OUTERNATIONAL Release Second Video “Empty Lives” Off Of “Future Rock” EP; End Of Year Show At Bowery Electric 12/27!
“They’re wearing their heart on their sleeves. There’s no questioning what their point is or what their mission is.” – NPR
“Mixing politics and punk once made bands like The Clash and Rage Against The Machine stand out, now the New York group, Outernational, have taken up the challenge.” – WNYC
“Outernational is on a mission ‘with horizon eyes’ and a fierce bass line – the one from Metallica’s ‘Seek & Destroy’ played backwards. The fast pace of the video won’t disappoint you if you have already listened to the fast-tempo song, and the band is definitively a non-stop hard-rocking machine in search of new ways to shake people’s consciousness.” – Rock NYC Live & Recorded
Filmed During The Band’s Guerilla 2012 Tours Of The US-Mexico Borderlands, “Empty Lives” Follows “Future Rock”‘s Controversial And Graphic First Video, “Sir No Sir” – Both Produced by RAW Design
An approaching whistle in the distance. A train enters the station. We see the tombstones. A man emphatically eulogizes the countless dead. Out of the blue, a blistering wall of riffage dialed in to “11” smashes forth from nowheresville, taking us out of the town cemetery. The preacher is in. So begins Outernational’s phantasmagorical new video for “Empty Lives” off of “Future Rock.”
The ‘mainstreaming’ of pornography as a key pillar in an overall degrading culture that brings everyone down…the quasi-religious belief of so many as they worship at “altar” of American democracy…the proliferation of the deadly and absurd notion that oppressed people need to become like Tony Montana while the big gangsters are playing them like little pawns…
Against-the-grain yet fully optimistic, forward-looking and “on a mission with horizon eyes,” in this third installment of what has become a desert music video trilogy – “The Beginning Is Here” marking the first and “Todos Somos Ilegales” ft Residente Calle 13 marking the second – Outernational solidifies its reputation as this generation’s revolutionary band.
In “Empty Lives” – the band’s singer, Miles Solay minces no words. He opens the song, declaring: “They ask you for a career in life / they never ask you what kind of world you’d like,” then lays bare the decadence and putrid nature of American society, yet and still, through the course of the song we get the sense that this is a band that isn’t planning on going at it alone. They see the possibility and potential for many people to break away from the grip of a stifling and oppressive society.
Which brings us back to our preacher who, by the end of the video seems to have reached the breaking point…breaking free and breaking through, letting go of his previously held “faith”. The preacher is out. Trippy and fast-paced, the “Empty Lives” music video marks Outernational’s hardest hitting release to date.
The band – Miles Solay (lead vocals), Leo Mintek (guitars), Dr Blum (trumpet, keys), Jesse Williams Massa (bass) and Nate Hassan (drums) – is currently working on new material in their home of New York City.
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“A ferocious wail of solidarity” (Los Angeles Times), Outernational’s 2012 “Todos Somos Ilegales” project saw the band featured in Rolling Stone, NPR, Democracy Now and even appearing on network TV: NY1, CNN Español and Univision.
2013 will bring the band’s highly anticipation “Welcome To The Revolution” full length collaboration with Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as International and North American touring.