“A suicide is like a pebble in a pond. The waves ripple outward.”
When someone chooses to end their own life, the people closest to the person are impacted the most, but the devastation tends to ripple out and can affect a whole community. New Jersey-based hard rock band Aurin detail a powerful, first person account of suicide in their new single “Brother,” from their upcoming album Serotonin (set for release on 9/13). The raw, emotional track was written by guitarist Andrew Wayne, whose brother took his own life in 2012.
“It took me over five years to muster up the courage and actually write about it” says Wayne. “The video is a dedication to him and the city that he loved (NYC); where he lived and died. He was a prodigal artist with an uncanny ability to portray beauty. We decided to feature his artwork, not just for the “Serotonin” album cover, but throughout the rest of the album as well. This song is dedicated to him. It is dedicated not only to his memory, but to all the people that have been lost to such tragedy. I miss him every single day of my life and wish that he was able to hear this song. Even though he is gone, I wanted to let people hear about the kind of after effects that suicide can cause. He saved my life, and this is the only way I can think of to honor that.”
The video for “Brother” shows real life accounts of people affected by suicide, with individuals holding up words of encouragement. Veteran music personality Tim “No. 37” Martinez (Fuse’s Uranium/The You Rock Foundation) stars in the video, helping to bring Aurin’s haunting, cautionary story to life.