With the release of the Of Portents and Premonitions album, Ran Aground takes a new approach to some classic genres to create something all its own. Laced with character, an edgy and colorful undertone, and plenty of hooks, the record boasts the aesthetic of alternative rock anthems.
"Of Portents and Premonitions is a journey of sorts, a combination of themes; Mutiny at Sea is the song most reflective of Ran Around's identity on the album. It is a continuation of the nautical themes and songwriting style Ran Aground has come to utilize. Mutiny at Sea has a shanty/pirate soundscape with a lyrical story describing a life headed towards betrayal, loss, and abandonment. Heavy compounding choruses accent wavering verses in order to progress the song's story, all leading up to a final message and the song's central idea. Follow your own path, choose a mutiny at sea." explains songwriter Cody Franklin of the single.
Although there are plenty of singles on the album, to get a full understanding of this concept record, it should be heard in its entirety.
“I'm heavily influenced by metal, punk, classic rock, and classical. Everything from Dark Tranquillity to Michael Schenker to Arcangelo Corelli. These are the genres I grew up with and what I learned instruments along to. Cigarettes After Sex was a large influence on my songwriting at the beginning of this record, although I'd say you'd be hard-pressed to find it in the record's final form. The nautical influence comes from film scores as much as it does bands with nautical music like The Decemberists and The Dreadnoughts. Classical, particularly darker baroque compositions are a major influence on my writing as well. The primary focus right now is the recent album release. The band has been me and myself as of late." says Franlkin of his influences creating the album.
Ran Aground was a project that began around 8 years ago and started off playing a reggae and punk mix of covers and originals. Having gone through several lineup changes, the band had eventually ended up almost as a solo project with Franklin at the helm which was quite the opposite of how it began.
Performing all instrumentation, Franklin was able to build everything to where he wanted it although it wasn't easy.
The album is a testament to where they are at with their sound right now.
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