(Tooth & Nail Records)
Release date: June 8, 2010
Since October returns this spring with their second album for Tooth & Nail Records,Life/Scars/Apologies. Their debut CD, This Is My Heart, broke the band from their local Bradenton, Florida home to the thankful ears of many new listeners worldwide. With the singles, “Guilty,” “Beautiful” and “Disaster ” they cemented themselves on the Christian Rock charts.
With Life/Scars/Apologies, band members, Audie Grantham (drums), Josh Johnson (bass) and brothers Ben and Luke Graham (on vocals and guitars respectively) look to kick down more doors and more misconceptions.
While the band leads with Christian roots, they come out swinging on every guitar riff and emotion-soaked vocals. The band’s lyrics are open and genuine; something fans have latched onto. With their latest album, due out June 8th, the band digs deeper and plays with even more conviction than ever before.
Life, Scars, Apologies kicks off with the debut single “The Way You Move,” which is already the most added song on the Active Rock charts. From the crunchy headbanging guitar riffs the song sweeps listeners into an uplifting rocker about relationship success.
Ben Graham used the eight year success of his marriage as the foundation for this song of a relationship “gone right.”
It seems like most ‘relationship songs’ are about what went wrong. Since a ‘happy marriage’ is rare these days I figured I should take advantage of my situation. before we met, i was at a time in my life where I decided to be ’single for awhile,’ you know, focus on my life, my job, my faith, my whatever. however, let’s just say after I caught a glimpse of her, that philosophy went flying out the window! There was something about her that restored in me the idea of ‘true love.’ we both took a chance and after 8 years I still enjoy watching her walk through a room!
That sense of honesty and vulnerability reigns throughout the lyrical concept on this record, and is all the stronger for it. The theme of healthy relationships and open communication continues to bleed through on another hit-in-waiting, the catchy “Sober Love.”
Don’t be mislead into believing the band is preachy and unrealistic. “Life Of Mine,” which sounds almost like a collision between Korn and Disturbed, has no problem opening a vein with lyrics like, “nothing kills me more than this life of mine.”
“The Show” is a high energy driving rocker that has been tapped as an official theme song for Wrestlemania. “Boom, boom, bam!”
Life/Scars/Apologies is loaded with driving riffage, catchy melodic choruses, intelligent lyrical themes, and a perfect blend of uptempo anthems and moody chuggers. In all, the album is memorable and authentic, something too few bands manage to achieve these days. Yet they have still left themselves room for growth.