“I’M SORRY I TOLD YOU ALL MY PROBLEMS”
October 31, 2007
Hello music video lovers! It’s Andy Gesner and the staff from HIP Video Promo, back with another clip from a young band with a great sound and a passionately-devoted following. The northern suburbs of Philadelphia aren’t usually considered an indie haven – but maybe they should be bands like Circa Survive, Dr. Dog, Man Man and many others have demonstrated beyond a doubt that the I-76 towns rock. Keith Goodwin, the vocalist is also one of the singers in the progressive rock outifit The Sound Of Animals Fighting (Equal Vision) along with Anthony Green of Circa Survive, the two grew up together in Philadlephia and continue to play together acoustically. Days Away have taken their music all over America, and shared stages with Circa Survive, RX Bandits, Say Anything, Something Corporate, Finch, Mae and Taking Back Sunday. Mapping An Invisible World, their debut, was one of the best-loved indie-rock records of 2005; Jason Tate ofAbsolute Punk crowed that the band had “come into a sound with the potential to last through the ages”.
On the upcoming Ear Candy For The Headphone Trippers EP, the Langhorne quintet has further refined their approach. While they’re loath to show off, the five members of Days Away are terrific players: their musicianship is subtle, intricate, and sophisticated. That’s not to say that their tracks ever lack power, but Days Away can be as sweeping as Coldplay, and on Ear Candy, they’re more likely to weave a sonic tapestry than to play it hard and heavy. It helps that they’ve been blessed with a singer of uncommon power – Keith Goodwin, whose pure and near-angelic voice soars, peregrine-like, through these tracks. “I’m Sorry I Told You All My Problems” is a perfect example of the sort of heat that this frontman can generate – it builds from a hypnotic verse to a chorus both memorable and irresistible. The Days Away vocalist sings of “letters, journals, pictures and thermals”, and of clinging to memory and identity, and he makes every note and every word resonate.
The thoughtful, reflective Days Away is the sort of band that gets called “literate” by music reviewers, and Shawn Geer’s radiant clip for “I’m Sorry I Told You All My Problems” makes that appellation stick. The video opens on a leather-bound book titled “A Long Year”; Goodwin sits on a wooden bench and turns the pages. There, next to the black ballpoint scrawl, he finds his own face, singing the poignant words to “Sorry” right back to him. He’s not the only member of Days Away caught in these scrapbook pages – on the contrary, images of the other musicians are here too, held to the notebook paper by masking tape. Words scratch onto the live-action photographs as Goodwin sings them, creating automatic captions for the snapshots. Everything’s faded, muted; soft and sepia-toned like half-forgotten recollections.
Huge props are due to Cathy Pellow and the Sargent House crew bringing us on board to help disseminate this video to your viewers! We’ve got a select number of copies of Ear Candy For The Headphone Trippers, so hit us up quick if you’d like to get your hands on some copies for on-air giveaways. If you need more info, call Andy Gesner at 732-613-1779 or e-mail us at info@HIPVideoPromo.com. You can also visit www.SargentHouse.com to find out more about Days Away.
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