Drop Kick Jesus' "Depress the Heart" turns 17
Seventeen years ago this month my second band, Drop Kick Jesus, released our second album, Depress The Heart. It was recorded with Grammy Award Winning Producer, Neil Kernon, in Haverhill, MA and then mixed in Tornillo, TX. We moved into both studios during the recording, and it was one of the best times in my musical career.
I was in a weird place during the writing of this album. I was very angry at a lot of things: myself, religion, the state of the world … and I think of the 6 albums I have been the lyricist for throughout my life, this album is the #1 album that shows that much anger and frustration through my lyrics toward things I couldn’t control. This is also the last album I wrote where the lyrics weren’t cryptic or in story form. The 4 albums I wrote after this (the Grave Machine album, the 2 Transpose albums, and the latest Yellow #1 album) all were conceptual and thematic. Depress the Heart was the last album where I was writing individual songs, and the words I chose were very specific about what I was angry about. No reading between the lines.
The album is harsh, aggressive, in-your-face, and even after 17 years, it still sounds current and relative. I’m glad I was the front man for a band and an album that seems to have stood the test of time. Too bad this was our last album before we broke up. I think if there wasn’t so much in-band fighting after we got off tour for this album, we could have written a 3rd and even better album.