The sound of Dead Letter Circus on This is the Warning is more than just a singular representation – rather, it is the redefining of how adrenaline and emotion can be blended seamlessly into works of sonic art; of how soaring melodic adventures can be let fly above a mountain range of raw but somehow channeled rhythmic power. In short, it rocks. But it also catches the light of your reflection and beckons you to look inside yourself. It’s music that lures you towards your speakers, then seizes you by the throat. It’s love, loss, betrayal, humanity, societal norms, questioning, and the search for meaning. And it’s unlike anything you’ve ever heard.
Guitarist Rob Maric explains: “Our aim for the album was to take the sound we established with the EP and explode in every possible direction from there… we wanted to make the big moments more powerful and the spacious moments more ambient. But, more importantly, we wanted those ambient moments to be just as engaging as the rest… to have the listener leaning in, hanging off every note even in the record’s most subdued moments.”
It’s really easy to play it safe and jump on board the latest trend, imitating the exact style and sound of everyone’s favorite band of the week. It’s really easy to play into the hands of a specific demographic, knowing without a doubt in your mind that kids will eat up every hook and pile on for every sing-a-long. But how many times can we walk down the same old roads? At some point, we need to break from this monotony and make our own roads. We need to create something for ourselves that is more than just a quick, cheap, and easy sell. Something that has many layers to dissect, discover, and enjoy. This is what Aficionado has set out to do.