To The Wind
With the revolving door of hardcore melodic bands springing on the scene everyday, it can be difficult to grasp what message, if any, the musicians are trying to deliver. Seattle, WA, band To The Wind wanted their debut full-length, Empty Eyes, to stand as a genuine reflection of the past years' ups-and-downs, and testament to their mindful readiness for the future.
Although they have officially been a band for about five years, the family ties within To The Wind date back to their childhood days, as brothers Tanner (vocals) and Ryan Murphy (guitar), grew up playing music with their cousin, Cory Lamb (drums). Their family was deep seeded in music, and they were constantly playing in various bands. After graduating high school, Ryan Murphy wanted to bring the songs he'd been working on to a project of his own. The three officially joined in 2008, and shortly after self-released a handful of demos on an EP, titled, The Hardest Part, never imagining that playing music would escalate beyond their local scene. A couple of years later in 2010, the band debuted another EP, Foundations, this time realizing that creating music together was something they wanted to stem into a long-term career. They played with many friends throughout the years, and finally in 2011, Matt Farage (guitar) and Anthony Laur (bass) joined the final lineup.
It didn't take long after that for the band to start garnering attention within the industry, and they soon signed with Crimson Management. They spent some time on the road, and released their third EP, No More Than This, in early 2012. Within a few months, the band signed with Pure Noise Records, who re-released this EP later that year as well as their full-length debut, Empty Eyes in May 2013.
Produced and engineered by Sam Pura (The Story So Far, The American Scene), Empty Eyes is track after track of aggressive riffs, and detailed breakdowns, each laced with honest lyrics. The album carries a huge intensity, something the band brings with them to every live show. They spent much of 2012 on the road, and have been continuing that trend since the beginning of 2013. Most recently, they've shared the stage with bands including No Bragging Rights and The Greenery. Playing everywhere from small clubs to huge festivals, To The Wind has no plans of slowing down, and hope that their music brings them overseas in the future.
Despite their distinctly hardcore sound, To The Wind deliver such accessible songs that listeners in all walks can find relation to them. The band has drawn inspiration from all genres of music - from Tupac Shakur to Brand New and Minus The Bear. Empty Eyes, is meant to fully encompass the bands' struggles through the last few years, without bringing the listener down. Frontman Tanner reveals, "Lyrically, the songs were built upon real experiences. Anything - from struggle, regret, pain, angst, to love, hate, life, death, addiction, abuse, anger, and disappointment. But beyond that - how important it is to try to be positive and maintain a normal life through it all."