San Diego pop punkers Alive & Well are streaming their music video for “Addictions” off of their sophomore release From Basements to Beaches, out June 3, 2016 below.
Lead singer Matt Vernon wrote the tune during his move cross country and his first impressions of people he met out West:
“I found a lot of hypocrisy in people who were once alcoholics and now die hard vegetarians who would condemn me for my ways when from my point of view I felt like they are still being dominated by an addiction but that they simply just traded out and got a sense of self righteousness that they could tell me that I was wrong for thinking other wise. The second verse goes into using the same comparison of former junkies who now live under strict guidelines of christianity. In my eyes I still see it as an addiction and more tolerable force that will still dominate every aspect of your life. As an outspoken atheist this song represents my views on having a less than popular ideology and complete lack of care about what people think about it.”
The 4-song EP was engineered and mixed by Beau Burchell (Saosin) at The Cottage, and mastered by Alan Douches at West Side Music. The EP is a concept album about addressing a problem in your life and working hard to resolve it. The overall message is to have a positive and determined attitude about your life.
As told by Matt:
“Bad things will happen, you’ll have to encounter heartbreak, death, and tragedy and you’ll have to move through it.”
“Alive & Well’s EP, From Basements to Beaches, embodies so many things I love; music that reminds me of the sunny beaches of California, aggressive riffs where I can feel the members emotions, and lyrics that hit home on so many aspects of my life. What more could you want in a pop punk band?” – Fuck Yeah Pop Punk