Artist: Pay for Pain
Album: Pay for Pain EP
Genre: Indie, Rock, Americana
Label: Dark Medicine
The three friends who formed Pay for Pain nearly three years ago came with an indie pedigree in tow. Guitarist/vocalist Adam McIlwee had been the founder of Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, while bassist/vocalist Dennis Mishko and drummer Pat Brier hailed from Three Man Cannon; all three also spent time in the group Tigers Jaw. When the three got together to start writing songs together, they didn’t have the intention of creating the self-titled EP which is dropped on June 5th.
The second song the group released from the EP was the hooky yet haunting “Gatekeeper”. Darkly-toned jangly guitars and a heavy crashing beat give a macabre, airy vibe to the track, even as the folky harmonies and indie rock melody ground it in a solid foundation.
Take a listen to it in our Check This 2020 Playlist.