Written by Kimberly McGrath
San Francisco Bay Area natives, The Living, are set to drop their debut self-titled album The Living on September 22, 2017 and not a moment too soon. The progressive/metal rock band brings a taste of the familiar, reminiscent of Pacific Northwest greats. The sound rocks 80’s Hair vocals with musical twists lying underneath that are slightly fresh, with a progressive yet elegant playfulness.
Consisting of Derek Barnes (vocals/guitar), Julian Balestrieri (guitar), Jeremy Shepherd (bass) and Jason Zaru (drums), The Living formed in 2015 from their love of music and strong friendships. The growing fan base have been enjoying The Living’s vivacious live shows in both the Bay Area’s and Pacific Northwest’s predominant venues. Their live online presence is slim, however I uncovered a quick 37 second cover of the Misfits “Halloween” that mirrors this album and showcases the energy behind The Living (you can find it now on their Facebook Page.)
Eleven tracks were recorded in one day at the end of 2016; seven made the cut and befitting the command of a sophomore follow up. The first singles “Delay” and “Deceiver” are both available on their official website.
The longing for a love that you’ve regrettably let slip away … the times you did not say what you wanted to say … when you failed to cherish sufficiently … these are a few of the emotions called to mind in the quick riffs of “Delay,” compelling you to lace up your running shoes in order to escape your mind’s repentance. The same sorrow of deceit and loss is heard throughout the album. “Tied to the Bed” sets the mood in the first track and executes the duration of the seven chosen anthems, leaning towards a shoegaze performance; when the guitar takes a turn down a new path that slightly contradicts with joyful movement at the 2:56 mark of “No Love Gets Away”. The ghostly haunting arioso of Queensryche meets Nirvana compels the listener to put this album on repeat.
Having just completed a short West Coast tour in August, the September 22, 2017 album release promises to be followed up with more dates to be announced; live performances will be well received should they expand beyond their backyard towards the East Coast allowing The Living to expand their base.
The Living announces the band’s talent and suggests they will have more to offer in the future. Keep your ears open for this young contender as I predict with experience and maturity will fall into the mainstream easily.
Check out the first singles ”Delay” and “Deceiver” off the self-titled debut album The Living and sign up for tour date notifications here: