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MEMORIST sign to Year Of The Rat Records

UK alternative metal band announce first single release ‘The Empiric’ 

UK, London, 28th June 2021

MEMORIST – so named due to frontman Jon’s inability to forget – are a six-piece alternative metal outfit that craft powerful emotional journeys for the listener, through Jon’s personal experiences and perceived injustices. Layered in satisfying atmospheric textures and driving choruses, MEMORIST are experts in creating tension only to explode into a salvo of memorable melodies and lyrics to identify with. Influenced by the likes of Deftones, Northlane and Hans Zimmer, their lead single “THE EMPIRIC” is a calling card to the industrial, synthesiser-laced sound that they have strived to achieve since the roaring success of their initial three singles. Having already garnered a wealth of recognition from fans, industry and contemporaries alike, MEMORIST have enjoyed the position of “Featured Artist of the Week” on Alex Baker’s Fresh Blood show on Kerrang! Radio along with numerous plays of their three initial singles by the presenter, have featured on live streams from Tesseract’s Dan Tompkins and Fit For a King’s Ryan Kirby, placement on Spotify’s “UK Metal” curated playlist, a total of over 1 million combined YouTube views across their only three music videos, and approximately 1.2 million streams on Spotify alone (with a regular monthly listenership of over 20,000 active fans). 
The band have signed to upcoming UK based label Year Of The Rat Records and release their first single ‘The Empiric’ on the 9th July 2021. Pre-saves for the single are at the link below as well as the video for previous single ‘Loss’
Speaking about ‘The Empiric’ vocalist Jon says: “The Empiric” is actually one of the later songs we wrote as part of the new cycle of material, seeded by Chris (guitar) and Jon (vocals). We had been fascinated for some time by how organic and synthetic elements could work together in modern music and film scores, and wanted to explore the interaction between guitars, orchestral elements and synth elements usually found in the work of Hans Zimmer or drum and bass artists like Noisia. Due to the national lockdown, Chris and Jon were writing remotely using FaceTime and DropBox, and as fathers to two young children a lot of this took place late at night whilst our families were asleep. Once the song began to take shape, it was clear there was an anger in this song that had not been held in our music before, and this quickly began to manifest lyrically as well as sonically with a clear theme related to our perceived inadequacies in the handling of the Coronavirus pandemic by the UK government. “The Empiric” became more of a concept piece than we had initially planned, and this theme carries through into the video, whereby the performance exists almost within a post-apocalyptic simulation as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, heavily influenced by sci-fi and industrial ideas.

Lyrically, “The Empiric” explores my own personal (and our collective) dissatisfaction with the handling of the coronavirus pandemic by the UK government, and the apparent ineptitude and lack of belief from a great portion of the UK population. It is politically charged, with a desperate and exasperated plea to the masses to take things seriously, if not for themselves but for their loved ones and others around them. The verses and breakdown focus more on the attitudes of the government in the way the pandemic was handled, the mounting death toll and refusal to take responsibility for it in spite of stark warnings from the scientific community, and a seeming insistence on blaming the population for not following guidance that had yet to be issued, or was not clear. The chorus speaks more to the UK population, expressing my heartfelt hopes that eventually enough people would wake up and cease to risk everyone around them. This is the first time I had ever written anything this politically influenced or pointed, but it felt as though this was a period of time that will not quickly be forgotten, and in light of the deeply saddening death toll is one that will remain in the memories of many generations to come.
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