Long Island’s Stray From The Path have never been ones to shy away from discussing political or social issues throughout their career, and that doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon. ‘Only Death Is Real’, the band’s sixth album, is set to drop on September 8th 2017 via Sumerian Records.
Speaking about the album, guitarist Thomas Williams explains, “The king equals the elite, the queen equals the government, the bishop equals the church, the knight equals the military, the rook equals the police, and the pawn equals the people. This was the first time the vision and the theme of the album came before the music. We had the artwork first. We wrote this during a pretty dark and reflective time in our lives. In an age where government has failed, they made us feel as small and as insignificant as ever. In this game, all of the attention is turned onto the people: white versus black, Democrat versus Republican, gay versus straight, or Trump versus no Trump. They know the fight is within the community. There can be no fight against the establishment.”
You can check out the album artwork, full track listing, and a stream to check out the video for ‘Goodnight Alt-Right’ below:
01.) The Opening Move
02.) Loudest In The Room
03.) Goodnight Alt-Right
04.) Let’s Make A Deal
05.) They Always Take The Guru
06.) Plead The Fifth
07.) Strange Fiction (feat. Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die)
08.) All Day & A Night (feat. Bryan Garris of Knocked Loose)
09.) The House Always Wins (feat. Vinnie Paz)
10.) Only Death Is Real
Along with details surrounding their forthcoming full-length, the band have also dropped a controversial video for its lead single, ‘Goodnight Alt-Right’, in which the band directly address not only the infamous on-camera punch delivered to white supremacist Richard Spencer, but also to the growing alt-right movement in recent years.
“When Richard Spencer, a white supremacist, was punched on-camera a few months back, it was great to see that he and his hatred were not being tolerated. We were shocked to see that people were actually defending him though. They said he should have freedom of speech. They’re not wrong. People should be able to exercise free speech. Sometimes, the things you say come with consequences. There is enough hate, misery, and division in this country that we don’t need a televised white supremacist saying, ‘This country belongs to white people.’ Bottom line: if you preach hate, expect hate.”