Independent hard rock band Antisaint (formerly Red Tide Rising) debuted the video for its new single this week.
The band debuted the visualizer for its new single ‘The Otherside’ Wednesday through Brutal Planet magazine. The visualizer takes audiences through a passageway of some sort. Colored in hues of purple, the passageway conjures thoughts of the inner workings of a human, though it is never confirmed that is what the passageway is.
Guitarist Matthew Whiteman explained how the video came to be in a recent interview.
“The concept is relatively simple, he said. “I wanted to create a space that seemed never ending with elements of horror. As the song goes on, the space becomes more constrained with the addition of the organic substance, veins, or whatever you would call them. I had gathered inspiration from the upside-down world in (the television series) Stranger Things. With the concept put in place I only had to figure out how to execute it. My time in the Game Design Industry has introduced me to a lot of creative tools, one being the open source 3D modeling software, Blender.”
The song itself boasts a sound that combines an aggro-rock approach with some industrial influence for a sound that will appeal just as much to fans of Orgy and Julien-K as it will to fans of perhaps Breaking Benjamin. Its lyrical theme comes across as a story about someone who is in a difficult point in a personal relationship with another person. Front man Andrew Whiteman (Matthew’s brother) sings even sings in the song’s lead verse, “Why can’t you hear me/Why won’t you wake/There’s no reason to reside in darker days/But it’s too late/You’ve only hurt yourself/Run, hide/Don’t try to find the thing that’s killing you inside/Don’t look back/Or you won’t be forced to make your final plea.” He continues in the song’s second verse, “Why won’t you listen/Why can’t you see/You’re so far away from reality/But it’s too late for me…Run, hide/Don’t try to find the thing that’s killing you inside/Don’t look back/Or you won’t be forced to make your final plea.” One section of that second verse is difficult to decipher sans lyrics. that aside, this song comes across lyrically as being a story about someone who is trying to get through to someone else who is him/herself refusing to make a change in his/her own life for the better. This is inferred even more as Andrew sings late in the song, “You’re barely breathing/You’re barely alive/Controlled by this nightmare/The rest of your life/But it’s too late/You’ve all gone last this time/Your heart is beating/You’re not awake/Got in this place with no escape/Lost in your afflictions/Remember…from the other side.” Some of the lyrics are difficult to decipher here, but that aside enough of the song can be understood that it can be understood that this seems to be someone trying to get through to someone else. It really comes across as a mournful yet angry song filled with such emotion in its musical and lyrical content.
In other news, Matthew discussed the change of Red Tide Rising’s name to Antisaint in the interview in which he discussed the band’s new single and video.
“We decided to change the name for several reasons,” said Matthew. “The first reason was due to our belief that this next step we’re taking with the band will be our defining moment, and in that moment, we do not want to be mistaken with an already known band by a similar name. There has been a lot of confusion by both people in the industry and fans between the two bands.”
“Another reason is the fact that Andrew and I were still in our youth and immature when we founded RTR, resulting in us just picking a name that sounded cool,” he added. “We didn’t really care about what the name meant, we just wanted to play music. With us being older, our music has evolved, and we want to make a career out of it. We now have this opportunity to come up with something meaningful that both resonates with us on a personal level and within our music.”
Additionally, Matthew said of the decision to change the band’s name, “Finally, the name was being affiliated with things we do not condone or stand for. Between all of these reasons, the unfortunate pause due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, and an unreleased full-length album that sounds dramatically different from anything else we’ve done, it made perfect sense to rebrand and start from scratch.”
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