“You cannot be a musician if you don’t have people supporting you. And the support that I’ve found from people, I think my gratitude and appreciation for it is so real and so important, which I think is something people will understand when they hear this record more too,” says Jetty Bones lead singer Kelc Galluzzo.
Galluzzo’s deep appreciation for the people who connect with her music is on brand – she’s a kindhearted person who preaches self-care from the stage and loves connecting with fans offstage. The merch table chats are one of the things she misses most from pre-pandemic times.
“I always invite people to come talk to me when the show’s over, at the merch table,” Galluzzo says. “As soon as the set’s over, I go back to the merch table, and those conversations are something I miss so much with not being able to tour. I don’t think people realize that they mean just as much to me. Fans connect to music because it makes them feel less alone. I don’t think fans realize the artists need it just as much.”
Galluzzo is known for her incredibly vulnerable lyrics, but Jetty Bones’ new record Push Back, which came out February 26 on Rise Records, is her most personal piece yet, sharing her story of depression and suicidal ideation. Galluzzo was very intentional in the song arrangement on Push Back, creating a narrative throughout the album, both lyrically and musically.
“The album definitely starts off sounding very pop, very polished. And then it gradually takes a darker turn,” Galluzzo explains. “The theme on the record follows what it’s sonically doing as well.”
The pacing of the album represents the two parts of Galluzzo, how she presents herself to the public and what she’s really dealing with internally.
“I’m starting from the perspective that I think people see me as,” she says. “And it has the aforementioned poppier notes to it, because I think a lot of people see that music as somewhat fraudulent, as kind of a fake face that people are putting on. That ties right into the theme. I wanted to start people where they see me and bring them all the way back down to where I was when this project started.”
Because she talks so openly about mental health, some may assume Galluzzo is fully healed. She hopes this record will show that recovery is an ongoing process.
“I definitely realized that my willingness to discuss these things and my ability to handle them was being perceived as me being completely healed and better and fixed,” she explains. “And I’m not at all. So, I did definitely feel a pressure to, I don’t know, be the poster child for recovery. When recovery isn’t a cut and dry thing, it’s something you deal with every day.”
Push Back ends with “Bug Life,” a track that includes a suicide note Galluzzo wrote and recorded five years ago. It may seem like a dark way to end the record, but the real story has a happy ending, because Galluzzo did not end up taking her life that day. She’s still with us. She notes that there’s so much that has happened in the past five years that she’s grateful she got to experience.
“I started a Twitter thread on my personal profile, it’s a really long thread of all the stuff that I would have missed, and I’m so glad I’m here for it,” she says.
Galluzzo put the suicide note in the song to show that her life didn’t end when she thought it would. And, in that sense, Push Back is a record of encouragement.
“I wanna use that song to help other people realize that there is more after the moment you think that there isn’t,” she says.
Images courtesy of Jetty Bones.