A music video for the new East Of The Wall song “Non-Functional Harmony” premiered online today. The song can be found on the group’s new album “NP-Complete“, out March 29th on Translation Loss Records. Speaking of this latest track, the band’s bassist/vocalist Chris Alfano stated:
“‘Non-Functional Harmony‘ was a bit of an experiment from us, inspired by our cover of Nick Drake‘s ‘River Man‘ that we released on our split with Cryptodira back in 2015. We were so happy with the way we were able to take this beautiful acoustic ballad and transmute it into a harrowing epic; so we said, ‘hey, Greg, can we ruin one of your songs too?’ Greg, our vocalist, isn’t always the first one to bring in the riff that kicks off a writing session, since his solo material is pretty far removed from progressive metal.
But he had the bones of the verse/chorus structure, and we all were into it, so fortunately he let us hack and tear it into something that is of disparate worlds but native to none. It has a jazzy breakdown replete with trumpets, a galloping bridge like Iron Maiden but in 9/4, and the best lead tone we’ve ever gotten out of an Earthquaker Devices Data Corrupter pedal. In short, we dig it.
I knew straight away that this tune was on the short list for ‘this one needs to have a video,’ and the first person I wanted to ask was Michael Englisis. We loved his work on the video for ‘Couldn’t Be Saved‘, which my and Seth‘s other band NY in 64 released 2 years ago.
He has this incredible, cinematic eye that matched the scope we were hoping to achieve. He pitched this idea for a haunted cowboy epic that we had no idea how he’d pull off, and we were floored by what he was able to accomplish on a shoestring budget. I was there for some of the filming, and he and the actors went seriously above and beyond – Jesse had the crap beat out of him while tied to a chair, Justin fractured a couple ribs, Michael put in serious hours to have the video ready in time for NP-Complete‘s March 29th release. Those dudes gave their all, and we owe them our souls (assuming the devil doesn’t claim them first).”