Nathan Gray – As the waves crash down (Song)

Die Post-Hardcore-Legende Nathan Gray (boysetsfire) bringt nach mehreren Jahrzehnten sein erstes richtiges Soloalbum. Nach einigen Song-Versuchen hat sich der Amerikaner mit „Feral hymns“ offensichtlich richtig gefunden – und legt auf seinem ersten Langspieler mit dem emotionalen „As the waves crash down“ furios los. Hier erfahrt ihr mehr über den Song von Nathan.

How did you write the track in the very beginning?

As The Waves Crash Down was born in the same way most of my songs are… in my living room, late at night when the world is quiet, a small idea pops into my head and I grab my guitar to see what comes out. Often, I will pick at it for a while, and then put it away to let the song somewhat rest. Usually, the melody will roll around in my head day and night, until it just sort of all comes together on its own.
Lyrically, I felt that I, and perhaps many others, needed to be reminded that in this difficult political and social climate, we can – and should – rise up together. A reminder that hope, love and courage is bigger than fear, shame, and hatred.

What can you tell us about recording the song?

The album itself was recorded with my friend Pete Steinkopf of The Bouncing Souls, at Little Eden Studio in New Jersey. It’s this very quiet, comfortable space, and we approached the whole process in a very laid back way. It all came together very easily. I felt incredibly inspired, empowered and alive throughout the whole process.

What’s your personal favorite moment of the track?

That is somewhat difficult to answer, as I feel like the whole song is my favorite part of the song…

How can I understand the lyrics?

The lyrics are a call for us to remember that despite what painful pasts we may have, or what is happening in the world around us, we are bigger that all the negatives. That there is no shame in our pain, but that there is so much more in the light, and that we just need to stand up – together – within it. Be proud of who we are and how we got there. The evils of the world thrive on our sorrows, and we can win simply by refusing to keep our heads bowed down.

What’s your favorite one-liner?

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Why did you choose to use the track as the opening song of the album?

I love the mood it sets, and feel there’s no better way to kick off a show. It creates a very self-empowered atmosphere.

At what point of a concert would you most likely play it?

This song is first on the album, AND first on the set-list.

How’s the music video fitting to the song?

I wanted the video to be inspiring, and focus on the moments that nations have risen up together to promote love in the face of hate. We created the atmosphere by showing real clips of just that.

At what moment should I play the song?

Every day when you wake up. 😉

Na dann tut doch das genau. 😉 Das gesamte Album „Feral hymns“ – ebenfalls sehr empfehlenswert – gibt es ab jetzt zu hören, kaufen, bestellen. Die Tour, auf der Nathan vor allem kleine Locations bespielt ist hingegen komplett ausverkauft.

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