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Not since Rage Against the Machine put their fist in the air, in the land of hypocrisy has there been such an unmitigated combustion of sonic ferocity fueled by relentless passion and intrepid ideology. At least not until letlive. came along…

LA’s volatile four-piece rock band fanned the flames of discontent with their critically praised record, ‘Fake History’, for a new generation of fans three years ago, and today have announced their long-awaited return with one of the year’s most anticipated albums, ‘The Blackest Beautiful’, due out on July 8th via Epitaph Records. letlive. has premièred their first new song, ‘Banshee (Ghost Fame)’, in the form of a powerful video today. Additionally, fans who pre-order ‘The Blackest Beautiful’ starting today at www.letlivestore.com will receive an instant download of ‘Banshee (Ghost Fame)’.

Watch letlive.’s new video for ‘Banshee (Ghost Fame)’ now below:

 

“This song explores the tragic humor in entertainment as an industry as opposed to an art,” explains letlive.’s inimitable vocalist Jason Aalon Butler. “Sonically this track was a pretty suitable representation of the record’s sonic spectrum. We also employed some elements of groove that we have always been fans of.”

Named #1 on Kerrang!’s list of “The 50 Greatest Rockstars in The World Today,” Jason Butler, along with cohorts Ryan Jay Johnson (bass), Jean Nascimento (guitar) and Jeff Sahyoun (guitar), organically meld hardcore, punk, metal and even elements of jazz and R&B, on The Blackest Beautiful, creating a progressive, indelible sound that walks the line between aggressive and melodic and crosses a gamut of genres with an intensity that’s rarely found in music today.

“The mindset was certainly a holistic one when regarding this record,” Butler adds. “The vibe developed on its own as we wrote it. While we certainly indulged particular tastes, stylistically, as individuals, we made sure that the product culminated as something we could all enjoy. Essentially we all got to explore elements we had always wanted to and somehow found a way to marry them tastefully on one album.”

Self-produced with the help of longtime co-conspirator Kit Walters and mixed by pop guru Stephen George (Mary J Blige, Michael Jackson), ‘The Blackest Beautiful’ features eleven politically, socially and personally conscious songs like ‘The Priest and Used Cars’, which refers the tragic costs of poisonous zeal, ‘Virgin Dirt’, about self-sabotaging relationships, and ’27 Club’, a personal tale of living life selflessly or selfishly.

Like those that paved the path before them, Rage Against the Machine, Deftones, Mars Volta, At the Drive In, etc., letlive. transcend passing trends and scenes with a focus that is entirely devoted to their art and furthering their creativity through music. The Blackest Beautiful is their latest creation, which will undoubtedly be celebrated for years to come.

After two years on the road touring 20 countries, including performances at Download, Reading & Leeds, Soundwave, Pukkelpop, Orion Fest and tours with Deftones in both Europe and Australia, letlive. is ready to hit the road once again, this time in support of ‘The Blackest Beautiful’, bringing everything they’ve got on stage in UK and Mainland Europe this Autumn.

letlive. European 2013 Tour
18 Sep        Holland             Amsterdam        Melkweg                           Tickets
19 Sep        Belgium            Antwerp              Trix                                  Tickets
20 Sep        Germany          Stuttgart             Juha West                        Tickets
21 Sep        Germany          Schweinfurt        Stadtbahnhof                   Tickets
22 Sep        Germany          Munich               Backstage Club                Tickets
23 Sep        Austria              Vienna               Arena 3 Raum Bar
25 Sep        Czech Rep        Prague              OO7                                  Tickets
26 Sep        Germany           Wiesbaden        Raucherkammer               Tickets
27 Sep        Germany           Leipzig               Conne Island                    Tickets
28 Sep        Germany           Berlin                 Crystal                              Tickets
30 Sep        Germany           Hamburg            Headcrash                        Tickets
01 Oct         France              Paris                  La Maroquinerie               Tickets
02 Oct         Germany           Cologne             Underground                    Tickets
03 Oct         UK                     Bristol                The Fleece                       Tickets
04 Oct         UK                     Southampton     Talking Heads                   Tickets
05 Oct         UK                     Birmingham        Asylum                              Tickets
06 Oct         UK                     Leeds                 Cockpit                             Tickets
07 Oct         UK                     Newcastle           Warehouse 34                  Tickets
09 Oct         UK                     Manchester        NQ Live                             Tickets
10 Oct         UK                     Belfast                The Limelight                    Tickets
11 Oct         Ireland               Dublin                 Fibber Magees                 Tickets
12 Oct         UK                     Glasgow              King Tuts                          Tickets
14 Oct         UK                     Nottingham          Rescue Rooms                Tickets
15 Oct         UK                     Cardiff                 Clwb Ifor Bach                  Tickets
17 Oct         UK                     London               Underworld                       Tickets
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