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(HED)P.E Announces Co-Headlining Tour With Kingspade

(hed)pe Orange County California's (hed)p.e. has announced the dates for their upcoming Heavy Hitters Tour featuring Kingspade, SubNoize Souljaz (featuring Big B, Dirtball), Dog Faced Gods and Insolence.

"What a way to start the new year! 2008 promises to be the best year (hed)p.e. has ever seen. We laid the ground work in the last two years, and we are experiencing such a swell right now that we feel so blessed by the youth of this planet earth," says frontman Jared Gomes. "The Heavy Hitters tour, which is a co-headline tour with Kingspade, promises to be one of the freshest tours of early 2008. Kingspade is just straight dope and they possess the freshness of the Kottonmouth Kings, but with a nice hip-hop twist. We are just so stoked to be able to go on the road, and give the kids what they want; diversity. Because everyone knows they will never get it from those bitch-ass corporate tours. This is an official takeover!"

Founded in 1994, (hed)p.e. (the p.e. stands for "planet earth") was the brainchild of frontman Jared Gomes (a.k.a. M.C.U.D.), who aspired to create a band that fused the region's long-standing punk rock heritage with G-funk-inflected hip-hop - a sound he dubbed "G-punk." In 1997 the group released their now classic self-titled debut through Jive Records, and then hit the road with Ozzfest, Korn, Static-X, and System of a Down.

The band's sophomore effort, Broke, followed in 2000 and unleashed the Top 30 Active Rock Single "Bartender," while the band cemented their already explosive live show with tours alongside P.O.D, Godsmack and Slipknot. Returning in 2003, (hed)p.e. released Blackout and once again scored a big hit with the album's title track, while 2005 saw the group stick up the middle-finger at censorship "Only in Amerika". 2006 saw the band sign with independent powerhouse Suburban Noize for the release of the punk-reggae influenced "Back 2 Base X" and emerge as one of the scene's most innovative bands.

(hed)p.e. is currently touring in support of their sixth studio album, "Insomnia". The album is the group's heaviest record in nearly a decade, returning to the group's hardcore roots. The album's lead single "Suffa"

quickly lit up request lines at Sirius Satellite Radio's Hard Attack and become one of the most requested tracks alongside high profile groups like Down, As I Lay Dying, Machine Head, DevilDriver and Megadeth. The group's politically charged video for "Suffa" can be seen online at

"We've been going through this evolution for like two and half years when myself and Jackson were embracing seventies punk like the Sex Pistols and Clash. That's why Back 2 Base X seemed like such a departure, because of the punk influence," says Gomes. "On this album Jackson combined that with a Slayer, thrash influence and came up with a whole new thing. I love this."

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