I am thrilled to introduce you to Revival Recordings post-hardcore outfit, Famous Last Words who are gearing up for the release of their highly-anticipated third studio album, The Incubus, available September 30th. The album follows their debut, Two-faced Charade (2013), produced by Joey Sturgis, which hit #2 on the Heatseekers chart, #1 Alternative Artists chart, #177 Top 200 Billboard.com chart and follow up, Council of the Dead (2014), which debuted at #91 Top 200 charts, #18 and Independent Albums August 2014 chart. With a band name reflecting the final articulated words of an individual before death, often to be immortalized as the centerpiece of a particular movement, Famous Last Words is a pertinent name for a band whose lyrics, concepts, and themes revolve around life, death, hope, and love. Utilizing heavy guitar riffs, catchy hooks, folly, and symphonic elements, the band introduces detailed stories into their lyrics and album structure; transforming their band into more of an art project.
The Incubus tackles the issue of sexual/domestic abuse and kicks off with the album’s single, “Pretty in Porcelain.” In the video, the band introduces their main character, Christine and a story told through her perspective as a stay-at-home mother in the 1950’s. Christine represents anyone who has ever been a victim of abuse, and unfortunately, a lot of the issues she deals with in the album are still problems that are prevalent in today's society. Continuing this story, Famous Last Words recently partnered with Huffington Post to unveil “The Judged,” a story in which Christine finds herself in a courtroom on trial for being a ‘rape victim.’ Listeners can hear the play on lyrics to which the singing and screaming showcase two characters, Christine and the prosecutor. Tollas explains, “It's meant to show the absurdity of blaming oneself for being the victim of sexual/domestic assault.”