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Stand Up: Letlive Are The Most Exciting Band In The World Today

Ben Patashnik
Ben Patashnik 6 January 2011 at 13.44

We’ve been waiting for a band this good to come along for ages, so buckle up and join the revolution

The new issue of Rock Sound is our 2011 preview, and we've put together 101 reasons why it's going to be a phenomenal year for new music. At the top of that list is the incredible Letlive, and band we came across halfway through last year and have been going frankly nuts over ever since. There's going to be a lot more love shared between RS and LL in the months to come, but for now check out 'Renegade 86' and video for 'Casino Columbus'.

Here at Rock Sound we try to avoid hype, so believe us when we say Letlive could be the most exciting band in the world. The LA hardcore crew are set to unleash second album ‘Fake History’ (released in the US last year on Tragic Hero Records, set to be put out properly here soon) and, thanks to their exhilarating brand of progressive hardcore – think Refused, Glassjaw and even Deftones put in a 21st century blender – they’re changing lives on a daily basis. And how’s this for a wonderfully simple manifesto? “We want to keep people not so much thinking but feeling,” says vocalist Jason Aalon Butler, “because that’s the most humanistic value there is.” Difference being, these guys mean it.

Letlive, completed by guitarists Jean Nascimento and Jeff Sahyoun, bassist Ryan Johnson and drummer Anthony Rivera, stand out not because they sound notably different from all other bands but because the strength of their belief shines through every burnished note and throat-ripping scream. “Creativity is lost is when you set out to become this new, fresh band,” explains Butler. “You allow the music to write itself in a way that’s exceptional from what’s going on; you hope to be the hands that are playing it and the mouth that’s singing it... [because] we feel part of a natural process. It’s just knowing that, inside our genetic code, people want progress.”
Letlive - Renegade 86 by RockSoundMagazine
For Letlive, music is the timeless expression of a primitive human spirit, an all-inclusive way to communicate without language. And beneath the physical urges they inspire – to sing, scream or mosh like a demon – beats the heart of a band who want to make the world a better place, one song at a time. “[Our music] is a huge ode to being hopeful,” continues Butler. “The only way to fix things is knowing there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You’re precluding any chance of change and evolution if you believe we’re fucked. In my eyes that’s wrong.”

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