Duff McKagan Releases Solo EP, “This Is The Song”
Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan is honoring Mental Health Awareness Month with a new EP called This Is The Song. The subject hits close to home for McKagan and the three-song collection reflects his experience while offering some hope.
“I have dealt with a certain variety of panic disorder since the age of sixteen, and in these recent years, my panic disorder has morphed and twisted and brought along some darkness that seems to appear out of absolutely nowhere. It can be terrifying,” he writes on his website. “THIS IS THE SONG was written in the middle of a panic attack. I couldn’t breathe and couldn’t see straight, and lately, I have thankfully found my acoustic guitar as a refuge. If I just hold on to that guitar, play chords, and hum melodies, I can start to climb my way out of that hole. For those of you who have never experienced something like this, count yourselves blessed. To those of you who recognize what I am talking about: YOU ARE NOT ALONE!”
This Is The Song was produced with longtime collaborator Martin Feveyear. While McKagan focused on the acoustic guitar as the bed of the music, he also dished out some cathartic bass lines for “This Is The Song” and “Pass You By”. The EP closer “It Can’t Come Too Soon” has more of the gritty tone and melodic bass work for which he is known.
Check out the video for the title track:
This Is The Song Track List:
- This Is The Song
- Pass You By
- It Can’t Come Too Soon