If you take a cruise down mid-90's aggressive hardcore and socially-minded punk rock, you'll be at the intersection of We Ride - the most rejuvenating hardcore band in years, revolutionizing a movement that never dies. Empowering Life is We Ride's Victory Records debut. Formed by singer Mimi Telmo and guitarist Borja Trigo on the streets of Vigo, Spain, the roots of We Ride grew quickly, as Telmo and Trigo became entrenched in the local hardcore scene. The addition of drummer Brais Lomba and second guitarist Nuno Alves was not far behind. Already well anchored in the local hardcore scene, bassist Bastian Rodriguez left his music academy teaching role to fill out We Ride.
Empowering Life is a statement of We Ride's history yet stands apart from their influences. "When we started We Ride, we all came from different musical styles, from pop-punk to metalcore to R&B. In the Vigo scene, we wanted to mix that all with a direct line in our own style of hardcore," explains Telmo. We Ride hit the studio in 2016 with Alex Cappa at Metal Factory Studios outside Madrid, and the album was mixed in early 2017 by Cameron Webb (Motorhead, NOFX). The 10 track blitzkrieg features Deez Nuts front-man JJ Peters on the track "What You Are."
On naming the album Empowering Life, Telmo continues, "We wanted a powerful title, something simple but strong - this is what we've anticipated for the past four years. We have a lot of fans around the world who are as anxious for this album as we are. The wait will be worth it!"