Father Before Me: With progressive melodic skate-punk…..

Father Before Me – Until Lambs Become Lions

Until Lambs Become Lions is not possible of course but is a nice song title and the band Fathers Before Me have chosen that name on the single from their sophomore EP Ruby. Father Before Me is from The Big Apple (New York City) and states that they plays progressive melodic skate-punk and Elijah Catrone is the sole member.

To honor his late father, Elijah Catrone founded Father Before Me as a way to pay respect to those who came before us, show gratitude to those with us, and pave the way for those to come. Father Before Me kicks off their sophomore EP, Ruby, with the anthemic Until Lambs Become Lions accompanied by a brand new music video. Immediately, the song opens with an in your face shred, followed by the skate punk drums and the catchy melodies characterized by Father Before Me’s earlier work.

The song and EP are both self-released by independent artist Father Before Me. Songs were mixed and mastered by genre veterans Grant McFarland and Carson Slovak at Atrium Audio (August Burns Red, Carousel Kings). The music video was shot by Tom Flynn. The track Do Or Not Do,

New York City based melodic punk band Father Before Me continues its characteristic blend of skate punk and progressive style with its sophomore effort Ruby. Influences are Bayside, Iron Maiden, Blink-182, He is Legend, Rise Against, Mute , NOFX, Bad Religion, Cacophony, Children Of Bodom.

On the heels of their debut EP Emerald, Ruby opens up with the in-your-face track Until Lambs Become Lions, setting the stage for an EP of songs that accelerates what audiences heard earlier – bigger, breathier and faster.

When asked about his family connection to music, he would emphatically reply, «I am a musician, like my father before me. His father’s operatic voice would go on to influence Father Before Me’s strong belty vocal melodies. While the elder Catrone had passed years before Father Before Me’s inception, Elijah Catroneposits that he would have been very supportive and happy with the band’s endeavors».

The influences behind the songs are as wide-ranging as the songs themselves. From the catchy, skate punk notes of NOFX and Lagwagon to the metal harmonies of Iron Maiden and 80s Metal. Father Before Me melds many styles to forge its own.

Both Emerald and Ruby were recorded with veteran production engineers Grant McFarland and Carson Slovak of Atrium Audio (August Burns Red, Carousel Kings).

The biggest challenge faced is that of a solo artist depicting a full four-piece band. Catrone plays the multifaceted role of singer, guitarist, bassist and drummer as well as that of songwriter for all songs on both Emerald and Ruby. In detailing a specific obstacle, Catrone remarked that «normally you’d expect to have a longer break between recording parts but I settled for getting 5 minutes breaks in between tracking. I’d get these blisters on my fingers after drumming which made it tough to jump into guitar sweeping».

Ultimately, Father Before Me aims to channel the positive energy that has inspired Catrone himself as a musician. The rhapsodic, idealistic lyrics and catchy melodies laid on top of progressive instrumentation serve to project a theme of fearlessness for listeners and to inspire fans to discover and celebrate their passions.

Upon the completion of Ruby’s recording, Father Before Me has set sights on the next project Sapphire, which promises more of the style fans love with a new overarching theme.


About Ulf Backstrøm (7231 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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