Interview with guitarist Mike Marino  | By Natalee Coloman

New York hardcore band Sanction will release their sophomore full-length, Broken in Refraction, via Pure Noise Records on July 26. The album is described by guitarist Mike Marino as a fine-tuned and heavier version of their 2017 debut, The Infringement of God’s Plan. Alongside their excitement for the new record, the band are also touring with Stick To Your Guns, Counterparts, Terror, and Year Of The Knife on the Pure Noise Tour in July and August.

Writing Broken in Refraction was a very unique experience for the band. Fighting the cold of winter in Ontario, Canada, they were time-crunched during the writing and perfecting of their album while the new, unfamiliar environment sparked inspiration. “We spent the whole week there writing and finishing it up. It was crazy, since we’ve never done anything like that before,” Marino shares. “Being there was just a weird experience while being very memorable at the same time.”

The pressures of creating a cohesive, raw sound led to one of Marino’s favorite memories from writing Broken in Refraction and his overall favorite song. “Shattering Man,” the album’s 10th track, was originally scrapped, because Sanction were running on short on time and couldn’t perfect it. However, they rewrote the entire thing with only a few days to spare while on their trip up north. “The way it came together makes that song stick out to me the most easily. I think the situation I was in when I was writing that song was unforgettable,” Marino shares. He even considers the grim and depressing environment of Canada in the middle of winter to be the best place to write music.

Sanction have spent the past year and a half touring on and off and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. “Getting to tour full-time has just been awesome,” Marino says. “Having that lifestyle change so quickly and drastically has been pretty weird, but this is what I want to do, so it’s incredibly amazing.” Some of Marino’s favorite spots on tour include Toronto and Belgium for the beautiful scenery. He looks forward to meeting fans in Japan in the near future.

Marino mentions that one of their craziest experiences on tour was in London. “There were people going absolutely crazy, singing all the words to our songs in a country I’ve never been before,” he explains. “It’s super endearing, and it’s a really good feeling.”

Broken in Refraction will officially be released to the public in the middle of the Pure Noise Tour, and while Sanction don’t have an official celebratory plan for the release date, Detroit fans might receive an extra surprise at their July 26 show. The Pure Noise Tour concludes on Aug. 24 in Santa Ana, California, and fans can expect additional tour dates overseas throughout the rest of 2019.

Purchase Broken in Refraction here

Pure Noise Tour 2019
07/23 – Lawrence, KS at The Bottleneck
07/24 – Iowa City, IA at Blue Moose
07/25 – Chicago, IL at Bottom Lounge
07/26 – Detroit, MI at Magic Stick
07/27 – Toronto, ON at Opera House
07/28 – Montreal, QC at Heavy MTL
07/30 – Worcester, MA at The Palladium
07/31 – Philadelphia, PA at TLA
08/01 – New York, NY at Brooklyn Bazaar
08/02 – Pittsburgh, PA at The Rex
08/03 – Cleveland, OH Phantasy
08/04 – Lexington, KY at Cosmic Charlie’s
08/06 – Richmond, VA at Canal Club
08/07 – Greensboro, NC at Blind Tiger
08/08 – Columbia, SC at New Brookland Tavern
08/09 – Jacksonville, FL at 1904 Music Hall
08/10 – Lake Park, FL at Kelsey Theatre
08/11 – Tampa, FL at Orpheum
08/13 – Atlanta, GA at Masquerade
08/14 – New Orleans, LA at Republic
08/15 – Houston, TX at Warehouse Studio
08/16 – San Antonio, TX at Paper Tiger
08/17 – Dallas, TX at Trees
08/18 – Austin, TX at Come & Take It Live
08/20 – Tucson, AZ at Club XS
08/21 – Las Vegas, NV at Vinyl
08/23 – San Diego, CA at Soma
08/24 – Santa Ana, CA at Observatory

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