CBW’s Along For The Ride

No stranger to CBW’s Independent Spotlight, Gavin Michaels brings his newest EP, Along for The Ride, to The Rock Revival IN PERSON this Friday, June 17th.

Gavin Michaels will join Radio’s Rebel DJ, Style during The Rock Revival 6/17/22 show to debut his newest EP for the first time on-air. Gavin will be playing the absolute best variety the internet has to offer alongside Style and will be featured during the 2:15pm showcase time. When asked to give some insight about Along for The Ride and the tracks featured on it, Gavin had this to offer;

“Aesthetic Cigarette is about falling in love with the idea of someone, only to wake up one day and realize they’re a complicated, living, breathing human, and not some idealized version you made in your mind. 

Teenagers vol 2. (1979-2K79) is a song that I wish was about me. I wasn’t exactly a rebel kid, even if I wanted to be. I got really good grades, was overly polite, and I dared not change my hair-style too much lest it make my parents mad. When I discovered punk music though, it was all about identity and saying screw you, I am who I want to be. That punk spirit has always been inside of teenagers. And you hear it in the music today, you hear it in the Ramones, and you hear it in Shakespeare. Well, this was a song to kind of honor the spirit of the teenager inside of me – even if he didn’t smoke cigarettes and drop acid all the time.

Along for the Ride started as a parody of the My Chemical Romance Song “I’m Not Okay” (Hence the Chorus: “I’m afraid that I’m okay, what will I do if I’m not emo anymore?”) As I was working on the song, I was on the upswing from a serious period of depression in my life, and it was a very real fear of mine that I wouldn’t be able to access that sort of dark place that I went to for inspiration. The song personifies my depression as another sort of love-hate relationship where I won’t let myself fall back into the pit of depression entirely, but won’t let myself be free of it either. 

I’m constantly messing up in my life. I’m only at the very begging of a long journey of maturing. I think these songs more than anything are reflections of different levels of maturity in my life – experiences I had to grow from – whether as a teenager, young adult, or man. In the future… We’ll have to see. There’s so much I want to explore. But you can bet that it will be full of all of my passion, groove, and love.”

-Gavin Michaels

Tune in and hear Along for The Ride Live on-air along with the man himself this Friday June 17th starting at 12pm eastern. Listen all over the world and wherever you are by downloading the free Live365 app and typing in CBW Radio!

-Article originally written for StylesRebelRadio.com and CBW Radio