Ruben Alvarez of Upon A Burning Body stops by the show to discuss ‘Southern Hostility’ and the ways your perspective on music can with age.
When Upon A Burning Body burst onto the international scene in 2010 they were heralded for delivering a crushing take on deathcore that combined unrelenting heaviness with a desire to have as much fun as possible. The Texas band sang about getting blackout drunk with their closest friends but also overcoming the things in life that held them down. Critics didn’t always get it, but the fans of the genre did, and the band continued to deliver similar material in the years that followed.
That is, until now.
Southern Hostility, Upon A Burning Body’s upcoming fourth studio album (out June 7 via Seek and Strike), finds the hard-partying antics of the group set aside in an attempt to showcase their metal chops. The band has doubled-down on their songs about surviving the struggle of existence, and in doing so the members have crafted what is undeniably their best work to date. Over the course of ten sizzling tracks, Upon A Burning Body aspires to inspire a generation of outliers to become more than they and their haters think is possible. They are, in their own unique way, trying to improve this often troublesome world.
On this episode of Inside Music, Upon A Burning Body co-founder and guitarist Ruben Alvarez stops by to discuss Southern Hostility at length. Ruben tells host James Shotwell about how changes in his and other band members’ personal lives has given the group a different perspective on life. He also talks about the decision to join Seek And Strike, moving out of the city, and growing older in an industry that praises youthfulness above all else.
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