“Sober”, the current single from BAD WOLVES’ critically acclaimed album “N.A.T.I.O.N.” (available for streaming now), has become the band’s 5th consecutive #1 at Rock Radio (unprecedented for their 5th single ever released). The anthemic track is resonating not just with rock fans, but also with everyone whose lives have been touched by addiction in any way.
The song is the lead track from the soundtrack to Better Noise Films’ forthcoming feature film Sno Babies. The video, featuring footage from the film, portrays the devastating impact of addiction on families and relationships, and reinforces that recovery is possible for those who can stay the course.
“This song was a unique opportunity to talk about addiction not only from the perspective of the addict but also from the perspective of their loved ones,” says lead singer Tommy Vext. “The message is very different from traditional songs that seem to always perpetuate a mentality of self-victimization which is exactly the kind of misguided thinking that perpetuates the mental obsessive side of alcoholism and addiction. In the end, the moral of the story is about holding on to not giving up on ourselves or the people who are trying – who are really, really trying to make and better themselves.”
Sno Babies, which will hit screens late 2020, tells the story of two suburban teenage girls who fall into a brutal battle with opiate addiction. The film, starring Michael Lombardi [Rescue Me (FX)] and newcomer Katie Kelly [Game of Silence (NBC)] refutes the “not in my neighborhood” stigma of addiction and depicts the scale and pervasiveness of substance use disorders.
The COVID pandemic has created an additional crisis for those in early recovery. In addition to increased anxiety and isolation, mitigation measures in place across the country to prevent the spread of COVID makes access to support and treatment much more difficult. In a mission to reduce the stigma and make an impact, BAD WOLVES has collaborated with The Global Recovery Initiatives (GRI) to use the video’s release as a platform to raise awareness of GRI’s efforts to provide access to recovery support services all around the US. GRI is raising funds for the specific purpose of putting 1000 AmeriCorps recovery workers in the field. Studies have shown that individuals who access these services after treatment such as recovery housing, recovery coaching, peer support groups and job training resources, are more likely to stay in recovery. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Sno Babies Soundtrack will go to help fund this initiative.
GRI’s Board Chair Pam Cytron explains “Tommy’s candor is a brave and powerful demonstration of what the successful road to recovery can look like. We are excited to partner with Bad Wolves and spread that hope to others— because we know for the 21 million people in recovery in the U.S, the benefits are immeasurable.”
BAD WOLVES consists of Vext, drummer John Boecklin, guitarist Doc Coyle, guitarist Chris Cain, and bassist Kyle Konkiel. Their debut album, “Disobey”, released in May 2018 via Better Noise Music, reached #22 on the Billboard Top 200, #2 on the Hard Rock Chart, #4 on Rock, and #8 on the Top Current Albums Chart. Their single “Remember When” also reached #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart for 2019. Their global breakout single, “Zombie,” is Platinum in the U.S. and Sweden, double Platinum in Canada, Gold in Australia and IMPALA Diamond in Europe. The track has topped charts worldwide, including the U.S. iTunes Overall and Rock charts, Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart, Spotify’s Global Viral 50 chart, while also reigning atop the Active Rock radio chart for three straight weeks.
The official music video for “Zombie,” a tribute to the late singer Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries and an homage to the original, has garnered over 255 million views across platforms. On June 19th, 2018, BAD WOLVES presented a $250,000 check to O’Riordan’s four children, with a continued promise to donate all of their royalties from the song to them. Their sophomore album “N.A.T.I.O.N.” released 2019, debuted at #1 upon its release on the Top Hard Rock, Current Hard Rock and Billboard Hard Rock charts. The first single – “Killing Me Slowly” – was the band’s 4th consecutive #1 song at Active Rock radio.