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Renewal: Palisades shifts sound on latest album

The release of its new album has been a rebirth for Palisades.

“I think part of the reason we even labeled the album ‘Palisades’ is that we tried to find a title that fit the album and we realized that this was the defining sound that we all realized that this is about Palisades and what would have been a better name for the album than just who we are,” said Palisades vocalist Lou Miceli. “The album has a very special place in our hearts because this is an album where we pushed ourselves to be uncomfortable, pushed ourselves to talk about real emotions and real things that maybe we’re uncomfortable.”

The band stepped away from its electronic, metalcore beginnings on this album.

“I think with everyone just people as people or artists as artists when you get older you grow,” Miceli said. “Your opinions change, your tastes change and for us I feel like this album was a prime example of the maturity within us. We’re ready to take that next step into discovering ourselves and that’s kind of the road we went down.”

The song “Aggression” was written by Miceli after the Pulse nightclub tragedy in Orlando, in which 49 people were killed in June 2016.

“I used to live in Florida right by Orlando, and that really hit me pretty hard, everything that was going on in the world and unfortunately is still going on in the world,” he said. “We didn’t want to take any sort of political stance or anything like that, but what we wanted to convey was that humanity needs to start showing more compassion and love for each other, and the only way to be able to do that is if we all stick together and appreciate and respect and value life.”

Miceli’s sister’s diagnosis of severe anxiety and depression inspired the song “Dark.”

“I remember her trying to describe it to our family and her trying to describe it to everyone,” Miceli said. “You know she had a really hard time doing it because she felt like no one could really truly understand her. And at the same time the (Netflix) show ‘Stranger Things’ came out, and I imagined that Winona Ryder’s character in the series when she’s trying to tell everybody that she’s seeing all these monsters and no one believes her. I kind of made a comparison of someone dealing with depression and anxiety like they know that there’s these monsters in their house, like does anyone else see them? Does anyone else feel the same way as I do? And that’s kind of the inspiration.”