Black Swan is the current single by Who On Earth, a New Jersey-based quartet who are bringing back the lost art of sing-along choruses replete with ripping guitar solos and crunchy, head-bopping swagger. Guttural guitars toss and turn beneath vocalist Andrew Couche‘s (known as Coosh) grizzled delivery as a gang vocal carries the raucous and raw refrain.
The group describe the song’s lyrical content as being “about self-blame; not in a negative, self-punishing way but rather one that leads to honest ownership and responsibility for our own bad choices. It is only after such honesty that we often realise that without our past ‘mistakes’ there can be no growth, no lessons learned, no progress and no rebirth.”
“It’s also about a Black Swan Event,’ which is something nobody can foresee,” states bassist Pete Rizzi. “You think you have the best vision for yourself, but often end up in a totally different place. We make plans, and the universe laughs.”
A video for Black Swan can be seen below.
Who on earth are Who On Earth? Armed with a manifesto of picking up the torch for hard rock and heavy metal with true grit and gusto and no gimmicks, the band deliver a one-two punch of hard-hitting hooks and airtight instrumentation bolted down by pummeling grooves and piercing riffs. With virtuoso guitarist and producer Mike Orlando [Adrenaline Mob, Noturnall, Her Chariot Awaits] in their corner, they pay homage to rock’s past while also helping to usher in its future on their debut album, ‘Blame’, a record that came about as the answer to a question….
“We wanted to fill in the blank of ‘who on earth is going to bring back good rock and metal?'” explains Rizzi. “We grew up on the new wave of British heavy metal and classic rock. We went through grunge and other great genres of metal. We wanted to resurrect the melodies, hooks and guitar solos. We went back to our roots, albeit upgrading everything with a modern production.”
Having paid their dues via countless gigs in the states bordering New Jersey in every dive bar and concert hall with a stage, Coosh and Rizzi have also torn up venues performing marathon covers sets as part of MadHaus. During 2021, the longtime friends chose to forego covers and hunker down to write an original album. They invited Joe D’Aqui, the versatile drummer of thrash band Pierced, to join the fold prior to hitting the studio with none other than Orlando behind the board as producer, engineer and ‘stunt’ guitarist.
Nodding to everyone from Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Metallica to Rush, Alice In Chains and Tool, they placed storytelling in the spotlight. “Most of our songs are complete stories from start to finish. We’re talking about our lives,” notes Coosh, with Rizzi adding that “there is personal vulnerability in the lyrics, which are reflective and honest.”
Black Swan is actually the fourth single released by the band in 2022, having already teased their album with Monster In A Jar, On The Brink and Down & Out. On a record packed with hard and heavy gems, Rizzi concludes: “we have just tried to write good songs. We have gone back to what we grew up on. It’s still valuable and relevant. It can’t die.”
WHO ON EARTH
Coosh – vocals
Pete Rizzi – bass
Joe D’Aqui – drums
Bruce Gatewood – guitar
Mike Orlando – ‘stunt’/guest guitar on the Blame album
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