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LO-PAN Premieres "Go West" At Clrvynt; Limited-Edition In Tensions EP To See Release This January Via Aqualamb Records
In Tensions is the
forthcoming, limited-edition five-song EP from Columbus, Ohio
riff rockers LO-PAN. Their first release
on Brooklyn's Aqualamb Records (Husbandry,
Black Black Black, Godmaker et al), In Tensions marks the next stage in the
band's ever-evolving direction - anchored by the lead single "Go
West," an optimistic, sun-kissed, open highway anthem.
setting out to accomplish a goal and then having that goal change along the way
and ultimately realizing the new goal was better than what you wanted in the
first place," singer Jeff Martin elaborates of the track. A perfect
rallying cry for action in uncertain times, Martin continues, "it's also
about getting out and doing something.... So keep moving forward. Keeping
progressing. Keep evolving."
In celebration of
the release of In Tensions, Clrvynt is currently streaming "Go West"
LO-PAN's In Tensions
will be released on 10-inch vinyl limited to 500 copies and accompanied by a
one-hundred-page book featuring artwork by Chris Smith of Grey Aria Design as
well LO-PAN tour diaries, flyers, and a complete collection lyrics from
LO-PAN's previous releases: Sasquanaut, Salvador, and Colossus. Preorders are
currently available at THIS LOCATION.
In Tensions is equal
parts modern sludge metal and '90s-influenced alt rock - synthesized to
perfection. Jeff Martin has never sounded more soulful, confident, and
passionate on record. The riffs courtesy of the now former guitarist Adrian Lee
Zambrano compliment the tribal influenced drums of Jesse Bartz and grounding
bass lines of Skot Thompson, pummeling the listener on each repeated listen.
Said Two Guys Metal
Reviews in an advance review of the record, "It's easy to get lost in this
album simply because In Tensions demonstrates the sort of pulse that made
records in the '70s so addictive. It's a sort of constant throb that winds its
way through every song on the album and makes it feel even shorter than its
five tracks would suggest. This is a good thing though - In Tensions rapidly
becomes highly addictive, an album you wrap up and then can't help but want to
Columbus, Ohio by Joe Viers, with mixings duties split between Jonathan Nunez
(Torche, Shitstorm) and Ryan Haft (Wrong, Capsule) in Miami, and mastered in
Chicago by Carl Saff (Big Business, Helms Alee, Russian Circles), In Tensions
is a sonic masterpiece created across multiple time zones - the fruit of
relationships forged through the band's unending dedication to the life of
touring road dogs.
The band also hit a
major touring milestone in 2016, having logged over 250,000 miles on their
original van since 2005 - crossing the country countless times over on
headlining tours and supporting the likes of Torche, High On Fire, Weedeater,
KENmode, Whores, Fu Manchu, Atomic Bitchwax, Black Cobra, and Bongzilla. Not
surprisingly, they've become one of the most ferocious live acts in American
heavy rock as a result.
And with In
Tensions, they show no sign of slowing down. A full US tour in support of In Tensions
is expected this Winter along with a European tour in the Spring of 2017.