BAD WOLVES have released another new track, "Sober", from their forthcoming sophomore album, "N.A.T.I.O.N.", due out on Friday, October 25 via Eleven Seven Music.
The release of "Sober" defines the direction of not just the band as a whole, but vocalist Tommy Vext himself. The song's powerful, driving percussions set the stage for Vext's story of a ruinous relationship, steeped in addiction and self-desecration, that finds recovery possible for those who can stay the course.
"The song is very personal to me about my recovery," says Vext. "The message is very powerful to not give up on ourselves or the people who are trying — who are really, really trying to make and better themselves."
BAD WOLVES came to Vext as an opportunity to try his craft again after his stint in DIVINE HERESY was brought down by his own demons and addictions, a childhood family life to the extent that most nightmares never reach, and an adult existence that took him even deeper into that hell. Yet it was a call from another addict, a kid looking for help, that brought Vext off the suicidal edge and into a life of continued sobriety and service.
Vext declared in an August 2018 interview for Psychology Today, titled "Tommy Vext and the Deafening Sound of Self-Termination": "Because when we are in that state of self-termination, it's so deafening — the only way to break out of it is to have contact with people who literally have it worse and are still hopeful. And that's the most powerful thing about altruism. It's the foundation of my recovery and it's the fabric of everything I do. I think we're all here for a reason, and we're all here for a purpose. Some of us have to find our purpose, and sometimes it's thrust upon us... Such is life."
During the third annual "Rock To Recovery" benefit concert last year, Vext was awarded the "Rock To Recovery Service Award" for his outstanding influence and dedication in helping others fight their own battles dealing with drug addiction and alcoholism. Vext has been sober for over 10 years now. His blunt honesty about his battle and commitment to staying sober has continued to inspire many both in the music industry and beyond.
Vext recently revealed that BAD WOLVES have recorded another cover, following the band's massive breakout success last year with its rendition of the 1993 CRANBERRIES classic "Zombie".
Originally scheduled to feature a guest appearance from late CRANBERRIES frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan, "Zombie" launched shortly after her death in January of 2018 and went on to top the rock radio chart and sell a million copies.
"Zombie" surfaced on "Disobey", which came out in May 2018 and has also yielded the follow-up single "Hear Me Now", featuring Diamante, which reached No. 2 on the rock chart.
Guitarist Doc Coyle spoke to Australia's Loud about the musical direction of the band's second album. He explained: "It's diverse. There's stuff that's probably heavier, as or more heavy than the last record... And then there's some really catchy, kind of more mainstream stuff to cover that end of it, and a lot of stuff in the middle."
BAD WOLVES was formed in 2017, comprised of former members of DEVILDRIVER, GOD FORBID, DIVINE HERESY and IN THIS MOMENT.