Since danish Kissaway Trail announced their return to the Danish music scene last year, things have moved fast! After a challenging concert at SPOT festival, they released the album Breach that we rewarded 4/5 stars, without a doubt a strong album from a band who had otherwise been challenged in every conceivable way. Now they have recorded a video for their 2. single from the album Breach. More specifically, the single The Springsteen Implosion. A video we are more than proud to premiere!
By simply renting a country house on Denmark’s easternmost island Bornholm, they’ve managed to create a dark, melancholic DIY video in a 90’ kind of universe. Really no bullshit with this video. As the bands says, they wanted to try something different and was tired of glossy videos wearing make-up in beautiful pictures.
“Reverie was the word that tricked it, and the word that made us think that we had to create this dreamy universe that should feel like a nightmare kind of thing. A very dark dream. We borrowed a camera from a female friend, bought a coupe of flashlights and some beers at the supermarket, and started recording at midnight. It was summer and few hours before recording, we had been out bathing in a lake nearby surrounded by enormous rocks. Søren took all the blankets from the farm house and hung them on the walls to create that spooky hospital kind of mood. We convinced our brand new bass player to only wear underpants . Really proud of that! It puts some irony into the video.”
The video itself is directed by Thomas Fagerlund himself and edited by him and Paw Ager. With dark, gloomy grunge-style visuals are sung about the act of reverie.
“It’s just a reverie, not a rich man. It’s just a reverie, just a poor man.”
Maybe a reference to the low budget of the video. No matter what, Kissaway Trail have been good at catching what Dave Grohl would call “The human element of music” on their album Breach. The band themselves have stated, inter alia, during their concert at Radar in October, that The Springsteen Implosion is a tribute to Springsteen himself, but as Søren tells about the lyrics, the song has more than one side to it:
“It’s almost a kind of schizophrenia. Just like the difference between the verse and the chorus. It’s about accepting that things are not like they seem, and the most important point of view is that we are all too obsessed with material stuff, you know. Just f…… love me even though I can’t buy you expensive presents. “Cause it’s you that I adore, Yes it’s you that I adore”. Adore me back God damn it!”
Maybe that is what it’s all about, but it also seems like the song has a hidden third side to it. A story about the break the band has survived. A story the video also manages to show very well by being genuine and real, rather than a large expensive production. Honesty rocks! Kissaway Trail rocks!
After some intense years at the top they reach a deep crisis. As the first two lines of The Springsteen Implosion say, the band was literally ”deeper into the ocean, rising again. And I swallowed nails”. With an indefinite hiatus like they had, every band member must have felt they had to swallow nails to keep the mind clear and grab the guitar and pen again. Maybe this track along others is like their own form of self-help. No matter what the boys survived and showed more than just talent – they showed us that you can move mountains with agility.
Agility is key not only among the band members, but also to the look of the new video. The video, which finds the three members in the deep of the night on Bornholm, invites you into an atmosphere separated from the world outside. It is worth mentioning the flickering lights providing the only lighting for the video. They keep the video alive and stress you. Also makes the video intense and chaotic and it works really well with the shifts between melodic verses and the chaotic chorus. A powerful video from an even stronger Kissaway Trail.
If you didn’t experience Kissaway Trail in 2013, don’t worry. They announced a major Denmark tour just before Christmas. They will e.g. visit Voxhall in Aarhus on the 7th March.