Songs for Black Days: Wage War's Cody Quistad | Revolver

Songs for Black Days: Wage War's Cody Quistad

Singer-guitarist shares 5 songs that have helped him through dark times
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Earlier this month, Wage War unleashed their new single "Low," a pummeling djent-inflected anthem that, as singer-guitarist Cody Quistad explained to us at the time, is "centered around experiences with depression and anxiety." "I've always found solace in listening to dark songs that find me exactly where I'm at," he said. "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."

Considering the sentiments he expressed, we asked him to contribute to our "Songs for Black Days" series, presented in partnership with Hope for the Day, in which artists share some of the music that has helped them through dark times. Below is what Quistad offered up.

Travis Tritt - "It's a Great Day to Be Alive"

At this point, I don't think it's much of a secret that I'm a huge country music fan. The "good ol' boy" in me definitely comes out in this song. It's a great song about perspective and being thankful for the little things and realizing that, despite setbacks, life really is good.

Saosin - "You're Not Alone"

I'm sure this a common one, but the influence is undeniable. This song is an anthem to keep going when times get tough, and it helps that the song is just perfectly written. The melodies go right where you want them to!

Devin Dawson - "Dark Horse"

This is one you just sing at the top of your lungs. The song feels like an anthem for the misunderstood and people who step out of their comfort zone to be different. There's comfort in knowing you're not alone.

Justin Bieber - "Purpose"

This album came out on our first tour ever when we were making next to no money and sleeping in snowy Walmart parking lots. Needless to say, we had some low times on those first couple of tours, but this album was on HARD repeat. This song, in particular, offers so much hope and a look at the bigger picture.

Linkin Park - "Easier to Run"

Meteora is 100 percent my favorite LP album. I grew up on this album and my dad always played this song when we'd be driving somewhere, but it wasn't 'til my later years that the lyrics hit me like a brick. Linkin Park's influence will be carried on for decades and Chester's legacy will never die. 

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