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213Rock Harrag Melodica ūüéß Podcast ūüéß Otherwise New single Lifted from the album DEFY

02min | 2019-10-24

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    213Rock Harrag Melodica ūüéß Podcast ūüéß Otherwise ¬†New single Lifted from the album DEFY

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    A little danger makes rock music memorable.

    The edges cut deep and hit just as hard as any hook does, leaving a ¬†mark forever. Tapping into the spirit of rebelliousness, OTHERWISE ¬†embrace those edges on their fourth full-length and debut for Mascot ¬†Label Group, Defy. The Las Vegas quartet‚ÄĒAdrian Patrick [lead ¬†vocals], Ryan Patrick [guitar, vocals], Tony Carboney [bass, vocals], ¬†and Brian Medeiros [drums]‚ÄĒpush the boundaries of their signature style ¬†in terms of both songcraft and sonic experimentation alike.

    Most importantly, the boys hold nothing back…

    ‚ÄúRock ‚Äėn‚Äô roll was always meant to be dangerous,‚ÄĚ Adrian proclaims. ¬†‚ÄúWe grew up in the last era where nineties bands were Soul Rebels. They ¬†stood for something. They didn‚Äôt conform. Since the greatest risks yield ¬†the greatest return, why play it safe? We decided to swing for the ¬†fucking fences this time. In between the last album and now, we changed ¬†everything. I had two sons, and it took their births for me to go, ‚ÄėFuck it, we‚Äôve got to shoot for the goddamned stars‚Äô.‚ÄĚ

    An impressive run thus far fortified a launchpad for them to shoot ¬†for the stars. OTHERWISE‚Äôs quiet grind quietly elevated the group to the ¬†forefront of 21stcentury rock. Since their self-titled independent ¬†debut in 2006, they unleashed a string of fan favorite albums‚ÄĒTrue Love Never Dies[2012], Peace At All Costs[2014], and Sleeping Lions [2017]. ¬†Along the way, they tallied 40 million-plus streams and shared the ¬†stage with everyone from Stone Sour to Papa Roach in addition to ¬†shutting down Welcome To Rockville, Rocklahoma, and Shiprocked!, to name a few. Sleeping Lionssignaled ¬†the current turning point. They welcomed Tony and Brian into the fold, ¬†and it would be their last offering for their previous label.

    In 2018, they enlisted a new team and signed to Mascot. They also  linked up with producer Matt Good [Asking Alexandria, Hollywood Undead]  for the first time, commuting from Las Vegas to his Phoenix studio in  order to cut these eleven tracks.

    ‚ÄúWe hinted at an explorative spirit before, but Defy is the ¬†full embrace of that adventurousness,‚ÄĚ he goes on. ‚ÄúWe got to a point of ¬†where we‚Äôre supposed to be, creatively speaking. It‚Äôs a new chapter ¬†all-around, and we‚Äôre fired up about it. Matt is the fastest and most ¬†creative, prolific producer we‚Äôve ever worked with. He‚Äôs the kind of guy ¬†we‚Äôve always wanted in our corner. This is also the second album with ¬†Brian and Tony. Everybody locked in. We got to explore together. It‚Äôs ¬†still familiar, but it‚Äôs a different beast.‚ÄĚ

    The first single ‚ÄúLifted‚ÄĚ proves that. A wiry riff snakes around ¬†blunt lyrics ‚Äúabout getting fucked up, alcohol, and drugs‚Ķit got me ¬†kicked off tours and banned from festivals.‚ÄĚOver handclaps, he admits, ¬†‚ÄúI‚Äôm living it up with a cup full of God knows what, got lines to cut.‚ÄĚ

    Everything culminates on an arena-size, panty-dropping chant worthy of its own Behind The Music: ‚ÄúI‚Äôm lifted.‚ÄĚ

    ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs about all of the same shit that got me trouble, and the label thought it was the best single to lead with,‚ÄĚ chuckles Adrian. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs fun. I‚Äôve been the guy the song is about. I‚Äôve lived that life. I‚Äôve been there. It‚Äôs real.‚ÄĚ

    The opener ‚ÄúBad Trip‚ÄĚ kicks down the door with ominous electronics ¬†and glitchy echoes before a hard-hitting and hypnotic chant inspired by ‚Äúan experience where my wife and I had a bad vacation together, but it ended up being a good time. ¬†It also serves double duty as commentary on the current nebulous state ¬†of affairs we find ourselves mired in a as a nation‚Ķas human beings on ¬†this planet.‚ÄĚElsewhere, ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt Even‚ÄĚ takes no prisoners with a stranglehold groove and knockout chorus.

    ¬†‚ÄúWe were without a label and back to being a garage band,‚ÄĚ recalls ¬†Adrian. ‚ÄúWe just decided to call everybody out on ‚ÄėDon‚Äôt Even‚Äô.‚ÄĚ

    The anthemic ‚ÄúAin‚Äôt Done Yet‚ÄĚ doubles as ‚ÄúOTHERWISE‚Äôs mission ¬†statement.‚ÄĚMeanwhile, the emotionally charged closer ‚ÄúGood Fight‚ÄĚ ¬†strikes a different chord with its orchestral buildup and soaring ¬†refrain.

    ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs for my wife and sons as well as all of our families and friends ¬†who‚Äôve had our backs in this crazy Life By Music,‚ÄĚ smiles Adrian. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs ¬†the last one we did. My dad always said, ‚ÄėYou‚Äôve got to fight the good ¬†fight‚Äô.I felt some deeper connection to the phrase. It‚Äôs like it came ¬†from eons and generations ago. This notion of fighting the good fight is ¬†part of our DNA.‚ÄĚ

    In the end, OTHERWISE do the most dangerous thing possible and uproot all expectations.

    ‚ÄúWhen you listen to the record, I hope you go, ‚ÄėI did not expect ¬†that, but I love it‚Äô,‚ÄĚ Adrian leaves off. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs real rock ‚Äėn‚Äô roll with ¬†live guitars and drums, but it‚Äôs personal. This is my fucking life. ¬†There‚Äôs no turning back. This band is the future of my family. It means ¬†everything to me‚ÄĒand all of us. This is OTHERWISE.‚ÄĚ

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