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Portland, Maine-based Indie Trio LOVE BY NUMB3RS Share Intimate Video For “Can’t Lie Like This” From ‘COLOURS’ EP

DATE: NOVEMBER 19, 2021

FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/MARCEE RONDAN

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By Walter Craven

LOVE BY NUMB3RS
REVEAL INTIMATE VIDEO FOR
NEW SINGLE “CAN’T LIE LIKE THIS”
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

SONG MARKS THE SECOND SINGLE FROM THEIR
NEW EP ‘COLOURS’ OUT NOVEMBER 26

Portland, Maine-based indie trio LOVE BY NUMB3RS–co-vocalists DAN CONNOR and ANNA LOMBARD and multi-instrumentalist JON ROODS–today (November 19) have shared the intimate video for “Can’t Lie Like This.” It marks the second single from the acclaimed group’s six-song EP COLOURS out November 26 (moved from its original November 19 release date due to a production delay).

The video was directed by LOMBARD and ROODS and is based on the vision of CONNOR whose chemo treatments and cancer battle are the subject of the video. He wrote the song and sings lead vocals on it before ANNA joins in on background vocals, giving the song its trademark LOVE BY NUMB3ERS vocal sound. Watch the video here.

The “Can’t Lie Like This” video was premiered yesterday (November 18) by Glide magazine who wrote: “Portland, Maine’s Love By Numb3rs has astounded ears with its eloquent dusty blues and roots rock that has given otherwise placid New England a musical splash of Nashville. The trio–co-vocalist Dan Connor and Anna Lombard joined by her partner and multi-instrumentalist Jon Roods–made a big splash with their independent full-length debut, Parachute yet now are gearing up for the release of a six song EP titled Colours out November 19th…the emotionally explosive ‘Can’t Lie Like This’ swoons, twangs and pacifies with a Tyler Childers meets Tom Petty narrative and soul.”

Coming off the EP’s first single/video “Colours,” which was premiered and praised by Atwood Magazine, “Can’t Lie Like This” is the music of a band who freewheelingly chart a course through eloquent alternative, Americana and roots rock. The song’s unflinching lyrics paint a picture of lives that have unraveled. “The inspiration behind writing this song was based on a dear friend of mine who struggled with substance abuse,” reveals DAN.  “This led me down a bit of a rabbit hole as I began reflecting upon my own family history of substance abuse and dysfunction.”

“Jon and I directed the video, but I would be remiss not to mention the vision Jon had for this one,” says ANNA LOMBARD.  “While the song in its lyrical content was meant to be about the aforementioned lifelong struggles with alcoholism, Jon began seeing the line ‘can’t lie like this anymore’ as more of a metaphor for Dan’s battle with cancer and monthly chemo cycles.”

The moving video begins by depicting the beauty of nature before focusing on DAN at home in bed with his illness. He is able to breaks free in his mind from his struggles by heading outside with his guitar to enjoy the gorgeous wide-open spaces. Says ANNA: “We keep calling it Dan’s “celebration/party” at the end–to be done with chemo and to have made it through to where he is/we are today.”

The video was shot in various locations in Maine: the band’s house/studio known as South Ranch (bed scene, radiation scene, etc.), Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth, and outside of a friend’s house in Cape Elizabeth (drone footage on rocks and dirt road shots).

More quotes about “Can’t Lie Like This” are below, along with the lyrics; the EP’s track listing + credits; and the band’s social media links. The EP will be followed by a full-length album (their second) in 2022 (release date TBA).

QUOTES ABOUT “CAN’T LIE LIKE THIS”

Dan Connor: The inspiration behind writing this song was based on a dear friend of mine who struggled with substance abuse.  This led me down a bit of a rabbit hole as I began reflecting upon my own family history of substance abuse and dysfunction.  My father had alcoholism and was homeless for many years due to his denial and not wanting to face his disease.  The commonality between these two people in my life made me consider how substance abuse–regardless of the substance–causes people to withdraw from life rather than face their demons.  Instead, they lie and hide. We’ve all seen it. But the bottom line is that it is a disease like any other.  Some find the strength to overcome and some fall victim.

