HODERA – ” Dear Friend “

Posted: February 26, 2023 in MUSIC

we recently dropped a new single entitled “Starlight”. You can listen to it on all streaming platforms. The whole album drops on February 24th! We also have a few tour dates coming up this spring. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Feb 3rd, at 10am. We hope you are doing will. Take care – Hodera

Hodera is a four piece from Butler, New Jersey. The band has been around for nearly a decade, debuting with the 2014 EP, “Reset to Default”. “Dear Friend” is the first LP the group has released in nearly six years,

New Jersey’s Hodera our latest album “Dear friend”, with our new song “Trying” the third single from their upcoming album, “Dear Friend”. The band’s sound is somewhere at the intersection of The Gaslight Anthem and American Football, blending the folksy twang of Americana with the heartfelt confessions of emo.

Their latest track is a plea to reconsider suicidal thoughts and find reasons to keep pressing on. “If suicide is how I’m supposed to die, well, then I better get to living faster,” singer Matt Smith laments. “But I’m hoping I’ll get better.“

“This song is my truth about having a mental illness and planning for the future,” Smith says of the song. “Sometimes I have my mental illness under control. Other times I am close to suicide. Regardless of the current state of my mental health, there is always that looming thought that one day it might get so bad that I’ll end up taking my own life. It’s not a pretty thought, but it is something that I think needs to be talked about more.”

“Dear Friend” is ultimately an exploration of mental illness, addiction, and grief. And while songs like “Trying” are tackling upsetting thoughts and harsh realities, there’s also a lot of hope contained within the unrelenting honesty. Hodera not only walks the line between Americana and emo, 

Produced, mixed, and mastered by Doug Gallo
Music and lyrics by Matthew Smith
Guitar by Paul Singh
Bass by Wyatt Rydlewski
Drums and Backup Vocals by Andrew Moore
Drums on “Closer” by Scott Tilley

I hope you like it! The band and I are very excited to release the full album.

releases February 24th, 2023

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