DEFEATER recently wrapped recording their third full-length album Letters Home, which will be out on Bridge Nine Records on July 15th.
The ten new tracks are heavy and haunting, while lyrically poignant and continuing the story of a working class family living in post-WWII America.
'Letters Home' revolves around the father of two brothers that listeners were introduced to in two of Defeater's prior releases - Travels and most recently Empty Days & Sleepless Nights - giving a background to the character and seeing some of the events from those past albums through his eyes.
Vocalist Derek Archambault said: "Inspiration for this record came from a few places. Much like with Lost Ground, these stories are based around my two grandfathers' service in WWII.
"Musically the record hearkens back to Travels and Lost Ground. EDSN was a bit of a departure for us, and I think we took some good chances on that record but Letters Home brings it back to why we started this band in the first place five years ago."
Letters Home is the heaviest body of music yet from the Boston, Massachusetts, hardcore outfit.
Guitarist Jay Maas added: "Letters Home is more focused on sounding dirty and mean, but at the same time we have improved as songwriters so some of these ten tracks are our most accessible."
The album was recorded at Maas's own Getaway Recording Studio (where the band's prior releases were also tracked), and features the first recorded appearance by Defeater's new drummer Joe Longobardi who Maas describes as "some kind of drum wizard".
"His memory for organizing parts is sincerely inhuman, and he has such amazingly tasteful composition skills," the guitarist added. "Everything he plays just feels meant to be which really lends itself to an easier time for the rest of us."