Pop-punk band The Second After released their new single “Daily Ritual” via Revival Recordings. The accompanying video explores general anxieties many musicians often face. Their upcoming EP ‘We Are Who We Are’ is due out April 17th.
About the single, vocalist Michael Greason stated:
“This song was inspired to me by watching as people close to me are controlled and torn down by the thoughts inside their own heads. It’s the worst thing in the world to see people you care about become crippled by their own self-doubt or anxiety on things. I battle my own as well, and it helped me realize the things that I tell myself are not always true. Everyone has their own demons that they battle.”
The track was mixed by Seth Henderson (Real Friends/Knuckle Puck) and mastered by Chris Krummet (Mayday Parade/Homesafe). The music video was produced by Alex Zarek.
The video explores feeling like the thoughts inside your head are never-ending, like you’re trapped in them, but having to push through for the sake of the band as a whole. We know many musicians struggle with mental health and it’s so easy to get stuck in your own head when you’re touring, but it’s important to remember that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel: the fans.
The Second After is a group of four genuine souls that pour their personal experiences into each unique piece of music. Their vibe of familiarity wraps listeners in a bear hug and reminds each one that life’s hardships are just a bump in the road. Each single the band puts out narrates a similar story, a story of moving on. Their last two singles of 2019 (“A Very Pop-Punk Wedding” and “Riptide”) both serve as important stepping stones that lead seamlessly into 2020; the first about seeing a future with a dream girl and the latter on fighting out of a rut and into new goals. January 10th’s single “Thinking Clear” revealed the story’s next turning point, realizing the butterflies ended up being red flags instead, and now “Daily Ritual” encourages positivity and perseverance.
Photo Credit: Alex Zarek