–Dan sings lead vocals on this one, and then is joined by you for background vocals, giving the song that trademark Love By Numb3ers vocal sound. Can you give us your thoughts about this? 

Anna Lombard: In terms of the decision Dan singing lead on this one–that’s just what made sense.  This was his story to tell.   The song in its original arrangement had no outro with doubled choruses.  For years, it has just been floating around Dan’s repertoire as a song on an acoustic guitar.  So, Jon and I worked on making the song build through the outro.  We coupled Dan’s chorus melody with some harmonies overlaid with new rhythmic/melodic sections on top of those. And then Dan was like “Ok, you gotta go off at the end…” so I threw some vamps on the outro and we extended the section along with a slow fade so the outro became a bit of a hook.

–Some thoughts about the musical feel of the song? It has distinctive guitar parts merged with keyboards. Is that a Fender Rhodes?

Anna: Dan’s acoustic and vocals on this song were done in one single take.  Then, Jon and I built instrumentation and changed the arrangement around Dan’s single take recording.  Our guitarist Josh Duym then laid down some guitar.  Our friend Nigel Hall happened to be in Maine at the perfect time and was staying with us so we had him track his keyboard parts on a Fender Rhodes.

–Who directed the video, where was it filmed, and some general thoughts about the it?

Anna: Jon and I directed the video. Jon envisioned the video being less literal to the lyrics of the song about avoidance and denial and lying to other people and lying to yourself…and instead, the hopes of simultaneously portraying all of these instances where through craniotomies, radiation, MRIs, fatigue, nausea, etc, Dan has been literally lying down.   For the past seven months, we’ve had to work through Dan being really sick from his treatment.  We would more or less only be able to count on maybe 10-14 days a month where Dan was feeling OK enough to write, or track, or be part of a video.  It’s been so tough, the toughest for him, but he’s been a warrior.  He’s sick and tired of being sick and tired.  With scenes where he’s in bed with forty bottles of prescriptions on the bedside table…You know, you get to this point where you’ve got to ask yourself about the reality of your quality of life.  He has been isolated from making music alongside us and from some of the creative process throughout the last year because of treatment.  And when you’re a musician and a writer and music is the one thing that gets you out of bed in the morning…but even that is something you don’t even have the physical energy or capacity to do… you find yourself asking, “what gives?”  So the vision for the video coupled with the original context of the song became a double entendre.  “I can’t lie like this anymore.  I can’t not make music.  I can’t deal with feeling like this anymore.  I’m tired of it.”

Lyrics to “Can’t Lie Like This”:

“Can’t Lie Like This”
(Dan Connor)
Wake up in the mornin’
Even if you’ve been out with the devil the night before
Drink your strong coffee
Make all your plans
Don’t think about it anymore
Til’ the night become crazy
And life gettin’ hazy
You’re showin’ up at my door
The mornin’ don’t matter
Ain’t nothin’ gonna shatter, it won’t
Can’t lie like this anymore
Couple days later
I was on a train with her
Hadn’t slept in seventy-four
Got my blood shot eyes, begin to realize
Pressed down against the floor
I guess I wasn’t listening
Just another man missin’ the life that he never saw
The mornin’ don’t matter
Ain’t nothin gonna shatter, it won’t
Can’t lie like this anymore
Whoa
Can’t lie like this anymore
Go and see my mama
But my papa gonna be there
With his boots kickin’ down the door
He got them bloodshot eyes, begin to realize
Pressed down against the floor
I guess he wasn’t listenin’
Just another man missin’ the life that he never saw
The mornin’ don’t matter
Ain’t nothin’ gonna shatter, it won’t
Can’t lie like this anymore
Can’t lie like this anymore
Can’t lie like this anymore
Can’t lie like this any more
I can’t lie anymore

