Denaro Allows Himself to be Vulnerable on His Forthcoming New Album
Denaro exposes his unnerving mental state.
You can't carry all the pain on your own. You might try, but you'll suffer for it. A bedeviling musical archer, Jesse Denaro finds himself murdered, metaphorically speaking, of course, as a relationship spirals out of complete control. The mayhem tearing him apart at his core spills out onto the shoulders of a lover, a bitterness slowly growing from inside them, too. "Handle," premiering today, is a red-eyed, savagely honest portrayal of Denaro's mental state and his journey to reclaim some semblance of sanity.
Out of Pittsburgh, the singer and songwriter heaves his crumbling mental state to the forefront. It's a moment of bravery, turning himself in and confronting exactly what is going on. Through letting his guard down, he opens himself up, every inch of his human shell, to finding redemption in himself, the world and those tightly-bound around him. Musically, he takes a few cues from Harry Styles (that throwback '70s rock updated for a modern audience) and Daniel Caesar but allows the guitar and drums to percolate before downing it.
"I'm running faster, faster than my heart / And I can't get back to where we started," he sings, lacing each shimmer with a weighty emotional drip. "When you look at, when you look at me / What do you see? / A stranger or a thief?" His inquisition is both a necessary step to self-awareness and troubling to his lover, whose "shoulders can't handle it," as he observes. Denaro's pleas are heartbreaking and thrash through the drums like a sickle through overgrown brush, razor-sharp and decisive. The generally bright production style is deceiving, attempting to conceal the trouble he so desperately wants to unpack.
He then turns accusatory, telling his lover, "You're a pretty little liar." Even though he begs her to take away his pain, he warns, "The blood is on your hands today." They're ultimately both at fault; one a victim, the other a passive observer letting it happen. "I'm splitting at the seams / Losing more and more of me," he hollers, the song detonating itself into a fiery display.
On the song, he tells Popdust, "I wrote 'Handle' in response to watching someone I loved try to tear me down. It was my way of seeing the truth in manipulation and allowed me to release that person from my life. It is a nod to early '90s rock, opening with pronounced drums and piano balanced with both electric and acoustic guitars, and it is the most honest song I've written about a bad relationship, and you can sing along to it."
"Handle" samples Denaro's forthcoming new album, expected later this year on The Vault Records.
Below are Denaro's upcoming shows:
August 18th - Zelienople, PA - The Strand Theater
September 14th - Harrisburg, PA - Stage on Herr
September 15th - New York, NY - Rockwood Music Hall
September 19th - Indianapolis, IN - White Rabbit Cabaret
September 20th - Chicago, IL - Elbo Room
September 21st - Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe
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The ice cream company released a powerful statement this week.
With Black Lives Matter protests popping up left and right, lots of well-known public figures and companies are taking a stand against police brutality.
Celebrities are putting their lives on the line protesting, childrens' toy companies are donating tens of thousands to organizations like the NAACP, and even infamous YouTube stars are hitting the streets. But Ben & Jerry's—yes, the ice cream brand—have made the most detailed statement of all.
"The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy," reads a lengthy statement on the Ben & Jerry's website. "What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning."
The statement continues: "Four years ago, we publicly stated our support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Today, we want to be even more clear about the urgent need to take concrete steps to dismantle white supremacy in all its forms."
Ben and Jerry then outlines a four-step plan to end white supremacy. First is calling on President Trump to disavow white supremacy, instead of calling on the military to shoot American protesters. Second is calling on Congress to pass H.R. 40, a bill with instructions to study racism, its deep roots in American history, and how antiquated beliefs are still prevalent today. Third is creating a task force to help increase police accountability, and fourth is a "call on the Department of Justice to reinvigorate its Civil Rights Division as a staunch defender of the rights of Black and Brown people." Trump has never made plans even half that detailed!
It's a little sad that ice cream companies are more adamant about ending centuries of white supremacy than our own government officials even at the state level. Especially when other companies have issued statements that attempt to overshadow their previous racist actions, Ben & Jerry's commitment to justice is admirable. Ben and Jerry are officially the two coolest white boomer men we know, and we will be celebrating by vacuum-inhaling three pints of Chunky Monkey.
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