Pinewalker just released a new single, “Maelstrom,” off their forthcoming record Migration, out September 6.

Pinewalker’s Jason Kennington offers of the “Maelstrom” single, “’Maelstrom’ is a beast of a song. Of the songs on this record, this is the oldest one by far. It, much like pretty much everything we’ve ever written, came from one or two ideas alone. There was this feeling that came from the riffs themselves that just kept wanting to be expanded upon more and more. When this song was done, we felt like it was a huge turning point for our method of writing and kind of the moment that made all of us step back and say, ‘wow, we did that.’ I was in a pretty dark place when those first two riffs popped up. I loved the way they sounded and made me feel. I ended up showing them to Tarran who felt the same way about them, but we didn’t feel like we had a good place to jump off from for quite a while.

“We mulled it over and over for weeks, trying to hone in on what we wanted this thing to really accomplish, until we finally felt ready to bring it to the rest of the band. Once the rest of the pieces came together, and we played it all the way through for the first time, we were all sort of speechless. The lyrics that pair with the song reflect the place where a lot of us were at the time mentally. The song itself ultimately boils down to being stuck in a depressive, downward spiral laced with bouts of intense anxiety and feeling like you can’t do anything about it.

“Being buffeted by that relentless storm often strips you of everything you are but the most primal form of self. You become tired, angry, and bare. It is easy to look into that never-ending torrent of misery and want to give up, but you have to remember that there is an eye within every storm, and finding that eye is what the song aims to achieve. ‘Maelstrom’ is one of the most cathartic experiences to play for us. Standing next to your brothers either in a basement or on a stage and purging those demons as loud as you can is a freeing experience and is the heart of what we are as a band.”


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