Although addiction is a very common human experience, it's also an uncomfortable one. The process is messy, complicated, disquieting to sit with. That makes it easy to default to wrapping it up in a varnished, shined-up narrative of linear healing: "addicted" to "better." But that is simply not the process most of us live. That's why we need songs like "Sober" from Seventh Day Slumber.
No matter what life throws our way, this song and that moment serve to remind me that we are all beautiful in the eyes of our creator and to look for beautiful moments and things around us.
In the 11th issue of the Pure Rock Report, Mary Nikkel spoke with David Zach of Remedy Drive about the coronavirus crisis, social distancing, and how songs are serving as beacons of community and hope.
We're honored to share this guest feature from Rock On Purpose lead contributor Matt Durlin's son.
I glimpsed in them this incredible new reality I'd never even fathomed before, a world where a woman's empathy and strength were inextricably connected, a world where your soul wasn't required to shrink itself into silence.
For the short lived family band Chasing Furies, their 1999 album With Abandon—the only piece of work they’d release as a group—fused the angelic vocal qualities of dream pop with instrumentation laced with both shoegaze and jangle rock fundamentals. They created a distinctive sound that most artists in similar industry circles avoided.
Nothing More taught and empowered me to bleed the anger and bitterness and process through it. They called injustice out for what it was. They screamed for me. They shared my broken spirit. I learned to feel again through them after years of being told not to.
18 years after its release, Silence still holds as much tangible emotion and spirit within its 13 tracks as it did in 2002.
If you’ve ever been to our house in the past 20 years, you might have noticed this picture on the bookshelf in our computer room. Who is that strange man in what looks like a “family portrait” with my wife Lisa and our kids, Chris and Catie? That man is Brian Healy of Dead Artist [...]
At the end of one decade and the beginning of the next, the Rock On Purpose staff took some time to reflect on the albums that shaped the musical (and personal) landscape for them over the past 10 years.