Aonia are pleased to announce an upcoming acoustic version of their poignant ballad ‘If You Dare’. The ninth track on the band’s debut album (‘The Seven’), ‘If You Dare’ is based on an Italian song called ‘Vivere’, which loosely translates to ‘Dare to Live’. The acoustic track also marks guitarist Stuart’s recording debut with Aonia.
Why have Aonia decided to release the stripped-back version of ‘If You Dare’ now?
Quite simply, the song’s lyrics and message are incredibly meaningful in the current climate we all find ourselves in.
About the lyrics, Jo says:
In our lives, there are times when we feel we can’t go on – no way out, no solutions. I wanted the song to speak to those people, to the man or woman who is ‘on his knees’ or ‘on her knees’ to encourage them to go on. I want to say: you will get through this. It’s not going to be forever. You can go on. One of the final lyrics in the song is “step into the fire”. At the minute, with the current times we are in, this is more important than ever before. There are restrictions; there are barriers to many things – relationships, working – it’s all pretty messed up in the world at the minute. But we need to learn to adapt to the things around us and deal with the things that we can control, rather than the things that we’re not able to.
The single will be released on 28th May 2021 and is being presented as a Double A-Side with a bonus track.
The full release will feature:
1. The Show Must Go On (Queen cover)
2. If You Dare (Acoustic)
3. Violet Hours (Live at Bloodstock Festival 2018)