H2O has been a mainstay in hardcore and punk since their inception back in 1995 and have had many influences along the way. The band is thrilled to pay homage to those influential artists by covering their songs on the forthcoming album, Don’t Forget Your Roots, which will be available this Fall from Bridge Nine Records. One of H2O’s best friends and well-known actor, Michael Rapaport, had the pleasure of announcing each track for your viewing pleasure here.

On Don’t Forget Your Roots, H2O tips their hat to bands like The Ramones, Dag Nasty, Madball, Rancid, Circle Jerks, Descendents, Cro-Mags, Bad Brains, The Clash, Government Issue, Verbal Assault, Gorilla Biscuits, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, 7 Seconds, Embrace, Social Distortion, Sick of It All and Warzone. H2O vocalist Toby Morse commented, “This album is extremely important to us. These are bands that inspired us to start a band and who have inspired our personal lives. Also with so many young kids getting into hardcore every day, it’s good to always keep exposing them to the ROOTS of this music and getting them into some of the originators of hardcore/punk. We have all gotten to see this bands play live when we were young so covering their songs that made us happy and inspired as kids feels amazing and we feel honored.”

H2O comes from humble roots themselves, and have worked their way to help define the term “melodic hardcore”. The band formed back in the mid-90’s and have released five full-length albums with over 500,000 copies sold collectively. They’ve toured the world with the likes of AFI, the Misfits, toured the Warped Tour circuit and more, and they’ve established themselves as a household name and inspired countless others in their wake. H2O is happy to give back to those that have helped shape them on Don’t Forget Your Roots, and the album will be available on LP, CD, and special three 7inch series. Each 7inch will feature an exclusive song and a full tracklisting is below. Details forthcoming on what songs will be available on which format, but for now – check out the full track listing below and on YouTube now:

1. Ramones – “I Wanna Live”
2. Dag Nasty – “Safe”
3. Madball – “Pride”
4. Rancid – “Journey to the End”
5. Circle Jerks – “Beverly Hills”
6. Descendents – “Get The Time”
7. Cro Mags – “Hard Times”
8. Bad Brains – “Attitude”
9. The Clash – “Train in Vain”
10. Government Issue – “Understand”
11. Verbal Assault – “Scarred”
12. Gorilla Biscuits – “Cats and Dogs”
13. Mighty Mighty Bosstones – “Someday I Suppose”
14. 7 Seconds – “Satyagraha”
15. Embrace – “Said Gun”
16. Social Distortion – “Sick Boy”
17. Sick of it All – “Friends Like You”
18. Warzone – “Don’t Forget the Struggle, Don’t Forget the Streets”

Aug 12 @ Starlight Ballroom - Philadelphia, PA w/ Youth of Today, Token Entry, Title Fight, Mouthpiece (THIS IS HARDCORE FEST 2011)
Aug 14 @ Joiners - Southhampton, United Kingdom w/ Chief
Aug 15 @ Peel - Kingston (Upon Thames), United Kingdom w/ Chief
Aug 16 @ Trillians - Newcastle (Staffordshire), United Kingdom w/ Chief, Look Alive
Aug 17 @ Stereo - Glasgow, Scotland w/
Aug 18 @ Speakeasy - Belfast, Ireland w/
Aug 19 @ Fibber Magees - Dublin, Ireland w/ Find A Way, Frustration, 20 Bulls Each
Aug 20 @ The Globe - Cardiff, United Kingdom w/ Chief, More Than Life, Crossbreaker, Chains of Hare
Aug 21 @ Underworld - London (Camden Town), United Kingdom w/ Chief
Aug 22 @ SUB 91 - Leicester, United Kingdom w/ Chief, Crossbreaker
Aug 23 @ Manchester Moho Live - Manchester, United Kingdom w/ Chief
Aug 25 @ The Croft - Bristol, United Kingdom w/ Chief
Sep. 6 -Las Vegas, NV - House of Bluesw/ DJ J & Nicki Bonner (Jandisco Sound System), H20 and RANCID
Sep. 9- Pomona, CA - The Fox Theater w/ DJ J & Nicki Bonner (Jandisco Sound System), H20 and RANCID
Sep. 10 San Francisco, CA - The Warfield w/ DJ J & Nicki Bonner (Jandisco Sound System), H20 and RANCID
Sep 23 @ Roseland Ballroom - New York City, NY w/ Descendents, H2O, Suicide Machines
Sep 24 Within These Walls 2011- Nile Theater- Mesa, AZ

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