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Xerxes Enters The Recording Studio

Kentucky bred post-hardcore band Xerxes has officially entered the studio today to record a sophomore album, which will be released later this year via No Sleep Records.

Xerxes is currently recording the new album at Missed Connections studios in the band's hometown of Louisville, KY with Evan Weiss (of Into It. Over It.) producing and the band’s guitarist Will Allard, who’s previously worked in the studio with Coliseum, Whips/Chains and Black God, engineering.

“Evan has been one of our very best friends pretty much since the beginning,” says Calvin Philley. “We met him for a weekend with Former Thieves years ago in the midwest when he was touring with an acoustic guitar and copies of '52 Weeks.' I was just in Chicago for a weekend and over a bottle of cheap whiskey and an impromptu homemade dinner, we were talking music and he volunteered to do this record with us before I even asked. Truth be told, it came together in a way I could never have imagined.”

“We are often reminded by those older than us just how young Xerxes is,” Philley adds. “For us, I think it feels like we've been doing this forever. We've seen so much, been through so much in so little time. An abandoned airfield in the Czech Republic, a neo-nazi knife fight in Iowa, a cardboard box with a hundred free, day-old hotdogs in Florida, Motorhead in Idaho on the fourth of July, our assorted breakups and hookups and strikeouts along the way. All the way feeling out of place, missing a necessary catharsis, leaving an indefinable longing unsatisfied. At a point, I think we came home and said 'what comes next?' With the uncertainty of a quarter-life crisis came the horror of progression and the realization of necessary change. In truth it's all been too much. Where I sit and type this right now, I don't have the answer except for a few songs that are different than anything we've ever done before, the rest remains to be seen.”

Catch the band live:

April 18 - Chicago, IL - TBA (w/Cloakroom)
April 19 - Ann Arbor, MI - Metal Frat (w/Cloakroom, Pity Sex)
April 20 - Indianapolis, IN - Westgate (w/Cloakroom)

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