COLOURS EP track listing

1. Colours
2. Can’t Lie Like This
3. Oak Tree
4. All Falls Down
5. The Beat Goes On
6. Summertime

Credits: ‘COLOURS’ EP by LOVE BY NUMB3RS

–All songs written by LBN (Anna Lombard, Jonathan Roods & Dan Connor) with additional guitar line writing by Zach Jones on track #1 “Colours” and Josh Duym on track #4 “All Falls Down”
–All songs engineered by Jonathan Roods & Anna Lombard
–All songs produced by Jonathan Roods & Anna Lombard
–Mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering
–All songs recorded at South Ranch.
–Guest appearances by Nigel Hall, Zach Jones, Gary Gemmeti, Josh Duym

Players on each song:

  1. Colours: Jon Roods (drums, bass, guitar), Zach Jones (electric guitar), Nigel Hall (hammond organ, rhodes piano)
  2. Can’t Lie Like This: Anna Lombard (vocals), Jon Roods (drum, add’l percussion, bass, guitar), Josh Duym (electric guitar), Dan Connor (acoustic guitar, vocals), Nigel Hall (Wurlitzer piano)
  3. Oak Tree: Anna Lombard (vocals), Dan Connor (vocals), Jon Roods (drums, bass, all guitars, Moog synth, Hammond organ, percussion, pedal steel)
  4. All Falls Down: Anna Lombard (vocals), Jon Roods (Moog Synth), Josh Duym (guitar)
  5. The Beat Goes On: Jon Roods (drums, bass, moog synth, pedal steel), Dan Connor (vocals, acoustic guitar), Josh Duym (electric guitar), Anna Lombard (vocals, rhodes piano), Nigel Hall (rhodes piano)
  6. Summertime: Jon Roods (bass, pedal steel, guitar), Gary Gemmeti (drums), Nigel Hall (rhodes piano), Anna Lombard (vocals), Dan Connor (vocals), June & Haisel McGeachey (Anna’s daughters on backing vocals)

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Pictured (L to R): DAN CONNOR, ANNA LOMBARD, JON ROODS
Photo Credit: Cam Jones

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LOVE BY NUMB3RS Share Video For “Colours,” First Single From Their EP Of The Same Name Out November 19

DATE: SEPTEMBER 22, 2021

FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/MARCEE RONDAN

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By Walter Craven

LOVE BY NUMB3RS
SHARE VIDEO FOR
NEW SINGLE “COLOURS”
WATCH THE VISUALLY STRIKING VIDEO HERE

“COLOURS” IS THE FIRST SINGLE FROM THEIR
NEW EP OF THE SAME NAME OUT NOVEMBER 19

Portland, Maine-based indie trio LOVE BY NUMB3RS today (September 22) have shared the video for “Colours,” the first single from their upcoming six-song EP COLOURS. Look for the EP to be released November 19, which will be followed by a full-length album (their second) in 2022 (release date TBA). Watch the strikingly visual self-directed video, filmed at their house and studio (South Ranch), here.

The video was premiered yesterday (September 21) by Atwood Magazine which noted that “the sweetly stunning Colours’ puts LOVE BY NUMB3RS’ exceptional lyrical, vocal, and instrumental talents on full display. A soulful, rootsy, and bluesy outpouring of heavy-hearted feeling comes to life in a song that reckons with a mother and daughter’s turbulent relationship. The band weave a rich tapestry of sound together with vulnerable, visceral lyrics that find Anna Lombard thriving, reeling, and excelling in a tough space. She rises to meet the moment in an intimate and impassioned chorus that–excuse the pun–showcases an inner fire and her many colors…Whether you can relate to your own familial issues, or have other pains close at heart, “Colours” brings out the full spectrum in each and every one of us. It’s a radiant song of turmoil spilling over; of honesty and confession; of pain becoming beauty.”

Coming off their recent single Red Sun this past June, “Colours” will be available at all streaming platforms this Friday, September 24. It is a deeply soulful song written about a mother and daughter’s difficult relationship from the band who freewheelingly chart a course through eloquent alternative, Americana and roots rock. The lyrics are naked and unflinching:

“I been living my life in colors
You made so me so blue then I’m seeing red
When the calm after the storm comes
And then gray is all that’s left”

“It’s definitely inspired by r&b/soul music of the sixties and early seventies,” says Anna Lombard, who wrote the song with bandmate Dan Connor.   “It is real,” adds Anna.  “It is emotive.  It grooves and it builds all the way through the song until the abrupt radio silence after I scream the very last line.”

