Muscle Before Paradise: NYC Post-Punkers Return with “Passion” (PREMIERE)

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Muscle Before Paradise is a post-punk outfit based out of New York City. That said, even if that specific style of punk isn't something you follow closely, the site's more hardcore-focused readers might be familiar with the group's frontman, Mason Mercer, from his time playing in the straight edge groups Free At Last and FocusedXMinds. 

Mason dreamed up the concept of Muscle Before Paradise while traveling across Veitnam via motorcycle a few years ago. With a new lineup that also features drummer Brandon Gallagher (Coarse, ex-Old Wounds), bassist Erek Smith, and guitarists Tim Peacock and Matt Morgantini, the band's sound offers up sharp and snappy bursts of melody that have brought on sonic comparisons to the likes of Wire and Gang of Four.

So far, Muscle Before Paradise have released an EP called Bellycrawl at the end of 2016, but they're set to return with their debut full-length, Die In Combat. Sit back and check out "Passion," a track from the forthcoming LP. 

Mercer describes “Passion” as "an anthem for creative people who are in despair and concerned with asking if it’s too late. The lyrics speak about the current demands for instant gratification and unrealistic expectations for results."

While release details for Die In Combat are yet to be finalized, you can go to Muscle Before Paradise's Bandcamp page to stream their Bellycrawl EP.

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