Sydney-based pop-punk quartet A Swift Farewell have just revealed their emphatic new single Stressed Out featuring fellow Sydney punks Clay J Gladstone, plus they have released the evocative accompanying music video!
Stressed Out is a liberating avalanche of heartbreak, self-doubt and frustration, complimented by searing guitars, thudding kick drums and the impassioned vocals of lead singer Emma Mather. Clay J Gladstone’s Timothy Wisbey roars into the second verse, creating a beautiful duality between both vocals, before returning to the track’s cathartic choruses.
The band talk about the meaning behind Stressed Out: “The song is about not expressing emotions and often hiding and burying feelings until it gets too much. We wanted to show our darker side with this track, as we felt our two previous singles were a fair bit more pop-influenced and mid-tempo. Funnily enough, its working title was actually ‘angry boi’.”
The accompanying music video was filmed at Sydney Props Studio in Marrickville by Colin Jeffs (Yours Truly, Jesswar) from Ten Of Swords Media. The clip focuses on two distinct sets as the band fling themselves into the performance, contrasting between the outdoor, flowery set and the claustrophobic underground. “We built the set ourselves,” explains Emma. “It was a hustle! First, we had to build huge panels of fake grass. It represents the chaotic ‘inside’ of that same person who’s pretending they’re fine but hiding all their bad feelings. Then, at the end of the video, we tried representing ‘getting buried’ by having people throw gardening soil at us while we played. We thought this was a good idea, but it was so painful as the soil was getting into our eyes and mouths and clothes.”
To support the release, the band are supporting Heroes For Hire in their long-awaited return at the Burdekin Hotel in Sydney. This continues on from multiply sold-out shows and sharing the stage with Australian local heavyweights FANGZ, Headstrong and Cambridge.
Previous releases have been widely embraced by Spotify, Apple Music, triple j, triple j Unearthed and Australian community radio. They’ve also received online support from Alternative Press (USA), Blunt Magazine, Hysteria Magazine, Music Feeds, Wall of Sound, Backseat Mafia and Something You Said.
Stressed Out feat. Clay J Gladstone is available TODAY – Thursday March 10
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