Today, on the last day of Mental Health Awareness Month, the rock band Slant released a video for their cover of the U2 hit “With or Without You”. This LA based band recorded the song with Dave Moreno (Puddle of Mudd) and Sameer Battachrya (Flyleaf), the full-length video received acceptance from the group Rock To Recovery (owned by Wesley Geer, Hed P.E./Korn) to close the video with a PSA to raise awareness to recovery through music.
Drummer Jimmy Lee stated “I wanted the video to depict how straining and complicated things can get when pursuing a life in creative arts, in terms of mental health. We all know someone that has dealt with substance abuse or behavioral addictions. On a personal and national level, we have seen those in the arts or creative fields fall into the cycle of substance abuse or other addictions while pursuing their productive paths. Our hope is to bring mental health to the forefront of conversations so that those affected know there are great outlets for help.”
View the video below and be sure to check out the groups social media pages and website. If you or someone you know is dealing with a mental illness please reach out and talk to someone. Stigmas need to be torn down and people need to understand that it is ok to not be ok.
In just a few short hours Deep Valleys will drop the first single off their new album “Goldhaven”. I got early access to the track “Closer to You” and I definitely think the wait has been worth it. It’s different from what they guys have put out in the past with “The Call of the Void” but the new sound is welcomed and done very well. The song starts out with a catchy synth hook and made me wonder who I was listening to but as soon as Brian Naus came in on vocals it gave it the classic and distinct Deep Valleys feel. The song brings a pop punk style and has the dynamics that I love in songs.
When asked about the meaning behind this new track, guitarist John DeJac says “The song is about about the experience of going through the motions of life, feeling small, unheard, undervalued and unable to make a difference. Feeling frankly like “What do you want from me, God?” As the song progresses into the chorus the eyes are turned back to God and resolving at the truth that simply drawing closer to God getting to know Him and His truth makes all the difference. Be close to Him is what really matters to get your life back on track.”
Be sure to listen to this song as soon as it is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and all other music steaming platforms. If you’re just hearing about Deep Valleys check out their social media and this video of their most recent worship cover of “Reckless Love”
Track List: 1. American Tattoo 2. Ship of Fools 3. 50 Million 4. The Flatlander 5. That Sweet Song 6. Home (Away from Home) 7. Take Me to the River 8. Hello June 9. Mountain Song
Label: Independent Producer: Karl Maciag
When you buy an album I am certain that you gravitate to a few songs that you deem your favorites. I can remember picking up a new CD because it had that one song I loved. I would listen to that song on repeat, learn all the lyrics, tell others about it, but wouldn’t give the time of day to the rest of the songs. With that being said, every now and then an album comes along where I enjoy every song. I will listen to it from front to back without skipping a track. “That Sweet Song” is one of those albums.
This album by Fuzzy and the Rustbelts is a complete package musically. This release has an old school country / Americana feel, and covers the dynamical spectrum. There are upbeat tracks such as “50 Million” and “Hello June” as well as calmer acoustic tracks like “Home (Away From Home)” and “American Tattoo”.
When you listen to this album you can hear the soul, emotion, and passion in Fuzzy’s voice. It seems that this sound came naturally and nothing was forced when putting it all together. When asked about the album, Fuzzy himself said that “the theme began to become clear….Mountains, Rivers, God. Mountains are the ultimate hurdle. We all need to climb mountains and cross rivers to overcome our fears. But more importantly we all need to pray and realize that we can’t do it alone. This album encompasses so many thoughts, stories, and feelings that ultimatley make up the all American experience.”
This album is set to release February 15th and they are holding a release show on that date at The 9th Ward in Buffalo. I have heard that it is sold out but if there is a way you can get to that show I would definitely recommend it. I have not gotten the chance to see them live but I look forward to the day I do. Make sure to check out their website and facebook page for upcoming events and news! https://www.facebook.com/fuzzyandtherustbelts/ https://www.fuzzyandtherustbelts.com
Label: Independent Producer: Anthony Potenza – Studio A Recordings
On January 25th, Dilettante will be releasing their debut self titled EP. I have had the pleasure of playing a show with these guys in the past so I was excited to hear what they had put together.
The EP starts off with the track “Scale” and definitely sets the tone for the rest of the album. Including the lyrics “How am I today? To me it’s all the same. I’ve stepped too far away. Now a man without a name.” Dilettante is very real in what they put forth for all to hear. From Dilettante themselves; “This EP is an open and honest representation of a broken entity. We are delving into the darkest mindsets so many of us are afraid to discuss, but all suffer in from time to time.”
As I continued to listen and get into the second song “Dispossession” I kept coming back to one thing, AFI. It is clear that vocalist Erik Wik is heavily influenced by AFI and the vocal style of Davey Havoc. Eriks vocals are unique and to me, took the songs to that next level. Through the next 3 songs the themes and styles previously mentioned continue, and bring the whole EP together. The final song “Rising Tides” offers some metalcore riffs but still maintains the up and down dynamic energy shown throughout the other tracks.
Overall I thought this album was put together very well. The dynamics the songs along with a mix of clean and dirty vocals pulled together nicely. I could easily listen to and enjoy all tracks and if you like heavy music but aren’t into as much screaming this EP is for you. 2019 looks like it is starting off well musically and I hope it continues this way!
Be sure to check out Dilettante at their EP release show on January 25th at the Rec Room in Buffalo. This show is sponsored by After Dark Presents and also includes the bands Of Night and Light, Overlook, and Winski. For more information click the link below. https://www.facebook.com/events/1876361935772992/