The origins of Tooth & Nail’s highly heralded hard rock acquisition The Letter Black actually dates back to the members time in Breaking the Silence. After forming in 2006, the group entered the studio independently with Travis Wyrick (P.O.D., Pillar, Disciple), followed by an impressive streak of 150 shows a year. The band shifted the name from Breaking the Silence to The Letter Black. Outside of having a curious ring to it, the new moniker better encapsulates the band’s aggressive instrumental onslaught and literate lyrical disposition.
“All of us go through different chapters in our lives,” suggests guitarist/co-songwriter Mark Anthony. “In these chapters, we write letters of good and bad times. Some letters in our chapters, we are happy to share. Others, we are not so proud of. The Letter Black reminds us of the past mistakes we have made and helps us remember to not keep making the same mistakes.”
After debuting with the aptly titled Breaking the Silence EP, the group expounds upon those poignant reflections all the more on its full-length debut Hanging On By A Thread, encapsulating back breaking rhythms within universally relatable themes to both believers and the world at large.