Music Review

The silently screaming thrashing sound of his heart torn new single She Don’t Know.  

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When a relationship ends in heartbreak, in today’s world, a person can turn to any one of the many vices available in an attempt to bury their pain away or at the very least, numb it. Drugs, alcohol, excessive partying, a relationship rebound partner or anything else that is both self-destructive and self-sabotaging along this path to the darker side of life. In addition, with the connectedness of social media platforms, this can be the outlet of attempting to appear as though a person is happier to be out of the relationship and enjoying their newfound freedom in the single life, when in fact, they are silently screaming in pain of being so hurt and heartbroken from the end of the relationship; a false mask to hide the truth of what the heart feels. In his newly released single ‘She Don’t Know’, which is featured on his debut epic rock saga EP, “A Picture Perfect Hollywood Heartbreak”, Zach Callison explores what it’s like to travel down the darker path of fame, heartbreak and giving into one’s demons with a uniquely theatrical alternative-rock sound.

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Zach Callison (21) is a Los Angeles-based musician who has been performing and using his voice as an artist since the age of 7. Growing up in the bluesy nightclubs of St. Louis and watching his father chase his own musical aspirations, the music he heard in those smokey bars became the inspiration for his performance art, and it still remains a huge influence on his sound today. At the age of 8, he was performing in musical theater productions in front of 12,000 people on the stage of the St. Louis Muny. Zach is also an actor/voice actor, and content creator, most known as the voice of “Steven” on Cartoon Network’s hit show Steven Universe.

After landing a role in the 2010 feature film, Kingshighway, Zach’s family moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles, where he continued to pursue his voice and film career while spending nights performing in cover bands and writing songs. In addition to the influences of the St. Louis bars, Zach says his main influences are from three major places, “The first and original influence was loud, fuzzy and bombastic rock like Muse and Led Zeppelin that my family loved. There’s also an element of musical theater-type storytelling that stuck around from my time doing productions as a little kid. Finally, and most recently, I fell in love with hip-hop because of what it allowed me to do with bizarre and complex lyrical schemes.”

In his new track ‘She Don’t Know’,  Zach taps into the darker side of fame and heartbreak through a chaotic and spiraling roller coaster ride journey into despair and addiction with thoughts and methods of an unstable mind.  Harrowing instrumentation, soaring vocals, and a no-holds-barred attitude create a track of self-loathing and vulnerability that feels undeniably real. When asked about the inspiration behind the track, Zach replies, “It’s another chapter in the “Juanita” story I’ve sung about before, although this one takes place before the other parts I’ve released. The song is a look into what happens far too often to young performers in LA: they’re tasked with far too much responsibility, something tragic or traumatizing occurs, and then they fall off into the deep end of substance abuse, nightlife and trying to “escape” that existence by diving deeper into it. In the context of the album’s narrative, this is all happening without Juanita knowing or caring…she’s just a part of the scenery, simply there to make things worse. Hence, the song title.” The raging rhythm collides with a mix of electric and acoustic guitars as well as Callison’s jaunty piano, building an arrangement that lends itself to the desperation at the center of the character’s journey, crafted with captivating storytelling in a way that inspires both sympathy and frustration.

 

She Don't Know Single CoverAll Photo credit: Bode Helm 
Being curious of any wisdom the young musician wished to share, I asked if there was a single message that he would want to put out there to make the world the kind of place that he would aspire to live in, what would that message be and why he felt that message so important, Zach responds, “I look down on selfishness, but I can’t stand apathy. Stop watching the world go by in front of you…have strong opinions. Have goals. Start movements. Make waves. Vote. Most importantly, surround yourself with people that do all of the above. My generation (Z) has been given the inconvenience of having to save the world from tyranny…as much of a bother as that is, it’s a hell of an opportunity. Are we striving for greatness, or are we just passing it further down the line like the last few go-arounds?”