Day in Rock Report for 10/19/2015

Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh Diagnosed With Bladder Cancer

The Grateful Dead's bass player Phil Lesh revealed that he was diagnosed with bladder cancer earlier this month, forcing him to postpone two upcoming shows next weekend.

Lesh, who fought prostate cancer in 2006, posted the following message to fans via the Terrapin Crossroads' Facebook page,"I am sorry to let you know that I will need to cancel the October 24th and 25th Phil & Friends shows with Chris Robinson.

"I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in early October, and have spent the last few weeks at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale doing tests and eventually surgery to remove the tumors. I am very fortunate to have the pathology reports show that the tumors are all non aggressive, and that there is no indication that they have spread.

"So thanks to my local doctor Cliff Sewell, and the incredible team at the Mayo Clinic, all is well and I can return to normal activities in two weeks from my surgery.

"Unfortunately, that means I will have to cancel the PLF shows scheduled for Oct 24/25. We will reschedule these shows as soon as we can, but in the meantime, keep a lookout for a free Grate Room show before I leave for the East Coast shows. I also plan to pop in and jam in the bar before we leave, so I hope to see you there at Terrapin. Love Will See You Through…."

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Ritchie Blackmore Announces 1st Rainbow and Deep Purple Concert

(hennemusic) Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore has announced the first in a series of Best of Rainbow and Deep Purple shows planned for 2016. Blackmore will perform at the Monsters Of Rock festival in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany on June 18.

Tickets for the rare rock event by the founding member of Deep Purple will go in sale November 6. "I am doing four dates in June, which will be all rock," Blackmore tells Noisey.

"I have the band basically together and it will be Rainbow and Deep Purple. It's just having fun but it's only four dates in Europe. I don't want to do anymore because I take what I'm doing now much more seriously."

Since 1997, Blackmore has been focusing his energies on Blackmore's Night, a medieval folk band he formed with then-girlfriend and now-wife Candice Night. Read more here.

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Def Leppard Announce U.S. Tour and Stream New Song Dangerous

Def Leppard have announced that they will be once again teaming up with Styx and Tesla for a North American tour early next year. The band has also revealed the second song from their forthcoming album.

The band premiered the song "Dangerous" via Billboard. They had previously released the song "Let's Go". Both tracks are featured on their new self-titled album, which is scheduled to be released on November 27th.

Phil Collen gave Billboard the following background on the new track, "Dangerous is a few years old and was initially titled Dangerous Drug until Joe Elliott suggested shortening the name. I started it a few years ago; I think I had just been working with producer Mutt Lange on something. We copied it exactly. I redid the guitars, just a slightly different guitar sound. We didn't change anything musically at all." Check out the song here.

Def Leppard will be supporting the new album with a winter tour which is scheduled to kick off on January 27th at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC.

Like their just completed trek, the new tour will also feature Styx and Tesla, and dates have been announced through February 17th in Allentown, PA at the PPL Center. See the dates here.

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Tommy Lee Sidelined For Another Motley Crue Final Tour Date

(Classic Rock) Tommy Lee has been forced to sit out a second Motley Crue show due to tendonitis in his wrist. The drummer surprised fans by missing the group's final appearance in Buffalo, New York on October 14 when he had to visit a doctor after waking up in the middle of the night with the problem.

And Lee had to remain on the sidelines again for the band's October 16 concert at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut as the issue showed no signs of improvement.

Lee posted the following message to fans on Friday via Twitter: "As some of you may have heard, I sustained an injury of severe inflammation to my left wrist and was unable to play the other night in Buffalo. I'm so sorry to say that the injury has not improved and it is unlikely I will be able to perform again tonight in Bridgeport.

"Regardless, the show must go on and Alice Cooper's amazing drummer, Glen Sobel will be filling in for me on drums. I will, however, come on stage to see everyone and also to play the piano with my good hand for the finale on Home Sweet Home." Read more here.

