Mental health has been a hot topic in recent years, so it’s nice to see musicians come up with creative, engaging ways to spread awareness on the important issue, and how detrimental it can be if left untreated. Mental health issues remain stigmatized, despite more people in the world experiencing their own lockdown-related mental health struggles in recent years. Just because there are no physical signs of impairment, does not mean depression, anxiety, PTSD, suicidal ideation, BPD, etc. can go left untreated. In a pinch, there are low-to-no-cost therapy or counseling options that you can access any time online and via phone call. Just Google “Crisis Line -your city or country name here-“.
That being said, there is a song on my radar that spells out exactly what someone suffering from depression and suicidal ideation goes through: the intrusive thoughts that break down one’s spirit; trying to find a way to break out of the cycle of ruminating in negative thoughts, but fail repeatedly; feeling like the only way out of this mental prison is.. fatal and finite. The song is called “Dark Night Of The Soul” by Atlanta-based rock band, Backward Blue, featuring Troy McLawhorn of Evanescence.
“Dark Night Of The Soul” is off Backward Blue’s forthcoming debut album, By The Time You Listen To This I’ll Be Dead, which is available for pre-order now, and will be released on all streaming platforms on Friday September 9, 2022. -PREORDER THE ALBUM HERE-
The album is rooted from guitarist Matthew “The Matt” Bailey’s struggles with mental health and a declining public discourse in the social media age.
“Suicide and depression are so often manifestations of the isolating effects the modern world has on us,” said Bailey, a U.S. Army veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions in Afghanistan. “This
album is about starting a conversation and engaging in meaningful dialogue with those in our lives before it is too late.”
Backward Blue is:
Chris Pierson – Vocals
The Matt – Guitar
Raegan Wexler – Drums
Ben Cole – Bass