letlive. release the banshee with a new song and video
IIIIIIIIIIII have been waiting a very long time for this (well, a year and a bit, anyway). Letlive., the Californian post-hardcore band, are one of the freshest, most exciting bands to raise their head since Glassjaw; frontman Jason Aalon Butler is every bit as scintillating as Daryl Palumbo, albeit in different ways, and the incredibly talented band behind him have a glorious knack for composing urgent, yet classy post-hardcore tunes to match him.
2011′s Fake History (an Epitaph re-release, at that) was pure gold for fans of the genre, and despite touring extensively across the world since, no new recorded music has been heard for quite some time. That has now changed.
“Banshee (Ghost Fame)” was revealed as the band’s entry onto the 2013 Warped Tour compilation album when the tracklisting was announced a short while ago, but the band have now deigned to release it as the first official single from the forthcoming album – which has also been confirmed to be named The Blackest Beautiful. Naturally, a video accompanies the tune; czech it:
Thus far it’s had about seven or eight hits of the replay button. I’m so jazzed. The main riff, introduced via some bluesy southern-metal tone, is damn tasty, the verses are groovy as fuck, and the lyrics are full of the kind of acerbic vitriol I love from bands like this.
This is certainly an exciting taste of what’s to come; it feels every bit as developed as the band’s previous work, and as hardworking as they are, I can’t imagine that the rest of The Blackest Beautiful will cause disappointment. As Butler screams at the beginning of the song: “We’re here to fulfil every one of your dreams, for a nominal fee; it’ll only cost you your soul.”
letlive. have already announced a raft of worldwide shows, including a headlining European tour, following yet another long stint across their native United States.
The Blackest Beautiful will be released on July 9th through Epitaph Records. I highly recommend you run, walk, or crawl to your nearest outlet on that very day, or even preorder it from iTunes.