The Amity Affliction – Catatonia (New Music)

The Amity Affliction have given another taste of upcoming album Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them with the release of “Catatonia”. The new single follows “All My Friends Are Dead” and “Soak Me in Bleach”, generating curiosity toward the full release on 21st February via Pure Noise records.

Bassist Ahren Stringer describes it as a “sister track” to “All My Friends Are Dead”, tying into the dark theme of the album (apparent in its title). He sums “Catatonia” up by saying “Even though everything might seem perfect from the outside, sometimes being broken on the inside can never truly be fixed.”

With a raw and roaring “Catatonia” bellowed out at its introduction, the track shifts into a tension-laden rhythm and lays out the state of mind that the protagonist is in.  The dense drums coupled with a persistent circling riff take on the weight of the world that the “brittle, unstable” person is feeling.

The chorus captures the lighter state of hope that the protagonist clings to, sharing their expectations of themselves and how they should feel, even though things are unpredictable.

It’s that the weather keeps on changing

A feeling of desperation seeps through the song as it continues, through both vocalists in the raw verses and yearning choruses. A blunt breakdown section and the heightened defeat shown in Joel Birch’s voice at the bridge adds even more to this escalation. Unfortunately the final chorus seems a little out of place in its soaring clarity, because of how the emotions have escalated through the track. But for this, the final sudden paring back and shift of focus upon piano and voice saves it.

Have a listen to “Catatonia” now via YouTube below. To pre-order Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them, head here:


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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