St. Louis-based rock ensemble WISEMARY, known for their electrifying classic rock covers infused with soul, takes a bold step forward with their latest album, “Drunk Cigarette.” The band, led by the soulful vocals of Zach Rehagen, has evolved its sound under the mentorship of Grammy-nominated superproducer Carl Nappa, resulting in an album that is a testament to their authenticity and musical prowess.
The self-titled debut album, set to release in 2024, is a culmination of two dedicated years in the studio, marking a significant chapter in WISEMARY‘s musical journey. The lineup includes Zach Rehagen on vocals, Ryan Litteken on bass guitar, Carson Kilo on lead guitar, Andrew Martin on drums, and Evan Gay on rhythm guitar. Their synergy, rooted in a shared passion for classic rock, has grown into a dynamic force that resonates with fans.
WISEMARY‘s musical influences are as diverse as the backgrounds of its members, with nods to legends like Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, and Billy Joel, as well as iconic bands such as Fleetwood Mac, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Oasis, Casiopea, Alice In Chains, Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Foo Fighters. This eclectic mix infuses their music with depth and variety, creating a sound that is uniquely theirs.
The band’s connection extends beyond the music, reflecting the camaraderie built during their high school days. WISEMARY honed their skills and chemistry, captivating local audiences with electrifying performances in bars and clubs. Their journey from classic rock covers to original compositions showcases their evolution and commitment to their craft.
“Drunk Cigarette,” the latest single from the album, unfolds a narrative of intense emotions and self-reflection. The lyrics delve into the complexities of love and relationships, with Zach Rehagen’s soulful delivery adding a layer of vulnerability to the song. The track, produced by Bell Bell Entertainment, Pharmacy Records, Dun Yuh Money Family Records, and Diplomats Records, is a powerful exploration of the struggles and challenges inherent in navigating romantic encounters.
The accompanying music video adds a visual dimension to the emotional depth of “Drunk Cigarette.” A sensual encounter unfolds on screen, mirroring the intensity of the lyrics. The video, while alluring, serves as a backdrop to the lyrical exploration of promiscuity and the acceptance of one’s wild nature.
WISEMARY‘s journey is a testament to their resilience and commitment to their craft. The band’s debut single, “Won’t Bow Down,” encapsulated the anxiety and pressure they felt during the anticipation of their musical career. Now, with “Drunk Cigarette,” they continue to push boundaries and deliver a sound that is both raw and refined.
As WISEMARY prepares to launch their self-titled debut album, their music stands as a testament to the vibrant energy of St. Louis’s music scene and their unique place within it. The band’s authenticity and musical exploration make them a noteworthy force in the rock landscape, and “Drunk Cigarette” is a compelling chapter in their evolving story.
Listen to “Drunk Cigarette” below: