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Wisemary’s Musical Evolution: From “Won’t Bow Down” to the Upcoming “Flashbang”

St. Louis’s rock ensemble Wisemary has been making waves in the local music scene, and their journey is a testament to their evolving sound and unyielding spirit. Known for their soulful classic rock covers, the band, under the mentorship of Grammy-nominated superproducer Carl Nappa, has transformed into a group with a distinctive, authentic sound. Their latest releases, “Won’t Bow Down” and the upcoming “Flashbang,” showcase this evolution.

Won’t Bow Down,” the band’s debut single, is a powerful anthem of defiance and resilience. The song’s lyrics, “Hide in the shallows / You circle like a shark / I sold my shadow / So I could leave a mark,” set a tone of rebellion and strength. The chorus, “I know what you want / But I won’t feed the beast,” resonates with anyone who’s ever felt pressured to conform. This track, emerging from the band’s intense anxiety and pressure during their formative years, captures the essence of hard rock with a swampy undertone.

As they gear up for the release of “Flashbang,” Wisemary promises to bring the same raw, unfiltered energy that has become their signature. The lyrics of “Flashbang,” such as “Hear your boots pace around my porch / Lit blast charge blowing down my door,” suggest a narrative of unexpected confrontation and resilience, much like their journey in the music industry.

The band’s lineup – lead singer Zach Rehagen, bass guitarist Ryan Litteken, lead guitarist Carson Kilo, drummer Andrew Martin, and rhythm guitarist Evan Gay – brings a unique blend of influences to their music. Their sound pays homage to legends like Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, and Billy Joel, while also drawing inspiration from bands like Fleetwood Mac and Foo Fighters. This eclectic mix is reflected in their energetic performances, which have captivated audiences at venues like Arrowhead and The Pageant in St. Louis.

Wisemary‘s roots in St. Louis’s blues, alternative rock, and hip-hop heritage add depth to their music. Their journey from local bars and clubs to larger venues is a story of dedication, passion, and the pursuit of a unique sound. With their self-titled debut album set for release in 2024, Wisemary is poised to leave a lasting impression on the rock scene.

As fans eagerly await “Flashbang,” it’s clear that Wisemary‘s music is not just about sound but about a message. Through songs like “Won’t Bow Down” and “Flashbang,” they urge listeners to embrace their individuality and stand firm against adversity. Wisemary is not just a band; they are a musical movement, inspiring others to find their voice and never bow down.

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