Rolling Stone-Featured "Better Together" Offers Hope Amid COVID-19, Racial Divides
UNSECRET / Sam Tinnesz Joined By 20 Artists For Song Along With Fans From Around The World
Written by UNSECRET and Tinnesz via Zoom April 8 and recorded remotely, including the companion video, "Better Together" speaks to people's fears and the importance of community as it shines as a beacon of hope amidst the world's battle with COVID-19 and racial tensions.
Best known for their dark-themed, hard-hitting music, the quarantine and isolation offered UNSECRET and Tinnesz a new muse: togetherness. The verses of the song could still reflect the difficultly of the times, but they wanted a chorus charged with positivity.
"We need music that brings us together, makes us feel like everything's OK," Tinnesz says in a recent Rolling Stone feature. "People I know, no matter what kind of music they usually create, are all trying to find ways to put threads of hope [in songs] for people dealing with all this COVID separation."
Paradoxically, "Better Together" was all recorded separately, with Nashville session player Todd Lombardo recording the acoustic guitar, electric guitar and banjo, which became the foundation of the musical track. Next came drums with Miles McPherson followed by bass with Tony Lucido, each recording from their homes.
Along with the lead vocal by Tinnesz, Ruby Amanfu and Sam Ashworth (known for their work with the artist H.E.R.) remotely added layers of vocals that provided a "virtual choir." From there, all the vocals and instruments were pulled together by seasoned alt-rock mixer Chad Howat.
Finding meaningful ways to connect during quarantine while longing for real connection in the future, UNSECRET and Tinnesz further gathered 20 artists along with fans from coast-to-coast across the US and around the world, to participate remotely in the "Better Together" video. The resulting video can be seen now at https://youtu.be/
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