Past Lives is the boundary-pushing new album from L.S. Dunes who is made up of members of My Chemical Romance, Coheed and Cambria, Thursday, and Circa Survive.
L.S. Dunes was formed in 2020 and their new album, Past Lives, is a boundary-pushing, futuristic synthesis of post-hardcore, art-rock and punk that quickly establishes L.S. Dunes as a commanding new arrival. The set was produced by Will Yip (Turnstile, Circa Survive, Quicksand).
Drummer Tucker Rule and bassist Tim Payne (Thursday), guitarist Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance), guitarist Travis Steever (Coheed And Cambria) and vocalist Anthony Green (Circa Survive) grind riff-heavy anthems super-charged with punk energy into a sound unlike anything that has come before it. Exploring themes of fearlessness, dependency, nonconformity, and impermanence, each of these 11 tracks delivers confident musicality and unapologetic emotional vulnerability. From the gripping, theatrical opener “2022,” and the crunchy, frenetic earworm “Like Forever,” to the pummeling, expansive “Permanent Rebellion,” and the disarming album closer, “Sleep Cult,” Past Lives is an electrifying and emotional ride.
After the shock of the pandemic shutdown, the close friends and mutual admirers urgently realized that "tomorrow" is not promised. “We never knew if we would ever get to play these songs together, in fact none of us lifelong musicians really knew if we’d ever be able to play music for a live audience ever again,” Iero recounted. “Permanent Rebellion” is about taking back what is rightfully yours.” Rule added, “We wanted to do something where you can hear all our bands in it and yet, not have it sound like any one in particular. Our roots are punk rock and hardcore, and the vibe is hope for all the lost souls.”
The seeds of L.S. Dunes were planted during rehearsals for Thursday’s Christmas livestream event in 2020 which included friends and acquaintances from some of their favorite bands. The chemistry at the serendipitous, impromptu jam sessions was instantaneous. With the addition of Circa Survive’s vocalist Anthony Green, it was organically clear, this time, the music formed the band.