There's always a concern when a band or artist reemerges from a period of silence. Not only is there the previous discography to live up to, but also the expectations of fans who have had to "wait" with minimal communication. (The idea that the artist is tethered to the desires of the listener is a bit daft, but no symbiotic relationship exists without blood drawn.) In the case of There For Tomorrow, some time behind the veil was just what the group needed, allowing them to produce their strongest release to date, "Nightscape."
The Huffington Post is pleased to bring you the exclusive stream of the EP before it is released Tuesday, Oct. 21.
“We had been touring off ‘The Verge’ for about a year and a half and we just felt like we were stuck in this cycle: you make a record, then you tour on it for two years, and then do it again four times in a row," vocalist and guitarist Maika Maile said. "We kind of hit a wall creatively, and just to be dead honest, the moral was down. We were stuck in this box that we always wanted to transcend, all the boundaries and pigeonholes that we had set for ourselves and that others had set for us. We just needed a break.”
Continuing to build on the rock sound realized on the band's 2011 LP, "The Verge," Maile described "Nightscape" as "the largest, most experimental way we can make pop rock mesh together.” Sitting somewhere between Acceptance's "Phantoms" and Thirty Seconds To Mars' "This Is War," the EP displays significant maturity and attention to cohesion that was lacking in previous outputs. "Racing Blood" dials in the band's most ambient release, and "Dark Purple Sky" wields a chorus so big and catchy that it can only be pictured echoing through an arena. "Lady In Black" opens things up with a hammering riff, while "Breathe Easy" and "Tomb" provide a more relaxed conclusion to the record without straying too far from the sound that began it all.
The band chose the EP's title because it "sounded like a night drive, after a couple Jameson's or something like that," Maile joked. “It comes from a place of want. Everything does on this EP. Whether it’s a general kind of sadness and emptiness, or completely fulfilled and reengaged feeling, it’s all about wanting or needing something more.”
There For Tomorrow went independent for the album: It was primarily written and recorded by Maile and drummer Chris Kamrada, and was produced by Maile in his "shitty little garage” with just a "couple grand worth of equipment." Feeling rejuvenated and healthier than ever, the band's next move is up in the air.
"We went from the van, sleeping on floors, playing for ten people a night, to a year later winning an MTV award," Maile said. "Then we were touring the world and four years down the line we felt trapped. Now we feel free again, so there’s no telling what the future holds."