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Up The Chain
have been hard at work putting together their follow up to their 2013 release Seeds and Thorns
. Influenced by legendary songwriters like Conor Oberst, Neil Young, and Paul Simon, their songs offer emotional vulnerability and refreshing honesty. Frontman Reed Kendall's addition of Kirby Sybert (drums) and Noah Skaroff (bass) was a smart move, as the added rhythm section brings his songs more life and energy not only live, but in studio. The band has stated the new follow up EP Windows Into Worlds
, "is very much our celebration of a fresh start. Not only is it our first release together as a trio, but a lot of the lyrical imagery in the songs relates to the opening up of new possibilities." The first single "The Hardest Stone" demonstrates that.
"The Hardest Stone" starts off with a refreshingly distorted guitar riff. Very different from a normal folk band, the song goes on to bring a relentless energy that goes through several riffing changes. The new bandmates are definitely a big help. With more space being taken up, the songs sound full and richer. Kendall is the true star. With a great voice and a knack for melody, he weaves a tale of change without delving into a place of fear. Singing, "With every changing tone/and every true unknown/we take our guarantees and melt the hardest stone," you can feel Kendall encouraging the listener to take life in stride. This is a Spring song and the sound and lyrics reflect that. Perfect for a walk to the train or even through the park. The feel good vibes are welcoming and a step in the right direction.
Listen to "The Hardest Stone" below and get ready for Windows Into Worlds
dropping April 21st.