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Mick Jagger 'A Clockwork Orange' Petition Being Auctioned

(Classic Rock) A petition signed by the Beatles and calling for Mick Jagger to star in classic film A Clockwork Orange is to go under the hammer. Auction house Paddle8 expects the letter to fetch between $18,000 and $25,000 by the time the bidding comes to an end on October 29.

The letter was signed by all four members of the Fab Four, as well as Marianne Faithfull and Anita Pallenberg, in 1968. It urges screenwriter Terry Southern to cast Rolling Stones frontman Jagger in the role of Alex in the film adaptation of Anthony Burgess' novel.

The petition called on Southern to choose the singer over actor David Hemmings for the part - although in the end it went to Malcolm McDowell when director Stanley Kubrick later acquired the rights to the script and released his controversial big-screen version in 1971. See the petition and read more here.

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Frank Watkins (Obituary and Gogoroth) Dead At 47

Bassist Frank Watkins (Obituary and Gogoroth) reportedly died on Sunday morning (October 18th) after a battle with cancer, according to Loudwire. He was 47.

Both bands issued brief statements about his passing. Gorgoroth wrote on their website that read: "Rest in peace Frank Watkins (19.02.1968-18.10.2015). He will be missed."

Obituary had the following to say, "Just got the very sad news that Frank passed away this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family." Read the Loudwire obituary to learn more about Watkins career here.

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The Scorpions Cancel 50th Anniversary Club Show

(hennemusic) The Scorpions have announced that they have been forced to cancel their plans for a 50th anniversary show at an intimate club in Berlin on November 3 due to technical issues.

"After their massive sold out arena tour in North America, the band will have to play in Rome on November 9 and thereafter in Milano and Paris," said the Scorpions. "Within the short timeframe between Las Vegas, Seattle and Rome, it unfortunately proved impossible to scale down the arena show and technical equipment needed to perform in a small club in such a way that the musical quality would be guaranteed which is very important to the Scorpions. For this reason the show in Berlin had to be withdrawn and the band would like to apologize for this."

The event saw 250 fans win tickets to the rare club date by voting on the group's setlist for the show, and the band has stepped up to provide an alternative experience. "Here is the good news for the competition winners: they will be invited to the Scorpions concert in Berlin on March 23, 2016 in the Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin as VIP guests" Read more details here.

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Bruce Springsteen Premieres Unreleased Song From The River Box Set

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen will release a 7-disc box set featuring material recorded for his 1980 double-album, "The River." The rocker is premiering an unreleased outtake, "Meet Me In The City", as a preview of the forthcoming package.

Due December 4, "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection" presents the original record alongside "The River: Single Album" - originally named "The Ties That Bind" - a 10-track album that Springsteen recorded in 1979 as a follow up to 1978's "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" but never released.

"The songs lacked the kind of unity and conceptual intensity I liked my music to have," Springsteen wrote in the lyrics/photo book "Songs." "So we went back in the studio."

The 4CD/3DVD package also delivers 22 outtakes from the sessions - including 11 previously unreleased - an hour-long documentary/interview with Springsteen complete with solo acoustic guitar performances, and a legendary 1980 concert filmed at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.

The box set also presents a hardcover 148-page coffee table book containing 200 studio and live photographs plus pages from Springsteen's notebooks, single covers, images and outtakes from the original album package, and other memorabilia documenting the album.

"The River" delivered Springsteen his first No. 1 US album on the Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 5 million copies in the States alone. Check out the tracklisting and the song stream here.

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Nicko Wants Iron Maiden To Play With Symphony Orchestra

(Classic Rock) Nicko McBrain hopes Iron Maiden will one day perform epic track Empire Of The Clouds live - with the help of a symphony orchestra. The drummer insists the 18-minute track, which appears on latest album The Book Of Souls, can't be played effectively without additional performers.

And he thinks a symphonic concert, like the Royal Albert Hall show staged by late Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord in London, would be the ideal time to dig up Maiden tracks that have never made it to the stage.

