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A New Way to Live Forever: “Monument” is intense and very melodic

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Posted March 6, 2017 by Peter Burns in Headlines

Fort Lauderdale’s A New Way to Live Forever is an alternative indie-rock band led by dynamic front man Russ Rogers (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar) with Phil Tucciarone (Drums), Steve Velez (Bass), Stephen Rose (Guitar) and Daniel Dyer (Guitar). Their latest EP release “Monument” which has had unanimous critical acclaim is available at iTunes now. ANWTLF has also dropped the new single ‘Fall Or Follow’ and lyric video for ‘Valley Metro!’.

The EP is a striking example of what the band has to offer. “Monument” is somewhat unexpected, pretty different and much more textured and nuanced than we usually hear in this genre. The lead single ‘Fall Or Follow’ sets the tone lyrically and sonically, and is, well, monumental in its overall approach.

It shows the group working in unison, bringing together their clever lyrics, big hooks and soaring melodies and harmonies. But there is plenty diversity in the sound beyond that, the whole set is full of dynamic color.

ANWTLF excel at blending arena-ready swagger and groove with an impressive and sparkling triple-threat-layer of heavy rock guitars, which not far from the surface maintains a set of pop and urban-flavored sonics, ready to deliver alternatives soundscapes such “I Saw Stars”, on which we also find Producer Peter Klett playing guitar,  and “Leave It All Behind”.

It is also spacey, with truly epic pianos and sing-along choruses on “Dream Away”. It all adds up to that unexpected sound I mentioned in the beginning.

ANWTLF is going into uncharted territories, mixing pop, soul-infused vocals and heavy rock music with a modern swing, a music style that suits them very well. At the same time A New Way to Live Forever is able to deliver high energy rock anthems, vibrant with banging beats, while grooving with effortless ease along traces of grunge-like guitar work.

“Monument” really has a contemporary rock-soul style to it. It is intense and very melodic.  It rolls on all cylinders, combining memorable ballads and fast-tempo rockers without sacrificing EP unity or flow.

All in all, A New Way to Live Forever delivers an honest recording that reflects their musical image, full of cool and addictive sounds that work very well together. The EP showcases a maturity of songwriting and a very interesting future for ANWTLF.

Many if not all of the songs on “Monument” seem to take their core inspiration from genres outside of hard rock which leaves us with some of the most intriguing and diverse songs to come out of this genre in a long time. This is an excellent EP that really plays to ANWTLF’s strengths.

The entire recording is catchy with enough variety and quality to keep listeners coming back for more each time.  They are playing venues and sharing stages as well as supporting Trapt in a showcase at The Whisky in LA on 4/28, but surely it won’t be long before A New Way to Live Forever are headlining their own major shows around the globe. (Top Photo credit: Alex Solca)

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