TRACK PREMIERE: MISSING TEEN “LIKE IT OR NOT”
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A long time ago in L.A., there was a band called Future Ghost, and things didn’t work out for them. As they readied a 2012 debut full-length under their new name Missing Teen—the old name provoked some legal hassle from someone called Future Ghosts—they cracked and collapsed under the weight of singer Brandon Tomas’ worsening addiction issues. But now longtime supporters Chain Letter Collective are resurrecting Missing Teen’s abandoned album and donating all proceeds to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (Tomas’ daughter recently who won her battle with leukemia, says Chain Letter’s Ben Heywood.) At the time, it might have seemed like everything was lost, but now it’s coming back to life. Says Missing Teen’s bassist Kim Hellweg:
“We’ve had a six-year estranged relationship with our lead singer due to his battle with addiction, and throughout most of that time period I honestly didn’t care if anyone ever heard this record again. Conversely, I’ve always considered it to be one of my greatest accomplishments. There’s a lot of struggle, a fair amount of resentment, and some pretty dark secrets lurking in these songs. Despite our band’s unfortunate end and a grudge that probably lasted too long, I’m actually happy that our friends at Chain Letter are releasing this album so that the people who appreciated what we did can finally hear it. I’m excited to share this record with our friends, and if anyone else listens to it – well, that’s just an added bonus. We collectively decided that any proceeds generated will be going to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.”
Single “Like It Or Not” is a defiant off-center noise-as-beauty/beauty-as-noise song that lands right between early Pixies and Smashing Pumpkins, with lyrics about losing it all and having to live with it. That’s the story of this whole record, says Tomas:
“‘Like It or Not’ is simply about a fear driven mentality and battling inner terrors. Lyrically—in retrospect—I can see I was attempting to communicate to the people around me how I was really feeling. You take a lot of trips through life and never look down to realize you are so far off the path you were intended to walk. Sometimes our souls get so worn thin, yet we continue to trudge along and never stop to acknowledge how we really feel, what damage we are doing to ourselves and others, or how far off the path we’ve traveled. In the end, the song is essentially about losing the things that mean most to you, and ending up with the one thing you never really needed: ghosts and zombies.”