Offering a fusion of rock with post hardcore and punk influences, Takers Leavers are carving their path with powerful lyrics and impactful storylines. The name stems from the novel Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, simplifying the concept of society/human behavior and its impact on its surroundings. Forming in 2016, the Costa Mesa, CA quintet consists of David Baqi (vocals/guitar), Karem Idrees (bass/vocals), Robby Friend (guitar), and Rob McDonald (drums). With a deep history of playing together in varying bands and touring, the members came together to find a creative outlet. Takers Leavers launched as an avenue to find unity in an aspect of life that prides itself on individuality.
Influenced by acts like Circa Survive, Every Time I Die, and Thrice, Takers Leavers offer a dynamic sound that dives into lyrical content that is both melancholy and hopeful on a relatable level. Lyrically, the band finds inspiration from personal trials of loss, love, ache, anger, and other related emotions to bring the conversation of mental health out from the shadows.
Kicking off their career with Filthy Animals in 2016, the EP, which featured “Get Up & Exorcise,” was engineered/produced/mixed/masted by Jeff Sahyoun at Suburban Soul Studios. With the tremendous success and recognition from the EP, the band opened for acts Emarosa, He Is Legend, and Mest as well as establishing a regular appearance at Southern California Emo Night events.
Fast-forward to 2018, Takers Leavers are gearing up for their sophomore release, Break & Bloom, set for release on September 7th.The EP was engineered/produced/mixed by Adam Sisco at Twin Star Studios and mastered by Paul Leavitt. Off the forthcoming EP comes the single “Fist to Wall,” an emotionally-driven track about loss and letting go. The track details a desperate attempt to regain what one has lost, no matter the cost.
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