Riverton Rock Band releases cover of Logic’s “1-800-273-8255” for Survivor of Suicide Loss Day
Riverton-based Rock Band Drones Over Yellowstone has been working in partnership with the Fremont County Suicide Prevention Task Force and Injury Prevention Coordinators from the Wyoming Department of Health to coordinate the release of a cover of Logic’s “1-800-273-8255.” The band recorded the track at CCM Studios in Denver, Colorado with sound engineer Michael Warkentin. The song was released on Saturday, November 18th, 2017, in coordination with International Survivor of Suicide Loss Day.
The song title “1-800-273-8255” is the actual phone number to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and the lyrics highlight a powerful conversation between a caller who is suffering and a volunteer on the other end of the phone, working together to overcome the current struggle.
“The song stopped me in my tracks the first time I heard it,” said vocalist Aaron Baldes. “I was driving and I heard the lyrics and I initially thought, this is really dark and pretty depressing.” As the song continued to play Baldes says that he “connected the dots.”
“Then it hit me, what Logic had done with this song, and it was very powerful,” Baldes explained. “I was moved by the concept of making the hotline number the title of the song and I thought that the lyrical content was spot on. Sometimes, when you’re in that dark place, all you need is someone to remind you that they care if you live or die. When your head is in that place, that support can seem impossible to find.”
After hearing the song, Baldes and the rest of the band threw their production itinerary out the window for a recording session in early October and coordinated with Warkentin to focus the entire 4-day recording session to the complete production of the single. From there, the band made contact with Kelly Rees, Regional Manager for Fremont County’s Branch of the Wyoming Prevention Management Organization who helps coordinate the Fremont County Suicide Prevention Task Force’s quarterly meetings and reports.
“Kelly was super supportive of the idea,” said Baldes. “We made it clear that we weren’t asking anyone for dollars, that we just wanted their support in spreading the word about the release and the issues facing suicide in Fremont County and Wyoming as a whole. We’re not experts in this field, but we’ve all been affected by it in one way or another, so their involvement has been extremely valuable in developing the video aspect of the song and making sure that we’re directing people to the best resources available in our conversations with listeners.”
“We need to start the conversation!” exclaimed Baldes. “The Wyoming Prevention Management Organization (PMO) recently reported that Suicide rates in Fremont County are three times the National Average, per capita. That’s compounded by the fact that the Wyoming PMO is out of funding to provide awareness trainings in local communities. In our talks with Sarah Spafford, Injury Prevention Coordinator for the Wyoming Department of Health, we found that they, as well, are out of dollars for this purpose. It’s our goal to arm average people in Wyoming with the knowledge, courage, and available resources to confront this issue head-on, within their own family units, households, or groups of friends.”
You can hear Drones Over Yellowstone’s cover of Logic’s “1-800-273-8255” here.