Of Hearts and Shadows Ready Debut Full-Length Album, "Touching Bas With A Chainsaw"
San Diego, California screamo band Of Hearts and Shadows, featuring singer Scott Bixby, guitarists Ricky Vazquez and Ian Archer, bassist Isaiah Herevia, and drummer Matt Williams, is readying the release of their first-ever full-length, "Touching Base with a Chainsaw," which is one of the first releases for the newly-launched Tyburn label. "We had two years worth of writing for this album," explains Williams about the sessions. "We were able to knock it out in three weeks - we didn't have to sit and write a bunch of stuff."
The group was formed by Vazquez and original bassist Allan Levy back in 2003, and subsequently went through quite a few different members, before finding the group's current line-up. While the group's sound contains obvious elements of metal, hardcore, and emo, Williams explains that the quintet refuses to be aligned with a single style or approach, as their influences run the gamut - "It goes from classic rock to everything you hear up to today."
The group recently wrapped up a string of U.S. dates playing alongside the Distance and Karate High School, which went smashingly well. "We take pride in throwing guitars and making it pretty insane on stage," adds Archer. "We like to let the music speak for itself, but kids will say, 'That was an amazing show,' and then they'll listen to the album."
With a scheduled release date of October 24th, "Touching Base with a Chainsaw" contains countless hard hitting highlights, including the prog metal-esque "Make Sure You Tell Your Friends," as well as "Pretty for Nostalgia," which shows that Bixby is one of the more intense screamers in all of hard rock today. "This band is about the future," explains Vazquez. "Five young guys who appreciate the music that came before, play the music of today, but are going to keep creating and stepping outside the box into the future. Music is the last free thing left to do. There are no limits, and that is going to allows us to grow with every album we put out."
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