Excide are a hardcore band that hail from the Carolinas. Their first release, “Two of a Kind,” which came out earlier this year, gave listeners a glimpse into what the band has to offer.

While not fitting squarely into a specific sound, the band clearly draw on personal influences and takes those cues in another direction. This two-song digital release, Actualize/Radiation Reel, demonstrates the bands willingness to be different. 

“We wrote these songs not too long after recording the Two of a Kind demo,” the band explains. “I guess they’re a natural progression of our songwriting, but so far everything still feels like an experiment with us being such a young band. 

“‘Actualize’ has been my personal mantra since the first release. I originally wanted to write more positive-driven lyrics much like the ones in that song, but at the time the demo was being written, I just wasn’t in that headspace. It’s been my reminder every day since then to focus on myself a lot more. I only hope it connects with others on that level.

“To where ‘Actualize’ is me criticizing myself for what I allow to manifest in my own life, ‘Radiation Reel’ is a more general criticism on others who seem to always bring a negative light to most situations. Once someone gets fixed on an idea like that, it tends to ruin a lot of other’s viewpoints and just causes an uneasy atmosphere. Couldn’t think of a better way to explain that kind of instance than radiation pollution. It’s really easy for it to completely ruin things but almost impossible to get rid of and takes time to do so.

“We’re still consistently trying new things and learning as a group. We have a lot more material in the chamber, full of even more fun surprises. This is just a stop on our way to a bigger undertaking. Huge Thanks to Mike Kalajian at Rogue Planet for making these songs so huge, and our friend Errick Easterday for cutting together our DIY, storage unit footage into such a cool visual for “Radiation Reel.” And, as always, Nick at New Morality Zine for everything he does.”

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