AOL Radio today features “The Pieces Fall,” the first single from Boston-based rock duo Tangents as part of their free weekly “DownloadTuesday” series. The song comes from the band’s forthcoming debut album, One Little Light Year, set for nationwide release on October 26.
Tangents is not what most will expect musically from drummer Derek Kerswill (Unearth/Seemless) and Dave Witham (Of the Hour/Flat-12). Kerswill’s musical diversity and rhythmic approach provides a solid foundation for the album, propelling the tracks forward with great intensity. Add to it the lush and organic sound of vocalist/guitarist Dave Witham and Tangents soars in the vein of Jeff Buckley, As Tall As Lions, even Radiohead. Witham’s magnificent voice rises over a spiraling sonic backdrop with dazzling control and splendor. The album’s ambitious songwriting creates the catchiest music either musician has released to date.
Kerswill recently revealed, “a lot of my peers and ‘music’ friends know that although I play metal and have been involved with many ‘aggressive’ projects and bands, metal is probably the least of what I actually listen to. My biggest influences songwriting and style-wise,” he says, “have always been classic rock, whether it be Led Zeppelin and Yes, or ZZ Top and Allman Bros. But in the mid-90s, Radiohead and Jeff Buckley pretty much changed my life and there was a whole knew place I wanted to take myself musically.”
Witham notes, “I think that we pretty much wear our influences upon our collective sleeves as far as inspiration for the writing of the album. Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, and Muse are the most obvious influences on the surface. But we are both avid, freakishly nerdy fans of Fiona Apple, Jon Brion, and tons of others that I feel quietly shine through on this particular album.”
Recorded and mixed at Stillwork Recording Studio in Holyoke, Massachusetts, One Little Light Year was produced by the band with producer/engineer Benjamin Jon (All That Remains, The Acacia Strain). The album is being released by Restricted Release in cooperation with Angle Side Side. ”Recording this album was one of the greatest recording experiences of my life,” says Kerswill. ”