Central Massachusetts-based emo outfit peregrine can trace their origins to the breakup of several local bands back in 2015. The band (and sort of collective of local musicians) quickly released their debut EP before settling down to write and record their full-length debut, 2019’s as one would exist within the crescendo, an effort that saw the band pushing their sound in different directions.
as one would exist within the crescendo received some attention in local and regional circles. Encouraged by the response, the Massachusetts-based act began writing material for the album’s follow-up. Much like everyone else across the globe, the pandemic threw a monkey wrench into the band’s plans.
The stress of the moment caused the band to split off into different factions: The remaining members Nate (vocals), Tom (guitar, bass, synth) and Bryan (drums) began digging into the material that Nate and Tom had been sharing between each other during pandemic-mandated quarantines. Interestingly, the remote writing sessions found the members of peregrine exploring new sonic textures that were darker, denser and much more ambitious.
When the band finished writing the album’s material, they went to Pawtucket‘s Machines with Magnets and several other smaller studios across New England for the recording sessions for their forthcoming sophomore album the awful things we’ve done. Recorded over a four month session, the album thematically is both a reflection of the current state of humanity — and a warning for where we may end up. The album’s material explores the efforts to maintain interpersonal relationships with others during a near apocalyptic sociopolitical state, fueled by uncertainty, unrest and despair.
the awful things we’ve done‘s around and latest single “a polite merlot” is an explosive ripper centered around an expansive song structure featuring dense layers of chugging power chords, scorching solos, thunderous drumming, a propulsive bass line and mosh pit friendly hooks paired with Nate’s plaintive yelping. While sonically recalling Thursday‘s “Understanding In A Car Crash,” the song as the band explains is a reflection of the conflict between what is really important to some versus others within a traditional American lifestyle.