After filming a good amount of rooftop performances over the past couple years, one thing The Noise has always wanted to do was have a hardcore band up on our roof to absolutely annihilate things. Thankfully, that dream has now become a reality thanks to Long Island noisemakers Stray From The Path.
Stopping by The Noise office while on tour with Counterparts, Varials, Chamber and more, Stray From The Path treated us (and everyone outside walking by) to performances of their new Internal Atomics tracks “Kickback” and “Second Death.”
Detailing what their outspoken, hard-hitting song “Second Death” is all about, vocalist Drew York told The Noise, “We wrote it about the Catholic Church. Basically, it’s about people that have molested younger kids and have gotten away with it. There’s no repercussion for it, they’re just sent off to a different parish and it just gets overlooked. It’s treated as a ‘vanilla’ sex case, which, in our opinion, is insane. We think that this topic needs to be addressed and we decided to write about it to stand up for the victims and anyone who can relate to it.”
Guitarist Tom Williams added, “The ‘vanilla sex case’ thing [Drew] talked about, there was an actual case of a priest – I don’t even know if he’s a priest, he might have been a cardinal or whatever fucking rankings they do. But he got caught and then some lawyer, he was like, ‘Oh, I looked into it. It was just a simple case of ‘vanilla sex.’’
Williams went on to say, “[The Catholic Church] has been covering up shit forever and they get away with it because they’re the most powerful organization in the world so they can do whatever the fuck they want. It’s like, ‘Oh, this guy did something shitty here? Ship them off there.’ So yeah, [‘Second Death’] is just about the shit that’s been going on there for as long as I’ve been alive and longer.”
To check out Stray From The Path’s heated performance of “Second Death” plus “Kickback” featuring Counterparts’ Brendan Murphy, be sure to look below. Afterward, make sure to pick up a copy of Internal Atomics and grab tickets to see Stray From The Path out on tour here.