Today I had the privilege of listening to MIKE FREUND's amazing new single, "Kicking Dirt," slated for release November 22. This compelling blend of blues rock, adult alternative, and southern rock not only showcases Freund's exceptional musicianship but also his immensely profound ability to weave together narratives of depth and substance.
From the very beginning "Kicking Dirt" captivates the listener with a visceral, gritty drum beat, evoking vivid imagery of dust being kicked up by relentless, enduring steps. The distorted guitars, reminiscent of Dan Auerbach yet infused with a Heavy Metal-esque tonality, build upon this intensity, creating a soundscape that is both raw and enthralling. MIKE FREUND's vocals stand out, melding aggression with an uplifting spirit, akin to a fusion of Three Doors Down and Chris Cornell, all the while carrying a deep, blues-infused soul.
The chorus of the song, with its resounding declaration of "Kicking dirt, kicking dirt," soars high, embodying a spirit of defiance and unwavering resolve. The bridge further elevates the track, introducing an intense slide guitar over a slick chord progression change, keeping the gritty texture intact while delving into themes of love and its trials.
MIKE FREUND's "Kicking Dirt" excels in production quality, perfectly balancing the raw energy of a live performance with the polish of studio sound. The intricate arrangement, featuring elements like an overdriven organ and a steady, heartbeat-like drum, adds depth and dimension to the song's narrative richness. The lyrics unfold a tale of hardship and enduring spirit, painting a vivid portrait of life's struggles and the relentless courage needed to overcome them.
With influences ranging from The Allman Brothers Band to Guns and Roses, MIKE FREUND has crafted a song that is both a homage to those who have faced adversity and a celebration of their enduring strength. The song's thematic depth, coupled with its rhythmic drive, transcends mere musical composition to become a symbol of hope and resilience for its listeners.
MIKE FREUND's vocals stand out, melding aggression with an uplifting spirit, akin to a fusion of Three Doors Down and Chris Cornell, all the while carrying a deep, blues-infused soul.
The song's conclusion, marked by a dramatic downtrend chord and the unleashed fury of distortion pedals, signifies MIKE FREUND's bold experimentation within the traditional confines of blues. It's a fitting culmination which captures the essence of southern blues—emblematic of both sorrow and hope.
MIKE FREUND's "Kicking Dirt" is more than a musical piece; it is an odyssey through the unvarnished landscapes of human struggle and resilience. MIKE FREUND, drawing from a rich mosaic of musical influences, delivers a potent, emotionally resonant anthem that speaks to the hearts of all who have navigated, fought, and triumphed over the challenges of life.
Check out MIKE FREUND's other songs on Spotify,
and stay tuned for the release of "Kicking Dirt" Wednesday, Nov 22!👇