The track was produced by Anna and Jon Roods, who says: “The drums/beat were inspired by a traditional simple kick & snare feel…and then we built the instrumentation off of that after Anna finalized chords/arrangement in tandem with melody/lyrics.”

MORE QUOTES ABOUT THE “COLOURS” SONG + VIDEO
FROM ANNA LOMBARD

–Who wrote the song?

One afternoon Dan texted me a line that hit me kinda hard. The lyric Dan sent was, “I’ve been hearing you in colors” and it throttled us into this conversation (and my own nerdy research) about synesthesia (“synth” meaning “together” and “ethesia” meaning “perception).  If you’re not familiar, it is a neurological phenomenon where the parts of your brain that control your senses are all intertwined. For example, a person with it can hear sound or music and their brain involuntarily associates those sounds with a specific color, pattern, or shape.  And this condition can sometimes be a bit of sensory overload for those who have it (ahem, Jon.)  But it also tends to inspire creativity.  I became kind of obsessed with it. When you’re a kid, the first things you learn about are colors, the alphabet, numbers and shapes. So I started thinking about things like colors and shapes in a far less literal form.  Humans tend to associate colors with emotions.  Or a specific scent with an experience (good or bad).  And how the environment in which a child is raised ultimately “shapes” them into the person they become…it is internal and we cannot control it….it just happens…much like the involuntary response someone with synesthesia has to music, sounds, colors, touch, patterns, taste, etc.

I stayed up til 4:30 in the morning with my notebook and a pencil and when I finished, I realized I wrote this song about my relationship with my mother.  Family shit is hard, man.  And I’ve got no illusions about the fact that I can be a pain in the ass.  But it felt like this final plea, begging her to learn how to love me and to accept me for who I am….even if it wasn’t what she pictured.

When I sang the line, “You made me so blue and then I’m seeing red,” I quite literally could close my eyes and see the palest hues of blue…and the sadness was washed out by this storm of anger and all I could see was red.  In the aftermath, among all the emotional debris and self-reflection, there was a moment of calm that made me feel empty.  And all I could see was the color gray.

From the very moment I set my pencil down and finished writing, I felt this overwhelming sense of relief.  The process and the creation of this song had released me.  I was no longer immersed in a dense, emotional fog.  And I came to the realization that what started as a song for her, became a song for me… Because our children cannot be our mirror images.  So…you gotta learn how to let go of your ego–and I don’t mean ego as in self-importance–I mean the part of the ego acting as the voices in your head.  The ones which stem from your inner child and your own fears.  Because when you let go of that ego, you begin to learn how to be whole… to be seen… to be heard.  To be accepted.  And ultimately, capable of being loved and loving unconditionally… because deep down, isn’t that what all of us ever really want, anyway?

–Who directed the video, where was it filmed, and some thoughts about the video?

We focused a lot on the vibrance of colors, lighting, shapes–to tie into the meaning of the song.  I bought a silicone heart prop and Jon insisted I follow George Romero’s recipe for fake blood to depict the proverbial ripping out of my heart.  We built a set in our kitchen out of sound foam panels. I bought fabric and cut them into shapes inspired by and as a way of paying homage to the stage backdrop from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival after we checked out Quest Love-directed documentary “Summer of Soul”– that shit is bonkers if you haven’t checked it out.  Grab some tissues while you’re at it.  For our final set for the video, Jon and I turned our garage into what looked like a cross between one of the clear plastic encased murder scene from the show Dexter and a dope art studio in SOHO.  I splattered buckets of paint and spray painted the plastic walls.  No matter how many times we’ve showered since, we can’t get the paint off parts of our feet. But in all, Jon and I really just focused on creating a visual that would stimulate the viewers senses using colors, shapes, textures, angles, lighting, our vintage gear, etc.  I should note that the pattern of multicolored foam sound panels as the mural against our dining room wall isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.  Adhesive spray is a thing, huh?

