Sainthood Reps are set to release their debut full-length, ‘Monoculture,’ on August 9 via Tooth and Nail Records. The album was produced by Mike Sapone (Brand New, Crime in Stereo, The Xcerts).
Speaking with Alter the Press, guitarist Derrick Sherman explained, “‘Monoculture’ was inspired by the farming technique known as mono-cropping. This is where a farm only yields one type of crop versus a rotation of crops, allowing the farm to be more diverse. The problem with mono-cropping is that a single crop is more prone to being wiped out very quickly by a different species. To combat this, the more fragile mono crop depends on pesticides and fertilizers.
“I applied this to every day life in the good ole US of A. Driving around America, you notice that every town is becoming the same. There is a Wal-Mart, McDonald’s, Game Stop and a Sally Beauty Supply in just about every town.
“This also applied to our very depleted, virtually dead music scene on Long Island, NY. Particularly the LI hardcore music scene. Growing up, going to shows, hardcore gave our band a sense of community. It was the first time we were learning about all different types of ways to live. Straight Edge, Vegan, Krishna, etc. You name it, we learned about it at a show. We were taught to welcome all sorts of music and personalities into our music scene. We would have a gutter punk band play with a ska band and they were opening for a hardcore band. There were no rules, or guidelines.
“Nowadays, the music scene is very exclusive. There are a few bands out there that will only play with each other and under no circumstance should a new band or people who dress differently from them be allowed to play or attend these shows. The double irony is that even our band, who is hyper-aware of what’s going on around us, we eat late night Taco Bell and own American Apparel sweatshirts.
“We are just biding our time until a species wipes us all out!”
On the subject of touring plans, Sherman remarked, “We would like to tour as much as possible. Right now we are booking our own shows still. We don’t have an agent. So if you want us to play, hit us up!”
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