“This song is not purely about whether religions and idols are real, or if there is anything after death, but more the fact that we try to fast track our lives to get to that ‘paradise’ more than we spend realising that we live in it,” explains Thornhill vocalist Jacob Charlton. “It’s more about killing our paradise (earth) now with hopes of finding another one or just shrugging it off to let future generations solve when it could truly become unsolvable.”
While the two tracks don’t necessarily tie in lyrically, the ‘Where we Go When We Die’ video concept is a direct follow up to the previously released ‘Nurture’ video. Jacob, who had a hands-on role in conceptualising and directing the piece to life, explains that the concept spawned from his fascination with the idea of an apocalypse.
“I love all of that end-of-the-world stuff and I love horror movies, so this is just building on my love for that. I began to show that side in the ‘Reptile’ video, but this is a bit more emotional I think. Ever since ‘Reptile’ my love for directing has grown as well, and I’ve wanted to continue to do it myself and gain more experience in writing scripts and characters in relation to what a song represents.”
He adds that ‘Where We Go When We Die’ always felt like the perfect track to single out for a music video.
“I think the song itself acts as a bit of a movie, it goes for 5 and-a-half minutes and has ups and downs and goes in all different places. It’s a real journey of a song and I think that’s what is expressed in the music video,” he says. “When I heard the song in full I knew it had to be a music video because I could already see this happening and that happening with that certain hit or this part and so on, so I knew it would translate well.”
Since emerging in 2016, Thornhill have made a playground of the Australian heavy sphere, earmarking themselves as one of the country’s most refreshing and unrelenting emerging acts. Having stretched their touring muscles alongside the likes of Northlane, Architects, Parkway Drive, In Hearts Wake and Polaris and impressed with releases including their 2018 EP Butterfly and single ‘Coven‘, the clever and colourful The Dark Pool promises to be a breakout for Thornhill.
Thornhill will join US metalcore giants Wage War on their European run in January.
The Dark Pool is out in full on Friday October 25 via UNFD.
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