Day in Rock Report for 08/14/2015

Ceiling Collapse During Concert At Venue Used In Prince's Purple Rain

(Radio.com) Iconic music venue First Avenue in Minneapolis had a mighty scare this week when a 30 foot by 30 foot section of the ceiling collapsed during a performance of band Theory of a Deadman. Three people were hospitalized with no word on the extant of their injuries.

The Canadian rock band was beginning their fourth song, around 10 p.m., when the incident occurred, Reports Consequence of Sound. Video taken from the scene shows the collapse happen, with the very fortunate take-away being that there weren't many people in the area that the ceiling collapsed at that time.

The venue reportedly had just undergone inspection for a new lighting rig that was installed, so whether or not they will be held liable for the injuries incurred remains to be seen. The venue was famously featured prominently in Prince's iconic movie "Purple Rain". Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Premiere 'Speed Of Light' First Song From New Album

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden have released their first new music in five years. The metal giants this morning issued a video for their track Speed Of Light - which appears on upcoming album Book Of Souls, due out on September 4.

The video features Maiden mascot Eddie making his way through a series of video game-style events. Drummer Nicko McBrain recently called the band's first-ever double-length studio release "a stunning piece of work."

He added: "Every time you make a record it's the best you've ever made. This one, without a doubt, is the best record we've ever made. Sonically it's brilliant. The compositions of the songs are fantastic."

The album release was delayed to allow frontman Bruce Dickinson to fully recover from treatment for cancer. Book Of Souls will be available in 2CD, 2CD deluxe, triple heavyweight vinyl and various digital formats. Watch the video here.

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Disturbed Announce North American Intimate Venues Tour

Disturbed have announced that they will be launching a North American tour next spring that will be visiting more intimate venues than their usual arena tours.

The will be hitting the road in support of their forthcoming studio album "Immortalized," which is set to be released on August 21st and officially ended the band's four-year hiatus.

The tour will be kicking off on March 11th in Vancouver, BC at the Commodore Ballroom and will be concluding on April 10th in Memphis, TN at the New Daisy Theatre. See the confirmed dates.

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Metal Star Thinks Touring Festivals Face Bleak Future

(TeamRock Radio) Hellyeah guitarist Tom Maxwell says the days of touring festival events across North America are numbered as there's not enough variety. His comments come after the fallout from the Mayhem festival, where a war of words broke out between Slayer's Kerry King and event organizers. The spat resulted in reports that the festival wouldn't return next year.

Maxwell tells Pop Culture Madness: "I think the travelling festival is probably gonna die - unless some new bands emerge or unless they start branching out.

"I think the travelling summer tours are a gamble. Promoters are putting a lot on the line, and there's a lot of competition. And you can't have the same bands coming back every year. It's just stale.

"Bands get to the point of, like, 'F*** this! I'll just do it myself.' That's what Ozzy Osbourne did with Ozzfest. I think it's got a bleak future." Read more here.

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Metal Supergroup Teenage Time Killers Announce One-Off Show

(Classic Rock) Teenage Time Killers have announced they'll play a one-off show in the US next month. The supergroup is the brainchild of Corrosion Of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin, My Ruin guitarist Mick Murphy and producer John 'Lou' Lousteau.

Now the collection of metal musicians which also includes Slipknot's Corey Taylor, Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe and Clutch's Neil Fallon, will get together for a performance at the Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles on September 12.

They released their debut album Greatest Hits Vol.1 last month. Check out the track "Hung Out To Dry" featuring Lamb of God's Randy Blythe on vocals here.

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Chris Jericho Forms New Supergroup With Obituary and Death Members

(TeamRock Radio) Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho, Obituary bassist Terry Butler and Nasty Savage guitarist Dave Austin are among the artists featuring in new supergroup Blood Divisions.

They'll release their self-titled digital covers EP on August 28 via Metal Blade Records, with a portion of the proceeds going towards the Rock & Rescue charity.

Jericho says: "Blood Divisions is an all-star collection of some of the most talented musicians to ever come from the legendary southern Florida metal scene.

"I'm so honored and proud to be a part of the project and very excited with the results. Trust me, it's going to tear all of your f***in' heads off, in the best possible way." Read more including the full band lineup and the EP track details here.

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Radiohead's Thom Yorke Composes Broadway Soundtrack

(Prog) Radiohead mainman Thom Yorke has composed a soundtrack for the upcoming Broadway version of Harold Pinter's Old Times. Earlier this year, Yorke wrote an 18-hour soundtrack for an Australian exhibition and has been busy at work on his band's ninth album.

