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Amherst Drive: track by track guide for their debut EP!

Amherst Drive is the brainchild of experimental multi-instrumentalist Derek Kortepeter. Kortepeter indeed uses his lifelong influence of growing up with Southern California’s punk music scene to create a sound that is unique and also true to his roots.

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Now that Amherst Drive’s debut EP “For Freedom and Democracy” is out, Derek has put a track by track guide for you. Check it out below!

Rise!: It’s a track that really establishes the tone of the record. There is a ton of social and political commentary throughout For Freedom and Democracy, especially from my perspective as an American. I try to open with the realities of what our government does. This refers to things like Imperialism, oppression of the working class and poor, mass surveillance. And ultimately having a blatant disregard for human life.

Mental Case: I explore other issues in this album, such as my personal mental health battles. I wanted to write this track to give people struggling with such issues a way to get pissed off and let out all the pent-up aggression we have from being attached to stigmas and the daily suffering we have to endure.

Disorder: This is a Joy Division cover. My influences come from all different parts of the musical landscape. And Joy Division is right up there among my all-time favorite bands. Ian Curtis has always felt like a kindred spirit to me, like he would get me when a lot of people don’t. I wanted to pay tribute to his memory with this track and putting my own spin on it.

Run Away: It deals with the impending extinction humanity seems to be marching towards via our nuclear arsenals and our decimation of the global environment. I wonder in the song if running away as the tides rise and the walls crumble is the best option. Ultimately it can be viewed as a call to turn things around before we permanently destroy everything beyond repair.

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