LO-PAN had announced their upcoming fifth release, titled ‘In Tensions’. The release is a new five-song EP that showcases the Columbus, Ohio unit continuing their blistering trajectory, building on the infectious, riff-filled grooves of their 2014 full-length, ‘Colossus’.
This will be the band’s first release on Brooklyn’s Aqualamb Records (Husbandry, Black Black Black, Godmaker et al), ‘In Tensions’ also marks the next stage in the band’s ever-evolving direction — anchored by the lead single “Go West,” which is an open highway anthem. Regarding the song, singer Jeff Martin elaborates, “It’s about setting out to accomplish a goal and then having that goal change along the way. And ultimately realizing the new goal was better than what you wanted in the first place.” A perfect rallying cry for action in uncertain times, Martin continues, “it’s also about getting out and doing something…. So keep moving forward. Keeping progressing. Keep evolving.” LO-PAN has indeed been moving forward, both figuratively and literally. In Tensions is equal parts modern sludge metal and ‘90s-influenced alt rock — synthesized to perfection. Jeff Martin has never sounded more soulful, confident, and passionate on record. The riffs courtesy of the now former guitarist Adrian Lee Zambrano compliment the tribal influenced drums of Jesse Bartz and grounding bass lines of Skot Thompson, pummeling the listener on each repeated listen.
Recorded in Columbus, Ohio by Joe Viers, with mixings duties split between Jonathan Nunez (Torche, Shitstorm) and Ryan Haft (Wrong, Capsule) in Miami, and mastered in Chicago by Carl Saff (Big Business, Helms Alee, Russian Circles),’In Tensions’ is a sonic masterpiece created across multiple time zones — the fruit of relationships forged through the band’s unending dedication to the life of touring road dogs. We have seen the band live numerous times, and it gets better and better each time. They’ve become one of the most ferocious live acts in American heavy rock as a result. And with In Tensions, they show no sign of slowing down. A full US tour in support of In Tensions is expected this Winter along with a European tour in the Spring of 2017.
LO-PAN’s In Tensions will be released on 10-inch vinyl limited to 500 copies and accompanied by a one-hundred-page book featuring artwork by Chris Smith of Grey Aria Design as well LO-PAN tour diaries, flyers, and a complete collection lyrics from LO-PAN’s previous releases: Sasquanaut, Salvador, and Colossus. Preorders are currently available at THIS LOCATION.
In Tensions Track Listing:
1. Go West
2. Sink Or Swim
3. Long Live The King
A video teaser is viewable below: