Berried Alive Release Genre-Bending New Single “Hawaiian Punch”
Berried Alive have released “Hawaiian Punch,” the seventh song revealed from their forthcoming fifteen track full-length, Our Own Light. Reinforcing Charles and Kaylie Caswell’s desire to push the boundaries of the band both sonicly and emotionally, “Hawaiian Punch” highlights the band’s ability to blur the lines of genre and introduce a new instrument – the ukulele – into the mix.
Our Own Light, which is out September 9, was created to help normalize difficult conversations by tackling the complexities of mental health through their music. By melding together EDM, rock, metal, and vivid pop textures, the husband and wife duo hope to see their music reach beyond their normal, hard rock following and inspires listeners to keep moving forward even when it seems hard. They explain, “We hope that people realize that everyone experiences the same feelings of pain and rejection sometimes, but you can keep going anyway.” Publications including Clash, Wonderland, Loudwire, Blabbermouth, The PRP, Ultimate Classic Rock, The Big Takeover and New Noise Magazine have signed on to champion the band’s new release alongside champions Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe and Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, while Lil’ Pump was recently spotlighted sporting the band’s Pearasite Collection from the Berried Alive clothing brand and streetwear line, which is created and designed by Kaylie, the band’s bassist.
In queso didn’t know, Charles and Kaylie Caswell – the pearbehind the Portland, Oregon-based outfit Berried Alive – will release their latest jam, “Melon-Choly,” on May 10, 2022. Alongside the release of the new track – which is soda-rn good you’ll turnip the volume and yell “holy crépe, this band isn’t forking around” – the husband and wife duo have announced that their sixth album will be released in 2022 and will push the boundaries of Berried Alive both sonicly and emotionally. “These songs represent a lot of different styles and genres of music,” the band admits, addressing the explosion of sound found on the new record. “We personally listen to a lot of different styles of music, and we like different things about each style, so we’ve incorporated some elements of our favorite styles into one sound.”
The results have been egg-splosive. CLASH kicked off the year, highlighting the band’s ability to blur the limes of genre using the lead single, “Sit There Like A Lemon,” stating it “melds together EDM, rock, metal, and vivid pop textures.” Zooming in on the band’s hope of normalizing difficult conversations by tackling the complexities of mental health, Wonderland confessed that the dark and triumphant track “Pearanoid,” the second released from the forthcoming LP, proves that “there is no darkness which Berried Alive cannot overcome.”
Today’s single, “Melon-Choly,” reinforces the recurring theme of the record – that nothing is im-popsicle if you refuse to cake your eye off the prize. You shrimply have to do whatever it takes to overcome the obstacles that may be in front of you. Using introspective lyrics, the song is told from the perspective of an imaginary rockstar and zooms in on the grueling life of spending extended periods away from home and the emotional toll of surviving another grinding tour. Like the previous two singles, it spotlights elements of depression, loneliness, anxiety, paranoia, and other symptoms that many people suffer through frequently. These themes mirror the experiences Charles and Kaylie encountered during their engagement and first year of their marriage. Craving a butterlife for themselves, the couple refused to cave to the pear pressure to follow the standard industry blueprint. Ditching studio time and traditional tour routings, the duo decided to relish their time together.
Taking matters into their own hands has been the best path for Berried Alive to dill with the workload that comes with being a creator. The results have been considerable. As Charles writes, produces, mixes, and masters the outfit’s music, which has gathered nearly 50-melon streams globally, and spawned five studio albums featuring 30 pun-based singles, some of which have caught the attention of Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Kaylie contributes lyrics and the occasional basslines, while creating and designing the band’s clothing brand and streetwear line. Their unique line includes wearable art like bomber jackets, a varsity jacket style sweater, sneakers, joggers, and hoodies, which all feature the band’s adorable strawberry and crossbones logo.
Like their music, which they’ve created with the intention of helping people feel connected and less alone in the world, they hope that by creating in a way that is accessible and impactful for the everyday person, they can provide some encourage-mint to help people choose to juice be themselves.