May 9, 2023

Explosive rap-rocker HYRO THE HERO joins the conversation on mental health with his compelling new single Head Under Water, featuring guest vocals from alternative rock group Reddstar and Dan Sugarman of Ice Nine Kills. The musically fiery single details the Houston, TX-raised artist’s personal battle with depression with its leading lyrics stating:

‘Dark clouds around my head/
I ain’t feeling fine.
Immediate help, I need a hotline.
I’ve been feeling like this for a long time.’

As Head Under Water progresses, the lyrics show HYRO’s resilience in fighting those dark thoughts and his determination to block them out entirely. ‘It was such an epic feeling to have the first single off my new album be Head Under Water’, relates HYRO. “There’s such intense emotion we conveyed through this track that I hope listeners will be able to connect with it. It’s a deep dive into depression and the dark thoughts that arise when struggling with life’s problems. When you feel like you have nobody to talk to or that can understand, it can lead to terrible things. Mental health is no longer a taboo subject and it’s being brought up in discussion throughout society today, so I wanted to touch on it because I know the feeling first-hand.’

‘I knew when I heard this track that we had something’, shares Reddstar. Not only does the song have a lot of meaning but I like how Hyro and I approached it from our own perspectives. I do believe when people listen to this that so many will be able to connect or relate to it on multiple levels.’

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‘Head Under Water is as authentic and real as a song can get,” comments Sugarman. ‘The second I heard this track, I knew I needed to be a part of it. Feeding off the raw rock energy, I dug deep to bring as many melodic and off-the-wall guitar elements to the table as I possibly could. Playing through a slurred drunken swagger, the solo and guitar playing gets more concise and razor sharp as the song progresses. Hyro and Reddstar spit the sickest flows and heaviest lyrics I’ve ever heard, and that meant that I needed to do the same. Moments before I started to write and record I got a call from my doctor with the most terrifying medical news that a person could get, so I poured myself into this solo, and into this song. I know Head Under Water will hit you like it hit me, because this feeling is so real for so many of us.’

HYRO, who splits his time between Los Angeles and France, will return stateside this fall to join his Better Noise label-mates Nothing More on the second leg of their SPIRITS 2023 tour. The tour will kick off September 15 in his hometown of Houston, TX at House of Blues and stretch into mid-October, ending on the 13th in Oklahoma City, OK at The Criterion. Throughout the run, HYRO will share music from his 2022 EP Worst Behavior and perform new music from his forthcoming third full-length album due later this year via Better Noise Music.

Fans will also have the chance to win an exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experience with HYRO by entering Better Noise Music’s ‘Fan Love Sweepstakes’ fundraiser which supports Sweet Relief Musicians Fund’s ‘Music’s Mental Health Fund.’ A grand prize winner will get flown out to spend the day with HYRO for one-on-one rock’n’roll personal training session.

In addition to Worst Behavior, HYRO released a second EP featuring collaborations with a who’s-who of modern rock’s leading artists including David Draiman (Disturbed), Corey Taylor (Slipknot) and Chad Grey (Hellyeah). Its single Kids Against The Monsters (feat. Corey Taylor) was synched in an episode of Apple TV’s Swagger. HYRO has also been featured on tracks from Hollywood Undead and Deuce as well as landing his original track Who’s That Playing On The Radio on the soundtrack for Better Noise Films’ horror-thriller The Retaliators with featured guest musicians Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe) and Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria).