Joe Brown - Vocals
Phil Pirrone - Bass & Vocals
Dan Arnold - Guitar & V
For A Static Lullaby, making music isn't an avenue to success or a path to riches, it's a means of survival, a way to confront chaos and hypocrisy without having a mental breakdown. The impassioned songs on their second album, Faso Latido, reflect the band's sincerity. "We really want to show people that music can be real and it can make you think and even change your life," Brown says. "The more people that get that message from us, the better."
The group's commitment to their art shines through in an array of songs that transcend simple classification. Faso Latido is a striking blend of energy, volume, rage and blissful melody that exposes the band members' diverse tastes and reveals how much they're developed as musicians since their 2003 debut, And Don't Forget to Breathe.
nyone who values emotionally turbulent music will surely bond with Faso Latido, which draws from pop, punk, metal and rock without attaching itself strictly to any one form. And, instead of adhering to conventional verse/chorus song constructs, A Static Lullaby dives into more uncharted waters. "Calmer Than You Are" starts with an enticing hook that juts through a scratchy guitar volley, and builds with urgent, near-tribal beats. "Faso Latido" overlaps melodic howls with feral screams and features a spoken-word mid-section over a rhythms that rips, tumbles and flutters. And "Godbless You (God Damnit)" is largely atmospheric, driven by a mid-paced beat and tuneful vocals gliding over vaporous guitars and a bobbing bass line.
Brown formed A Static Lullaby three years ago with guitarists Dan Arnold and Nate Lindeman, bassist Phil Pirrone and drummer Brett Dinovo, who all went to high school in Chino Hills, California. At first, the musicians were in different bands, but when Brown was a senior, they decided to get together and jam. "The first practice we had was awesome," gushes Brown. "We were so stoked. The songs were coming fast and we were really excited about the music we were making. We all thought it was the best s*** ever, so we quit everything else we were doing and just went with this band."
Just two weeks after its inception, A Static Lullaby amassed enough material to play their first gig. Soon after, their unique blend of hardcore, emo, ska, metal, and epic rock made them one of the hottest unsigned bands on the Orange County circuit. The group recorded and self-released the Withered EP, then in the summer of 2002 A Static Lullaby were signed, and entered the studio with producer Steve Evetts (Sepultura, Hatebreed). In a few weeks, they recorded their debut And Don't Forget To Breathe, an album that showcased the band's creativity and set the groundwork for Faso Latido.
A Static Lullaby spent 18 long months on the road supporting the album, and shared stages with such acts as AFI, My Chemical Romance and Brand New. At first, the excitement of being on tour kept them pumped, but after a while, the guys started getting stir crazy and their relationship became strained. Following one skirmish too many, Dinovo decided to quit the band and go back to school. "It was crazy because he was my best friend," Brown says. "He was a major part of writing. It was like we lost an arm or a leg and had to rebuild."
With their original lineup back in place, their second album on the shelf and a slot on the Taste of Chaos tour--which also features The Used, Killswitch Engage and Senses Fail-- A Static Lullaby are ready once again to throw up a middle finger to complacency and convert the masses to their form of sonic revolution.