PREMIERE: Hesitation Wounds’ “Guthrie” is an intense blast aimed at right-wing xenophobia

Hesitation Wounds
photo: Erica Lauren

“Supergroup” is kind of a funny word, isn’t it? Sure, it’s accurate if you’re talking about, like, Velvet Revolver or something, but in punk rock, it almost feels like it’s a slight to the members’ main bands. In reality, punk and hardcore “supergroups” are usually nothing more than good friends who have bonded through time shared in the trenches and want to see what they can create together.

Which brings us to Hesitation Wounds, the band created by Touche Amore vocalist Jeremy Bolm and featuring guitarist Neeraj Kane of the Hope Conspiracy, bassist Stephen LaCour formerly of Trap Them and drummer Jay Weinberg, who has served time in Madball and Against Me!—oh, and he’s currently the drummer for Slipknot. (NBD.) The quartet’s debut full-length, Awake For Everything, is as intense and cathartic as anything the members have ever done on their own, specifically “Guthrie,” which we’re debuting today. Bolm explains:

“I titled the song ‘Guthrie’ to pay tribute to Woody and how the American culture can overlook the message of a song if it has a patriotic chorus. Woody Guthrie’s song “This Land Is Your Land” originally featured the verse ‘There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me. The sign was painted, said ‘Private Property.’ But on the backside, it didn’t say nothing. This land was made for you and me.’ That concept inspired me to put my disappointment into words. We are considered the home of the brave, but when the right-wing pushes a fear of immigrants/refugees/Muslims onto its people, that hardly feels brave. Everyone should have the right to cross imaginary lines to raise a family safely in this country.”

Hesitation Wounds’ Awake For Everything will be released May 27 via 6131 Records.