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Texas in July Bassist on Their New Album’s Sound: ‘It’s Finally Us’

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“We decided to just call the album Texas In July because the more we listened to the final product, the more we realized that we had finally found what we had been trying to write for years,” Texas In July bassist Ben Witkowski tells Noisecreep.

We’re on the phone with Witkowski during Texas In July’s current European tour in support of their brand new self-titled album. The bassist says while he’s extremely proud of their new record, he still stands behind their earlier work. “We were super-young when we wrote I Am [2009], but a lot of people love it. So I try not to bash our older songs. I’m still pleased with that early stuff.”

For Texas In July, the Pennsylvania-based metalcore group worked with producer Will Putney (For Today, Chiodos), resulting in their most dynamic set of songs yet. “With this album, we can finally say, ‘It’s finally us.’ We worked really hard on the songwriting and Will was so easy to work with.”

The album also features guest performances from vocalist Dave Stephens of We Came As Romans, August Burns Red drummer Matt Greiner and Hundredth vocalist Chad Johnson.

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Witkowski handles the lyrics for Texas In July, but he says he’s always open to discuss them with his bandmates. “They know me really well. A good majority of what I write about they can almost pick out and know what I’m thinking. But yeah, if there’s something they’re not getting, I’m always happy to explain where I’m coming from. I’m open to their ideas as well.

“I don’t get approached by our fans as much as I would like about my lyrics [laughs]. But it does happen sometimes. What’s more important to me is that they make what they want from the lyrics. It’s more important for me to have them singing along to our stuff in their cars, or at our shows, than sitting their and just analyzing the lyrics. They can always take our songs and create their own meanings to them.”

Texas In July is out now via Equal Vision Records and available at this link.

TOUR DATES:
Miss May I w/ Texas in July, Heart in Hand
Dec 05 Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
Dec 06 London, UK @ Garage
Dec 07 Cardiff, UK @ Great Hall
Dec 08 Brussels, BEL @ Magasin 4
Dec 09 Eindhoven, NLD @ Klokgebouw
Dec 11 Cologne, GER @ Underground
Dec 12 Hamburg, GER @ Logo
Dec 13 Malmo, SWE @ Debaser Malmö
Dec 14 Stockholm, SWE @ Klubben
Dec 15 Goteborg, SWE @ Sticky Fingers
Dec 17 Berlin, GER @ Magnet
Dec 18 Munich, GER @ Backstage
Dec 19 Bezirk Simmering, AUT @ Szene Vienna
Dec 20 Zurich, CHE @ Abart Club

Texas In July w/ Horizons

Dec 27 Wilmington, DE @ Harmony Grange
Dec 28 Lemoyne, PA @ The Champ
Dec 29 Allentown, PA @ Planet Trog
Dec 30 Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz

Texas In July w/ Of Mice & Men, Woe Is Me, Volumes, Capture the Crown

Jan 12 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Jan 13 Portland, OR @Hawthorne Theatre
Jan 14 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Jan 16 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Jan 17 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe
Jan 18 Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
Jan 19 San Diego, CA @ Soma
Jan 20 Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre
Jan 22 Dallas, TX @ Trees
Jan 23 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
Jan 24 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Jan 26 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
Jan 27 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Jan 28 Orlando, FL @ The Beacham
Jan 29 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Feb 01 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater
Feb 03 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
Feb 04 Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
Feb 05 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Feb 06 Boston, MA @ Royale
Feb 08 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
Feb 09 Toronto, ONT @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Feb 11 Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom
Feb 12 Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge

Texas In July

Mar 01 Porto Algre, Brazil @ TBA
Mar 02 Consolação, Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Club Inferno
Mar 03 Curitiba, PR, Brazil @ Music Hall

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