3 Doors Downfrontman and celebrated songwriterBRAD ARNOLDwas preparing earlier this year to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the band’s 2000 debut album, the certified seven-times RIAA platinumThe Better Life. But with the pandemic putting the Grammy Award®-nominated Mississippi rock band’s plans on hold, BRAD has used the quarantine to write and record his first solo record “Wicked Man.” This powerful song has been released today (August 14) on his new Wild at Heart label. Listen to the song here https://streamlink.to/WickedMan.
BRAD was inspired to write “Wicked Man” about the times we are living in. With his instantly distinctive vocals, BRAD unflinchingly sings: “They keep us entertained inside a world before our eyes/A never-ending circus to distract us from their lies.” Read more about the song in the Q&A below.
“Wicked Man” was recorded at Rivergate Studio in Hendersonville, TN and produced by 3DD drummer Greg Upchurch, who also wrote the music to the song. “I hope people like the song,” says BRAD. “I hope they take something from it.”
BRAD ARNOLD takes great pride in everything that 3 Doors Down has achieved. Formed in 1996, the band has captivated audiences worldwide. Their many accolades include selling 20 million albums globally, receiving a Grammy nomination, two American Music Awards, and five BMI Pop Awards for songwriting, including “Songwriter of the Year.“The rocker’s charitable arm, The Better Life Foundation (TBLF), has donated over $3 million dollars to veterans, children, women’s and humanitarian relief efforts domestically and around the globe.
Q & A
What inspired you to write “Wicked Man” and release it as a solo song?
“The inspiration for the song has been the world around us. The recent events that have happened and are happening in our country are events that will shape the future. In so many of these events, it seems there must be “someone behind the curtain.” I believe a lot of people agree with this. I think that people are tired of being lied to and manipulated and are beginning to see the pattern. This song just points out a few of the things that are dividing and shaping things. I hope it makes people realize that we truly are all in this together. It’s everyone’s future.
Where did you record the song and who produced it?
The song was recorded at Rivergate Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The song was produced by Greg Upchurch, who is also the drummer for 3DD. Greg wrote the music to the song as well. He’d written a guitar riff and sent it to me a few months ago. I listened to it and liked the idea. It had the darker feel to it. I get licks in my head and eventually melodies and ideas start to form. In thinking about events of the days over the next few weeks, these are the lyrics that grew.
Can you describe your life during quarantine?
My life during quarantine has honestly not been dramatically different aside from completely not being on tour. Thankfully, I live on a farm where my wife and I have horses and land for ATVs so I’ve stayed busy doing the things I normally do at home. I do realize what a blessing it is to have some room to move. I’ve never been much on sitting down and writing. I tend to write outside when I’m doing other things so it has been a good time for me to collect some thoughts. That’s one main reason that I wanted to do this song as a solo project. I think that it will be great experience but it’s also a chance for me to record some ideas that are me, but not as much for 3 Doors Down. I hope people like the song. I hope they take something from it.
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ALT ROCK GROUP SONS OF SILVER PREMIERE “DEEP DIVISION” LYRIC VIDEO ON CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
DEBUT EP ‘DOOMSDAY NOISES’ OUT NOW VIA UMG/4L ENTERTAINMENT
Los Angeles alternative rock group SONS OF SILVER–led by Peter Argyropoulos alongside original Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen, Candlebox bassist Adam Kury,Skillet guitarist Kevin Haaland and keyboardist and esteemed engineer Brina Kabler–have premiered the lyric video for their single “Deep Division” today, August 13. The track is featured on the band’s new EP DOOMSDAY NOISES which was released on July 26 via Universal Music Group/4L Entertainment.
Watch the artfully animated lyric video for “Deep Division” exclusively via Consequence of Sound who proclaim: “The song ‘Deep Division’ highlights Argyropoulos’ soulful vocals as a post-punk guitar riff powers the verses, leading into a melodic alt-rock chorus” here.