Along the way, the singer managed to find time to work with director Douglas Hodge on an updated score for the 1971 Pinter play. Yorke says: "It's been a pleasure working with Doug on my first stage production. I've enjoyed exploring through music the script's themes of love and memory as well as Pinter's rhythms, twists and turns."

Hodge adds: "The music Thom has written for Old Times gives an immediacy and a 'now-ness' to the show. The play itself is about memory and love - Thom's music works backwards and forwards and plays with time and repetition in the same way Pinter does." Read more here.

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The Winery Dogs Announce New Album 'Hot Streak'

(Classic Rock) The Winery Dogs will release their second album Hot Streak on October 2 on Loud & Proud Records via RED. The trio of drummer Mike Portnoy, bassist Billy Sheehan and guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen will issue the project on the eve of a world tour, which begins October 3 in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Following the success of 2013's self-titled debut and an extensive tour, the band hit the studio in January and found they've locked into a natural chemistry as players and songwriters.

Kotzen says: "I feel we've taken the band to another level. The compositions are stronger on this album. I feel more connected lyrically and musically to what I did on this record than on the last one. We've widened the musical scope of the band on this record and moved it forward."

Portnoy adds: "Everything on this album was more of a collaboration than on the first album. There's just a natural chemistry. The three of us really mesh very, very well, both musically and personally. The mission of this band is to write catchy songs, and not have the musicianship overpower that."

Bassist Sheehan says: "I'm glad we're not playing it safe and just doing songs that automatically fit in the category of what we did on the first record. Some of them are a little different, and we definitely took chances. And you have to do that - otherwise, you don't grow." Read more here.

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Immortal Working On New Music Without Abbath

(TeamRock Radio) Immortal have confirmed that they're working on new material. Former singer Olve 'Abbath' Eikemo tried to legally secure rights to the band's name last year, but the move was blocked by guitarist Harald 'Demonaz' Navdal and drummer Reidar 'Horgh' Horghagen.

The duo will now move on under the Immortal banner and have announced a new album is on its way. The band say: "Immortal never stopped, we just had to go through a long legal process.

"Immortal is much more than just a band, and much more then just a form of music. The departure of one member cannot change that. We will continue what we believe in."

The pair have named three of the tracks from the as-yet-untitled album. Read more here.

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Saxon Going Old School With New Album 'Battering Ram'

(Classic Rock) Saxon will release their 21st album Battering Ram on October 16. The project is described as boasting "a clinically heavy echo of their glorious NWOBHM sound."

The follow-up to 2013's Sacrifice was produced by Andy Sneap at his Backstage Recording Studios in Derbyshire. Singer Biff Byford says: "This one's a natural progression from Sacrifice. There's a bit less rock'n'roll and a bit more 'heavy' on it. We wanted to keep focused on a style rather than moving around too much.

The band recently issued a video for the title track, which features fans rocking out at the barriers during live shows. Byford says he explores a variety of themes throughout the record.

He says: "When I'm writing lyrics I like to switch back and forth between complex things, reality and rock'n'roll. I thought the whole folklore behind The Devil's Footprint made it great material for a metal song, being that it's both historic and mythical.

"With Queen Of Hearts I wanted to write something around Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland, and it's about the chess game that happens in the story. I wanted it to have prog-feeling in the way of its ambiance and mood"

Byford continues: "Then you have songs like Destroyer and Hard And Fast which are 80s inspired songs with that modern slant on it. I'm a big fan of Marvel comics, and I wanted to write a song around the character Destroyer, and with Hard And Fast it's, as the title suggests, about driving fast. I do like to tie the lyric into the song, so if it's going to be a song about driving fast, well, it has to be a fast, hard song." Read more here.

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Chris Cornell Reveals Details For New Solo Album 'Higher Truth'

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has revealed the details for his forthcoming fifth studio album, which will be entitled 'Higher Truth' and will be released by UMe on September 18th.

'Higher Truth' will be released in a standard 12-track version as well as a deluxe version that will feature four bonus tracks: "Bend In The Road," "Wrong Side," "Misery Chain and "Our Time In The Universe (Remix)."

Both versions will include the tracks "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart," "Dead Wishes," "Worried Moon," "Before We Disappear," "Through The Window," "Josephine," "Murderer Of Blue Skies," "Higher Truth," "Let Your Eyes Wander," "Only These Words," "Circling" and "Our Time In The Universe".

Cornell will be supporting 'Higher Truth' with a solo acoustic tour that will be kicking off on September 17th in Phoenix at the Orpheum Theatre and concluding on November 2nd in Austin, TX. See the dates here.

