Vince Grant is a musical nomad that has spent much of his recent life fighting drugs and depression. Through music, though, Grant seems to have discovered ways to confront and deal with his depression, and his new EP, My Depression is Always Trying to Kill Me, recounts those experiences. This record isn’t a triumph over the vices that have plagued him for years, though; it’s an honest ode to the realities of living with them.
Grant’s candid approach to the oft-closeted disease has made his music relatable to an audience in desperate need of relatability. That honesty has garnered the singer/songwriter just as much—if not more—attention than the music has. The Huffington Post recently covered his EP and said, “Vince Grant takes his illness outside of his mind and body and portrays it as an organism who he dances with, who he loves, but who batters his spirit.”
Those inner torments are on display throughout the five-song album. In its third track, for example, Grant laments “I get so tired of standing at the edge of the world.” He sings with an exasperated earnestness that resembles Live’s Ed Kowalczyk, aptly carrying his sentiments through the guitar-heavy folk rock that’s not far removed from the ‘90s post-grunge band.
“It feels like oceans…” sings Grant in another song. The forthright simplicity offers room for listeners to envision visceral images of being weighed down by an unfathomably large body. But even beneath the weight of the world, there’s hope, and Grant acknowledges that hope later in the song when he assuredly states, “It feels like I’m almost there…”.
My Depression is Always Trying to Kill Me is a transparent lens through which we can see the very personal struggle of a single man. It transcends the individual, though, and for all those out there wondering if you’re the only one, take a listen.