Wake us up when September begins ’cause Stray From The Path are dropping their eleventh record Euthanasia, out 9 September, 2022 via UNFD. So far the New Yorkers have shared singles ‘Guillotine‘ and ‘III‘ which have both alluded to an modern/aggressive hardcore release on the way.
Frontman Drew York also recently joined French metalcore outfit Landmvrks on ‘Death‘ – the man is keeping busy. This time it’s Stray From The Path who are hosting the guest features with their third single ‘Bread & Roses’ featuring Jesse Barnett of Stick to Your Guns who just dropped their own new record Spectre last week (our review here).
Considering the power of Barnett, you might assume the song would be an aggressive hardcore beast but the collab captures a series of cleans and well-behaved guitars, albeit with a few grinding sections seeping through on ‘Bread & Roses‘, highlighting a more emotive side of the forthcoming record.
On the single, guitarist Tom Williams comments:
“If you know Stray, you know that since we first met in 2008 and throughout our whole career, Jesse Barnett is family. A person that walks the walk and someone everybody should look up to as an example of direct action to help people in need. We had this idea for the song and there aren’t many people that are qualified for it more than him. In addition to his voice being the perfect fit for the vibe, we wanted to do something that helps boost his efforts and supports his mutual aid projects in the Los Angeles community. We did a special All Power Books vinyl variant of our new album, where all of the profit from these sales go directly to people in need. A lot of time, it is hard to feel confident where your money goes, but we’ve seen directly where this money goes with our own eyes, and you can also see by following them at @allpowerbooks and @apfreeclinic.”
Jesse Barnett elaborates:
“We believe in the principles of uplifting our community through directly asking our community about its needs. Through this we have noticed our community becoming empowered and more involved with itself. In a world bent on isolating and alienating us from ourselves and each other, we militantly combat this by not only serving our community but allowing anyone from the community who wants to, to also serve. We reject saviourism and we believe that only through unity and togetherness can people save themselves from the common problems that plague our communities. We are honoured that Stray From The Path has decided to do this and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts. The money from this shirt and vinyl variant will go towards our educational programs, our free medical clinic, our produce distributions, our school supply drives, our day care services and the many other things we offer our community. Thank you Stray for helping us keep this alive.”
Words by Ricky Aarons (@rickysaul90)
Stray From The Path – Euthanasia tracklisting
2. Needful Things
3. May You Live Forever
5. Bread & Roses feat. Jesse Barnett of Stick to Your Guns
6. The Salt In Your Spit
7. Law Abiding Citizen
8. Chest Candy
9. Neighbourhood Watch
10. Ladder Work