Hardcore punk rock band the Undertaking was founded in 2018 by Brent Jasperse (drums), Keith Butsko (guitar), and Austin Visser (vocals), later joined by bassist James Moyer (Mainsail) and singer-guitarist Johnny Mercuri. The following year, they released their debut EP Scavengers, produced by Daniel Bourget. They were signed in early 2021 to Solid State Records, who released their album Funeral Psalms, produced by The Used’s Joey Bradford, in April 2021. It was preceded by a single for “No Friends.”
“No Friends,” according to the band, is "A brash reflection on how difficult it is to be a good friend. What starts out as an accusation attacking others quickly digresses into the realization that we so often push people away and create our own walls of isolation. We’ve all had those situations where someone expected too much out of you and you ended up letting them down. Looking back, your response was to walk away instead of working through your insecurities and making the relationship better. The riffs also just keep punching people in the nose.”
Other album tracks carry titles such as “The Problem With Being Included In The Apocalypse,” “Nostalgia Can Be A Nasty Beast,” and “And Everything Worked Out Just Fine” featuring Cove Reber of Saosin.
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