I received an email today from Band of Holy Joy announcing their new video. This comes as a real treat to the psyche, as a soft blow of hope to the weary head after what has been a very challenging year.
Johnny Brown vocalist from "Bad Punk" radio show on Resonance FM was first to introduce me to the band when we met at Gallery46 where we were both performing. The band seemed reminiscent of the 80s and I was immediately a fan. Since then I've performed live several times on his radio show which broadcasts every Friday at 10pm.
What makes the song good? The song has a nice long intro. The temptation to launch into the chorus too soon is wholeheartedly resisted. As the song unfolds intensity rises and breaks loose, the message to "do the right thing" rings fourth and a cyclops eye takes us on a journey of historical social triumphs, reminding us "why we do it" and the things "we believe in". This happens amongst the lush sound of the full band of vocals, strings, drums, bass, guitars, piano and synths made up by the seven members of the band
The songs structure is that of a journey of a character living in the city who is always pushing for social change. The song reaches its peak with catchy lyrics towards the end as it unleashes its full power, remaining in the mind as an anthem of hope. All of this happens as the central character in the film holds up different masks guiding the viewer through the narrative of the song.
The song is from the soon to be released album DREAMS TAKE FLIGHT, on Tiny Global Productions.
Film by Fliss Kitson. More details in the video description.
Band of Holy Joy Bandcamp
I do like the cyclops featured throughout the video and while we are on the subject of the Cyclops, this is an animated artwork (NFT) with sound that I made where the eye winks at you:
Eye Dream of Lamborghini