I recently reviewed Toronto Blessing’s new single, U v U. The link can be found here if you fancy giving it a read. What I took from the song was a story that was close to my heart. As a sufferer of depression in the past, I know how much it can take over your life. I drank my way through most of it. It was either that or drug myself to feel “better”. I lost my confidence, passion for music and Independent Music News, and felt alone. I didn’t have anyone to turn to. I’m from a stiff-upper-lip family, and they didn’t understand the pain I was going through. To be honest, this is the first time I’ve openly shared it with anyone. I think that’s why U v U hit so hard. I was so confused when I first heard it. It’s heavy and hearty. Beautiful and sad. That might sound weird to you, and possibly Toronto Blessings, bearing in mind they’re an alternative rock band, but the meaning behind the track is one that I can relate to. That’s why I initially contacted Rik Whitehead of TB. I wanted to connect with a fellow sufferer. Then it dawned on me, why not share his story on IMN too. It might help someone. I hope it does. Take it away, Rik.
“When we first wrote the music for U v U, I originally had in mind a completely different lyrical theme. The lyrics I wrote just didn’t seem or feel right. So I took a look inwards.
It was at the time a lot of male suicides were being reported in the press. The death of Scott Hutchison from Frightened Rabbit hit me quite hard. From this, it seemed to start a lot of people promoting the fact that we should talk and let others know how we’re feeling.
I was at the lowest I’d ever felt. I’ve always suffered from anxiety and forms of panic attacks, but this time a deep depression had set in too. I am fortunate to have a very loving wife, but I even found it hard to let her know I was suffering.
This is when I channeled my thoughts into U v U. I just wanted to let close ones know how I was feeling. Initially, I was very hesitant to use the lyrics, but I pushed past that in the hope that it would help others to open up if they need to speak out. When we play it live, I can feel every word, and this song will always be special to me.”
You can listen to U v U here:
Also, check out Tiny Changes; a charity which aims to raise awareness about mental health issues in children and young people. It was created by the family of former Frightened Rabbit lead singer Scott Hutchison. You can support the charity here.
And hey, if you identify with this, please know you’re not alone. Connect with others, and let them know. Write a song. Go to a concert and mosh your ass off. Do anything, but don’t keep it inside.