…will you remember me, ZORILA – Wayside
by Walter Price
When describing the important recent single, “Wayside”, from Chicago-based indie rockers ZORILA, I could revel in their vast sound that lands someplace between Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire, and MGMT. Or how the production is far beyond what one would expect from an indie band. But that would kinda be missing the point when it comes to the heaviness of the song’s message.
The band is quoted in a YouTube post, “Wayside is a song about emotional turmoil, and struggling with the person you are every day. Please know that you matter and your feelings are valid. We hope this song is there for you when you feel like no one else is.”
According to many reports/articles, depression and serious suicide attempts by teens and younger youths have seen an increase over the past several years. Social media, peer groups, education, sexual identity, and addiction all play major roles in these phenomena. And while it’s unclear, at this point, if the Pandemic and social unrest are playing their parts in an uptick in depression, these situations certainly aren’t helping.
Share this song, talk about its message and reach out to those who may be suffering. Even if you’re wrong about someone’s situation, at least they know you’re there. And much of the time, that matters the most.
You can stream this powerful awareness anthem as well as see its film, directed by Phillip Goode and starring the brilliant Kelsey Blackwell, now at the GTC.
ZORILA – Wayside
Band photo by Emma Zanger
Music Produced by Matt Wheeler
Written and Recorded by
Director: Phillip Goode
Actress: Kelsey Blackwell
If you are feeling suicidal, thinking about hurting yourself, or are concerned that someone you know may be in danger of hurting himself or herself, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is staffed by certified crisis response professionals.
en español: 1-888-628-9454; deaf and hard of hearing: dial 711, then 1-800-273-8255) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ community: 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678.
International Suicide Hotlines website.