Release date
25 Mar 2014
Running length
11 tracks
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1 The Greatest Betrayal 2:37 15,396
2 American Idle 3:13 12,016
3 Gut Shot 3:17 12,578
4 What I Know 3:12 11,303
5 Take What's Yours 2:34 10,187
6 Skeletons 3:39 11,967
7 For Those Left Behind 3:15 10,386
8 Living A Lie 1:09 11,306
9 Stitches 3:50 8,396
10 Wrecking Ball 2:41 8,198
11 Picking Up The Shattered Pieces 2:56 9,269

About this album


Go ahead, say it out loud: Punk. While it might technically be a four-letter word, it is no longer a four-letter word in the get-your-mouth-washed-out-with-soap category. And Much The Same aren’t anything else but punk. No unnecessary screaming; no white belts and bad haircuts; no awkward mosh parts; this Chicago quartet are simply straightforward, faster-than-the-world punk rock, tailor-made to shred bowls or start circle pits to. And trust us, you’ll want to be doing both after a few spins of their new album, Survive.

Originally formed in 1999, MTS have lived up to their new album’s title, having survived more than their fair share of lineup changes, the most recent being drummer Jevin Kaye coming into the fold in 2004. “Jevin’s speed was initially his biggest asset,” says bandleader Gunner McGrath. “I’ve only seen a couple drummers play faster than him. Over the past year, he’s also been contributing great music and lyrics to the songwriting process.”

Of course, one of the biggest endurance tests MTS have undertaken was the seemingly endless process of creating a follow-up to 2003’s A-F Records-released Quitters Never Win. What took so long? “One of our biggest hurdles was that I had—and still have—pretty severe writer’s block,” McGrath says. “I wrote most of the last record, so after a year or so of very little new music coming out, we realized we were all going to have to work a lot harder.” And work harder they did, with each of the members buckling down and “re-learning how to write and work together,” McGrath says. “It was a tough process, but in the end, it was well worth it.”

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