March 1 — Taproot is set to return this year with its first new album in more than a decade.
The band announced Wednesday, it is scheduled to release its seventh album, SC\SSRS Sept. 29 through THC Music/Amplified Distribution. The record will be the band’s first new music since the release of its album, The Episodes, in 2012.
According to front man/guitarist Stephen Richards, a number of factors played into the delay in the album’s release.
“I had written most of this record to be the next Taproot release years ago, following The Episodes, when some health and other issues arose, we decided to take a break that turned into a longer than anticipated hiatus,” Richards said. “After my mother’s passing, I decided I needed to record these songs and share them with friends and fans that were interested in hearing what was next. I’ve spent the last 6 years doing as much as I could around my personal life to make it happen, and after all of the hard work, the other guys jumped behind me to support and we decided to get it out there and release what IS the new Taproot record SC\SSRS.”
Along with featuring a whole new collection of music, Taproot’s new album will also feature a revamped lineup from the band, of sorts. Original drummer Jarrod Montague has returned on this record. New guitarist Taylor Roberts also provides his talents to the record alongside Richards and longtime bassist Phil Lipscomb, who has been a member of the band since its formation in 1997.
Montague will appear on select upcoming live dates with the band, including its “reunion show” at this year’s annual Blue Ridge Rock Fest. Dave Coughlin (Sponge), who has handled drumming duties for the band since 2013, will handle drumming duties on the rest of the band’s tour.
In related news, Taproot is scheduled to hold an album release concert on the record’s release date at The Machine Shop in Flint, MI. Tickets will go on sale here at 10 a.m. Friday.
In other news, Taproot is also scheduled to release a new compilation record, titled Best of Besides May 5. Pre-orders for the 17-song record, which features remastered demos and rarities, are open.
More information on Taproots’ new album, compilation record, and live dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news at: