Melodic hardcore greats American Nightmare returned last year with their very good first new album in 15 years, and now they're gearing up for a tour in 2020 which will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band's first live show and first EP. Here's some more history, via press release:

In February 2000 Wesley Eisold, the singer and lyricist behind American Nightmare, self-booked the band’s first-ever show in a church in Portland, Maine. The show not only spurred one of the most prodigal tenures of hardcore punk, but it also set a precedent for the band’s relentless DIY ethic, volatile musicianship, and bleeding heart lyricism. As a band and as a philosophy, American Nightmare set a new standard for the worldwide hardcore community.

American Nightmare’s first two EPs, American Nightmare and The Sun Isn’t Getting Any Brighter, were released as an LP by Bridge Nine in 2001. Defying styles, trends, and even names, American Nightmare quickly rose as a bellwether to the giants of punk, metal, and mainstream music. After releasing several EP's and two LP's, the band split in 2004 before reforming in 2011, with Eisold pouring time and talent into his new wave outfit Cold Cave in the interim.

The compilation the press release speaks of, Year One is also being reissued on February 7 via Bridge Nine/Heartworm. Stay tuned for pre-orders and more info on that.

The 20th anniversary tour begins in the band's hometown of Boston on 2/13 and hits NYC the next night at Brooklyn Steel (2/14) (which is Valentine's Day). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/11) at 10 AM with AmEx and promoter presales starting Wednesday (10/9) at 10 AM. Presale password for all dates is AMERICANNIGHTMARE20. All dates are listed below.

American Nightmare — 20th Anniversary Tour Dates
02/13 - Boston, MA @ Royale
02/14 - New York City @ Brooklyn Steel
02/16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
02/19 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
02/20 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
02/21 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
02/22 - Minneapolis, MI @ Fine Line Music Hall
02/25 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
02/26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex Grand
02/28 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne
02/29 - Vancouver, BC @ Imperial Theatre
03/01 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
03/06 - San Fransisco, CA @ The Fillmore
03/14 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda