Antihero Magazine’s James Geiser spoke to guitarist Tyler Whitfield of SEPARATIONS.
Standing out from the pack isn’t always easy. However, it’s essential for some, and from the beginning, Separations’ desire has been to blaze their own trail. The Atlanta quintet made their initial mark with a well received full-length debut album for Imagen Records, ‘Dream Eater,’ released in 2015 and produced by James Paul Wisner (Underoath, Hands Like Houses, Dashboard Confessional).
On their follow-up to ‘Dream Eater,’ Separations holds nothing back and continues to cut their on path with the release of ‘Bloom’! The quintet, comprised of Will Crafton (vocals), Myles Priest (guitar), Tyler Whitfield (guitar), Brenden Worthington (bass), and David Richey (drums), has expanded on their debut with a breadth of maturity and experience, resulting in an ambitious, breakthrough record, which pushes the boundaries of what’s expected from heavy/melodic rock bands today.
Songwriting shines on ‘Bloom’ as the band finds their groove, creating memorable hooks and massive riffs, without sacrificing lyrical substance. The record dives deep into Crafton’s psyche as he conveys the band’s hardships and personal growth.
“The album was written during a very transitional point in all of our lives,” Crafton explains. “We lost a lot during the writing process this time. However, we got back up and were able to salvage the pieces. We took what we learned, and we put it to music. Bloom is all about how even in the most treacherous climates and terrible life conditions, something beautiful can grow.”
Each Separations performance remains unpredictable, making for an unforgettable experience every time these five musicians hit the stage – which they continue to display on every tour and performance they are apart of. Fans can catch the band live on the Vans Warped Tour summer of 2017 (July 6-July 24).
Separations 2nd full-length album, ‘Bloom,’ will be released on June 23rd via Imagen Records.
Tour Dates (on Vans Warped Tour):
July 6 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
July 7 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
July 8 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
July 9 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
July 10 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
July 11 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
July 12 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
July 13 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake PAC
July 14 – Burgettstown, PA – Keybank Pavilion
July 15 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 16 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 18 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
July 19 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
July 20 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
July 21 – Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 22 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
July 23 – Shakopee, MN – Canterbury Park
July 24 – Milwaukee, WI – Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds)