Written by Lauren Rosier
Napa Valley-based musician, Patrick Ames, drops his new single, “Second Wave,” out now. Ames takes a different approach on this record, stripping the song down to its core, and delivering a raw, bluesy performance.
Lyrically, Ames speaks about our current “post-truth” reality, where rumors and false truths can spread and thrive like wildfire. “The lyrics are straightforward. Who do you believe? What do you trust? This is a new normal where rumors actually kill. Don’t listen, don’t succumb to rumors about the virus out there,” He begs.
“This new single is a tale about rumors and viruses. When combined they are lethal: Heavy stuff. Sorry to make you think. But only a small straight-ahead rock combo could beg to do this serious subject justice. It’s been my musical mantra for years: head-hurting serious thoughts with a phat beat,” Ames explains. “‘Second Wave’ is simple: it’s the lies and rumors that are causing the virus to spread. It’s the angry people who are spreading it with their rumors. Don’t succumb.”
“Second Wave” is Ames’ latest release in a string of prolific releases. He has previously released a 6-song EP, Liveness; and three singles, “Revelation 2020,” “You Make Me Scream,” and “Essential Workers.” The latest track, “Second Wave,” is the companion track to “Essential Workers.”
Producer Jon Ireson has this to add: “With ‘Second Wave,’ we kept it pretty tight and straightforward. The goal was to keep the focus on the insidious nature of this creeping disease, following us and sneaking up to attack when we have our guard down. Ames put together some great lyrics about misinformation and the COVID virus spreading simultaneously. I gave it a slinky bass line, kind of moving in the shadows, as well as some 12-string to open it up in the chorus. Came out a tight little groovy number, ” Ireson noted.
Ames added, “To give it some liveliness, I recorded the guitar track in one take. No filters, I just mic’d the studio, Marshall amp’s reverb, and gain. I sent that to Jon and he gigged with it and then recorded a fabulous bass arrangement that is this song’s vitality.”
Listen to the track below.
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