New Noise Magazine is proud to be premiering a track from The Grandfather. “Koresh” is taken from the forthcoming Absent EP (to be released on 3/3). It will be the first of three interlocking EP’s to be released this year and follows the journey of one man to find himself. Absent is the darkest and heaviest of the three EPs and reflects the mind-state of the protagonist. “Koresh” spits with an aggressive pace, allowing for times of reflection to sit between the band’s raw and intense sound. The visceral vocal style offers the song’s punch to hit harder. The Grandfather take their intimacy to the point of aggressive dissonance, lost within oneself but searching for the best way to break through the barrier of one’s mind; even if that takes us to a darker place.
Speaking on the track premiering today “Koresh,” the band said the inspiration was to “Go inside the mind of a murderer and find out what connects us all mentally.”
On Absent the band create a chaotic hardcore soundscape (a la The Chariot, A Life Once Lost) that also veers into moments of buzzing black metal guitars and post-rock melodicism. Lanza reveals that the following EP’s will sound slightly different to reflect the journey and mind-state of the protagonist. The Grandfather is made up of Lanza, Jonluc Lowdermilk (guitarist), Josh Smith (guitarist), Dillon Schiel (vocals) and Nick Huff (drums). Forming over four years ago in Florida, the band released one previous EP 1222 before deciding to move to North Carolina where they knew no one so they could focus on their own sound. The self-exile and introspection helped the members to carve out their own sonic identity outside of a scene. Lanza delves further, “Up to this point, we focused more on building our sound and songs rather than touring and being social. With these EP’s, I think it’s time for us to share our music.”