On “ALONE,” we get SOTBMusic newbie WALS delivering a poignant look into what happens when people slip up with regards to their substance abuse issues. I’ve been there, staring down the bottom of a bottle. Thankfully, I’ve cleaned up my act to where I can drink without needing or wanting to drown myself in liquor. As I said on No Pain No Gain, “tequila is my drink of choice and it just makes me want to [have relations].” And I prefer to not have relations when completely trashed, especially since I can’t really consent to getting physical with someone if I’m trashed (and vice versa).
However, there are some of us out there who can’t, or who experiment with drugs along with their drinking. This song is less for those who have it under control and more for those who still struggle. I love that this song isn’t meant to condemn those people to damnation (nor is this post). Instead, “ALONE” attempts to humanize them and put a face and feeling to substance abuse. This issue is something that’s become an even greater problem in recent years, especially when considering the pandemic has shut us away from friends and family for months–even years–at a time. Sometimes, the only comfort some of us may feel is at the end of a bottle or a few pills or a line or two. I’m not saying it’s right, but it’s an unfortunate reality to some of us out there.
This song treats substance abuse as the cry for help it can be, opting to not have WALS die from an overdose or anything drastic. Instead, it makes sure that we know that, even if we stumble, we’re still able to keep going. That is a message I can get behind. Check out the powerful song and its visuals below, support dope music in all its forms and check in on your loved ones. Even if they say they’re fine, there may be something they’re not telling you because they want to keep up appearances.