New Jersey-based alternative rock project Highwind has released their debut single, “Afterlife (How’ve You Been?),” out on all digital platforms NOW. Along with a corresponding music video, the track serves as an open of letter of sorts to vocalist Chris Russo’s best friend, who tragically passed in a car crash. The single is filled with raw emotion; combined with modern pop punk influences, Highwind packs a stirring punch in their debut. “Afterlife (How’ve You Been?)” is comfortable and nostalgic, well-developed and simultaneously haunting. The track is just a small taste of Highwind’s upcoming January debut EP, out January 11th. About the single, Highwind creator Chris Russo states:
The majority of Afterlife was written around two years ago, when my one of my best friends passed away in a car crash. The song, as well as the music video, are both in memory of Adam Rarela. Adam left an amazing impact on my life. Afterlife is meant to be a conversation with Adam after his passing. The entire song is full of references to things he did, things he loved, and things we did to celebrate his life after he passed away. Highwind is my first attempt at writing for any kind of solo project.
Highwind is a new alternative-rock project founded by Asbury Park singer/song-writer, Christopher Russo. After playing in multiple bands since the age of sixteen, Chris found it was time for a different approach to writing, recording, and performing. The idea of Highwind was formed after Chris went to producer, CJ Rarela, and recorded a demo on his own in May of 2018. After this demo session, Chris was more determined than ever to write, record, and release music under a new name. It was during this session that Highwind was born. Highwind draws inspiration from bands such as The Dangerous Summer, As It Is, Yellowcard, Anberlin, From First to Last, Selfish Things, among many others. Instead of sticking to one singular genre, Highwind’s sound pulls from multiple influences. Chris uses different stylistic sounds to express each emotion or situation that the song is talking about in its own light. The debut EP, “How’ve You Been?” is set for release on January 11th. Highwind’s debut single, “Afterlife (How’ve You Been?)” is available on all digital platforms NOW.