Atop the recent release of their EP “Alpha // Survivor”, Drown This City are releasing their brand new video for “Stay Broken“.
Much like “Alpha // Survivor“ as a whole, “Stay Broken“ harnesses the concept of duality and is a personal favourite on the EP for vocalist Alex Reade. There’s a sense of wrestling between falling in weakness and rising in power, captured in lyrics that cry “Go, play dead, They like it better when you’re in your head, Don’t forget to stay broken // Quick, survive You’ll never make it out alive… Yet somehow I survived”.
“Basically I’m speaking to myself. I’m saying, ‘I can bury this pain for you inside, and you’ll fall, and you’ll stay broken, or I can carry this pain and help you heal and you can soar and rise and embrace your strength as an alpha'”.Reade explains
“The main hook in the lyrics – ‘Alpha, realise your power’ – I think really encapsulates the whole message of the EP and what we believe in. Turn your fight on, don’t be afraid of your own power, your own ability to heal and be strong and be above everyone else, even if it’s lonely up there – it’s where you belong”.
On marrying the song to a video concept, Reade explains the band wanted to continue down the path of the dark and disturbing themes they’ve harnessed in previous visuals.
“It allows us to further explore our own inner darkness physically and theatrically through what we wear, how we move, in a way we don’t normally in real life. We’ve almost got a post-apocalyptic vibe with a touch of steam punk, bondage to represent dominance and submission, power and struggle… In reality we are light-hearted and easy going, so the film clip allows us to show the turbulence and destruction deep within us also”.
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Alex Reade – Vocals
Matthew Bean – Vocals/Bass
Josh Renjen – Guitar
Laurence Appleby – Guitar
Anthony Pallas – Drums