Heart-Set Self-Destruct are already one of Chicago's most talked-about hard rock outfits. The way their schedule looks lately, they'll soon be raising their popularity to a national level. Their self-released 2007 debut album 'Victims Like Me' was a formidable affair, but it's on the new 'Of Nightmares' teaser EP that the band has found its feet.

Noisecreep recently premiered 'Rain,' a blazing track from the EP. For the new release, Heart-Set Self-Destruct hired Dan Malsch, a producer who has also worked with Framing Hanley, Forever the Sickest Kids and Tantric. Noisecreep recently spoke with vocalist-guitarist Dave Naruszewicz a few days after he finished up a tour opening for Nonpoint.

Since you're relatively unknown outside of the Midwest, how was the crowd reaction throughout the rest of the country?

The Nonpoint/Surrender the Fall tour was a fantastic experience for us. We got to watch one of our favorite bands kill it every single night and now we have a new family in Surrender the Fall who also demolished the stage daily. We couldn't have asked for a better opportunity. It was a lot of hard work but we learned so much every day. The crowds were amazing to us. We made new friends and fans in every city we went too. I really didn't want to come home [laughs].

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You guys will be going on tour with Saliva, Filter and Anew Revolution on the AltRevolt tour this summer. How did this tour come about?

Our manager actually set up this tour for us. He has really been watching out for us and getting us some amazing opportunities. I'm extremely excited to share the stage with these bands. We played a few shows with Saliva about a year ago and they put on an amazing live show and were all very friendly. I'm also really looking forward to catching up with the Anew Revolution guys. We played with them in Iowa about a year ago during one of the worst snow storms I can remember. They got caught in heavy snowfall and actually showed up right before they were supposed to go on. They just got up there and killed it! That's rock 'n' roll. Filter has been a personal favorite of mine for a long time now. I've had the privilege to see them twice in Chicago and they were absolutely were awesome. This tour is going to be like going to see one of your favorite bands every night for a month.

Your EP is available now on Soundmine MusicWorks. What can we expect next from Hear-Set Self-Destruct?

We are hopefully putting out our full length 'Of Nightmares' in the fall. The album will contain 11 songs and if you like the teaser EP, you'll love this new stuff. You can order the teaser EP from soundminemusicworks.com/heart-set-self-destruct.