By Nicholas Senior
One of the few records from 2005 that stands up even better ten years later is As Cities Burn’s Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest. Revisiting that gem of yesteryear reveals a band stuck (in a good way) between hardcore’s aggression and indie rock’s pensive noodling. The results were (and continue) to be fantastic, and ushered in a new voice in adventurous hardcore. So it should come as no surprise that the band’s ten year anniversary tour for their debut album is a must see. As Cities Burn will be playing nine dates and taking Emery, Listener, and Foreign Sons along for the ride; even if you don’t need to revisit this album (which, seriously, you should!) then you need to go just to check out Emery and Listener live.
As for now, the band isn’t sure what the future holds, aside from the tour and releasing new single “Prince of Planet Earth.” “[It’s] definitely not full time, no idea about another record. We do have another song releasing later this summer. I think it might be my favorite song we’ve ever recorded, not to hype it up too much,” drummer Aaron Lunsford said.
Because hitting a milestone is especially cathartic, Aaron decided to write a book, chronicling the early years for As Cities Burn. He stated that it was an easy process because he was writing about what he knew: memories and experiences. “The trick is just figuring out which ones are interesting to write about. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.” The book will go into detail on the beginning of the band, the band’s signing to Tooth & Nail up through the touring cycle for Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest. It’s going to be a brutally honest portrayal of the Christian music industry, touring life, as well as touching on depression, suicide, and general struggles that a touring band faces. For those looking for an insider’s view of that world, it will be an illuminating experience. Aaron doesn’t shy away, “Writing the book is one of the hardest and easiest things I’ve ever done. Really letting people into my mind and how I view things is a scary thing.” The band will be selling physical copies on Tenth Anniversary Tour and will be sold digitally later in 2015, so grab your copy of the currently untitled book when you have the chance.
To get a taste of Aaron’s thought process and unabashed honesty, here’s his take on my favorite As Cities Burn album, Come Now Sleep: “I’ve always kind of viewed it as our ‘masterpiece’. Don’t take that the wrong way. I mean that in the context of our body of work, not in the context of all art in the world… We were earnest to do something really special and re-define our band. We thought we were going to be this huge rock band. Our record sales dropped by half.” It’s that intellectual and personal honesty that made As Cities music and lyrics so endearing over the years. For those lucky enough to have the band swing through their town during this anniversary tour, they will have the great opportunity to see this passion in action. For those of us states away from the nearest date, here’s hoping for a Come Now Sleep Tenth Anniversary Tour in 2017! You can check out the tour dates at ascitiesburn.net.