Enter The Abyss with George Ragan The Dead Son.
Presenting a dynamic, dark, and deep perspective on alternative, George Ragan The Dead Son—a.k.a. Hollywood Undead co-founder Johnny 3 Tears—introduces himself with his first-ever solo single “Heaven Can Wait” Additionally, The Abyss, his full-length debut album, is available now.
When I listened to the first single from “Abyss” hit song “Heaven Can Wait” I paused, when the song comes on you cannot help but to turn up the volume and if you are in a car (no matter what the outside weather is) you want to lower the window to let the wind hit your face. This song makes you go on a journey outside of your body and reflect on those you have loved so deeply and especially those who have caused you pain and crafted us into who we are in the present time. This is a song you want to play as loud as you can because you want it to be a part of you. You want the vibration of the sound to vibrate your soul, and although that is so small it is very satisfying, you feel as if you are a part of the song yourself. The song means so much to me as a fan, and honestly although I really enjoy Hollywood Undead as a band, never did I expect to be floored and feel so vulnerable because of a song.
Ragan’s eloquent songcraft fuels the acoustic guitar-driven “Heaven Can Wait.” With minimal production and an upbeat gallop, the track highlights his confessional lyricism as it builds into an emotionally charged promise, “Heaven can wait, it’s true, I still need you.” It illuminates the scope of his voice as a singer and as a writer, magnifying another side of his artistry altogether. The accompanying cinematic lyric video depicts Ragan leafing through faded memories before striking a match to leave them in the dust on a beach.
Sometimes in our own life we need to learn to forgive ourselves and let go, the setting takes place in an empty house and you are not quite sure if it is his childhood house or his family’s house. As a man I have been in both situations, I have been in an empty house cleaning out my stuff because of a divorce and losing it knowing my actions will forever impact my child. As a listener you sense the urgency of time lost in George’s voice, and every time you listen to the song it gets stronger and stronger especially to those who have experienced that loss of time personally from Seconds to hours and from years to eventually decades. This whole album evokes a level of nostalgia, the songs are all amazingly different but feel as if they have always been around. This album has been huge for me as a man and has affected me so fast in such a short period of time. Watching the first three videos makes all those thoughts and feelings from childhood and the pain of my divorce flood back to me all at once. Helping me to understand my life better and appreciate all that comes with the pains of life.
“’Heaven Can Wait’ is about our role here in the world. Why reach for heaven if we can make one ourselves?” It opens the doorway into The Abyss. Written and recorded by Ragan in Nashville between tours with Hollywood Undead, he opens up like never before, painting poignant pictures of life’s trials, tribulations, loss, addiction, redemption, and everything in between. He ultimately emerges as a ghostly alternative troubadour with an immersive vision. Says Ragan.
Truth is the taste of nostalgia I receive when hearing this album. It is so refreshing, and it lightens one’s soul when experiencing the album. It is different to hear truth in today’s day and age of music especially when everything is a falsehood in our media and culture. It truly makes you hold on to every lyric and every note and it makes you appreciate the truth just a little more than you did yesterday. “The Abyss is a record I’ve been writing my whole life, maybe not musically, but in diaries and on shredded pieces of paper,” Ragan shares. “It’s my story…my search for meaning within myself and everything I found. Good and bad, for better or worse…a search beyond my reflection, and into the great unknown.”
In this album you feel stuff, not just the good times but you feel those bad moments. You feel stuff and some stuff will make you sad, but in a good way. You reflect on who you are as a human being. That is exactly what music should do to you, it should find you and make you better as a person. I remember as a young man the album that was huge for me growing up and helped me understand life a little better was Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. I would listen to it on this beat up boom box I purchased from Pick n Save back in 1993, I saved my money for two months just so I can listen to music in my bedroom. My dad finally splurged on me buying Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness for me for Christmas. It was a big deal for me. I protected that album as if it were a cell phone. I listened to that album so many times it must have made my hip-hop loving brother crazy. It helped me figure out my shit, it helped me find answers to why my life was going the way it did. It also helped me fall in love with music. I fast forward my life 25 years and Abyss is what does that same thing for me today. Hearing this album helped me figure out my shit in modern times, all the feelings from when I was a child and growing up flooded back to me and now, I am on a different journey and that journey is acceptance. Here at No Cover, we want to highly recommend you give this album a shot. I also want to thank George for the inspiration.