Friday, August 24, 2012

FAMILY Portrait

A new leader of the Brooklyn pack, Family combines classic rock flavor with modern progressive heaviness on its astonishing debut album, Portrait.

The balance Family strikes is one perfected by precious few bands. To bring the vibes of our forefathers - the finesse, the hooks, the grooves of say, Led Zeppelin - into the modern day metal underground; to take a classic rock sense of musicality and use it to make something new, something that's crushingly heavy and not "retro" at all... this is a fine line indeed, a delicate tension that is rarely achieved. Comparisons could be made to Tool, Mastodon, Unsane, even The Mars Volta, but any way you choose to describe it, Family is undeniably its own beast - a dynamic new voice in heavy music.

Family is comprised of two native New Yorkers and two Deep Southerners, bringing together a wealth of musical influences and life experiences. Guitarist Joshua Lozano was employed for years at the legendary CBGB and now plays in Man's Gin (Profound Lore Records), and guitarist/main songwriter Steven Gordon writes for the popular blog MetalSucks.

The band's debut, Portrait, is a concept album about a dysfunctional family that develops supernatural powers. It was recored by Justin Mantooth at Translator Audio (Unsane, Cave In) and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (Mastodon, Torche). John Lamacchia - guitarist of Candiria, Julie Christmas, Spylacopa, Crooked Man - makes a guest appearance on one track.

Robin Staps, guitarist of seminal German band The Ocean, will release Portrait via his own label, Pelagic Records (home to music by The Ocean, God Is an Astronaut, and Hypno5e), in Germany on October 26th and in the rest of Europe on October 29th. In Staps' words, Family's debut is "crushing and unique, unlike anything I have heard... all killer, no filler".

The band will release the album in the US on October 30th.

Stream "Bopsky", off Family's debut album, Portrait, on the band's Facebook.