Post-hardcore darlings Hail The Sun recently released their fourth LP, Mental Knife. The album heavily explores the idealistic desire to surgically remove the less-than-desirable aspects of our behavior and personalities. In this APTV exclusive, frontman and drummer, Donovan Melero, opens up about the razor-sharp social commentary of the record and why the idea of a mental knife is universally relatable.
Melero also discussed his nine-year sobriety and how his addictive personality fueled the album’s creative process and lyrical through-line. Make sure you’re ready to take notes. Melero also provides a list of bands that have been influential to Hail The Sun’s musical career that you definitely need to check out for yourself.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction and/or substance abuse, you can find help here.
Melero also sat down with APTV to talk about the music that he can’t enjoy anymore. Every music lover has that one good song or album that’s ruined by a shitty time or person. For Melero, a tough breakup ruined his favorite album, which was subsequently salvaged with the help of his best friend.
Hear the adorable story of how a treasured At The Drive-In record was pulled out of emotional wreckage and brought back to life with the aid of Hail The Sun guitarist Aric Garcia, why Melero isn’t eager to meet girls at the rock show and other tales of sonic woe in this edition of APTV’s Ruined Music.