Between The Buried And Me released their new album Colors II today along with a music video for their latest single, “The Future Is Behind Us“. The band had Erez Bader direct the video, which can be found below.
Bader offered the following regarding the concept of the video:
“Colors II‘s opening track is an invitation for the listener to interpret the album, or rather the entirety of BTBAM’s work, however they see fit. As a long time fan (half my arm is tattooed with Parallax II‘s artwork) I’ve always interpreted the first Colors to be about the fading of creativity and originality in our world, and the message that your legacy is defined by the things you’ve created during your lifetime. It’s both a pessimistic view that the world is going to shit, while also being a rallying cry for budding artists to overcome hardships and remind themselves why their work is important.
The song ‘White Walls‘ closes out the first Colors album, representing both the death of the colors now faded, yet the blank canvas they left behind – an invitation to start anew. This is where my music video for ‘The Future Is Behind Us‘ begins. While the band’s mind-blowing performance is front and center, the subtle narrative begins within these quite literal white walls, which in this video I think of as a sort-of temple.
The ‘sculpture-people’ as I call them (who represent the first album), congregate at this towering, abstract painting within the white walls; a holy conduit they’ve sought to undergo a long-awaited dark ritual. Tommy floats past the world, carrying this growing darkness as it blooms around him in the wilderness and is brought into our cities, eventually culminating in the dark sludge that entirely consumes the white walls themselves. Within the darkness, the sculptures birth a child – a creation of their own, and it’s released into our world.
There’s a weird transfer of power as a work of art nears completion. It becomes its own author and starts guiding you to its final form; something new entirely. So while I have my own intention behind the video, I’m forced to be cheesy and quote the new record, ‘I’m not the writer, it’s you.’”
You can catch the band on tour for their 20th anniversary on the following tour dates:
08/20 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
08/21 Minneapolis, MN – Lyric Theater
08/22 Lawrence, KS – Granada
08/23 Denver, CO – Summit
08/25 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
08/26 Boise, ID – The Knitting Factory
08/28 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
08/29 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
08/31 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
09/01 Garden Grove, CA – Garden Grove Amp
09/02 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram
09/03 Las Vegas, NV – Fremont Country Club
09/04 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent
09/06 Dallas, TX – Trees
09/07 San Antonio, TX – Rock Box
09/08 Houston, TX – Rise
09/10 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl
09/11 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
09/12 Fort Lauderdale, FL – The Culture Room
09/15 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
09/16 Charlotte, NC – Underground
09/17 Charlotte, NC – Underground