Risk Relay photo by Gabrielle Dolceamore
We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Risk Relay’s new song “The Meeting” (listen below). The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming album As We Descend, which is scheduled to be released on November 18th through Nefarious Industries on all digital platforms as well as 180-gram 12″ LP, with 200 copies on white vinyl and 220 copies on black. Pre-orders are available here.
The band comments on the new song:
“‘The Meeting’ is the story of the restless mind of Llewellyn Drury, alone in his 1850s Cincinnati apartment, trying to find meaning through a dimly lit library of ancient texts as choking clouds of coal soot exhale against his window panes. The feeling of complete isolation descends like the creeping city murk but a restless mind conjures a white bearded phantom to impart the secrets of hidden science.”
Closing a three-year gap since their prior album, New Jersey-based quartet Risk Relay has issued the details of their upcoming fourth album, As We Descend.
Risk Relay sought out new inspirational energy and direction for the creation of this new concept recording. Recorded between March and June of 2016 in full analog to 2″ tape, engineered by Risk Relay drummer Brian Buccellato at his own Volume IV studio in New Brunswick, after which it was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side. The lyrics for As We Descend are inspired by the late nineteenth-century science fiction novel, Etidorhpa, which depicts the story of a man banished to an alternate world within the center of the Earth, this theme also reflected in the artwork created by Bryan Elkins.
While there is still a nod to the frenetic buzz of their earlier work, As We Descend showcases a very apparent evolution in Risk Relay’s songwriting and arrangements. The trademark dissonant guitar interplay from Ed Dailey and Mark Weinberg remains, as do the intricate, syncopated rhythms, brought by Buccellato’s drumming and Steve Bumgarner’s basslines. Dailey’s intelligent lyrics guide the listener on a journey through the abyss, reflecting the emotional distress of the book’s main character, longing for both what he’s seen and what remains to be seen. Some of the vocal effects were achieved by setting up mics in large, echoing staircases, and Buccellato deployed his feedback guitar technique on the song “My Weight Disappearing,” which has been a staple of every album thus far. In the end, re-emerging from the subterranean, we encounter the band’s most engaging collection of songs to date.
November 19, 2016 – Highland Park, NJ at Pino’s w/ Black Wine, Secretary Legs
December 09, 2016 – New Brunswick, NJ at WRSU FM *Overnight Sensations live set
December 10, 2016 – Jersey City, NJ at The Hive *record release show w/ Twin God