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“Soupy” Campbell joins letlive. to add his mark to “The Dope Beat”

letlive. Renditions Dan Campbell The Dope Beat

This must be some kind of record; I’ve not mentioned letlive. in over two months.

To be fair, they’ve been a little quiet the past couple of months. That’s fair enough; after releasing one of the best post-hardcore albums of 2013 – The Blackest Beautiful – and touring the shit out of it worldwide, they deserve a bit of time before what will surely be a hectic summer touring some more.

You may remember back in January the band launched a series of collaborations with vocalists from other bands, called “Renditions.” It featured Every Time I Die frontman Keith Buckley, the metalcore Shakespeare. It’s been a while, but the band have now released a new one with the vocalist from melodic hardcore band The Wonder Years:

“Excited to announce our next installment of the “Renditions” series featuring our good friend Dan Campbell, affectionately known as “Soupy”. Thank you, Soup.

letlive x The Wonder Years patrons rejoice.”

Explaining the concept better, here’s the spiel from vocalist Jason Aalon Butler:

“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 is the second 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.

Dan’s part begins at around 2:12 in the following video:

I still love this album to death, but these collaborations are a really interesting idea and a great way to increase the longevity of the music. You can certainly see, if any of the collaborators were to tour with letlive. in the future, they can cover their part on stage too, which is always pretty cool.

When the next one will be is uncertain, but hopefully soon – this is a series worth watching out for.