Hailing from the North Georgia city of Rome, Cannonandtheboxes create a fiercely personal glimpse into alt country’s history of introspection and independence. Adopting aspects of country, folk and indie rock, they build a sizable sound which they use to explore the deeper crevasses of their numerous influences. Led by singer-songwriter Cannon Rogers and a rotating cast of local musicians, the band uses the experiences of their youth and the sometimes frightening reality that surrounds them to craft songs that speak to intimate realizations and universal truths.
For his last release, 2017’s “Sad Cowboy” EP, Rogers headed into the studio at Stereotrash Records in Rome with some friends to record 5 tracks of shuffling, personal folk-isms that laid bare their fears and desires. And since then, he’s not lost any of that conversational persuasion. Over the course of April and March of this year, he began recording a new song called “Never Really Asked” with musicians Alex Hodges and Lewis Denver in his basement and at Berry College.
The song is a stirring and mournful look at his frustration over the lack of proper gun control laws, governmental inadequacy and those organizations whose push for lax gun regulations have led to numerous tragedies. Captured within the narrative of a high school football game, the song has an immediacy and emotional resonance that can’t easily be shaken off. His usual folk tendencies are still here, but they’re buoyed by electric guitars and some shuffling percussion that’d adds a feeling of earned weight to the proceedings.
While the first half of the song is a recollection of tragedy, the second half is a call-to-arms for anyone who thinks that there has been far too much death in recent years (and months). He’s calling for measurable change not empty platitudes with lines like “thoughts and prayers were nice/after the second round of copy-pasted posts/for fake forced feelings on your feed.” Might this raise the ire of some people? Of course, and that’s exactly what he wants. He no longer wants to be passive in his perspective—he wants to help enact change and keep the issue front and center in everyone’s mind.
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