San Francisco’s critically acclaimed avant-garde post-rock band The Living will release their anticipated 2nd full-length album, Drinking From The Trough Of A Tyrant’s Piss, on October 19th. Today the band has revealed the album’s title, release date, artwork and tracklisting. New music to follow in the coming weeks.
Drinking From The Trough Of A Tyrant’s Piss, The Living’s follow up to 2017’s self-titled record, is a progressive, cerebral mind trip that melds influences of metal, rock and pop with complex layers and intricate skill, all while maintaining accessibility to fans of a many different genres. The record was produced/recorded with Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, King Woman, Wolves in the Throne Room).
“After our first record, we wanted to expand our sound to include some electronic elements to add depth to our raw atmospheric style. We wrote a ton of songs for this time around, and the ones that stuck, were the ones that featured a different feel than our last album. We get a lot of praise for having an organic, emotional sound, and that is absolutely still intact in this release. In addition to expanding with instrumentation, I wanted to explore different subjects lyrically. There are subjects as varied as cults and manipulation, hating your job, and mindless sex so it is pretty diverse.” – Derek Barnes (vocals/guitar)
Made up of Derek Barnes (vocals/ guitar), Julian Balestrieri (guitar), Jeremy Shepherd (bass) and Jason Zaru (drums), The Living formed in 2015, birthed from their longstanding friendships with each other. They pull many sounds into their music including shoegaze, progressive rock, metal, and pop, bridging the gap between genres and creating an environment in which their audience is greeted with the familiar sounds they know and love while discovering the band’s fresh approach. It’s this unique overlap, coupled with their devotion to an energetic live show and the human experience that goes along with it.