Whilst melodic hardcore may be synonymous with cathartism, emotional purges and feelings of isolation, both itself and the larger hardcore fanbase have always prided themselves on being an underground movement with a sense of community and purpose, giving what could easily nothing more than cliquey fanbases in other musical genres a larger, cohesive identity.

With this cause close to their heart, UK post-hardcore outfit Acres have set out to have a selfless ambition with the upcoming release of their debut full length ‘Lonely World.

“A lot of people seem to come to our shows to free themselves from feelings of loneliness”

“With our lyrics touching on sensitive subjects, I think people who may have found themselves in similar situations naturally feel encouraged to speak out in a seemingly less daunting environment,” says the group’s guitarist Leo when discussing how the album intends to dispel feelings of loneliness. “ I think the more empathetic we can be, the better and the more likely we are to encourage that attribute in others…A lot of people seem to come to our shows to free themselves from feelings of loneliness, expressing that they don’t have many people in their lives who can truly relate to what they may be going through, past or present.”

“ I believe we have a great opportunity as a band, to bring those people together”, Theo continues, detailing “The Lonely World Group”, a social media closed community the band has created to help their fans. “I think it really helps break down the barrier between ‘artist and fan’…everyone is ultimately standing on the same earth and sees the same sunrise each day.”

“It’s like me getting something off my chest, I just share it with the world”

As vocalist Ben Lumber explains, these personal struggles that are often hidden from those that would offer us the most support are close to his heart. “ So many loved ones close to me suffer from depression and anxiety, it runs in my family so I find myself around it a lot… the track medicine was me really trying to put myself in the shoes of people affected by it to try and understand it a little bit more.”

“For me, it closes that chapter in my life”, candidly remarks the frontman in saying how the process of writing allows him to confront his own struggles. “It’s like me getting something off my chest, I just share it with the world…We’ve always been very humbled to hear what the band’s music has done for people.”

Acres hit the road with Parting Gift, Tripsitter and Captives later this year. Dates read as follows:

4th – UK Southampton @ Joiners
5th – The Netherlands Eindhoven @ Dynamo
6th – Germany Essen @ Cafe Nova
7th – Germany Idar-Oberstein @ Stadenhalle
8th – Germany Karlsruhe @ Weiße Rose
9th – Switzerland Aarau @ KiFF
10th – Italy Milan @ Circolo Svolta
11th – Hungary Budapest @ Dürer Kert
12th – Germany Munich @ Backstage
13th – Czech Republic Prague @ Chapeau Rouge
14th – Poland Warsaw @ Hydrozagadka
15th – Germany Leipzig @ Moritzbastei
16th – Germany Hamburg @ Hafenklang
17th – Belgium Antwerp @ JC Bouckenborgh
18th – UK Bristol @ The Exchange
19th – UK Manchester @ Star And Garter
20th – UK Nottingham @ Alberts
21st – UK Leeds @ The Key Club
22nd – UK London @ The Black Heart





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