McBrain tells 98.7 The Gater: "What I'd like to see Maiden do before we step back from the touring schedule that we usually do, I'd like to see us do like what Jon Lord did years and years back [referring to a concert the Deep Purple legend played with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall], is do Iron Maiden songs with an orchestra.

He says he would love to do an orchestra show, "because there's a lot of stuff there. 'Alexander The Great' is a track that everybody's been moaning it's been never played live. I'd like to do things like that. Everything that we haven't covered I'd like to see us do an orchestral version of. Perhaps that will happen one day." Read more here.

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Bullet For My Valentine Release Video For 'Venom' Title Track

(TeamRock Radio) Bullet For My Valentine have issued a video for the title track from their latest album, Venom. The follow-up to 2013's Temper, Temper was released in August and the latest promo was directed by Stuart Birchall.

He says: "Working with Bullet is a real pleasure. It is important for me to connect with the artist, their music and establish trust creatively. It really is a great feeling when the plans come together, the crew across the board were all amazing."

The band, who are currently on tour across the the UK, released free digital EP Live From Kingston today (October 16) via Google Play. It features the tracks Your Betrayal, Army Of Noise, The Last Fight and Tears Don't Fall. Watch the video here.

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Cream 10-Disc Replica Box Set Announced

(Classic Rock) A set of replica Cream vinyl singles will be released in a box set in December. The 10 discs, featuring original mono recordings which have been unavailable for decades, are presented in all-new sleeve designs, and cover the iconic outfit's output from 1967 to 1970.

The set arrives ahead of the 50th anniversary of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker's debut standalone single Wrapping Paper, which arrived in October 1966.

Polydor Records say: "Cream blazed an indelible trail through the latter half of the 60s with their challenging and exquisite melange of blues, pop and psychedelia.

"These tracks offered a window to the wilder, widescreen adventures of their long-players. Here they are in glorious mono with specially-designed picture sleeves - a fitting tribute to the skills of the three players, and especially to Jack Bruce, who left us in October 2014." See the track details and a photo here.

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Walter Trout Streaming New Album 'Battle Scars' Online

(Classic Rock) Walter Trout has made his album Battle Scars available to stream in full with TeamRock ahead of its official launch later this week. It's set for release on October 23 via Provogue Records and reflects on his battle with liver disease and the transplant that saved his life.

Trout said: "At first I wasn't strong enough to play a single note on the guitar, but as I regained my strength, the music came back to me. Now when I pick up the guitar, it is liberating, joyful, and limitless. I feel like I'm 17 again.

"I'm thrilled about this album, about my life and about my music. I feel that I'm reborn as a songwriter, a singer, a guitarist and a human being. I have a new chance at being the best musician and the best man that I can be. And I'm incredibly happy and grateful." Stream the album here.

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Slayer Launch 666 Red Ale Beer

(Classic Rock) Slayer have launched their own brand of beer named 666 Red Ale. The thrash icons teamed up with the Nils Oscar company in Nykoping, Sweden to produce the 6.5% ABV beverage.

The brew is described as "a unique craft beer based on five different malts" and having "a deep copper colour, often with a deep reddish hue and a malty sweetness."

And Slayer frontman Tom Araya has given the ale the thumbs up, and says the drink perfectly represents the band. He tells Sweden Rock Magazine: "It can taste authentic. So, yes, a beer can taste like Slayer." Read more here.

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Found Special Chemistry With New Lineup

(Classic Rock) Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says that the addition of Kiko Loureiro and drummer Chris Adler to the group has created a special chemistry within the band.

The pair joined the lineup following the 2014 departures of Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover and appear on Megadeth's 15th album entitled Dystopia, out on January 22.

Mustaine tells Music Feeds: "There's a lot of really great songs that, when they were in my head, I thought were going to turn out good. But after getting Chris Adler and Kiko to add their chemistry to the record...

