Mike Patton is no stranger to side projects: From Fantômas to Nevermen, Peeping Tom to Tomahawk, the Faith No More frontman's list of auxiliary musical endeavors runs deep. His latest venture is Dead Cross, a hardcore-flavored supergroup featuring Retox guitarist Michael Crain, Locust bassist Justin Pearson and Slayer/Suicidal Tendencies drummer Dave Lombardo. Today, they've shared a video for "Seizure and Desist", off their forthcoming eponymous debut, which arrives August 4 via Patton's label, Ipecac Recordings.
Directed by Eric Livingston (the same artist behind the artwork for Dead Cross), "Seizure and Desist" explores America's present political tension through a cracked, blood-spattered lens. Following a brief glimpse of President Trump's face melting away to reveal a skeleton, we're presented with grisly scenes of dismemberment, destruction...and bugs, lots and lots of bugs.
"For a lot of humanity, this world is a mean motherf–king place," Pearson said to Loudwire. "The video captures the severity of the times we live in, as well as a means to communicate beyond basic language using iconic imagery, campy techniques, historical relevance, as well as a glimpse into the future."
Beginning in August, Dead Cross will hit the road for a month-long North American tour with openers Secret Chiefs 3—the San Francisco band fronted by Patton's Mr. Bungle comrade Trey Spruance. Check out the itinerary below.
Aug. 10 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
Aug. 11 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
Aug. 12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Marquee
Aug. 14 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
Aug. 15 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
Aug. 16 - Austin, TX - Emo's
Aug. 18 - Tucson, AZ - The Rialto Theatre
Aug. 19 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park
Aug. 21 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
Aug. 23 - Berkeley, CA - The UC Theatre
Aug. 25 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
Aug. 26 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
Aug. 27 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
Aug. 29 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
Sept. 08 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
Sept. 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
Sept. 11 - Boston, MA - Royale
Sept. 12 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
Sept. 13 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
Sept. 15 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's Hall