PALLBEARER Unveil Alternate "Forgotten Days" Video; Black & White Clip Evokes Classic Sci-Fi Films
July 20, 2020, 4 months ago
Pallbearer’s fourth album, Forgotten Days, arrives October 23 via Nuclear Blast. Pre-order here.
The band have shared a black and white, cinematic version of the video for title track, “Forgotten Days. The clip, which stands in stark contrast to the original version (streaming below) that was released earlier this month, has echoes of classic science fiction films such as Solaris, Silent Running, and Stalker.
“When Ben sent us this alternate version of the ‘Forgotten Days’ video, we were instantly taken aback at how a simple color shift and change to aspect ratio transformed the feeling of the narrative,” explains singer/guitar player Brett Campbell of the Ben Meredith directed video. “This cinematic edition is dripping with oppressive claustrophobia, and in being stripped of color, deepens the sense of the unknown lurking in the shadows of the mind. We’re happy to share it with you today.”
“Forgotten Days is us exploring what is natural to us,” says bass player/songwriter Joseph Rowland. “The songs tell me where I need to go when I write. We wanted to focus on songs that were visceral and enjoyable to play live – that our audiences would enjoy experiencing. We’re also getting back to more of the groovier and heavier elements of Pallbearer. Heartless is fairly uptempo and technical. This one is a little more open, it hammers you.”
“This record has a lot of thematic ties to our first record,” Rowland continues. “When we were writing Sorrow and Extinction, my mother was terminally ill. It’s been 10 years since she passed. It’s taken me all of this time to take a really good look at myself. While we were writing Forgotten Days, I knew, ‘Now is the time to sit down and begin to understand who I have become.’”
“Joe and I have always written lyrics separately,” adds singer/guitar player Brett Campbell. “But we always end up with lyrics that are connected by threads. I’m not sure why that is. Maybe it’s because we’ve been in close proximity for a long while. Between Heartless and Forgotten Days, we were home for an extended period of time. I think we finally had time to reflect. Memory is a big aspect of the new record. The passage of time. How things change as perspective changes. Was the past truly the way that you remember it at all?”
The Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Johan Johannson) produced album was recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in West Texas. Michael Lierly, drummer Mark Lierly’s brother, once again created the album’s artwork, crafting images that were roughly hewn yet heartbreaking in their expressive heft. The striking cover, by Michael Lierly, is the ideal foil to Pallbearer’s thick musical and lyrical melancholia.
Forgotten Days tracklisting:
"The Quicksand Of Existing"
"Vengeance & Ruination"
"Rite Of Passage"
"Forgotten Days" video:
Brett Campbell (vocals/guitar)
Devin Holt (guitar)
Joseph D. Rowland (bass/vocals)
Mark Lierly (drums)
(Photo - Ebru Yildiz)