"I've had great guys I've played with, but I think Kiko has the widest expanse of guitar playing knowledge. It's just given the record all of the flavor and tone that I've always wanted."

Mustaine reports the group dynamic has improved greatly with the skillset and personality of Loureiro. Read more here.

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August Burns Red Release 'Ghosts' Video Feat. Jeremy McKinnon

(TeamRock Radio) August Burns Red have released a video for their track Ghosts, which comes from their seventh studio album Found In Far Away Places, released in June this year via Fearless Records and the song features A Day To Remember frontman Jeremy McKinnon.

Guitarist Brent Rambler reveals they wanted to focus the video on homelessness as it's an issue that society needs to address. He says: "A lot of homeless people led normal lives just like everyone else before they landed on the streets. They deserve help and respect to get back on their feet - not judgmental looks and whispers."

August Burns Red are currently on tour across Europe with Every Time I Die, Stick To Your Guns, Polyphia and Wage War. Watch the new music video here.

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Foreigner's Kelly Hansen Talks Ghosts, Spice Girls In Kid Interview

(Classic Rock) Foreigner frontman Kelly Hansen has given his take on ghosts, the Spice Girls and natural disasters while being interviewed by a child. The singer is the latest star to appear in the Kids Interview Bands series.

He revealed to pint-sized interviewer Piper that he could eat his own bodyweight in pizza and that, as a Californian, he lives in fear of earthquakes.

Asked if he believes in ghosts, Hansen says: "I don't think I've ever seen one. Some things have happened in my life that I can't explain, but I don't know if I'd go all the way and say that I believe in ghosts."

Before failing to name all five members of the Spice Girls, Hansen adds that he doesn't sing along when he hears Foreigner songs on the radio, as he needs to rest his voice.

And asked if he's ever seen anything funny in the audience while performing, he says: "All the time. Usually people doing funny things or holding funny signs. Sometimes I've forgotten lyrics because they've made me laugh." Watch the interview here.

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Flying Colors Release Live 'Kayla' Video

(Classic Rock) Flying Colors have released a video for a live version of Kayla. It's taken from the band's Second Flight: Live At The Z7 album, which is released on November 13 and is the follow-up to last year's Second Nature album.

"It was especially exciting because we had just performed many of these songs for the first time, days before," says guitarist Steve Morse. The album was recorded in Pratteln, Switzerland, on the band's 2014 tour, and is the band's second live album, following Live in Europe, recorded on the band's debut tour in 2012.

"Flying Colors is like no other band to perform with," adds bass player Dave LaRue. "This tour was all about the joy of playing together, and sharing new songs with fans. Everyone felt something special that night, and I'm so glad we captured it."

Second Flight: Live At The Z7 is released on multiple formats, including 4K UltraHD, Blu-ray, DVD, LP + MP3, CD, iTunes, Headphone Surround, iTunes and Pono. Watch the video here.

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Protest The Hero Trying New Way To Release New Music

(Prog) Protest The Hero have launched a subscription release platform which will give fans new material every month. The Canadian prog metal outfit unveiled the Pacific Myth project in conjunction with Bandcamp, with the track Ragged Tooth, available now.

They'll release a new song or video on the 15th of every month, for the next six months. Protest The Hero say: "For a long time we have been dreaming of a new way to bring you our music. We wanted something more direct than a standard album release and record cycle.

"In our opinion, this is the most direct way we can deliver you new tunes. We have chosen to lead things off this month with Ragged Tooth a cracking little banger of a song which we felt represented where we are headed with all of this." Read more here.

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Faith No More Use New York Rangers' Dan Boyle As Roadie

(Gibson) New York Rangers player Dan Boyle is a big Faith No More fan, and when the band announced their North American tour last summer, Boyle was determined to be there. The hockey player wanted to be more than just a fan, too. He wanted to be Faith No More's roadie.