COLOURS EP track listing
1. Colours
2. Can’t Lie Like This
3. Oak Tree
4. All Falls Down
5. The Beat Goes On
6. Summertime

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Pictured (L to R): DAN CONNOR, ANNA LOMBARD, JON ROODS
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LOVE BY NUMB3RS Share Video For New Single “Red Sun.”

DATE: JUNE 17, 2021

FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/MARCEE RONDAN

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LOVE BY NUMB3RS
SHARE VIDEO FOR
NEW SINGLE “RED SUN”

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE HAUNTING
VIDEO SHOT IN THE SOUTHWESTERN U.S.

LOVE BY NUMB3RS today (June 17) have shared the haunting and beautifully filmed video for “Red Sun.” Click here to watch the Portland, Maine-based trio’s self-directed video for the newly released first single from their upcoming in-progress second album.

Written by the band–co-vocalists DAN CONNOR and ANNA LOMBARD and multi-instrumentalist JON ROODS“Red Sun” underlines the many charms of the group who chart a course through eloquent alternative, dusty blues, graceful folk, and rootsy rock. The clip was premiered yesterday (June 16) at antiMusic.

For the mysterious and evocative song, in which the characters undergo a transformative spiritual experience as they journey through the Southwestern United States, the group also travelled across the country to follow the path of the characters in the song.

The concept of “Red Sun,” explains ANNA, “started as an iPhone voice memo Dan sent with a chord progression on an acoustic along with a chorus of him singing ‘See you when we reach the shore, we’ll meet up in Vegas at Bellagio.’ He wanted to write a song about a journey into the unknown. As he handed off the rest of the lyric writing to me, he asked me to consider what it would be like to be a refugee, on a makeshift raft, trying to make my way to America. That is where the journey began…and by the time the chorus hit, it was clear our destination was Vegas…the city of Second Chances.”

She adds: “The characters in the song left home and everything they knew to try and create a better life for themselves…packing minimally with maybe a picture of a family member and a wad of dollar bills…just starting over completely.”

“Jon and I co-directed,” ANNA says. “Since I had never been to that side of the country before, I went into full research mode. Where would I hit first? Texas…that sounds good. Let’s follow the Rio Grande all the way to New Mexico. What might I see on the way to Nevada? And then Jon and I got the crazy idea to book flights out to Las Vegas. We went out west with scribbled notes, a half-assed mood board, and rented a car. We bought some smoke bombs at a fireworks store on the way to Death Valley with camera gear in tow and just went for it…without any real plan or idea what we we’re doing. We spent three days straight filming in Vegas, Death Valley, Mesquite Flat San Dunes, 20 Mule Canyon Road, Zabriskie Point, Dante’s View and Red Rock Canyon. It was really amazing to be so simultaneously connected to nature while so disconnected from the rest of the world. Then it was time to get into character.”

Meantime, LOVE BY NUMB3RS recently performed their first live show Anna explains, “We played our first full band live show in late May and the reception was incredible. The fact we started this project in the midst of a global pandemic and through all of Dan’s health issues…to be in front of a live, real human audience, and to receive a standing ovation was an out of body experience. We finished the 9-song set with ‘The Glory’…and right before we started playing, Dan mentioned how when he began writing ‘The Glory’ a few years back, it was meant to be a prayer song. Then, at the 8 o’clock hour town church bells went off like some sort of ominous queue for that gospel track to finish the set. It was so eerie. I cannot tell you how many people approached us after the set to tell us we made them cry and how moved they were from our performance. It felt so good. We hope to make music people really connect with…that’s the big reward.”

