Esta Coda hail from the same Scranton, PA scene as The Menzingers and Tigers Jaw, both of whom they've played shows with for years. Tigers Jaw's Ben Walsh sang on their 2015 EP, and Tigers Jaw's Brianna Collins made the artwork for their upcoming EP, King Bitter. They're also close affiliates of Will Yip, who frequently produces Tigers Jaw, The Menzingers, and tons of other great bands. Esta Coda guitarist Jay Preston has worked with Yip as an assistant engineer on albums by Title Fight, Balance and Composure, and more; Yip's worked on all of Esta Coda's releases including the new one; and Yip's releasing the new EP on his Memory Music imprint.

The EP comes out this week, and we're premiering the song "Breathe" from it. If you like the bands mentioned in this post, there's a good chance you're gonna like "Breathe" too. It's got some punk grit and a driving backbone, but it's really more of a sweet-sounding, melodic alternative rock song -- the kind you could imagine hearing on the radio in 1996. It's good stuff, and it's also got a pretty powerful message. Here's what frontman Daniel Rosler tells us about it:

I sat down on the couch with my guitar, and it really was one of those rare moments all songwriters hope for: when the melody and lyrics seem to write themselves. So, I had the verse that I was excited about, and Jay actually had a chorus and bridge that he was working on without verses that he liked. So, we pieced the song together that way, which isn’t always a reliable formula, but when it works, it feels like magic. We have only written one other song like that, from what I can remember.

It seems like, despite some progress, we’re still struggling as a society to have the proper conversations about mental illness, which has been culturally stigmatized for awhile now. And I wrote the line, “It’s not an S.O.S. that I take a few SSRIs,” because I don’t want to feel embarrassed about doing so, and I suspect others might feel that way. I’m not the first to say this, but I think an illustrative example is, if someone breaks their ankle, they seek medical attention. Why is mental pain perceived differently?
And part of the frustration with depression is that, sometimes, you feel depressed without reason; it’s distinctly different from sadness in that respect. And I think that’s difficult for someone who doesn’t deal with it to understand: that depression can linger, floating around, following you like a balloon that’s untethered to any central point or reason, without a singular, unifiable, cause.


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