Joe Michelini of American Trappist is a generally positive person, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t dealt with his share of darkness. His last album, Tentanda Via, was born out of a struggle with existential dread, rejection of the religion he’d been raised in, but also a fear of a world sans faith. His latest song, the distressed rocker “Holy Moses,” came from a different kind of low where Michelini needed to work out the idea of forgiveness.
As he tells us over email:
…it would be easier in some ways to submit to a religious doctrine, something like ‘I am flawed because I was born flawed.’ When you leave original sin out of the picture it’s a little more like ‘I am flawed because I haven’t yet chosen to do better.’ That’s more real to me I guess. I was on my way out of the hole by the time we made this video but I thought it might be interesting to use some of my worst traits to help tell the story. So under the supervision of my wife and family I got really drunk on the Canadian boarder and we shot this.
Watch the “Holy Moses” video below. The song will be featured on American Trappist’s latest project, the Amuse-oreille, Vol. 2 EP, which will be released on Michelini’s own Smartt* Records (Sustainable Models for American Recordings Tomorrow & Today) this summer. The set will contain new songs, as well as re-recorded and remixed versions of music from Tentanda Via. Check out the track list below, and make plans to see American Trappist co-headline Johnny Brenda’s with The Vernes on June 29th. Tickets and more information on the show can be found here.
Aumse-oreille, Vol. 2 track list
1. Amuse-oreille, Vol. 2
2. Holy Moses (feat. Lesley Barth)
3. (Other) Other Reasons (feat. HD)
5. You Only Enter The Graveyard (Last Dance At The Apocalypse Prom)
6. Unfresh Dirtwolf (Mike Costaney Remix)
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