August Ruins has had a long journey thus far. Starting out in 2009 in Pittsburgh, PA. They jammed NOFX, Bad Religion, Anti-Flag and a many other that would have a huge influence on them. Naturally, they wanted to start writing songs of their own. So, they started a band.
Getting the chemistry right wasn’t easy, it took them a while to find the right balance between 4 or 5 members of the band until things got steady. Names changed, faces changes, but the entity that was August Ruins held fast and released two EPs before finally producing their debut full length Momentary Victory this year.
Entirely self-financed, the band has always had talent behind the boards as well as on the recording room floor. Their first EP, The Ghost and the Gasoline, was produced and recorded by Anthony Santos at Killingsworth Recording Company in Long Island, New York. Their second, Headlines, was produced and recorded by Brian Mcternan and Mike Schleibaum at Salad Days Studio in Baltimore, Maryland. For their latest release, Momentary Victory, they traveled to Cleveland to record with Don Debiase at Studio D.
“We recorded the album in 10 days,” says vocalist Eric Sebula. “The recording process went great. We had started writing the album back in June of 2013 and decided we were going to fully demo all the tracks in my home studio. It was a painstaking process but when it was time to head out to Cleveland we were over prepared. I sent the demo tracks to Don a couple weeks before we headed out so he knew exactly what sound we were looking for. Don was fantastic to work with, not only did he bring the best performances out of each of us, his production skills, musicianship, equipment and Pro Tools experience really helped us shape the album. We cannot thank him enough!”
Not quite a punk band and not considered a metal band either, August Ruins falls somewhere in between.
The album drops September 16. You can grab it tomorrow or preorder it now on iTunes. Listen in its entirety below.