It’s been awhile 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 fueled 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 9th via Epitaph Records. letlive. has 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 letlivestore.com will receive an instant download of “Banshee (Ghost Fame).”
Watch letlive.’s new video for “Banshee (Ghost Fame)” now at http://youtu.be/3wnxFJUZtp4
“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, leaving everything they’ve got on the stage this summer on the Vans Warped Tour.
Follow letlive. now at www.facebook.com/theletlive .
letlive. Tour Dates:
June 15 - Seattle, WA - White River Amphitheater
June 16 - Portland, OR - Portland Expo Center Parking Lot
June 19 - San Diego, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
June 20 - Pomona, CA - Pomona Fairplex
June 21 - Pomona, CA - Pomona Fairplex
June 22 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 23 - Ventura, CA - Seaside Park
June 26 - Las Cruces, NM - N.M.S.U. Practice Field
June 27 - Mesa, AZ - Quail Run Park
June 28 - Las Vegas, NV - Silverton Casino Parking Lot
June 29 - Salt Lake City, UT - Utah State Fairpark
June 30 - Denver, CO - Sports Authority Field at Mile High
July 3 - Indianapolis, IN - Klipsch Music Center
July 5 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 6 - Buffalo, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 7 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Concert Center
July 9 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
July 10 - Washington, D.C. - Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 11 - Boston, MA - Comcast Center
July 12 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
July 13 - New York, NY - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
July 14 - Hartford, CT - The Comcast Theatre
July 16 - Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion
July 17 - Pittsburgh, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
July 18 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
July 19 - Detroit, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 20 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 21 - Minneapolis, MN - Canterbury Park
July 23 - Kansas City, KS - Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
July 24 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 25 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
July 26 - Tampa, FL - Vinoy Park
July 27 - W. Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
July 28 - Orlando, FL - Central Florida Fairgrounds
July 29 - Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 30 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
July 31 - Milwaukee, WI - Marcus Amphitheatre
Aug 2 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
Aug 3 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
Aug 4 - Houston, TX - Reliant Center Parking Lot
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About the Author
Brooks Ginnan is the editor of Exiled Music Press. He is usually crying over the fact that we will never see a reunion of The Smiths or Cocteau Twins.