PREMIERE: Slam Band and Sam Release New Single “Black Hole”

Slam Band & Sam’s newest single sees the band taking a big step forward when the world around them seems to be spinning more out of control than ever. It’s called Black Hole, and it was initially inspired by NASA’s groundbreaking black hole photos in April 2019; however, singer/lyricist Adam Vasko sees it now as a functioning parable for hard times – for when your circumstances suck you in and make positivity harder and harder to exude.

It’s a step forward for Pittsburgh’s Slam Band in more ways than one. They’ve now introduced keyboardist Dave Carrera into the band – a change that’s caused a noticeable, fiery upheaval in their sound. His synth, Rhodes, and organ work adds inimitable textural layers rarely heard within the pantheon of East Coast jazz and blues-rock, and “Black Hole” is no exception, featuring cascading, intergalactic synth noises that fill post-chorus pauses like a cosmic fermata.

The song is more experimental than their past work, too, incorporating ever more brass and slap bass than before as the backing vocals trickle in and out in soft “oohs” behind Vasko’s raucous celestial deliberations. A closer listen to the lyrics unshrouds a newly distinct brand of introspection, examining important choices in the face of hardships. What does it mean to choose kindness? Too choose to keep moving when it feels like you’re paralyzed? To choose to keep your head up?

The band has been through some hard times, collectively and individually, and it leaks (perhaps unconsciously) into the song. Interpersonal turmoil, family members getting sick, loss, and grief – it’s all there, but, despite this “Black Hole” is relentlessly energetic; a call for listeners to hang in there and to shrug off the negatives whenever possible.

Adam Vasko comments “It would have been a normal Wednesday rehearsal, but that April 10, 2019, spawned what you hear today all because Jackovic mentioned in some tune-up banter that the first photo of a black hole was taken by NASA that very day.

 I’ve been interested in astronomy since I was a child. After hearing the parts develop musically, I knew I wanted the song to be about never stopping or giving in regardless of what tries to take you off course. Hence the chorus, “Don’t Stop / Never Give In / If Ya Stay True / The Black Hole Still Spins.

This is the second song we’re releasing with Bob McCutcheon (The Vault Records & Recording Studio – Engineer and Owner) at the helm and the first with Dave Carerra (Organ & Rhodes) bringing the keys layer to the music. It was a big step forward for us as the pieces of the puzzle are finally all coming together and we have much more in the pipeline.”

Guitarist Anthony Bello adds “We had the good fortune to be recording on a day that Dave Hillis (engineer – Mother Love Bone, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam,  Blind Mellon, and many others) was hanging around The Vault Recording Studio. I collaborated with Hillis to get what I consider one of my favorite tones I’ve recorded.”

RJ Frometa
Author: RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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