Buffalo, NY's On The Cinder announce 'Sedentary Escape,' a fierce, high-powered romp overflowing with intense passion and pop sensibilities set for release Oct 8 on Flower House Records (pre-order). The new EP presents seven songs which are a blistering barrage of punk rock filled to the brim with a raw, energetic style, time changes, and a hardcore bent punctuated by a roaring bass, thundering drums, and buzzsaw guitars. You can check out the EP teaser below.
With lyrics ranging from celebration and victory to heartbreak and anguish, Mike Jacobs (bass/vocals), Jason Wright (guitar/vocals), and Tyler Rzemek (drums) ended up with a concept album about breaking away from a mundane and miserable life with the aid of escapist media. The songs' perspective oscillates between that of the narrator's real life experiences and the character version of the narrator as they dive deep into fantasy.
The band had the following to say about the creation of the new release:
"We were writing our third LP when the pandemic hit and the Great Pause began. And like everything else, we put the album on hold to write a new project that was tonally dynamic and to express a more complicated narrative than we've tried before. The three of us committed to a writing exercise that saw lyrical content coming from each of us and some bizarre musical references to make a diverse batch of songs that tell a cohesive story that is meant to be played straight through. The whiteboard in the practice space was a disaster. There were meticulous arguments over word choices. But we took the time to challenge ourselves to be more personal in ways we'd never been comfortable enough to do before."
Despite being stuck inside over the last 18 months due to COVID's seemingly never ending reign, On the Cinder has found a creative spark in these "unprecedented times." Sedentary Escape is a half-serious, moderately-meta effort which places us as the character who, by merely listening, is thrust out of our own sense of reality and into a self-realized world of both reverie and repetitious routines. It's an inventive take on a concept album, a commentary for these COVID riddled times, and reflects the growth of the trio revealing they are an eminent force in today's music scene.