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MAKENA Resonates With Mental Health Battles in New Single 'A War Within'


Alternative rock quintet Makena expressed having to deal with the constant battles of mental health problems in their brand-new track 'A War Within', released via Famined Records. Makena's distinct intense and melodic instrumentation matched with powerful vocals and lyrics that hit close to home is heavily showcased in 'A War Within', a song about going through a psychotic episode and dealing with mania as a whole. The band have been known to share their deeply rooted emotional and personal thoughts through their music. In 'A War Within', Makena wants to remind us that we're not alone in our struggles. Vocalist Dom Cuzzo offered the vision behind the track: "It's about when even your own mind is against you. Some days are bearable, but others are much harder to get through. All the while, your mind is telling you that you’re not enough. It can make you feel totally helpless and drive you to do the unthinkable. Even eluding to taking yourself out of the equation just to end the suffering."

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With a new take on alternative music, Chicago natives Makena continue to increase their energy with every new release. The quintet are bringing the music scene a unique sound with exquisitely crafted songwriting. Makena is currently made up by the original members; Andrei, Dominic, Richard, Joe, and Steven. The 5 of them had played in previous bands before joining together to create something new and refreshing. Thus, with their lineup completed, the formation of Makena was born. Their journey began June of 2018 with their debut single, ‘Better Days.’ Better Days managed to generate quite a bit of local buzz after being played on a Chicago Radio Station, Q101.1. Makena then set out to record their first ever EP with Producer Jordon Beal (El Famous, Divide The Fall, Marwood’s Fall). Their debut self-titled EP released on January 1st, 2019, kicking off the New Year with brand new music.The EP release show shortly thereafter at local Chicago venue, Schubas sold out. Alt Renegade said “it was like nothing you’ve ever heard before.” What followed soon after was a week long East Coast/Midwest tour with a fellow local band, Capital Vices, landing them at an unexpected, impromptu show at a Wendy’s in Knoxville TN. The set was live streamed and the following morning had gone viral amongst the national alternative community. Now, the band is back with Jordan Beal working on their sophomore EP.

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