Baltimore’s salty hardcore heroes OLD LINES have revealed plans to release their full-length album, No Child Left Behind, on October 14th via No Sleep Records. The band has also premiered a new song called “Traps” with AVClub.com. Listen below.
It’s only fitting that Old Lines live on the doorstep to the nation’s capital. The band’s vehement disdain for political and social corruption is the fuel that feeds the band’s molotov cocktail of hardcore, crust punk, doom and powerviolence. And on their latest effort, No Child Left Behind, Old Lines leave no stone unturned, from politicians to the environment, as they rip and shred their way through eleven tracks of pure frustration and aggression.
“This record in general is about somewhat taking the focus away from corporations and the lawmakers that support them, and instead taking responsibility for our own part in letting them do it,” says vocalist Matt Taylor. “As long as people remain silent and apathetic to what’s happening around them, these issues will multiply, and the repercussions will become more severe for the earth and everything on it. In 2014, we don’t have the luxury of ignorance anymore.”
Apathetic behavior is a theme that runs throughout the new record, including on the band’s new track “Traps.” The song puts society on blast for turning a blind eye for so long to the destruction of our planet and the resulting changes in climate.
“Traps is a song about how we all are responsible for the state our environment is in, and (more specifically) our collective regret that these issues have reached such a catastrophic degree,” Taylor adds. “We’ve ignored countless warnings from scientists all over the world for the sake of our own personal convenience. Only now, as the damage is becoming more visceral and the earth as we know it is in a tailspin, are people starting to admit that issues such as global climate change have real consequences and demand attention. However it’s all just a little too late. We set the traps ourselves, and now we’re crying that we’re caught in them.”