Strangled Light

by Less Art

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    THIS IS A PRE-ORDER. THIS ITEM IS EXPECTED TO SHIP ON OR AROUND JULY 14TH. ANY OTHER ITEMS PLACED ON THE SAME ORDER AS A PRE-ORDER ITEM WILL BE HELD UNTIL EVERYTHING IS IN STOCK AND READY TO SHIP. DELAYS ARE POSSIBLE, VINYL IS TRICKY. PATIENCE IS REQUIRED.

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    A 12" vinyl record cut at 33rpm by Rare Form Mastering in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
    Pressed at Gotta Groove records in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Each order includes a sticker and a button, free with purchase
    This title is also available as a package deal w/a t-shirt & custom brewed coffee. Available here:

    Available on your choice of:
    Black vinyl (500 pressed)
    Transparent gold vinyl (300 pressed)

    And also pressed on the following colors, these are unavailable for order:
    Clear vinyl (200 pressed, GLM 2017 subscription club & band exclusive color)
    Waxmage hand-made splatter (25 pressed, band exclusive)

    Includes digital pre-order of Strangled Light. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
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    digital album releases July 28, 2017
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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

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    Pre-order Mainland Europe: deathwishinc.eu/collections/gilead-media

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    The portable and convenient physical format of the Less Art debut full length, Strangled Light.

    Each order includes a sticker and a button, free with purchase
    This title is also available as a package deal w/a t-shirt & custom brewed coffee. Available here:

    Includes digital pre-order of Strangled Light. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases July 28, 2017
    item ships out within 4 days

      $10 USD or more 

     

  • IF YOU'VE PURCHASED ANY VERSION OF "STRANGLED LIGHT" YOU MAY ADD THIS ITEM TO YOUR ORDER. IT CANNOT BE ORDERED INDIVIDUALLY & MUST BE PURCHASED ALONGSIDE THE CD OR LP OF THE LESS ART ALBUM. AVAILABLE TO CUSTOMERS IN THE USA ONLY.

    Yup, it's LESS ART coffee, here's the story:

    This record was powered, literally, by Timeless Coffee. Every morning before we went to the studio, we met up at Timeless and had breakfast. The people, the atmosphere, and the food (and drink!) inspired us daily.

    So when we thought about premiums for the record release, we approached the fine folks at Timeless about a collaboration. With RJ's guidance, we developed a unique coffee blend called "STRANGLED LIGHT ROAST." It's a blend of Peruvian beans from several growers, providing a full-bodied, chocolate-y profile. If you enjoy "third wave" coffee roasts, we guarantee you won't be disappointed.

    Package weight: 12 oz.

    COFFEE WILL SHIP SEPARATELY FROM YOUR CD, RECORD, AND SHIRT.
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Optimism As Survival
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Mood 7 Mind Destroyer: Guilt
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Shapeshifter
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Crushed Out
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What Is It In Man
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Strangled Light

about

Gilead Media announces the July 28th release of Strangled Light, the debut album by Less Art.

Less Art is the alliance of brothers Riley and Ed Breckenridge of Thrice, Ian Miller and Jon Howell of Kowloon Walled City, and Mike Minnick of Curl Up and Die. On Strangled Light, these five veterans bash out their own new version of post-hardcore – "post-hardcore by post-youths" is how they cheekily describe themselves, but this music is dead serious. The musicianship is world-class; the perspective is world-weary; the sound is fresh and urgent and crackling with feeling.

Strangled Light's nine songs add up to a modern, muscular incarnation of the vibe set forth years ago by bands like Fugazi, Unwound, and Drive Like Jehu. Like those bands, Less Art rages – emotionally-charged and electrifying – yet also knows how to wield dynamics as a weapon. The lulls make the peaks even sharper.

Initially it was baseball that brought these musicians together: four-fifths of Less Art are the men behind baseball-themed hardcore band Puig Destroyer. Blasting through songs about bunting and stealing bases eventually led these four to want to start a "real" band – they enlisted Riley's brother Ed and Less Art was born.

The band name might be lifted from a line in Hamlet, but ultimately it is raw emotion that drives this band. Using blunt phrases and the realest of tones, frontman Minnick sings of self-destruction on the micro and macro levels – candid lyrics address his personal demons as well as the collective deathwish leading all humanity to the brink. "Pessimism as Denial," debuted today, plainly describes our species' suicidal path: "We're surrounded by prophets / Who think spilling their guts / Is the same thing as giving blood / We've eaten all the animals / We've burned down every tree / We've done so many wrongs... / This system doesn't work / The world is better without us."

Strangled Light was recorded and mixed by Kowloon Walled City frontman Scott Evans at Sharkbite Studios and Antisleep Audio, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Full of Hell, Mutoid Man) at Audiosiege.

Guest vocals on "Diana the Huntress" were delivered by Meghan O'Neill-Pennie (Super Unison, ex-Punch).

The cover art was created by Jacob van Loon, whose work adorned the cover of Explosions in the Sky's The Wilderness album.

Strangled Light is a thrilling debut – an entirely new, relevant vision from five men carrying decades of experience between them. Stand by for news of the next live shows.

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releases July 28, 2017

Mike Minnick - vocals
Ed Breckenridge - guitar
Jon Howell - guitar
Ian Miller - bass
Riley Breckenridge - drums

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Following the path of existence into the depths of misery and despair.

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Exploring dark realms within by way of creative catharsis.

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