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Pictured (L to R):  JON ROODS, ANNA LOMBARD, DAN CONNOR

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LOVE BY NUMB3RS Release Evocative New Single “Red Sun” Today

DATE: JUNE 4, 2021

FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/MARCEE RONDAN

LOVE BY NUMB3RS
FROM PORTLAND, MAINE
TODAY RELEASE EVOCATIVE NEW SINGLE “RED SUN”
LISTEN TO THE SONG
HERE

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Coming off their late 2020 indie debut album Parachute, Portland, Maine trio LOVE BY NUMB3RS have today (June 4) shared “Red Sun,” the first single from a planned upcoming album. Listen here to the mysterious and evocative song, in which the characters undergo a transformative spiritual experience as they travel through the Southwestern United States. Stay tuned for a desert-themed video for the song in the next few weeks.

Written by the band, the song underlines the many charms of the band–co-vocalists DAN CONNOR and ANNA LOMBARD and multi-instrumentalist JON ROODS–who chart a course through eloquent alternative, dusty blues, graceful folk, and rootsy rock.

The concept of “Red Sun,” explains ANNA, “started as a demo with just Dan on acoustic guitar with a chorus singing ‘See you when we reach the shore, we’ll meet up in Vegas at Bellagio.’ He had this idea to create a song about being a refugee and making it through the water to America–and landing in Vegas, the city of Second Chances.” She adds: “The characters in the song left everything they knew to make a better life…packed minimally with maybe a picture or two and a wad of dollar bills.”

This past March LOVE BY NUMB3RS released the single/video for Western Sonfrom Parachute. It was premiered at Glide Magazine which noted that the band “bring a sultry and twangy Nashville sound from the northeastern continental 48s. The band offers a timeless polished sound that brings the earthy smoky overtones of Linda Ronstadt, Gillian Welch, and Grace Potter.” PARACHUTE turned the page for a new chapter of three longtime friends and collaborators. After 15 years of friendship, countless memories, two albums and a 100-plus shows in the band Gypsy Tailwind, the trio thread together an unforgettable journey.

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Pictured (L to R): JON ROODS, ANNA LOMBARD, DAN CONNOR

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Portland, Maine’s LOVE BY NUMB3RS Share New Video For “Western Son”

DATE: MARCH 29. 2021

FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/MARCEE RONDAN

LOVE BY NUMB3RS
FROM PORTLAND, MAINE
SHARE NEW VIDEO
FOR “WESTERN SON”
FROM THEIR DEBUT ALBUM ‘PARACHUTE’

BAND CHARTS A COURSE THROUGH ALTERNATIVE, DUSTY BLUES, GRACEFUL FOLK, AND ROOTSY ROCK

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

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LOVE BY NUMB3RS—the Portland, Maine-based trio who chart a course through eloquent alternative, dusty blues, graceful folk, and rootsy rock—have shared the video for “Western Son,” a highlight of their indie full-length debut album PARACHUTE. Watch the video here. It was premiered at Glide Magazine which noted that the band “bring a sultry and twangy Nashville sound from the northeastern continental 48s. The band offers a timeless polished sound that brings the earthy smoky overtones of Linda Ronstadt, Gillian Welch, and Grace Potter.”

LOVE BY NUMB3RS consists of co-vocalists DAN CONNOR and ANNA LOMBARD and multi-instrumentalist JON ROODS, the latter two of whom directed the beautifully striking “Western Son” video. It was shot along the coastal and woodsy roads of the group’s home state of Maine. See the Q&A below with ANNA LOMBARD about the making of the video.

“Western Son captivates with its delicate groove, haunting sound and ANNA’s immense vocal range. In ANNA’s words, the song “Lyrically, it’s setting the scene for what life ‘would have’ or ‘could have’ been like for the son I never had…”

PARACHUTE turns the page on the next chapter of three longtime friends and collaborators. After 15 years of friendship, countless memories, two albums and a 100-plus shows in the band Gypsy Tailwind, the trio thread together an unforgettable journey.

Here’s a Q&A with ANNA LOMBARD about “Western Son”:

Q: Where was the video shot?

