THECITYISOURS SHARE “SO SAD” VIDEO — WATCH
COMA OUT OCTOBER 22 VIA ARISING EMPIRE
“OH MY LIFE! These guys are savage heavy” — Alex Baker, Kerrang! Radio
” …metalcore at its most infectious” — Rock Sound
“…punches and soars in all the right places” — Kerrang
“…impassioned melodies and neck-snapping fervour” — Metal Hammer
The song appears on the band’s new album COMA, due out October 22 via Arising Empire. It will be available on CD and as colored vinyl.
All good things must come to an end, and “So Sad” is about exactly that.
“‘So Sad’ is about trying to come to terms with the decision to end something you feel is great, and processing the subsequent fallout,” says the band’s Mikey Page. “This was an interesting one for us, as the lyrics came from two completely separate viewpoints. We have always been advocates for making music people can relate to in their own way and take from it what they need. This was the first time we really explored that idea consciously within ourselves to collaborate in a way that told both angles of the story, leaving the door open for interpretation from the listener.”
There is a palpable sense of loss that ties together COMA, the band’s sophomore offering. TCIO tackle the passing of loved ones, relationships, personal sovereignty, and self-control head-on. However, juxtaposed against their vibrant, fresh, and pop-centric arrangements, which are expertly interwoven with infectious hooks and crushing riffs, COMA strikes a perfect balance. It radiates an underlying sense of positivity and resilience through an otherwise dark concept.
COMA was recorded, engineered, and mixed by long-time collaborator Oz Craggs (Feed the Rhino, Neck Deep) at Hidden Track Studios and mastered by Ermin Hamidovic (Architects, Periphery, Northlane) at Systematic Productions.
THECITYISOURS is a five-piece metal band from London who quickly garnered attention and growing support for peers, industry, and fans alike, thanks to a high-octane live show and the success of their debut album. LOW (2019) smashed into the Top 5 of the iTunes metal charts with several singles appearing in editorial playlists of Amazon, Deezer and Spotify — including covers on New Core and Metal UK.
Following the departure of long-standing vocalist Sam Stolliday (read the full statement here), THECITYISOURS unexpectedly found themselves in unknown territory. Twelve months on, they are back with new vocalist Oli Duncanson and ready to welcome a brand new era of TCIO.
Duncanson recounts, “I remember being shown some demos of some new songs prior to Sam’s departure and absolutely loving the direction and progression of the band’s sound. As soon as Mikey told me about the opening in the band, I knew I had to take a chance!”
Page adds, “Oli has been a part of our team for a long time. He is a very well-respected entity in his own right amongst the music scene. We’d seen snippets of his capabilities over the years, so when he registered an interest in becoming a part of CITY, we knew we had to explore. And we clicked instantly.”
Welcome a brand new era of THECITYISOURS.
Oli Duncanson | Vocals
Mikey Page | Vocals/Guitar
Jamie Deeks | Bass
Stuart Mercer | Guitar
Louis Giannamore | Drums