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The Callous Daoboys Are Leveling Up with Their New Single “Waco Jesus”


God damn it, man. Every time The Callous Daoboys put something new out, it’s fucking killer and I almost can’t stand it. The six-piece from Atlanta have a style that’s hard to pin down, oscillating from madcap insanity to borderline sexy melodies to irreverently screaming “fuck you” to conventions, this band is one you should abso-fucking-lutely be following.

Today, they not only announced their new three-song EP God Smiles Upon The Callous Daoboys, but they released the first single off the upcoming release in the form of “Waco Jesus.” Described as “one of the band’s boldest tracks to date,” the track has something for everyone. Want heavy, face-churning riffs? You got it. Do you need an anthemic chorus to sing along to? Done. Are you one of those people that want a melodic, almost Dog Fashion Disco-esque verse? You’re in luck — it’s here too!

To say this shit is right in my wheelhouse would be an understatement and I really think it’ll stick with you too. Speaking to the song’s themes, vocalist Carson Pace says it comes from a place of internal vulnerability.

“’Waco Jesus’ is about insecurity, projecting that insecurity and not doing anything to solve it regardless of how people are telling you to NOT be insecure. It’s about being unable to take a compliment.”

As for the direction the band’s taking with this EP and their immediate future moving forward, Pace said he and his bandmates want to be something memorable and unique within the metal sphere.

“In a way it feels like the band just started, even though we’ve been chipping away at it for the last six years. We want to be the defining band of this weirdo genre-swapping heavy music, where you can’t put it under an umbrella. I think what’s cool about it is it’s just immediately like, ‘Hey, fuck you, this is The Callous Daoboys!’”

God Smiles Upon The Callous Daoboys will be released on October 20 via MNRK Heavy / Modern Static Records, but you can preorder your copy today in a variety of formats, including 12″ 45RPM vinyl, though that’s limited to 1000 copies across three variants.

The Callous Daoboys are also getting ready to hit the road later this year an into next year. You can find the full list of dates below.

God Smiles Upon The Callous Daoboys Tracklist:

1. Pushing The Pink Envelope
2. Waco Jesus
3. Designer Shroud Of Turin (Feat. pulses.)

The Callous Daoboys Are Leveling Up with Their New Single “Waco Jesus”

Tour Dates:

9/24/23: Furnace Fest – Birmingham, AL

w/ Protest The Hero + Moon Tooth

10/12/23: Loving Touch – Detroit, MI
10/13/23: Pieres – Fort Wayne, IN
10/14/23: Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
10/15/23: Turf Club – Minneapolis, MN
10/17/23: Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
10/19/23: Starlite – Edmonton, AB
10/20/23: Palace Theatre – Calgary, AB
10/22/23: The Rickshaw – Vancouver, BC
10/23/23: El Corazon – Seattle, WA
10/25/23: Goldfield – Sacramento, CA
10/26/23: 1720 – Los Angeles, CA
10/27/23: Music Box – San Diego, CA
10/28/23: Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
10/31/23: Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
11/2/23: Southside Music Hall – Dallas, TX
11/3/23: Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
11/4/23: Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX
11/5/23: Rise Rooftop – Houston, TX
11/7/23: The Abbey – Orlando, FL
11/8/23: The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
11/9/23: Masquerade (Hell) – Atlanta, GA
11/10/23: Riffhouse – Chesapeake, VA*
11/11/23: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
11/12/23: Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
11/14/23: Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
11/15/23: Middle East Downstairs – Boston, MA
11/16/23: Bar Le Ritz – Montreal, QC*
11/17/23: History – Toronto, ON
11/18/23: Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY*
11/19/23: Preserving Underground – New Kensington, PA*

w/ TesseracT + Unprocessed

18-Jan-2024 LU – Esch-sur-Alzette/Rockhal
19-Jan-2024 FR – Villeurbanne/CCO La Rayonne
20-Jan-2024 ES – Barcelona/Sala Apolo
21-Jan-2024 ES – Madrid/La Paqui
23-Jan-2024 FR – Paris/Bataclan
25-Jan-2024 FR – Strasbourg/Laiterie
26-Jan-2024 BE – Antwerpen/Trix
27-Jan-2024 DE – Stuttgart/Im Wizemann
28-Jan-2024 IT – Milan/Alcatraz
30-Jan-2024 CH – Zurich/Komplex 457
01-Feb-2024 CZ – Prague/Palac Akropolis
02-Feb-2024 DE – Munich/Backstage
03-Feb-2024 AT – Vienna/SIMM City
04-Feb-2024 HU – Budapest/Barba Negra Red Stage
06-Feb-2024 DE – Berlin/Columbia Theater
07-Feb-2024 PL – Warsaw/Progresja
09-Feb-2024 FI – Tampere/Tavara-asema
10-Feb-2024 FI – Helsinki/Tavastia
12-Feb-2024 SE – Stockholm/Klubben Fryshuset
13-Feb-2024 NO – Oslo/Vulkan Arena
15-Feb-2024 DK – Copenhagen/Amager Bio
16-Feb-2024 DE – Hamburg/Gruenspan
17-Feb-2024 DE – Cologne/Carlswerk Victoria
18-Feb-2024 NL – Utrecht/Tivoli Vredenburg Ronda
20-Feb-2024 UK – Nottingham/Rock City
21-Feb-2024 UK – Wolverhampton/KK’s Steel Mill
22-Feb-2024 UK – Bristol/O2 Academy
23-Feb-2024 UK – London/O2 Forum Kentish Town
24-Feb-2024 UK – Manchester/O2 Ritz
25-Feb-2024 UK – Glasgow/SWG 2 Studio Warehouse
27-Feb-2024 IR – Dublin/Academy

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