‘Under The Influence’ is the breathtaking latest release by Manchester-based artist, Mike Dignam. It is a heartfelt and honest song accompanied by gorgeous melodies and a thoroughly catchy chorus.
We found ‘Under The Influence’, to be an incredibly atmospheric track, filled with excellent lyrics and a beautiful delivery. The opening lyrics, ‘This is all I have left, some cigarettes and my regrets’, is a brilliant introduction to the excellent songwriting that flows throughout the song.
Dignam says, “The song is about the idea of heartbreak having control over you, like alcohol or substance abuse, a drug and asking to be excused for out of character actions because this feeling has completely taken over.” This is a topic most people can relate to. His painfully honest lyrics are what endears Dignam to his listeners.
The production is also excellent on the single and it was entirely produced by Dignam himself. He says, “I’m unbelievably proud of it. It’s the first record I’ve ever produced and I’ve since gone on to produce my entire album, which will be out early 2020.” The superb production is just another string to Dignam’s impressive bow and cements what a special talent he is.
Having been released officially on 18th September, Dignam also released a wonderful video to accompany the song. It can be viewed from the link below and it has all the character and atmosphere we heard in the music. Vivid oranges, blues, and purples fill the landscape and compliment the music perfectly.
Dignam also has a headline tour this November. Make sure you check him out at one of these dates!
05/11 – Komedia Studio, Brighton
07/11 – Headrow House, Leeds
08/11 – The Cuban Embassy, Birmingham
27/11- Thousand Island, London
30/11 – Gorilla, Manchester
FVMusicBlog September 2019