Stick to Your Guns will release their new album True View on October 13 via Pure Noise. The album is available for pre-order here.
Ahead of the album’s release, the band has dropped sonically electrifying and lyrically evocative new track “The Sun, The Moon, The Truth: Penance of Self.”
“Something I see in a lot of people, including almost everyone of my peers, is the inability to be honest with oneself,” says singer Jesse Barnett about the song. “Everyone thinks they’re right. Everyone can’t seem to get a grip on the reality of being self-aware. I was this way and I’m sure I still can be. I was an incredibly selfish person who did whatever I felt like doing. I would leave a trail of destruction everywhere I went and my loved ones would always give me the pass — ‘Oh well, that’s Jesse.'”
He furthers, “I came to a point where I realized no one is going to keep me accountable for my actions but myself. I lost some of the most important things in my life these last few years and I had nowhere left to hide. I had to face my fire. I had to finally, for fucking once, live with the hurt I created. I had to own my mistakes and it’s been the heaviest weight I’ve ever had to carry.”
Offering insight into the impactful album as a whole, Barnett states, “True Viewwas inspired by innumerable conversations that I had with my mother during the hardest couple of years I’ve had in my life. The people I lost in my life, the mental and physical challenges I faced, as well as losing myself. I don’t know if it was getting older or the foundation I had built my life on cracking beneath my feet or a mixture of everything. I had just hit a point where I was forced to take inventory of who I was. Truly. Not the person I thought I was or the person I wanted to be, but the actual person I was.”
He continues, “I had to face my own pain and the pain I caused others. In this time, much like my entire life, my mother was my guiding light. Through the patience, advice and guidance she offered me, I was able to navigate to a place of enlightenment or at the very least a place of better understanding. I’m still not the person I hope to one day be but I now feel confident in myself to make decisions and guide myself to that place of peace within myself. Regardless of how anyone feels about this record, all I can say it that it was necessary. It had to be written and I’m glad it was.”
“Anyone who is familiar with Stick to Your Guns is aware that our music, lyrics, message, and existence is a reflection of our inner selves processing the world we live in,” adds guitarist Josh James. “Selfishly, I have always used this band as a source of therapy, as well as a source of understanding different perspectives.”
He finishes, “I really wanted to intentionally create an album that sonically reflects the feeling of modern life: depression, anger, fear, hope, happiness, forgiveness and clarity. A feeling of breaking through the dark shit in life and the journey of the struggle that ends up elevating you to a new, smarter, stronger, better version of yourself. Things really clicked when Jesse started tracking vocals. The lyrics and feeling he put into each song constantly blew me away, his words were the perfect fit to the songs. I’ve created a lot of music in my life, but right now I can’t help but feel that True View is the album I’ve always wanted to be part of.”
The band will also embark on a series of True View record release shows. Those dates, as well as North American tour plans for Winter 2018, will be revealed in due time.
Meanwhile, the band will hit the road on a headline tour through the UK and Europe in November.
STICK TO YOUR GUNS TRUE VIEW TRACK LISTING:
“3 Feet From Peace”
“The Sun, The Moon, The Truth: Penance of Self”
“Married to the Noise”
“The Inner Authority: Realization of Self”
“You Are Free”
“Doomed By You”
“The Better Days Before Me”
“Through the Chain Link”
“The Reach for Me: Forgiveness of Self”