Since Yesterday


Leave it to spazzcore oddballs Horse the Band to inspire a Middle Eastern melodic hardcore metal band to launch an international career in music. During their 2008 shoestring world tour, Ankara, Turkey quintet Since Yesterday hosted three of the Horse's gigs, and after hanging out with the Los Angeles group, decided it was time for them to step it up and start working on their first full-length album.

The result of their efforts, 'The Artificial Truth,' is a striking blend of confrontational rage, crushing riffs and blazing solos that features nine songs, including 'The Aftermath,' '(It Always Feels Good to Remove) Scabs,' and 'Hey! Sleepwalker.' The disc was produced by New Jersey native Will Putney from The Machine Shop Productions, who flew to Ankara to produce the disc then returned home with the finished tracks to mix and master 'The Artificial Truth.' The cover art, which depicts the silhouette of an armed soldier standing behind a huge book crushing a pile of corpses, was created by Derek Hess (Unearth, Motion City Soundtrack). The band is currently in negotiations with labels and a release date is forthcoming.

Since Yesterday -- vocalist Mansur Asrar, guitarist Burak Kilic and Cem Saydam, bassist Yigit Uney and drummer Renan Gucyener -- started in 2002 and quickly released the demos 'Maybe Tomorrow' and 'These Words Are How You Bled From My Wrists.' The band played everywhere they could get a gig, and over the next two years recorded two split demos, the first with Turkish band In Between, and the second, a four-way compilation with In Between, U.S. group Planes Mistaken for Stars and U.K. outfit Candy Sniper.

'It's Time to Move on My Dear' followed in 2006 and 'The Art of Eremophobia' came out in 2007. By that time, the band was no longer struggling to book shows. They were booked for major festivals in Turkey and shared stages with UDO, Madball, A New Hope, Machinemade God, Last Hope and more.