“LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER” / LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM
Urban pop duo, EPOCH FAILURE (pronounced “epic failure”), have beat extreme poverty and hard times in their lives. Now Billy Joe Marrero and Nick Young are poised to win the hearts of America with their extraordinary tribute to one of the most beloved rock tracks of all time.
As Bon Jovi’s SLIPPERY WHEN WET prepares to celebrate its 30th Anniversary, EPOCH FAILURE decided to put their own unique spin on the album’s best known, smash hit “Livin’ On A Prayer.” They made a lyric video to spotlight their adaptation of the track’s verses and uploaded it to YouTube. Their video was discovered online by Matt Bongiovi, who then sent it to his brother -Jon Bon Jovi.
The video was quickly posted on BonJovi.com and the band’s Twitter and Facebook – an endorsement from Bon Jovi to be sure. Legendary co-writer Desmond Child also shared the video across his social networks, and forwarded it to co-writer Richie Sambora. In a joint statement of praise, Jon Bon Jovi and Desmond Child have said,
“The powerful new version of ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ by EPOCH FAILURE retells the intimate story of Tommy and Gina, set in an urgent urban landscape. It captures the song’s timeless message, lifting the banner of hope and faith for a whole new generation of working class heroes. EPOCH FAILURE is a winner.” After hearing the new interpretation, Sambora added, “I love it… Killer!”
The duo’s cover of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer” put their own spin on a classic song about struggling to make it, as they have in their lives. When asked to describe the group, singer Billy Joe sums it up nicely, “EPOCH FAILURE is the voice of everyone who has fallen or stumbled, but still had the heart to stand up again and climb back into the ring. It’s about accepting our failures and turning a negative into a positive. You fight through the struggles and come out the other side better, wiser, and stronger as a result. And then, of course, always raise a glass or two to celebrate.