The Survival Code Return With New Album ‘Whispers of Woe’

The Survival Code Return With New Album ‘Whispers of Woe’

26th October 2023 0 By John Deaux

Anthemic guitar-drenched sonics, killer melodic hooks, and soaring high voltage with an alternative twist, London rock band, The Survival Code, explores what it’s like to be human and navigate the challenges and opportunities of the music industry in the digital age in their forthcoming new album.

Recorded and produced with Matt Hyde (Gallows, Ash, Slipknot) in the band’s studio/rehearsal room, ‘Whispers of Woe’ is an audio document that attests to not just the strength, resilience, and growth that artists and bands need in today’s music business, but also innovation and adaptability in what are extremely challenging times for musicians.

As a band, The Survival Code has witnessed common music industry murkiness, from underhand band management tactics resulting in money being stolen from the group to a former touring member concealing significant drug issues, and more. However, the band has celebrated significant wins; notably previous EP, ‘Crosses To Carry, Coffins To Fill’, has amassed over 3 million streams with the single ‘So Serious’ alone generating 1.6 million streams and counting.

‘Whispers of Woe’ heightens previous releases by The Survival Code, having risen to the challenges laid bare following 2019’s success but ultimately the difficulties that 2020 onwards presented. Whilst the core essence of the band’s heartbeat remains, singer/songwriter Gary McGuinness has delivered his best songs yet through rich songwriting that’s enhanced with effective production values. Grit, guts, fizz, and fuzz are complemented with hooks and melody in abundance, whilst the lyrics pull no punches in their stories, or rather whispers, of anguish. The songs on this new album will resonate with many creative artists who choose (or rather it chooses them) to navigate the complex landscape of the modern entertainment industry. 

The Survival Code‘s third long player delves deep into the rollercoaster of modern-age creativity that’s filled with moments of self-doubt, and the constant battle to stay true in a world that often prioritizes marketable personas over genuine identity. Notably, tracks like ‘We Are Just Fooling Ourselves’ ‘Never Knew You Existed’ and ‘Digging Your Own Grave’ shine a light on modern-day artists paths, illuminating the uncertainties and hurdles they face in an ever-evolving, fluid industry that’s often difficult to keep up with. ‘Whispers of Woe’ serves as a reminder to music artists to hold onto their authenticity, persist through challenges, and maintain a positive perspective while addressing personal struggles and defying conventional industry norms.

Like so many musicians, during the making of the new album The Survival Code were forced to be agile due to the unprecedented effects of the pandemic. McGuinness demonstrates his talent as a multi-instrumentalist, playing all instruments on the new album and showcasing just how passionate a songwriter he is. Everything underscored and recognized, the new album ‘Whispers of Woe’ documents an account of what once was, is now, and where The Survival Code are heading on their own unique musical journey into the new year and beyond.

‘Whispers of Woe’ is released via Good Deeds Music Ltd on 26th January 2024. Pre-order the album and limited edition collectible book (both feature bonus tracks) here.


The Survival Code is:

Gary McGuinness – Vocals, Guitars, Drums

Simon Hartop – Live Drums


Album Tracklist:

1. The Heart Will Bleed 

2. Never Knew You Existed 
3. For Right, Or Wrong, For Better, Or Worse
4. We Are Just Fooling Ourselves 
5. Sum Of All Our Parts 
6. Built To Break 
7. Haunted By Myself 
8. Choreography & Chaos 
9. Can’t Be Explained 
10. Digging Your Own Grave 
11. Waiting In Wings 
12. Random Faces 
13. Before The Dark Takes All Of Us *
14. There Has To Be Another Way *
15. Your Voice ** 
16. Weight of the World **
(* bonus track on CD, ** bonus tracks exclusively on art book/album)


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