Friday, 26 January 2018

THE LONGER WE STRAY FROM THE LIGHT

BandTHE LONGER WE STRAY FROM THE LIGHT
GenresPunk / Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz
Related artistsAdobe Homes, Coma Regalia, Never BetterAche/Emelie, Gorgon Sans Seer, Regret, John Q Public, Dance & Destroy, Kaki.O.Badi, It Kills Me, Body Of Wasps and Plaguewalker.
CountryIndiana U.S.A.
Years Active2017
Song: "As a creature's movement loudens, will it surface, there's no knowing"
Album: "The Longer We Stray From the Light"
Year: 2017
For fans ofComa Regalia, Funeral Diner, And Always, Descubriendo A Mr. Mime, Ecorche, Indian Summer, Adobe Homes, Bright Calm Blue, D'Amore, Eyes Of Verotika, Adaje, Greyscale, Pyramids, Caught In The Fall, and ...Who Calls So Loud aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Middle Man Records
This post's artist is from the December 2017 Mix. This is track #5.
You can download: the January 2018 Mix#1 right here or get the new January 2018 Mix#2 here.

This group is kinda comprised of two groupings of members, there's the recorded group and the live group. On record this is Shawn of Coma Regalia and AJ of Adobe Homes. Live you've also got Parker from Flesh Born and Chris (I'm unsure which Chris this is and therefore what bands they may play in). The core members have created some very grooving screamo more along the lines of mid-western emo/hardcore of the late 90s and early 2000s, with bands such as Funeral Diner, Ecorche and Eyes Of Verotika coming to mind first. The songs are screamy and sound introspective but expect no lightning fast time changes, noodles or breakdowns, as this is much more chill and rooted in rock more than things such as grindcore. The lyrics discuss a myriad of issues and the dual vocals work very nicely. I have a quote from AJ citing, "I'm definitely going to sing about my dad. Losing friends, moving on with life, some areas I've seen with the children I work with, me moving away from a home that meant so much to me, failed relationships and how I did that, the political areas we are in, and of course, you and me being friends," as well as Shawn wrapping it up saying, "all in all, i'd say that the record is about growing up 😕 and being scared and trying to find the reasons that you don't have to be scared any more."

As for their debut offering, the self titled cassette LP 'The Longer We Stray From the Light', the songs flow nicely from one track to the next without it stagnating, as every track has its own unique flavour. Opener "The storybooks ending brought no comfort, as expected" showcases what you can find on the LP and brings my beloved Bright Calm Blue to mind, "But in the heart there sleeps a friend to fight your fright" is probably the most straightforward screamo track, "A dreadful presence feels the child's mind with fear" is a bit slower and deliberate, "Is my room no longer safe? Must I run away from here?" employs singing at the tailend while "As a creature's movement loudens, will it surface, there's no knowing" blazes through with much darker screaming and instrumentals, including a few brooding moments and a killer build to the first climax after 56 seconds, making it my favourite of the eight songs.

I'm not sure if this project will continue as Shawn does quite a few projects, but I sure hope so!

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DISCOGRAPHY

2017 - The Longer We Stray From the Light cassetteLP (stream/donate/download here)

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(2017) THE LONGER WE STRAY FROM THE LIGHT - "As a creature's movement loudens, will it surface, there's no knowing" (from 'The Longer We Stray From the Light')

(2017) THE LONGER WE STRAY FROM THE LIGHT - "But in the heart there sleeps a friend to fight your fright" (from 'The Longer We Stray From the Light')

(2017) THE LONGER WE STRAY FROM THE LIGHT - full live set

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THE LONGER WE STRAY FROM THE LIGHT additional links

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