Still fresh off their recent new record premiere via React! Records, Refuse Records, and Life.Liar.Regret Records, Seattle based straight edge vegan punks CHANGE are teaming up with us to give you som more details behind the amazing, energy filled, multi-style banger “Closer Still“, share their list of noteworthy hardcore bands from the Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and Boise area, a follow-up round with more bands worth a check, special Spotify playlist of their influences, and something extra for all of you vegan foodie loves down there at the very bottom of this feature.
𝐶ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑎 𝑆𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝐸𝑑𝑔𝑒 𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑎 𝑣𝑒𝑔𝑒𝑡𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑎𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑣𝑒𝑔𝑎𝑛 𝑚𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑎𝑔𝑒.
It’s time to grow towards the sun again. It’s time for Change. Closer Still is the debut LP from Change, the Pacific Northwest Straight Edge band made up of Aram Arslanian, Chris Williams, Jeff Caffey, Mike Jurek and Matt Bertell.
The record is 13 songs of urgent hardcore influenced by Youth of Today, Uniform Choice, INSTED, Sportswear, Turning Point and Embrace. However, the song writing pulls inspiration from across genres keeping the record from painting itself in a corner musically.
Lyrically, Closer Still was written over a year and at its core is about coping with loss, anxiety and depression and trying to make the changes needed to find a better path. The songs focus on growth, both personal and social, and encourage embracing who we are while also working on becoming the best version of ourselves.
Written and recorded by Aram Arslanian, Dave Mitchell, Carl McBeath and Alex Schollen, the LP was tracked and mixed by Jesse Gander at Rain City Records, with lead vocals recorded Avrinder Dhillon at Ziyen Studios and mastering by Alan Douches at West West Side Music. The record features art by Eric Himle and the packaging was designed by Evan Wivell with help from Jon A Gaasland.
Closer Still is released on LP through REACT! Records in North America and by Refuse Records in Europe, and on cassette by Life.Liar.Regret Records in Australia.
Asked about their plans for 2021, the band commented: “We’ll (hopefully) be back on tour in 2021 in Europe.”
With tongue in cheek, they add: “Robert from Refuse once tried to keep us from food in Berlin because he’s mean.”
𝑊𝑒’𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑃𝑎𝑐𝑖𝑓𝑖𝑐 𝑁𝑜𝑟𝑡ℎ𝑤𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑠 𝑠𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑑 𝑎𝑐𝑟𝑜𝑠𝑠 𝑉𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑆𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑙𝑒. 𝐵𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑐𝑘 𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒:
Odd Man Out
With x War
Dying For It
End of Dayz
By All Means
Other bands and artists worth a check:
“Under Your Influence” Spotify Playlist:
“This is a sampling of some of the musicians both past and present that have had a profound influence on our band.” – offers the band. “Some have individuals we know intimately and care for like family, while others we’ve literally only heard and fell in love with their songs.
The unifying factor is the words, music, visuals, actions and more from these bands inspire how we approach song writing, but more importantly; how we think about relationships, how we think about accountability in this scene, how we think about impact in this world, how we think about compassion and how we think about life.
We dedicate this playlist in gratitude to all these bands and the countless others who we weren’t able to include because 32 songs is already probably too many.”
EXTRA: Top 10 vegan foods I wish I was eating right now:
by Aram Arslanian
1) The one-euro hotdogs at Polish gas stations
2) Doe Donuts in Portland
3) Screamers pizza in NYC
4) Dim sum from Sun Bo Kong in Vancouver
5) Pumpkin pie from Choices in Vancouver
6) Satay noodles from Do Chay in Vancouver
7) Carrot cake at Planet Veg in Boston
8) Biscuits Maximus at the Wayward in Seattle
9) Rubin sandwich at the Chicago Diner
10) Dinner with all my friends from everywhere