Having paid his dues with some of Nashville's underground luminaries, this Alabama native has started anew in 2006 with a move to Atlanta, GA and a developing new sound. Through Adam McIntyre's jubilant debut, Rockstars and Superheroes, and somber sophomore effort, Nothing Means Anything, ran a thread of longing; of yearning for something more. McIntyre finds the first missing piece of the puzzle on his new EP 'Per Ardua', the first in a series of increasingly experimental pop EPs planned for the next two years. Following a whirlwind year in which he toured extensively as a sideman, became a father, lost his father and underwent throat surgery, McIntyre took his music in a new direction with a new voice (literally -- thanks to the throat surgery -- but also as a songwriter and arranger). Per Ardua, a McIntyre family axiom meaning 'through struggle', represents a more individually defined sound for McIntyre. From the deceptively gentle beginning of 'Together and Alone' to the primal climax of 'Proscription Day', this six-song EP traverses a winding course between emotional baggage and light-hearted comic sensibility. 'America', a song about a nearly disastrous trip to England, is angular pop featuring classical guitars and counter-melodic bass over frantic drums. Devo's 'Girl U Want', while faithfully recreated, draws more from British Invasion-cum-punk than new wave. 'Liquid Girlfriend' sees McIntyre behind vintage keyboards and manning harmonized guitars -- the effect is pleasantly surreal. Once again, Adam covers most of the instrumental bases on the record, and this also marks his first self-produced effort. With strength of voice and a focused sonic vision, McIntyre raises his own bar with Per Ardua. But what Per Ardua really has in spades is great songs. We really hope you enjoy it.
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