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We’re thrilled to premiere a new track from Brooks Paschal’s (formerly of the band Sullivan) upcoming solo album Natural Disaster.

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We’re thrilled to premiere a new track from Brooks Paschal’s (formerly of the band Sullivan) upcoming solo album Natural Disaster. Titled “A Peace Anthem”, the track continues to build the excitement for the new album; an irresistible mix of melody, biting lyrics, and resonate songwriting. Comparisons have been made to Jimmy Eat World, but in the end, “A Peace Anthem” (like much of Natural Disaster), is all Brooks Paschal. Natural Disaster is out May 31st via Spartan Records and you can pre-order a copy here.

We had a quick chat to Paschal about the track;

What was the catalyst that sparked the idea for the song?

Desperation. I was hitting a lull in the writing process, so I decided to move a mattress into my studio and just immerse myself in the process. I woke up one morning and immediately started writing. It was a fucking train wreck and I kinda started snowballing into a lot of bad thoughts. In a weird moment, I just tried to document what I was struggling within a song. That probably sounds like a natural process for most people, but I usually can’t write that way. “A Peace Anthem” just kinda came out from there. I think what is natural for me, is that when things go bad, I just start replaying every time something went bad for me in the past. I wanted to capture that train of thought in real time. 

The song is a mix of different emotions- the arrangements make it sound upbeat, but when your lyrics come in, it’s a whole different tone. I like that your lyrics resonate (“you fucked me for the last time”), but can leave interpretations open (“your face sucked me in”) – can you tell us a little bit about your thinking about the music and the lyrics and how they come together for this track?

Well, that’s me going into the past and drudging up shit that I think still might affect me now. One of my main goals in writing is to create the dilemma and simultaneously prevail from it. That’s where the lyrics and the music can kinda rub each other in a way that makes you feel two very different things at the same time. Like smoking a diablito. “You’ve fucked me for the last time” is really talking to the conglomeration of feelings that seemed to wreck my days from the jump. 

I feel like you could interpret the song in a few ways and I think listeners could come up different meanings of the song (as I did after a few listens). But as the songwriter, what is the song about?

I think ultimately the song is about process. It’s not uncommon for me to have bad days that I try to explain away by some past failure by myself or some time life failed me. A lot of the lyrics are just reliving those moments and remember those people. Whether it’s bullshit or not, I’d like to think I beat it by the end of the day/song. 

What was the recording like for this song, and for Natural Disaster – who produced the record?

I did the record myself. I’m a record producer by day, so I’m lucky enough to have a studio at my disposal. “A Peace Anthem” was like most of the songs in the sense that I demoed it immediately after it was written. I actually ended up keeping the scratch vocal for the first half of the song. I just couldn’t recreate that sleepy voice from the demo. 

Listen to “A Peace Anthem”:

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Tourist Company and their “Fractured State”

“the world felt broken”

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Canadian alt-rockers Tourist Company have recently unveiled the second track from their upcoming new album. Titled “Fractured State”, the song is a beautiful, sweeping track that belies the darker undertone of what the song is about.

Vocalist/guitarist Taylor Swindells has said the song was partially inspired by the Charlottesville riots of 2017. At that point Swindells recalls the genesis of what would become the song;

“I remember watching news footage and feeling lost at the state of humanity. In that moment, the world felt broken. There were so many lines of tension running through the plot points of current events, and the present seemed to be predictably spiraling out of control. Essentially the song is about that emotional tension and the pressures of living in a world that feels like it’s falling apart.”

The band recently signed to Fierce Panda Records Canada and will release their sophomore album sometime in 2020. “Fractured State” follows on from the first track released from the upcoming album, the track “Conflicted/Restricted“.

Tourist Company is a Vancouver-based musical duo that consists of Swindells and Brenon Parry, formed in 2013. They released their debut album, Apollo, in 2016.

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Killswitch Engage reveal “Unleashed”, set date for Atonement

Killswitch Engage’s new album is a reflection of perseverance

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Massachusetts metalcore band Killswitch Engage have announced the release date for their upcoming 8th studio album. Titled Atonement, the album is due for release August 16th on Metal Blade Records, and is the follow-up to 2016’s Incarnate. To preview the album, the band have revealed the first single from the release, the opening track, “Unleashed”, which you can listen to below.

Regarding the new single, vocalist Jesse Leach has said about the song;

“Unleashed is about inner passion and rage coming up to the surface. We all have that wild within that often stays dormant until a tragic event triggers and awakens it. This song is about that awakening within”

The new album is the third album to feature Jesse Leach after his return in 2013’s terrific Disarm the Descent. Atonement’s most anticipated song perhaps (at least in our eyes), is the second track “Signal the Fire”, which features guest vocals from the man who voiced KsE for a decade, Howard Jones. We have fluctuated between preferring Leach at the vocals to Jones at the vocals all through the KsE discography- teased by how Leach songs sounded with Jones singing (“Fixation on the Darkness“) and how Jones songs sounded with Leach singing, but the thought of having them both sing together on one song………………

Atonement has been in the making since 2017, but was temporarily derailed after Leach had to undergo throat surgery. Killswitch Engage will hit the road across North America all through July before jetting off to Europe in October.

Listen to “Unleashed”:

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