Defeat The Low debuts new song and video ‘Aurora Ave’

By on September 25, 2014
Defeat The Low

Portland five-piece, Defeat The Low, is pleased  to release their debut video for their song, “Aurora Ave.”  The song comes from the the band’s forthcoming debut album, A Nervous Smile, out this November 18th via Rise Records. The band will also hit the road this November 14th, on the Rise Records Tour with Dance Gavin Dance, Secrets, and Alive Like Me. The new album is also available for pre-order starting today via:

Check out  the video for “Aurora Ave” here:

Channeling their inner Nirvana in the video for “Aurora Ave,”  director Max Moore takes cues from the song’s lyrics, which quote the infamous suicide note that the late Kurt Cobain wrote in 1994, and creates a hauntingly familiar visual narrative to the song. Sonically, the band’s second release from their forthcoming album combines progressive melodies, complex choruses and dynamic, angst – ridden vocals while highlighting the band’s musicianship and unique song-writing style.

Vocalist Chris Huaraque offers, “The song is strongly influenced by an early 90’s, grunge-like feeling of nostalgia that I seem to get when I put on a Nirvana, Mudhoney, Pearl Jam, or Foo Fighters record.  The emotion and raw honesty that Cobain expressed in his writings, music, and performances will always be a strong influence on me, as I feel I can relate to a lot of the struggles of a small town upbringing from which seem to drive a lot of that emotion. Some of the performance shots throughout the video have a look similar to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video, such as the smokey and amber colored tones. We are very pleased with the work Max Moore has done and even more excited for you to get the song stuck in your head!”

The band recorded their self-produced album at Rain City Studios in Portland, Oregon.  The new album is a unique amalgamation of passion, dedication,  and creativity that pays homage to some of heavy music’s most important acts, such as Glassjaw, Sunny Day Real Estate, Texas Is The Reason, and the Deftones.  A Nervous Smile is ten tracks of earnest songs that are infused with Defeat The Low’s unique brand of rock,  and it is sure to stand out among the best releases of the year.

Huaraque continues, “I think that everyone in the band wanted to record a solid rock album that represents us in our most honest form. We feel that each of these songs take on a character of its own, by the message and emotion conveyed. Each song is special in its own right, to us, as it’s been a journey writing these songs over the past year. Each song does a good job of conveying our thoughts and feelings throughout this process of becoming friends and bandmates.”

Defeat The Low will hit the road in support of the new album this November 16th, starting in Seattle, Washington on the Rise Records Tour. The band will also play a CD release show in Portland, OR on November 14, 2014.
A Nervous Smile Track Listing:
1.   Swordfish
2.   Aurora Ave
3.   Clarity
4.   Turn To Hate
5.   Simple City
6.   American Made
7.   Instrumental
8.   Walking Dead
9.   Harbor
10. In Formation

Defeat The Low Tour Dates:

14-Nov Portlad, OR TBD
16-Nov Seattle, WA Studio Seven
18-Nov Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
19-Nov Denver, CO Summit
20-Nov Merriam, KS Aftershock
21-Nov St Louis, MO Fubar
22-Nov Joliet, IL Mojoes
23-Nov Indianapolis Emerson Theatre
24-Nov Des Moines, IA Woolys
26-Nov Tulsa, OK TBD
27-Nov Dallas, TX The Door
28-Nov Houston, TX Walters
29-Nov Austin, TX Red 7
30-Nov El Paso, TX Lowbrow
1-Dec Phoenix, AZ Joe’s Grotto
2-Dec Los Angeles, CA Roxy
3-Dec San Diego, CA Soma
4-Dec Pomona, CA Glasshouse
5-Dec Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
6-Dec Oakland, CA Metro
7-Dec Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst

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