NewsAugust 6, 2015 4:25 PM ET4,777 views

H2O announce new album, premiere song

Official press release: It's been seven years since the release of a proper full-length album from H2O (2008's critically-acclaimed Nothing To Prove). The band's immensely anticipated new album, Use Your Voice, will finally see the light of day on October 9th, 2015 from Bridge Nine Records. Bassist Adam Blake commented, "Nothing to Prove was the record we really found our niche, where we were really like, 'This is H2O. This is what H2O should be… this is the spirt of the thing.' We felt like a brand new band. We felt excited." He continued, "It's nice, seven years after Nothing to Prove, that we can capture those feelings again with this new record." H2O, which also includes members Toby Morse, Todd Friend, and Rusty Pistachio, have spent the last seven years constantly on tour and playing live, hitting almost every nook and cranny on Planet Earth. In 2011, they released a covers album, Don't Forget Your Roots, which featured takes on songs by some of their favorite acts like 7 Seconds, Dag Nasty, and Gorilla Biscuits. With a rigorous tour schedule, as well as at-home obligations, H2O finally started demoing songs out two years later in 2013, while on tour with Terror. Suddenly, the foundation was laid for Use Your Voice. Recorded once again by a dream team of Chad Gilbert (producer, Nashville [who recorded vocals]) and Paul Miner (engineer, Orange County, CA [who recorded music]), Use Your Voice is 11 songs of high-energy, high octane melodic hardcore punk that is sure to please any fan of the band's impressive back catalog and modern punk in all shapes and forms. On this new album, frontman and lyricist Toby Morse continues to deliver his direct and personal manifestos, with subjects spanning fatherhood ("Father Figure"), romantic relationships ("True Romance"), music fandom ("Popage"), social media philosophy ("#NotRealLife") and more. Check out a video for the first song to surface from Use Your Voice, titled "Skate!", now on YouTube. For this video, the band reconnected with longtime friend and director Joseph Pattisall, who also directed their videos for "What Happened?" and "Nothing To Prove" which have over 2 million combined views on YouTube alone. The new video for "Skate!" utilized 30-year-old-footage of Toby skating as a teenager in St. Mary's County Maryland and was put together as a passion project just for fun and to give fans a sample of the new record. "Skate!" was filmed over the course of several days at Hurley HQ, Brooklyn Projects, and Vans Skate Park in Orange, CA and features professional skateboarding legend Steve Caballero and Rob Mertz as well as cameos from countless other friends and family of H2O. The song appears on Use Your Voice as well as a pre-release 7-inch. Track listing: 01. Black Sheep 02. Skate! 03. Thick And Thin 04. Use Your Voice 05. Father Figure 06. From The Heart 07. Popage 08. LYD 09. Still Dreaming 10. #NotRealLife 11. True Romance


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unvisitedgrave 8/6/2015 3:49:59 PM

it's like a children's song. dwep this band.

anonymous 8/7/2015 7:35:01 AM

regardless of your opinion of H2O i figured this would be front page worthy damn

anonymous 8/7/2015 10:12:51 AM

So fcking sad and pathetic. These guys just have no pride. Or no sense of self image.

anonymous 8/8/2015 9:57:27 AM

How can people hate on this? This is the only band still keeping it real, who haven't turned into scumbags and who aren't afraid to make music about their feelings. This video to me, is my youth. And skating has gone to total shit over the past 10 years, and has become about dub step and shit bands/dumb trends. Best part about this video? Not a single Obey, DGK, Neff or other bullshit brand t-shirt to be found.

anonymous 8/8/2015 3:38:57 PM

Can "hate on it" because it's fcking terrible. Band has been complete shit for over 15 years now.

anonymous 8/8/2015 8:40:02 PM

And how exactly is this band complete shit? Because they became better at their instruments? Could afford better recordings? Name at least 10 bands that are still around today, that were around back 15-20 years ago, who haven't gone to shit/changed who they are? And then explain to me in comparison to how H2O is shit compared to them. Guess they're not "hawdcore" enough, eh?

anonymous 8/9/2015 11:21:40 AM

Are you mentally retarded? Where are you getting this shit from? This has nothing to do with playing proficiency or recording quality (both of which is debatably worse than 15 years ago). Got nothing to do with "changing who they are. You're a typical hardcore spectrum rider if you can't see that I just think the band's music is bad.

anonymous 8/10/2015 12:16:10 AM

The only mentally defunct shit I see here is the dude who said that the "band is shit", yet couldn't refute his point. Apparently this dude belongs on the B9 boards, reminiscing about the "old days" of 2010. While I don't like H20, I do agree with the dude who said that this is one of the few bands that have been doing their own thing for a long time now in punk/hardcore. FYI: H2O has always been a pop punk/hardcore band. As most actual posi bands are.

anonymous 8/10/2015 12:18:07 AM

I guess this dude is still butthurt over "GO!" and thinks that the vocal are still high pitch. That or he's 20 years old and thinks that Integrity is real hardcore. Fun fact, Integrity is metal core.

anonymous 8/10/2015 10:03:23 AM

What point needs to be refuted? I don't like the music. I think it sucks. I find it childish and unenjoyable. it has nothing to do with "staying true," or selling out or being "real hardcore" or not being 2010's best or anything. It's just bad.

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