Premiere "Strange Fruit" (Catherine Wheel cover) at RCRDLBL.com
New Album "Pasiflora" Out July 24th on The Mylene Sheath!
Stream / Download "Strange Fruit" (Catherine Wheel cover) by Constants exclusively @ RCRDLBL.com!
"...the cover song, which showcases the group’s heavily lush indie rock style, is a precursor to what will become the band’s fifth studio release. Here, they reimagine the ‘90s shoegaze rockers' fuzzed-out track, infusing the static-laced melody with a hypnotic urgency." - RCRDLBL
Following the news of their upcoming album entitled "Pasiflora," now with a new release date of July 24th on The Mylene Sheath, and premiere of the album's first new song "Sunrise" (stream here), Boston's celebrated post-metal / shoegaze phenom Constants have premiered their cover of the classic track from preeminent shoegaze stalwarts Catherine Wheel, titled "Strange Fruit," available to both stream and download exclusively at RCRDLBL.com.
Of the new track, vocalist/guitarist Will Benoit says: “We recorded and mixed the song right before we left for our last tour. We've been trying to do something of a 'cover series', where we work on a new cover every few months or so - and we're hoping to get one or two more done before "Pasiflora" comes out. So far we've released our versions of Type O Negative - "Love You To Death," and Hum's - "If You Are To Bloom." But we've also worked on (but may or may not ever release) covers of songs by Quicksand, Depeche Mode, Sunny Day Real Estate and Jets to Brazil to name a few. We're trying to reach for stuff that people wouldn't necessarily associate with "Constants", but also give people some insight into where we come from.
"For this cover, we narrowed it down to a few bands, and eventually landed on Catherine Wheel because we wanted to embrace the retro 90s / shoegaze vibe that we tried to capture with our new album and kind of help introduce people to that idea. we love Catherine Wheel, but they are a band that none of us were really into until a couple of years ago, so in that way they - and the song - have a pretty unique place in our history. We are very democratic, so any decision we make usually only gets 2 out of 3 votes, but in this case when we finally landed on Catherine Wheel, choosing the album "Chrome" was easy, and even easier was "Strange Fruit". It's such an odd song - the lyrics, the melodic structure and how the rhythm changes leading into the chorus. But it's so melodic and catchy, it seems simple, and just embodies so much of what we set out to accomplish in our own songs.”
About Constants' "Pasiflora"
"As emotional rises go, “Sunrise” does a good job of finding lovely moments - the guitar riff in the chorus stands out - amidst the gloom and thunder of the rest of the track. That’s a type of optimism, too - call it the kind that you have to fight for - and it’s something Constants seem most interested in exploring right now." - MTV HIVE
"Constants' fusion of disparate styles is one of the most organic yet. Instead of soft-loud-soft-because-Isis-do-it, Constants work through melodies, textures, and rhythms with remarkable fluency." - DECIBEL
"Their melodic sense is based on consistently edgy but still soothing, layered guitar washes that leap towards massive chorded progressions..." - OUTBURN
After releasing the heaviest album of their career with 2010's If Tomorrow The War (produced by Justin K Broadrick of Jesu/Godflesh), Constants' fifth studio album Pasiflora reveals a very different side of the band, this time with an emphasis on shoegaze and an almost retro-sensibility. Whispering vocal harmonies, walls of chorused synths and booming Peter Gabriel-esque drums coalesce into an album landing somewhere between M83 and Mew. Simply put, Pasiflora might just be their best and most creative release yet.
Late last Summer, with nine years, four critically acclaimed albums and countless international tours under their belts, the members of Constants began to feel pigeonholed into the "post-metal/post-rock/post-whatever" scenes. So they set out to write an album that would redefine their already genre-bending sound from the outset, but it wasn't until drummer Rob Motes presented a batch of bedroom demos that the new album really began to take shape. The group scrapped 6 months and 10 songs worth of material to embrace the vibrant and textural sound that would become Pasiflora.
"We aim to surprise people with every record and like to work outside of our own safe zone as much as possible. The challenge is to shape the result into a clear, consistent album," says guitarist/vocalist Will Benoit. "We're genuinely excited to have found something fresh at a point in our timeline where most bands become stagnant." Pasiflora was self-produced in Benoit's Radar Studios (Junius, Caspian) - New England's first and only Solar-Powered recording facility - and co-mixed by Daryl Rabidoux (Bad Rabbits, The Cancer Conspiracy). The album will see a release worldwide on June 19th, via The Mylene Sheath.
Of the merger, Constants' Will Benoit comments "it's always exciting to work with people that are as enthusiastic about music as we are, and The Mylene Sheath's passion always shines through. We're really happy to be back and teaming back up with them for this". Label owners Lindsay Palmer and Joel Proper say "Constants is part of the family, it's only natural to be working together again."
* To date the Boston based trio has played over 700 shows since 2005 and has shared the stage at home and on tour with Pelican, Russian Circles, The Appleseed Cast, Rival Schools, The Sword, Genghis Tron, Brazil, Comeback Kid, Tombs, Wolves in the Throne Room, Maserati, Circle Takes The Square, Defeater, The Life And Times, Maps and Atlases, Kinski, Elliott, Chin Up Chin Up, Coliseum, The Mobius Band, Go Go Go Airheart, Year Future, Caspian, Kayo Dot, Junius, Lymbyc System, and This Will Destroy You.
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