Southern California hardcore outfit Take Offense are poised to release their new EP, Tensions on High, in just a matter of days. Following their 2013 full-length, United States of Mind, Tensions on High comes stampeding in with five new tracks of thrashing, stage dive inducing hardcore. Drawing influence from both the 80s scene and contemporary hardcore, Take Offense provide a blistering good time.
In anticipation of its release, we have partnered with the band to bring you an exclusive stream of the new EP. Additionally, we reached out to vocalist A.H. to break down Tensions on High track by track. Check it out below.
Tensions on High will be released on March 30 via Flatspot Records. Purchase here.
TRUST – Lyrically, “Trust” is a song that is about knowing those who surround you, your peers. Knowing weather they’re there to work with you or against you. Not in a paranoid type of way, but a confident one. The song was originally going to be named “Against the Wall” but I thought it’d be best to use a title that was more to the point.
TENSIONS ON HIGH – This is a song of conflict & the modern human condition. It’s about opposing forces trying to prove strength over one another to ultimately accomplish the same thing, except that one side is for a select group of people & the other side is to benefit all. The idea for the lyrics were sparked when the Dakota Access Pipeline protests were happening & there also being talk of a giant wall being built at the US/Mexican border.
UNCONDITIONAL – This one is dedicated to my Grandmother.
OMETEOTL – Ometeotl is a track that was actually written to be the intro the tittle track. The word Ometeotl comes from the native language of Mexico, Nahuatl & means “two energies that combine to create.”
JUST BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE – It is important to question your beliefs. All day everyday we hear people talking, telling stories from today, yesterday & from thousands of years ago, who’s telling the truth? It’s a song calling out know-it-alls & those who blindly accept what they’ve been taught since they were born, never considering what it might be like to wear & walk in someone else’s shoes.
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