Pentimento I, No Longer on LP
Hard working Buffalo, NY indie-punk quartet Pentimento have virtually experienced the totality of the music industry in just a few short years: from the highs of touring alongside idols to facing legal threats from a former label that endangered the release of their debut album. But while lesser bands would be quick to point fingers at the external factors that once threatened to derail their livelihoods, Pentimento maintain the lumps they've taken have only made them stronger. Marrying the kinetic energy of early Taking Back Sunday and nuance of ‘90s emo forefathers like Braid with the lyrical maturity of bands such as The Wonder Years, Pentimento is the kind of band skilled and sage enough to satisfy both listeners looking for pit-ready punk and those searching for subject matter with a little more heft.
And they're poised for big things with LP2, I, No Longer, slated for release in the fall of 2015 via Bad Timing Records. Produced by Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, Senses Fail) the band's new material is a culmination of everything – both in music and life – they've learned over the past few years. Fans and critics alike hail Hansen's lyrics for their fragility, introspection and emotional resonance without appearing overwrought, and the drummer says he worked hard to step outside himself to explore universal lyrical themes certain to stick with listeners from all walks of life.
With palpable momentum behind them for the first time in years, Pentimento are now solely in charge of writing their future – and they couldn't be more excited about it. But this new sense of possibility is all thanks to a tireless work ethic and precision-like focus to wade through the omnipresent industry bureaucracy to find what truly makes you happy.
"We wanted to really strengthen the songwriting aspect and create a record that's cohesive," Hansen explains of the band's new music. "In the past, we had a collection of songs – we'd write a song, record it, and put it next to the others until we had an album. Our focus was trying to find the line between songs you can listen to individually and be stoked on while also making the record an experience for the listener. As excited as we are for this next album, this is not the opus; the future is open for Pentimento."