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In the heart of Southern Ontario, a quartet of musical virtuosos is crafting a sound that pierces through the noise, resonating deeply with the raw essence of human emotion. Saints Down, the Canadian alternative rock band led by the dynamic lineup of Benjamin Doncom, Rob Palombo, Joseph Jones, and Cody Williamson, alongside the masterful touch of producer and keyboardist Walter Riggi, unveil their latest sonic masterpiece: “I’m Alright.”

As the world grappled with the tumultuous waves of the COVID-19 pandemic,  emerged from the chaos as a beacon of creative resilience. What began as a lockdown project swiftly evolved into a profound artistic endeavor fueled by a shared passion for music. Rob Palombo, the driving force behind the band’s inception, recalls the genesis of their journey, “During the covid lockdown everything started to dry up, musically speaking, so instead of working on other peoples music I decided to start working on my own music.” With the addition of longtime collaborator Walter Riggi and the soulful vocals of Benjamin Doncom, Saints Down was born.

Their latest offering, “I’m Alright,” stands as a testament to the band’s unwavering commitment to authenticity and vulnerability. Penned by Rob and Benjamin, the song serves as a poignant exploration of mental health struggles and the facade of resilience that often masks profound inner turmoil. Benjamin Doncom elaborates, “When they ask, how I am doing, I say, I’m Alright.” It’s a sentiment that resonates with anyone who has grappled with the weight of their own emotions while striving to maintain a facade of normalcy.

“I’m Alright” unfolds as a mid-tempo rock ballad, each note echoing with the complexities of the human psyche. From the opening lines that set the tone of inner turmoil to the haunting repetition of “I’m alright” as a mantra of self-assurance, the song navigates the labyrinth of emotions with grace and poise.

The instrumentation in “I’m Alright” serves as a dynamic backdrop to the emotional depth of the lyrics. Joseph Jones’ guitar work weaves a tapestry of sound, ranging from delicate strums to roaring riffs, mirroring the ebb and flow of the protagonist’s inner turmoil. Rob Palombo and Cody Williamson provide a solid rhythmic foundation, their bass and drums driving the song forward with an irresistible groove. Walter Riggi’s keyboards add layers of texture and atmosphere, enriching the sonic landscape with subtle nuances that draw the listener deeper into the song’s emotional core.

Benjamin Doncom’s vocals are nothing short of mesmerizing, infusing each lyric with a raw intensity that cuts straight to the heart. His voice soars across the arrangement, conveying a sense of vulnerability and longing that is palpable with every note. From hushed whispers to impassioned cries, Doncom’s performance is a tour de force of emotional depth and authenticity, leaving an indelible mark on the listener’s soul.

Lyrically, “I’m Alright” delves into both the personal and societal pressures to conceal mental health struggles, juxtaposed against the yearning for genuine connection and understanding. References to medication and the admonition to “Take a pill keep quiet” underscore the stigma surrounding mental health, offering a poignant reflection of the internal battles faced by so many.

As Saints Down continues to captivate audiences with their soul-stirring melodies and unflinching lyricism, “I’m Alright” stands as a testament to the power of music to illuminate the darkest corners of the human experience. It’s a song that speaks to the resilience of the human spirit, offering solace to those who may find themselves grappling with their own inner demons. In the hallowed halls of alternative rock, Saints Down once again emerges as a beacon of authenticity, inviting listeners to embark on a journey of self-discovery.


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