The Letter Black is ready to let the world know: they’re confident in what they have to say, and they’ll be sharing that message with guitars and vocals blazing in their latest album, The Letter Black.
Musically, The Letter Black’s latest displays all the assurance of a band finally given full artistic freedom. Mark and Sarah used that freedom to create in a different way than ever before. “He usually hands me a completed song musically, then I write the melody and lyrics,” Sarah explains. “This record we did completely different. Start to finish, song by song, we were in the studio working on the music together, working on the melody and lyrics together. I was more involved than I ever have been, and I loved it!”
“I think that’s what makes this the best record, because it’s truly Mark and Sarah, in a room, figuring out what’s fun and not trying to worry about what we have to do to appease anyone else,” Mark adds.
After spending much of the 2020 COVID-19 quarantine working on the songs in their home studio, the Anthonys invited trusted friends and longtime collaborators to round out the recording process. In addition to working with longtime The Letter Black bassist Matt Beal, the band called on legendary drummer Lester Estelle (Pillar, Kelly Clarkson). Some of the vocals were recorded with Travis Wyrick (P.O.D., Pillar, Disciple). The result was a musical team of veterans that were each able to deliver on the level of boldness the lyrics demanded.
“It’s about confidence, not arrogance,” Sarah reflects. “We’re finally comfortable and know who we are. We’ve become better songwriters; we’re settled in the band and in life in general.”
Mark wholeheartedly agrees with that perspective. “We have a very strong agenda in this record,” he admits. “We’re just not wavering. You’ll hear it in the passion of how Sarah sings, and you’ll definitely hear it in the energy of the music.”
That agenda is ultimately to inspire, encourage, and remind listeners: you can be confident in who you are, too. “Be strong and confident,” Sarah concludes. “Put your shoulders up, lift your head up high, take a deep breath and go. Whatever that looks like in your personal life, I hope you have renewed strength and confidence, and maybe even a smile on your face.”
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