There’s an old saying that goes something like, “the worst things always happen to the best people” and that couldn’t be truer for these rockers from Sin City. I have personally met them and can honestly say they are the nicest, most genuine people you will meet, ever. They have suffered through the burdens of lost loves, the unanswered left behind questions of suicide, and death of dear family members and friends yet they always continue to fight onward in search for inner peace. Their sophomore album, Peace At All Costs on Century Media Records, takes listeners on that journey so we all may find peace within ourselves.
Vocalist, Adrian Patrick offers an insight to the album and their first single, “Darker Side of the Moon”, “Darker Side of the Moon is just the beginning of the journey that we plan to take with everyone. The Moon is a heavenly body that we’ve come to cherish and worship throughout our meager lives… but there is another side to it that most of us know nothing about. We hope that our album Peace At All Costs will help the world navigate the depths of its own darkness and break through into the Light on the other side.”
Musically, the album picks right up where their debut, True Love Never Dies left off though I note a sense of maturity in the songwriting. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all dark, deep and depressing. In fact, just the opposite is true. Peace is a blast to listen to! The guitars are heavier and more technical, the percussion is more thunderous and the vocals are more passionate. It’s more of what we have come to love from Otherwise.
There’s no shortage of adrenaline-pumping tracks that would certainly get the heart racing. Take it to the gym and give it a whirl. “Coming For The Throne” comes to mind right off the top of my head. It’s such a fun song with it’s heavy guitar riffs mixed with some raging vocals. This is perhaps their best song to date; I’d love to see it released as a single. “Love and War”, “Darker Side of the Moon” and “Never Say” should keep that cardio up long enough to burn off that doughnut that you ate on the way to the gym.
“All Pretty Things”, is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve heard in a long time. Adrian explains, “There is something beautifully sad and powerful here. The lyrics are about the pain and emptiness that suicide can leave with the living. We’ve had experience with it and this song is a testament to that.” One would be hard-pressed to find a vocalist who sings with as much passion as Adrian.
Hat’s off to the boys who make up Otherwise: Adrian Patrick (vocals), Ryan Patrick (guitar/vocals), Corky Gainsford (drums/vocals), Vassilios Metropoulos (bass) and Andrew Pugh (guitar/vocals). They work harder than any other band to try and make it in this rock world and it shows.
Speaking of shows, Otherwise is currently out headlining their own tour so be sure to check out their website for dates and cities. For those of you who have seen their live show can attest that they are phenomenal on stage. For those who haven’t, don’t miss out. Go to a show and let me know what you think.