When someone chooses to end their own life, the people closest to the person are impacted the most, but the devastation tends to ripple out and can affect a whole community. New Jersey-based hard rock band Aurin detail a powerful, first person account of suicide in their new single “Brother,” from their upcoming album Serotonin (set for release on 9/13).
The raw, emotional track was written by guitarist Andrew Wayne, whose brother took his own life in 2012.
“It took me over five years to muster up the courage and actually write about it” says Wayne. “The video is a dedication to him and the city that he loved (NYC); where he lived and died. He was a prodigal artist with an uncanny ability to portray beauty. We decided to feature his artwork, not just for the “Serotonin” album cover, but throughout the rest of the album as well. This song is dedicated to him. It is dedicated not only to his memory, but to all the people that have been lost to such tragedy. I miss him every single day of my life and wish that he was able to hear this song. Even though he is gone, I wanted to let people hear about the kind of after effects that suicide can cause. He saved my life, and this is the only way I can think of to honor that.“
The video for “Brother” shows real life accounts of people affected by suicide, with individuals holding up words of encouragement. Veteran music personality Tim “No. 37” Martinez (Fuse’s Uranium/The You Rock Foundation) stars in the video, helping to bring Aurin’s haunting, cautionary story to life.
After their critically acclaimed debut album Catharsis, the band hit the road, honing their live show with acts like Art of Dying, Otep, Nonpoint, Icon For Hire, Gemini Syndrome, Ill Nino, Adrenaline Mob, Fit for Rivals, Smile Empty Soul, and many more. Now, the road-proven quartet return with Serotonin, slated for release on 9/13. The EP will be distributed through The Label Group / INgrooves and was produced by Grammy award nominated Mike Ferretti (Sevendust, Thank you Scientist, Saliva).
“This album was a little different than our previous releases,” says vocalist Sarah Anderson. “We created a record that drifted a bit from our earlier and heavier music, though it was still heavily driven by our roots in hard rock. I personally feel like this album is our best by far, and features a lot more hooks while diving into more of an active rock sound. The subject matter is mainly inspired by the struggles of depression, losing loved ones to suicide, and the perseverance of hope in humanity through the decline of society. We hope to continue reaching out to and connecting with people through music. We have all seen our fair share of ups and downs, though realize it was a vital step in making us who we are currently as individuals and as a band.“
Listen to “Brother” now on Spotify.