Defeater Letters Home Lyrics
Defeater Letters Home Lyrics – Defeater is an American melodic hardcore band from Massachusetts, formed in 2004 in the Boston Hardcore scene. To date, they have released five full-length albums, two EPs and three singles. The band consists of Derek Archambault (vocals), Jake Woodruff (guitar), Joe Longobardi (drums) and Mike Paulin (bass). All of the band’s work has been released through Bridge 9 Records, with the exception of the album Travels, which was originally released through Topshelf Records but later reissued on Bridge 9 Records.
Their studio album, Letters Home, was released on July 16, 2013 and debuted at No. 72 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, No. 1 on the Vinyl chart, and No. 13 on the Kurt Alternative Albums chart. They released an album titled Abandoned in 2015 and in 2019 they released their self-titled album.
Defeater Letters Home Lyrics
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Defeater is a melodic hardcore band that likes to take “creative freedom” when creating songs. According to guitarist Jay Maas, “There’s something clichéd about this gray, where if you’re not doing vocally what hardcore bands have been doing for the last 25 years, you’re screwed.”
Defeater also showed their softer side with the four acoustic tracks on their second studio album, Empty Days & Sleepless Nights.
Lyrically, Defeater is a concept band. All of their music serves as the narrative over one overarching story, telling the struggles of a working-class New Jersey family in the post-World War II era. Vocalist Derek Archambault stated in a 2009 interview that all of Defetter’s work takes place within this story.
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Their debut album Travels established the story and characters. It tells of a younger brother born to an abusive, alcoholic father who was a war veteran. An older brother who looks down on him and admires his father despite his many faults, and an addicted mother who gave up trying to find something better when they were young. He grows up in a home he doesn’t want and eventually runs away from home, killing his father while protecting his mother. He tries to survive as a drifter before settling in New York City. There he meets another homeless man singing, which inspires him to come back and right the wrongs he left behind. However, in the years that have passed, his mother dies and the only thing waiting for him is his brother and there is no chance for redemption.
Their EP Lost Ground Travels tells the story of the beggar, a homeless street performer whose song inspires the younger brother to stop running away from his past and problems. Lost Ground reveals the past of the Prophet, an African American World War II veteran who returns home only to find his service and sacrifice shunned because of the color of his skin. Desperate, he becomes an alcoholic train hopper and street performer, singing of his struggles to survive in the hope that maybe he can change someone’s life for the better.
Empty Days & Sleepless Nights returns to the New Jersey family, this time revolving around the protagonist’s older brother in Travels and covering the timeline directly from the mother in “Forgiver Forgetter” where the father is murdered by the younger brother. The return of the younger brother in “Debt”, albeit from the elder’s perspective. Still struggling to cope with the breakup of his family, the older brother begins working to support his heroin-addicted mother, all the while coping with the pressures of living up to his idolized father and his brother’s burning hatred for him. Mom, he’s coming back. However, he eventually decides to settle down and gets married, but his marriage soon begins to suffer due to his drunkenness, and the old bookie demands payment for his father’s debts. Pushing the bookie too much, he knocks his brother unconscious in a bar fight. The older brother returns home that night to find his wife raped and murdered. With nothing left to live for, his mother’s death from addiction, he works and waits for his brother to return home.
Letters Home is the life of the father in the family, structured in reverse chronological order, each song is a letter written by the father while serving in WW2. The album covers the father’s life before Travels’ “Blessed Bird”, showing his broken state of mind as he struggles to cope with his failed marriage and the trauma he experienced during the war. Each way he learns about his own brother’s death in the Pacific, it is the catalyst evt that prompts his downward spiral into alcoholism and domestic abuse.
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The latest album is titled Abandoned and follows the story of the Catholic priest from Travels’ song “Cowardice”. After being saved while fighting on the Western Front in WW2, he returns to America and joins the priesthood to pay off his debts despite not believing in God. He struggles with heroin addiction and has an ongoing relationship with his mother from previous albums. After she overdoses (told from the perspective of the older sons in “Empty Days and Sleepless Nights” and the priest in “Abandoned”), the priest spirals downward until the youngest son comes to see him in Travels. Narrated in both “Atonemt” and “Cowardice” from the perspective of the priest and the younger son respectively. In “Travels,” the youngest son goes to the priest to ask forgiveness for the murder of his father, his brother, and his mother, but finds no one, so he jumps off the top of the church and kills himself. With the priest burying the son, the album reveals that DS and the younger son are a product of the ongoing heroin-fueled affair between the main story’s family priest and the mother. It has been mentioned several times in previous albums that he is the product of an affair.
About two months after the release of Abandoned Defeater, guitarist Jay Maas parted ways, citing personal and creative differences.
On March 5, 2019, the band released a music video for “Mother’s Sons”, and announced the release of their self-titled album on May 10, 2019, produced by Will Yip. Pop punk band The Wonder Years are set to debut. A North American tour this spring and lyrical emo kids Modern Baseball, hardcore rippers Defeat and emo alt-rock bashers Citizen are getting some seriously great support. The tour comes to NYC on April 17th at the Best Buy Theater. True Friends are on that show and many other dates too. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/13) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Modern Baseball, who have received more recognition this year since the relatively quiet release of their 2012 LP Sports , have announced that they’ll release that album’s follow-up, You’re Gonna Miss It All , on February 11 via Run for. cover up Sports was a winner with its delightfully youthful potential, and even if Modern Baseball says you’ve grown up a bit on Miss It All, they haven’t stopped writing insanely catchy songs with laugh-out-loud lyrics. The first taste of the new record is “Your Graduation,” which you can stream with the playlist below. That is the artwork above.
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All their dates (including the Long Island NJ shows with Bayside) are listed below, along with that stream, tracklist, and streams of Defeater and Citizen’s 2013 LPs…
Riot Fest 2022 day 1 pics & review: Jeff Rosenstock, The Wonder Years, Take Back Sunday & more Massachusetts hardcore band Defeater’s new self-titled album. Loser is available now. This is Defeater’s fifth full-length release and their first in 4 years. The first new single, “Mother’s Sons,” features blistering guitars that take the song into something chaotic and beautiful.
Defeater was produced with Will Yip (Quicksand, La Dispute, Blacklisted, Ms. Lauryn Hill) whose enthusiasm and talent pushed the songs to their fullest potential. The band Defeater delivers their most devastating and sonically arresting performance to date. It is as inflatable as atmospheric.
But it’s been a long journey to where the band is now. Years of touring took their toll on the friends who make up the current lineup of Derek Archambault (vocals), Jake Woodruff (guitar), Adam Crowe (guitar), Mike Paulin (bass) and Joe Longobardi (drums). Health, substance abuse issues and the removal of a longtime member have necessitated a tour hiatus. After a few months at home, work and decompression, the fire to write a new record caught everyone in a major way.
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