Mike Patton and the guys made Boyle's dream come true and made him a full-fledged roadie for four shows on the trek. At the shows, Boyle carried instruments and set up the stage for the band.

"As silly as it sounds, it was an amazing experience," Boyle told the New York Post . "(Being a roadie is) a thankless job, but an important job. It's not that different from what (the Rangers') trainers do for us!"

Boyle's first brush with Faith No More came eight years ago when the band played their hometown of San Francisco. Boyle was in town, since he was part of the San Jose Sharks at the time.

"They were my favorite band growing up," Boyle said. "I told (the team's) p.r. guy, 'I don't care if I have to stand in the top corner of the venue, get me in there.'" Read more here.

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Devin Townsend Previews Ziltoid Live Release

(Prog) Devin Townsend has released a trailer for his upcoming live release. Ziltoid Live At The Royal Albert Hall was filmed in April this year and features guests Jean Savole, Chris Jericho and Dominique Lenore Persi, along with 12 actors and singers and narration from Bill Courage.

Townsend said: "To make artistic expression rooted in creativity, and to articulate it in these ways, at this sort of venue, was pretty awesome. The whole thing was quite a challenge - but ultimately it worked and we were all very satisfied with it. I think if you enjoy what I do, you'll really dig it."

The live package will be released on November 13 via InsideOut as a 44-page art book with three CDs, two DVDs and a Blu-ray disc, as a 3CD/DVD digipak and as a single Blu-ray disc. The set features behind-the-scenes footage and a documentary. Watch the trailer here.

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Kate Bush Inside The Rainbow Book Set For Release This Week

(Prog) Kate Bush is the subject of a photo book created by her brother John. Kate: Inside The Rainbow, published on October 22, features unseen candid shots, including pictures taken during video shoots for Army Dreamers and Running Up That Hill.

The photos appear in the hardback title alongside two essays by John Carder Bush, an established photographer and writer. Publishers Sphere Books say: "It includes outtakes from classic album shoots and never-before-seen photographs from The Dreaming and Hounds Of Love sessions, rare candid studio shots and behind-the-scenes stills."

The essay From Cathy To Kate describes the siblings' "shared childhood and the early, whirlwind days of Kate's career" while Chasing The Shot "vividly evokes John's experience of photographing his sister." Read more here.

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Slipknot's Clown 'Burned Out' Directing Officer Downe Movie

(TeamRock Radio) Slipknot's Shawn 'Clown' Crahan says he almost burned himself out while directing upcoming film Officer Downe. The movie - based on the Man Of Action comic books - is Crahan's directorial debut and is scheduled for release in mid-2016. It stars Sons Of Anarchy's Kim Coates in the lead role - an LA cop who is killed in the line of duty but repeatedly resurrected and sent back to work.

Officer Downe also stars Tyler Ross, Lauren Velez, Reno Wilson and Bruno Gunn. The screenplay was penned by Man Of Action writer Joe Casey. Crahan tells 103.9 The Bear: "I got to make my first motion picture. It was PhD in six weeks. I made a Hollywood movie that is going to look like a very, very expensive movie. And I did in 21 days, 18-hour days for six weeks - the hardest artwork I've ever done in my life. It's awesome.

"I burned out, I gave all I've got. Hopefully it's a breath of fresh air for everybody. I'm giving everybody something that's a little extreme on the art, but nothing where you're like, 'Clown, you're taking too much artistic liberties to screw us all over.'" Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Lonely The Brave Begin Recording New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Lonely The Brave have entered the studio to begin recording their second album. The group revealed the news regarding the follow-up to their 2014 debut The Day's War via their social media sites.

The band say: "Delighted to announce that we have now started working on our second album in Sheffield with producer Ross Orton. Ross has worked with the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Drenge, and God Damn to name a few, and things are already sounding massive."

The band hope to release the record in late spring or early summer next year, and updated fans on the behind-the-scenes process of selecting tracks for the record. They said: "Listened to all our new demos again today. The list is getting narrowed down. Super excited." Read more here.

