Following two monstrous years that saw AUGUST BURNS RED release multiple albums – 2011’s Leveler and 2012’s holiday album, Sleddin’ Hill – headline tours of North and South America, Europe, Japan, Australia and more, the Manheim, PA-based quintet is back at it.
The band hit the studio in Fenruary to start recording their fifth full-length album, due out later this year.
“2012 turned out to be quite intense for us from a touring standpoint,” says guitarist JB Brubaker. “We did more travelling than we had ever previously done in our career and after three straight months on the road to end the year I think we were all ready to come home and shift into writing/recording mode. Now that the writing is complete we are all itching to get started with the actual tracking.”
Bucking the trend towards big-name producers, ABR has opted to keep in the family for the forthcoming effort, teaming up once again with Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland of Atrium Audio – the same home town studio where the band recorded last year’s fan-favorite holiday album, Sleddin’ Hill.
The forthcoming album promises to be AUGUST BURNS RED’s most adventurous and exciting work to date.
“This new record will push the boundaries of our genre more than we ever have before,” Brubaker continues excitedly. “We set out to write a record where every song stands out from the last. There is a lot of ground covered here and a ton of meat to this album. It’s full of odd metered rhythms and breakdowns, unexpected twists and turns, and some of our most technical riffing to date. Each of us have parts that make our heads spin and we have had to practice like crazy to get some of this stuff together. I know we always say this, but this will be our most ambitious album yet.”
Recently announced as a mainstage act on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour, it marks their third appearance on the venerated annual event, where they were last seen in 2011 performing in support of Leveler.
Stay tuned for further news.