Holding Absence – Permanent (Track Of The Day, 5th August)

Welsh rockers Holding Absence have a habit of ruining me; as in, making me a messy puddle of emotion (more than usual), with their beautiful and powerful music. Their track “Permanent” is my current focus of emotional ruin Track Of The Day today.

“Permanent” comes from the February 10th release of “Permanent” and “Dream of Me”, through Sharptone Records. The band have shared that the track is a note to a suicidal friend, which already hints at its emotional power.

Vocalist Lucas Woodland shared: “I wanted to convey the concept that sadness is temporary and death is infinite”. The simple title of the word ‘permanent‘ also captures the gravity of what suicide means.

Lose yourself in this song, with its resonating tones, high energy, and vocals that are rich with genuine care.

“So write love on your arms, or carve it into your palms
I see the world has broke you and you don’t deserve more harm”

While a ‘please don’t kill yourself’ message could be done in many ways, the way that Holding Absence have done it brilliantly and heartfully shares that there’s hope beyond this day of feeling like this. It acknowledges the pain and hurt behind this consideration and reminds them that they will find belongingness and will be free from this.

The power that all band members pour into this song and its sentiment is incredible, and that force combined with messages of care and hope makes for one powerfully moving song.

Check out “Permanent” with its music video or stream via Spotify. Please share with anyone you love that needs to hear it.


Kel Burch

Creator and caretaker of Depth Mag, Kel uses her superpowers of empathy, word-weaving, and feeling everything deeply, to immerse herself in music before returning to reality to write about her experience with it. [Loved the read? Shout Kel a latte.]

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