Lying somewhere between the complexity of progressive rock and the brawn of metal, San Francisco’s The Living have an emotional pull to their sound that clicks instantly. Offering atmosphere-drenched lead guitar work soaring over earthy riffs pitted against desperate wailing vocals and a driving rhythm section tinged with just enough complexity, their multi-dimensional sound has been born and crafted from raw feeling and countless hours toiling in their tiny San Francisco practice space.
The Living will release their self-titled debut September 22nd. The album is available for pre-order HERE. The band will be celebrating the debut in their hometown of San Francisco, C.A. at Neck of the Woods on Friday, September 29 at 9:00 P.M.
This week, the band has teamed up with Pop Matters for an exclusive premiere of “Hot Breath,” the third single from their forthcoming release. Listen to the track at THIS LOCATION.
“This was the last song written for the album and it’s one of the few songs that kicks into gear immediately,” explains the band. “We finished it about a week before entering the studio, so it was not rehearsed very much prior to recording but turned out especially well. It has so many great parts that stick out to me, from Jeremy’s groovy bass line to the chorus to the pitch shifting instrumental section close to the end. I really love the balance of groove and atmosphere. The song was immediately suggestive of a ghostly feel, so I began thinking of people and memories from the past that hovered in my mind and the desperation from trying to shake them. Many people have told us this is their favorite song of ours.”
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 that has landed them gigs at San Francisco staples such as Brick & Mortar, El Rio, Hemlock, and Milk Bar, as well as radio rotation on sites such as 89.5 KPOO.
“The Living” Track Listing:
1. Tied To The Bed
4. No Love Gets Away
5. Hot Breath
6. Corpse Pose
7. Headless Pillow