Trish Discord Announces her new album “Is This My Mental Breakdown?”
Queens, NY – Trish Discord is thrilled to announce the release of the “Is This My Mental Breakdown Album” album available everywhere on Friday, May 15th!
“Is This My Mental Breakdown” is a five song EP that dedicates each song to a different mental disorder. It talks about the experiences one has with each disorder but also focuses on the way these people are treated by family, friends, and society in general. Trish Discord felt this album needed to be written because a lot of people have been stigmatized for their mental disorders by the inaccurate perception people have of them. May is Mental Health Awareness month which seemed like the perfect time to debut this album and share with the world the truth about mental disorders based on the real criteria from the manual Psychologists use (the DSM V).
“I really admire that idea, it’s just another way to talk about mental health but in a very creative way. I’ve been personally waiting for someone to do this…[Trish Discord’s] voice definitely reminds me of Dolares O’Riordan from The Cranberries, especially in ‘Social”
Interview by Tim Brown
When and why did you start playing?
I have been singing my whole life and I started playing guitar and taking lessons in college. I started because I was really interested in rock and punk music and wanted to learn songs from that genre to cover. I later realized music was a great platform for me to express myself and started writing this album after I finished my masters in Psychology. Each song is dedicated to a different mental disorder to raise awareness about mental illness and reduce the stigma. I also wrote it to emphasize the barriers people with these disorders often go through.
Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
I really admire Hayley Williams and Mitski. I feel like both have a distinct style along with great voices. From Hayley I tried to take the melodic style and stage presence while with Mitski I tried to focus on how to make my lyrics reasonate the same way hers did with me.
Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD’s?
Paramore, Mitski, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Talking Heads, and The Strokes. My favorite CDs are “Riot!” by Paramore and “Be the cowboy” by Mitski.
Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV
Yes, I had my first show at a house party in Brooklyn this past January and was booked to play a show at One Eye Jack’s bar in March on Long Island right before the virus happened. It was postponed until things are safer. I have done an Instagram live show and plan to do another one in a few weeks to promote the album. I really enjoy doing it to connect with others and show them the music along with some of the stories that inspired it.
What makes this kind of music “good” to you?
I think of good music as something that not only have a pleasing melody but also a song with meaningful lyrics that you can tell were inspired by true events.
Why did you choose to play this kind of music?
I always enjoyed indie and alternative rock so I think I naturally gravitated to that genre when it came to writing songs. I feel that you can express a lot of emotional depth and be more free in that genre compared to others like pop for example.
Let’s Talk about your music and your last work…
My new album “Is This My Mental Breakdown?” came out May 15th and dedicates each song to a different mental disorder. I got my inspiration for my new album from my past experiences in my work for psychology, learning about each one from people I knew who were diagnosed with one, and then comparing it to the DSM V (the manual psychologists use to diagnose someone). The album came out on May 15th and is available on all platforms like Spotify, Apple music, etc.
What are the plans for the future?
I plan to release another album and continue to play shows (online before things are safe) and all around NYC and the country once things are safer.
Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
When writing this album I tended to think of the lyrics first then vocal melody. After I would find a guitar part that worked well with it. There were a few times a vocal melody would come to me and I applied it to a song. When writing the lyrics I tried to imagine what I would feel like if I had the disorder and then tried to compare it to the stories I heard from people with this disorder and the DSM V.
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Songs of the EP: https://soundcloud.com/trishdiscordsamples/sets/is-this-my-mental-breakdown-ep/s-tNjg8L5q2GG