Video Voyeur: 3Qs with FAtHERS

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FAtHERS have just released their impressive and noteworthy video for “O’Malley”Their music is heavy without being cliche, and the group thrives in pouring genuine emotion into every piece. Channeling hardcore heavyweights such as Cave In, Big Business, Converge, and Trap Them, Fathers bring a unique vision to the table.Their new record was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Kanan at the Keep In, in Denver, Colorado. The band has been having an active year already, in which they’ve completed a West Coast tour, been invited to play festivals such as Denver’s Electric Funeral Fest, and have supported the likes of EYEHATEGOD, Sacred Reich, Sworn Enemy, Great Falls, Cro-Mags, Whores., and more. With an upcoming release slated for early November, we’re intrigued by the breaking barriers band.

We took the time to chat with the Mhyk from the band as we dive into their new video a little bit deeper.

 

1.Tell us the story of this song, why did you choose to visualize this song specifically?

This song was inspired by the suicide of someone very close to a member of the band. As with many suicides, it seemed to come out of the blue, and the song is an attempt to try to empathize with and capture the frustrations that silence so many people who are hurting. We chose this song as we felt it captures a lot of the themes we explored on this album.

2. What was the inspiration behind this video(visuals, storyline, etc.)?

The idea behind the video was to show fatigue, frustration and a sense of imbalance and powerlessness. The lighting design, done by Gil Romero, was actually created specifically for that song. I think he and the director may have had to alter it slightly, but it’s very close if not identical to what he created for our live show.

3. What was the process of making this video?

The video was shot entirely at a friend’s house and at our practice space by Chelsea Alderman of Sea Monstrosity. They then supplemented with some of their own stock footage. Again, we tried to shoot scenes and performances that captured the ideas of chaos and imbalance, in keeping with the theme of the song. We met with the director a few times in conjunction with our stage multimedia director Gil Romero, to make sure we could create something for the live shots that was as original as possible given time and space. The acting shots were done with a friend of the band, and designed to use a simple symbol that conveyed weight and complexity, thus the idea of trying to stack uneven stones. We’re excited about how this turned out and feel it’s a great accompaniment to the album.

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