Wage War, Islander, Assuming We Survive
Sun, February 26, 2017
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In fact, Wage War IS that community, as Quistad explains, "A lot of the themes in our songs are about growing up to be a productive person, and dealing with the real things that can happen in life and coping with circumstances that could be problematic,"says Quested. "The first single we're releasing, 'Alive,' is an anthem to all the naysayers out there that are always talking about our generation being a bunch of losers."
Blueprints, the band's debut album co-produced by A Day To Remember's Jeremy McKinnon along with Andrew Wade, resounds with all of the tension and ingenuity of its creation. The band delivers 11 tracks of uncompromising multi-dimensional metalcore, filled with high-intensity rhythms, battering drums and blazing guitars, tempered with tuneful vocal passages. Crushing breakdowns alongside a combination of roaring and melodic vocals prove powerful enough to level a small village. Yet, Wage War aren't focused solely on destruction.
"The goal of Blueprints was to establish a foundation," Quistad says. "It';s our first record and our first chance to show people what we're about. So we really went all out to deliver the best songs we could possibly write and play them to the best of our ability. I think a lot of people are going to be surprised."
Shortly thereafter, ISLANDER recruited bassist Zeke Vasquez (ex-ForeverAtLast), and after a couple revolving seats behind the drum throne, newly exited Avenged Sevenfold skinsman Arin Ilejay became a permanent fixture breaking sticks and cymbals behind the kit.
In February of 2016, ISLANDER “without question” partnered again with producer Cameron Webb (Motorhead, Alkaline Trio) at NRG Studios, and over the next eight weeks the newly ignited foursome got to work on Power Under Control, recording twelve original tracks that showcase the quartet’s deeper complexion.
“We would not move on to the next song until we were finished with the song we were working on,” explains Carvajal on the albums alignment. “This is an album which follows a character through a story. The songs stand on their own. If someone really wants to know the real meaning behind one of the songs, they have to listen to the song prior to the one they are listening to.”
Exploding out of the gate with “Darkness,” the track infuses spidery drum patterns and attacks lyrically with the same tightness as barbed wire around the throat. From other stand-outs like the punky workout “Green Slime Man,” the reggae-drenched outro to “All We Need,” to the swaggering rhythm of “Casket,” ISLANDER’s flavorful recipe is just as much about attitude as it is musical ingenuity.
Carvajal continues, “Our friend HR from the legendary Bad Brains is on a track called “Think It Over,” which is destined to be a live favorite with its rally cry anthem, a track encouraging the youth to take power under control, make good choices and to stay strong in this crazy world.”
“These guys might be the new force in rock,” asserted Alternative Press, as ISLANDER garnered worldwide press accolades since 2014’s breakout debut album Violence & Destruction. The group had three consecutive singles climb to the Top 25 on national rock radio charts, and their videos and streams are in the millions. These developments led to full scale tours with some of rocks elite, totaling nearly 300 shows since the debut - Korn, P.O.D., Papa Roach, Seether, Suicide Silence, and the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. “Mayhem 2014 was the first mainstream tour we did. Quickly, we learned a lot about being a band,” confesses Carvajal. “We were home less than two months within just one year.” 2015 saw ISLANDER invited to perform at some of the biggest rock festivals in the country - Rock On The Range, Aftershock, Louder Than Life, Rocklahoma and Shiprocked to name a few.
When asked if this feels like a new life for ISLANDER, Carvajal states, “We can't describe just how refreshed we feel with our new lineup. Everyone was playing in different bands, we met on tour and as we had to make some changes in the band for the better, we found ourselves with this lineup. It's our sophomore release, but it really feels like the excitement of a debut release all over again.”
“Power Under Control is the link that will find its way into the darkest parts of our fans inner selves and bring light to them.”
With the stage set for 2016, Assuming We Survive is poised to unleash a full length record that will take no prisoners as well as a March tour that will pave the way for their performances at both SXSW and the South By So What festival in Austin, Texas. On top of all of these big things happening for the band this year, there is still more they have yet to unveil such as playing the Journey’s stage on all of Warped Tour 2016.
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