As I Lay Dying has released a new song. “Destruction or Strength” is available to stream and download on Bandcamp right now.
“These are concerning and unprecedented times,” wrote the band in a social media post. “Amidst the uncertainty of how long the COVID-19 pandemic will last, or how severe its impact will be, there are countless people desperately struggling to weather the storm.”
The statement continues:
“In an effort to make a positive contribution to our communities and the people closest to us, we are releasing an unreleased song from our Shaped By Fire album sessions called “Destruction or Strength”. It will be available on all streaming platforms and digital retailers, including Bandcamp as a “pay what you want” download. We will also be selling a t-shirt featuring the single artwork.”
As mentioned, “Destruction or Strength” was recorded during the sessions for the band’s latest album, 2019’s Shaped By Fire. It was the band’s first album in seven years, following the release of 2012’s Awaken.
Proceeds from the song will be split between the band’s road crew and Feeding San Diego. According to the statement:
“Travel restrictions and responsible social-distancing measures have crippled the entire live event industry. While touring is a substantial part of a bands’ income, it is the entire source of financial sustenance for the hard working and talented crew it depends upon. A portion of everything raised will be distributed to our techs and production staff to help alleviate the financial strain of lost income and work opportunity. We love these people as family and want to help them through this the best we can.”
As for Feeding San Diego, the band explains:
“With the closures of all schools in our state, Feeding San Diego is being extremely pro-active in distributing food to support students who previously relied on free and reduced priced school meals as their primary source of nutrition. Feeding San Diego is also continuing their efforts in providing hunger relief to senior citizens, low-income families, and all of the workers in our local hospitality, service, and tourist industries who are facing financial hardships from unemployment. The remainder of everything raised will be sent as a monetary contribution to this organization, to assist them in serving the hunger needs of our community.”
“We recognize this is an uneasy climate for everyone right now so there is no pressure to contribute,” concludes the band’s statement. “At the very least, we hope sharing unreleased music will have a positive impact for those of you excited to hear it.”
“Please be safe and kind to one another. We will get through this together.”
As I Lay Dying had to cancel their April European tour because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their just announced summer North American tour with Whitechapel and Shadow of Intent is still scheduled to take place, however. That run of dates kicks off May 20 in Tuscan, AZ and wraps up June 20 in Riverside, CA.