Argyropoulos explains how SONS OF SILVER‘s collaborative songwriting style, signature sound and collective years of experience make this track standout: “The lyrics to this song really speak for us as a band. We write and create our music, collectively. We celebrate collaboration. We’re careful to be inclusive and open to all thoughts and ideas. We embrace our differences. We respect and protect each other no matter how much we might disagree. We move forward together. We’ve learned that division is very destructive, and it begins when listening ends. So, we’re always listening.”
“Deep Division” follows three singles from the DOOMSDAY NOISES EP including the propaganda-driven lyric video for “Rude Awakenings“ and powerful music videos for “World On Fire” and“Read ‘Em Their Rights,“the latter of which has garnered nearly a million views so far. The band also wrote, recorded and released a remotely recorded single and music video during the global pandemic, “Quarantined In California.”
SONS OF SILVER carries on the rock ‘n’ roll tradition that stirs up dialogue and discourse, with rip-roaring riffs, bluesy rhythms and provocatively poetic lyrics. Under the previous name of Pete RG, the group built a catalog of two EPS–Lightning Strikes  and Reaching for the Moon –and the 2017 full-length Tender Souls. Recharged as SONS OF SILVER in 2019, they served up the singles “Never Enough” and “Down.”
REVEALS HORROR-THEMED, FEMME FATALE MUSIC VIDEO FOR
DIRECTED BY VICENTE CORDERO (INDUSTRIALISM FILMS)
Photo Credit: Omar Guerra
“Loving you is like a suicidal pill/
But touching you brings to me/
17-year–old Georgia-raised, Los Angeles-based dark pop singer/songwriter BELLA KELLY is elated to share her first-ever single “Throat” alongside its riveting horror-themed music video which premiered last Friday (August 7) via Outburn Magazine. The video, seen below, was directed by Vicente Cordero (3Teeth, Skold, Julien-K) along with makeup and propsby Laney Chantal (Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Rob Zombie) and shows BELLA‘s villainous side while paying homage to the vintage horror films she grew up on.
BELLA moved to Los Angeles at the age of nine after being cast in a television commercial by a talent agent who discovered her at the mall. She spent the next four years pursuing an acting career which saw her appear in several short films, series, and feature-length movies. She was then introduced to producer David Gnozzi (MixbusTV, MC SOLAAR) who saw her potential and spent the next two years sharpening her sound and musical identity.
Having battled against adversity from birth by surviving a heart condition that nearly killed her days after she was born, BELLA has always resonated as an outsider who felt unable to connect, so she turned to writing short stories and songs to replace feelings of isolation and sadness. Conjuring strength and resilience from the depths of anxiety, depression, and despair, her music allows safe passage from the real horrors of modern everyday life beckoning those who’ve struggled with anxiety, depression or hardships.
“This is my first single, I’m very excited and happy to finally see it released,” exclaims BELLA. “The video for ‘Throat’ was David’s idea–he knows me better than anyone and this song is very different from my others which are more mellow and emotionally driven. He wanted a strong image for me that counterposed the two sides of me–I’m a sweet girl but I also have had to learn to be strong, so I loved when he came up with the idea of me being a powerful woman in control.”
On making the video and finding the right team, BELLA shared, “We had to work around quarantine but the limitations just made us work harder to come up with new ideas and I couldn’t be happier with the result. David had previously met the director Vicente Cordero on the set of a 3Teeth video and knew he’d be the perfect fit for the ‘Hellraiser’/ horror movie vibe we were going for.”
Cordero adds, “When I was brought on board to direct this music video by David and heard Bella’s new track ‘Throat,’ I became absolutely excited, not only because the track was great but I knew the potential of this new artist and knew that we would make a beautiful dark piece together. Together we all came up with a treatment that met the vibe and tone–true to the track and the artist. In the end we created an artistic, expressionistic, dark chaos that showcases Bella’s tough as nails, femme fatale-like persona encased in a high-quality music video. I am excited to see where her musical journey will take her and the continuation of the story she will tell the world.”
