Botch Releases First New Song in 20 Years, Announces ‘We Are The Romans’ Reissue – Bass Magazine
Tacoma, Washington, mathcore/metalcore greats Botch have released a new song and video, “One Twenty Two”. Their first song in twenty years, it will be included in the reissue of their hugely influential second album, We Are the Romans, which was also announced today. available on 2xLP and CD November 4 via Sargent House. Watch the video made by Dimitri Luedemann. The band never intended to release anything else, but when guitarist David Knudson went to write his first solo album, it made sense. He explains:
“During Covid, I was writing my first solo album, and mentally I was fed up with everything in quarantine. A lot of frustration had set in at home, and I thought the best way to deal with that was to I had no intention of writing anything for Botch, but when I thought of a singer to collaborate with, I thought, “Hey, I know the best hardcore singer who’s ever done this,” so I reached out to Dave V. He was super excited and so it just snowballed from there. There was never any intention or conversation that to get back together or to write. It happened so naturally and was a great outlet for all of us to have it happen without any of the traditional pressures that an “active” band faces.
bassist Brian Cook, guitarist David Knudson, drummer Tim Latona and vocalist Dave Verellen formed Botch in 1993, becoming one of the most groundbreaking and influential bands during a pivotal shift in heavy music. Their last show was on June 15, 2002, the same day as the release of their latest EP, An Anthology of Dead Ends. The members would go on to perform in These Arms Are Snakes, Minus the Bear, and Russian Circles, among others, with acclaim for the band mostly coming after the breakup. We Are the Romans became one of the most influential albums of all time for the genre, garnering posthumous praise across the board.
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