THE NEARLY DEADS Address Mental Health on Pulsating “Suffocating”
December 7, 2022 by 1888media
Nashville alt rock stalwarts The Nearly Deads have announced the December 9th release of “Suffocating,” the compelling second offering from their forthcoming 2nd full-length, ‘We Are The Nearly Deads’. The single follows lead-ripper “Relentless” which blasted through the world wide web with fierce determination.
On the new scintillating exposé of rock and razor sharp production, all the band’s hallmarks are front and center providing hard-hitting emotion both viscerally, via propulsive rhythms, but also in the eloquent way singer/lyricist Theresa Jeane encapsulates the anxieties of the most important relationship of all, with oneself. Even when addressing self-doubt, and inter-personal struggles, her vocals are a pillar of power and a beacon of hope.
If only you could see in me what I see
Maybe you could understand the reasons
I’ve been hesitating
TJ explains the sentiment, “We can’t always be 100% positive all the time. Sometimes, it feels like you can’t even keep your head above water. That’s what “suffocating” is about. Those real, honest moments where you feel like everyone around you believes in you but you just can’t get yourself to see it. We want to show people that it’s ok to struggle and to feel these emotions. It’s part of being human, and especially part of being creative.
There will always be self doubt. Not every song will be a fist-pumping anthem to overcoming your fears, sometimes we need songs about the fears themselves. We want to let people know that at any stage, any age, any time of your life, that it’s ok to still be searching.”
The four-piece, which also features guitarists Steven Tobi and Javier Garza Jr. and drummer Josh Perrone, rocketed to stardom with the playful-yet-powerful “Never Look Back,” and its 10-million strong zombie-laced music video. The kinetic energy of the song provided an apt soundtrack to the exhilarating catharsis of out-running the walking dead, both literally and figuratively.
Running is in their blood. Over the past decade, The Nearly Deads have traversed the U.S. with the likes of In This Moment, Butcher Babies, Stitched Up Heart, and It Lives, It Breathes, while playing shows with Halestorm, Icon For Hire, The Dead Deads, Kaleido, and The All-American Rejects, among many others.
Buoyed by the passionate support of ZombieNation, their global legion of fans, the group’s sophomore album is the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to their critically-acclaimed debut, Invisible Tonight, which the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel dubbed, “A nifty mix of Paramore and Katy Perry.”
The forthcoming full-length, We Are The Nearly Deads (due spring ’23) was produced by Brian Craddock of Daughtry acclaim. With all four band members co-writing the material, Craddock helped fine-tune the creative vision of the veteran hitmakers.
It’s been quite an adventure. As a nod to their interpersonal journeys, the first four singles allow each member to bring their influences and style to the forefront while also sharing a teenage photo of themselves as each single’s artwork. Mohawks, lip rings and hatchet pendants adorned the first two.
To give fans early access to artwork, new music and behind-the-scenes exclusives, the band launched a special ZombieNation Patreon.
In between official full-lengths, the group has continued to churn out anthem and earworms. Notable highlights include “Freakshow,” “My Evil Ways,” “Can’t Make You Change,” the frisky “Punk Rock Kitty Cat,” and their recent Unearthed Ep which eloquently reformulated five fan favorites with a vibey ethereal panache.
“Kelly Clarkson meets the grunge genre.” Stitched Sound
“Theresa Jeane asserts herself as a younger, grittier Pat Benatar. Certainly a buzz band.” Outburn