“One of the most brutal, honest, and compelling releases of 2013” – Absolutepunk

“A striking album from one of punk’s most valuable bands” – Rock Sound

“…stitches up Defeater’s past while pointing toward fresh dynamics and future chapters to come.” – Alternative Press


Massachusetts’ Defeater released their third full-length album, Letters Home, on July 16th and landed at #72 on the Top 200 and #1 on the Vinyl Chart on yesterday’s Billboard.  Defeater’s heaviest body of music thus far, Letters Home features powerfully intricate guitar instrumentation, colossal-sounding drums, and vocalist Derek Archambault’s voice sounding more ferocious than ever before.  These ten new tracks are heavy and haunting, while lyrically poignant and continuing the story of a working class family living in post-WWII America.  Letters Home revolves around the father of two brothers that listeners were introduced to in two of Defeater’s prior releases (Travels and most recently Empty Days & Sleepless Nights), giving a background to the character and seeing some of the events from those past albums through his eyes.

In support of Letters Home, Defeater is out on the second half of the Vans Warped Tour through August 4th with dates taking them back east through August 11th (plus a special Boston record release show scheduled for September 29th) – a full routing can be found below.

Stream Letters Home in its entirety on Bandcamp.

Letters Home Track Listing:

1.  Bastards
2.  No Shame
3.  Hopeless Again
4.  Blood In My Veins
5.  No Relief
6.  No Faith
7.  Dead Set
8.  No Savior
9.  Rabbit Foot
10.  Bled Out




25  Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood – Warped Tour

26  St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park – Warped Tour

27  W. Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheater  – Warped Tour

28  Orlando, FL @ Central FL Fairgrounds – Warped Tour

29  Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Warped Tour

30  Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center – Warped Tour

31  Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheater – Warped Tour


2  Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion – Warped Tour

3  San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center – Warped Tour

4  Houston, TX @ Reliant Center Parking Lot – Warped Tour

6  Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music

7  Birmingham, AL @ The Forge

8  Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern

9  Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel w/ Octaves

10  Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory – THIS IS HARDCORE

11  Pawtucket, RI @ The Met


29  Boston, MA @ The Sinclair – RECORD RELEASE SHOW w/ Pianos Become the Teeth, Make Do and Mend