After sharing their first new music since 2016 last month and their follow up single “Hotline To Memory” (watch below), melodic hardcore band Praise have unleashed another new track. Check out “Life Unknown” above! “Life Unknown” continues looking inward at human emotions, this time focusing on taking someone else’s perspective on loss.
Formed as a five-piece unit in 2010, Praise’s mission statement has been to work within the box of traditional hardcore while exploring the bounds of melody in every possible sense. All In A Dream darts and dashes through scenes, decades, and genres, united by the core tenets of a catchy song and the impulse to deliver a message.
The band takes influence from ‘80s Minneapolis power-pop and the rich history of Washington, D.C. hardcore punk as much as from bands like Dag Nasty, The Cure, and Leatherface, along with sprinkles and nods to traditional guitar-based pop.
The album is full of springy hardcore that travels with urgency while exploring the themes of introspective struggle, imagining a better world outside of our own, and the evolution of grief throughout the years. To achieve the sound found across the nine songs on the record, the band worked with producer and engineer Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations in Baltimore, MD and Brian McTernan (Be Well) stepped in as a second producer as well, focusing on song structure and vocal performances.
Praise is Andy Norton (vocals), Anthony Dye (guitar), Austin Stemper (guitar), Chris Bavaria (bass) and Daniel Fang (drums). The band has previously released two albums, 2016’s Leave It All Behind and 2014’s Lights Went Out, and have shared the stage with the likes of Strike Anywhere, Lifetime, Paint It Black, Fiddlehead, Fury and more.
5/28 @ Metro – Baltimore, MD w/ Glitterer, Anxious, Demand
6/11 @ Massapequa VFW – Long Island, NY w/ Stand Still, Rule Them All