Protest the Hero have shared a new song titled, “The Canary” off their upcoming album Palimpsest. The album is scheduled to drop June 19th and is the first record since their 2016 EP, Pacific Myth. Due to frontman Rody Walker’s vocal concerns, the band had trouble recording new material. Guitarist Luke Hoskin shared the difficulties of completing this new album:
“‘Palimpsest‘ is by far the most challenging record we have worked on. The writing and recording process saw so many delays, it’s honestly hard to keep them straight. We are very proud of how each hurdle was handled though, and the end result is a record that we believe is deserving of such an endeavor.”
Walker commented on his vocal struggles and how this was a very difficult time for him:
“This record was extremely difficult for me personally. With my first child on the way, I built a studio in my basement to ensure I wasn’t leaving my wife alone with a new child for weeks on end.
I haven’t left my house since. What made it most difficult was the change in my voice. During our final tour just before we were set to start recording, I blew my voice out, and it didn’t come back. I spent a long time fighting with it trying to bounce back and failing.
Finally, through coaching and rehearsal, I got it back in shape. For the first time in my life singing felt like an actual job and I’m still pissed about it. I have never worked harder to put out music in my life and I am extremely proud of the product.”
It’s great to see that Walker was able to retain his voice and finish the record. You can support the band by pre-ordering Palimpset here.
Check out the return of Walker’s vocals in “The Canary” below!