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(New York, NY): Killswitch Engage premiered the video for their latest single “Always” from their April 2013-released album Disarm the Descent today (October 21) on Noisey.com. The powerful and moving video plays out like a mini film, drawing the viewer in, capturing and holding their interest, thanks to the rich plot and emotionally stirring narrative about the relationship between […]
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(New York, NY): Killswitch Engage premiered the video for their latest single “Always” from their April 2013-released album Disarm the Descent today (October 21) on Noisey.com.
The powerful and moving video plays out like a mini film, drawing the viewer in, capturing and holding their interest, thanks to the rich plot and emotionally stirring narrative about the relationship between two brothers.
The video was directed by McFarland & Pecci, the filmmaking duo that lensed the band’s video for Disarm the Descent’s first single “In Due Time.” The pair also shot the Disarm the Descent album documentary that was included in the deluxe version of the album.
Watch the video below.
Of the video, KsE frontman Jesse Leach said, “I worked closely with McFarland & Pecci on this one. This song is a unique one on the record and I wanted the video to really stand out, to mean something. I started off telling Ian McFarland and Mike Pecci (McFarland & Pecci) the clichés of music videos that I didn’t want, then proceeded to basically tell them where the song came from and the imagery I had in my head while writing it. I think they pretty much nailed it when they sent me back the storyline. I added and took away some ideas and asked for specifics to be put in. I am proud to say when I watch it, those little details make all the difference for me. “
Leach offered a further, in-depth perspective on the video and the overall vision, which certainly illuminates the viewer about the thought and the detail that went into this compelling project, without providing too many spoilers. He went on to say, “Overall though, the actors Nick Apostolides & Jonathan Thomson are what brought this video to life. It is always a risk doing an “acting” video as opposed to “performance” because you don’t know what you are going to get. I was absolutely floored by the acting in this, you get the sense of brotherly love as well as the pain when dealing with loss. This song came from a real place & I now know for Nick & Jon their performance came from a real place as well having dealt recently with loss. There are moments in a career when all of the elements come together to capture the essence of expression and interpretation, to me this one is an absolute highlight for me. Nick, Jon Ian & Mike (and the whole McFarland & Pecci team) delivered on a level I couldn’t have anticipated on my best day. I am very proud to have had such a great production team and an amazing cast create this video. My hope is when people watch this video, it impacts them enough to cause them to stop and contemplate their own lives.”
When asked for his thoughts on the video, Nick Apostolides, who played the younger of the two brothers featured in the film stated, “If you can feel love, then you can feel loss. When change and death are the only sure bets in life, all we can do is to let the influence live on. I lost my beautiful cousin 2 weeks before shooting this project. Diagnosed at age 19, Katherine Grant bravely fought one of the rarest known cancers for 3 long years and she fought it ON HER FEET, fists up, laughing and joking the entire journey. When approached with this role, it was impossible to fully appreciate the opportunity until I heard the song. As I listened to those words, I was overcome with raw emotion. And of them all, the one feeling that shined through was an immediate sense of responsibility. Whatever this song means to the band, to the fans, to anyone who has “been there”….I felt a responsibility to do this story justice, to completely submit and to share this part of my life with our audience. I was HONORED to play this role and it will forever be dedicated to Katherine and her family, and that is one way her influence will live on with me and hopefully others.
KSE has written a song here that holds so much universal gravity that it leaves a lasting effect. The story follows that journey of love, loss, closure and continuing on. To be a part of the visual aspect feels damn good. The creators, Ian McFarland and Mike Pecci wanted to keep the process of filming very organic and it was the right choice. It was a beautifully shot “window” into the relationship of two brothers. I had met actor Jonathan Thomson about the same time my cousin was diagnosed and we’ve been friends ever since. In a way, I let him represent my cousin as we shot, and so it was easy to immerse myself into that world. We had fun and we lived out something real that I hope the fans can relate to. I ultimately started acting 3 years ago to be able to affect someone without ever having met them – to share my life, my art, and brighten the day of a stranger. For that reason, this film is the most important work I’ve ever done. Heart-felt gratitude to the band, the label/management and McFarland & Pecci for an experience I’ll never forget. “
Jonathan Thomspon, who played the older of the two siblings, checked in with the following, “I was excited when Ian and Mike contacted me about the Always music video. But I became really excited when I learned of the nature of the song, and of their vision for the video. I guess “excited” might not be the right word. The sense of loss, regret, and pain is, unfortunately, all too familiar to me. My father recently passed away after a long illness. In many ways, I’m still learning how to accept and deal with his absence. There are some days when the pain and sorrow sit on my shoulders like a lead weight. But there are days when I remember the joy of the years we had together with our family. I’m very fortunate to have my family and friends in this terrible moment that we all must someday experience. I tell myself that it’s a sort of rite of passage in all our lives. Sometimes that comforts me, sometimes not. I watched as cancer slowly took my father’s strength from him. I watched the man who was my childhood hero become frail, but never weak. I was fortunate to spend four months of my father’s last year together with him. I can only look at that time as a great gift. I had hoped of talking and connecting with my father in ways we’d never been able to do. But in the end, we were both who we had always been. We struggled with our relationship as we always had done. We both hid our emotions in the ways we’d always did. Still, I’m grateful for the time we had together and I am proud to be his son.
That’s why this project is so close to my heart. I was simultaneously able to explore my emotions and spend time around amazingly creative and wonderful friends. As an actor, I don’t think I can really ask for more than that. I hope this project touches people in the way it’s touched me. We are all unique, yet we share these moments of life. In many ways these moments, and how we deal with them, are what make us who we are.”
Killswitch Engage are currently on a co-headlining tour with Lamb of God. Joining them on tour are Testament and Huntress.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – “ALWAYS” (OFFICIAL VIDEO) | MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERES | NOISEY
Here’s the video for “Always” from Killswitch Engage’s new album, ‘Disarm The Descent.’