Sons Of Alpha Centauri sign to Exile On Mainstream records and announce their third album Push – a milestone release for the UK-based collective and a radical departure from their instrumental sound. Push marks their first collaboration with musicians from two of the biggest and most respected bands in the Sacramento music community; Jonah Matranga (Far, Gratitude) and Mitch Wheeler (Will Haven). Exile On Mainstream will proudly release Push on 27th August.
Push is a powerhouse of searing post hardcore, alternative metal and progressive dreamy riff rock, with an ideology rooted in the 90s hardcore scene. The record has evolved a fresh take on alternative post hardcore and emotive metal. The hypnotic pulsing riffs and the soaring emotional power of Jonah’s wrought and raw vocals provide his first heavy performance since the critically acclaimed Far reunion album At Night We Live.
SOAC follow on from their previous album Continuum exploring their heavier side and pursuing a truly avant grade blend of progressive ambient metal and post hardcore. Jonah uses his return to post hardcore, and his subtle, almost subliminal delivery to challenge some of the core topics with a reignited fire of passion and emotional persuasion.
Founding member and bass player Nick Hannon said “SOAC has a split personality – this is most certainly our darker and heavier side – we grew up on 90s alternative rock and to harness our vision with the purveyors of the Sacramento post hardcore sound will make this a true landmark release and we have taken it to the extreme collaborating with Mitch and Jonah!’”
On embracing the spirit of collaboration Nick continues, “We’ve always been interested in working in a collaborative manner so despite the epidemic we’ve continued building and expanding our spectrum of musical genres that we want to experiment with. This is an exciting phase for us, and integrating the guys from Sacramento and their heritage is phenomenal. We have worked to sculpt the instrumental rock dexterity of SOAC and provided a hardcore backbone by integrating Mitch and Jonah that has breathed a whole new spirit into the vessel. It still has an element of mysticism but comes with a more direct connection to the audience.”
1. Get The Guns
3. The Enemy
5. Buried Under
6. Boys And Girls
8. Dark Night
LINE UP FOR PUSH:-
Jonah Matranga – vocals
Marlon King – guitars
Nick Hannon – bass
Mitch Wheeler – drums
Stevie B – drums
Blake – effects
Sons of Alpha Centauri are the UK’s original instrumental stalwarts. Formed in 2001 they released their atmospheric and progressive debut to acclaim in 2007 and since then proceeded to develop their instrumental approach having been accepted and adopted by instrumental luminaries Karma to Burn and Yawning Man. SOAC have released multiple split records, undertaken several collaborations and toured extensively with Karma to Burn since 2009 and have also formed Yawning Sons with members of Yawning Man. The collaboration heralded involvement from Scott Reeder (Kyuss), Wendy Rae Fowler (Queens of the Stone Age) releasing several albums to critical acclaim in 2009 and 2021 both widely referred to as cult classics.
SOAC returned in 2017 with their sophomore Continuum produced and engineered by Aaron Harris of ISIS/Palms and the sister release Buried Memories followed thereafter which was a remix collaboration album with Justin K. Broadrick of Godflesh / Jesu.
Push is an album that blends the instantly recognisable sonic landscape of SOAC with the wrought emotional tone of Far and the epic backbone of Will Haven. This milestone album was recorded by Lance Jackman of EightFourSeven in Sacramento and engineered and mixed by Dan Lucas. This album has been mastered by the legendary Nick Zampiello (Cave In, Converge, ISIS) and presented impeccably by Exile on Mainstream Records.
Sons of Alpha Centauri – Sons of Alpha Centauri (2007) – Studio album
Sons of Alpha Centauri / Treasure Cat (Karma to Burn) – Last Day of Summer (2009)
Yawning Sons (Yawning Man & Sons of Alpha Centauri) – Ceremony to the Sunset (2009)
Sons of Alpha Centauri / Karma to Burn – 3 x 7” splits / box set (2012 – 2017)
Sons of Alpha Centauri – Continuum – Studio album (2017)
Sons of Alpha Centauri – Buried Memories (2019) (Collaboration with Justin Broadrick)
Yawning Sons – Sky Island (2021)