South Jersey-rooted band, OLD FRIENDS, share their first single “Run” via Free Dive Records. It was recorded at Little Brother Audio in West Philadelphia, produced/mixed by Victor Sabatino and mastered by Tyler Ripley.
“I lost control and got into a head on collision with oncoming traffic and totaled my brand new car” said Nick Noto, singer and guitarist for Old Friends.
Noto, an aspiring musician, was working two jobs (at a winery and a coffee shop) and left work when it started to rain. “I had been having some trouble with my brakes and figured I could just address it when I went back to the dealer to get an oil change. But, as I went to come to a stop, my car started to slide.” added Noto.
“After that, I dealt with a lot of shame, and a lot of blame. Everyone I spoke to, from witnesses, to police, to the insurance all tried to make it out like it was my fault... I sank into a deep depression full of guilt, pain, and anxiety. I didn’t show up to a couple of gigs. I burned some bridges because I just could not pick up the phone and hear the disappointment in someone's voice. I couldn’t drive down that road for 3 months after the accident...
Instead of facing the situation head on, I ran..” said Noto.
Noto’s chilling vocals and guitar allows the listener to feel every somber moment he went through. A song that truly drives and makes you want to hop in the car and reflect on one’s life. We’ve all looked out the window with music blaring, pondering events in our lives, some more serious like Noto’s. Music became a way to face his feelings
“Reliving this traumatic experience through Run has been therapeutic….Run is about owning your mistakes. It is about growth. Acknowledgment of your flaws. Running from your problems will not solve them. Although it seems like the easiest way out, in the long run you will be left with so much guilt.” said Noto.
This was one of the first songs he showed Free Dive Records and producer Victor Sabatino. “From the beginning of working with Nick, I think we both knew "Run" was a real gem from the demos...He hashed out the whole scenario that led to its creation to me one night when we took a dinner break. When we went back into the control room in the studio it was as if I came back to the song with new ears.” said Sabatino