We had always talked about releasing another EP before releasing the LP but we didn't want it to be just the same old "here are a few songs that are going to be on the LP" We wanted to have completely different songs. Before the songs were finished we took a trip to Mexico/Central America.
That trip really opened eyes to what we thought about a place and what was actual reality. The first song on the EP "Perception" is exactly about this realization. Also its nod to the two bands we toured with, Picking Up The Pieces (http://pickingupthepieces.bandcamp.com) and Una Vez Mas (http://xunavezmasx.bandcamp.com) for showing us that hardcore isn't just a United States thing, that energy and emotion exists worldwide.
But how to go about telling this story is how this EP evolved. We had been taking pictures all throughout the trip and one day it just hit us. Let's use a different picture as part of the packaging for EP. That way people will have an audio and visual experience of exactly what we were feeling. Along with that we wanted to have a way to register who got the photos to see how far around the world our music was actually going.
Originally we just wanted to have a completely clear record with just a photo stuck into the sleeve as the layout. After bringing this idea to Bridge 9 they enhanced the idea by suggesting to screen print the record. Also to have it in different colors as the variant.
There was a plant overrun that actually left us with 50 clear unscreened record which allowed us to do the original idea as a record release version
We are very proud of this EP as it holds a lot of personal significance to us. Just the ability to have this idea and see it all the way through is something that is very dear to us.
If you have great idea don't be afraid of failure. There is always a way to make it happen!
View all the photos from our trip and register your photo at aplacebeyond.bridge9.com
All the best,
-Test of Time