Last summer, a friend found Shaant Hackiyan — aka Cute Is What We Aim For — lying unconscious in a pool of blood in his home in Buffalo, N.Y.
“I had no recollection of how I had put myself in that situation,” says Hackiyan, 23, who was two years into his recording career at the time. But considering that he’d been drunk nearly every day during the previous two-and-a-half years, he had a pretty good idea.
“It was just after an intense binge,” he notes. “So after going to the ER and talking to some doctors and my family, it seemed like something had to be done.”
Hackiyan checked himself into rehab that October and has been sober ever since. He put CIWWAF on hold and acknowledges that there was a period he thought he was “done” with music. In January, however, he began playing again and was soon recording a new album with producer Doug White, a project Hackiyan — who’s dropped 47 pounds since shedding alcohol from his diet — will resume in July after he finishes is current CIWWAF tour with a hoped-for fall release.
“It’s been a real pleasure so far,” he says. “I find a lot of things I get nervous about or have anxiety about, once I actually go through with it, it ends up pretty good and I can handle myself. So on this tour everyone is mindful and respectful to keep (temptation) out of my line of sight.
“It’s been far better than I thought it would be. I’m just waiting for someone to pinch me and wake me up from the dream, but I’m starting to feel like it’s not a dream, which is great.”
Cute Is What We Aim For and the Moment perform on Thursday, June 17, at the Eagle Theater, 15 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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