Today we’re excited to bring you a melodic deep-thought jammer from Pittsburgh’s Mace Ballard.
“1701” is the first track from the four-piece band’s newest ten-inch EP, Lanterns, out this summer on A-F Records. Songwriter Chris Daley explains the inspiration behind the song:
This song was inspired by The True Cost of Coal, a spoken word and visual art series by the Beehive collective. They pieced together the story of the mining communities in West Virginia and essentially the corporate greed/scare tactics/unsafe conditions that have turned coal to gold for some, and into a prison for others. Those interviewed would not be photographed, quoted or video taped, so the collective made this art to tell the story. I took the lyrics into a more nautical theme from here (you’ll see why later), but the idea of finding the freedom in the guaranteed oppression, of having nothing to lose is trying to come out here.
Listen to “1701” below:
Mace Ballard originally formed in 2009 and Lanterns serves as the band’s fourth release and follow up to 2012’s The Next Time You See The Sky. The six-track EP is the band’s debut on A-F Records and was produced by Anti-Flag’s Chris #2.
Mace Ballard’s Lanterns ten-inch releases July 5 on A-F Records. Pre-order your vinyl or CD copy below or grab it digitally here.