Baltimore pop punk royalty Ben DeHan broke the internet earlier this year with the release of “Taking Time” alongside the launch of Free Friends with wife and cellist Lauren DeHan and drummer Gil Perez. Now, they release their second single with blink-182 producer and engineer Matt Malpass; “Worry Free (feat. glimmer)” accompanied by a music video by Nicholas Libraro of Snaggletooth Productions.
If ignorance is bliss / I fill my head with empty memories
“Worry Free” is pop punk in both sound and spirit. The song’s subject matter could be interpreted purely as a state of mind, committing to seeing life as how we choose to respond to situations rather than being victims of circumstances.
On the other hand, as the music video points out, some individuals take more liberties with various substances compared to others on the road to being worry free. It’s refreshing to see this lifestyle acknowledged but not necessarily celebrated, leaving listeners to determine where their own lines are drawn. The only judgment passed is the one that asks, “Is this really in my best interest?”
The song’s ambiguity is encapsulated in the refrain, “This could be you if you follow me down,” sung by both Ben as well as glimmers vocalist Maggie Schneider. The phrase could as easily be a warning for those who choose a destructive road, or a promise to those who embrace a healthy lifestyle as the key to happiness.
“Worry Free (feat. glimmers)” is available now on major streaming platforms like YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music.
Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records.
Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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