Hailing from Northeast Pennsylvania’s DIY scene that birthed The Menzingers, Tigers Jaw and Title Fight; Esta Coda joins their crew with a high-caliber EP. King Bitter was recorded at the legendary Studio 4, produced by Grammy-nominated producer Will Yip (Quicksand, Circa Survive, The Bouncing Souls) and was released on December 7th via Memory Music.

King Bitter is that shitty voice in your head that you want to reject and pretend isn’t part of you,” explains vocalist and guitarist Daniel Rosler. “The one who gets jealous, envious, nihilistic, full of self-doubt: a sort of personification of those negative attributes. And yet the crown gets passed around because sometimes you’re seeing those qualities in other people, which, of course makes you wonder if it’s your own projection onto the world, and whether or not that projection itself has an effect on your surroundings. I think the bizarre phenomenon of aging sort of heightens this.”

Brooklyn Vegan unveiled the track “Breathe” and boasted, “punk grit and a driving backbone, but it’s really more of a sweet-sounding, melodic alternative rock song – the kind you could imagine hearing on the radio in 1996.” Substream Magazine raved about the title track, “walks the line of punk and alternative rock masterfully.” From misunderstanding depression (“Breathe”) to not being happy with how we’ve changed as people or decisions we’ve made (“Something New”) to cynicism growing in proportion with age and falling victim to nostalgia (“King Bitter”) to dwindling confidence as we experience setbacks in life (“On My Own”) – King Bitter shares authentic and genuine experiences to help others feel understood for the length of a song.

It happened organically. Jay Preston and Patrick King’s band, Fake Estate, ended, leaving behind unfinished songs they’d started with Will Yip at Studio 4, where Jay was assisting Will on recordings. Around the same time, Daniel Rosler and Jon Fletcher were working on different songs from their other musical projects. Jay suggested that they all get together to play. In the short amount of time as a band, Esta Coda proceeded to independently release two EPs, play locally and out of state, opening for bands like The Menzingers, Tigers Jaw and The Sidekicks, and win local awards.

Between the first and second recording session for King Bitter, Dan’s mother passed away from cancer, an event that colored his songs’ lyrics, shaping some of the EP’s themes of struggling to hold on to hope in a world that could easily turn one bitter, despondent, and lonely while also grappling the loss of youthful and innocent days long gone. Similarly, Jay’s songs examine the feeling of an unrecognizable sense of self, one that has changed from the youthful reflections of years past and grappling with the pangs of anxiety. King Bitter is an EP that represents an evolution from the band’s earlier sound while also maintaining the organic unity the band had since its inception, reborn and revitalized with the help of famed producer and engineer, Will Yip, and a partnership with Memory Music.

Esta Coda is Jay Preston (vocals, guitar), Daniel Rosler (vocals, guitar), Jonathan Fletcher(bass), and Thomas Twiss (drums). King Bitter was released on December 7th via Memory Music.


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