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Hometown:
Orange County, California

Years:
1998 - Present

Band Members:
Vocals: Andrew Schwab
Guitar/Keyboard: Randy Torres
Drums: Alex Albert
Bass: Steven Dail (past member)

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Discography:
2009:
Untitled
2008: This Time of the Year Ep (Christmas)
2007: Rival Factions

2005:
…And The Rest Will Follow
2004:
Songs To Burn Your Bridges By
2002:
Truthless Heroes
2000:
Drawing Black Lines
1998:
Project 86

Record Label:
Tooth and Nail Records

Biography:
Return. Return. Return.

One word. One message. One resolve. It is as much of a command as it is a plea, as much of a call as it is a challenge. And it is the word that is the culmination of nine years as a band, a history that has led Project 86 to the here and now. After nearly 300,000 in lifetime sales, four albums, and fifteen national tours it seemed this Orange County, California outfit had begun to forget who they really were, why they had formed Project 86 in the first place. ...And the Rest Will Follow is about the return. This one word chorus is found on the fifth song of Project 86's fifth album.

Return. Return. Return.

Lead vocalist Andrew Schwab explains, "This chapter of our band is about growing up, becoming a man, and taking responsibility for who you are, who you have been. It's time to embrace our gifts and live in them to impact others' lives for the sake of faith, hope, and love. It's also time to stop beating ourselves up over past mistakes. We started this band to pour into kids' lives and that's the spirit we have recaptured on ...And the Rest Will Follow."

For this release, Project 86 knew they had to do something brand new, while still managing to capture their classic, unique sound. So, the band traveled to Vancouver, B.C. to team up with Gggarth Richardson (Rage Against the Machine, Chevelle, Atreyu) the producer who was at the helm for Project 86's most successful release to date, Drawing Black Lines. In addition, the band decided to make a film about the recording process, and has now released this film on their first DVD, "Subject to Change: The Making of ...And The Rest Will Follow." The DVD is an entertaining compliment to the record, allowing fans to get closer to the band than ever before.

"We were forced to be more vulnerable than we had ever been in making this album," Schwab explains. "We pushed ourselves to go further musically, to find something new deeper down. This is definitely our most diverse release, with as much focus on melody as there is on destruction. I tried to show the tension and victory of the process in the lyrics as much as possible. Every single song was a challenge to overcome the fears that I was holding onto...fears of failure and loss. True hope is found when you are forced to confront your weaknesses."

On the opening track "Sincerely, Ichabod," Schwab addresses the band's past in the very first line, making it clear that Project 86 has no interest in anything else but looking forward: "We once drew some lines in black, and right now it's about time we took them back." These sentiments continue later in the song as a multitude of voices scream, "Off with your head. We'll take it all back and then some...never again."

Though the opening track is perhaps the heaviest song the band has ever written, the record as a whole is refreshingly versatile. Several of the more "radio-friendly" tracks shine without sounding as if the band planned it that way. Memorable harmonies sneak up on you at every turn. The production quality is dirty and raw, with drum sounds big enough to make you reference Metallica's Black album. The song-writing of Bassist Steven Dail and Guitarist Randy Torres is subtle and effective, maintaining a less-is-more approach that features substance over flash. Drummer Alex Albert guides the pace with his signature heavy beats and occasional china smashes, accentuating tastefully employed breakdowns. Schwab's vocals range from whispers to shouts to wails to melodies, as this album contains, decidedly, his best performance to date.


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