Hailing from Rochester, New York, the Hardcore clan REPS incorporate raw elements of metal, rock, post hardcore, and punk genres to infuse a sound all of their own. Just last month, REPS unveiled new details of their forthcoming debut album, Poisoned Youth, a masterful 10 track album due out April 29th, filled with lessons for today’s youth, songs that speak from the heart, and showcase their thoughts and emotions through fast paced songs, thundering riffs and a commanding form of structure.
Today, the band have released their powerful music video for “Rust” (watch below). The band dives more into this concept with the following:
“‘Rust’ is a very blatant breakup song of sorts, but not necessarily a sad one. It’s written in more of a reflecting manner, thinking back to just how vile and toxic a significant other can be. Sometimes it’s our unfortunate human nature to allow another person treat you so poorly it’s literally inhuman, yet you can make excuses and hold on, partly because you hold on to this vision of what you think the person can be based on how they acted in the honeymoon phase choosing not to acknowledge their obvious true colors. This song is about coming to terms with that person’s colors, and with the fact that they never were, and could never be the person you want them to be.”
Standing out as ‘representatives,’ REPS, are not afraid to call out the evils and deceptions of people in power, racism, greed, and hate. Stemming off of their debut EP, Own Your Mind, which was released in early 2015, the band used extensive lyrical topics of war, protest, freethinking and self-sustained destruction while encouraging people to gain strength and push forward with their lives.
Continuing the story, Poisoned Youth, will infuse a multitude of genres and offer a raw and untamed sound as a vessel to shed light on these transgressions. The album was recorded and produced by REPS’ own guitarist Jordan Foehner and bassist Mike Till, along with friend and fellow engineer Jason Thompson. The album was then mixed/mastered by Steve Sopchak at The Square Studio in Syracuse, New York.