ANNA: “The majority of the video was shot in Cape Elizabeth out at Ram Island Farm, an area of Cape where I spent a lot of time as a kid. This includes the drone footage of the winding road, the views of coastal Maine, the bridge over the river…as well as the scenes of me driving the VW. The headshots were filmed in our living room, and the clip of our guitarist Josh (who is a Chief Mate and steers a tugboat) was shot in N.Y. Harbor on a classic ocean-going tugboat–112′ long with locomotive engines–on his way back from assisting a container ship through a bridge around a turn. He was sitting on the aft deck, near the tow winch, when he cut his scene. The scenes with the boy were on my brother’s farm right off the road where the initial drone footage of the car was filmed. His sons built this little wooded amphitheatre that they named EVERGLOW, and we wanted Harry to be a little carefree boy discovering that special spot.”

Q: Any good anecdotes happen during the filming?

ANNA: “Jon had to sit in the back of Dan’s SUV with the hatch door open while filming the VW car shots and almost fell out about 12 times. Jon had Macgyver’d a camera rig for the scene of all three of us in the bug and placed it on the hood. It was a four-foot piece of one by three with a makeshift camera mount glued and taped to it, strapped onto the car via a ratchet strap, and center on a towel so the car didn’t get scratched. The rig fell apart right as we finished the last cut for that scene and pulled into the driveway, thank God.”

Q: What was the inspiration for the song?

ANNA: “For me, this song is about the son none of us ever had. We have four healthy, beautiful daughters (two each) but neither of us ever had boys! Personally, having girls was so foreign to me, as I grew up the youngest and only girl with all older brothers. Navigating through raising girls seemed so daunting to me, as I consider myself to be a bit of a tomboy. It was kind of like, ‘OK..how the hell am I going to do this?’ Lyrically, we tried setting the scene for what it ‘would have’ or ‘could have’ been… So, it’s kind of this dreamed up idea of having a boy. There are lyrics like ’there’s a church up on the hill, above a town you could’ve known so well’; and the church on the hill in the video is a 200+ year old church in the town I grew up in, where one of my aunts was married and adjacent to a cemetery where many family members of mine over the years have been laid to rest. How would life be different if I had been a mother, or if Dan had been a father to sons? What lessons would they have taught us? Perhaps the lessons I needed to learn only happened from becoming a mother of two girls instead…learning to break the cycle of familial toxicity and be to them what I needed when I was younger. For Dan, the original skeleton of the song was about being married to someone, having a son, and then going through a divorce and losing custody as the mother heads west and he never sees the boy again (not autobiographical FYI).

Q: For the video, what were you looking to visually achieve?

ANNA: “Beautiful landscapes, something that felt fun, easy to watch, and felt good. Our last video was so heavy…both Jon and I felt as though this was something that maybe could make people smile as they are watching. We wanted to give some visual components to the lyrics in a literal sense but also portraying innocence…something easily relatable to the viewer and with a pure, unadulterated playful vibe.”

Q: The car in the video is one that seems to reflect a carefree attitude from another era. Why was the car chosen for the “road trip?”

ANNA: “We chose the car because it belongs to our friend and exec producer Alex. Easy decision. We just wanted an old car to drive around the town and shoot scenes. I think given the fact that this song sounds a little old school, we wanted to have a car that matched that era of music. It is a 1979 beetle, mint condition. So fun to drive, I almost took off forever in it.”

Q: As the video closes, we see the character triumphantly holding a sword as almost a sign if victory. Why did you choose to end the clip that way?

ANNA: “The boy in the end of the video is my nephew–we were going for this fictitious character as I mentioned above, but Harry is this wild, carefree, adventurous and fearless little boy…so we decided that he should resemble a cross between Max from Where The Wild Things Are [book and film] and maybe a character from the classic CS Lewis Chronicles of Narnia [book and film]. A little boy finding a sword and checking out this magical little amphitheatre, where he found himself free to explore without being under the thumb of a parent or rules of any kind. I think the sword as a sign of victory at the end was meant to just convey that no matter what, the fictional character ends up being, even if I wasn’t blessed with a boy. Maybe he’s there in your heart, maybe you know that it wasn’t meant to be. Maybe it’s the point where one of us realizes that our journeys as parents were exactly as they were meant to be and so it allows this fictional character to kind of go on existing in this magical, made up, ethereal and peaceful way.”

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