The Indie Song of the day comes from Matt Talley, an alt-rocker from Baltimore, MD. Matt’s album about making his own conclusions about his religious upbringing will be released coming up on Friday, February 16th. The album is called The In Between and the single that Matt’s released is called “Excommunicate.”
About his controversial single and the album it comes from, Matt had this to say:
"I recently heard someone say that the best art is often painted with gunpowder. That's how I feel about this single and this new album as a whole. I grew up in organized religion. I've played music in churches of 40 people and churches of 4000 people. I've seen the good religion can do, and I've felt, firsthand, the damage that it can cause. This album tells the story of that journey, and this song, in particular, is the tipping point in that narrative.
It seems like everywhere I turn, everything is so polarized. Everybody has a side, and more often than not, those sides are defined by what we don't support, or don't believe in, or even worse - the things we hate. I was sick of taking sides. I was tired of absolutes, dark and light, right and wrong - basing my views on people, and having their views of me painted by ideologies and certainties that I wasn't fully convinced even existed. There's a stereotype, a mold that religious people are known for and I didn't fit into it, didn't want to fit into it, and in all honesty, I wanted to break that mold.
Excommunicate is the realization that religion, evangelicalism in my case, demands a particular type of conformity that I can't, in good conscience, adhere to. It's a demolition of the worldview I was raised in and then pursued into my early twenties, and much like the best art, every demolition requires something explosive. This song and the video for it are my ways of lighting that fuse."
The album was mixed and produced by Tony Correlli of the Deep End Studio in Baltimore, MD. The intro track was recorded at Jack White's Third Man Records in Nashville, TN.
Check out the single, “Excommunicate” from Matt Talley below.