Labels: Aqualamb Records Number of Tracks: 5 Total Time: 22:12 Formats: Alternative, Active Rock, Metal Available Date & Time: January 9, 2017 10:00 AM ET Impact Date: January 13, 2017 Country: USA
LO-PAN’S fifth release, In Tensions, is a new five song EP that sees the seasoned Columbus, OH band continuing their blistering trajectory, building on the infectious, riff-filled grooves and anthemic vocals.
In Tensions also marks the next stage in the band’s ever-evolving direction — anchored by the lead single "Go West", an optimistic, sun-kissed, open highway anthem. Regarding the song, singer Jeff Martin explains "It’s about setting out to accomplish a goal and then having that goal change along the way. And ultimately realizing the new goal was better than what you wanted in the first place." A perfect rallying cry for action in uncertain times, Martin continues, "And it’s also about getting out and doing something…. So keep moving forward. Keeping progressing. Keep evolving."
And LO-PAN has indeed been moving forward, both figuratively and literally. In Tensions is equal parts modern sludge metal and 90s-influenced alt rock — synthesized to perfection. Jeff Martin has never sounded more soulful, confident and passionate on record. The riffs courtesy of the now former guitarist Adrian Lee Zambrano compliment the tribal influenced drums of Jesse Bartz and grounding bass lines of Skot Thompson, pummeling the listener on each repeated listen. _______________________________________
Recorded in Columbus, OH by Joe Viers, with mixings duties split between Jonathan Nunez (Torche, Shitstorm) and Ryan Haft (Wrong, Capsule) in Miami, and mastered in Chicago by Carl Saff (Big Business, Helms Alee, Russian Circles), In Tensions is a sonic masterpiece created across multiple time zones — the fruit of relationships forged through the band’s unending dedication to the life of touring road dogs.
The band also hit a major touring milestone in 2016, having logged over 250,000 miles on their original van since 2005 — crossing the country countless times over on headlining tours and supporting the likes of Torche, High on Fire, Weedeater, KENmode, Whores, Fu Manchu, Atomic Bitchwax, Black Cobra and Bongzilla. Not surprisingly, they’ve become one of the most ferocious live acts in American heavy rock as a result.
And with In Tensions, they show no sign of slowing down. A full US tour in support of the limited edition Vinyl 10" EP is expected this winter along with a European tour in the Spring of 2017.
The Limited Edition 500 Pressing powdered blue vinyl comes with a 100 Page book featuring artwork by Chris Smith of Grey Aria Design as well Lo-Pan tour diaries, flyers and a complete collection lyrics from Lo-Pan’s previous releases: Sasquanaut, Salvador and Colossus.
LO-PAN is: Jeff Martin – Vocals Skot Thompson – Bass Jesse Bartz – Drums Chris Thompson – Guitar
Additional Musician: Adrian Lee Zambrano – Guitars on In Tensions
In Tensions was produced by Lo-Pan Recorded and Engineered by Joe Viers at Sonic Lounge Songs 1-3 Mixed by Jonathan Nunez Songs 4 & 5 Mixed by Ryan Haft Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering Art and Layout by Chris Smith at Grey Aria Design
Pre-order In Tensions here: http://aqualamb.bandcamp.com
Inspired by the lack of album art in the age of invisible music, Brooklyn-based record label AQUALAMB publishes 100+ page printed books of artwork and writings as physical accompaniments to its releases. Essentially, each album’s art and liner notes (traditionally confined to an LP gatefold, a CD booklet, or the screen of some music-playing device) are reconfigured into an expanded book form. Each book also includes a download code for the music.
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