Band Of The Day: Libricide
Libricide is a multi-faceted modern rock band based out of New York, USA, fusing styles and taking stages to create an original sonic experience that broadens your mind and gets stuck in your head.
The band recently dropped the acoustic tinged alt rock anthem “Them Without You”. The track is the only ballad on their new album. Gear wise, Libricide decided to try a different approach on the single. “Sonically we wanted this song to be different from the rest of the record. We experimented with different gear as well. For this song, I made the conscious choice & went for more of a traditional sound by recording all of my guitar parts (including the solo) on both a Fender Stratocaster& Telecaster. I’m very glad I did as the song calls for a specific tone that only a strat & tele could pull off. It compliments the song very well & adds more of a layer to what everyone else is playing.” says guitarist Dylan Stark. Vocalist and guitarist Harun Gadol adds “It’s the only song with acoustic guitar throughout the album. I got to use my coveted Guild on this one, and our engineer John is even featured on the track playing tambourine, which he peppered in so well I almost didn’t even notice it!”
Thematically, “Them Without You” is a song all about letting go, moving on, and improving your situation. “The song essentially just came out of me as a result of some experiences I was going through around the time it was written,” explains Gadol. “A very cathartic experience, for me it was about outgrowing certain people and situations that were no longer serving you (“They’ll be fine alone, they were before you came. But no one’s gonna come around to save your day”). Of course the beauty in art is everyone can have a more specific interpretation based on their own individual experience.”
Along with the single, Libricide has dropped a new music video for “Them Without You”. The high quality, cinematic video was shot over the course of a full day in October of 2022 by exclaimed director Tom Flynn (Lamb Of God, Buckcherry). “Many takes were shot, both group and individual, in multiple locations around our HQ, including the drone shots and fire scenes toward nightfall. We learned a lot, got to work on our video performance chops, and are very happy with the final product,” says Gadol. “I’ve been receiving messages from people whom I either never met before or haven’t heard from in years letting me know how much they loved our new song & music video. Just goes to show you that we are doing something right in the end,” adds Stark.
“Them Without You” is now playing across all streaming platforms. Check out the video on YouTube below.
Holding down multiple roles at the forefront of Libricide is Producer/Songwriter/Lyricist/Vocalist/Guitarist Harun Gadol, who originally formed the band as a solo project, releasing the first EP Barriers To Entry. Lead Guitarist Dylan Stark joined shortly thereafter, leading the group to Libricide’s self-titled debut album. The band was soon on the rise amidst their local tri-state area live circuit, finding talented and like-minded musicians along the way to round out the current lineup.
Various artists and musical aesthetics inform the sound of Libricide, as the band nods to classic rock inspiration, while broadening their horizons to encompass a wide sphere of influence. Libricide’s collective influences range from the core classics of the rock world to 90’s/2000’s alternative and grunge to progressive, pop, metal, acoustic, and hip-hop, electronica and more. Their diverse musical tastes are well-applied in their songwriting, representing a wide breadth of styles while still providing memorable, catchy, and radio-ready tracks.
True to their name, Libricide burns the book of rules and expectations of musical trends, creating a unity of genre that aligns with the message of their current full-length work, Consilience. Meaning “unity of knowledge”, Consilience represents the alliance formed in the making of the record, as the band’s internal team of songwriting and arrangement aligns with external collaboration alongside such artisans of production as Ted Jensen (The Eagles’ Hotel California, Green Day’s American Idiot, Billy Joel, Norah Jones and much more) and John Ferrara (Cro-Mags, Trophy Scars, Young Thieves). If the first album endeavored to captivate the local scene, Consilience represents the band’s new emergence to cross the threshold into reaching audiences across the nation, and the world.
Libricide Studios is the band’s HQ, a production house that expands their following to an extensive reach through covers, viral content, comedy, and film production, including international collaborations. This creative outlet has gained them attention outside of the scope of their music, while still drawing newcomers in to discover the sounds of Libricide.
The band’s production-focused lifestyle naturally translates to the live experience, as Libricide always aims to craft the perfect sound and stage for each performance, tailoring the ideal set for any audience. Their adaptability has led Libricide everywhere from singer/songwriter bills to the heaviest of metal lineups, and to sharing stages with the likes of Ace Frehley, Chevelle, Hoobastank, Puddle of Mudd, Stone Temple Pilots, and Yngwie Malmsteen, just to name a few!
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