Madison “buzz band” Disq are gearing up to release their debut album Collector next week, and today (Feb. 27) they share one more single from the record. Following lead single “Daily Routine” and “Loneliness,” “Gentle” is simple and relatable, with a hard-hitting riff to knock the hesitation out of you.
“I’ll believe in anything you want me to see, I don’t care if it’s real or pretend / I think that my body gave a warning to me, when the blood wouldn’t rush to my head.” These lyrics allude to lead singer Logan Severson’s experience collapsing at a Mitski concert and his body being unresponsive for a while after. Doctors were unsure of the cause, but Severson knew about all the emotional labor he’d been trying to escape, and knew that only he could solve those issues. We hear progress in the following lines: “I found a way to feel good, stuck in the back of my mind / I’ve a way to feel good, to burn out bright.” The lyrics here display Severson’s journey from turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms to looking inside himself for peace. Everyone is full of darkness and demons bogging them down, but everyone is also full of light and wonder—we just have to do some searching to find it.
Severson recalls in a statement:
In the weeks after returning from urgent care, I reflected more intently on my health and what could be causing me to feel so terribly. I realized how poorly I’d been dealing with the aspects of my life that had been troubling me, and how fragile my mental and emotional state had really become. Instead of facing my problems and insecurities I chose to ignore them, coping through unhealthy habits. I was creating a vicious cycle of numbing myself to the root of my distress, only to then be confused as to why I felt so bad. Through this experience, I realized the true gravity of the intersection between my mental, emotional, and physical well being. This song is about discovering that connection, and trying to uncover how I fell into these tendencies that cause me harm.
Listen to the audio for “Gentle” below for an outcry of self-discovery and realignment, and stay tuned for their forthcoming album Collector, due out March 6.
Disq Tour Dates:
16-22 – Austin, Texas @ SXSW
03 – Iowa City, Iowa @ Mission Creek Festival
04 – Chicago, Ill. @ Schubas ^
06 – Detroit, Mich. @ PJ’s Lager House ^
07 – Toronto, Ont. @ The Drake ^
09 – Boston, Mass. @ Great Scott ^
10 – New York, N.Y. @ Rough Trade ^
11 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Boot & Saddle ^
12 – Washington, D.C. @ Songbyrd ^
14 – Nashville, Tenn. @ High Watt
15 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Uptown Theater
17 – Denver, Colo. @ Larimer Lounge
18 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Kilby Court
20 – San Diego, Calif. @ Soda Bar ~
21 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Echo ~
22 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Cafe du Nord ~
24 – Seattle, Wash. @ Barboza ~
25 – Portland, Ore. @ Doug Fir ~
28 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ 7th St Entry
01 – Madison, Wis. @ High Noon Saloon
12 – Dublin, Ireland @ Eastbound Festival
13 – London, U.K. @ Brixton Windmill
14 – Brighton, U.K. @ The Great Escape
21 – Paris, France @ Villette Sonique
23 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ London Calling
(^ w/ Pom Pom Squad)
(~ w/ Girl Friday)