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Annihilator's Jeff Waters Shocked By Singer's Exit From The Group

(TeamRock Radio) Annihilator mainman Jeff Waters has opened up on his shock at singer Dave Padden's decision to leave the band. Padden told Waters he wanted out towards the end of last year, leaving the guitarist to step into the lead vocal role for the group's upcoming 15th album Suicide Society.

And according to Waters, he didn't see it coming at all. He tells Metal Talk: "In December, he said he was just getting tired of the whole process. And I was kind of in shock, because this is my life, my career, and I never saw it coming.

"And he's been my guy - we never got in arguments. I said, 'Is it money? Do you want some more money? Is it me? Or is it the music? What's going on?' And he said it had nothing to do with any of that. It wasn't money, it wasn't me. It was simply he was getting sick of the travelling." Read more here.

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Moon Safari Part Ways With Cofounding Member

(Prog) Moon Safari have confirmed they split acrimoniously with co-founding drummer Tobias Lundgren in April. And both parties have said the other should have been "more grown-up" about the situation.

The Swedish outfit say: "Everyone wishes this process would have been easier, more grown up and more to the point, but breakups are seldom without complications.

"This is sad for us in many ways. But regardless of the last couple of months' negativity, we sincerely treasure the memories of the musical journey we've taken together.

"It's often times great to be in a band, but sometimes, like now, it's hard. We all try our best, but the will to push forward in dreamland creates a lot of tension in contrast to the natural pull of real life, and things break. They did for us anyway." Read more here.

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Tarja Turunen Releases 'Ave Maria' Video

(Prog) Tarja Turunen has released a video for the opening track from her Ave Maria-inspired album. The song features on the former Nightwish singer's upcoming classical solo album Ave Maria - En Plein Air, released on September 11.

The record features 12 pieces of music inspired by Ave Maria and written by a string of composers including Paolo Tosti, David Popper, Astor Piazzolla, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

Turunen recorded the album in Lakeuden Risti Church in Seinajoki, Finland. It'll be released as limited Super Audio CD, vinyl and download via earMUSIC. Watch the new video here.

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Trivium Streaming New Song 'Blind Leading The Blind'

(TeamRock Radio) Trivium have released a stream of their track Blind Leading The Blind. The song is taken from the metal outfit's upcoming seventh album Silence In The Snow, released on October 2 via Roadrunner.

Frontman Matt Heafy previously said the album was inspired by Ronnie James Dio's Heaven & Hell. He said: "When I watched them live, it was something that really spoke to me, especially the song Heaven and Hell. I'd never heard metal summarised so well like that."

The album will also be issued in a deluxe format featuring two extra tracks. They previously issued a video for the album's title track. Check out the new track here.

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Ex Libras Announce Woe EP and Release Title Track

(Prog) Ex Libras will release their Woe EP on October 16, the band have confirmed. It follows the release of their 2010 Cut(s) EP and their 2011 debut album Suite(s). It'll be issued via Wirebird Records.

Guitarist and vocalist Amit Sharma, keyboardist and bassist Kieran Nagi and drummer Ross Kenning are giving fans a taste of the album with the release a lyric video for the new album's title track.

The song is described as "an explosive return to form" for the band, featuring "an almost overwhelming wall of distortion before morphing into an ethereal chorus." Check out the new song here.

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Scissormen Wanted Weird Sounds For New Album

(The Blues Guitarist Ted Drozdowski says he and his Scissormen bandmates deliberately went for a "weird" sound on their latest album entitled Love And Life.

It was released at the end of last month, with Drozdowski, bassist Sean Zywick and drummer Pete Pulkrabek joined by Grammy-nominated organist Paul Brown and soul singer Mighty Sam McClain, who died in June.

Drozdowski says: "I wanted every song on this album to tell a story and be deeply rooted in great American music. I also wanted to apply more elaborate production techniques, like multi-tracking my guitars and treating them with multiple effects during and after recording to create a broader, unpredictable sonic palette - and just plain get weird."

He continues: "That weird streak is what made the pillars of American music - Muddy Waters, Bill Monroe, Sam Phillips and others - original, authentic and evolutionary." Read more and stream the song "Letter From Hell" here.

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Joe Louis Walker Announces New Album 'Everybody Wants A Piece'

(The Blues Joe Louis Walker has announced he'll release his latest album Everybody Wants A Piece on October 9. The follow-up to 2014's Hornet's Nest will be issued via Provogue/Mascot Label Group and was produced by Paul Nelson at his Chop Shop studio close to Philadelphia.

