TORONTO - Darling, SayWeCanFly’s first EP for Epitaph, hits shelves today, October 23.
Darling, the follow-up to the one-man acoustic act’s debut Between The Roses, shows a more mature and developed side of 20-year-old Braden Barrie, who has been recording music since his early teens.
“Darling has been a great opportunity for me to dive a little more into my sound, and definitely helped me step a little closer to where I want to take SayWeCanFly,” said Barrie. “It's a little stepping stone into the next chapter, which I now have a much clearer idea of.”
Barrie’s career has developed through poignant songs that connect deeply with listeners, which has, in turn, build a strong personal relationship between the artist and fans via social media. Between The Roses was released by Barrie himself, then reissued later in the year in a Deluxe format.
“This EP has definitely been an interesting part of the SayWeCanFly story,” Barrie said. “I think the best part about Darling is that I had absolutely no idea I was creating it when it happened. I wrote the entire thing in one day, and was under the impression that these songs were going to be the deluxe edition of my last album.”
The interest from Epitaph caught Barrie by surprise, but it’s a relationship he is excited to enter into. “It was completely out of nowhere,” he said. “I'm certainly honored to be working with them because they are one of the few labels that I know honestly cares about the music and hard work of the bands on their roster. It's my first time ever working with a label, and the timing feels perfect.”
SayWeCanFly has been featured regularly on MTVU, MTVHits!, Alternative Press, MuchMusic, BryanStars, Fuse and more.
TORONTO - Singer/songwriter act SayWeCanFly tackles the many harsh realities of the state of the human race all within less than four minutes in the new animated video for “High School,” the first single from Darling, SayWeCanFly’s debut EP for Epitaph, available today.
"The song is really about how I feel the world has lost its mind, and humans have completely lost touch with each other,” said SayWeCanFly’s Braden Barrie. “People treat each other poorly in high school and it continues on a much larger scale in war, politics and racism. I really wanted to capture the feeling of being alone in a foreign place that makes no sense to the character because he feels hurt by the way things are around him. He just wants to feel loved and he wants others to be happy, and doesn't see a reason for the chaos and pain.?"
Using simple images, the video makes a huge visual impact. “From the very start of the video’s production, I really wanted to combine the strong message behind Braden's lyrics with the theme of its title, 'High School,'” said director John Howe. “Braden describes how the world is full of atrocities, and that it is important to bring awareness to these happenings.”
The video follows a character as he embarks on his first day as an outsider in a new school. The high school represents a miniature society featuring individual students depicting the world’s problems. The character acts as a passenger, allowing the audience to follow his day and witness the contrast between him and the rest of the students. In the end, the sun slowly gravitates towards the Earth before swallowing it whole.
“The ending was very clear to me, thanks to the fact that Braden's lyrics are packed with imagery,” Howe said. “The sun has been seen as a sentient being since the dawn of humanity’s reign. So what would be more fitting end to have the very thing that gave us life take it all away?”
Howe is the director of numerous animated videos and countless lyric videos. The UK-based director previously focused on corporate work before stepping over to music. “It made me realize how much creative freedom the music business has to offer,” he said. “It really makes every project a joy to work on, especially when the artist has a strong core message within the song. What I particularly like about ‘High School’ is that it's daring to speak up about very real issues in our society today. Thanks to the rise of internet culture, I believe that musicians have more of a podium to share their voice than ever before without the fear of being censored.”
"I know we all have a hard time addressing the darkness we know exists in our world,” Barrie said, “but I had to do my best to put those issues in front of everyone in a way I think we can all understand."
“High School” premiered Thursday exclusively on MTVu. The video is now available to view on YouTube at https://youtu.be/9bCDgLey17w.
Since I’ve started this site, I’ve seen and heard quite a few bands that will forever be engrained in my brain. One of those bands, With Our Arms To The Sun is fast becoming one of my all time favorites. Musically they captivate you with the first note. Their live shows are beyond an experience. I’d even go as far as saying that seeing them live is life changing. These guys play with every ounce of their being and leave it all on stage. So on Friday night when they took the stage I could sense that this was going to be quite a show. They played with such force throughout their set, leaving no time in between songs to gather themselves, instead going straight into the next song taking no prisoners along the way. They set featured songs from their great album A Far Away Wonder which is being re-released this Friday through Fade To Silence records. Their set was so heavy and epic, that they literally brought the roof down and shattered a few lights due to their intensity and love for their music. When With Our Arms To The Sun comes through any town, you should get there and see them. You won’t be disappointed.
