Jeffrey Nothing is taking on drug addiction in his latest single and its companion video.
The former Mushroomhead singer debuted his new single, ‘The Outage’ and its companion video Friday. The single is available to stream and download through Spotify, Deezer, and Amazon. It features a musical arrangement that is immediately comparable to works that Jeffrey Nothing helped craft during his time with Mushroomhead, down to the rich vocals, guitars, and bass and drums.
Jeffrey Nothing talked about the song’s familiar lyrical theme in a prepared statement.
“So many trash their bodies and minds and feel they just get to wake up from whatever mistake they just made no matter what,” he said. “It is so heartbreaking to watch a generation be wiped out because they truly believe they are invincible. We are not. Risking oneself for that ever-elusive first high destroys far more than the singular self. Parents never want to outlive their children. You are not that invincible person who will beat any challenge, just because. Stop for one second and be that miracle baby again. Not the almost adult who crushed everyone’s dreams, all because you wanted to escape a temporary nightmare. Death is the end, not a new beginning. Ever.”
Jeffrey Nothing continued, “We all come with an expiration date. From our first breath, till our last, we are a miracle in motion; full of emotion, fears, and an air of invincibility. How we treat our fellow man and our life matters. Other than love, you sincerely can’t take it with you. Above is a place I pray to one day be, not a circle I put myself in as I traverse this lifetime. Freedom means everything. All complexes aside, we have no owners. Dream big and share your soul… I, for one, will be listening.”
Ian D. Sniesak also provided vocals to Jeffrey Nothing’s new single, and expanded on Jeffrey Nothing’s comments with his own thoughts.
“Life is full of hardships, challenges, tribulations… It can be difficult in the moments of pain to see through to the other side, that there’s a way to come out victorious,” he said. It can be easy to compromise or give in to something that offers a moment of relief; a temporary solution to a problem that might turn into a permanent consequence. It can be easy to think that you will remain in control but more often than not what we think we control ends up controlling us. Pain and trauma are the real gateway drugs and until we learn to face the pain and overcome we will continue the cycle of abuse, be it substance or other. If we don’t, addiction ends up being in control. It destroys what’s beautiful, and then dances and parades what remains around for all the world to see.
Sniesak continued, “It can be easy to become ensnared in the prisons of our mind. If we take a close look at ourselves in the midst of our addiction, it can seem as if we are suffocating, wrapped in the fake plastic of the lies we believe that have now led us to the predicament we are in. Acknowledging there is a problem is the first step. Then we must fight, for our freedom and for our lives, one day at a time.”
While Jeffrey Nothing’s new single clearly takes on addiction — specifically drug addiction — the video does not exactly have a connection to the subject. The video is a very dark presentation. It features images of people with deformities, along with Jeffrey nothing and company in full theatrical costume as they perform the single. Just as with the song’s musical arrangement, the visuals are another direct throwback to the video styles that Mushroomhead did during his time with the band.
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