Sarah Anthony - Vocals
Mark Anthony - Vocals and Guitar
Matt Beal - Bass
Mat Slagle - Drums
TJ - Guitar
The origins of Tooth & Nail’s latest hard rock acquisition The Letter Black actually dates back to the members time in Breaking the Silence. After forming in 2006, the group entered the studio independently with Travis Wyrick (P.O.D., Pillar, Disciple), followed by an impressive streak of 150 shows a year including a last minute call from the T&N to serve as a substitute for a broken up band on the otherwise successful Five 4 Five Tour alongside Dizmas and Children 18:3 (with just two weeks notice). Between constant contact with the label through that all-star producer and their new manager, the Uniontown, Pennsylvania-based band turned their backs on other label offers and signed by the dotted line.
Upon making it to the major label ranks, the group stumbled upon a similarly named mainstream band and soon shifted from Breaking the Silence to The Letter Black after a suggestion that stemmed from a joke between legendary Helmet front man Page Hamilton and Manager Danny Hill. Outside of having a curious ring to it, the new moniker better encapsulates the band’s aggressive instrumental onslaught and literate lyrical disposition.
“All of us go through different chapters in our lives,” suggests guitarist/co-songwriter Mark Anthony. “In these chapters we write letters of good and bad times. Some letters in our chapters, we are happy to share. Others, we are not so proud of. The Letter Black reminds us of the past mistakes we have made and helps us remember to not keep making the same mistakes.”
On the aptly titled Breaking the Silence EP, the group expounds upon those poignant reflections, encapsulating back breaking rhythms within universally relatable themes to both believers and the world at large. “Best of Me” revolves around making the most of the talents and gifts given here on earth, while “Hanging By a Thread” and “Up From the Ashes” go hand in hand, respectively crying out in desperation and finding resolution through perseverance.
All the while, the band evokes the aggressive likes of Sevendust, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Linkin Park, Red and Disciple, coupled with the classic sensibilities of Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses. Add in blistering production from the legendary Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, Korn, 3 Doors Down), and it’s a riveting amalgamation of female fronted ferocity, meaty melodies, gritty guitars and a thundering rhythm section.
Hanging On By A Thread (Official Video)
Believe (Official Video)
Fire With Fire (Official Video)
- The Becoming
- Relient K
- Breaking The Silence
- The Letter Black
- Thousand Foot Krutch
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