“Because of the lyrics, we knew we wanted to have hands around someone’s throat, and that’s where the prosthetic hand came in,” says BELLA. “David immediately thought about Laney Chantal, one of the best make–up/SFX artists in the industry, and she did an amazing job. She also had to work around quarantine to find materials so everything in the video has a story and a unique look because of it.”
“To release this single for me means a lot,” BELLA divulges. “I don’t write music looking for fame and glory, I use music to purge my emotions and with all my other songs, to help people who hopefully will relate with my stories. I feel blessed that I have people around me making this possible.“
North Carolina-based alternative folk artist JEREMY SQUIRES pours out his innermost feelings in his new single, “Labyrinth,” taken from his upcoming August 28 album releaseMANY MOONS via Blackbird Record Label. With each pluck of his guitar string, the singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist captivates listeners’ hearts as he soothingly croons lyrics that reminisce of a time that once was. “Labyrinth” was premieredyesterday (8/6) at Americana Highways which noted its “close up production feel that will draw you into feeling like you are sitting right here listening live” while describing the song as “very fluid and flowy.”
“‘Labyrinth’ is one of my favorite songs from ‘Many Moons’ and one of my favorite songs that I’ve ever written,” shares JEREMY. “I experimented with alternate tunings for the song and came up with a textured/dreamy sound. The lyrics are very close to my heart as well. This song is about living in the same place where you grew up and watching everything change around you. This line from ‘Labyrinth’ conveys what I try to express in the song: ‘The neighbors were building a treehouse for the kids in the yard where I used to play for hours dreaming.’ I tried to write and sing it in a way that paints a vivid portrait.”
MANY MOONS was produced and mixed between JEREMY‘s home studio and a nearby abandoned church. JEREMY recorded all instrumentation including vocals, guitars, bass, drums, percussion, piano and synth aside from a few select tracks that feature Whit Wright (American Aquarium, Jason Isbell, Kacey Musgraves) on pedal steel guitar. Across its 10 tracks, JEREMY does not shy from revealing his true heart as his lyrics revolve around intense life experiences he’s endured–from being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and the feeling of guilt for passing it on to his son to memories of his mother, who he lost due to opioid addiction. The result is haunting melancholic melodies that create a unique sonic texture embellished by his experimentation of originally writing the songs on his analog keyboard and citing influences from Paul Westerberg to Mark Kozelek / Sun Kil Moon to The Cure
Read an in-depth Q&A on JEREMY and MANY MOONShere.
NORDIC TRADITIONAL FOLK OUTFIT
WARDRUNA POSTPONE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR TO 2021;
ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED DATES
DUE JANUARY 22, 2021
VIA BY NORSE MUSIC (U.S)
Nordic folk outfit WARDRUNA–forced to reschedule their previously announced 2020 North American tour due to the pandemic–today (August 5) have announced new dates for fall 2021. The band’s last jaunt to the U.S. was in 2018 and included a sold-out headlining show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado following sold-out shows worldwide, including major festival headlining appearances (Hellfest, Roadburn, Summer Breez, Castle Fest, Echoes & Merveilles, Rock oz Arenes, Rock The Coast, etc.).
WARDRUNA‘s rescheduled 2021 North American tour dates are as follows:
The Orpheum Theater
The State Theatre
Southern Alberta Jubilee
The Chan Centre
Salt Lake City, UT
El Cajon, CA
Los Angeles, CA
The Majestic Theatre
The Paramount Theatre
WARDRUNA will release their fifth full length album, KVITRAVN–which translates to ‘White Raven’–January 22, 2021 viaBY NORSE MUSIC in the U.S. and SONY MUSIC /COLUMBIA RECORDS (worldwide excl. U.S.). Widely known for their ability to transcend music genres, cultures and languages while introducing innovative and genre-creating renditions of ancient Nordic traditions, KVITRAVNmarks a distinct evolution in WARDRUNA‘s unique sound. In a rich musical tapestry, WARDRUNA use a broad selection of both traditional and historical instruments and include guest appearances by a small group of prominent traditional singers, spearheaded by Kirsten Bråten Berg–one of the most important custodians of Norwegian traditional song. Throughout its 11 songs, KVITRAVNdiscusses Northern sorcery, spirit-animals, shadows, nature and animism, the wisdom and meanings of certain myths, various Norse spiritual concepts, and the relation between sage and songs.
