As teased in late March, Brooklyn-based emo rockish post-hardcore band STAY INSIDE released their debut EP, As You Were! The EP saw earlier praise from Afropunk, All Things Go and Impose Magazine the latter of whom who said, “In the shitty political climate we live in, the band is making an effort to talk about issues that are important to them.” We’re pleased to share it below!
As with all great and engaging music, the generational waves in which each genre evolves retroactively measures its widespread impact. Combining four distinct backgrounds, newly minted Brooklyn-based band Stay Inside refracts its own urgent style on the emo/post-hardcore landscape. Now, the quartet is readying the release of their debut EP, As You Were, out April 21st via self-release.
Comprised of four transplants, Bartees Cox, Jr. (guitar, vox) of Yukon, OK, Chris Johns (guitar, vox) of Hockessin, DE, Vishnu Anantha (drums) of Wayne, PA and Bryn Nieboer (bass, vox) of Los Angeles, CA, Stay Inside seeks to tell stories about fighting back and bringing more people into the fold of their impassioned scene.
On Stay Inside’s mission, Cox, Jr. shares it’s, “To show folks all over that whether it’s about significant others, family, cops, misogyny, racism, or anything else, they have four friends in Brooklyn yelling and screaming for them.”
Emotional crescendos meet melodic instrumentations as the band spreads their wings and explores their full range for the first time on As You Were. There’s a natural chemistry at play with Stay Inside as they stare at their collective reflection, internalize it and use that imagery to paint new progressive pictures.
“I grew up listening to so many hardcore and emo bands wondering why they didn’t have more black kids in them,” continues Cox, Jr. who goes on to describe Nieober’s background. “While she, at times, turned to bands like Sleater-Kinney and Bikini Kill for music made by people with similar issues on her mind, it wasn’t until college until she discovered Carissa’s Wierd. But even still, the amount of women in emo/post-hardcore was disappointing.”
In these increasingly uncertain times we all are living in, Stay Inside is here to embrace and engage with the marginalized, the depressed and anyone looking to challenge the rituals of conformity.