These rockers from Salt Lake City, Utah, are creating some of the best music of 2017.  When I stumbled on Citizen Soldier’s song “Buried Alive” it spoke to me and should do the same for you. This single is emotional and has purpose. Its one of those songs that will hit home for many people across this world – Mental illness is not spoken about enough and the band is trying to bring it to the forefront.

“Mental illness is not an excuse. Those who struggle with Anxiety, Depression, Schizophrenia, PTSD, OCD or any mental disorder are not pretending to suffer just because they are desperate for attention. * Read more below Raise your voice with us. Speak out against mental health stigma.”  – Citizen Soldier

The band has been in tough times, and constantly tells its listeners and music fans worldwide that they’re there for them no matter what.  Encouraging people to reach out to them for help.

 

 

We live in a society that is quick to condemn those who look, think, and act differently than we do. We must stop demonizing what we do not understand. So, in our new single “15 Minutes of Fame,” we decided to take you inside the mind of someone experiencing suicidal thoughts. Help us fight mental illness stigma by sharing this video with your family and friends. – Citizen Soldier

If you’re looking for music that stands for something, then this is your new favourite group. Citizen Soldier holds the power to revolutionize the world with its catchy, emotion filled music. For fans of Shinedown, Through Fire, Failure Anthem, and Breaking Benjamin.

 

Here’s the most recent release from Citizen Soldier –

 

Lead Vocalist Jake Segura grew up on albums such as Shinedown’s “Sound of Madness” and Alter Bridge’s “Blackbird.” Segura grew up in a small town where his taste in music was not appreciated, so he never pursued songwriting seriously as a teenager. He became further discouraged from the industry after being kicked out his first band because of his lack of vocal ability. As a college student, he began to struggle with manic depression, anxiety, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. After spending days in bed at a time and flunking out of school, he found himself too afraid to ask for help for fear of the judgement of others. In November of 2015, he attempted suicide. Segura penned the lyrics to Let It Burn on a napkin from his hospital bed, a song that would be released on the band’s debut E.P. Caroline. That experience gave him the drive to finally take his pursuit of music seriously with a strong desire to write music that would help combat mental illness stigma and help others struggling to know they are not alone.

After many attempts at getting a band together the final lineup was completed with Jake Segura on vocals, Matt Duffney and Kooper Hanosky on guitar, Wonitta Rivero on Bass, and Tyler Nichols on drums. The band name Citizen Soldier is the band’s attempt to personify the battles waged inside and the band’s goal to shine a light on the everyday struggles of those who feel overlooked and unappreciated. New to the Salt Lake City scene in early 2017, Citizen Soldier is in its infancy but working relentlessly to make a name for themselves. The band’s music has been inspired/influenced by bands such as Skillet, Breaking Benjamin, and Red.

If you’re looking for something new to get into this long weekend, make sure you take a chance on Don’t Believe In Ghosts. Their newest album “Give It Meaning” features 13 tracks packed with solid hooks, infectious melodies blended together with some great instrumentals. Did I also mention an appearance by Dr.Fink? – Yes the guy who played in Prince’s backing band. Steven Nathan of Don’t Believe In Ghosts speaks with the World Rock Countdown below.

How long did it take to write this record from start to finish?

Well it’s interesting… i wrote over 60 songs for this album. It all started with a 7 day challenge I gave myself where i wrote a song a day for seven days.  I was really excited by the results and possibility of expanding on that so i then set a goal to hit 30 songs over the next two months.  After hitting that goal I picked like 6 of those for an ep… shortly after releasing that i kept writing. I ended up writing about another 30 songs in all by the time this album was coming to light. So i’d say almost two years of writing went into this whole process… I have to say, that is probably my favourite part of this all!

Your mindset when entering the studio is very old fashioned or very focussed rather, can you explain why you don’t believe in showing people what you’re doing ?

Well I actually did share with a few close friends each time i finished an idea… I felt it really helped keeping me accountable to have to show something to keep hitting my goals. But as far as broadcasting from the studio and posting pics etc. I don’t know… I try to but when I go into a work mode I kind of go into a hyper focus that keeps me from thinking of things like snapchat and Instagram haha. Unfortunately the way things are these days you have to constantly have a presence online… that’s really really distracting to me.
  

You look to Beethoven for inspiration, why is that?  and what else inspires you?

Beethoven was the first thing i heard as a kid that really captured things i felt inside. He definitely wasn’t updating his snapchat when writing the 9th symphony!! haha

Collaborating with Doctor Fink of Prince’s band back before it was called “The New Power Generation” must have been quite the experience, can you explain how the chance to work together came about and what have you learned from that specific event in your career?
I was working on a song some years ago and i was really interested in capturing that Purple Rain era synth sound. In my process of hunting down what he used I happened to stumble on Matts email, so i just emailed him. Totally didn’t expect to hear back but he really dug the track. He played on that album and has played on every album i’ve recorded since. He also performed as a member of Don’t Believe In Ghosts for our first ever live show!  I’ve learned so much from him, he’s really become a great friend as well.

Man on Earth was your main band. You guys had some successful runs, but how did this new project come to fruition?

I did the Man On Earth thing for a long time… through many incarnations. Really I put it on hold because it was just time to try some new stuff and get creative again. We had been on the road for a few years and when you’re touring the way we were you just don’t have time to write and be creative… that part of it starts to slide. Man On Earth started with me in my room writing and recording, in fact i spent a few years working on the first album. So in a way starting this new project was going back to where it all began.

Any big plans for Don’t Believe In Ghosts?

I just want to keep a healthy balance between being creative and having to go out and promote what i’m doing. Right now we’re in the process of making a number of music videos for these songs… perhaps i’m doing that to stall going out on tour and playing the same songs over and over? haha I just want to keep things interesting and creative, it’s 2017, we have so many new outlets for music and i’m looking forward to really making the most of them!!

Be sure to add this album to your playlist now!