Bad Wolves Brings Attention to Addiction and the Family Dynamic with “Remember When”

One of my favorite bands this year has no doubt been Bad Wolves – their cover of the 1994 hit “Zombie” by The Cranberries secured the #1 spot on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart back in May, and I quickly familiarized myself with their music via Pandora (my favorite, btw) and YouTube.  Let’s just say ROCK ON.

The first time I heard “Remember When,” I was on my way to class at 7:30 in the morning.  I’m not exaggerating when I say that I got into it as soon as Tommy started singing.  This song just hit home with me on so many levels, not only the sound but the message as well. Addiction is real, and it ruins lives.  That’s not a cliché.  My dad was an addict, and because of that, he wasn’t around until he was well and I was 18.  Now I love him to pieces and know that healing is possible because I’ve seen it.  I’ve watched what addiction does to other people as well – losing jobs, homes, families, even their very lives.  It’s a very dark place to be in.  You really have to listen to the song to get that nitty, gritty feeling of truth conveyed in lyrics – but I assure you, it’s there.

When this video had its debut, I was stoked!  Ready for some feels?  The video is based on lead vocalist Tommy Vext’s own personal life.  His twin brother, who was an addict, tried to take Tommy’s life and was ultimately sentenced to prison for attempted murder. As devastating as this is, I applaud Tommy for having the courage to share his story with the BW fanbase (and the world), because you never know who’s out there that just needs to hear this.  Maybe they need that little push to get help, or to talk to someone they love about getting them help.  This video was an awesome move.

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