The audacity to profess your true self is a virtue. Moreover, the transparency to outwardly proclaim a significant shift in the sentiment you once held so sacred is both courageous and compelling.
Well, after all the speculation and anticipation it's finally official - American metalcore icons Underoath have unveiled info about their upcoming sixth studio album 'Erase Me', their first album since 2010 due to drop April 6th via Fearless Records and Caroline Australia.
After announcing their reunion back in 2015, we've now finally had a taste of their lead single 'On My Teeth, accompanied by a brand new music video (and a hint of the slightly heavier direction the boys are taking compared to previous outings).
"We’ve had success and we’ve come through a lot of waters," explains drummer/vocalist Aaron Gillespie. "There’s been 11,000 things we’ve been through so you would think, almost rhetorically, ‘What do you need now?’ All of us are finally in that place in our lives where the only thing we care about is inclusion for everybody—for the world. For me, exclusion is the scariest thing in the world. And I think Underoath coming back now with a new record—which none of us thought was possible—we want people to know that this is your music and you can feel however the fuck you want about it. I just want to prove that we are doing everything in the most honest way we ever have. This is the healthiest we’ve ever been as a group of people, as musicians, and in our worldview."
Gillespie’s quote touches on the narratives behind the 11-song release: addressing the dire circumstances that led to the demise of the band, the ability to, now, be true to themselves and with their listeners as well as the individual band members disenchantment with religion.
"We took a step away and then we realized that we are a family," adds singer Spencer Chamberlain. "We do miss it and we miss each other. We made the decision to never play again as Underoath and then we let that sit a couple of years. Band members rebuilt themselves and their friendships--and then we rebuilt the band."
Erase Me was written and recorded over the summer of 2017 with producer Matt Squire (Panic! At The Disco, 3OH!3) and mixed by Ken Andrews (Failure, Jimmy Eat World).
'Erase Me' pre-orders available now HERE.
Limited Edition Bundles available via 24Hundred.
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BY TIANA SPETER