Forward of their landmark 20th anniversary tour, metalcore titans August Burns Red are set to uncork what frontman Jake Luhrs calls “essentially the most progressive, darkish, difficult factor that we have ever launched,” including in an interview with Steel Injection, that the trials and tribulations of the previous three years have completely melted into the make-up of the band’s tenth studio effort Dying Under.
“It 100% bled into this report. This report wouldn’t sound something prefer it sounds if the pandemic had not occurred, as a result of JB, as he’s the primary songwriter, and naturally Dustin wrote some songs, too. However I imply, they have been each locked down. And I believe JB had some private issues occurring in his life that actually shook him and had him sort of in a spot of rising, proper? Like I stated, plenty of occasions we develop in essentially the most uncomfortable circumstances. And so he went via fairly a bit and myself included, went via some household points.
“‘Ancestry’ is basically a couple of member of the family of mine making an attempt to commit suicide and sort of how I used to be making an attempt to answer that state of affairs after which the way it sort of impacted my private self. And on high of that the pandemic was actually, actually troublesome. I believe seeing the world so divided was irritating for me as an individual who would not need that. And I believe that collectively there was simply this second the place it appeared like the entire world was hurting. So I believe that that had quite a bit to do with the best way that JB and Dustin wrote the album.”
That unease that you simply may really feel upon frequent listens to Dying Under is by design, Luhrs provides.
“Loads of lyrical content material was actually about injustice and ache and struggling and dependancy and sorrow. So yeah, it is actually darkish. I wish to say that typically talking we attempt to write stuff that may really feel uncomfortable and have friction to it, however on the finish there’s like this mild on the finish of the tunnel kind of factor. I do not essentially know that each tune on this report appears like that. There may simply be some stuff that we attempt to make it really feel good on the finish, however that is actually heavy, you already know?”
Dying Under, which options visitor appearances from Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach, All That Remains guitarist Jason Richardson, Erra vocalist JT Cavey, and Underoath vocalist Spencer Chamberlain, sees the ensemble of Luhrs, JB Brubaker, Brent Rambler, Matt Greiner and Dustin Davidson working on the heights of their collective strengths, combining stirring, uncooked and heavy tracks with vicious, tight instrumentation that properly affirms the 20 years of development of August Burns Red.
“What makes me happy with this album is that it is our development. It is us being sincere, and it is not us writing some catchy album that is like, Woah, that is actually heavy and that is actually catchy. It is like no, that is actually us. That is actually August Burns Red. That is actually ache, that is actually compassion. Every thing that is coming from us on this album is extraordinarily genuine,” Luhrs shared, proudly saluting his bandmates.
“And it additionally reveals you what the dudes can do, man. I take a look at Matt and I take a look at Brent and Dustin and JB, and I am blown away by these guys. These dudes are actual, they’re actual musicians, they usually actually take into consideration the smallest little minute intricacies inside creating and writing. And it is identical to, should you shut your eyes and also you simply take heed to the music, it paints a tremendous image. It is an honor for me to be in a band with dudes that really know what they’re doing and are so passionate as they’re and work so onerous.”
Expressing his disbelief that August Burns Red hit their twentieth anniversary in 2023, Luhrs remarks that the chemistry and brotherhood between all arms within the band has solely strengthened over time, as has their understanding, love, and appreciation for the business and their devoted fanbase.
“It would not really feel prefer it’s been 20 years,” he says with fun. “I like my bandmates. I like my crew. I like sharing the stage with guys which have been experience or die. Being in a band with these guys for 20 years, you see the most effective and the worst of one another. And then you definitely select to mainly say I do. We’re like married, you already know?
“So I believe that it is onerous for me to suppose that it has been 20 years, however realizing that it has been 20 years and recognizing that my dream has not solely simply been the dream to tour the US and be a hardcore child, however it became a profession. To not sound ego or big-headed after I say one thing like this, however we have made an imprint. We have made our place inside this style of music and it means a lot to us.
“And I am simply grateful that folks have given us that place as a result of we could not make our imprint with out there being some kind of group saying, ‘Hey, you’ve got made an imprint right here. We settle for you and you might be a part of ours and a part of us.’ We have gotten that nod from the music business and from our followers, and it means a lot to us as a result of we have labored actually onerous for that.
“However I believe and I really feel like we additionally perceive the duty that comes with that and the respect the dignity and the way now we have to sort of carry ourselves in a distinct posture then had we not gotten that credibility or that nod from the group. So I believe that is a part of it, and so once we’re doing this 20 12 months anniversary tour, it means quite a bit.”
August Burns Red hit the street for his or her 20th anniversary tour with The Devil Wears Prada and Bleed From Within as assist. Dying Under is on the market worldwide March twenty fourth via SharpTone Data.
4/13 — Philadelphia, PA — The Fillmore Philadelphia
4/14 — New York, NY — Palladium Occasions Sq.
4/15 — Albany, NY — Empire Dwell
4/16 — Worcester, MA — The Palladium
4/18 — Niagara Falls, NY — Rapids Theater
4/19 — Royal Oak, MI — Royal Oak Music Theatre
4/21 — Grand Rapids, MI — The Intersection
4/22 — St. Louis, MO — Crimson Flag
4/23 — Kansas Metropolis, MO — The Truman
4/25 — Oklahoma Metropolis, OK — Diamond Ballroom
4/26 — Omaha, NE — Slowdown
4/28 — Minneapolis, MN — The Fillmore Minneapolis
4/29 — Chicago, IL — Harmony Music Corridor
4/30 — Cincinnati, OH — Bogarts
5/2 — Cleveland, OH — Home of Blues
5/3 — Pittsburgh, PA — Stage AE
5/5 — North Myrtle Seashore, SC — Home of Blues
5/6 — Richmond, VA — The Nationwide
5/7 — Sayreville, NJ — Starland Ballroom
5/9 — Toronto, ON — Danforth Music Corridor
5/11 — Montreal, QC — MTelus
5/12 — Quebec, QC — Theatre Capitole