Tomorrows Bad Seeds’s ‘War Letter’ pays tribute to the military
Tomorrows Bad Seeds will pay tribute to the military when the Southern California reggae-rock band opens the Common Kings show at Park City Live on Wednesday.
The band will play its new song "War Letter," which was released a few days ago. The emotional video for the song, which shows military leaving for and return from tours of duty in the Middle East, was created with the help of the U.S. Department of Defense, according to lead singer Moises Juarez.
"People in our camp and our team talked with them and coordinated the use of some of the footage," Juarez told The Park Record during an interview from Kansas City, Missouri. "We got permission and it came out really nice."
The images fit well with the song because when Juarez came up with the lyrics to "War Letter," he was missing his girlfriend.
"I’m away from home a lot because I’m on tour and the message that I wanted to spread was that there is nothing more important than family," he said. "I wanted to emphasize that you need to spend some time out of your day to spend good one-on-one face time with the people you love, because you may not have that in the future.
Also, for some of these soldiers, that face time is the last time they see their families and vice versa."
The song came from a little jam between Juarez and Rico Estrada from the band Ease Up.
"We were in the studio and took a break from trying to come up with stuff for his new record," Juarez said. "We started jamming a chord progression and I practically freestyled the whole song. I ended up changing only a couple of lyrics. I really didn’t write it. It kind of wrote itself.
"We put it out as a little acoustic ditty as a teaser on our last record," he said. "It wasn’t a fully produced song."
The song caught the ear of Marshall Goodman, known to his fans as Ras MG from Sublime, who happens to be producing the next Tomorrows Bad Seeds album.
"He said he wanted us to fully record and produce it into a full song," Juarez said. "That’s what we did."
In addition to "War Letter," Tomorrows Bad Seeds will play a couple more new songs during its Wednesday night set.
"Since we’re working on a new album we have a lot of material to choose from," Juarez said. "There will be a song called ‘Love Bites’ on it, and we’ll play that during the show and we’ll do another called ‘Throwback’ that our fans are kind of familiar with, because the video for that song features our buddy Garrett Douglas from Big Boy Entertainment."
Tomorrows Bad Seeds formed in Hermosa Beach, California, in 2004, according to Juarez.
"Our goal was always to have fun and spread a message," he said. "We wanted to play music that we loved because we were passionate about it.
"As we got older, things became a little more serious and music became a career path for us to choose," Juarez said. "Now that we’ve hooked up with Island/Empire [Records], we are trying to come out quick with a sweet record to share with the world through our tour."
Before he wanted to be in a band, Juarez has been a music fan thanks to his mother.
"She’s a singer herself, and she introduced me to a lot of Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke and the Rolling Stones and the Beatles," he said.
Then there was the whole Orange County ska-punk movement that really caught Juarez’s imagination.
"I would also say Sublime had the biggest impact on the Tomorrows Bad Seeds," he said.
Juarez is looking forward to the Park City show because he loves the Utah fans.
"We’ve been going to Utah for a long time and used to play a place called the Hookah Lounge in Salt Lake City back in the day," he said. "We have a special place in our hearts for Utah.
"We really love interacting with our fans," he said. "We wouldn’t be anywhere without our fans, so when our fans leave messages and comments on our social media sites, we will always reply to them."
Tomorrows Bad Seeds will open for Common Kings at Park City Live, 427 Main St., on Wednesday, March 16. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $18 to $35 and can be purchased by visiting http://www.parkcitylive.net . For more information, visit http://www.tomorrowsbadseeds.com and http://www.facebook.com/tomorrowsbadseeds.
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