Tuesday, September 4, 2012

FAMILY on Deciblog

Decibel Magazine presents the premiere of "Bridge & Tunnel", the opening track off Family's debut album, Portrait.

A new leader of the Brooklyn pack, Family combines lush classic rock flavor with modern progressive heaviness. Says Decibel: "It has groove, it has rage, it has some serious bludgeon capacity. There are even progressive touches to the arrangements that cohesively bounce through all kinds of tempos, riffs and moods. We hear Unsane splatter-scrape, Soundgarden throb and maybe just a touch of 21st century dirty-knees blues... Sure to be one of our favorites of 2012."

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 bands debut, Portrait, is a concept album about a dysfunctional family that develops supernatural powers. It was recorded 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 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 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.

New Yorkers can witness Family live, this Friday, September 7th at Don Pedro's in Brooklyn, with Tiger Flowers and Meek Is Murder.