Walker says: "I'd like to be known for the credibility of a lifetime of being true to my music and the blues. Sometimes I feel I've learned more from my failures than from my success.

But that's made me stronger and more adventurous. And helped me create my own style. I'd like to think that when someone puts on one of my records they would know from the first notes, 'That's Joe Louis Walker.'" Read more and check out the album trailer video here.

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Motorhead Frontman Lemmy Has Given Up Jack and Coke

(Classic Rock) Lemmy says he's given up Jack Daniels and Coke and prefers to sip on vodka and orange juice. The Motorhead frontman is famous for his hard-living lifestyle and his name has been synonymous with Jack and Coke for many years.

He cut back on booze and cigarettes after a number of recent health problems, but seemingly still enjoys a drink. He tells the Guardian: "I like orange juice better. So Coca-Cola can f*** off."

The singer and bassist says that he has to walk with a stick because his legs "are f***ed," but he adds: "Apparently I am still indestructible." And he insists the only way Motorhead will stop performing is if he dies. Read more here.

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Joe Satriani Adds Dan Patlansky To Full European Tour

(Classic Rock) Joe Satriani has added Dan Patlansky to the whole of the European leg of his 2015 Shockwave Tour. The South African guitarist had been previously confirmed for Satch's run of UK appearances in November - and he'll now play the rest of the dates as the guitar maestro's special guest.

Patlansky says: "Joe Satriani has been a massive inspiration in my life and to many others. He is the most forward-thinking and most inspirational guitar player of our time and I am extremely honoured and excited to be on the road with him."

The blues guitarist released his latest album Dear Silence Thieves this year and will also play a one-off show at London's Borderline on December 5. The gig will feature Aaron Keylock as his special guest. Read more here.

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Let's Talk Daggers Announce UK Fall Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Let's Talk Daggers have announced an October UK tour. They'll head out on the road with Palm Reader on selected dates in support of debut album A Beautiful Life.

It'll be released later this year and is currently available to pre-order via their PledgeMusic page. Once the band hit their financial target, they'll donate 5% of the total to Unicef's Nepal Earthquake: Help Children Now appeal.

Last month the band premiered their track I Love You Dad, But I'm Mental via Metal Hammer. Let's Talk Daggers hope to announce further dates in due course. For now check out the announced dates here.

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Allusondrugs Release 'Sunset Yellow' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Allusondrugs have released a music video for their track Sunset Yellow. The band re-recorded the song which originally appeared on their self-titled 2014 EP.

The group have also added a run of UK dates in addition to their previously announced gigs which includes an appearance at London's Vans Warped Tour on October 18. They'll co-headline on selected dates with Brawlers.

The new version of Sunset Yellow will also be released on limited-edition 7-inch purple vinyl for the Too Pure Singles Club on September 11. Check out the video here.

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150 Drummers Perform Megadeth's Symphony Of Destruction

(hennemusic) More than 150 drummers played along to Megadeth's 1992 classic, "Symphony Of Destruction", in Sao Paulo on August 9 in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record as the band with the largest number of drummers playing along.

The project, Bateras 100% Brazil, was conceived by Dino Verdade, owner of the biggest drum school franchise in Brazil, Bateras Beat. The project's goal is to gather as many drummers as possible to play together their own music and big hits, with the principle of sharing a killer groove.

On August 9 at Ibirapuera Park in Sao Paulo, Brazil, approximately 156 drummers - among them women, children, seniors and people of all ages - brought their own drum kits to play along to Megadeth, KISS, The Rolling Stones and Daft Punk.

On the stage to play "Symphony Of Destruction" were Amilcar Christófaro (Torture Squad), Jean Dolabella (Udora and ex-Sepultura), Bart (Whale Mutant), Edu Garcia (John Wayne) and Nana (Alma Djem), with Dino Verdade (Brotheria) conducting the band and all the drummers.

The Brazil drum event comes on the heels of last month's viral video featuring 1000 Foo Fighters fans playing the band's 1999 hit, "Learn To Fly", in Cesena, Italy in the hopes of convincing the group to play a show in their city. Read more and watch video here.

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Foo Fighters Have Fan Sing Rush's 'Tom Sawyer' During Concert

(Radio.com) Foo Fighters really seem like they're having a blast on the road, bringing up all sorts of folks for surprise appearances on stage with them. The latest guest of honor was Brian from Edmonton, who attended the band's show in Alberta, Canada.

Brian was minding his own business and enjoying the show, until Dave Grohl beckoned for someone in the crowd to lend vocal lines to the cover of Rush's "Tom Sawyer" they were about to perform.

