We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of 2X4‘s new track “Refined By Fire.“ The track comes from their upcoming release Dark Hand, out July 30th. Stream the track below!
Vocalist Micah Hutson comments on the song:
“Refined By Fire” is about realizing that the only way to progress is by acceptance. When we wrote our first album ‘Dead Days,’ I literally hated everything. A few things happened in my life over this past year, and after seeing the effects it had, it made me realize that hatred is just another chain in a person’s life.
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To brave the trials and strife that life throws one’s way requires strength and positivity. Music is often a vessel that keeps people afloat through rough seas. It has the ability to transcend time, distance, and any other obstacle in order to deliver a message of acceptance and hope. Metalcore five-piece, 2X4 are hoping to contribute music to the world that acts as that helping hand for its listeners.
The band first began to take shape in 2009, when vocalist Micah Hutson and guitarist Colin Stafford enlisted their fellow childhood friends to play local shows around their hometown of Durant, Oklahoma. When they decided to take things further, 2X4 expanded from four to the current five-member line-up, adding Jayson Braffett on guitar. In 2012 the band’s roster shifted again leaving them with two openings. They were quickly filled with long- time friends, bassist Eric Nacci and drummer Matt Dierkes’, as the duo’s previous band came to a close and allowed them to join. With the perfectly interlocking components of the ship put together, 2X4 was ready to sail into the ears of listeners and cities across the country.
It is the fans that 2X4 bonded with while touring and those they forged virtual relationships with, that allowed their first release, Dead Days, to come out with a bang; charting on the iTunes Rock charts at #135 and #7 on the Metal charts. It is also those fans and that bond which inspired the band’s forthcoming project, Dark Hand. This will be the second EP release from 2X4, but the first with the current line-up and communal writing process. The new collection of songs is a departure from the band’s first release, a result of the time they’ve had to mature and grow together. Dark Hand, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Josh Schroeder at Random Awesome Studio, delves further into 2X4’s metal roots and is crafted to give something back to all of those who continue to support the band. The EP, like the band, is all about being true to one’s self, “Even if what we play isn’t the most popular thing out right now, we’re going to make the music that we want. We never want to be considered fake.”
These small-town, Oklahoma natives are here to show that their metal musings have the ability to reach a hand out to those in need, and contribute to the rising message of positivity within the music community. “We would like to make our style of music something that, when people hear it, they don’t automatically put it in a box. We want people to dig deeper into our music, read our lyrics, and apply them to their life,” comments the band. Dark Hand will take aim at this re-definition of the metal scene July 30th, 2013 and set in motion the beginning of a long, prosperous journey for 2X4.