A Hope For Home’s “Realis” was a transformative experience for the band as a whole, but especially for the individual members. Tanner Morita remembers the influential period of writing and recording “Realis.”
Realis was an immensely transformative time for all of us. At the time we had just introduced a new drummer into the band who allowed us to stylistically delve deeper into experimental song structures. We had some real touring experience off of “The Everlasting Man,” and this was our first full-length release officially on Facedown Records. I think we all saw it as an opportunity to take the experience that we had gained from the last few years as a band and explore exactly what we felt like we could bring to the table as young artists.
I’ve taken this anniversary as an excuse to go back and listen to “Realis” for the first time in a long while, and amidst the nervous sweats of my hyper-analytical tendencies I can hear how we took ahold of the influences that shaped who we were as musicians personally, rather than latching on to some idea of what we thought we were as a band previously. AThis is definitely the album where we truly stopped writing music for others and began writing for ourselves. Raw, noisy, and imperfect as it may be.
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The newest video from War of Ages, from their 2014 release “Supreme Chaos.”
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Mouth of the South have just released the video for “Good Intentions,” a track from their Facedown debut album “Struggle Well.”
Five years ago today Facedown released the sophomore album from Wrench in the Works and Decrease/Increase was born. During the writing and recording of the album, Wrench went from a three piece to a five piece which, in addition to using baritone guitars on the recording, gave their sound a big nudge in intensity. Their style of progressive metal-influenced-hardcore rebelled against the emerging genre’s restrictive conventions and the band’s unconventional writing shone through.
Drummer Andy Nelson recalls having to find a “work around” to get guest vocals from Tommy Green (Sleeping Giant) laid down without being able to have Tommy in the studio:
Tommy did a guest spot on a song called Death Slayer – it’s a slower and heavier song on the record and we just thought his vocals would sound awesome on it. He has a very anointed voice and his tone and placement is just great. Funny story, we actually met up with him while SG was on tour. We drove from Conneticut to New Jersey and brought a traveling studio, power converters and all, and he recorded his vocals in the back of a Jeep Forester. It was pretty freakin punk.*
Vocalist Darrell Tauro remembers that the stand-out track from Decrease/Increase for him was “Project AK-47” named after the rescue organization for child soldiers and children in armed conflict in Southeast Asia.
They’re going out there and freeing child soldiers and rescuing these kids. Some of them are 8, 9 years old, and they’re being trained and used, basically, for drug armies—even governments use them. This organization goes in and rescues these kids and houses them and educates them. They give them a chance to live their lives and not be victimized by these regimes.**
Project AK-47 raises awareness and money to help save these kids. For only $7 you can save a kid. When you think about it, we spend more on lunch in a day then it costs to save a kid’s life, so after hearing about this we felt a Godly calling to spread awareness as a band.*
*Quote taken from this Noisecreep interview.
**Quote taken from this Highwire Daze interview.
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War of Ages have just announced a China Tour. More details at www.warofagesmetal.com.
Jun 3 – Tianjin@ 13 Club
Jun 4 – Zhengzhou @ 7 Livehouse
Jun 5 – Wuhan @ Vox
Jun 6 – Guangzhou @ T:Union
Jun 7 – Shenzhen @ B10 Livehouse
Jun 9 – Xiamen @ Real Live
Jun 10 – Shanghai @ Yuyintang
Jun 11 – Chengdu @ Little Bar
Jun 12 – Chongqing @ Nuts Club
Jun 13 – Xi’am @ Aperture Club
Jun 14 – Beijing @ Yugongyishan
Alove For Enemies vocalist Erich Barto looks back on writing and recording “The Harvest.”
Looking back at “The Harvest” a few things come to mind. It was a very exciting album to write/record because it was to be our first full length and our first release on Facedown. I remember two things in particular when I think of that record. We sometimes rehearsed 5 days a week, writing and getting the songs ready for the studio. Once the album was released on March 8, 2005, we embarked on what became the busiest tour schedule we’d ever had up to that point. In fact, we got to go to Europe with that record which remains one of my fondest memories.
The other memory that stands out is that in 2005 the hardcore scene started to tip in a direction that was foreign to me. Bands would start to almost “compete” with each other. It was a game of who had more endorsements, who headlined what stage, etc. The concept of competition and what hardcore means to me are complete opposites. ALFE was never a group of guys who set out to be rockstars. My brothers in ALFE sacrificed a lot to be able to give 100% of their time and energy all the time, regardless if there were 10 kids or 4000 kids at a show. We wanted to make meaningful music, raw and visceral. And I feel “The Harvest” really reflects that. It is something I will always be proud of.
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