Is This Art? New EP 'Chasing Days'

Adelaide, Australia (PressExposure) December 14, 2009 -- "Is this art?'s second recording was nothing but fantastic (MusicSA)" and they now welcome you to their new EP 'Chasing Days'. A balance of thundering aggression, driving rock hooks, melodic warmth and piano flourishes lay the foundation for the gritty, thick vocals. The result, the record that is this art? are adamant is their best work to date.

Opening with a statement of purpose through an energetic, punchy sound, is this art? are in full flight with 'Chasing Days.' Not only do they provide the listener with straightforward hard rock and raw powerful vocals but also tuneful guitars and soothing harmonies.

Is this art?'s debut Self Titled EP arrived in stores in September 2005 and was received with great enthusiasm. NOVA 919 picked up the track 'Weary' for regular airplay in the NOVA 9's and favourite tune 'Elektra' was selected in the top 5 Rock Songs at the Music Oz awards and also became the theme song for their weekly Foxtel show. 2007 saw the boys release their LP 'Everything Is Cheaper Than It Looks' and, just like their first release, saw them receive regular airplay as well as being be picked up by MGM/Green Media Distribution.

With a broad range of musical influences from Led Zeppelin to Pearl Jam to Metallica and with a "flair very similar to the Foo Fighters, is this art? are taking music to the next level (Shut Eye Records, Atlanta, (USA))." The boys show the kind of dynamics that great rock bands are made of by displaying a well honed and mature breed of rock which has helped the boys share the stage with a diverse selection of bands including 'Birds of Tokyo', 'The Hot Lies' 'In Fiction', 'Epicure' 'Final Days of Autumn' and 'Special Patrol'.

'Chasing Days' has seen the boys inject a new level of intensity into their music to create a rock-solid rhythm sound with off-the-leash guitar melts and vocals to match any passionate singer. 'Chasing Days' is nothing less than a quantum leap creatively and musically and it seems destined to attract broader and deeper attention, already shown with boys invited to have an interview on Nova 919 to coincide with the airplay on the Adelaide Show.

So without spoiling it for you is this art? have taken everything they have always done best and brought it to the next level to deliver their finest recording to date.

Biograpghy: Hailing from Adelaide, South Australia, is this art? are a solid 4-piece rock band who's popularity has continued to grow since their inception in 2003. Not settling for the repetitious nature that has consumed popular music of late, is this art? place catchy rock anthems and acoustic ballads next to more ferocious offerings in a truly exciting manner. Each song brings along a new experience and captures the rawness and passion intended by their rock 'n' roll forefathers.

like all journeys, the road has not been without its bumps. Over the past few years a couple of departing guitarists had weighed the band down, until lead guitarist Jarrod Turnbull consolidated the line-up in early 2008 joining the three original members of Matt O'Brien (vocals/guitar), Paul Haddad (drums) and Paul O'Brien (bass). Marking the change, singer Matt O'Brien expresses that the band "has become more focused, hungrier, sharper and tighter than ever."

Is this art? have continued to worked tirelessly to find both originality and diversity in their song-writing and, with two recordings under their belts, 2009 saw them back in the studio producing their latest EP, 'Chasing Days.'

Putting away every penny earnt from shows, merchandise and CD sales, as well as emptying their own pockets, is this art? went back to sought after producer Darren Thompson (Sundance Kids, In Fiction) who recorded their first EP. It was with his knowledge and feel for the bands style and dynamics, mixed with his own vast musical and producing experience that enabled them to achieve their desire of capturing the music's 'vulnerability and aggression'. "Finding the balance between keeping the music raw and over-producing it was a big factor for us. A lot of time was spent on what to include and what to leave out and listening back now, I think we came pretty close to this objective". O'Brien also explains that "a few songs were written 6 to 12 months before recording while the others were pretty new offerings. This time frame really helps represent where the band has been over the last few years and it's ups and downs have been captured throughout the recording.

Is this art? show in this EP just how much they have seasoned into a strong, mature, confident band showing that they have really hit their stride. But now after a few months away from playing live, is this art? are itching to hit the local Adelaide and interstate scene with O'Brien expressing that "local support is the heart beat of Australian music and it's great to see this getting stronger and stronger. Band's also have an obligation to justify this support with good live shows so I guess, hopefully, we're meeting each other half way." With their dedication to live shows and forming a reputation of a tight, explosive set it has helped is this art? to share the stage with bands like 'Birds of Tokyo,' 'The Hot Lies,' 'in fiction,' and 'Special Patrol' and play venues like Fowlers Live, Enigma Bar, Jive and The Espy (VIC).

"So here we go again...gigs, road trips, breakdowns, shameless promotion, late nights and plenty of great times and great music...sounds like a plan."

Visit to get more information on their up and coming gigs and an insight into what's to come.

'Chasing Days' is available through MGM/Green Media Distribution and online through iTunes and Waterfront records.

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