By Brent Michael, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent
Venue: Transitions Art Gallery/Inside Tampa Skatepark, Tampa, Florida–July 13, 2017
Sometimes tragedy can lead to great music, capturing emotions to create something wonderful. As is the case of Orlando based Post-Rock group, Letters to Part.
The band is composed of Y’shua Ortiz Escobedo (vocals and guitar), Dustyn Murphy (drums), Hunter Gelsen (guitar), and Chris Ramos (bass guitar).Initially an outlet to cope with the tragic passing of his cousin in 2010, Y’suha began to find himself crafting songs that illustrated his grieving process resulting in the release of the first Letters to Part EP back in 2012. Along the way, a difficult breakup (and aren’t they all?) added to the mix of emotional influences.
Leaving for Orlando, Letters to Part slowly began to take shape as Y’suha recruited Dustyn Murphy to take over the drums and percussion, while having Hunter step in as LTP’s second guitarist in 2015, shortly after releasing their second EP Altered Ego. Without wasting any time the 3-piece began to fervently work on their LP, titled A Human Curse. After an extensive cycle of creation and demoing, the only way LTP decided they would put their music put in the world, was that if it was presented in the absolute best way possible. This brought them back down south the record with Daniel Columbo of Iceman Studios and the recruitment of their final member, Chris Ramos. As a complete group, Letter’s to Part was now ready to take the next step, signing to Wilhelm Records in early 2017.
Recorded at Iceman Studios, Daniel Colombo recorded, mixed and mastered the 8-track album which details struggles, whether it be from drug abuse, self mutilation, gambling, and the likes, and verdicts a story about how everyday we are living in an anxiety induced world. Lead singer Y’shua Ortiz-Escobedo expands on A Human Curse, by stating it “is a story about understanding true heartache, and trying to cope. Through vices that we all use. Trying to relieve some sort of symptom.”
With an LP, “A Human Curse,” released July 7. 2017, and a Eastern USA touring schedule kicked off by their appearance at Tampa’s Transitions Art Gallery inside Tampa’s Skatepark, Letters to Part is poised to become one of the newest and biggest names in rock music, with their intense approach to ambiance and emotion.
To listen to an audio interview with the band, click on the arrow below
When not in custody, I've been involved with music, photography, and writing my entire life. Ever since I was a young boy and played those silver tunes, I've had the beat, but being a drummer didn't suit me so I became a lead singer, which lasted a few years. Settling down, sort of, I translated my knowledge of audio and glib tongue into mobile emcee work, and my training as a photographer and videographer into a living in the wedding, party, bar/bat mitzvah, and entertainment industry. During this time I also managed to bamboozle my way into a master's degree in writing, worked for a couple of magazines (yes, I took photos for a nudist magazine!), have photographed hotels, done commercial work (shot the cover of Tablet and Capsule magazine), published a few articles, hosted some public access shows (a couple times in drag, but that's another story), and generally made a nuisance of myself until I landed here.