WRITTEN BY: ALLEEN HUGHES
Demon In Me - “Choke”
Some time and patience were just what Demon In Me needed to help get those real creative juices flowing. Today, fans finally got to satisfy their eager ears with a new single from the San Jose natives. “Choke” holds a deep meaning and importance to the members as it will with their beloved fans since this is their first full band track they’ve released since their debut record back in 2016. Fast forward two years and now Demon In Me are currently free agents as they have parted ways with their former label Standby Records and are proudly flaunting off their new banger.
According to the band, “Choke” was “written to speak out on domestic violence. The lyrics are thoughts and stories told from the victim’s perspective. The music was also designed to be driving and hard hitting in a way to make the tone very intense and powerful.” And they accomplished just that. Right off the bat you can feel the song’s depth with the subtle guitar intro that leads into Ciro Abraham’s (drums) opening and slamming impact.
Instrumentally, the track holds strong and stays tight with Kylle Reece’s (vocals/guitar) stand out guitar leads that gain more force with help from Julian Grenz’s (bass) weighted bass tones. Lyrically, “Choke” is dark and takes you into the realness and unsheltered reality that exists in relationships. Reece’s clean baritone style vocals are rare to find in this style which makes me appreciate this band even more and his delivery of these powerful storytelling lyrics can help everyone relate and feel the pain of those who have been victims of domestic abuse.
For a few weeks, Demon In Me hyped this release and now we can see they had good reason to. “Choke” is emotionally moving and eye opening. Demon In Me offers up a supportive voice for those who have been involved with domestic violence who are afraid to speak up by placing themselves in victim’s shoes. These guys always exceed my expectations whether their live or on recording because they know how to keep you hooked from beginning to end without being repetitious. Now the question on everyone's mind is, when can we expect more?
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