Northeast Pennsylvania alt-rock outfit Esta Coda has unveiled their music video for the track “Breathe” off of their most recent EP King Bitter. The band has announced a couple Northeast tour dates as well including Catasauqua, PA (July 20th) and Scranton, PA (July 26th).
“It seems like, despite some progress, we’re still struggling as a society to have the proper conversations about mental illness, which has been culturally stigmatized for awhile now,” explains Daniel Rosler. “And I wrote the line “It’s not an S.O.S. that I take a few SSRIs” because I don’t want to feel embarrassed about doing so, and I suspect others might feel that way. I’m not the first to say this, but I think an illustrative example is, if someone breaks their ankle, they seek medical attention. Why is mental pain perceived differently? And part of the frustration with depression is that, sometimes, you feel depressed without reason; it’s distinctly different from sadness in that respect. And I think that’s difficult for someone who doesn’t deal with it to understand: that depression can linger, floating around, following you like a balloon that’s untethered to any central point or reason, without a singular, unifiable, cause.”
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 via Yip’s Memory MusicBrooklyn Vegan 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 Magazineraved, “walks the line of punk and alternative rock masterfully.”
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).


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