Song of the Day: Acres – ‘A Different Shade of Misery’

Acres have been part of the UK scene for over a decade, grinding away to make a name for themselves. Last year the South Coast quintet delivered their second album, ‘Burning Throne’. It saw interest in the band grow, so much so that they’ve gone on to sign with Solid State/Tooth & Nail Records.

With a history of supporting hardcore and metalcore bands, Acres are a natural fit for the label. The announcement earlier this month also saw them unleash a new track. ‘A Different Shade of Misery’ captures Acres‘ firey heaviness, textural ambience, and soaring melodies, in a tight raw and emotional package.

Throughout their career, Acres‘ songwriting has taken an introspective approach and  ‘A Different Shade of Misery’ is no different. “Lyrically this song is about regaining control of yourself and confronting your demons,” explains vocalist Ben Lumber. “I wrote this when I was at a really low point and I’d often sit there thinking, ‘Man, you need to snap out of this.’ At one point, I felt like my own worst enemy and I was fighting a war inside my own head. It’s a really special song because, musically, it’s a new direction and the start of a new era for our band. We’ve always aimed to reinvent ourselves with every release and this was one of those songs that just naturally came to us.”

If ‘A Different Shade of Misery’ starts a new era for Acres, then the future looks bright for them.

They were expected to join Holding AbsenceCapstan, and Casey on what was an extensive North American run. However, visa issues have led to Acres pulling out.

However, they won’t have any problems when they head on a UK tour to support Resolve alongside Cane Hill and Half Me in May.

4th The Underworld, London
5th The Devil’s Dog, Birmingham
6th Classic Grand, Glasgow
7th The Key Club, Leeds
8th Rebellion, Manchester
9th The Exchange, Bristol
10th Joiners, Southampton

‘A Different Shade of Misery’ by Acres is out now on Solid State/Tooth & Nail Records.

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