Murals have begun their musical journey with “Windbreaker”, out now on Equal Vision Records. Dedicated to the memory of late Feverwar singer Nicholous Thomas, the song features Kaonashi vocalist Peter Rono. “Windbreaker” kicks off with fast guitar blasts and caustic percussion that sound like anything but a first single, which can be attributed to the sizable experience each member boasts. Murals showcases three talented instrumentalists – Shane Gann of Hail The Sun / Sufferer (guitar), Blake Dahlinger of I The Mighty (drums) and Tony Bautista formerly of Mannequin Mishap (bass), alongside a revolving roster of vocalists. The main influences for this project are actual stories from the vocalists themselves, which drives the band to make powerful works that fully capture the feelings involved. While they may finish a song before it’s presented to the vocalist, they revise their arrangement and production approach to correlate the music to support the story being told. All three core members are rhythm-section players at heart, and the listener can distinctly hear their love for solid foundations and infectious riffs..
“Windbreaker” features a vocal tour de force courtesy of Peter Rono of Kaonashi, lending his singular style of emotive singing and lyrics to the song. The title of the track refers to Rono’s late friend and beloved Feverwar vocalist Nicholous Thomas, who was often seen wearing a ubiquitous blue and pink windbreaker.
On the themes of the song, vocalist Peter Rono has this to say:
“I wanted to take this chance to write a song for my friend Nicholous Thomas who passed. Since Kaonashi is a concept band, I don’t get many chances to speak on other things so I’m very glad I could do this for him. Feverwar forever.”
Guitarist Shane Gann has this to add:
“Suicide has sadly affected so many of us, and it seemed most fitting to start with Peter’s story, given that our previous project surrounded mental health. This song is our way of going a little further, to provide support in another area”
With the release of “Windbreaker” and other upcoming singles, Murals is placing emphasis on the importance of community. With each single drop, a portion of profits will be directly donated to organizations and causes of the vocalist’s choice in an effort to give back to those who need it most.
Check out the track, ‘Windbreaker (Feat. Peter Rono) below.