If you don’t know the name Gab De La Vega yet, you might be more familiar with some of the bands he’s shared stages with: Frank Turner, Against Me!, Laura Jane Grace, PUP, Chuck Ragan, Joey Cape. A veteran performer, he’s toured across Europe, including the U.K., the East Coast of the United States, Canada, and South America.
He’s gearing up for the release of his fourth album, Life Burns, which is being released on March 1 as a joint effort from SBÄM Records in conjunction with Sell the Heart Records in the United States and, in his home country of Italy, Epidemic Records, Motorcity Produzioni, and Overdrive.
Today, De La Vega is debuting his third single off of Life Burns, the driving punk powerhouse track “Preaching to the Choir.” Speaking about the new single, De La Vega comments:
“’Preaching To The Choir’ is a punk song. Period. I felt the urge the express myself in a very familiar language, one I learned many years ago and that stuck to me, that shaped me and became a part of me.
“It feels great to be able to take my music in any direction I want, explore my songwriting freely, and then go back to my roots and feel so much at ease.
“‘Preaching To The Choir’ is a punk song from the perspective of someone who grew up in the punk and hardcore community, who learned so much from it, but now sees that sometimes things don’t work out as they are supposed to. Things that once were those we criticized in the “outer world” become standard even in our community, which is far for being flawless, but still needs and deserves respect, dedication, and honest commitment to keep punk rock the positive force for a change in the world we grew up with.
“It is here and now; it’s alive; it’s a minor but yet significant threat to a world that suffocates creativity, freedom of expression, and the importance of creating bonds, bridges between people. The effectiveness of the punk message is wasted if it’s self-referential. It becomes a re-enactment, the ceremony of a dying religion. The strength of punk was, has been, and hopefully always will be its capacity to create strong bonds within its community and on the other hand project to the heart of society, to shake it, to wake it up and try to make it better. This song is about this.”
The video is as fast-paced as the song, whipping between the musicians in the band in a three-way split screen at a breakneck pace. Check out the video below.
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