MODERN FEAR

by DRIFTOFF

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about

Driftoff comprises members of Junius, Rosetta, City of Ships, and Superblonde, and sees these veterans eschew the atmospheric metallics of their other bands in favor of a radiant, crushing post-hardcore sound. Desperate vocals and massive tones add up to what Decibel calls "frantic, feedback-riddled post-hardcore... noisy, squalling forward momentum," highly recommended for fans of Quicksand, Hot Water Music, Planes Mistaken For Stars, and Deftones.

The songs on Modern Fear tell tales of Driftoff's hometown of New York City – from a prisoner sentenced to tend the city's mass burial ground on Hart Island, to a subway busker living underground. Guitarist/vocalist Eric Jernigan has called the city "a self-contained bubble of madness... an endless well of inspiration."

"A model of excellence in heavy music... Driftoff is the band you need to know. The tones of the guitars reflect hints of Deftones or Handsome influence, but go above and beyond to make it its own heavy, crushing entity."
–Noisey

"Driftoff is a new band featuring members of Junius, Rosetta, and City of Ships... Heavy, soaring post-hardcore that sounds like Hot Water Music going through a big Hum phase... It doesn't just sound like a side project though, this is pretty killer stuff. "
–BrooklynVegan

"Ripping... earnest, angular '90s-ish post-hardcore"
–MetalSucks

"Driftoff combines talents from Junius, Rosetta and City of Ships, all names that are downright seminal in their own fields... Long story short, this is both new and traditional, fresh and yet wholly recognizable. Get excited for this release."
–Heavy Blog Is Heavy

"Massive sounds... Absolutely mesmerizing."
–American Aftermath

credits

released October 30, 2015

J. Crawford
// drums

E. Jernigan
// guitar, vocals

J. Munguia
// bass, vocals

M. Nieves
// guitar, vocals

// Recorded & Mixed by Will Benoit at The Radar Studio in Clinton, CT.
// Engineered by Daryl Rabidoux.
// Additional vocal recording by Tom Tierney at Spaceman Sound in Brooklyn, NY.
// Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering in Chicago, IL.

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Based in Brooklyn, NY, Driftoff includes members of Junius, Rosetta, City of Ships and Superblonde. Their new EP, Modern Fear, is available now worldwide.

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Track Name: Dying Light
// Dying Light

Dying light in the city
(I’m ready to go)
Tonight is my escape
(Let go)
From this life I never wanted
(I’m ready to go)
Couldn’t find a better way
(Let go)

Dark skies
Hid the truth from us all
Red eyes
Couldn’t stop his own fall
Can’t find
The key to unlock his soul
White lies
Turned black and swallowed him whole

Dying night in the city
(I’m ready to go)
White light calls out my name
(Let go)
To end the life I never wanted
(I’m ready to go)
I’d rather die than fade away
(Let go)

Dark skies
Hid the truth from us all
Red eyes
Couldn’t stop his own fall
Can’t find
The key to unlock his soul
White light
Turned black and swallowed him whole

Find a way to kill me
I can’t replace what I’ve lost
Track Name: Ghosts of Hart Island
// Ghosts of Hart Island

No one comes
before family said
The same blood
scattered under the light
Left me trapped
by the sirens

Sunrise
Marched onto decks... the new 9 to 5
Tidelines
Five coffins high, the day’s bodies arrive

Called us by name
but forgot mine
One cross they claim
wait in line

No one comes
for their family’s dead
The same blood
fills my head every night
Left me
trapped on this island

Last rites
Paid no respects ... dead or alive
Air tight
Pine boxes left without souls to revive

Called us by name
but forgot mine
One cross to blame
wait in line

No home… No hope... Alone…

Called us by name
but forgot mine
One cross to blame
wait in line
(Sirens rung out… Sirens sung out…)
Track Name: Black Heat
// Black Heat

Held down, passed around, came up without a future, never had a choice…
Learned to read, by writing on the walls
No second chance, after the first “crime,” caught in the machine from the start
Never did anything at all
Try... as we might… but we won’t

Just forget / Locked away
This time / Nothing's changed
Accept / He's never coming back
Can’t forget / Locked away
This time / Nothing's changed
Except / He's never coming back

Prison time blurred the years, until the new gold standard became a cigarette…
Came to find, the same treatment every time
Never hurt a man, they put him down in the street, but its not the kind of thing we can just forget…
It plays over again and over again
Try…. as we might… but we won’t

Just forget / Locked away
This time / Nothing's changed
Accept / He's never coming back
Can’t forget / Locked away
This time / Nothing's changed
Except / He's never coming back

Try… as we might… but we won’t
Understand the position they put him in

Don’t forget / Locked away
This time / Nothing's changed
Accept / He's never coming back
Can’t forget / Locked away
This time / Nothing's changed
Except / He's never coming back
Track Name: Straphanger
// Straphanger

So sorry to bother you… (I’m just passing through)
Lurking nomads in tunnels pedal tired tunes
Gin blossoms in full bloom… (This train is a tomb)
Sob stories for the daily commute

Times are tough, everybody knows
Wonder where you went wrong
Years drowning sorrows and so it goes
To the next car move on

Unseen shadows… (in life)
Lost in darkness… (in time)
Stir the still air… awake
Unseen shadows… (in life)
Lost in darkness… (in time)
Stir the still air

Adolescence spent down below… (should have stopped long ago)
A three ring circus in lo-fi stereo
Stomping and clapping in unison… (but they’re not keeping time)
With a plea for some attention

Times are tough everybody knows
Too little work to go round
Pass the hat after every show
And scrape by underground

Unseen shadows… (in life)
Lost in darkness… (in time)
Stir the still air… awake
Unseen shadows… (in life)
Lost in darkness… (in time)
Stir the still air

(in life… in time)

You wouldn’t understand, I never had a choice, found myself here
Couldn’t leave if I wanted to, this place is who I am