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It’s been an interesting week for us, and as of this afternoon we have completely tracked our very first full length record. We’ve had long exhausting days and a lot of fun and really can’t wait to hear all of the final mixes. Hopefully someone else is as excited about it as we are!
The title of the record is ‘Gray Light’. It is all new material except for one re-recorded oldie. We’re in the final stages of artwork as well, so hopefully we’ll have some visuals for you very soon! We also recorded our AT THE DRIVE-IN cover for the upcoming TOXICBREED covers compilation. There will be a video of that process very soon as well.
Thanks to Cory Fallows at Studio Aphasia, Mayfly Records, and all of you who are paying attention. It means more than you’ll ever know!
Recently sat down with Lukas Hodge (Apart) and asked for his top releases of the year, this is what I received.
15. Disengage - Expressions
14. Full of Hell - Roots are…
13. Balance and Composure - Separation
12. The Men - Leave Home
11. Omegas - Blasts of Lunacy
10. Rotting Out - Street Prowl
Just, circle pit.
9. The Weeknd - House of Balloons
This record will give you a boner.
8. Ice Age - New Brigade
Punk music has literally never been this cool
7. The World is/Deer Leap - Split
First of, Deer Leap really makes the split whole. They’re a young band that wrote a really cool, dreamy, sad assortment of songs. Credit given where it is due. But the ‘The World Is’ side is some of the best modern emo I’ve ever heard. Just take my word for it and give this a spin. Put on some nice headphones while you’re at it.
6. Deafheaven - Roads to Judah
It’s like black metal, with….screamo? Played by well dressed men? I’m in for the long haul.
5. Drake - Take Care
HOLY SHIT. WHAT IS THIS. I can’t stand Drake. I can NOT stand Drake. But I guess it makes sense that the “softest rapper in the world” put out my favorite hip hop(?)/r&b record of the past couple of years, right? Somehow he turns an annoying amount of self-pity and overall douchery into an endearing collection of the slowest slow jams you’ve ever wished you were dancing to.
4. By Surprise - Mountain Smashers
This record is as fun as is it is sad and honest. Every song is a completely different experience and yet somehow manages to maintain a very specific sound (which I can’t really define…). It’s colorful in it’s monotony, and just an overall paradox of a record. I’m still trying to figure it all out, but I know I like it. A lot.
3. Braveyoung - We Are Lonely Animals
I like depressing music. This record could be categorized as ‘soul crushing’ music. It’s a ‘post-rock’ record with impeccable composition. The quality that too many bands of the same mold are often lacking. They shortened their songs, as compared to the previous release ‘Bloom’, a two song LP that was at often times extremely long winded and lacking direction, and figured out how to compose an entire record of instrumentation that never gets boring or loosens its grip on your attention.
2. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
For a few months after this record came out, I almost refused to listen to it. I was still very caught up on the last Bon Iver record, and honestly had no interest in moving on, and didn’t believe that Justin Vernon could repeat the things he did on his first release. Once someone actually forced it upon me (ironically, someone from the band in the next slot up) I realized exactly the mistake I was making. ‘Bon Iver’ might be one of the best records of the year, but it most definitely the prettiest record of the year. Just watch the video for ‘Holocene’.
1. Pianos Become The Teeth - The Lack Long After
The bottom line here is that there has never been a record that has left me feeling completely emotionally drained after the first listen. I’ve had some pretty ‘spiritual’ experiences with records throughout my life, times where a collection of songs has defined my current state of being, and even made me question certain aspects of it, but none of them have ever done to me what this one has. No record has ever left me in a state of pure melancholy to the point that I couldn’t move or think or barely breathe. I’ve teared up to some sad fucking songs before. Songs that strongly correlated with whatever melodramatic happenings I was dealing with at the time, but this record made me feel selfish, and foolish for caring about any of those things. But ‘The Lack Long After’ left me with my head in my hands, sitting in a parked car, letting out every tear my body could produce.
Lyrically it’s a record that literally tears you apart as you watch a young man deal with the emotional weight of losing his father. Something that I have no experience with, yet dread daily. One attentive listen and read-along of this record, and you’re left feeling guilty of eves dropping on the utmost personal aspects of someone’s feelings and experiences. I could write a book about this record, and this band, and the guys who play in it, but again, the bottom line is that this is literally the saddest record ever written, and it deserves every heart it breaks.