While Strung Out has made their name on intense, frenetic slabs of metal-influenced tech-punk, there is more to the band than meets the eye. It might come as a shock to learn that the band's new eight-song EP, Black Out the Sky, is an acoustic affair, but as vocalist Jason Cruz explains, it's not nearly as surprising for the band members. "Every song starts on an acoustic guitar for the most part," Cruz notes. "If it's a good song, it can be played acoustic. For about the past five years, I've been pushing the band to release a record in this format." The result is six brand new songs, as well as two re-worked older songs, "Matchbook" and "UnKoil."