Head with Wings are storytellers of sound. Textured, ethereal and blissfully haunting, the U.S/Connecticut based songwriting duo Joshua Corum and Brandon Cousino create boundary-pushing rock songs that straddle the aesthetic line between art music and narrative drama.
“Music has always been a way for me to cope with tragedy and make sense of the bad things that happen in our world. Even though there are bands that I listen to purely for entertainment, I don’t know if Head with Wings will readily fall into that category. I suspect that the listener will need to go into the experience with a bit of vulnerability to be truly moved.” – muses Josh Corum, when reflecting on the story behind his work.
Continuing on from the release of their debut single “Goodbye Sky,” the band have now unleashed the next chapter of their narrative told through the album in the form of an animated lyric video that tells the story of track 2, “Somewhere, Something Gives” taken from their debut album From Worry To Shame out June 1st (self-release)
“The second Head with Wings single, “Somewhere, Something Gives” poses the question; to what extent are we willing to go to forgive the unforgivable? As a people, can we somehow forgive the unspeakable atrocities committed by those who are suffering themselves? The song pulls thematic and lyrical inspiration from the divisive portrayal of gun control and mental health issues in American society. Before 2012, it was never my intention to write a song inspired by gun violence, as Head with Wings doesn’t inherently have a specific political agenda in its music, but what I felt on December 14, 2012 was just overwhelming and resonated with the mood of the music we were working on and that marriage was undeniable. The sinking feeling that I felt those five or so years ago has never left me. The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school shattered the notion of what was once a safe space for children and replaced it with fear.”
“When it came time to find someone to collaborate with on the music video for “Somewhere, Something Gives,” I was fortunate to come across the work of Igor Dovgoteles from Ukraine. Our goal was to create a narrative oriented lyric video that could tackle our subject matter with Igor’s trademark style (which has a celestial sci-fi flavor). As a fan of his videos, I was thrilled that he agreed to work with us after listening to our album. Igor has directed a few music videos for the metal band Jinjer, such as A Plus Or A Minus and I Speak Astronomy, which tastefully mesh digital effects and gripping cinematography with compelling narrative progression. At first glance, his style of filmmaking may seem removed from the typical emotional realm that Head with Wings resides in. To me, this provides a nice counterpoint to our “Goodbye Sky” music video and it proves that we don’t have to stick with what may be perceived as the obvious choice in how we choose to represent ourselves. Both of our music videos for this album visualize internal struggle that is brought on by external forces. If you knew Igor, you’d understand that he is right there with us; worried about the future and for the people of his country. In a recent conversation, Igor said to me, “This is our terror,” referring to the deaths of innocent Ukrainian citizens amidst the Russian incursion in 2014. Our friendship wasn’t born from shared pleasantries but through the relatability of pain.”
From Worry To Shame tells a story through melancholic and haunting soundscapes, with accompanying imagery as displayed through the physical product of the album, and video content that the band are releasing on the journey to its release date.
You can pre-order From Worry To Shame now at the following links.
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