96 Bitter Beings on the Road with The Native Howl and Locust Grove

By:  Addie Hayes, Editor/Lead Writer, Regional Music Journal

Los Angeles band 96 Bitter Beings are embarking on a North American tour starting on January 10th in San Diego, California and wrapping up on February 8th at the Whiskey a Go Go in Hollywood; they will be supported by Michigan band The Native Howl and Oklahoma City band Locust Grove.  During the tour, the band have scheduled multiple shows throughout Texas, before heading to the east coast for several dates.  They will head back to the west coast to wrap up the tour in early February.

In late 2018, 96 Bitter Beings self-released their first album, Camp Pain.  The album showcased the band’s musical prowess with a collection of songs that are melodic and transcendent, while maintaining a powerful rock edge.  96 Bitter Beings have completed their second album, Synergy Restored, which will be released in early 2020.  The album was produced by vocalist and guitarist Deron Miller and guitarist Kenneth Hunter, at Hunter’s studio Manifest Productions.

The Native Howl are an eclectic band from Leonard, Michigan.  They have released four albums through Clean as Dirt Records, including The Revolutions Dead in 2013, Inukshuk in 2015, Thrash Grass in 2016 and their most recent release, Out of the Garden and Into the Darkness in 2018.  The Native Howl have taken the basic elements of thrash metal and blended them with bluegrass and folk music to create a phenomenal sound.

Oklahoma City band Locust Grove have already earned a large following in their home state and the surrounding area.  They have been steadily touring throughout the country and have an ever expanding fanbase.  In late 2017, Locust Grove released their five track EP Monster and official music videos for the songs “Monster” and “Menace Of Society”.

When Locust Grove hits the stage, they bring a raw, intense energy.  It’s impossible to ignore them when they are in their element.  The band’s passion for their music is also on full display and contributes to the live performance.  Their heavy, hard driving music has proven to be a success and continues to help the band rise within the rock music scene.  Through hard work and steady determination, Locust Grove have become one of the best rock bands to come out of the area in the past few years.  They will prove to be an excellent addition to the lineup.

Locust Grove are, Zain Smith (vocals/giutar), Joey Mandigo (drums), Vincent Lindstrom (guitar) and Quentin Willams (bass) – Photos Courtesy Boss Bails Photography

Below is a list of tour dates for 96 Bitter Beings upcoming tour:

1/10/20 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
1/11/20 Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
1/12/20 El Paso, TX @ RockHouse
1/14/20 Brownsville, TX @ Kraken Lounge
1/15/20 Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
1/16/20 Houston, TX @ White Oak (upstairs)
1/17/20 Fort Worth, TX @ Rail Club Live
1/19/20 St Louis, MO @ Fubar
1/21/20 Joliet, IL @ The Forge
1/22/20 London, ON @ Rum Runners *
1/23/20 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
1/24/20 Providence, RI @ Alchemy
1/25/20 Manchester, NH @ Jewel
1/26/20 Elmhurst, NY @ Blackthorn 51
1/30/20 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
1/31/20 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
2/1/20 Akron, OH @ The Empire
2/3/20 Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge
2/7/20 Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
2/8/20 West Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey a Go Go **

*No The Native Howl             **No Locust Grove

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