On March 9, 2016, A Day To Remember released a thirty second clip of a brand new song, "Paranoia." They then announced that it would be out in full, music video and all on March 11. Sure enough, they released it right at midnight, but I was laying in bed at midnight, and while I saw it was released, was falling asleep, so I didn't actually watch the music video until this morning.
I thought it would be fun to write about my thoughts on the song and video, and I hope you guys let me know what your thoughts on it all are as well! You can do that here, through Facebook or Twitter. Take your pick!
Anyways, so now you clearly know not to go on if you haven't seen the video. If you go on and haven't seen the video, you're going to get spoilers and chances are, you don't want that. You can watch the video by clicking here, and I insist that you do so before carrying on if you have yet to watch the video. If you carry on without watching the video, well, you were warned of the spoilers and at this point, there's nothing I can do to stop you.
With the spoiler disclaimers out of the way, we can now discuss this video. I'm a big A Day To Remember fan, so I was very excited to hear they were releasing a new song. I liked the clip, but was a little thrown off by the fact that I couldn't really catch what Jeremy Mcckinnon was screaming through most of that clip. But, none the less, I was still very intrigued.
The music is A Day To Remember as they've always been, on the harder side of pop punk. A few moments here and there are heavier, but that's just normal for them. The lyrics refer to a lot of mental problems. Such as paranoia -obviously, since the title-, anixety, insomina, all of that. "I'm like a time bomb ticking in your hand." I'm not picking up on every lyric right now, just by listening to it but I know he goes on to say someone can't just fix it and then adds, "Its all in your head." He's not wrong, but that doesn't make it better. If anything, that probably makes it worse, because you know some of the problems aren't real, your brain is just telling you they are.
In the video, we see Jeremy in therapy, we also see the entire band performing under what appears to be a bridge and them running through a crowd, clearly away from something. We later see that the thing they're running from is the shadowy man previously shown on the artwork for the single. I'm assuming he symbolizes the constant paranoia (and probably anixety), that's always following people who suffer from such things around.
That being said, while I like it, and love that they had the figure screaming the lyrics back at the band as they're cowaring against a fence, it really reminds me of another somewhat iconic character in music. Disturbed has always had 'The Guy', and frankly, when I see this shadowy figure, I picture The Guy. They are obviously different, and personifed completely differently, but even the eye shape is similar. The use of it is very creative, and that's something I appreciate but it does make me wonder just a little bit.
Am I the only one that sees the similarity there? I genuinely am curious if anyone else sees that.
Also, just wanted to throw this out here, but as someone who is not comfortable with the dark, having the figure reaching out from the darkest corner of the room to grab Jeremy is terrifying. If I was him, I wouldn't have just turned my back and pretended it wasn't there, I would have probably ran out of the room.
Over all though, I did like what I heard, and thought the video was very creative. I'm honestly excited to hear more and hope they do release an album soon. Its also made me even more excited to hopefully see them at Fort Rock next month! Its the very first time I will ever get to see them because for being a Florida band, they really don't play here enough and when they do, they sell out almost instantly because people are excited to finally see them! So, this should be wonderful!
Let me know what you think of the song and video! I want to know. You can let me know here, or over on Facebook and Twitter. And I really do encourage you to do so, the interaction is a lot of fun and I honestly really do want to know if anyone else feels the same way as I do about the shadow figure in the video.
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