We’re pleased to bring you the exclusive stream of MakeWar‘s new self-titled album, out this fall on Black Numbers. Before moving on to writing their new upcoming record, MakeWar recorded the previously acoustic Sad and French LP as a full electric three piece, which can now be heard below by hitting the play button.
The band comments:
This record means a lot to us. It’s a transition from what we were into what we’ve become, forging forward in the direction that we were clearly headed. We’ve grown from Sad and French into MakeWar. Some of the old songs are there, but with a new feeling and energy. We still have the same heart, and the same passion, we’ve just added so much more – a new member, a new sound, and importantly, a new name. This record not only compliments the Sad and French acoustic record – it takes an idea and expands on it. Plugging in the instruments made sense, and once we did, it became loud clear to all of us that this was a new direction that suited us all as a band and not just one lost love. MakeWar might’ve been Sad once. But we were never French.
MakeWar is a punk rock band formed in Brooklyn, New York by singer and guitarist Jose Prieto, bassist Edwin Santacruz, and drummer Greg Taylor. The three formerly played together as Sad and French, which started in 2012 as Jose’s solo acoustic project. After adding Edwin on upright bass the duo started touring as Sad and French to promote their First acoustic LP of the same title. The duo then added Greg on drums, plugged in their guitars, and started playing faster, louder songs as a trio. The three have since shared the stage with great bands like, I Am The Avalanche, Banner Pilot, The Flatliners, The Holy Mess, Chumped, Arliss Nancy, Drag the River, John Snodgrass, Joey Cape, Cory Branan, Austin Lucas, and many others.
Not wanting to pigeon-hole themselves into only writing breakup songs (and perhaps helped along from the catharsis of literally playing thru and past the deeply honest and personal subject matter of their Sad and French self-title) the trio renamed themselves MakeWar. Not merely a change in name, this seems more of a change in the bands overall sound and even its very philosophy, which has become a more empowered and aggressive approach to life’s little miseries.
Before moving on to writing their new upcoming record, MakeWar recorded the previously acoustic Sad and French LP as a full electric three piece, due to be released this summer (2015) on Black Numbers (USA) and Gunner Records (Europe). MakeWar is planning a Fall US and European tour.