Shreveport, Louisiana’s Seratones – fronted by the gospel-trained powerhouse frontwoman A.J. Haynes – will release their sophomore album POWER later this month. The band has already released the massive singles “Power,” “Gotta Get To Know Ya” and “Sadboi,” earning praise from the likes of The New York Times, NPR Rolling Stone, and many more. Today, the band releases the gripping Power album opener “Fear,” a track that artfully sets the table for an album all about the day-to-day beauty and horror of modern life. Check out the song now via NYLON HERE.
More from A.J. Haynes on “Fear”:
Fear is the weight of the world coming down with no love in return.
Being an artist has afforded privileges and experiences that I never want to take for granted. Even when I feel like I’m jumping from the frying pan to the crucible to the fire, I strive to express my gratitude through song. I want to be resilient, to feel strong. And then…just when I think I have a handle on my Psyche, Fear saunters in. Will I be steel or smoke? Are my motives truly altruistic? Am I doing enough? Is this all worth the near-constant state of nauseating uncertainty? Am I always going to be a woman in-transit, displaced? Where am I going? Where have I been? The first time I heard a finished arrangement of this song, I cried. Perhaps there is something in this song I needed to confess to myself.
Every time I listen to Doo-Wop, I feel like I’m eight years old again, dancing in the kitchen with my mama. I don’t get to dance with her anymore. This remembrance is always gilded in an inescapable Fear of leaving loved ones behind in this realm or the next. In the words of Audre Lorde, I am listening to what fear teaches. I will never be gone. I am a scar, a report from the frontlines, a talisman, a resurrection. A rough place on the chin of complacency.
POWER will be released on August 23rd – pre-order HERE.
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8/24 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
8/26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
8/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
8/29 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
8/31 – McMinnville, OR @ Walnut City Music Festival