Until We Surrender
ADDS 6/15/10

Formed from the ashes of now defunct melodic death-metal band Light This City, Heartsounds consists of founding members Laura Nichol (guitars/vocals) and Ben Murray (guitars/vocals) who after growing tired of banging heads decided to return to their true love…punk rock. “Laura and I have always been fans of punk rock from before we even started listening to heavy metal,” says Murray. “From the time we were 13 years old our favorite bands have been Bad Religion, Strung Out, Propagandhi, etc. We had never stopped enjoying and following punk rock, so when we were tired of playing melodic death-metal it was obvious what direction we wanted to strive for musically. The passion and emotion that we can express through punk rock is definitely unlike any other genre of music, and we are having the time of our lives so far!”

The best friend duo spent the beginning of 2009 writing and entered the studio that summer with former Light This City producer Zack Ohren to record their debut album. “We wanted to create this record in a zone where we were totally comfortable, and Zack was definitely the man for the job,” says Murray. “The recording process went really smooth, as it was just Laura and I in the studio considering I tracked the drums, bass, and lead guitar as well. As for vocals, our good friend Nick Diener of The Swellers flew out to help us with vocal production, which ended up being really beneficial. After all is said and done, we think the record came out great and can't believe how positive of a reaction it's gotten.” Until We Surrender is a heart-pounding throwback to 90’s punk era, focused on the faster and more technical aspects of its style with elements of pop-punk and indie sensibilities all mixed in together. Murray and Nichol’s back and forth vocals complement each other immensely, while their warm rhythmic riffs intertwine for a fresh take on the classic punk sound. Murray put’s it best in his lyric “I’ve found my true calling, and it’s never sounded so f*&cing good.

RIYL: Protagonist, Rehasher, The Swellers, Polar Bear Club
TRY: #3, 7, 9, 11 - DIRTY: #1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12

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