Kitchen Dwellers partner with Backline to raise mental health awareness

Article Contributed by Big Hassle Media | Published on Friday, October 8, 2021

Today, Kitchen Dwellers share their new song “Stand At Ease.” In collaboration with Backline, and in time for World Mental Health Day, October 10. No matter how silent the struggle with mental health may seem, its effects loom as loudly as an earthquake throughout the music industry. Without prejudice, even heroes sometimes succumb to its throes.

Kitchen Dwellers decided not to stay silent on their 2021 single “Stand At Ease.” Following the tragic suicides of a personal hero and close collaborator, the Bozeman, MT quartet—Shawn Swain [Mandolin], Torrin Daniels [banjo], Joe Funk [upright bass], and Max Davies [acoustic guitar]—composed the tune in an effort to not only heal, but remind anyone struggling, “You’re not alone.”

“The main thing we want to do is raise awareness and create engagement with people who are struggling, but also encourage those who aren’t struggling to support the community,” says Funk. “It’s a big issue in the music industry. Road life escalates any mental health issue present in someone’s life, so we’re trying to talk about it.”

“Stand At Ease” took shape over the next year, and the guys recorded it during the 2021 sessions for their third full-length album, in Minneapolis with producer Cory Wong of Vulfpeck. It addresses suicide head-on with the hook, “I can’t stand to see what you’ve done to be free,” as banjo and piano entwine in a somber serenade.

“Initially, I wanted to write it from the perspective of kids who lost their parents to suicide,” he elaborates. “It’s a reminder there are people who love you and you probably have no idea. The song portrays you’re not alone. You can reach out. Personally, it’s the song I’m most proud of. I really want it to do good in the world.”

By partnering with Backline, it will invariably do just that. “Whether you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or substance abuse, maybe the song can trigger a happy thought or urge you to reach out to a friend, organization, or even lift yourself up,” he leaves off. “Maybe we can uplift even one person with this.”

Kitchen Dwellers on Tour:

Oct 8 @ High Noon Saloon | Madison, WI
Oct 9 @ Martyrs’ | Chicago, IL
Oct 14 @ The Charleston Pour House | Charleston, SC
Oct 15 @ Smith’s Olde Bar | Atlanta, GA
Oct 16 @ The High Watt | Nashville, TN
Oct 21 @ Salvage Station | Asheville, NC
Oct 22 @ The Music Yard at SouthBound | Charlotte, NC
Oct 23 @ Pour House | Raleigh, NC
Oct 26 @ 8x10 | Baltimore, MD
Oct 27 @ World Cafe | Philadelphia, PA
Oct 28 @ Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY
Oct 29 @ The Hollow Bar + Kitchen | Albany, NY
Oct 30 @ Electric Haze | Worcester, MA
Oct 31 @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas | Las Vegas, NV
11/3 @ The Press Room | Portsmouth, NH
11/4 @ Higher Ground | South Burlington, VT
11/5 @ Brighton Music Hall | Boston, MA
11/6 @ Portland House of Music and Events | Portland, ME
11/7 @ Bank of NH Stage | Concord, NH
12/10 @ Knotty Pine | Victor, ID
12/11 @ The Depot | Salt Lake City, UT
12/30 @ Elm | Bozeman, MT
12/31 @ Elm | Bozeman, MT