New beginnings can be hard, but that doesn’t mean a thing to Boise ID’s MASKOTS. Whereas many of their peers have given up at the sight of hardship, the post hardcore-quartet made the conscious decision to continue on after multiple lineup changes shook their very foundation. Their new self-titled EP is evidence of this, described as a “revamp” by drummer Sam Gates. “[The EP] has some new songs, updated structure, and a fresh sound,” he remarks.
This rebirth is punctuated by new frontman Quinn Filmore, who’s dynamically atmospheric style balances out the chaotic and riff-heavy hardcore composed by Gates, bassist Trevor Long, and guitarist Brendan Nefzger. “Quinn brings a lot of energy to the table,” says Gates. “He had big shoes to fill and he’s doing a great job.”
After paying the utmost attention to detail in the recording process, this new EP is a release Maskots is willing to gamble on. The band has touring and video plans, as well as a follow up full-length in the works. “It’ll be great to stay busy,” says Gates, and considering the band’s history, there’s no reason not to believe him. Because if Maskots have proved anything, it’s that they want to be here.
The self-titled EP by Maskots is out today via Octocorn Records.