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There are few bands that truly transcend genre, but on their debut album, RXPTRS can lay claim to doing exactly that. Formed in Bristol, UK in 2018, the quintet blend rock, metal, punk and hardcore with a seamlessness that is enviable, creating something that is unique that seethes with boundless energy.
Hailing from Bristol certainly helped motivate and inspire the band, all of the members actively participating in the city's fertile music and arts scene before finding each other. "We had all previously been in numerous bands, each came with their own flavors of drama and shortfalls. When the five of us got together, something clicked, the usual bullshit got pushed aside, and our sights were set where we needed them to really knuckle down," says bassist Sam Leworthy. Hitting the ground running, their first show in Bristol sold out, hosting their own hometown festival the following Christmas and having great success with that. Support opportunities came up too, and they opened for Escape The Fate and Light The Torch, "that was a great feeling in itself, but more important to us, the crowd was really engaged. At no point did we feel like 'some band' supporting the headliners," says Leworthy. When it came to starting work on their debut full-length, the majority of the writing sessions were a "lockdown lock-in", due to the pandemic unable to get together in the rehearsal room as they would have otherwise. However, three of the members live together, which made things a little easier, and they would bounce tracks around between them via email, before the restrictions were finally lifted and they could all be in the same place. The result is a markedly varied collection, changing gears constantly and unafraid to switch things up, which was never the intent from the outset. "I think it's important that we get our thoughts and feelings out, in whatever form, and as it happened, it was just a weird range of feelings," says Roach. "We try not to formulate anything, so there wasn't a discussion about it, but we like the fact that it has come out so varied. If we were in one kinda mood, we wouldn't shy away from doing just a collection of angry songs, or emotional songs, or uplifting songs. It just happens that in this time, we've gone through a crazy spectrum of shit, so the music reflects that."
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1. Burning Pages
2. Rock Bottom (Is a Stepping Stone)
3. Dead Awake (Pretty as the Drugs We Take)
4. Demons in My Headphones
7. The Death Rattle
8. Cold Ground
10. Let Me Die How I Want