LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK, March 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- FAULKNER have teamed up with Complex to premiere their long awaited single "Keep Your Enemies Closer." Produced by RZA and featuring a co-write and vocals from rapper Royce Da 5'9", "Keep Your Enemies Closer" is the first listen from FAULKNER since the release of their debut EP, Revanchist. FAULKNER is the only independent band in recent memory to co-write with two legendary rappers on their upcoming debut album.
"Keep your enemies closer was inspired from my time on the street and reading Robert Greene's 48 laws of power. Greene is the Clausewitz of our century," says FAULKNER's frontman Lucas Asher. "Royce Da 5'9" brings that Detroit aggression and flow, nobody can touch him past or present. We are honored that he saw something in us and wanted to co-write 'Keep Your Enemies Closer.'"
"I love pushing the envelope, doing unexpected things," says Royce Da 5'9". "Creativity knows no limits in 2017."
Named "Ones to Watch" by The Guardian, bi-coastal rockers FAULKNER have gained serious buzz over the past year after landing an unfinished demo of their song "NY Anthem" in the hands of RZA, the Wu-Tang Clan mastermind. FAULKNER captured the hip-hop God's interest, leading to their first major collaboration. As a result, the track can be heard at the New York Yankees home games. But New York isn't the only place giving them love. Emphasizing the term "bi-coastal," FAULKNER has also been featured on iconic LA radio station KROQ with their single "Revolutionary," which has over 2.3 million views on YouTube.
FAULKNER recently released their debut EP Revanchist, produced by RZA, Mark Needham (The Killers) and JP Bowersock (The Strokes), and recorded in Rick Rubin's Shangri La Studios in Malibu. Lyrically, the EP balances revenge themes and overtones with soaring anthems (the defiantly charged "All I Wear Is Black," and the Machiavellian "Keep Your Enemies Closer" are prime examples). RZA has praised the release, stating that he was "insanely impressed" with the band.
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