BERRIED ALIVE: Icy Hot Friday, 12 August 2022 19:29 by madseason
Berried Alive

Charles and Kaylie Caswell – the pear behind the pun-filled outfit Berried Alive – have been egg-tremely pear-ductive since they announced their next album, Our Own Light, a little over a month ago. Peaching maximum speed as they race towards the record, the duo have released four tracks in the last thirty days, including today's single Icy Hot, streaming now on all digital platforms.

Alongside the launch of each new track, Berried Alive have revealed a handful of correlating streetwear pieces, including limited-print items like "Hawaiian Punch" Hawaiian shirts, "I H8 GTR" beanies and tie dye shirts for "Barberryans," which are already apple-solutely sold out.

Each of the four singles is taken from Berried Alive's forthcoming September 9 full-length Our Own Light, available now to pre-order.

From the earliest blueprints of Our Own Light, Berried Alive approached the project with the intention of expanding the pear-ameters of their genre. Best known for their ability to shred – a skill that caught the attention of both Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello –  the duo realized they wanted to prove they could push themselves sonically and emotionally, by expanding their sound beyond the signatures of a metal band. "We personally listen to a lot of different styles of music," the band admits, addressing their explosion of sound. "We like different things about each style, so we've incorporated some elements of our favorite styles into one sound."

Simultaneously, the band defected from their hard rock genre's angry and insensitive songwriting style, leaning into a more transparent and candid approach to storytelling. Reinforcing that nothing is im-popsicle if you refuse to cake your eye off the prize, Berried Alive use Our Own Light to remind their listeners that you shrimply have to do whatever it takes to overcome the obstacles that may be in front of you.

The reception to the band's musical maturity has been egg-cellent. Meanwhile, many publications have zoomed in on Berried Alive's focus on mental health. Both Poisonberry and Melon-Choly use their introspective lyrics to discuss the necessity of healthy boundaries and structure, mirroring the decisions that Charles and Kaylie made early in their relationship, when they were craving a butter life for themselves, and refused to cave to the pear pressure to follow the standard industry blueprint. Ditching studio time and traditional tour routings, the duo decided to relish their time together and build a life intended for healthy living.

Taking matters into their own hams has been the best path for Berried Alive to dill with the workload that comes with being a creator. The results have been considerable. As Charles writes, produces, mixes, and masters the outfit's music, which has gathered nearly 50-melon streams globally, and spawned five studio albums featuring 30 pun-based singles, Kaylie contributes lyrics and the occasional basslines, while creating and designing the band's clothing brand and streetwear line, which was recently spotlighted by Lil' Pump, who supported the Pearasite Collection. Their unique line includes wearable art like bomber jackets, a varsity jacket style sweater, sneakers, joggers, and hoodies, which all feature the band's adorable strawberry and crossbones logo.

Like their music, which they've created with the intention of helping people feel connected and less alone in the world, they hope that by creating in a way that is accessible and impactful for the everyday person, they can provide some encourage-mint to help people choose to juice be themselves.