Gillian Carter channel anger and anxiety on new track ‘Rotting’

By Glen Bushell

Florida has always been a proverbial hot-bed for music. From the anthemic punk of Hot Water Music and As Friends Rust, to the passionate hardcore of Culture and Shai Hulud, the Sunshine State has produced some of the greats of our scene. The latest name to add to the ever-growing list of musical talent is Gillian Carter, and their new album ‘Dreams Of Suffocation’ is set to cement their name in the Florida’s rich musical tapestry.

However, Gillian Carter are not a new band. Formed around 10 years ago, they have been steadily making a name for themselves since their inception, marrying a brutally honest emotion akin to Elliott Smith, with ferocious metallic hardcore.

“Inspiration for the music & lyrics came from the cold person I became after experiencing constant let downs & allowing myself to become jaded, along with the passing of my dog Mazy,” says vocalist/guitarist Logan Rivera of the bands new album. “The title of the record comes from having dreams & goals in life that you set for yourself out of frustration & knowing that you can’t accomplish them, these dreams just suffocate you in the end.”

One of the stand out tracks on the album is ‘Rotting’, which you can hear below. It perfectly summarises the albums impassioned lyrical narrative, and equally powerful delivery.

“The process behind “Rotting” came from anxiety,” explains Rivera. “It was one of the first songs written for the new album, and to me it means both anger and lack of hope.”

‘Dreams Of Suffocation’ is released on April 8th, and is available to pre-order via Skeletal Lighting in the U.S, and Dog Knights Productions here in the UK.