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PHOTOS: ’68, Listener, Homeless Gospel Choir, Super Snake, and Blind Lion, 05/21/17

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Following a spring excursion with Every Time I Die and Wage War, acclaimed Atlanta, Georgia rock duo ’68 kicked off the first leg of their world tour at Crossroads in Garwood, New Jersey on Sunday, May 21.

Described as “an equal mixture of rock, hardcore, and blues” that “channels everything from the intensity of At the Drive-In to Jack White-like vocals to a setup similar to The Black Keys,” according to their new label, Cooking Vinyl America, vocalist/guitarist Josh Scogin (formerly of The Chariot) and drummer Michael McClellan released their new album, “Two Parts Viper,” just a few weeks later on June 2.

“This album is unlike anything I have ever written. Although it is only our second full-length, I tried to make it sound more like our third (or even fourth). Instead of just adding more blocks to the foundation of our debut, I tried to imagine that it was like five years down the road and just created something new (for me) from that,” Scogin said in a press release.

“Having met with several different labels since our first album, Cooking Vinyl was always our first choice and, thankfully, they saw something in ’68 as well. We work really well together. As an artist, that feels really good to be able to say about your label.”

’68 was joined by Listener, The Homeless Gospel Choir, Blind Lion, and Super Snake, who played the XIXX: 20 Years and Counting concert at The Other Side in Wilkes-Barre late last year.

After touring the country this summer, ’68 will perform in Europe, the United Kingdom, Russia, Australia, and Japan as their fame continues to grow.