Back with their third standalone single of the year, New Threads isn't afraid to get political with "America".
Released in time for the midterm elections, New Threads have just released one of the most profound- and confusing- music videos of the year. Directed by bassist Eric Chalifour and starring former bassist Daniel Suarez and actor Andrew Lane, New Threads' latest single tackles a much bigger sound for the band.
The song opens with Suarez's brother (and former touring keyboardist for the band) Will Suarez self-describing the song as "as groovy as it gets", before breaking into an acoustic guitar-driven verse that repeats the hook "I wanna live in America". When the song takes its' darkest turn into the first chorus, the video moves with that texture, phasing in horrific shots of the 9/11 attacks and the BP oil spill. Suarez and Lane prove to be shocked and in awe at what they are seeing, in a very Blues Traveler "Hook" kind of way. The song is pushing to be one of the band's most successful to date, as its' controversial video jumps out of any social media timeline and traps viewers in until the clip ends.
The song was recorded at Pink Hat Studios in Nashville, as have the last 3 songs that the band has released in the second half of this year ("Alone, Leave Me", "Monuments", and "House Show"), which leads us to believe that this is the lead single from a yet-unannounced album. But, who knows.
The album cover photo was taken by Eric Chalifour, and edited by Jacob Keplinger. It features lead guitarist Jake Burdock with a projection of a color-inverted American flag donning the entire wall behind him.
The song was heard live at every show on the band's short tour last month, and can be expected to be a staple of the band's set for a while.
The song can be downloaded for free at the band's official webstore (where you can also pick up the new Black Flag-inspired tees for just $10) or on any digital music retailer.