The first new music was heard earlier this year in February with the debut single/music video “Grá” (which translates in English as ‘grey’) seen HERE. The song speaks about the ancient bond and relationship between man and wolf and seeks to address and acknowledge the cost and responsibility of being part of, and not above, nature.
LAND THEIR FIRST-EVER TOP 20 BILLBOARD ACTIVE ROCK RADIO SINGLE
WITH TITLE TRACK OF NEW ALBUM,
BAND SHARE DETAILS ON RECORDING NEW SONG WITH LEGENDARY PRODUCER EDDIE KRAMER,
BEGIN TRACKING NEW ALBUM WITH JOHNNY “K” KARKAZIS
Arizona-based guitar-driven rock’n’roll trio THE BLACK MOODS have refused to let a pandemic slow down their momentum following the release of their sophomore album SUNSHINE on May 8 via Steelhorse Entertainment/The Fuel Music. Instead, they landed their first-ever Billboard’s Top 20 Active Rock hit with the album’s title track, currently at #16 and marking a career highlight for them. The success of the “Sunshine” track follows three previous singles from the album that debuted in the Active Rock chart’s Top 30: “Bad News” (#24), “Bella Donna” (#29) and “Whatcha Gotat (#30).
THE BLACK MOODS have announced a livestream concert, “AUGUST ISOLATION,” to benefit the “MUSIC FOR ROCKY POINT” Covid Relief fund which supports the community of Puerto Peñasco, MX (aka Rocky Point) whose livelihood is dependent on tourism and has been drastically affected due to border closures and government restrictions on account of the pandemic. The livestream will be free to the public with an optional tip jar with all funds raised going to “MUSIC FOR ROCKY POINT.” The band will also donate 20% of all merch sales generated during the stream, which will include an exclusive signed event poster, limited to 100 copies.
“Rocky Point has become our second home over the years and where a lot of our early success began,” shares THE BLACK MOODS. “We have been playing shows there for almost a decade and our drummer Chico’s grandparents lived there during his childhood. With the pandemic, the city–which already had financial issues–is really suffering. We are proud and honored to be able to help support the ‘Music for Rocky Point’ fund through our music.”
THE BLACK MOODS have spent the past few months of quarantine in the Ozarks, hometown of vocalist/guitarist JOSH KENNEDY, where they transferred equipment from their home studio in Arizona to write and record material for their next album. The band have re-enlisted SUNSHINE‘s Grammy-Award nominated producer Johnny “K” Karkazis for the new album and recently completed the first recording session. The trio are also excited to share they have collaborated with legendary producer Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones) on a new track which was remotely recorded using software programs such as Zoom and Audio Movers. Stay tuned for updates and details on new music in the near future.
SUNSHINEbridges the gap between hard-rock’s past and present by merging guitar crunch and tight songcraft with urgent, blunt lyrics about romantic desire and conflict. Itwas lauded as “a fun, refreshingly simple record-the kind that will have critics talking about a return to a bygone era of rock ‘n’ roll” by Phoenix New Times who featured the band on their May cover issue.
HIGHLIGHTS SUCCESS OF NEW LIVESTREAM OPTION VIA SHOPIFY WITH THE MARCUS KING BAND ‘FOUR OF A KIND’ LIVESTREAM SERIES
FOURTH & FINAL PERFORMANCE SET FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 3
SINGLE MUSIC, the leading music distribution toolkit for Shopify, has continued to expand boundaries with their innovative app that allows direct-to-consumer sales for artists, labels and merch companies as they recently introduced a game-changing new feature–bringing ticketed live streams into an artist’s existing store.
