SPARTANBURG, SC | JULY 27, 2018 – South Carolina pop-punk / post-hardcore band Brigades release their new EP True Blue today! Coming as the band’s fifth release, it’s the first new material since their 2015 album Indefinite (Pure Noise Records). Self-released, True Blue presents a dynamic collection of six upbeat tunes, showcasing the bands progression and maturity, both in writing and delivery. A tight-knit collection of addictive pop-punk melodies are blended with the intensity of post-hardcore rawness. The lyrics provide a front-end hook to grab listeners in – and have them singing along in no time.
Vocalist Darren Young shared, “True Blue definitely stands out from our other records because I feel it’s something new and refreshing compared to how depressing and dark things got on Indefinite. I think in some parts of True Blue it shovels back to the roots between my writing for The Last Laugh and Crocodile Tears, then is mushed together with this new aesthetic that was created from everything that happened. Making this transformation now is more exciting than it would have been for a direct release right after Indefinite.” In 2015, after the release of Indefinite, Brigades was turning heads from fans and critics alike. Coverage from industry giants included AltPress, RockSound, and DyingScene, as they toured across the U.S. and internationally. Despite their success, the band found themselves exhausted after their ICE GRILL$ Japan Tour in December of 2016. Young shared that upon return, he and the band, “Did a lot of soul searching. Spent quality time with family and friends. Went back to working full time jobs. Found new people to regroup with and make music. Once I felt complete again, I knew it was time to put a team together and dedicate my efforts into creating with Brigades again.” Renewed, refocused, and regrouped, the group doesn’t shy from putting their internal health first. Many bands face the challenges of burnout, and Brigades are upfront in valuing the energy, confidence, and balance that it requires to be in a band full-time.
Young described True Blue as, “authentic, emotional, and raw even, but gives off more of a fun ‘ready to move forward and not look back’” vibe,” than past releases. Having taken such a long hiatus, the band decided to self-release the EP, recognizing they had to start again, working to organically reconnect with their fan base and new listeners. They self-demoed the EP, then recorded with legendary producer Machine (Lamb of God, Fall Out Boy, CLUTCH) in Asbury Park, NJ, which they described as a wonderful and unique experience. “We wanted to learn and push ourselves this time, with self-releasing. So far, the response for the first two singles [“Turmoil” and “Sucker“] have been absolutely heartwarming. I was prepared for a lot of hate seeing as we were never a big household favorite to begin with, but it’s been all positive. We can’t wait to release this beast, and hopefully give our friends & fans something to sing along to.”
True Blue is available for stream and purchase on all major platforms today, including Spotify,Bandcamp, Apple Music, and Google Play. Physical cassettes can be purchased through the band’s merch store. East coast dates for this fall will be announced soon, and the band hopes for longer tour runs in the beginning of 2019.
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