Members: Johnny, Drew, Matt, Jake
Hold the Ground, the much-anticipated follow up to Await Rescues 2008 self-titled full-length, is the Napoleon of new releases: short, yet powerful and hell-bent on conquering the ears of those who allow it to invade their ipod playlists. This EP caps off a years worth of successful shows in the New England area, spanning from their sold-out album release show at Bills Bar in the shadows of Fenway Park in 2008 to the bands first Boston-to-Miami-and-back East Coast tour in August of 2009.
The Hold the Ground EP was unveiled to yet another sold-out room at the Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, MA on August 7, 2009, and it very notably marks a step in a new direction and a whole new journey through the depths of Rock n Roll for Await Rescue. The new EP is a stylistic foray into genres made famous by the likes of Incubus and Foo Fighters, a noticeable departure from the band's more prog-rock oriented self-titled release. Await Rescue is, however, bringing along a few pieces of their roots for the ride; Hold the Ground features a refreshed and revamped incarnation of Alright, a fan favorite and crowd pleaser released originally on their self-titled album in 2008. Featuring fuller, more powerful, hard hitting choruses and bridges, the latest version also features Seattle native and Berklee graduate, Jacob Yackshaw, on bass. Trained in jazz and having been a part of numerous bands on both coasts, Jake brings new life to the rhythm section that elevates Await Rescue's musical creations to new heights. Songs such as Clipped Wings and Hold the Ground serve as reminders to listeners of what has been fundamentally missing from Rock n Roll music today: Rock.
Moving city by city and state by state, the boys plan to spread the fire that is Await Rescue via their purely enthralling live shows. And, like Napoleon returning from exile on the island of Elba to reclaim his empire, they refuse to be denied, because for Await Rescue, it is all about principle. It is about holding true to their vision of what good music is despite the current trends in the industry that seem to be killing Rock n roll. Make the best music possible and believe that people want to hear it. The people have responded â¦
What people are saying about AR:
"Await Rescue is rightfully gaining the plaudits in Boston, Massachusetts with the band's blend of alternative rock."
"Front man and vocalist, Johnny brings a poignant sense of melody to the mix, and it cannot be doubted that his influence extends to the rest of the band members."
"â¦I for one cannot wait to hear Await Rescue's future album. It shall be intriguing to discover whether or not the band members can hone their skills to greater heights next time round"
- Sam Agini of www.ultimate-guitar.com
"Well, these chaps do the music I hear on WFNX frequently, very good, angst drenched vocals around swirling, energetic dramatic music. It's almost in the prog rock category with able playing throughout"
"well produced, well performed, and I see no reason why this couldn't be played on any modern rock stationâ¦ "
-The Noise Boston Magazine
"This hard rock quintet from our very own Boston blew me away. From start to finish they dove through some of the most innovative experimental music I have heard coming out of the local scene."
"...the entire set was full of well-executed complex song writing, powerful energy, and great stage presence. There was no weak link to be found..."
- Nick Grieco, Playground Boston