Witherfall will release their new EP Vintage on March 22. They have also officially announced the addition of keyboardist Alex Nasla to the group. Contained in the EP’s runtime is a somber cover of Tom Petty‘s 1989 hit “I Won’t Back Down,” which Witherfall dedicates to the victims of Hurricane Michael from October 2018. The hurricane was the third-most powerful hurricane to ever hit the United States, and whose path of destruction cost 72 lives and roughly $21.5 million in damages.
Here’s what the band had to say about the cover.
“During the final writing sessions of “A Prelude to Sorrow”, Joseph Michael and Jake Dreyer stumbled upon doing a darker version of “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty. The song was recorded during the Prelude Sessions at Boogie Tracks Recording studio (featured in the music video) in Jake Dreyer’s hometown of Panama City, Florida. A few weeks after the record was finished Hurricane Michael, a category 5 and largest hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle in recorded history came and destroyed Panama City, Mexico Beach and Boogie Tracks Studios. Also destroyed was the dock that was home to many wine soaked writing sessions for both Nocturnes and Prelude. The dock can be seen during both “Ode To Despair” and “I Won’t Back Down” solo sections. The Before and After is a haunting reminder that nothing is permanent. We hope this song and video serve as a tribute to the Florida Panhandle and the perseverance of the people living there in rebuilding their communities.”
Pre-order Vintage here.
Joseph Michael – Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards
Jake Dreyer – Guitars
Anthony Crawford – Bass
Alex Nasla – Keyboards
Steve Bolognese- Drums