Emo trio Boat Race Weekend from Spokane, WA will release their new EP Throw Your Head to the World! on 10/14, but you can hear the full stream early now. Guitarist/vocalist Evan Kruschke works through anxiety and negativity on the four introspective tracks and hopes his words may help others do the same.
“The title ‘Throw Your Head to the World!’ comes from the book You ‘Shall Know Our Velocity!’ by Dave Eggers,” says Kruschke. “The title’s meaning is two-fold for me and reflect the general theme of the songs in the EP. The first is about ridding yourself of all the negative mental processes that act as a barrier and a weight. Things like anxiety, worry, guilt and shame that can get in the way of living a productive life. It’s up to you work through these things, to use them productively so they don’t cripple you. That’s the ‘Throw Your Head’ part. The next part has to do with throwing your head ‘To the World.’ I believe that if I can take all these struggles and feelings and mistakes I’m working through, and share with you how I worked through them, that I can help you. And I believe you can do the exact same thing for me. It’s sharing the struggle and putting yourself out into the world so that you might be grace to others. It’s a colossal and difficult thing to do. That’s why I chose and love the cover of the EP. The boy is looking out into this huge lake. I like to think he’s trying to make a choice; to challenge himself and proceed forward into the unknown where he will experience growth, or turn back to the familiar safety of the shore where nothing new will be learned.“
New EP by Boat Race Weekend