunate Events” — honing a style that would help pave the way for countless younger bands.
For the fourth and final album, “Danza IIII” (think tally marks, not Roman numerals), we find a stripped-down DANZA, consisting solely of core members Jessie Freeland and Josh Travis. With Freeland manning the vocals as always, this time with even more vitriol than ever, the virtuoso Travis is responsible for all other instrumentation on the album. The result: the most musical and bloodlettingly honest work ever to bear the DANZA name. With a decade-long legacy behind them, Freeland and Travis have delivered what will serve as an incredible last will and testament for their band.
Travis, now a full-time member of GLASS CLOUD with former OF MICE MEN frontman Jerry Roush, made this comment about “Danza IIII”: “For this album, Jessie and I were looking to create more of a visceral vibe than a completely technical vibe. There’s parts that do still get a bit chaotic, of course, but not nearly as much as the avid listener is used to. Everything about this record is way more to the point, with much more heart put into it rather than just seeing how many notes could be thrown into a part or seeking to create ‘the heaviest shit ever’ or any of that nonsense. The record being titled ‘The Alpha – The Omega’, to us, symbolized the beginning and the end of DANZA. Jessie and I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it for you all.”
“Danza IIII” contains guest vocal appearances by WHITECHAPEL‘s Phil Bozeman and OBEY THE BRAVE/DESPISED ICON‘s Alex Erian. The album was engineered and mixed by Nicholas Scott (MISS MAY I). The artwork was created by Michael J. Windsor, known for his work with THE RED CHORD and PIG DESTROYER, and for his book covers for bestsellers like “The Da Vinci Code” and “Darkly Dreaming Dexter”.
Black Market Activities‘ release of “Danza IIII” consists of super-limited CD and vinyl pressings. The CD package contains a 16-page booklet; the vinyl version is comprised of an LP and an additional seven-inch single.
Fans can pre-order “Danza IIII” today via the band’s official online store at IndieMerch.com. Various pre-order options are available, including a $99 collector’s package which includes four shirts, one sweatshirt, the album on CD and vinyl, two posters, a sticker, and a flask.
“You Won’t”, the first track to be revealed off “Danza IIII”, can be streamed below.