Pacifist are a 5-piece post-hardcore act from Mumbai, India. Drawing inspiration from 90s hardcore ragers, 80s post-punk melancholy & the chaos of noise-rock, their debut EP Greyscale Dreams set the soundtrack to the desolation & despair of urban existential angst.
The band takes inspiration from a range of influences, from the alternative leaning riffage of 90s era Helmet, Quicksand, Handsome & Snapcase to classic post-hardcore acts like Drive Like Jehu, At The Drive In, Glassjaw & Unwound. Heavier bands like Integrity, Converge & The Dillinger Escape Plan find a way into their sound in bits and pieces at their most manic, and the sound also possesses the poetic grandeur and layered soundscapes of more contemporary acts like Touche Amore, Modern Life Is War, Defeater, La Dispute and the noise-rock influence of acts like METZ and Unsane.
The ‘Greyscale Dreams’ EP is a culmination of all these influences in a dynamic set of four tracks. The sounds & themes stem from the angst of the daily grind, the people that get lost, perish in the process and remain forgotten in the apathetic, vast
populations of Mumbai, the city the band is based out of. The lyrics are a commentary on the human condition in a bleak, black-white-and-grey world where the world gets farther from the light with each passing day.
Pacifist are more than ready to launch their brand of hardcore music firmly in the global landscape, embarking on a string of shows to promote the EP, produced and mixed by guitarist Apurv Agrawal and mastered by Brad Boatright of Audiosiege Studios. The EP artwork and booklet features strong, impactful shots that serves as a carefully constructed tapestry of city life in Mumbai in different locations & settings, shot by Abheet Anand and designed by Sanjana Bhatt of Blankfoundcreative.
Pre-orders for the EP are up now: https://pacifistindia.bandcamp.com/album/greyscale-dreams-ep