Not Without My Ghosts tells the story of an adult dealing with a lifelong battle with major depressive disorder.
(Pic by Tom Barnes)
The Amity Affliction have released another single from their upcoming album, and this time, it’s the title track: Not Without My Ghosts.
The “softest” song on the album, Not Without My Ghosts ft. Phem is based on the acoustic guitar, with swelling strings and a harmonic electric guitar riff accompanying Ahren Stringer’s clean vocals. Joel Birch comes in with some screams as soon as the song quietens, with a keyboard leading to crushing guitars and further grieving yells towards the end of the track.
Not Without My Ghosts tells the story of an adult dealing with a lifelong battle with major depressive disorder, but they know that giving up on staying alive is not an option. “A quiet daily war /no sign ahead of peace / look alive for all my friends and try to hide the grief / I have to carry on,” Stringer and Birch sing, trading vocals throughout the song.
Check out the music video below.
The Amity Affliction started teasing their new album in late November, with the release of the first single, Show Me Your God.
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A few days before the band shared Show Me Your God, Birch was teasing on social media, getting people excited. He gave fans the following information: "New album finished. Mixed. Done," Birch tweeted. He added, "[it's the] Heaviest music we've ever written."
In February, they shared I See Dead People featuring the late New Zealand rapper Louie Knuxx, a close friend of the band who tragically passed away from a heart attack in 2021.
I See Dead People is lyrically and musically heavy, with Birch discussing "the ongoing and nebulous struggle that comes with dealing with the pain of friends killing themselves, while myself dealing with passive suicidal ideation."
The album’s ten songs were self-produced at Grove Studios in New South Wales. Talking about the record, the band shared in a press release, “Not Without My Ghosts mostly deals with the paradox of not wanting to be alive, and yet needing to stay here, while also mourning the loss of friends and trying to use the music as catharsis.”
The Amity Affliction released another track, It's Hell Down Here, last month, and revealed that the new album is out on Friday, 12 May.
Pre-save or pre-order Not Without My Ghosts here.