OKC band Cicadia (FFO Saosin, Hail the Sun) release single “No Light”

Cicadia, 2020

Last week, I was brought to the attention of Letters to Part by a friend, who also let me know about Cicadia, a newer post-hardcore band with just an EP and a few singles to their name. In the past, I’ve touched on how important this timeframe for a band is – their time to make an impression to new listeners is here, and Cicadia wastes no time doing this with their newest single, “No Light.”

Instantly reminiscent of emo greats Saosin with a pinch of Hail the Sun, “No Light” exudes quality production in the instrumentals of “Left Guitar” Jeremy Dolezel, “Right Guitar” Caleb Klusmeyer, “Bass Thumping” Ethan Bybee, and “Drum Banging” Dylan Brooks. Vocalist Dylan McBride goes the length with a wide octave range, adding spoken word and unclean vocals to run the gamut in talent.

Centering around the theme of toxic relationships, the lyricism comes to grips with the troublesome bond between a father and son. The angst is in full-swing with the delivery of the aforementioned spoken word/uncleans. With a nice climax near the end featuring double bass and a dominant riff, it’s a worthwhile four minutes with Cicadia.

I’m liking what Cicadia has to offer so far with “No Light.” The star power from Lilac Kings members Caleb and Dylan offer something fresh with this band’s take on post-hardcore. Fans of bands like Circa Survive, Envy on the Coast, and more somber swancore will take to Cicadia immediately thanks to tracks like this.

TNF Premiere: The Damed – “Little Ship”

While we recently featured the band last summer, we’re excited to be featuring Los Angeles rock band The Damed’s new video for “Little Ship”. The video, which is off the band’s self-titled debut album from last year (on A Diamond Heart Production) is one we’re stoked to be premiering today. Check it out below – the animation // video was created by Fuel Heart Productions.

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God Is An Astronaut’s entire back catalogue is “Name Your Price” on Bandcamp’s fee-waive day

On a day where Bandcamp is waiving their usual fee for artists, there’s never been a better time to pick up some music on the platform. Of course, there’s plenty of awesome new records out today – the new o’Brother and Boston Manor records in particular – but one band with a storied discography is specifically one we want to highlight today.

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Defeated Sanity to release first new album in 4 years this July – listen to first single “Propelled Into Sacrilege” here

German death metal band Defeated Sanity have long been known as one of the most consistent bands of the genre. Usually releasing an album every 3-4 years or so, the time has indeed come for a new DS record. The Sanguinary Impetus will be released on July 24th via Willowtip Records, and you can get the first taste of the band’s first new record in 4 years with “Propelled Into Sacrilege” below. Whether you’re a tried and true Defeated Sanity fan or are new to the veteran act, this is a solid introduction.

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