Melodic hardcore band Stand Still release Steps Ascending LP on DAZE

Stand Still release debut album Steps Ascending out on DAZE

On tour now with Soul Blind and ASkySoBlack

Photo Credit: Elyza Reinhart

“Melodic hardcore group Stand Still are going off Long Island-style…offering up cheerily bright-lit hooks through a guitar-fuzz-frazzled and cigarette-stained scratchiness like the next coming of Silent Majority.” – Revolver

“It’s a simple sell really: this album is literally all melodic hardcore bangers.” – Distorted Sound

“If you have warm feelings about the Movielife, you should hear this one.”  Stereogum

Over two years in the making, Long Island’s Stand Still is excited to share the debut full-length, Steps Ascending, out today through DAZE. Formed in 2020, Stand Still launched with their EP, A Practice In Patience, in 2021, followed by their second EP, In A Moment’s Notice in 2022. Throughout the ten songs on Steps Ascending, the band sticks true to their emotionally driven melodic hardcore, while also generating some of their heaviest material yet. The song structures are bright, weaved with moody lyrics and bouncy breakdowns that can be expected to hit hard in a live setting. Guest features from Kristian Hallbert of Crime In Stereo and Michael Smith of Pain Of Truth make it a true Long Island music scene affair. The record was produced and mixed by Greg Thomas at Silver Bullet Studios, with additional mixing by Chris Teti, and mastered by Kris Crummett at Interlace Audio.

Speaking on the album’s themes, vocalist Gerry Windus states:

“A lot of my lyrics end up reading like an internal dialogue, and maybe that’s the best way to convey whatever story I’m trying to tell. Many of these songs ended up playing on the theme of growing up religious, which is a common thread for a lot of people who grew up on Long Island. The album art portrays one’s attempt to escape from a religious belief system that is instilled in them. This ‘catholic guilt’ leads them to believe that their actions in life will be judged upon death. This theme is most thoroughly explored in the title track. The LP as a whole doesn’t follow this theme for its entirety, however.”

You can listen to Steps Ascending HERE and purchase it on vinyl and CD though DAZE.

Stand Still is currently on tour with Soul Blind and ASkySoBlack. The band will also celebrate their record release on August 24th at AMH in Amityville, NY alongside Capital (reunion), Celebrity Murderers, Sick of Talk, Somerset Thrower, and Ten Years Out. Full dates below.

Stand Still is Gerry Windus (vocals), Steve Hallam (guitar), Bryan Natole (guitar), Mat Rienecker (bass) and Andre Valerio (drums).

Album Artwork

Steps Ascending Tracklist:

1. Avoiding the Intersection

2. In the Dying Light of a Setting Sun

3. Steps Ascending

4. In My Blood

5. Dust (feat Kristian Hallbert of Crime In Stereo)

6. We Know the Score (feat Michael Smith of Pain Of Truth)

7. Mysticism

8. Gridlock Apocalypse

9. Tower of Gold

10. Fourth Wall

Tour Dates:

w/ Soul Blind + ASkySoBlack

Friday June 14 – Baltimore MD @ Holy Frijoles

Saturday June 15 – Scranton PA @ Jackson St

Sunday June 16 – Lake Como NJ @ Saltys Beach Bar

Monday June 17 – Toronto ON @ Nineteen Seventy Nine

Tuesday June 18 – Cleveland OH @ No Class

Wednesday June 19 – Detroit MI @ Parts And Labor

Thursday June 20 – Chicago IL @ Beat Kitchen

Friday June 21 – Louisville KY @ Mag Bar

Saturday June 22 – Nashville TN @ The End

Sunday June 23 – Little Rock AR @ Vino’s

Saturday July 6 – Philadelphia PA @ Foto Club

Saturday August 17th – New York NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Pity Sex

Saturday August 24th – Amityville NY @ AMH (Record Release) w/ Capital