Des Rocs Unleashes Message to Inner Demons in First Release in Six Months, “Manic Memories”
On Friday, July 15th, our favorite New York City-native, Des Rocs, released his first single in over six months, shortly after announcing his full independence from any label attachment.
Ever since I was big enough to sling a guitar around my shoulder, I’ve worshiped at the altar of rock music and the community that defines it. I began the holy ritual of shows in DIY basements and sweaty dive bars. Ever since then, I’ve worn my independence as a badge of honor. In my bones I’m still that same thirteen year-old hustling demos outside venues before catching the last train home from Penn Station. That’s why today feels like the perfect day to announce that the entire next chapter of music is about to begin. Let’s celebrate independent artists and the amazing people who make that independence possible.
~ Des Rocs
Since the release of critically-acclaimed debut album, A Real Good Person In A Real Bad Place, this song claims to hold a new message in store for the artist– one of vulnerability and cathartic release paired with the signature and hallmark DIY, bedroom arena rock-and-roll sound. He will be continuing to release a string of independent singles throughout the rest of this year after concluding his latest leg of tour.
We joined him in his true element in San Francisco’s The Independent, a fitting venue for the artist’s recent announcement and newfound next stage in his journey. In the length of his set, the crowd joined him onstage for song and dance, and he electrified their intensity with an energy that never seemed to cease. You knew that in that moment, onstage, he never felt more alive than he did right there. And you not only witnessed him in those moments, the audience could break the barrier from the elevated stage and bask with him in it.
The rising legend has, too, released a music video for “Manic Memories.” Watch the official video via YouTube.
Beginning with an intimate pale light pouring into a dark room, the visuals provide a scope for the single in a shining reminder that in showing who we really are, we can fight against our demons, and break free from what holds us from reaching our hopes and our dreams. In its ballad-like lyricism, the song breaks into a passionate chorus that hits deep beneath the bones and shatter the fears and remnants of darkness, even if just for a moment.
“Manic Memories” is a letter to the demons that haunt our past. The last few years have been a roller coaster, and writing about those demons provided the courage to navigate my own darkness. For anyone haunted by their past – I hope this song can be a beacon of light to guide you through the wilderness.
~ Des Rocs
The song not only offers a moment of catharsis for fans, but it introduces a new perspective into Des Rocs’ personal struggles and outstretched hand of support he provides onstage and in real life for his fans. We won’t spoil any of the details for those who want to catch him on tour, but it is sure worth witnessing for yourself.