Finally, Seahaven—the elusive emo group from Torrance, California—have announced Halo of Hurt, their first album since 2014’s monumental Reverie Lagoon: Music for Escapism Only. “Moon” is the lead single, showcasing the band’s signature mesh of menacing emo and invigorating pop punk.
According to the press release, the band struggled through pressures—scrapping demos, searching for labels, and giving up—leading up to the new record. “I don’t even know if I picked up a guitar for two and a half years,” admitted frontman Kyle Soto in a press release, which is another reason why the members call that interim their “dark period.” Luckily, their cult following consistently bugged the band online—asking where they’d gone and when they’ll come back—was a driving force that Seahaven relented to.
Halo of Hurt is out November 20 on Pure Noise Records. “Moon” sounds as if Seahaven never stopped playing, and even as if they never left at all. It’s cathartic and rewarding, with Soto’s lyrics more poetic and cutting than ever. Listen to the song below.