“…these guys are doing something worth paying attention to. The eerie hollowness of their songs is a massive differentiator for them, along with their massive walls of sound and the energy that oozes from every track. As far as debuts go, you’ll be hard-pressed to hear anything better.” — Itdjents
Svbterranean is currently streaming Ruined, the impending debut full-length from Boston’s LESSER GLOW, in its entirety. Featuring within its ranks former members of Black Elm, Irepress, and The Proselyte, LESSER GLOW rips open a massively wide and confident blend of traditional doom and melodic metal, paired with hardcore, noise, post-rock, and beyond. Molding all these into one cohesive mix, LESSER GLOW stands out as a refreshing and unapologetically brutal take on heavy music.
Comments the band of the release, “With Ruined, we set out to simply make heavy music. There was no meditated preconception of genre or specific end goal, but more a true amalgamation of influence and focused frustration that shaped the sound. Thematically, Ruined comments on humanity’s perpetual ability for self-destruction, both in solitude and in numbers. Willingly ignorant, we are doomed to repeat ourselves through cyclical consumerism.”
Adds Svbterranean, “Crushing sludge, intricate melodies, and ethereal atmospheres come together in post-metal harmony on LESSER GLOW‘s debut LP…. LESSER GLOW is yet another new band to push the boundaries of what is considered ‘post-metal.’ Drawing influence from genre figure heads, while also incorporating elements from ’90s underground and post-hardcore, LESSER GLOW carve out an interesting niche for themselves within the sludge/doom/post-whatever scenes. Ruined illustrates this by balancing between infectious melodies and crushing weight, subtle complexity, and straightforward heaviness.”
Hear Ruined alongside a track-by-track breakdown of the record courtesy of Svbterranean at THIS LOCATION.
View the band’s previously released videos for “Under The Polar Shade,” “Vacant Throne,” and the album’s title track below.
In conjunction with the release of Ruined, LESSER GLOW will take on a short US tour. Set to commence on June 22nd in Portland, Maine, the journey will rumble its way through fourteen venues, coming to a close on July 7th in Rochester, New York. See all confirmed dates below.
6/22/2018 Geno’s Rock Club – Portland, ME
6/23/2018 O’Brien’s Pub – Boston, MA
6/24/2018 Elsewhere – Brooklyn, NY
6/25/2018 Atlas Brew Pub – Washington, DC
6/26/2018 McCormack’s – Richmond, VA
6/27/2018 Slim’s Downtown – Raleigh, NC
6/29/2018 Gramp’s – Miami, FL
6/30/2018 Fubar – St. Petersburg, FL
7/01/2018 The Nick – Birmingham, AL
7/02/2018 Springwater – Nashville, TN
7/03/2018 TBA – Cincinnati, OH
7/05/2018 Livewire – Chicago, IL
7/06/2018 The Summit – Columbus, OH
7/07/2018 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
In today’s world, there is an undeniable, ever-growing sea of noise. Like an ocean, it swirls together the sounds of humanity into a churning vat of anonymity, and we are drowning. It is from this abyss that LESSER GLOW was born. A necessary change from the common kind, this Boston five-piece brings an undeniable heaviness, with lyrics and music coexisting in the same beautiful, dynamic, and volatile space. Heavy but not excessive. Massive yet not gratuitous. Meticulous. Focused. Direct. Necessary. The idea of LESSER GLOW grew as a response to the unrealistic progression of heavy music in recent years… generally feeling over-technical, over-produced, and sometimes entirely fake.
“I was caught in a major ’90s binge, listening to a bunch of stuff like Unsane and Failure, and feeling like that raw, palpable energy and songwriting was slipping away from modern heavy records,” comments main songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Nault, who is not only the guitarist in LESSER GLOW, but also session drummer for electro-post-hiphop outfit Arms And Sleepers. “I was tired of genre-choked bands, and missed hearing songs instead of riff parades.”
The lineup of the band came together organically, “though now the combination of individuals feels incredibly fortunate,” comments Nault. The fact that all members are experienced professionals – engineers and session musicians – has certainly helped LESSER GLOW to accomplish the simplicity that makes this record what it is: Heavy.
“I tried to keep that simplicity in mind during the recording process, don’t over play or worry about shredding to fill space,” adds bass player Scott Conza. “Just as important as choosing when to play, is choosing when not to play.”