This Monday, August 3 at 8:00 P.M. CDT one of SINGLE MUSIC‘s artists–the Marcus King Band–will stream the fourth and final show from their “Four of Kind” livestream series which launched on Monday, July 13 and saw the band perform live from Nashville showcasing their new music with all proceeds going to the Recording Academy’s “MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.” Tickets can be found HERE.
Rather than holding the performance over webcam as many other artists have to great success, King‘s first show brought a full-scale concert production to the digital airwaves. King drove into the performance space in a 1967 Cadillac El Dorado. After he got out of the car, he picked up his guitar, and the show began. Previous shows have featured guest appearances while allowing fans access to exclusive vintage styled t-shirts, posters and the opportunity to participate in an ongoing auction for music gear signed by the King himself.
See some examples of merch items offered below:
Via SINGLE MUSIC, artists are now able to sell tickets to and perform a live stream along with a built-in moderated fan chatroom, directly from their store. Tickets can be bundled with a merch item giving fans access to the exclusive/gated stream where artists’ can then set up a virtual ‘merch table’ offering featured merch items throughout the stream displayed under the video player such as exclusive posters or t-shirts. Just like a real show, artists’ can include partners and sponsors or raise money for a charitable cause.
Since launching the live stream ticketing platform this past April, SINGLE MUSIC artists have sold more than 65,000 tickets and received over $1.5mm in 100% commission-free merch and ticket bundle sales. SINGLE MUSIC has also aligned with companies offering optional add-on services including an SMS Virtual Photobooth, Virtual Meet & Greet, Vinyl Record Pressing, Call to Actions for social causes (including voter registration, petitions, etc.) and more.
SINGLE MUSIC now has over 2,000 artistsand labels currently signed up for their service including Juice WRLD, Harry Styles, LAUV, Tim McGraw and HAIM. Combined clients have delivered over 1,000,000digital albums including 11 #1 charting records. They have also aligned themselves with many top merchandising companies such as Live Nation Merch, Absolute Merch, The Hyv, Wallflower Merch and Futureshirts.
SINGLE MUSIC was created by Nashville-based CEO and entrepreneur/musician Tommy Stalknecht to provide an easy way for artists and labels to sell their merch and music directly to fans while keeping a larger portion of revenues. The paradigm also offersinstant reporting to Nielsen for official Billboard chart tallying and was the first Shopify app to offer BuzzAngle reporting for the Rolling Stone Charts. To further help artists achieve success, the company developed BoostLinks, a marketing tool to drive follows, subscribes and pre-saves that allows artists to create a customizable landing page that combines their physical merch with pre-adds, saves and streaming links to increase fan engagement, follows and subscribes.
“You’ve been breathing dark magic to me/When I’m singing sad songs/
You can’t pick me up but you drag me along” – “Cast Spells”
Alternative folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist JEREMY SQUIRES will be releasing his 10th full length album, MANY MOONS, on August 28 via Blackbird Record Label. Opting to record the songs he’d written on his analog keyboard over the last few years, the experimentation leads to some unexpected sounds, yet the heart of SQUIRES’ songwriting remains true. Known for his haunting melodies and evocative lyrics, the prolific North Carolina native premiered its debut single/music video “Cast Spells” yesterday (July 30) via The Bluegrass Situation. The video, seen below, features a compilation of eccentric clips and home video footage. “Cast Spells” is out tomorrow, July 31, and is being offered as an instant grat track with all digital pre-orders of MANY MOONS.
Reserve your copy now at https://ffm.to/1rlxrre and scroll below for an in-depth Q&A with JEREMY on the making of the album.
“When I wrote ‘Cast Spells,’ I had originally intended for it to be an acoustic song and a duet,” shares JEREMY. “Over time I felt the song could be opened up more and I started playing around with different soundscapes and textures. Ultimately the song evolved into what it is now. ‘Cast Spells’ is one of my favorite songs on the record and tells a poetic truth from a haunting perspective.”
