Stray From The Path
Drew York Vocals | Thomas Williams Guitar | Dan Bourke Drums | Anthony Altamura Bass
Stray From The Path are a four piece alternative hardcore band, hailing from Long Island, New York. Stray have made it their mission to take the often-untapped issues that plague the society of the human race. From the law enforcement, to the individuals in bands that take advantage of the sacred supporters of this music scene, Stray show no mercy in their lyrics when they see injustice.
Comprised of Thomas Williams on guitar, Drew York on vocals, Dan Bourke on drums and Anthony ‘Dragon Neck’ Altamura on bass, the band strive for a style of music that is not common in the modern age. Without the crutch of computers, and the perfect pace of a click track, Stray From The Path delivers an unpredictable raw emotion that feeds of the energy of the people.
With the supports of the band acting as the fuel to the fire, Stray have only intensified as their career marches on. With their latest effort Subliminal Criminals out now via UNFD, we are seeing a side of the band that we could all see was coming, but are still not ready for it!
Life often resembles a game of chess. Players outside of our control make moves that affect our everyday existence. However, recognition remains the first step to revolution. Once you know the game, you can make a difference in the outcome. On their sixth full-length, Only Death Is Real, STRAY FROM THE PATH survey the playing field and provide a book of bloody battle notes etched in hardcore energy, metal fire, and hip-hop poetry.
“When Richard Spencer, a white supremacist, was punched on-camera a few months back, it was great to see that he and his hatred were not being tolerated,” guitarist/vocalist Tom Williams explains. “We were shocked to see that people were actually defending him though. They said he should have freedom of speech. They’re not wrong. People should be able to exercise free speech. Sometimes, the things you say come with consequences. There is enough hate, misery, and division in this country that we don’t need a televised white supremacist saying, ‘This country belongs to white people.’ Bottom line: if you preach hate, expect hate.”
The Long Island, NY quartet—Thomas Williams [guitar, vocals], Andrew “Drew York” Dijorio [vocals], Anthony “Dragon Neck” Altamura [bass, vocals], and Craig Reynolds [drums]—outline that fight on the record’s very cover art.
“The king equals the elite, the queen equals the government, the bishop equals the church, the knight equals the military, the rook equals the police, and the pawn equals the people,” explains Williams. “This was the first time the vision and the theme of the album came before the music. We had the artwork first. We wrote this during a pretty dark and reflective time in our lives. In an age where government has failed, they made us feel as small and as insignificant as ever. In this game, all of the attention is turned onto the people: white versus black, Democrat versus Republican, gay versus straight, or Trump versus no Trump. They know if the fight is within the community. There can be no fight against the establishment.”
Outbreak: Watch Here | Taken from Subliminal Criminals (2015)
Badge & A Bullet: Watch Here | Taken from Subliminal Criminals (2015)
The House Always Wins: Watch Here | Taken from Only Death Is Real (2017)
Goodnight Alt-right: Watch Here | Taken from Only Death Is Real (2017)