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TORONTO - Singer/songwriter act SayWeCanFly's latest video for the track "High School" from the Darling EP, out October 23, on Epitaph will premiere tomorrow exclusively in the Unite d States on MTVu, MTVu.com and MTV.com.
"High School" will debut on MTVu at 6 a.m. EDT on October 22 and will air once per every hour of programming for the following 24 hours. The video will then air in regular rotation on the channel.
OSLO - Mortiis has unveiled the video for "Doppelganger," the first single from the long-awaited upcoming The Great Deceiver album.
The "Doppelganger" single will also be available as a free download at www.mortiis.com beginning Monday, October 5. The download also includes a :wumpscut: remix, the downloadable video, a screensaver and other graphics.
"As a song, 'Doppelganger' not so much investigates or peeks into a conflicted psyche, as it just rips it open and exposes someone for being a two faced piece of shit," Mortiis said. "I absolutely see myself as that. Sometimes. Other times I try to be a good person. I often fail. Perhaps I treat myself harshly. But it´s there now, in my face, and I don´t disagree with what the song is saying."
The video, directed by Robyn Van Swank with Nick Plotquin, brings the track to life with horrific images of bloodletting, mutilation and torture.
"I thought there was a rough sort of irony in it all with the physical and psychological mutilation," Mortiis said. "The knife imitates the words...the truth bleeds out..."
The video for "Doppelganger" is also Mortiis' reaction to years of being artistically held back by record companies that shied away from the graphic content that visually sums up Mortiis' music. "I always thought that was ridiculous," he said. "We wanted to make videos that people would notice, that would cause a reaction, something they wouldn´t forget as soon as the next video came on. I always thought that if our music or imagery pissed someone off, or made them want to puke in their mouths that would be a way better reaction than indifference."
Mortiis had previously discussed making a video that would be one straight seen of self-mutilation but always knew the powers that be would put the kibosh on it. When he connected with Von Swank to discuss filming "Doppelganger," self-mutilation was naturally the first topic.
"We wanted to original idea to be so messed up that no one who saw it would ever forget it," said Mortiis. "Perhaps not the deepest or most artistic visual experience, but it would turn some heads. Ever since that time, I swore I would one day control how my music was used. Maybe nobody would ever want to see it, let alone air it, but at least I´d be in control. I never got into this game to get rich anyway."
Mortiis will return Stateside this month for a month-long warm up tour in preparation for the release of The Great Deceiver.
The Devils Be Damned Tour dates featuring Mortiis:
October 7, 2015 Wed. Freebird Live, Jacksonville, FL October 9, 2015 Fri. Venue 578, Orlando, FL October 10, 2015 Sat. The Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale, FL October 11, 2015 Sun. Club LA, Destin, FL October 14, 2015 Wed. The Rail Club, Ft. Worth, TX October 15, 2015 Thu. Dirty Dog Bar, Austin, TX October 16, 2015 Fri. Jake's Backroom, Lubbock, TX October 17, 2015 Sat. Venue 3405, Joplin, MO October 19, 2015 Mon. The Granada, Lawrence, KS October 20, 2015 Tue. POVS, Spring Lake Park, MN October 21, 2015 Wed. Limelight, Peoria, IL October 22, 2015 Thu. Austin's Libertyville, IL October 23, 2015 Fri. Headliner's, Toledo, OH October 24, 2015 Sat. Harpo's Concert Theatre, Detroit, MI October 25, 2015 Sun. Diamond Pub & Billiards, Louisville, KY October 26, 2015 Mon. Oddbody's Music Room, Dayton, OH October 27, 2015 Tue. The Tree, Joliet, IL October 28, 2015 Wed. The Metal Grill, Milwaukee, WI October 29, 2015 Thu. The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI October 30, 2015 Fri. Alrosa Villa, Columbus, OH October 31, 2015 Sat. Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
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