On MANY MOONS, the heart of SQUIRES can be felt throughout its poignant songwriting which revolve around intense life experiences JEREMY has endured–from being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and the feeling of guilt for passing it on to his son to memories of his mother, who he lost due to opioid addiction. He pours these emotions into the album further by performing each aspect of its music entirely on his own including vocals, guitars, bass, drums, percussion, piano and synth. His friend and fellow musician Whit Wright (American Aquarium, Jason Isbell, Willie Nelson) adds petal steel guitar on select tracks.
‘MANY MOONS‘ Track listing
The Shade You Cast
“While Americana music is littered with melancholy tales of drinking, loss, and broken romance, Squires delivers raw, concise lyrics – ungarnished by flowery rhetoric that candidly spell out tragedy.” – No Depression (2/15/16)
MANY MOONS was partially recorded at a local old abandoned church in New Bern, NC as well as at JEREMY‘s in-home studio where he experimented with his sound by recording the songs he’d written over the last few years on his analog keyboard, which led to some unexpected sounds.
“I hope that people who know my music will really enjoy it and see it for what it is,” JEREMY says. “I feel happy when I listen to it. I feel like I really wanted to do this album and I know I’m not going to do another one like this one.”
Album Artwork: Kelly Willis/Brainflower Designs
Q&A for ‘MANY MOONS’
—Congratulations on your Many Moons album. You’re known as a folk singer-songwriter, but you opted to write these songs on your analog keyboard, and the experimentation leads to some unexpected sounds on the album. What inspired this different approach?
JEREMYSQUIRES: Thanks! Well, to be completely honest I felt bored and I was feeling burnt out. I wanted to expand beyond the “folk/America/singer-songwriter” borders. I wanted to write something special, emotional and dreamy. Many Moons is what came out of that. I don’t ever write with a concept in mind. Sometimes it comes out (lyrically) in pieces and I have to figure out what and where certain things are coming from. It’s like therapy or a puzzle…I like the listener to create their own narratives and take what they will from what I have written. I use a lot of metaphor in my lyrics but yet I still try to express a reality to the listener. I write purposely in a way that the listener can get their own deeper meaning from the songs and still relate.
—“Cast Spells” reels in the listener with intense lyrics like, “You’ve been breathing dark magic to me/When I’m singing sad songs/You can’t pick me up but you drag me along.” And you sing these lines very softly, which creates a really haunting effect. Can you talk about this dichotomy?
SQUIRES: “Cast Spells” reflects the dichotomy of emotions. You can feel both pain and love simultaneously; you can feel intense emotions and still be soft spoken. Human feelings are complex and I like to convey that in my poetry or songs.
—In a song like “Swan Dive,” you contrast the personal anguish in the lyrics with the sweet and faraway-sounding pedal steel guitar work of Whit Wright. As the album’s producer, can you talk about making choices like this?
SQUIRES: I have never really thought about it like that. I think that I’m just drawn to the darker, more melancholy side of things. I feel like when I finish recording certain songs like “Swan Dive” it needs pedal steel on it to enhance the emotion in the music. It not only sounds dark, but it sounds beautiful. As a producer I can hear things in my head that I want to come to life and I try to bring it out and make it resonate.
—Many Moons is built around imagery of darkness and dreams, and it has some of the slow-burning moodiness of say, The Cure’s Disintegration album. Did that album influence you in any way and if so, how?
SQUIRES: Yes. The Cure is one of my favorite bands and their music has influenced me in many ways. Disintegration made a huge impact on me as a musician and my life growing up. It’s moody, poetic and dark and it helped me and still does to this day. The mood and sound of that album helped shape me as a songwriter.
—Any other artists light you up and which albums of theirs and why?
