H2O Use Your Voice on LP
It's been seven years since the release of a proper full-length album from H2O (2008's critically acclaimed Nothing to Prove). The band's immensely anticipated new album, Use Your Voice, will finally see the light of day in October 2015. Bassist Adam Blake commented, "Nothing to Prove was the record we really found our niche, where we were really like, 'This is H2O. This is what H2O should be...this is the spirt of the thing.' We felt like a brand new band. We felt excited." He continued, "It's nice, seven years after Nothing to Prove, that we can capture those feelings again with this new record."
H2O, which also includes members Toby Morse, Todd Friend, and Rusty Pistachio, have spent the last seven years constantly on tour and playing live, hitting almost every nook and cranny on Planet Earth. In 2011, they released a covers album, Don't Forget Your Roots, which featured takes on songs by some of their favorite acts like 7 Seconds, Dag Nasty, and Gorilla Biscuits. With a rigorous tour schedule, as well as at-home obligations, H2O finally started demoing songs out two years later in 2013, while on tour with Terror. Suddenly, the foundation was laid for Use Your Voice.
Recorded once again by a dream team of Chad Gilbert (producer, Nashville [who recorded vocals]) and Paul Miner (engineer, Orange County, CA [who recorded music]), Use Your Voice is 11 songs of high-energy, high-octane melodic hardcore punk that is sure to please any fan of the band's impressive back catalog (which includes their 1996 self-titled debut, 1997's Thicker Than Water [Epitaph], 1999's F.T.T.W. [Epitaph], 2001's GO [MCA], and landmark 2008 release Nothing to Prove [Bridge Nine]) and modern punk in all shapes and forms. On this new album, frontman and lyricist Toby Morse continues to deliver his direct and personal manifestos, with subjects spanning fatherhood ("Father Figure"), romantic relationships ("True Romance"), music fandom ("Popage"), social media philosophy ("#NotRealLife") and more.