‘The Mettle of a Man’ is the second track the band has released in advance of their forthcoming debut, Empires, which is set to drop in stores and online everywhere October 12th from CI Records, the label that helped launch the careers of genre-related acts like AUGUST BURNS RED and TEXAS IN JULY. The musically adventurous NJ six-piece prominently display their three-guitar attack on ‘Mettle,’ which also showcases the band’s pummeling rhythms, soaring melodies and electronic flourishes.
“This is actually one of the oldest songs on the record,” explains vocalist Blake Martin. “We had been playing the earliest incarnations of it live for about 6 months prior to hitting the studio. ‘Mettle’ is definitely us at some of our catchier moments and it’s always been a fan favorite live. Personally, I’ve always loved it because of the pacing.“
The band is also excited to announce two CD release shows, Oct 22 in Lemoyne, PA and Oct 23 in Vineland, NJ. Everyone in attendance will receive a free copy of Empires courtesy of WHERE THE OCEAN MEETS THE SKY and CI Records.
Empires is a sensationally strong debut from a band that refuses to have their music fit snugly in a single tiny box. Tempering full-throttle heaviness with driving melody and haunting atmospherics, it’s the sound of an album which is just as smart as it is heavy – an unfortunately rare combination in today’s current alt music scene.
Leading up to the release of Empires, WHERE THE OCEAN MEETS THE SKY will join TEXAS IN JULY (Equal Vision) and THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE (Good Fight) on the road. Dates below.
Dates with TEXAS IN JULY and THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE
Oct 1 Layfayette LA @ Grace Community Church
Oct 2 Crestview FL @ The Crest Lounge
Oct 3 Gainesville FL @ 1982
Oct 4 Tampa FL @ The Orpheum
Oct 5 Fort Meyers FL @ The Bridge Youth Center
Oct 6 Pompano Beach FL @ Solid Sound Studios
Oct 7 Kissimmee FL @ SS Showcase
Oct 8 Tallahassee FL @ The Engine Room
Oct 9 Macon GA @ The 567
Oct 10 Loganville GA @ The Movement Venue
Oct 11 Douglasville GA @ The 7 Venue
Oct 12 Cookeville TN @ Amps & Ramps
Oct 13 Nashville TN @ The Muse
Oct 14 Lynchburg VA @ Crosspoint Venue
Oct 15 Wilimington DE @ The Harmony Grange
Oct 16 New London CT @ The El N’ Gee
Oct 17 Trenton NJ @ The Championship Bar and Grill
Oct 18 West Babylon NY @ Sin Clair’s Pub
CD Release Shows with THE AIR I BREATH (FREE copy of Empires with Paid Admission)
Oct 22 Lemoyne PA @ The Champ
Oct 23 Vineland NJ @ Hangar 84