Taboo, the first track from the EP Aftermath, is a heavy and moody rock song, and is available now on iTunes and Amazon mp3. The foundation of the song is an acoustic guitar riff that quickly is overpowered by driving and grungy electric guitars with deliberate bass and percussion. A heavy distorted and flanged guitar solo hearkens to the days of Nirvana, but has a fresh modern and independent feel. Preview the song on Soundcloud by clicking here.
I wrote the song several years ago after going through some dark times, and felt like I was all alone in the world despite the friends and family that surrounded me. I think that a lot of people go through that feeling at some point in their lives, where you feel like you are suddenly radically different or a pariah — maybe after a breakup, or a choice that you made — but at the same time you are still human and connected to everyone else in your life. You are taboo, but you are the same as them, and they can’t see it necessarily so they judge you. Its a strange place to be in, but I think it is pretty common in the human experience.
It has been interesting to hear the reaction from people who listen to this song – its a little dark, slow, and grungy, but the acoustic guitar and some of the effects make it sound just a little different. Micah and I had a blast mixing this in the studio – the song really came to life in the mixing and mastering process.
BPM: 90 BPM
Credits: Written by Ben Fellows, Vocals, and Guitars by Ben Fellows, Drums by Dave Miller, Produced by Ben Fellows, Recorded by Shawn Palmer and Micah Lundy, Mixed by Micah Lundy at Spin and Swirl Studios, Mastered by Gus Skinas.