September 27, 2021

Pittsburgh hardcore/metal juggernauts 156/SILENCE have announced plans to release a new EP titled Don’t Hold Your Breath on October 29th with SharpTone Records. Containing four powerful tracks and recorded in only four days’ time, the EP is both a thematic ode to inescapable chaos and a prime study in calculated foresight. 

Produced by Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos), mastered by Will Putney (Every Time I Die, The Ghost Inside, Knocked Loose), and written in tandem with a brand-new album, Don’t Hold Your Breath not only boasts several insightful hints, but stands out as the band’s most deliberate and confident sound to date.  

Commenting on the EP guitarist Ryan Wilkinson states: “In 2020 the world went into lockdown, and widespread panic ensued. Many of us were isolated from our family, friends, and the lives we knew as we watched it all unfold. A lot of us experienced overwhelming feelings of fear, anxiety, helplessness, and uncertainty as we retreated further into ourselves. We as a band found something in that isolation, in the darkness of our thoughts. These are songs of reflection, loss, regret, and loneliness. At the end you might ask yourself if it was all just a dream? To that we say, ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath.'” 

Today, 156/SILENCE has revealed a video for the record’s first single The Wrong Sense, which is streaming now.

Vocalist Jack Murray says of the track: “Moments of weakness. A lapse of efficacy. The feelings of uncertainty and doubt that seem to only flourish once spoken. An innate aptitude to surmise the collapse: The Wrong Sense.”

Don’t Hold Your Breath track list

  1. Beginning’s End (Nobody’s Home)
  2. A Violent Delight
  3. The Wrong Sense
  4. Coup De Grâce (The Final Blow)

Established in 2015, 156/SILENCE represents the duality of light and dark. Combining vicious breakdowns and soaring melodies in the vein of genre pioneers like Poison The Well, Norma Jean and Daughters, 156 crafts songs that scream at the darkness but also whisper to the light.

The band came out of the gate swinging with their debut full length, Undercover Scumbag, in 2018.  That offering introduced the world to a new line up and a new, more focused and ferocious musical direction. After touring relentlessly and sharing the stage with bands like Varials, Black Tongue, The Acacia Strain and I Am, followed it up with their 2020 sophomore outing Irrational Pull.

156/SILENCE is:

Jack Murray: Vocals
Jimmy Howell: Guitar
Ryan Wilkinson: Guitar / Vocals
Kyle O’Connell: Drums
Lukas Booker: Bass

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