Following up “So Long Goodbye” (the lead single off of their latest album – Calamity, Scars & Memoirs), Seasons After is back with “Lights Out,” a defiant anthem that showcases the band’s ability to persevere in the face of trying times.
There was a time when getting a major record label deal was the holy grail for aspiring artists. Those days have long since passed. Stories of artists returning to true independence have increased in recent times, especially since the Internet and social media have helped to level the playing field for DIY artists. Seasons After is the latest hard rock act to take this approach, even going so far as to use their label conflict as inspiration for the Calamity, Scars & Memoirs album.
“A lot of bands go through the quote unquote music business horror stories, which is basically what happened to us. But thankfully, we were able to come out the other side – and that is what the whole album is about,” states guitarist, Chris Dawson.
You have to give kudos to any artist that can not only embrace their freedom from the grips of a major label, but also write about it in a very powerful way without mincing words.
Given the inspiration for the song, it comes as no surprise that “Lights Out” comes across as intensely personal. Seasons After channels their rage perfectly in this dynamic, melodic rocker that features impassioned vocals and guitars that ideally capture the meaning behind the lyrics.
To the average person who grinds out a living, it may seem like making a living playing music is all glory. The truth of the matter is that, in today’s climate, most bands are working harder than most people just to make ends meet. More often than not, the biggest benefit of making a living in music is pursuing a passion, not living a life of luxury.
If you are fan of great, melodic hard rock, and like to root for the underdog, check out the video for “Lights Out” below…