Head with Wings collaborate with Ukranian director Igor Dovgotoles (The Black Soil) for sinister narrative based lyric video “Somewhere, Something Gives” that visually portrays the subject of terror through detailed animation.
Album artwork and tracklist revealed.
FFO Steven Wilson, Karnivool, A Perfect Circle, Jeff Buckley, Anathema.
'From Worry To Shame' Release Date: 1st June 2018
“From the same pit of English despair as Steven Wilson, Anathema, and Radiohead — plus some very slick Tri-state vibe — the act creates dense, chilling clean guitar soundscapes to gel beautifully with the ghostly wails of vocalist/guitarist Josh Corum” - Metalsucks
"Writing music that nestles between the fragility of life and certainty of death, Head with Wings offer dark yet positive-minded melodies and strangely celebratory funeral marches. Their fresh, modern sound is steeped in innovation" - Prog
Head with Wings are storytellers of sound. Textured, ethereal and blissfully haunting, the U.S/Connecticut based songwriting duo Joshua Corum and Brandon Cousino create boundary-pushing rock songs that straddle the aesthetic line between art music and narrative drama.
“Music has always been a way for me to cope with tragedy and make sense of the bad things that happen in our world. Even though there are bands that I listen to purely for entertainment, I don't know if Head with Wings will readily fall into that category. I suspect that the listener will need to go into the experience with a bit of vulnerability to be truly moved.” - muses Josh Corum, when reflecting on the story behind his work.
Continuing on from the release of their debut single “Goodbye Sky,” the band have now unleashed the next chapter of their narrative told through the album in the form of an animated lyric video that tells the story of track 2, “Somewhere, Something Gives” taken from their debut album From Worry To Shame out June 1st (self-release). The video premiered over at Prog Magazine.
You can view the dark and sinister lyric video directed by Igor Dovgoteles (The Black Soil) HERE
Josh provides insight on “Somewhere, Something Gives”
“The second Head with Wings single, “Somewhere, Something Gives” poses the question; to what extent are we willing to go to forgive the unforgivable? As a people, can we somehow forgive the unspeakable atrocities committed by those who are suffering themselves? The song pulls thematic and lyrical inspiration from the divisive portrayal of gun control and mental health issues in American society. Before 2012, it was never my intention to write a song inspired by gun violence, as Head with Wings doesn’t inherently have a specific political agenda in its music, but what I felt on December 14, 2012 was just overwhelming and resonated with the mood of the music we were working on and that marriage was undeniable. The sinking feeling that I felt those five or so years ago has never left me. The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school shattered the notion of what was once a safe space for children and replaced it with fear.”
Josh goes on to talk about the collaboration with Igor and how they achieved their vision for the video
“When it came time to find someone to collaborate with on the music video for “Somewhere, Something Gives,” I was fortunate to come across the work of Igor Dovgoteles from Ukraine. Our goal was to create a narrative oriented lyric video that could tackle our subject matter with Igor’s trademark style (which has a celestial sci-fi flavor). As a fan of his videos, I was thrilled that he agreed to work with us after listening to our album. Igor has directed a few music videos for the metal band Jinjer, such as A Plus Or A Minus and I Speak Astronomy, which tastefully mesh digital effects and gripping cinematography with compelling narrative progression. At first glance, his style of filmmaking may seem removed from the typical emotional realm that Head with Wings resides in. To me, this provides a nice counterpoint to our “Goodbye Sky” music video and it proves that we don’t have to stick with what may be perceived as the obvious choice in how we choose to represent ourselves. Both of our music videos for this album visualize internal struggle that is brought on by external forces. If you knew Igor, you’d understand that he is right there with us; worried about the future and for the people of his country. In a recent conversation, Igor said to me, “This is our terror,” referring to the deaths of innocent Ukrainian citizens amidst the Russian incursion in 2014. Our friendship wasn’t born from shared pleasantries but through the relatability of pain.”
Igor Dovgoteles also speaks about the collaboration
Time and space for me personally have always been inspirational. In this case, it was a challenge to direct our imagination into something more complicated and real. Something
“We often hear news about school shooters in the United States. This phenomenon as such is not typical for Ukraine, but we can imagine the depth of the problem and its painfulness. For me, it shares a similar nature with a nightmare. Losing loved ones is difficult in any circumstance, but in the case of school shootings involving the deaths of children, this is an abyss and a very hard topic. Relevant
of this planet and of this reality that we share. The first thing that we completely understood in The Black Soil (Production Company) is that we do not want to propagate violence. We do not want to show blood. We wanted to avoid all of it and show the inner world of the protagonist; how this can all be in his head, told through images and symbols. Joshua has completely shared and supported our initiative in creating the video in our style.
This particular video is a symbol of broken families and relationships. All those families who suffered from a similar tragedy. We like to finalize our visual stories with some kind of positive resolution, but it's impossible here. There is only a bright white light in which everything will once dissolve, there, at the very end of the nightmare, in perpetuity. This is Rondo. The beginning and the end are the same, as a loop, because of the broken hourglass. Just maybe somewhere, something gives.”
From Worry To Shame tells a story through melancholic and haunting soundscapes, with accompanying imagery as displayed through the physical product of the album, and video content that the band are releasing on the journey to its release date.
You can pre-order From Worry To Shame now at the following links.
DISTROKID - Pre-save the album
Somewhere, Something Gives
From Worry To Shame
Beyond The Wall
In Dark Motel Rooms
ABOUT ‘FROM WORRY TO SHAME’
The album’s narrative revolves around a troubled school teacher who loses his daughter in a school shooting. This incident incites an insurmountable period of grief that destroys his marriage and leads to the suicide of his wife. The protagonist begins to withdraw from society and enters a long period of isolated depression. After a year or so of isolation, he finds himself as a new man; rid of the memories of his past and ready to replace them.
Inspiration for the album’s chronicle can be linked to the likes of the Sandy Hook Massacre, the Cheshire Home Invasion, and the kidnapping/murder of Joshua’s cousin, Meredith Emerson, in 2008. The release of From Worry To Shame marks a 10 year anniversary of Meredith’s death, and Joshua wishes to raise awareness about the importance of remaining astute when journeying through life.
You can view the music video for “Goodbye Sky,” the band’s debut music video HERE
The emotionally-charged and atmospheric qualities of their craft captured the interest of Earthside keyboardist Frank Sacramone and guitarist Jamie van Dyck, who approached the band to produce their first full-length record, From Worry To Shame. David Castillo (Katatonia, Leprous, Opeth) joined the team soon after, helping to shape the album’s dense, gripping guitar sound, and Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, Skyharbor) followed, bringing a spacious, shimmering mix and master to the fold.
The resulting record delivers on the potential this group of collaborators saw in the talents of this duo, with a heart-wrenching narrative carried out in crunching guitar strings, swooning vocal melodies, and booms of celestial cacophony.
A continuation of the concept and themes of desire, grief, and self-discovery explored in the group’s acclaimed 2013 EP, Living With The Loss, From Worry To Shame covers the rich breadth of human emotion across nine chapters of an overarching storyline that inhabits the mind of the listener long after its final note has decayed.
Life, death, hope, and devastation swirl in the intoxication of escapism. Is it possible to live on with immense tragedy looming over the monotony of daily life? Can we ever find joy again — or are we forever paralysed as the threads of fate harden around us? The striking sounds of Head with Wings invite the listener’s interpretation.
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