It's been a while since music has had a rebellious voice. Not since Rage Against the Machine put their fist in the air, in the land of hypocrisy has there been such an unmitigated combustion of sonic ferocity fuelled by relentless passion and intrepid ideology. At least not until letlive. came along...
LA's volatile four-piece rock band fanned the flames of discontent with their critically praised record, Fake History, for a new generation of fans three years ago, and today have announced their long-awaited return with one of the year's most anticipated albums, 'The Blackest Beautiful', due out on July 8th via Epitaph Records.
letlive. have premiered their first new song, 'Banshee (Ghost Fame)', in the form of a powerful video today. Additionally, fans who pre-order The Blackest Beautiful starting today at www.letlivestore.com will receive an instant download of 'Banshee (Ghost Fame)'.
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Watch letlive.'s new video for 'Banshee (Ghost Fame)' now right here...
"This song explores the tragic humor in entertainment as an industry as opposed to an art," explains letlive.'s inimitable vocalist Jason Aalon Butler. "Sonically this track was a pretty suitable representation of the record's sonic spectrum. We also employed some elements of groove that we have always been fans of."
Named #1 on Kerrang!'s list of The 50 Greatest Rockstars in The World Today, Jason Butler, along with cohorts Ryan Jay Johnson (bass), Jean Nascimento (guitar) and Jeff Sahyoun (guitar), organically meld hardcore, punk, Metal and even elements of jazz and R&B, on The Blackest Beautiful, creating a progressive, indelible sound that walks the line between aggressive and melodic and crosses a gamut of genres with an intensity that's rarely found in music today.
"The mindset was certainly a holistic one when regarding this record," Butler adds. "The vibe developed on its own as we wrote it. While we certainly indulged particular tastes, stylistically, as individuals, we made sure that the product culminated as something we could all enjoy. Essentially we all got to explore elements we had always wanted to and somehow found a way to marry them tastefully on one album."
Self-produced with the help of longtime co-conspirator Kit Walters and mixed by pop guru Stephen George (Mary J Blige, Michael Jackson), 'The Blackest Beautiful' features eleven politically, socially and personally conscious songs like 'The Priest And Used Cars', which refers the tragic costs of poisonous zeal, 'Virgin Dirt', about self-sabotaging relationships, and '27 Club', a personal tale of living life selflessly or selfishly.
Like those that paved the path before them, Rage Against the Machine, Deftones, Mars Volta, At the Drive In, etc., letlive. transcend passing trends and scenes with a focus that is entirely devoted to their art and furthering their creativity through music. 'The Blackest Beautiful' is their latest creation, which will undoubtedly be celebrated for years to come.
After two years on the road touring 20 countries, including performances at Download, Reading & Leeds, Soundwave, Pukkelpop, Orion Fest and tours with Deftones in both Europe and Australia, letlive. is ready to hit the road once again, this time in support of The Blackest Beautiful, bringing everything they've got on stage in UK and Mainland Europe this Autumn.
letlive. European 2013 Tour
18 Sep Holland Amsterdam Melkweg
19 Sep Belgium Antwerp Trix
20 Sep Germany Stuttgart Juha West
21 Sep Germany Schweinfurt Stadtbahnhof
22 Sep Germany Munich Backstage Club
23 Sep Austria Vienna Arena 3 Raum Bar
25 Sep Czech Rep Prague OO7
26 Sep Germany Wiesbaden Raucherkammer
27 Sep Germany Leipzig Conne Island
28 Sep Germany Berlin Crystal
30 Sep Germany Hamburg Headcrash
01 Oct France Paris La Maroquinerie
02 Oct Germany Cologne Underground
03 Oct UK Bristol The Fleece
04 Oct UK Southampton Talking Heads
05 Oct UK Birmingham Asylum
06 Oct UK Leeds Cockpit
07 Oct UK Newcastle Warehouse 34
09 Oct UK Manchester NQ Live
10 Oct UK Belfast The Limelight
11 Oct Ireland Dublin Fibber Magees
12 Oct UK Glasgow King Tuts
14 Oct UK Nottingham Rescue Rooms
15 Oct UK Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
17 Oct UK London Underworld