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Many fans of darker, heavier music can trace their predilections back to frustration or angst brought on by a strained relationship with a parent or other family member. By actively engaging and seeking out this music, relationships eventually form, whether in the local scene or behind a screen on a message board, until they're tight enough with fellow metalheads to call them a "second family". This is where Family derives its name.

A four-piece that includes guitarist Joshua Lozano of Man's Gin, Family's debut album Portrait is a concept record about a dysfunctional family that develops supernatural powers. The first single, Illegal Women, has an opening riff reminiscent of "Selkies: The Endless Obsession" by Between The Buried and Me, with hints of Coalesce blended with proggy classic rock in the vein of Rush. There's a lot going on. Listen for yourself below, and get your hands on the full album on release day, October 30th or at the album release show on November 2nd at Union Pool in Brooklyn, New York.

— Kelly Kettering
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Family - "Illegal Women"

FAMILY'S WEBSITE

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