Brian, no doubt filled with the hubris that a live rock 'n roll show tends to inspire (and probably some liquid courage too), suddenly found himself brave enough to heed Grohl's call. He knows the words. He can hit those notes. He raised his hand.

Grohl, clearly astounded by Brian from Edmonton's vocal mastery of Geddy Lee's sky high notes, couldn't wait to share his enthusiasm. "F-- Briaaaaan!" he screamed. "Oh my God! Dude, that was F-- amazing!"

"I don't even know how to follow that s-." Watch the video, which obviously features some NSFW language here.

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Travis Barker Launching Las Vegas Residency

(Radio.com) Travis Barker will kick off an unprecedented residency dubbed "Give the Drummer Some" at Hyde, a club within the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Tuesday, August 18.

According to the resort, Barker is the first artist to launch an official residency at the club. Through "Give the Drummer Some," Barker will blend beats and genres as a one-man-band dominating the drums and the DJ booth.

Barker will employ his unique mix of DJing and live drumming. According to Las Vegas Weekly, "the show will find Barker behind a complex rig that includes a cocktail drum kit, electronic drums and DJ gear. The illuminated setup will change color with the beat." Barker says it's really difficult. "It's busier than any other set I have."

"Give the Drummer Some" takes its name from Barker's 2011 solo album, which featured tracks from a wide variety of genres and guest appearances from artists including Pharrell Williams, Slash, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Kid Cudi, Snoop Dogg, and Busta Rhymes. Read more here.

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Ned Flanders Themed Metal Band Revealed

(Radio.com) Say hi-dilly-ho to the world's first and -- let's be honest -- only Ned Flanders-themed metal (or, "nedal") band in existence. Okilly Dokilly, the Fresh Outta Springfield metal band (actually out of Phoenix, Arizona) are truly one of a gosh darn kind, and just performed their first show in their home town last month.

The band, who say they came up with the concept while in line at a grocery store, were trying to think of cheeky band names when someone suggested "Okilly Dokilly." Nedless to say, the group really ran with the idea.

The members of Okilly Dokilly even dress like the character, right down to the circle-framed specs, and also call each other Ned. They are so committed, they even describe their sound within the Simpson's world. Read more here.

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Neck Deep Streaming New Song 'Threat Level Midnight'

(TeamRock Radio) Neck Deep have released a stream of the track Threat Level Midnight. It's the latest song to be taken from the band's second album Life's Not Out To Get You, out today, August 14 via Hopeless Records.

The follow-up to 2014's Wishful Thinking is available to pre-order, with those purchasing early getting instant access to Threat Level Midnight, Gold Steps and Can't Kick Up The Roots.

The band have been on tour across the US and will play the Leeds festival in the UK on August 28. They previously issued a video for Gold Steps. Stream Threat Level Midnight here.

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Singled Out: aave's Going Nowhere

Today Kyle Kelly and Lloyd Aur Norman from aave tell us about the song "Going Nowhere" from the post-rock group's brand new album "There's Nothing," which was released today (August 14th). Here is the story:

Kyle had this to say about the message: Whenever I go into the studio to write / record vocals it is either going to be extremely easy or agonizing. I decided a few years ago to stop writing lyrics before recording. I found that even in my own mind I was censoring myself or guarding something. If I wrote them on paper I would scratch them out and throw them away or delete off my computer. I discovered that the best way to get out what I wanted was to start singing stream of consciousness. If I allowed myself to feel it, I hoped that would bring out what I was trying to say. I was in and out of a relationship at the time that I was recording vocals for "Going Nowhere" and I remember questioning myself and wondering what was I doing. As I thought more on it I began getting angry. I didn't know if I was mad at her, myself, or if I was just frustrated because I knew the real answer. It was killing me and I wanted this feeling to die. "Going Nowhere" was my way of opening my own eyes to what was going on around me. It became clear and it all made sense. I was running in circles, we weren't moving forward, we were going nowhere.

Lloyd had this to say about the music: We as a band like to write what comes to us naturally. "Going Nowhere" is a great example of this. Kyle and I sat in a room and played guitar riffs back and forth for a few hours into an iPhone recorder. We came up with about 4-5 parts. We liked all the sections, and probably because of whatever mood we were in that day, they all seemed to vibe together. We put them into a loose arrangement and took them to our rhythm section, Parrish (bass) and Pete (drums). They worked together to create some interesting kick and bass grooves that really let the guitar stay minimal and loose. To finish the song we decided to take it in a completely different direction after the 2nd chorus and end with something dark. We wanted the song to be a gradual buildup where no part ever really repeats and it becomes a linear journey from point A to B with a couple twists in between.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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