Badflower has quickly established themselves as a band to watch with slow-burning hit “Ghost,” an honest and vulnerable take on mental health. The slow and emotional song hits home with lead singer Josh Katz noting he used it as a sort of therapy to cope with his thoughts.
Now, the California rockers are diving into a totally different take on the same topic. “x ANA x” is a gritty and playful song that stresses the struggles that come from issues with mental health, naming it a sickness that may not land you in the doctor but can have you feeling just as weak.
When smushed together, the title reads “Xanax,” making the video a theater production about the anti-anxiety medication. The song breaks down both the stigma of talking about mental health and of being prescribed medications for it in a way that somehow manages to be serious and hilarious at the same time.
Mental health, alcohol and drug abuse, addiction, and relapses are very real. You are not alone, and we understand. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression and thinking of suicide, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.
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