It's official, I'm a fan of Post Hardcore now...
When an up and coming band has shared a stage at some point with Beartooth, Motionless In White, Sharptooth, and Stick To Your Guns, you know they're worth checking out. LIMBS, the Tampa, Florida, based Post Hardcore act has performed with the above mentioned bands and loads more, but more importantly, their latest single 'Empty Vessel' slaps.
'Empty Vessel' isn't musically the most brutal song in the world, it doesn't claim to be and even with its lyrical content, it doesn't have to be. It's hard and heavy enough to keep most fans happy, but it's the vocals that really help 'Empty Vessel' shine. The song "was inspired by my own struggles of balancing my personal life while also pursuing the perpetual dream of 'success' as an artist" shares LIMBS vocalist Austin McAuley.
He then went on to say "The song immerses the listener in themes of self-sacrifice, vulnerability and the constant desire to have one’s voice heard. The chorus beckons, ‘How long is the breath that I have to hold before I’m worth my weight in gold?’ This statement reflects the trials and tribulations of those who will do anything to make their dreams come true... but as the lyrics tell, 'How does it feel? Only the lonely know'".
I've been slowly sliding into the darkness known as Post Hardcore a lot these past few months, and with each new discovery I regret not taking the delve earlier. While the majority of the genre isn't as heavy musically, as most of the Metalcore that I listen to on a daily basis, the vocals and lyrics of these bands more than make up for it with their close to home meanings.
LIMBS absolutely nailed it here with 'Empty Vessel' and I can't wait to dive into their back catalogue.