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Anthony Kiedis Talks New Red Hot Chili Peppers Music

(TeamRock Radio) Anthony Kiedis says the Red Hot Chili Peppers' latest material is as good as anything they've ever done. And the frontman has hinted that he has acoustic ideas on his mind as the band concentrate on their 11th studio title.

The follow-up to 2011's I'm With You has been in the works for several months, and it's expected to appear in the first half of 2016. Kiedis tells Rolling Stone: "We've been writing new music for the last year and we've written some songs that I feel are as good as any songs we've ever written."

He says of producer Danger Mouse: "He's very good about coming up with super-modern ideas. But he'll also touch on the acoustic guitar in the control room, and strip the song down to its acoustic essentials - which is a beautiful place to be." Read more here.

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Singled Out: One Hundred Thousand's Low

One Hundred Thousand bassist Andrew Magnotta tells us the powerful story behind their single "Low" (and accompanying video), which comes from their 'Rise' EP. Here is the story:

While our band generally tries to write together, every once in a while our drummer, Kurt Wubbenhorst, will show us something he's been working on, ask what we think and tell us not to work on it; he'll finish the instrumental version himself. This was the case with "Low." The determination of the melody in the chorus, the cold loneliness of the verses, the modal bridge section that comes like sunshine through clouds -- all of that came from Kurt.

The music told a story on its own. So when it was time for words, all I wanted to do was express what the notes already seemed to convey. One of the great things about music is that it can be interpersonal communication, as long as the artist is open to it. One of the most rewarding things about writing music is hearing people interpret our songs back to you. So while what inspired "Low" was a solid concept, I shy away from saying that's what the song is about because its meaning is up to the listener. But, hearing an artist explain a piece can enhance someone's enjoyment of it. So what I write next is just what was in my mind as I put "Low" on a page. What it all means is up to you.

When Superstorm Sandy hit our area in October of 2012, it knocked out power to almost the entire New York/New Jersey region and then some; many people were without electricity for weeks, but that wasn't the worst of it. Sandy flooded nearly every neighborhood in New York and New Jersey that was within a mile or so of a body of water. I'm grateful to say that the members of One Hundred Thousand and our immediate families were marginally affected by Sandy. But thousands of others weren't so fortunate. Our friends Erica and Louis were engaged when Sandy hit Brooklyn, New York. As you may have heard, Sandy brought with it a storm surge unlike any this region has seen before. Erica and Louis' home was in the water's path.

I wasn't there when Louis and Erica evacuated. I don't know how they reacted when they realized the storm was worse than anyone anticipated. With "Low," I just tried to imagine what they felt when they first looked at their house after the storm, torn apart by a flood and covered in muck and grime from who-knows-where. What do you say to your partner when you realize you have lost everything but each other? Where do you start to clean up when everything is a mess? "Low" is an exploration of those private moments. Just as much as I wrote the words for the music that was already there, I wanted it to be for Louis and Erica and the people close to them, who helped them get through probably greatest hardship of their lives.

But here's where the beauty of interpretation comes in. We released a music video for "Low" not too long ago. And without ever discussing concepts with me, our director Mike Lowther put forth a narrative that almost explicitly depicted the themes I explored as I wrote the lyrics: two people trying to find themselves and each other in the face of a tragedy that they are only beginning to understand.

As artists, we're always sweating the minutia - worrying about a note here, a word there - is this too long, is that too short, will anyone like this but us? I can't even say I felt super confident with "Low" when the rest of the band gave my lyrics the thumbs up, or even after it was recorded because I know how proximity can affect perception. But that's what's been so gratifying about the response. When the Rise EP came out, people immediately singled out "Low" as a top track. People like Mike Lowther took the song as their own and gave that passion back to us.

It makes all the hard work and anxiety completely worth it.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you watch the video hereand learn more about the band and the Rise EP right here!

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