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Every Time I Die frontman Keith Buckley features in first of The Blackest Beautiful re-imaginings series

letlive. 27 Club vs Keith Buckley Every Time I Die The Blackest Beautiful

I’m well aware that I probably kiss Californian post-hardcore band letlive.‘s arse entirely too much, but it’s hard not to take notice when they keep producing both fantastic music AND innovative promotional ideas – the latest of which is a series of re-imaginings of songs from last year’s acclaimed The Blackest Beautiful.

They’ve begun the series – entitled ‘Renditions’ – by getting the modern-day metal Shakespeare that is Keith Buckley of Buffalo legends Every Time I Die involved on album closer “27 Club.” Here’s what letlive.’s own frontman Jason Aalon Butler had to say about the project:

“The Blackest Beautiful” can be viewed in a few different ways. Perhaps, a testament to who we are becoming as an outfit. Or even the sonic aggregate of all we have endured, accomplished, and experienced as letlive. arranged in 11 tracks. However you choose to view it is really up to you. Today we’d like to offer up a new way to listen to “The Blackest Beautiful.” This will be the first installment of an unofficial series we have dubbed “Renditions.” Enlisting some of our favorite vocal performers that we’ve met along our journey courtesy of, well- music. We presented them one song off of our latest album and asked them what they would do with a certain section if I (Jason Aalon) never sang in said section. We asked them to explore with free reign utilizing their particular style and prose. The point of this was not only to share our gratitude and adoration for other bands/artists, but to work with other artists we appreciate in new methods of collaboration and provide listeners with an exciting approach. In doing this you will hear the same song with different artists providing their artistic signature in the same section. The contrast, we believe, will not negate any single performance, but enhance all of them.

Our first installment today is featuring our great friend and my lyrical superior, Mr. Keith Buckley who performed on the bridge of a song titled “27 Club“. An amazing approach was taken and we are greatly excited to present it to you here.

Thanks, Keith. That’s ll.ove.

Jason Aalon”

Here’s the new rendition; Buckley’s part begins at 1:40

Buckley is one of my favourite lyricists and frontman, hands down, so this is a great collaboration from my perspective. It’s only short, but I’m definitely curious to hear what else might come from this series, and who else they’ve got working on stuff for them. The two bands toured together only in November (along with the most excellent Code Orange Kids), but there are plenty more past touring buddies to choose from.

For their own part, letlive. are due out on tour across North America at the beginning of February supporting Bring Me The Horizon along with Of Mice & Men and Issues - during the course of which they’ll take a swift break to play Soundwave in Australia – before continuing the tour right until the end of March. They’ve also show booked with Silverstein and Blessthefall in the summer, so 2014 is looking pretty busy already!