Independent rock band EGXBH debuted its latest single this week, along with the song’s companion video.
The band debuted its new single ‘Eight 46’ and its video Thursday. The song is available to stream and download through Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and Soundcloud. The video features front man Patrick Goray performing the single against an all black backdrop. Video effects are used to create multiple instances of Goray, one center, one on the right, and one on the left. Each instance of Goray is transparent, adding to the video’s general effect as the song plays over the simple presentation.
At another point in the video, an unidentified person is shown running down a sidewalk with what looks like a bottle in hand that contains either flowers or a flammable substance. As the person runs along the street, different words, such as “life” and “change” appear on the bottle. As the video nears its end, the person holding the bottle lights it, a la a Molotov cocktail. The material inside, including flowers, start burning before the figure throws the bottle.
The use of the flowers along with the flammable material is meant to help as an artistic contrast which plays into the song’s lyrical content.
Goray talked about the song’s lyrical theme during a recent interview, pointing out that it is meant to be a socio-political commentary.
“It took me a long time to piece together the chaos running through my head,” he said. “Just trying to piece it together the right way to answer all the questions of why this had to happen? Why didn’t anyone try to stop the cops from taking his life? What can we do to stand up and help? When I first started to write words for this it was more about using phrases filled with hate, anger, and not understanding. I wasn’t taking the time to step back and gather everything that was going on. After multiple renditions of writing the song we, as a band, finally found our voice. We finally felt that we found the right way to pay respect and still say what we needed to say strongly with a powerful message behind the song.”
He adds, “When we created the video it was the same idea: something powerful yet simple so you can grasp onto the words and emotions that we felt while writing it. We used the daffodils inside a Molotov throughout the video to symbolize change and rebirth of all destruction caused by us as humans. We also chose specific words like “Love” “Hate” “Hope” “Change” “Fear” “Pain” “Life” “Death” and “Justice” to help show that we have heard all your voices and we are here to stand up for what you believe in. The video ends with a shot of myself throwing a Molotov and not knowing where it goes was on purpose to resemble not knowing when the next tragedy will happen in this world. We wanted this song to mean something more than just music and words scribbled on paper. With everything we created we feel we did this movement justice and proud of what we said and did.
Goray concluded, stating, “‘Eight46’ is more than just a song, it has so many symbolic easter eggs hidden within the title itself and the lyrics which, if you take the time to notice it will speak volumes. I even took a road trip from Chicago to visit George Floyd’s Memorial in Minneapolis, Minnesota to soak in everything that I felt so strongly about. I felt I couldn’t just release this song without knowing where it all ended and where it all began. We took a lot of time to release this and respect all the underlining hate in civil justice. Everything we put together we wanted it to mean something more, including the way we phrased the song title by spelling out the number as “Eight” to show the dramatic length it took to take a life and end it with the “46” to symbolize how quick it ended (as well as being George Floyd’s age at death). Also, the chorus’ final statement of “Let them hear your voices proud as the new Daffodils” helps grasp onto a daffodil, which symbolizes rebirth, a new beginning, spring and change – a image that we feel voices the reason that something needs to change now. We wrote this song to help voice how we feel and to reach others that feel the same way. For standing up for what we believe in, even if we sometimes feel our voices don’t matter.”
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Eight 46′ is a sludge metal style arrangement. That is evidenced through the balance of the song’s heavier moments and its more contemplative verses. One of first comparisons that might come to listeners’ minds in listening to the song’s arrangement is that of Crowbar’s music.
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