Mother Nature once again showed us how powerless we are against her wrath this week as a tornado devastated Moore, OK – a suburb of Oklahoma City. Whenever a natural disaster occurs in America, people spring into action to help the victims who have suffered losses that will affect their lives for years to come. Unfortunately, the 24/7 news cycle makes it difficult for anyone not directly impacted by any given event to keep it top of mind.
Hurricane Sandy, the “super storm” that pummeled the Northeast this past October, has altered the lives of millions of people who are still dealing with the aftereffects to this day. The beaches that were ravaged by the storm have been restored in time for this weekend’s unofficial beginning of summer, but many people are still in need of assistance.
To help raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims, Staten Island natives – The Infinite Staircase – collaborated with Zakk Wylde and JD DeServio (Black Label Society), Morgan Rose (Sevendust) and Kevin Martin (Candlebox) to release “The Pride.” All proceeds from the download of the song are being donated to the Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund.
The lyrics of the song perfectly capture the resolve that so many have shown in the face of unrelenting despair. As an independent band, The Infinite Staircase knows a thing or two about needing a strong will to overcome obstacles. The fact that the band was able to spearhead this collaboration without any label backing is proof positive of their determination.
“The Pride” is a powerful song with a great melody. Lenny Cerzosie’s energetic vocals are perfectly complemented by Wylde’s shredding solos. And while the intent of the song is to raise money for those in need, the unintended consequence will likely be an increased audience for The Infinite Staircase.