Most people know Jesse Barnett for belting out vocals for metalcore band Stick To Your Guns, but he also has a solo project titled Wish You Were Here.
Barnett dropped a new EP for the project today and it’s packed with sweet melancholic acoustic tracks that show a different side of the musician.
The record is titled I’m Afraid Of Everything and arrives today. Barnett says the new release came together during a difficult time during his life while he figured out how to balance everything.
“I had a hard time learning how to navigate between normal life and tour life. My long term relationship was ending, and I was getting frustrated with being in a band because I blamed touring for not being able to make my relationship work. You can plan your whole life but it can be completely uprooted. I needed something to make sense of everything that was happening.”
He further commented on the project as a whole, explaining that his roots in music fall closer to the acoustic folky sounds on the EP.
“I grew up in a family that just really appreciated good music, so stuff like Paul Simon, James Taylor, and Bill Withers was always playing around the house. I didn’t find punk and hardcore until high school, but I was already playing acoustic guitar and singing, so that kind of music is actually closer to my musical ‘origin story’ than punk,” says Barnett.
Along with the new songs, he’s put out a video for the song “Christmas Creek” which you can watch below. You can also check out the entire new EP right now and pick up a copy here.
“A few days before Christmas in 2017 I was living alone in Montreal. I got a call from my mother and she had let me know about an overdose in my family. I didn’t really have much to say. After we hung up immediately wrote this song. This song is for Nick.”
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