Smaller artists need to be recognized for their unique talents and popularity in their community. After months of planning, I’ve finally decided to launch this series to help promote smaller artists in an attempt to get their name and talent out there to the wider public. Every artist I cover in this series has been hand-picked for their style, talent, and character. I ‘ve recommended every artist I write about and this is no exception. Without further explanation, here is my second pick: Adjust the Sails.
Adjust the Sails is a two-piece group from Baltimore. Shane Hurst and Steven Haller make up this duo. They started off as a solo acoustic project in 2014 with the Til Death Do Us Part EP. This EP was heavily inspired by bands such as Brand New, La Dispute, Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance. The songs they created were a means of self-therapy and based around the idea that they could possibly provide help to those who have had troubles with depression and their own demons. Adjust the Sails would then go on hiatus from 2016-2017.
2018 would see the end of the hiatus and a new beginning for the group. This reformation spawned their new EP titled I’m Not Okay But It’s Okay. This EP consisted of more folk punkish/upbeat songs but are still lyrically based around the basic ideas that they were founded on. The first song on the EP was “Ashley”. “Ashley” was written while Shane was reconnecting with his first love. This theme would go on to ultimately become the tone of I’m Not Okay But It’s Okay. Over the past few years, Adjust the Sails have played many house shows and local shows around Maryland along with a few out-of-state shows in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and North Carolina.
On July 1st, Adjust the Sails will be performing at the Maryland Music Madness at the Fish Head Cantina. They also have an interest in performing at the Frozen Harbor Fest 2019. The group is also working on recording another EP that will be released in the near future. Adjust the Sails is working on trying to tour around the East Coast this year. The group itself is growing rapidly and have almost 2,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. I recommend you check out their music and follow them on Facebook too for future updates and news!
Here is a message from Adjust the Sails:
Thank you to all those who support us. Don’t give up on doing what makes you happy or what you’re passionate about no matter what other people say. There’s always gonna be people who are against you, but it’s up to us to prove them wrong.
I’m Not Okay But It’s Okay is on Spotify now!