Sevendust announced new music for the first time since 2018 critically acclaimed album All I See Is War. The heavy metal legends released a new lyric video for their Soundgarden cover of “The Day I Tried to Live” on June 26 and is available on all streaming platforms.
Sevendust decided it was time to release new music and return to the airwaves after seeing the societal changes happening around the globe. “The Day I Tried to Live” was relevant back in 1994 when it was first released by Soundgarden and is just as relevant today. The message behind the song is all about trying to learn to live a better life which is only possible for everyone if everyone is given equal opportunities to do so.
The new track was produced by Michael “Elvis” Baskette who worked on the bands latest album. The new lyric video for the song was created by Wayne Joyner who is known for his work with Dream Theater. The video features a lone figure walking down a road thinking about his life. The video also includes clips of the band throughout it.
“Soundgarden is such an important band to all of us in Sevendust and this love for them goes all the way back to when we were starting,” explains lead vocalist Lajon Witherspoon. “We discussed trying to do one of their songs and our producer Elvis suggested ‘The Day I Tried To Live.’ I would have been fine with any of those songs personally. When I first heard it, I thought the lyrics were timeless. The lyrics are about trying to experience new things and change the way you live, and we see examples of that every day with what is happening around the world. To have the chance to cover this song and release it is so special to all of us. Thank you, Chris Cornell and Soundgarden.”