The Waikoloa-based punk band El Sancho announced that their debut album Our Part in the Darkness is now available on CD and all streaming platforms.
El Sancho rip through eight songs in 18 minutes, starting with the minute-long “Never Listen.” Guitarist/vocalist Alan Kasameyer says about the song “It was supposed to be for my kids about how they never listen to me but turned into a diatribe about information bubbles and confirmation bias. And after all that, they still don’t listen to me.”
The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered in their Waikoloa Village home studio, with some production done at Big Island Sessions recording studio in Kailua-Kona. The album also includes a few guest spots from other musicians: Craig Billmeier of The Love Songs, Rich Mendez of FireWalkWithMe, and Adam Dragland of Dragland all contributed guitar solos. “During the pandemic, I knew many of my friends were itching to make music. So they jumped at the chance to contribute when asked,” said Kasameyer.
The title track, “Our Part in the Darkness” features dueling guitar solos from Mendez while Kasameyer rails about American complacency leading to the downfall of our society.
The band is rounded out by bassist Nate Werneck and drummer Tony Joyce. Both provide backing vocals throughout the album and Joyce takes over the lead vocals on “How to Kill a Zombie.”
“Alan’s songs are usually pretty angry and political so we wanted to lighten it up with a topic everyone can agree on: Killing Zombies,” said Joyce.
Our Part in the Darkness has already received radio play by terrestrial and internet radio shows around the world, and the song “Color Blind” was recently featured on the SiriusXM Underground Garage show hosted by Rodney “Rodney on the Rock” Bingenheimer.
The new album, along with their 2019 EP and several singles, can be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Pandora, and wherever else you listen to music. CDs are available directly from the band through their website or Bandcamp page.
El Sancho will perform live at Willie’s Hot Chicken in Kailua-Kona on Saturday, May 1, with Kona-based alternative rock band The 1201.
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