Expire - ‘Pretty Low’ (Album Premiere With Commentary!)

June 09 2014, 1:46 PM EDT By Brian Kraus

It's business as usual for Expire—the Midwestern hardcore hustlers will release their sophomore album on June 17 before running another lap around the full US, then head to Europe to do it all again. 

The band provided us with some track-by-track commentary for their latest full-length, Pretty Low, which is exclusively streaming on AP! All pre-order options are available in the Bridge Nine Store.

1. "Pretty Low" - Imagine being at the lowest point of your life, the lowest you've ever felt. There's nowhere to go but up from there.

2. "Just Don't" - Although very blunt, this song is about the blurred lines between love and lust, and how people get trapped in these toxic relationships based solely on sexual attraction. Inspired by the song "Lies For Lust" by Another Mistake. Their vocalist Tyler Short appears at the end our song.

3. "Fiction" - Society instilled these ideas in us as to what beauty is, and what our perfect mate is supposed to be, this song is about trying to break out of that cycle and that way of thinking.

4. "Gravity" - Gravity is about my personal struggle with thoughts of suicide; a common theme in a lot of Expire songs.

5. "Nobody" - The idea that an individual or a band can get a name for themselves simply because of who they know rather than because they put in hard work and earn what they have -  has and will always be something that disgusts me.

6. "Old Habits" - Everyone has that person that's so incredibly hard to break away from. This song is about the difficulty of just letting go. There's a little nod to Bent Life's "Full Skull" added to this song so we asked their vocalist Moose to do a guest spot on it.

7. "Forgetting" - We all have our vices that help us cope with our problems. Sex, drugs, alcohol, whatever. Forgetting is about whatever helps you, well... forget.

8. "Callous" - This song is about the things we are made to believe are important from the moment we are born, and how our entire lives are dictated by money.

9. "Rejection" - Someone you were bonded to by blood, who was never supposed to abandon you, turns their back when things get tough. This song is about when they realize their mistakes but it's too late and now the rejector becomes the rejected.

10. "If It Were Up To Me" - Someone very close to me was the victim of sexual abuse. This song is about the anger I've harbored for the one responsible, and the guilt of not being able to prevent such a thing from happening.

11. "Second Face" - It's about finally seeing someones true colors and realizing that you saw it coming all along. Our friend Jacob Justice closes out this song and the record.


6/25 Nashville, TN @ The End w/ Incendiary, Freedom
6/26 Chicago, IL @ The Beat Kitchen w/ Incendiary, Freedom
6/27 Hamtramck, MI @ Smalls Bar w/ Incendiary, Freedom
6/30 Worcester, MA @ Club Oasis w/ Rude Awakening, Freedom
7/1 Glen Lyon, PA @ Glen Lyon VFW w/ Freedom
7/2 Long Island, NY @ The Hungarian Hall w/ Incendiary, Freedom
7/3 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Freedom, Turnstile
7/4 Fayetteville, NC @ Drunk Horse Pub w/ Freedom, Turnstile
7/5 Atlanta, GA @ Under The Couch w/ Freedom, Turnstile
7/6 Jacksonville, FL @ Underbelly w/ Freedom, Turnstile
7/7 Tampa, FL @ Crowbar w/ Freedom, Turnstile
7/8 Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar w/ Freedom
7/9 Houston, TX @ Walters w/ Bitter End, Will To Die
7/11 San Antonio, TX @ The Korova w/ Bitter End, Will To Die
7/12 Albuquerque, NM @ The Gasworks w/ Bitter End, Will To Die
7/13 Scottsdale, AZ @ Pubrock w/ Bitter End, Will To Die
7/14 Pomona, CA @ Aladdin's Jr w/ Bitter End, Will To Die
7/16 Camarillo, CA @ Rock City w/ Bitter End, Will To Die
7/17 Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro w/ Bitter End, Will To Die


26.07.14 Belgium As Vlamrock
27.07.14 Germany Bielefeld AJZ
28.07.14 UK London Barfly
29.07.14 UK Leeds Temple Of Boom
30.07.14 UK Birmingham Talk.
31.07.14 UK Norwich Epic Studios
01.08.14 Germany Wiesbaden Schlachthof
02.08.14 Germany Berlin Stateless Society Open Air
03.08.14 Poland Poznan Pod Minoga
04.08.14 TBA TBA TBA
05.08.14 Serbia Novi Sad CK 13
06.08.14 Hungary Budapest Dürer Kert
07.08.14 Germany Dessau Beat Club
08.08.14 Belgium Ieper Ieper Fest
09.08.14 Germany Torgau Endless Summer
10.08.14 Germany Köln Underground
11.08.14 Germany Karlsruhe Die Stadtmitte
12.08.14 France Le Cateau Le saint Mathieu
13.08.14 Luxembourg Luxembourg Rocas
14.08.14 Germany Göttingen Lumiere
15.08.14 Sweden Motala Motala Hardcore Fest
16.08.14 Denmark Copenhagen Hardcore Showdown
17.08.14 Germany Hannover Bei Chez Heinz