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by Second Letter

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Ruins 04:12
I think I dug this hole before A feeling Faint just knowing I have to waken Hours wasted on the floor Believing...I could mend such sick relations Never seem to elevate From the ruins you created I'm spent From the false hope you made All in vein That's what its come to They'll end up bearing it all When you made it Ruins of our remains Ruins of our remains I think I've heard this joke before The one where the cynic's invaded Days are wasted for one breath Believing I could mend such sick relations Never seem to elevate From the wreckage you created Chorus...


Second Letter is just over a year old, but its origins can be traced back to the earliest days of hardcore, and post-hardcore, on both coasts. All influential in their own right, in their particular scenes and beyond, the three core members of the band, Rob Haworth, Jim Kimball, and Pete Moffett, share a resume that easily qualifies them for “supergroup” status… but none of them would willingly admit that.

Collectively, the three core members have played with (or in): Inside Out, Government Issue, Wool, Retisonic, Farside, Hard Stance, Burning Airlines, No For An Answer, J Majesty, State of the Nation, and several more notable acts from the genre. While this CV is impressive in its own right, their list of collaborators in the studio, is equally as expansive and historically resonant. Depending on the recording location, Second Letter has been joined by Matt Kane (of Unwed), Chuck Treece (of McRad, Bad Brains), and Fred Mascherino (of Breaking Pangea, Taking Back Sunday, Terrible Things). Carin Smith and Chris Woodhead (of Old Arrows) both feature on different tracks, and round out the exciting new lineup as the band moves towards their first live dates this summer.

"Ruins," the new release by Second Letter, showcases a different world of melodic darkness, that helps to reframe their initial, slower release, "Dead Emblems." With chants in the chorus of “ruins of our remains,” Haworth points out that whatever part of humanity is left at this stage continues to deteriorate through the sick relationship we keep with the dying, yet seductive capitalist system. A huge backdrop of powerful drumming, coupled with an interesting layering of keys and guitars over the top, calcifies the song's message, and neutralizes the acidic, sardonic notion that resistance is futile. The song reminds of us Kevin Dunn’s quote from years ago, “punks are right: the world is fucked up, and we need to do something about it!”


released April 8, 2016

Rob Haworth (Guitar/Vocals)
Matt Kane (Guitar)
Jim Kimball (Bass)
Pete Moffett (Drums)
Carin Smith-Beam (Keys)

Mixed by Michael Fanuele (Lavabed Recordings)
Mastered by Kim Rosen (Knack Mastering)
Keys recorded by Mike Bardzik (Noisy Little Critter)


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Second Letter Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Second Letter is Rob Haworth (Farside, State of the Nation), Pete Moffett (Burning Airlines, Wool), Chris Woodhead, Carin Smith, and John "Scoops" Hutchins.

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