Friday, June 14, 2024

Down The Drain with Jared James Nichols

With nothing more than a Gibson Les Paul slung over his shoulder, a warm amp turned all the way up, and a hot microphone on and ready, Jared James Nichols churns out the kind of rock that rips, roars, and rolls without filter or apology. The Nashville-based multi-talent, who stands at a staggering 6 foot 5 inches tall, delivers a one-two punch of gritty vocals straight from the gut and incendiary fret fireworks. 

Since emerging in 2015, Nichols has racked up millions of streams and acclaim from the likes of American SongwriterGuitar World, and Relix, and has performed alongside icons such as Slash, Billy Gibbons, Zakk Wylde, Joe Bonamassa, and even the late Leslie West, to name a few.

Now, the guitarist, Gibson brand ambassador and Stateside singer-songwriter, has released his latest single ‘Down The Drain’ via Black Hill Records. 

Nichols, known for his electrifying live performance, teased the release of the single earlier this month in front of a live audience at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, USA, and again this past Monday night in New York City, where he headlined the Mercury Lounge.

‘Down The Drain’ follows Nichols’ last release, ‘Hard Wired’, a hypnotic and hyper-charged song was born from a jam session with Tyler Bryant and Graham Whitford. 

Baring its fangs, ‘Down The Drain’ snaps into a chantable chorus punctuated by a wailing lead. The hard-hitting track – produced, engineered, and mixed by Eddie Spear (Zach Bryan, Slash, Rival Sons) features vulnerable vocals that snake around melodic guitar in ominous fashion.

“If I were to pick just one record to encapsulate my sound it would be ‘Down The Drain’, said Nichols. “From a whisper to a scream, this song has it all. Lyrically, it stems from a familiar place that can hit home for all of us, feelings of despair and pain, but constantly searching to find love each day. Musically, ‘Down The Drain’ cuts like a knife and moves like a freight train. This song hits hard and is brutally honest in all aspects. Turn it up and rock it out!”

The single is available from today on all streaming platforms here, click here to listen to the single, and watch the official music video, directed by Tom Flynn and Mike Watts (Lamb of God, All That Remains) right here at RAMzine.

You can also check out previous release ‘Hard Wired’ by watching the official music video here at RAMzine.

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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