TWDS: Concert #2 Recap
Many of you know the Things We Don't Say as our blog series that provides mental health education with the goal of reducing the stigma attached to it. Thanks to the Community Memorial Foundation, it is now a concert series that we are producing in the west suburbs of Chicago.
Hope For The Day focuses on proactive prevention and mental health education through self-expression platforms such as music, which makes this concert series a great method of creative outreach.
Our volunteers often partner with local bands to give speeches and to pass out resources at concerts as well, so working with the local metal and hardcore scene for this concert resulted in a very positive response. The support that was given for this concert was wonderful to see!
Holy Pinto started off the night, after joining the lineup only two days earlier. As an emo/indie band from the UK, they were in need of another show while on tour. We were more than happy to have them join us! They provided a unique, diverse aspect to an otherwise heavy show and gave the crowd a nice transition into the night. You can listen to their music here.
Caecus quickly caught the attention of the crowd with their fast paced death metal. Characterized by their intricate riffs and memorable melodies, their set had it's own unique atmosphere. Make sure you look out for their music, as they plan to release a new album next year. Until then, you can gave The Funeral Garden (which focuses on themes of rebirth and inner change) a listen here.
The Levitated performed next, providing the crowd with a energetic, passionate performance that combined metal and djent influences. With lyrics such as "...constantly overwhelmed by stress / detrimental, i think i'm going mental" from their song "Wounded", the band does not shy away from discussing mental health and using their music as a method for self-expression. As they recently went through a member change, the band is focusing on the future with plans to release new music soon. Until then, you can listen to their released music here!
Speaking With Ghosts are at a very exciting point in their career for a young, up and coming band. Their debut album, Illuminated, was released just last month. While they were setting up their equipment during the set changeover, Evolution Music had the Spotify Metalcore playlist on in the background. This resulted in Speaking With Ghosts' own song, "Woven In Gold", playing while they were preparing for their set which resulted in some surprised faces and laughs.
The band also performed their cover of Linkin Park's "Faint", after speaking on stage about how the subject of suicide is personal to them. Sharing experiences and stories in this manner helps to break down the stigma attached to mental health, allowing people to feel more comfortable reaching out for help.
Ghost Key finished off the night with a intense, heartfelt set. The band prides themselves on standing up and speaking out for what they believe in and this show was no exception. As he has lived with depression for most of his life, vocalist Austin O'Brien uses the band's platform to spark conversations about mental health in order to let people know that It's OK Not To Be OK.
With lyrics such as "I've always found it in myself / That I wanted to speak out / The things that hold me in my sleep / Those are secrets I don't wanna keep" from their song "Ache", there is no doubt that personal experiences and self-expression fuel the band. By speaking out about topics that they are passionate about, Ghost Key provides a positive emotional outlet for themselves and their fans.
Thanks to our sponsor in Sparkling Ice, we also had free drinks available for everyone! They were delicious and a hit among both the crowd and bands.
Thank you to everyone who attended, played, and supported this show. We'll see you next time! Until then, have hope and know that It's OK to Not Be OK.