There was a point during the making of Euthanasia, when Stray From The Path had to drag themselves up by their bootstraps just to be arsed to keep going. Lockdown inertia being what it was, the members of the Long Island hardcore crew would sporadically send one another ideas, to find they'd not touched their instruments in months. Eventually, they began to wonder: what exactly is the point anymore? “I was in a really bad place personally, and with no jobs, no shows, no nothing," is drummer Craig Reynolds' recollection. "I was just miserable.”
Re-establishing a form of connection with fans by drumming on Twitch, Craig was joined by guitarist Tom Williams in front of the digital audience. Buoyed by the uplift that being able to do something was providing, horsing around became jamming became songs, with fans even throwing their own feedback out as they watched.
What it's created on SFTP's 10th album is a sense of fresh urgency, of rediscovering your fire. The rappy metalcore is cut from the same stuff as ever, but it's packed with renewed, recharged foot-up-the-arse energy.