Exclusive Premiere: Hail The Sun's New Video For The Stranger In Our Pictures
The progressive, post-hardcore band relives memories good and painful in their powerful new music video.
Throughout his career, Hail The Sun singer and drummer Donovan Melero has sung his fair share of traditional love songs. Since the band's 2010 debut POW! Right In The Kisser!, the Californian progressive post-hardcore quartet have explored the ins and outs of both successful and disastrous relationships. So for the band's new single Devastate And Recalibrate, Donovan took a new perspective: that of the lover in a blissful union...who just knows everything will go horribly wrong eventually.
"We’ve heard, and I’ve written, songs about relationships and how it feels in the moment," says Donovan. "I wanted to come at this one with a little bit of a twist, in the sense that in the song, in the moment, everything is fine. Everything’s going swimmingly. But the person, the character, is thinking about what they’re going to have to do when this person loses interest."
The video for Devastate And Recalibrate takes an honest -- and slightly humorous -- look at this sort of relationship. The video features Donovan as one half of a beautiful, beaming couple...only for every sparkling grin on his significant other's face, he wears a look of hapless, sinking despair.
"I’ve done the [traditional love story] before, and I was looking for inspiration," he says. "And I was thinking, somewhat personally, about a situation that I’ve had where things are going really really well, but I’m thinking, ‘The odds are very good, that you will no longer want to be involved in me. Whether it’s something I do -- which is often the cause -- or something that happens.’ With this song in particular, I tried to magnify it. Like, ‘Make sure it stings so bad that I know it’s done. Kill all hope.’"
Check out our exclusive stream of Hail The Sun's Devastate And Recalibrate video below:
Make sure to catch the emotional roller coaster of Hail The Sun's live show at one of the following dates:
13 - Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
14 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
17 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA Side Stage
18 - Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
20 - Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Arts Co
21 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
22 - Houston, TX @ The Secret Group
24 - Orlando, FL @ Soundbar
25 - Margate, FL @ O’Malley’s
26 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Hell
27 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro
28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
29 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
30 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
02 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
03 - Ferndale, MI @ Loving Touch
04 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Citadel
05 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
07 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird
08 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
10 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
11 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne
13 - Fresno, CA @ Strummers