Wednesday, July 19, 2017

PRAY TO KEEP + AP Discover

"Bitter Half", the lead off single from the self-titled PRAY TO KEEP ep is now featured on Alternative Press' weekly Spotify playlist, AP DISCOVER.

AP Discover:

Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Pray To Keep emerges as a new breath of mid 2000’s influenced emo rock taking cues from the likes of Taking Back Sunday, Rival Schools, and Jimmy Eat World

The leadoff track “Headstone Lottery” is a catchy singalong track where the vocal melodies are reminiscent of Taking Back Sunday and My Chemical Romance’s break through records. This is where the combination of Fred Mascherino’s production and Vince Ratti’s signature mix truly shines the brightest. “Bitter Half” takes a more raw and exposed approach similar to Armor For Sleep paired with looming vocals that nod to Jawbreaker.

Founded in 2016 by lead singer and guitarist Will Schaeffer, bassist Jason Duarte, and Dan White on drums, the band spent most of the year writing and recording. Pat Voytko (Agitator) was added on second guitar shortly after recordings were completed. While having a strong musical background, the band prides themselves on being heavily involved in the arts. Bassist Jason Duarte, is the creative director of a studio, while drummer Dan White works on music videos and productions in Philadelphia.  

The effort was recorded with Fred Mascherino (Taking Back Sunday, Terrible Things) at Diverdown Studios, mixed by Vince Ratti (Circa Survive, The Wonder Years) at Skylight Studios, and mastered by Bill Henderson (Bayside, Neck Deep) at Azimuth Mastering. The layout and design was done by members Dan White and Jason Duarte, as well as Dom Pabon (Malice At The Palice, Jesus Piece).



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