Needtobreathe catches breath before ‘Stomping Ground’ tour, album

For the CDTOctober 4, 2013 

Needtobreathe will bring its “Stomping Ground” tour to the State Theatre on Oct. 11.

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  • if you go

    What: Needtobreathe, Ivan and Aloysha

    When: 8:30 p.m. Oct. 11

    Where: State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave., State College

    Info: www.thestatetheatre.org, 272-0606

After two years of playing stadiums and festivals, Needtobreathe is going back to its roots. The group will perform at The State Theater Oct. 11 as part of its “The Stomping Ground,” which takes the band to clubs and small theaters across the country.

The South Carolina-based rock band is comprised of Bear Reinhart (lead vocals), Bo Reinhart (lead guitar) and Seth Bolt (bass). They broke onto the national scene in 2009 with the album “The Outsiders,” which peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard top 200 chart. Since then, they have performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival and opened for artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Taylor Swift.

Bear Reinhart said the band has been off the road for the past few months working on a new album that’s scheduled to be released early next year, but they are excited to start performing again.

“We took almost a full month off to prepare for this,” Reinhart said. “The timing for playing these smaller shows hasn’t been exactly right until now ... it gives a chance to change up the set every night.”

Reinhart said the band also took a stripped-down approach to the new album, a followup to 2011’s “The Reckoning.”

“This is the first record we’ve made as a band that really displays what we’re like live,” Reinhart said. “We didn’t overthink it and didn’t bring a lot of people in to guest on it. It’s just the band getting in the same room and doing what comes naturally to us.”

Fans can expect a mix of songs from the new album and older material in the band’s State Theatre set. The flexibility of playing in smaller venues may also allow the band to accommodate requests, Reinhart said.

“The band feels completely renewed and refreshed,” Reinhart said. “I think for the first time in 13 or 14 years we’ve had enough time off the road to think about how much we love what we do and how grateful we are to our fans for making it all happen.”

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