California Based Hardcore Band Original State has released a new single, entitled “Regression,” and an accompanying music video.
The current band line up features founding members Phil Mengell & Grant Hodgdon (Five Victims Four Graves), Trevor Baxter (U.S. Roughnecks, Pains of Sleep, Hellcrew), and two new additions, TJ Joubert (Journal, After The Wake) on vocal duties and Ryan Saunders (Paint Over Pictures) on guitar.
The new single was recorded locally with Pat Hills at Earth Tone Studios and mastered by Brad Boatwright at Audiosiege in Portland. Video filming and editing were handled by Jarod Keel.
TJ had the following to say about the new single’s message:
“After seeing a piece by piece dissection of the progress we’ve stood for fall apart, culminating with the overturning of Roe v Wade, Regression was born. It’s a song built by the frustration with how things are being run by those we’ve put in power, and allowed to stay there. Each verse is a progression of events in the last few years through use of metaphors and blunt reality to describe what we saw around us. The chorus being a hope for people to rise up and rebuild. The bridge, a rally cry to the people to do something about what’s happening. And finally, the songs conclusion telling all that if it can’t be saved, destroy and rebuild. If there’s blood on the branches, burn it down.”
And Phil has the following to say about the video’s imagery:
“We wanted to showcase the outrage, not just here at home, but across other nations too; at the trampling of reproductive rights, abuses of power, and show that this fight is worldwide. These are human rights, and they should be inalienable for all. It is intense, and that’s the point. It IS intense, and we shouldn’t look away from it.”
Check out the video for “Regression” below and keep checking back for more from Original State!