Empty Stomachs and Bloodshot Eyes” is a nostalgic folk/pop track that captures the nostalgic feeling of little to no responsibility through teenage years and the moments in adult-hood when one wishes they could go back and fully appreciate their freedom. BOSTON, MA (October 4th, 2022) - Independent folk artist Jake Swamp and the Pine, brought to you by Drew Zieff, reflects on the feeling of being young and free with his single “Empty Stomachs and Bloodshot Eyes” out October 21st. Similar to his previously released single, “Don’t Be Afraid on Sundays,” this track invites the quintessential aspects of folk music that mingle with the raw, simple wonders of natures simplest (yet most enamoring) sensations like smelling the smoke from the campfire on a chilly fall evening. Essentially, “Empty Stomachs and Bloodshot Eyes” tells the story of an adult who reflects back on their teenage years, wishing that they didn’t take that time for granted. This track embodies an upbeat, contagiously anthemic sound reminiscent of artists like Ed Sheeran and Vance Joy.
“Empty Stomachs and Bloodshot Eyes” has a central theme: nostalgia. Ultimately, the artist is reflecting on his debauchery from high school, and how in that moment, he didn’t recognize that was the most free of responsibility he will ever be. Zieff also realizes that he wished he took more pictures, spent more time with friends, and recognized that everything will work out. A COVID-induced downtime made the singer watch almost every music documentary on Netflix, including the Shawn Mendez documentary, where Zieff saw the artist visit his hometown; inspiration struck, and thus “Empty Stomachs and Bloodshot Eyes” was born. The artist gives a big band sound with the assistance of violinist Corinna Smith of Adam Ezra Group, five-time Boston Music Awards Session Musician of the year (2016-2021) Johnathan Ulman, and multi-faceted producer Josh Gold. For Zieff, he hopes that listeners will dance and sing their hearts out to the track. Stream “Empty Stomachs and Bloodshot Eyes” on all major streaming platforms October 21st.
More about Jake Swamp and The Pine: Currently composed of Drew Zieff on guitar, vocals, and foot stomping percussion, and having formed in 2018, JSATP has toured relentlessly in the Greater Boston and New England region. Recent performances include The Middle East, Toad, Lizard Lounge, The Burren, City Winery, and Nightshift Brewery’s Brite Lites Music Festival in addition to partnering with SoFar Sounds for a number of concerts. Recently, the band finished 2019 and 2020 with two nominations at the Boston Music Awards (Americana Act of The Year, Drew Zieff for Vocalist of The Year).
Drew prides himself on bringing the ruckus and energy of a full band, while also being able to create an intimate space that is typically associated with a singer-songwriter, and can seamlessly ebb and flow between the two.
Jake Swamp and the Pine songs range from powerful acoustic anthems to knee-slapping hoedowns to slow and somber waltzes, drawing on diverse influences from the Americana, folk, singer-songwriter, bluegrass, and jam band traditions. With a collection of original songs and covers of artists spanning The Grateful Dead to Stan Rogers to Bill Monroe, there’s always something to stomp, clap, or holler along to. Following the release of their freshman EP in May 2019, their music has been featured on WERS 88.9, WXRV 92.5, WATD 95.9, and WDST 100.1.
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