Floridian metalcore crew Wage War have been on a rapid upward trajectory since the release of their breakthrough second album, 2017's Deadweight, playing their first-ever national headlining trek and appearing on the final cross-country Vans Warped Tour. After bidding farewell to 2018 with a sold-out hometown holiday show, the band is ushering in the new year right, with a bruising new song, "Low," full of Meshuggah-heavy riffage and heart-on-sleeve lyrics: "Don't keep on telling me that I'm gonna pull through when you don't know low like I do."
"'Low' is one of the first full songs we completed after Deadweight," singer-guitarist Cody Quistad says. "It started as most songs do with the main riff. We recorded the first demo of it on our bus on Warped Tour this past year. We went back to Andrew Wade and Jeremy [McKinnon, A Day to Remember] for the production and engineering side of things and were honored to have metal legend, Mark Lewis, mix it! The song went through many structure changes before landing on what it is today. 'Low' represents everything you've come to expect from Wage War, but in its most refined state.
"Lyrically, the song is centered around experiences with depression and anxiety. I think it's a conversation that is finally being brought to light and deserves to be so. I've always found solace in listening to dark songs that find me exactly where I'm at. There's something comforting about knowing that someone has been through exactly what you're feeling, and hopefully that's what 'Low' is for someone." Check out the song, and its kinetic performance video, above.