Coasting On Potential is a rock/metalcore band based out of Endwell, New York. Formed in 2014, the lineup consists of vocalist Justin DiTomasso, guitarist Nate Pecson, lead guitarist Matt Maione, bassist Jon Shackelton, and drummer Tom Towner. The quintet’s debut EP “Onwards and Upwards” was released in 2015, followed by the subsequent title “Surrounded By Myself” in 2017. The band has taken some time off to focus on their sound and direction. But now the wait is finally over, as Coasting On Potential is back on the scene with their new single “In Misery” and plans to release new material for the first time in three years. These compositions will speak for themselves as they will provide some insight regarding what the members have been going through during their time away. “In Misery” is extremely personal as it holds significant meaning to the band’s frontman.
Lead singer Justin DiTomasso states, “After losing both of my parents in the time span of one year, I felt like I was alone and had no guidance or direction in life anymore. ‘In Misery’ is the depiction of the twisted way my mind felt in the aftermath of everything. It talks about how I struggled to move on, and how it made me question the point of life, or the point in anything for that matter.”
“I’ve been waiting for so long
For faith to guide me through this sad song,
Can’t find my way back to the water
Find my way into your hands
These days I only sit and wait
“In Misery” is a heavy composition that incorporates both metalcore screams and clean vocals, accompanied by melodic changes and intense instrumentals. This effective method manages to perfectly encapsulate the whirlwind of emotions associated with suffering and mental distress. The hard-hitting track triggers the mixed feelings that stem from loss, grief, and vulnerability. Anguish and desperation overflow throughout the lyrics and DiTomasso channels his pain to give an emotional vocal delivery. The gut-wrenching chorus twists the blade further, as listeners can relate to the feeling of going through the motions and the sense of being lost in a haze.
This empty space.
Knowing I’ll never scream enough
To fill the void.
I bend and break,
Cause since that day,
I felt a pain that won’t decay
Or fade away.”
The corresponding music video opens with a quote: “There is no greater sorrow than to recall In Misery the time when we were happy.” Throughout the video, the band presents a compelling and emotionally driven performance. The grungy, raw visuals accurately depict the true struggles of a man shrinking himself into a hopelessly stagnant existence, unable to process his pain. In his distress, he turns to several coping mechanisms - in the form of alcohol, pills, and cigarettes - and does everything he can to hold on to the frayed thread that is threatening to break away.
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With the release of “In Misery”, the band strives to communicate with their listeners and relay an urgent message that needs to be heard:
Despite whatever you may be currently feeling, please know that you are not alone. You are not fighting in isolation, as there are others standing on the battleground beside you.
“In Misery” BTS Shot // Image Credit: Karalyn Hope
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Review by: Bri Rodriguez
Image by: Karalyn Hope