|Vocal Melodies:||Daryl Stamps|
|Guitars:||James Robert Farmer|
Standing in stark contrast to rock & roll's status quo, Scatter the Ashes are about to knock the music world on its collective ear. Taking their sound to a place where vast, haunting pauses are as important as a forceful punk foundation and a gift for melody, this inventive, Nashville-spawned quartet defies easy categorization on their mind-blowing Epitaph debut, Devout/The Modern Hymn.
But Scatter the Ashes had no real strategy for world domination (other than to keep listeners guessing) when Epitaph honcho Brett Gurewitz got word of the band's MP3s on Absolutepunk.net. From the expansive, manic thrill of "Caesura" to the hard-as-nails closing opus "Hour Benediction," it is little wonder that the label boss was so spellbound by the inventive troupe.
"Epitaph has the same vision as us in many ways," says drummer Dillon Napier. "They're diversifying their sound and their image, in terms of breaking away from the punk stereotype they've built." Scatter the Ashes aid in that evolution, as punk and prog rock collide on Devout/The Modern Hymn. Pulling from the Ramones, the Cure, Rush and Radiohead, the band crafts a disc that's as invigorating as it is entirely brand new.
In a way no modern band has done before, these musical chameleons build a dream-rock destination called "City in the Sea," where atmospherics unexpectedly solder to Bob Farmer's gas pedal guitar riffs.
Elsewhere, on "Citadel (The New Fall Forest)," a lilting, ambient feel collapses; overcome by an avalanche of explosive energy. "We all have very distinct personalities from one another, and our ...