Hush

Album: Blood for Blood (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • The lyrics, written by vocalist Chad Gray, discuss his personal experience growing up in a home with domestic violence. The purpose behind the song is to shed light on a hidden subject while letting other survivors know that they are not alone.
  • The song was released as a single on March 13 as part of "No More Week." Created by No More, "No More Week" is designed to spark conversations around issues of domestic violence and sexual assault and galvanize more communities, organizations and corporations to make them a priority year-round.
  • Chad Gray told us how heavy metal was the only thing he could relate to during his difficult adolescence: "I went through pretty hard times in middle school when family life and everything got bad," he said. "I got Mötley Crüe's Too Fast For Love tape and I had this little one-speaker player that kind of looked like a dictation device, like something you'd put your thoughts in and hand to your secretary and she'd put your schedule together. It was just mono, not stereo. This was literally all I had."

    "I had that tape, and I remember putting that on, and probably within the first minute-and-a-half of 'Live Wire,' I was like, "Oh s--t, I can relate to this!,'" Gray added. "This was back in the Mötley Crüe dark leather days. I don't know what I would have done without that tape. I don't know what I would have done without the bands: the Metallicas, the Megadeths, the Slayers."

Comments: 2

  • Linda from Wa StateThank you. I had the same experiences AND tapes.
  • Ariel from LouisvilleI always like knowing I'm not alone.
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