Darkest Days (2015 Remix)

by Aloud

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Between this summer’s Supreme Court decision making marriage equality the law of the land, and the Equality Act of 2015 presently charting a course through Congress, Aloud’s brain trust thought back to a song on their watershed album Exile, which celebrates its fifth anniversary this month.

Beginning October 12, a remixed version of “Darkest Days” will be available as a free download through Aloud’s online store.

“ ‘Darkest Days’ was written right around the time Prop 8 was upheld in California,” says singer and co-writer Henry Beguiristain, reflecting on the song’s genesis. “Jen and I were planning our wedding at the time, and thought it was madness that we could do this and our friends couldn’t, just because they happened to be gay.”

“We wanted to send a letter in song to our friends, telling them not to give up,” says Jen de la Osa. “With the [recent] Supreme Court ruling, it resonates even more now.”

“Darkest Days” was remixed by Charles Newman (The Magentic Fields, Soko, The Bones of J.R Jones), who co-produced Aloud’s most recent record, 2014’s It’s Got To Be Now. The song first appeared on Aloud’s 2010 album Exile, produced by Daniel Nicholas Daskivich. Exile was lauded as “a stunning, multifaceted opus” (Hilary Hughes/DigBoston) representing Aloud’s “most expansive, sophisticated, and stylistically diverse work” (Boston Globe).

lyrics

Be free of your past.
You’ve done nothing wrong.
Freedom is as scarce
as the day is long.
Stand up tall.
Stand up straight.
You got nothing to fear,
no business being ashamed

Of your love, love, love.
Brother, we all need love
to get us through the darkest days to come.

Your memories will never fade.
A loss is just a debt
that’s left unpaid.
Soon one day,
it’ll all be gone.
It’s a physical world
and a race against time never won.

Except for love, love, love.
Sister, we all need love
to get us through the darkest days to come.
Without love, love, love,
where would we be, my love ?
Unarmed against the darkest days to come ?

Love, love, love.
Honey, we all need love
to get us through the darkest days to come.
Without love, love, love,
where would we be, my love ?
Unarmed against the darkest days to come.
Are these days the darkest days to come ?

credits

released October 12, 2015
Written by Jen de la Osa & Henry Beguiristain

Remixed by Charles Newman
Remastered by Tom at Atomix Mastering (Los Angeles, CA)

From the 2010 Aloud album Exile
Produced by Daniel Nicholas Daskivich
Additional engineering: Glenn Forsythe
Originally mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA with Maria Rice (assistant mastering engineer)

Henry Beguiristain: lead vocals, acoustic guitar, bass
Jen de la Osa: backing vocals, guitars, keys

Additional musicians
Daniel Nicholas Daskivich: drums, percussion

© 2010 DTTR Music Publishing/Pedro Pan Publishing (BMI)
℗ 2010, 2015 Aloud
All rights reserved.

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Aloud Boston

Aloud is a four-piece rock n’ roll band fronted by songwriting team Henry Beguiristain and Jen de la Osa. The two have written songs together since their teens. Over the years they have created a catalog of songs wide in range, but always influenced by the 60s soul & rock music they grew up on w/ particular affection for harmonies. Aloud's music has been featured on NPR's Innovation Hub, ESPN, FOX ... more

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