We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Pray To Keep’s new song “Bitter Half” featuring Fred Mascherino (listen below). The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming self-titled EP, which is scheduled to be self-released on June 30th.
Pray To Keep bassist Jason Duarte commented on recording with Fred Mascherino:
“We were lucky enough to have production and engineering assistance throughout this project from Fred Mascherino. Aside from his obvious merits as a songwriter and vocalist for Taking Back Sunday, The Color Fred etc, he is also an amazing Jazz guitarist with a plethora of musical knowledge that he used to help shape the final versions of the songs on the EP.
Fred is an incredibly down to earth guy that we found a lot of common ground with in regards to his interests in punk, hardcore, veganism, straight edge etc. Working with him was a really unforgettable experience and (excuse the pun) a look at ‘Where You (we) Want To Be’ in the future as mature musicians.”
1. Headstone Lottery
2. Bitter Half ft. Fred Mascherino
3. The Sincerest Form of Flattery
4. Side Effects May Include
5. Class of 97’ (Graduation Pact)
Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Pray To Keep emerges as a new breath of mid 2000’s influenced emo rock taking from the likes of Taking Back Sunday, Rival Schools, and Jimmy Eat World. Founded in 2016 by lead singer and guitarist Will Schaeffer, bassist Jason Duarte, and Dan White on drums, the band spent most of the year writing and recording. During this process they teamed up with Taking Back Sunday guitarist Fred Mascherino to contribute guest vocals and guitar, as well as being at the helm of producing the effort. Pat Voytko (Agitator) was added on second guitar shortly after recordings were completed.
The leadoff track “Headstone Lottery” is the catchy singalong track where the vocal melodies are reminiscent of Taking Back Sunday and My Chemical Romance’s break through records. This is where the combination of Fred Mascherino’s production and Vince Ratti’s signature mix truly shines the brightest. “Bitter Half,” takes a more raw and exposed approach similar to Armor For Sleep paired with looming vocals complementary to Jawbreaker.
With members who have played in bands such as Agitator, Rock Bottom, No Paradise, Cadet, and Brontide, Pray to Keep vows to pave their own path both musically and artistically. While having a strong musical background, the band prides themselves on being heavily involved in the arts. Bassist Jason Duarte, is the creative director of a studio, while drummer Dan White works on music videos and productions in Philadelphia.
The effort was recorded with Fred Mascherino (Taking Back Sunday, Terrible Things, The Color Fred) at Diverdown Studios, mixed by Vince Ratti (Circa Survive, The Wonder Years, Tigers Jaw) at Skylight Studios, and mastered by Bill Henderson (Bayside, Neck Deep) at Azimuth Mastering. The layout and design was done by members Dan White and Jason Duarte, as well as Dom Pabon (Malice At The Palice, Jesus Piece).