Winds of Promise debut “Worn”…

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Worn is from Winds of Promise’s new self-titled LP which is a split release between Wishingwell Records and Unity Worldwide Records and comes in a deluxe gatefold sleeve and includes a two-sided, 11” x 17” poster. All proceeds from the record will be donated to the ‘Guardian Angel” project of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

WINDS OF PROMISE was formed in 2017 in Orange County CA. when ex-UNITY bandmates guitarist Joe D. Foster and drummer Patrick Longrie (UNITY, UNIFORM CHOICE) began writing and rehearsing songs together for the first time in over 30 years…

Well, that’s not 100% true because after UNITY released their 7“ You Are One on Wishingwell Records, the band split up and in the mid 1980’s Longrie and Foster started a band called WINDS OF PROMISE and practiced in an old vine cellar at Longrie’s parents house. They never recorded but many songs on the UNIFORM CHOICE Screaming For Change album, UC’s A Wish To Dream and Man Against Man for NO FOR AN ANSWER were written by that band. Big Frank (Nemesis Records) even played bass for it at one point…

Fast Forward into 2017, originally the two planned on just jamming for fun in Longrie’s garage. However, they both loved what they were creating so decided to fill out the lineup and become an active band. Foster (UNITY, IGNITE, SPEAK 714, THE KILLING FLAME, LASTLIGHT) recruited Mike Kenyon to play bass after meeting him at a Dag Nasty show. The two bonded over their mutual love for mid-80’s Dischord Hardcore. “Mike and I speak the same language musically so it was a no brainer having him join Winds of Promise” says Foster. The band then asked longtime friend, and original IGNITE vocalist Joe Nelson (IGNITE, TRIGGERMAN, THE KILLING FLAME) to man the mic. After listening to a practice tape of the songs, Nelson was instantly in, citing “Foster’s best work since Call On My Brothers (IGNITE’s debut album) or maybe ever”.

The four members of WINDS OF PROMISE entered the studio in June of 2018 and emerged with 10 songs for their debut album on Unity Worldwide Records. WINDS OF PROMISE also marks the first time Longrie has been behind the kit since his last band UNIFORM CHOICE played in 1989. As Longrie states “We’re having a lot of fun, and we can’t wait to play these songs live”.  While the music sounds fresh, energetic, progressive and powerful, with a lot of breaks and singalong melodies, callbacks and influences to classic hardcore and punk bands such as Fugazi, Embrace, Dag Nasty and Rites Of Spring can be heard in their songs too. The sound of WINDS OF PROMISE can be described as a perfect blend of mid 80’s Dischord Hardcore and the O.C. Hardcore in the same vein as the music that started them on this path…true to their roots, a never ending journey, a continuation where their previous bands left off. WINDS OF PROMISE make their live debut in late August.  They also plan on touring both in the Europe and the United States in the near future.

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