A video recap of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE’s series of intimate New York City shows leading up to the March 11 release of the band’s new album, “Incarnate” can be seen below. Spanning both Manhattan and Brooklyn, these five shows all took place in venues the band had never played before.
To make these shows even more special, for each night of their New York City residency, the band debuted a different new song from “Incarnate” in the set. Fans in attendance were the first to hear the song live.
The KsE x NYC dates were as follows:
March 06 – Gramercy Theatre (Manhattan)
March 07 – Bowery Ballroom (Manhattan)
March 09 – Saint Vitus (Brooklyn)
March 10 – Marlin Room at Webster Hall (Manhattan)
March 11 – Rough Trade NYC (Brooklyn)
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE will embark on a North American headline tour this week. They will be joined by MEMPHIS MAY FIRE and 36 CRAZYFISTS for the trek. The tour runs from March 16 in San Antonio, Texas to April 24 near Charleston, South Carolina.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist and producer Adam Dutkiewicz recently told Revolver magazine that the band’s lead singer, Jesse Leach, “hit a wall with ideas” during the songwriting process for “Incarnate” after completing the first three or four songs in the studio. “He couldn’t find lyrics he was really stoked on,” Adam explained. “But Jesse’s a great lyricist and a great songwriter, so I just told him, ‘Keep writing, and when you hit on something that inspires you, bring it to me.'”
Leach, for his part, admitted that he struggled for a bit. “It did take me a little longer,” he said. “But we’re at this stage now with our band where we can’t be phoning it in. If you really care about your music and you care about your career and your fans, you’ve gotta give ‘em everything you’ve got. And so I came to a point where this album literally drove me crazy. My wife can attest to that. There were a good couple of weeks where I wasn’t myself. I just got lost in the process, because I wanted this record to be everything it could be. I was losing sleep, not sleeping at all, and waking up in the middle of the night and sitting down and writing pages and pages and pages of words. By the time all was said and done, I probably had 80 pages of lyrics. I just wanted to give it everything I could, vocally and lyrically.”