Stemming from Oakland, Ca, DISCOURAGE is out of the gate, not with a bang, but with an explosion. The quartet draws influences from early 2000’s hardcore such as CARRY ON, GO IT ALONE and VERSE. Their first proper EP, this self titled 7″ promises six songs for fans of fast, pissed off, true to roots hardcore. A joint release between CoinToss Records (US), State of Mind Recordings (US), Assault Records (EU), and Speedowax Records (UK). Featured hand drawn art by Bill Hauser complete with unique packaging thought up by the band. Each label has an individualized B-side label.
When asked about the single, Thoughts and Prayers, vocalist Eric Pocock said:
“Thoughts and Prayers is a call to action regarding gun control in America. We have mass shootings almost monthly, and it is now more important than ever that we don’t let it become the norm. The focus of Discourage is social awareness and taking a stand against apathy, and that is reflected in Thoughts and Prayers. Musically, the track is straight forward, fast, and angry, mirroring the lyrical content.”