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Defeater to release new album in July

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 9:07 AM PT


Official press release:

A band known for their captivating and comprehensive storytelling just as much as their elaborate and complex music, Massachusetts' Defeater recently wrapped recording their third full-length album, Letters Home, which is their absolute best work yet. These ten new tracks are heavy and haunting, while lyrically poignant and continuing the story of a working class family living in post-WWII America. Letters Home revolves around the father of two brothers that listeners were introduced to in two of Defeater's prior releases (Travels and most recently Empty Days & Sleepless Nights), giving a background to the character and seeing some of the events from those past albums through his eyes.

Vocalist Derek Archambault commented, "Inspiration for this record came from a few places. Much like with Lost Ground, these stories are based around my two grandfathers' service in WWII ." He continued, "Musically the record hearkens back to Travels and Lost Ground. EDSN was a bit of a departure for us, and I think we took some good chances on that record but Letters Home brings it back to why we started this band in the first place five years ago."

Letters Home is legitimately Defeater's heaviest body of music thus far - featuring powerfully intricate guitar instrumentation, colossal-sounding drums, and Archambault's voice sounding more ferocious than ever before. Guitarist Jay Maas remarked, "Letters Home is more focused on sounding dirty and mean, but at the same time we have improved as songwriters so some of these ten tracks are our most accessible." The album was once again recorded at Maas's own Getaway Recording Studio (where the band's prior releases were also tracked), and features the first recorded appearance by Defeater's new drummer Joe Longobardi who "…is some kind of drum wizard. His memory for organizing parts is sincerely inhuman, and he has such amazingly tasteful composition skills. Everything he plays just feels meant to be which really lends itself to an easier time for the rest of us", said Maas. Second guitarist Jake Woodruff returns for Letters Home, as well as bassist Mike Poulin, and Derek Archaumbault on vocals and Jay Maas on guitar; all lending their skills to the newest chapter in Defeater's story.

This ten-song album is scheduled to hit stores on July 16th, 2013, once again on Bridge Nine Records. In support of Letters Home, Defeater will be on tour July 11th through August 4th on the second half of the Vans Warped Tour and will be out on the road thereafter as well. More touring plans will be announced soon, as well as album release details, track premieres, and more. Maas continued, "This is my favorite Defeater release; I think it pulls from all of the band members' influences collectively and I can't wait for people to hear it. July 16th can't come soon enough."

Letters Home track listing:

01. Bastards
02. No Shame
03. Hopeless Again
04. Blood In My Veins
05. No Relief
06. No Faith
07. Dead Set
08. No Savior
09. Rabbit Foot
10. Bled Out


24 comments


anonymous
5/14/2013 9:18:23 AM
as much as I dig these guys, I really wish they would visit a new story about now. the Lost Ground EP was a refreshing change of pace.

anonymous
5/14/2013 9:28:25 AM
what is it about this band and war themes? Jesus christ. Total one-trick pony, this lot.

anonymous
5/14/2013 9:48:23 AM
Awesome. I guess they really like this story line.

anonymous
5/14/2013 9:54:31 AM
I don't get why people give this band so much crap for writing their albums about WWII. At least they're not writing crappy lyrics about fighting, smoking weed, money, and fcking bitches. They've got their own thing and I think they're doing it right. All of Coheed's albums follow a story and I've never heard anyone critize them for that. I've heard people criticize Coheed for other reasons, but never for the fact that all their albums follow the same story.

anonymous
5/14/2013 10:02:31 AM
I suppose people would prefer they write all their songs about "Standing up with your fist in the air" or some shit.

anonymous
5/14/2013 11:35:10 AM
Pierce the veil> defeater

anonymous
5/14/2013 11:37:39 AM
this will be infinitely corny.

anonymous
5/14/2013 12:16:30 PM
Being As An Ocean doesn't poop.

anonymous
5/14/2013 1:22:49 PM
Between the Buried and Me>Pierce the Veil


see what i did there?

anonymous
5/14/2013 2:44:17 PM
"All of Coheed's albums follow a story and I've never heard anyone critize them..."

You got it wrong. No one talks about Coheed because, as a band who caters strictly to sixteen year old kids, they actually don't matter. Defeater should be criticized because the subject matter is completely absurd in the most uninteresting way possible. I suppose if a band wants to base their music around commentary of the Ming dynasty, because it's not about bitches and drugs, it's ok. Ludicrous.

anonymous
5/14/2013 4:06:26 PM
but i'm already bored...

anonymous
5/14/2013 4:30:00 PM
"No one talks about Coheed because, as a band who caters strictly to sixteen year old kids, they actually don't matter. "

I love when people talk about things they have absolutely no clue about. When was the last time you saw Coheed?

anonymous
5/14/2013 4:45:31 PM
"I love when people talk about things they have absolutely no clue about. When was the last time you saw Coheed?"

2008. Had a free ticket and went to see Russian Circles. The vast majority of people were under the age of 17 and with their parents. Eat shit.

anonymous
5/14/2013 6:47:56 PM
"2008. Had a free ticket and went to see Russian Circles. The vast majority of people were under the age of 17 and with their parents. Eat shit."

That was 5 years ago, genius.

anonymous
5/14/2013 7:09:56 PM
Both of you should shut up, cause coheeds story has changed. Completely different story. Don't talk about things you don't know.

Also stoked for this album

anonymous
5/14/2013 8:40:14 PM
Maybe Justin Gainey can steal some more shirts.

anonymous
5/14/2013 11:05:57 PM
This would go platinum if Starbucks would carry it. Band fcking blows. If you like Defeater, you're a gay. Kill yourself.

anonymous
5/15/2013 12:49:25 AM
"Both of you should shut up, cause coheeds story has changed. Completely different story. Don't talk about things you don't know."

Never brought them up, dickhole, and yeah they did change. Coheed is actually a step above Defeater in that regard.

anonymous
5/15/2013 1:10:05 AM
Frankie Palmieri is shocked.

anonymous
5/15/2013 8:25:34 AM
All the hot chicks dig Defeater, you guys never get laid

anonymous
5/15/2013 11:31:55 AM
Take a shot every time Defeater says "cold steel tracks" or references train tracks on this album. Die of alcohol poisoning by 4th song.

anonymous
5/15/2013 12:45:41 PM
The guitarist for coheed is a n!gger

anonymous
5/16/2013 11:13:48 AM
Coheed is stoked.

anonymous
5/16/2013 2:45:18 PM
"Take a shot every time Defeater says "cold steel tracks" or references train tracks on this album. Die of alcohol poisoning by 4th song."

I love Defeater, but this made me laugh.