SQUIRES: I’ve been listening to DIIV a lot and their new album Deceiver has been on repeat lately. I love The Delines’ album The Imperial. It’s so good. The Replacements’ album Let it Be is one of my favorite albums ever. Same for Husker Du’s New Day Rising. I absolutely love Anna Tivel’s album The Question. Her voice is entrancing and the way she writes is just beautiful. My friend Shane Leonard played on that record. He has played on a few of my albums as well. I love The Tallest Man On Earth. His album Shallow Grave still gets played a lot around my house.
—What inspired you to call the album Many Moons after a song on the album?
SQUIRES: I actually named the album Many Moons before that song was even thought about. I felt like the album was finished and then I wrote that song one day and it felt like it would flow with Many Moons and the lyrics reflected the title of the album so well that I just named the song after the album.
—You recorded the album in your home studio and in an abandoned church where you live. Can you talk about the atmosphere of the church and the acoustics there? Does the church have any significant meaning to you or was it just a random location you discovered?
SQUIRES: Yes I did. The church felt lonely and haunted. The acoustics were really amazing–every sound was enhanced in there and every single movement amplified. The church was one that my Granny went to many years ago. Places like that always creep me out when no one is there. Especially at night. It was pretty weird.
—What do you want listeners to take away from Many Moons?
SQUIRES: I want the listener to take something positive away from this album and paint their own picture of what the songs are about and hopefully relate to it. I hope that by sharing my personal experiences and by attempting to make something beautiful from them that the listener can find peace in their own personal struggles.
—How do you feel living in North Carolina influences your songs and the music?
SQUIRES: I think it’s just a part of who I am. How I write changes from time to time and I’m sure that the scenery and my experiences here have had some sort of impact on my writing on a deeper level.
—If you were to record a duet with a current artist outside the genre of music for which you’re known, who might that be–and which song would you cover and why?
SQUIRES: If I could record a duet with anyone right now, it would be with Amanda Shires or Lera Lynn. I consider them genre-bending and so I think we would sound nice together and I’d like to cover Tom Petty’s “It’ll All Work Out.” It’s one of my favorite songs ever and it has resonated with me like no other song has done.
—Can you describe your best gig ever-and your worst one?
SQUIRES: Oh wow, lol. I think my best gig was when I played with Lillie Mae at Motorco in Durham, NC. It was a lot of fun and it was one of those shows that just felt special. The crowd was big and so into the music and all the bands that played were not only there to play but to support each other as fans and friends.
Now the worst gig… probably when I drove all the way to Lexington, KY to play for nobody. I played for the band that opened for me. I’ll leave it at that.
—Which famous historical event would you like to have witnessed and why?
SQUIRES: Hmmm, good one. I would have to say the “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast or the solar storm of 1859. I think it would have been pretty incredible and a little scary to have been there for either of these. I would’ve loved to have seen the auroras pulsating through the sky. I love just about anything sci-fi or star/space related.
—Is there a song (by another artist) you crank up on Friday night to kick off the weekend-and a song (by another artist) you kick back with on a Sunday morning?
SQUIRES: Haha, yes! I love the new Choir Boy album Gathering Swans. So pretty much any song off that but especially “Nites like This.” It’s pure gold. I love to relax and chill out with Mazzy Star early in the morning sometimes. I mostly listen to the Still EP from 2018. My favorite Mazzy Star song off of that EP is “Quiet, the Winter Harbor.” It is also my favorite song by them. It’s so beautiful and calming.
—What is your biggest guilty pleasure (film, album, or other)?
SQUIRES: I can’t really answer this question since I don’t believe in the term “guilty pleasure.” You either like something or you don’t, and if you like it then you should never feel ashamed of it. That’s how I live my life and it’s how I’ve always felt.
—What advice would you give now to your younger self?
SQUIRES: I would tell my younger self that time goes by way too fast and to live and love every day and others to the fullest because you never know how quickly the ones you love can be taken away from you.
