“It’s about fighting through life,” says singer DJ Deane of the new song, “Messengers,” the latest from Long Island four-piece, Hold Fast Hope. “It’s a story about being haunted by our dark urges, addictions, fear, anxiety and having someone in our corner whom we never listen to.” This is an accurate description of the post-hardcore single from the band’s forthcoming Khonsu EP, their first new music since last year’s Traitors EP.
Kicking off with a bold guitar riff reminiscent of 90s bands like Failure and Hum, “Messengers” immediately draws you in. With its powerful opening, you anticipate the entry of a screaming voice of angst, when in floats Deane’s clear and melodic vocals.
As the rhythmic pace of the song builds, he shifts between singing styles to convey the struggle and spiral of the song’s subject, as well as a caring person’s guiding hand.. The rotation of vocals, from soft and nurturing, to growling, to higher octave power accentuated by gruff echoes, melds to create a song more powerful than the band’s previous work. Produced, engineered, and mixed by Nicholas Starrantino of In-House Recordings and mastered by Mike Kalajian of Rogue Planet Mastering, Hold Fast Hope’s latest is a sign they are growing musically. The band says “never give up on your dreams and goals.” “Messengers” is proof that Hold Fast Hope is following its own advice.
Check out “Messengers” on Spotify.