Stand Still: Long Island Band’s “Steps Ascending” Is a Shot of Energetic Melodic Hardcore

Photo: Steve Levy

The Long Island, New York hardcore scene and its history is the stuff dreams are made of. Bands like Mind Over Matter, Silent Majority, and Vision of Disorder all cut their teeth in the Nassau and Suffolk region going back to the '90s.

Firmly rooted in that tradition is Stand Still.

With two EPs under their belt—2021's A Practice in Patience and 2022's In a Moment's Notice—the melodic hardcore quintet spent much of last year work-shopping new material in the studio.

No Echo is pleased to help spread the word about Stand Still's first taste of those sessions via a song called “Steps Ascending." The energetic track wastes no time hitting you with driving riffs and hooky vocal lines, setting up a million-dollar chorus:

Stand Still vocalist Gerry Windus states:

“These lyrics are inspired by Catholic guilt and the anxiety that can arise from questions left unanswered. Growing up in a religious household often leads to feeling as if everything is supposed to hold a deeper meaning, this track attempts to describe those feelings in the catchiest way possible.”

Stand Still is heading out this coming weekend with fellow Strong Islanders Family Dinner for a run of shows, and then will embark on an East Coast trek in March with House and Home and Spit House on select dates.

"Steps Ascending" is streaming everywhere now via DAZE.


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