All Natural, No Preservatives: Everlast – “Don’t Complain” (Whitey Ford’s House of Pain)
Everlast -‘Whitey Ford’s House of Pain’ is available @ iTunes.
by Walter Price
Everlast (Erik Schrody) has had one of the most durable DIY careers. Post House of Pain, he had some setbacks, but bounced back with the critically acclaimed and fan favorite ‘Whitey Ford Sings the Blues’ (1998). Stripping most of the hip hop prerequisites and strumming his way back into the upper echelons of alternative royalty.
He’s stayed busy since ’98. Spending time as a Nashville songwriter, touring worldwide, releasing killer album after killer albums, 2017’s supergroup WARPORN, and now, a brand new solo album. ‘Whitey Ford’s House of Pain’. A mix of his gravelly blues and his unique brand of beats. It’s all real, its all Everlast.
Recent single, “Don’t Complain” is his answer to the falsehoods social media lets people live in. Life isn’t all bling, endless parties and duck lips. Making the point that he himself has stayed authentic and he’s world known. A legend, without the trappings of creating a fantasy social landscape. All natural, no preservatives.
He explained the track in a Stereogum interview, “I mean, Instagram is the only social platform that I actually do myself, because I enjoy it. It’s one of the only ones that I can deal with. The rest of my management handles all those other things.
“But on Instagram, people only show their best [sides]. There’s this illusion being created that there are people that aren’t struggling, or that everybody’s lives are great, and it’s a lie. It’s just a lie. I mean, Will Smith has problems, too. Like, I love his Instagram, it’s awesome. He’s one of the best guys on Instagram as far as you want to have a smile and like laugh. But that’s not all of his life, you know what I mean? I’m sure his struggle is different than ours at this point. He’s rich, he’s famous. But the struggle’s there. It’s just you don’t see it.
“And so people lose sight of that. It’s like, on my Instagram I post real life. My real life. And sometimes that’s up, sometimes that’s down. And you know I think people appreciate that. I see what goes and I talk about it. That’s what I do. That’s what any musician is, that’s their weight at all in anything. Otherwise, you’re just out here saying dumb shit to make money, you know what I mean? And that’s just gonna fucking sooner or later, I don’t care how much money you get, the dumb shit’s gonna stop working and you better save that money.”
Everlast, don’t call it a comeback, is back again…
TOUR DATES 2018
10/14 – Sacramento, CA
10/16 – Thunder Bay, ON
10/17 – Winnipeg, MB
10/19 – Calgary, AB
10/20 – Edmonton, AB
10/22 – Red Deer, AB
10/24 – Grand Prairie, AB
10/25 – Grand Prairie, AB
10/27 – Nanaimo, BC
10/28 – Victoria, BC
10/29 – Vancouver, BC
11/07 – Rochester, NY
11/09 – Clifton Park, NY
11/10 – Poughkeepsie, NY
11/11 – Lancaster, PA
11/13 – Newport News, VA
11/15 – Leesburg, VA
11/16 – Pittsburgh, PA
11/17 – Flint, MI
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