Eric Church is serving up a stark reality check with his next radio release, announcing the world-weary “Monsters” as his new single.
Co-written by Church with Jeff Hyde, “Monsters” is the third single from his CMA nominated Desperate Man album and the follow up to “Some Of It,” his wisdom-filled latest No.1 hit. But while “Monsters” is also based on things you learn as the years roll by, this one doesn’t have quite the same positivity.
With subtle strains of acoustic guitar and a the vocal feel of a lullaby, the track begins with a dreamy, nostalgic sound. But it’s quickly contrasted by lyrics that take a hard look at an ugly world, and the drive of every parent to protect his or her kids. Church explained in a video around the album’s release that the song was originally inspired by his son, Boone, and the little guy’s fear of the dark. But it took on a more sinister meaning following the mass shooting at 2017’s Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, where Church had performed before the tragedy.
“Anymore when a restless feelin’ keeps me up at night / Fallin’ on my knees is my new turnin’ on the light / I keep my faith intact and make sure my prayers are said / ‘Cause I’ve learned that the monsters ain’t the ones beneath the bed,” Church sings in the song’s chorus.
Church is nominated for three awards at this year’s upcoming CMA Awards — including Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year and Music Video of the Year — and his Double Down Tour gets back underway September 13 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.