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Sully Erna of GODSMACKhas gathered some of rock’s top voices for his LIVE FROM THE LIVING ROOM marathon fundraiser to benefit THE SCARS FOUNDATION, which he founded. Click here for more info. The Thursday, August 6 benefit will stream on his YouTube channel and the Foundation’s Facebook page at 8:00 PM (ET)/5:00 PM (PT) and will feature special sets from GODSMACK special and SULLY solo (accompanied by Chris Lester and Máiréad Nesbitt), plus performances from Aaron Lewis (Staind), Brent & Zach Of Shinedown, Papa Roach, Mike & Adam Of Saint Asonia, Nuno Bettencourt and Clint Lowery (Sevendust).
“I had always looked for ways to give back and help others in some way after reaching certain levels of success in my life,” SULLY ERNA says. “But I could never really figure out where to dedicate my time and attention and what was important to me, or where I even had experience to offer.”
“One day I started thinking about my own life and being a survivor of such an extremely rough inner city and that’s where all my experience was. It was all the battle wounds and scars I’ve carried that made me stronger and made me the man I am today. Instead of being ashamed of my imperfections, or hiding from them, I learned how to embrace them and grow from those experiences. I want to share that with people and lend my stories, my experiences, and my theories on how you can overcome challenging times rather than letting them ruin your life.”
“And that’s why the Scars Foundation is so important to me. It’s personal. It’s my life. And it’s important that people who struggle with these mental health issues and ‘imperfections’ or ‘Scars’ as we call them, learn how to embrace them, and show them to the world loudly and proudly! I hope the work we do with TSF inspires people to come forward and share their stories so that those stories inspire more people to come forward and break the silence and internal struggles. Just remember you’re not alone. And we’re all imperfectly perfect. Just the way we’re supposed to be!”
Beyond the livestream (which will feature a live ticker displaying how much money is being raised throughout the event), a 10-day auction will advance the event with a variety of GODSMACK instruments (listed below); bids can be placed here. Proceeds from the live event and auction will benefit THE SCARS FOUNDATION. All donations made through THE SCARS FOUNDATION efforts will go to benefit those programs with a proven track record of effectiveness in addressing mental health issues.
Auction items include:
Four guitars, signed by all the members of Godsmack:
TAKEMINE 12 STRING (BLONDE)
Used to record AVALON and during the Avalon touring cycle
TAKAMINE 12 STRING (RED)
Used to record Godsmack’s song “Serenity” as well as on several Godsmack tours and TV appearances
TAKAMINE TUBE 6 STRING (BIG BODY)
Used to record Sully Erna’s “My Light” and seen on the “Journey To Avalon” video
TAKAMINE 6 STRING CUTAWAY
Sully Erna solo live guitar on Hometown Life tour. Also used to record “A Different Kind Of Tears” and “Don’t Comfort Me”
A custom drum kit:
FIVE PIECE GREEN YAMAHA MAPLE CUSTOM
Drum set Sully used to record the 2001 Godsmack album Awake featuring iconic songs such as “Greed,” “Bad Magick” and “Awake”
The Scars Foundation has been established by Sully Erna and Godsmack to help raise awareness of the mental health issues that so many are faced with today.
With the rise of suicides, bullying, addiction, abuse and so many other challenges, The Scars Foundation is dedicated to providing resources and tools to educate and empower people on a global level that struggle with these burdens.
Recent The Scars Foundation beneficiaries include:
THRIVE BOXING: Scholarships for at risk youth boxing program in New Hampshire
WINTER POLISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS: Swimming Championships for the Disabled 2019
GUITARS4VETS: The Scars Foundation is providing a mental health toolkit for all the veterans that participate in all 110 locations
School of Rock
During the month of May/ Mental Health Awareness Month and June/ PTSD Awareness Month, The Scars Foundation provided 12 hours per week for both months of free counseling with master’s level therapists to our Scars Foundation Facebook Group (over 3200 members)
For more information on THE SCARS FOUNDATION, please visit: