It’s no secret that music isn’t what it used to be. Gone are the days of free self-expression. Musicians today are categorized into an endless list of genres and subgenres, often with no input from the artist themselves. Standing strong against the current of forcing bands into neat little packages is Nashville’s COURTESY DROP. Guitarist and vocalist Paul Chalos aims to express himself not through tailoring songs to a specific style, but through allowing his frustrations, his shortcomings, and his intense introspection to dictate the sound of the music.
Chalos’ emotionally-driven songwriting has never been more successful than on COURTESY DROP’s latest effort, Stabilizer. From the soft, spacey beginning of Space and Interaction, to the pained, heavy-hitting single Orion, the five songs that make up this EP travel through a truly impressive range of dynamic levels in an effortless fashion. The result is unusually cohesive for such an ambitious project, and makes for a truly enjoyable listening experience.
Stabilize is sure to hit home with fans of emotional post-hardcore legends CURSIVE and MINERAL, but its melodic guitars and softer moments will also appeal to lovers of indie-rock acts such as JETS TO BRAZIL and You Can Play These Songs With Chords-era DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE. The EP will be released through ANIMAL STYLE RECORDS on October 28th, 2014, just in time for COURTESY DROP’s appearance at The Fest 13 in Gainesville, Florida.
The band previously released Songs To Drive To; Cry, And Make Love To in 2013, and What Makes This Place Worth Calling Our Home in 2011.