Out with the old [name], in with the new
Math-noise rock band, Consider Yourself, have returned to the music limelight with a new band name and the release their first digital album, “Flesh Grenade.”
Consider Yourself is a three-piece instrumental rock band from Providence, R.I. The members include drummer Chris Walker, bassist Santino Tartaglia, and guitarist James Langlais. The band was formerly called “Two Brothers,” but after playing for a while, they went their separate ways for a bit. Among the things they did was go to college and partake in other band projects.
Before becoming Consider Yourself, Walker and Tartaglia, who met in high school, started playing in bands together and eventually met Langlais through a mutual friend. They said they mostly played 14-minute post-rock songs, and never really got out of the garage. Once they were available and a little more stable, they got back together to write new tunes under a new moniker. They did not intend on becoming an instrumental-based band at first, but explained they never got around to finishing lyrics to their songs and because of that, it all ended up working out for them.
“This One’s For You, Baby P” kicks off Flesh Grenade, with a very slow, relaxed, alternative riff that quickly escalates to massive hardcore madness. Langlais said it was the most interesting song to him.
“We said collectively we wanted an album intro,” Langlais said. “We need something to lead it in, and we wanted the idea to be that it would kind of showcase everything to come.”
Langlais mentioned Walker jokingly suggested a weird jazzy and wacky intro with crazy shredding solos and they ended up sticking to that. Walker said he was 100 percent genuine when he pitched the structure for the song because they always present silly ideas and run with them.
Usually when it comes to writing songs, the band said Langlais will write a guitar part as a general idea and then he’ll present it to the rest of the band and work off of that. Walker said it’s really interesting the way they write music together because they have been hanging out for so long. He said they have been friends for about 12 years and have played together for about 11 and they all inherently just understand each other works.
“A lot of it comes out of feeling it out as we go,” Walker said. “A lot of our songs took 13 to 15 months just to be at the stage they are at just because we work on them a little bit at a time.”
Langlais said they will write a new song and then they’ll come back to it and suggest new ideas for the song. They mostly categorize themselves as math-noise rock with elements of progressive rock. A lot of their inspirations come from a lot of math-rock music and also come from heavier noise genres and bands such as The Fall of Troy and others.
“In this band, we have enough heavy stuff and dramatic stuff, but also fun and whimsical stuff where I can get anger out, but I don’t have to stay angry,” Tartaglia said. “I can then turn around and also have a good time. It’s both cathartic, but there’s an amount of relief to be out there.”
As for the album cover for Flesh Grenade, Walker said a friend took a very serendipitous photo of another one of their friends, Mike, while going swimming at Langlais’ house. After a year and half of deciding how to use the picture properly, Walker mentioned they chose to hang it up on a wall and take pictures of it in a frame they bought at a thrift store. He said they shot the picture on Langlais’ wall in his hallway and bought a real existing plaque that says Flesh Grenade. He said because the album cover was supported by their friends, it’s almost like a running theme with a lot of the content within the album and around the album. The album was produced with collaboration from their friends in varying capacities.
As a short term goal, the band thinks the most important thing is just getting their music out there and having as many people listen to it as possible. Consider Yourself have upcoming shows throughout the fall in different venues around Providence such as September 8 at Aurora on Westminster St, October 25 at AS220 on Empire St and another show at AS220 on November 4.