If I'm the Devil... by letlive. on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

“We all came to watch your world as it burns”. The words billow from “Copper Colored Quiet”, the album’s closer, like clouds of smoke. If I’m the Devil… moves with malicious intent, using pulse-racing punk, alt-metal and atmospheric nooks to torch the justice system (“Good Mourning America”) and raise righteous hell (“Another Offensive Song”). Vocalist Jason Butler has the shredded throat of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington and Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha, meshing power and political polemics with furious anger.

EDITORS’ NOTES

“We all came to watch your world as it burns”. The words billow from “Copper Colored Quiet”, the album’s closer, like clouds of smoke. If I’m the Devil… moves with malicious intent, using pulse-racing punk, alt-metal and atmospheric nooks to torch the justice system (“Good Mourning America”) and raise righteous hell (“Another Offensive Song”). Vocalist Jason Butler has the shredded throat of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington and Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha, meshing power and political polemics with furious anger.

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4:12
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4:34
4:35
2:40
2:59
5:01
4:12

About letlive.

Based out of Los Angeles, post-hardcore quintet Letlive formed in 2002. With a frantic, driving sound, the band fuses some of the technical fury of At the Drive-In with a more direct, passionate delivery. The band made its debut in 2004 with Exhaustion, Saltwater, and Everything in Between, released on At One Records. They followed up quickly the next year, releasing Speak Like You Talk, all the while slowly building up their credentials. During these years, the band had a bit of a rotating lineup of members, which finally firmed up in 2009 with a roster consisting of singer Jason Aalon Butler (the group's only founding member), guitarists Jean Nascimento and Jeff Sahyoun, drummer Anthony Rivera, and bassist Ryan Jay Johnson. That year, Letlive signed on with Tragic Hero, which released their third album, Fake History, in 2010. Shortly afterwards, the group made the jump to punk giant Epitaph, which reissued Fake History in 2011 with a handful of bonus tracks. This album was seen as something of a breakthrough for the band in certain circles, and their audience grew, based in large part to their increasingly explosive live shows. They followed up in 2013 with fourth album The Blackest Beautiful. Increasingly inspired by the political landscape in America, the band re-entered the studios with producer Justyn Pilbrow to record their fifth album, the left-leaning, politically charged If I'm the Devil... The album, released in June 2016, found the band finally feeling they had defined the Letlive sound.

~ Gregory Heaney

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • FORMED
    2002

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