Robert was so kind to write to us with an exclusive (!) chance to listen to UNREST before the rest of the world. Ok, not really, but before it comes out! ❤
It’s been a long 12 months of preparation here in our little corner of the world but the time has finally come for our sophomore record, UNREST, to be sent out into the airwaves for all to hear. We spent two weeks in the late spring of 2016 holed up in our practice space in Boston tracking the record ourselves before sending it up to God City Studio in Salem, MA to be mixed by Kurt Ballou. Mastering was handled by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. Artwork layout/design was handled by Doug Dean from Pittsburgh, PA.
UNREST is comprised of 12 songs that collectively push the sonic boundaries of the band outwards in numerous directions while still maintaining a strong foothold on our melodic punk-hardcore roots. The production on the record is a massive leap forward compared to previous releases and it is widely apparent that we took our time trying to get this release right after you give it a listen. UNREST clocks in at 24 minutes and 37 seconds listening time and is packed with everything you’d expect from a follow up to Discontent… hard hitting, no-nonsense, lean punk/hardcore songs that take you on a roller coaster ride of tempos, emotions, and lyrical themes. It’s political. It’s personal. It’s both introspective and a commentary on the surroundings we’re submerged into on a daily basis. Overall, it’s a collective document for how we view the world we’re living in, our designated place in it, and, despite how grim and dismal the outlook may be at this moment, UNREST is a declaration of how we can all work together to make this life better in the present moment and to leave a better world for those yet to come after we’re gone.
As with all of our previous releases, the packaging for the vinyl release of UNREST is unique and will definitely catch your eye if you have a liking for packaging design and an intricate layout. The LP Jacket is diecut so that the front of the record acts as an empty picture frame, allowing for the lyric insert (a 12×24 double sided insert) to be placed into the jacket as one of four ‘portraits’ on the lyric sheet. Each portrait has a twist on the misrepresentation of the American dream and the things we’re taught from a young age to aspire to and value simply because society has dictated as such. For the pre-order version of the LP, the LP jacket will have a pop up cardboard easel attached so that the album can legitimately be stood up to display as if it was a picture frame.
FLUFF FEST is upon us, in a week we will be heading to Rokycany as always this time of year, and sadly, SPIRITS are not there…
SPIRITS were amongst the most memorable FLUFF FEST performances EVER. And when I listen to the new songs, I imagine all this great energy of the guys on stage and the perfect interaction with the crowd. ❤
But enough about me, you all wanna see the playlist, right?!
September 8th, 2017 – Vinyl/Cassette/Digital via State of Mind Recordings (USA), Useless Pride Records (FR), Here and Now Records (IT), and Ride & Hun Records (DE).
1. Human Credential
2. Fearful Symmetry
4. The Syndicate
5. Adopt Don’t Shop
7. Eyes of Love
8. Cerulean Blue
9. Learn The Hard Way
11. El Mundo Gira
I love the album as a whole, really hard to pick favorites! It’s all there what you love love love about a SPIRITS record, the fast, energetic sound, gang shouts, driven tempo, I just adore this whole summer vibe!
I am sad to hear, they are not be coming to Europe this summer </3 FLUFF FEST won’t be the same without you.
.straight edge 1998