Adventurous Idaho rockers THE ONGOING CONCEPT set the tone for what the public can expect from their debut full-length, Saloon, last month with the release of the attention-grabbing video for “Cover Girl”. Today the band is showing another dimension of its sound with the unveiling of a second track, “Class of Twenty-Ten,” which is streaming exclusively via

Whereas “Cover Girl” artfully marries the band’s explosive ferocity with non-genre-traditional instrumentation like banjo and handclaps, “Class of Twenty-Ten” shows a more straight-forward approach. Together the two tracks further hint at Saloon’s sonic range.

“‘Class of Twenty-Ten’ does a great job of capturing the energy of our live set,” explains guitarist and vocalist Dawson Scholz. “It’s loud, angry, in your face, and I think fans will like it  for that reason. We felt it made a great second single because it shows a different side to us than ‘Cover Girl.’”

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The blistering track marks another standout cut from Saloon which is set to drop August 20th from Solid State Records. Preorders are available now.

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Considering their label’s well-deserved reputation as the home to some of the biggest names in metalcore, one would be forgiven for assuming that THE ONGOING CONCEPT have a vested interested in preserving the traditions of that genre, or any genre for that matter. But nothing could be further from the truth.

When discussing influences, this literal band of brothers are just as quick to mention artists like TOTO, YANNI and BRUCE HORNSBY as influences as they are genre giants UNDEROATH, BRING ME THE HORIZON and LETLIVE.

From moment one, it’s clear THE ONGOING CONCEPT are zeroing in on a refined, artistically driven sound. But listeners can forget about this band coloring inside the metalcore lines. In fact, they can forget about the lines altogether.


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