Sep 252019

Comrades have been around for more than a decade, what started as a post-hardcore band in Virginia in 2008, have now shifted its base to Colorado. “For We Are Not Yet, We Are Only Becoming” is their sophomore album, which was released under the banner of Facedown Records and hit the stores on the 7th June 2019.  The band essentially comprises of the Husband-Wife duo Laura & Joe McElroy and John Gaskill (of Life In Your Way, Endeavor and Converyor fame). The band have had many ups and downs, they’ve toured quite extensively and list close to 50 tours. They list Beloved, As Cities Burn, The Fall of Troy, Red Sparrows, Russian Circles and Thrice as some of their influences.

On Social media they quoted “Our music is, like any art, an outward flowing of what is within us. It has always been influenced by our faith, and something we all feel strongly about is trying to reconcile the differences of well-intentioned people on both sides of that fence, and simply trying to be the example our faith has taught us to be. We hope that we can be a light, and give encouragement, hope, and provoke thought, no matter what your worldview or affiliation.” They list their music to be emotionally charged with powerful lyrics.

To be honest, this is the first time I’m listening to them, and I will try to keep an open mind and not be swayed with what is being said about this album. The first song on this album “Fault Lines” catches you with a beautiful melody which takes time to build up and Laura stuns you with her melodic voice. The screams didn’t quite fall in place, maybe I was expecting it to be matched with distortion for it to land and leave its impact. “Rest” manages to juggle the acoustic and distorted bits quite well, and Laura drives the song forward with her hypnotic voice which is accentuated by a soulful melody on the guitars. Continue reading »

Apr 232019

Comrades are coming on strong with their sophomore release “For We Are Not Yet, We Are Only Becoming.” The full length is Comrades’ follow-up to their Facedown debut and promises 10 beautiful new tracks and shows a new level of passion from the husband/wife team and delivers more of the post-hardcore ambient chaos we love.

“For We Are Not Yet…” drops June 7. You can hear the first single ‘Fault Lines’ now in the clip below. Continue reading »

May 052018

Comrades (post-hardcore/rock) and label mates Deathbreaker (post-hardcore) are touring this spring. Dates and locations are listed below.

Comrades stated: “We’re excited to be heading back to some of our old haunts on the east coast, and we’re going to bring the DB boys with us. Come hang, and if you live near these, help share this around and spread the word! See ya soon!”

Deathbreaker says: “Come hang with us and our friends in Comrades. Hyped to see you there!” Continue reading »

Comrades – “Lone/Grey”

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Oct 302016

lone/greyComrades is a post-hardcore/rock band from Colorado. They started as a post-hardcore band in Virginia in 2008. Comrades is influenced by bands as; Beloved, As Cities Burn, Thrice Red Sparrows and many more. Their first long-player “Safekeeper” came out on Blood & Ink records. They are now signed to Facedown records where they released their sophomore album “Lone/Grey”. This album was recorded at Glow in the Dark studios where My Epic, Underoath and The Chariot also have recorded some albums. The cover artwork was done by Dave Quiggle.

What to say about this album, am I going to give a song by song description? Well, no. This is typically an album that isn’t fit for such a review. “Why not?” I can almost hear you think. The answer is; just because I would say the same things over and over again. Beautiful, complex, original compositions.

The raw energy where the album begins with grabs your immediate attention and it stays with you for the rest of this album. Continue reading »

Sep 152016

comrades_2016_ff5Facedown Records are excited to share another brand new Comrades song with you titled ‘Underground Queen’ from their upcoming album “Lone / Grey” out October 7. CD, LP and Digital pre-orders and bundles are available in their online store or if you prefer iTunes, you can pre-order it there as well.

Comrades could just as easily be called adventurers as opposed to a band. Since forming in 2009, the trio – with married couple Joe and Laura McElroy at their core – have traversed North America countless times, exploring many off the beaten path locales and playing their unique brand of mostly instrumental music for anyone willing to listen. Continue reading »