"Sweet Whiskey" has been ... well, sweet for Remains of Jade.
The song was featured on the Independent Radio Network's August show and currently sits at No. 11 on its mainstream top 30 countdown.
The track is a bit of a departure for the local hard rock band, but that was by design , according to bass player Michael Chomos
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Remains of Jade will perform at two area music festivals this weekend.
"We were basically trying to make a song for our album that was basically mainstream rock," he said. "We kind of made a ballad, a rock ballad that could touch many genres."
With hints of southern rock (particularly Marshall Tucker Band's "Can't You See") and an easy-flowing rap in the middle, the song recalls Kid Rock's style, and Chomos said he got to play the song for the Rock when he played the Covelli Centre earlier this year.
"He actually kind of liked it," Chomos said, which encouraged the band to push the song as a single.
It's become a crowd favorite at its live shows - "We play it at the end of the second set cause then people have to stay around," Chomos said - although it's difficult to play live as a three-piece band - Steven Cvetkovich, lead vocals and guitar; Bill Werner, drums and percussion; and Chomos, bass and vocals.
2012's "Life of Denial" was the band's first album as Remains of Jade, but the band played out locally for more than a decade as Oral, and the current lineup has been together since 2006. Chomos said the band wanted a name that would be make it easier for fans to find online and also avoid any unfortunate detours that could come with typing "Oral" into a search engine.
The band is working with Pete Drivere at Youngstown's Ampreon Recorder on the follow up to "Life of Denial," but the band is waiting to see if some possible label interest pans out before it finishes the disc.
"We have to see where it goes with a record deal," Chomos said. "We'd rather have them pay for it."
He compared the new songs to Evanescence and Linkin Park with "harmonies that are crazy," Chomos said. "It's the best album we've put out by far. There's no reason someone won't pick it up."
The band is focusing on playing live, and it will appear this weekend at both ROXfEST in Petersburg on Friday and at Ballyhoo Music Festival in Austintown on Saturday. Chomos said the festivals are a good way for the band to broaden its audience.
"People who wouldn't normally be there to see you get a chance to hear you, and maybe they come see you the next time."