Stand Still announce debut album, Steps Ascending, out June 14th on DAZE

Stand Still announce debut album, Steps Ascending,

out June 14th on DAZE

Convey urgent and emotional melodic hardcore on new single and video “In the Dying Light of a Setting Sun”

Announce tour with Soul Blind and ASkySoBlack

Photo Credit: Elyza Reinhart

WATCH: “In the Dying Light of a Setting Sun”
STREAM: “In the Dying Light of a Setting Sun”
PREORDER: Steps Ascending LP

Over two years in the making, Long Island’s Stand Still is excited to announce the debut full-length, Steps Ascending, set for release June 14th through DAZE. Having teased with the title track and “Mysticism” earlier this year, today the band shares new single “In the Dying Light of a Setting Sun.” On the track, the band sticks true to their emotionally driven melodic hardcore, while also generating some of their heaviest material yet. The video for the song, directed by Tom Flynn, packs the high energy of Stand Still’s live performance with the figure on the album artwork coming to life. You can stream “In the Dying Light of a Setting Sun” HERE and watch the video HERE.

On the track’s lyrics, vocalist Gerry Windus states:

“The “setting sun” in this track is one’s lifespan running short, and the “dying light” describes the remains of one’s motivation to live a fulfilling life. These lyrics describe my personal struggle to capture the childlike imagination that surrounded my early creative years while lacking the drive of a younger version of myself, a drive that I am well aware I may never get back.”

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. Steps Ascending is available for preorder now through DAZE and you can find the artwork and full tracklist below.

Long Island, NY has been a home to melodic hardcore for a long time, citing acts including The Movielife, Silent Majority, and Crime In Stereo as forebears. For the past few years, a myriad of bands have come along to carry on the sound and Stand Still prove to be one of the most exciting of the new wave. Formed in 2020, Stand Still launched with their EP, A Practice In Patience, in 2021. The band followed it up with their second EP, In A Moment’s Notice in 2022, garnering praise from BrooklynVegan, The Alternative, and Distorted Sound.

Throughout the past four years, Stand Still have hit the ground running, playing shows alongside Pain Of Truth, Drain, Koyo, Gorilla Biscuits, Silent Majority, Incendiary, and Restraining Order to name a few. Looking towards the release of Steps Ascending, the band has a packed tour schedule for Spring and Summer with runs alongside Innerlove, Montclair, HEAVYHEX, Soul Blind, and ASkySoBlack. 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/ Innerlove

Thursday May 2 – Philadelphia PA @ Bonks

Friday May 3 – Fredericksburg VA @ Madame’s Oddities

Saturday May 4 – Raleigh NC @ Schoolkids Records

Sunday May 5 – York PA @ Skid Row Garage

w/ Drain and Teenage Wrist

Monday May 20 – New York NY @ Bowery Ballroom

w/ Montclair

Thursday May 23 – Rochester NY @ The Spirit Room

Friday May 24 – Montreal QC @ Cabaret Foufounes

Saturday May 25 – Ottawa ON @ Rainbow Bistro

Sunday May 26 – Dover NH @ Breakaway Cafe


Saturday June 8 – Milford CT @ Static Era Records

Sunday June 9 – Vorhees NJ @ Tunes Records

w/ Soul Blind + ASkySoBlack

Wednesday June 12 – Brooklyn NY @ TV EYE

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