Over the next several weeks, we’re going to be discussing a handful of bands across our home state of Florida that we think you should know about. They will be across the spectrum in terms of style and genre. First we’ll be talking to vocalist Elliot from the heavy noise-rock trio Vacancy from St Pete.
Actions Speak Louder is a post-hardcore band, located in Orlando, Florida; they’re notably known for their covers of Stitches and Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes. Actions Speak Louder is additionally apart of the Artists Investing In Fans program through Beneath The Skin alongside bands such as Memphis May Fire and Paramore.
Reunion albums can typically go down one of two distinct paths. After years away from releasing music, many bands pick up right where they left off before their breakups, making up for lost time by either returning to their roots, or by continuing to progress the sounds of their most recent material. This is a respectable path, and gives successful bands who may have been gone for several years or more the ability to reconnect with their old fanbase while still pushing themselves artistically. However, once in a while a major band will reunite and go down a very different path. Channeling the members’ changed musical visions and life experiences in their years apart, these bands attempt to redraw the core boundaries of what they stand for artistically and sonically. The resulting works are less reunion albums than they are “reinvention albums”.
Underoath have premiered the second single off of their hugely anticipated album Erase Me, out April 6th on Fearless Records. The new song, titled “Rapture”, shows the Florida metalcore legends diversifying their sound in a big way. Reminiscent in equal parts of the hooky alternative of Spencer Chamberlain’s side project Sleepwave, and the soaring post-hardcore anthems of Circa Survive, the track’s melodies soar in a way that feels totally fresh and unexpected for the band. April 6th cannot come soon enough.
The song was just premiered on BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter, and you can stream it below, courtesy of BBC.