Grungy hard-rock ridden “LA Crash” is a tainted Hollywood glamour tale of the elusive space between fantasy and reality…
LA Crash is Siren Call’s love letter to the City of Angels. The video plays with the fantasy we have of Hollywood, of LA, and it’s everlasting enigma; its dark pull and its effect on our psyche. With its idols, bigger than life itself, this city creates and shatters dreams in the blink of an eye. So the cinematic world of LA Crash is also on edge of surrealism, driving recklessly in the Hollywood Hills, crashing with the waves in Venice and losing your head on the Sunset Strip. This is a world where insanity rules and the normal is frowned upon. This is a world where decadence is the norm and our fears are meaningless in the face of eternal glory.
We invite you for a ride to explore LA and and its eternal tragic beauty.
Siren Call’s third video release “Harness” demonstrates the band’s more subversive side with an upapologetic attitude and punk rock aesthetic. Forceful and fierce, “Harness” is an expression of the desire to break free from dependency, whatever form it may take.
Illustrating the song’s themes of angst and rebellion, “Harness” found its visual inspiration in 60s cult film “Girl on a Motorcycle” starring Marianne Faithful and Alain Delon. Yvonne Lace is a modern version of Faithfull’s character, Rebecca, who questions authority, gender norms, morality and the meaning of freedom. The “journey” motif resembles the duality of “Harness”: a symbol of both safety and imprisonment.
As Siren Call’s third release, “Harness” is a departure from “Just a Man”‘s playful take on stereotypes and the moody and poetic atmosphere of”Rose Ashes”. On the other hand, “Harness” is conceptually linked to another “travel motif” song, “LA Crash” – the upcoming video release for Siren Call.
“Harness” has that specific Los Angeles-feel to it, with it’s beaten-down street glamour dressed in leather – an aesthetic continued and elaborated in “LA Crash”. This time the siren takes us on a different sort of journey – a bumpy motorcycle ride through the desert, leading to the City of Angels. And if you join her on that ride ride, don’t forget: safety first. Get your harness on.
Following the upbeat classic rock-inspired “Just a Man”, Siren Call makes on a darker and moodier turn with “Rose Ashes”. Described as “rock’n’roll poetry”, the song takes the audience on a journey inside singer/bassist Lace’s complex and ultimately cathartic relationship with music and those behind it. The song explores the loss of innocence, subsequent fall from grace, eventually turning into the ultimate ode to survival. Each verse is a stage in the heroine’s path to understanding the significance of suffering and embracing one’s pain to grow and thrive.
The opening line “I used to be a crystal, melting into sound” introduces Lace’s pure love of music, while the second verse’s “I used to be a moth attracted to the light” is reality’s cruel ways of tainting one’s ideals. Eventually an equilibrium is reached, by embracing the tragedy and triumph which result unconditional love: “the petals with the bruises, they often come to fall, but then to take their place new petals come to grow.”
Siren Call did not choose the literal path for the song’s video, which would be to use all the lyric’s metaphors as visuals. Instead the band chose a few striking images, presenting them in a subtle manner, such as the moth (which was a complete accident during filming in the woods) and of course, the roses. The significance of rose comes Lace’s infatuation with “The Little Prince” and the role of the Rose in the story. “The book got me through a particularly rough break-up and symbol of the Rose meant so much.” Yvonne says. “During that time I also talked to a healer, who told me roses are incredible flowers, that despite their fragile beauty can survive during the coldest of winters. Since then they have been an unlikely symbol of strength for me.”
The “Rose Ashes” video focuses more on the emotional atmosphere creating a dreamy reality of shapes and colors mixing and dissolving into one another. The Siren Call motif is also present with the images of ships and pirates which bring both a sense of nostalgia and undying rebellion. The homage to “Old Hollywood” is no accident either, with images featuring guitarist Jason’s grandfather Pedro de Cordoba, a Hollywood actor from Hollywood’s Golden Age.
As you watch the video to “Rose Ashes” allow yourself to be vulnerable as it is through embracing our delicate nature, that our strength can truly reveal itself. In this sense, “Rose Ashes” is the ultimate triumph of life over despair.
Video killed the radio star. Since the birth of MTV in the early 80s, songs and their respective videos have formed a symbiotic bond and have been a source of both fascination and controversy. Since then, a music video is a “must” when it comes to promoting a single or album. On the creative side, it gives artists a whole new platform to express their message and imagination.
Producing music videos as an indie band requires a combination of DIY-spirit, resourcefulness and lowered expections. Even so, as a band grows, so does its clarity of vision and as a result amazing products can come to life. Siren Call has produced 3 videos so far and is in the midst of releasing a 4th one, no other than “LA Crash” – a song which screams for a video with its elusive imagery and Hollywood references. But more about “LA Crash” later…
In anticipation of the upcoming video release “LA Crash” the end of November, we will present you the background story of each of our released videos so far in chronological order: “Just a Man”, “Rose Ashes” and “Harness”. Let’s begin with “Just a Man”.
“Just a Man” is a song dedicated to the “fallen muses of rock’n’roll” – in other words, the girls behind the music, aka “groupies” or the less degrading: Band-Aids. Inspired by singer/bassist Yvonne Lace’s own experiences i, “Just a Man” also became a tribute to the frontwoman’s favorite movie “Almost Famous”. A classic case of life immitating art. Or the other way around.
Thus was born the video to “Just a Man”, which tells the story of a modern-day Penny Lane, who is tired of looking up to rockstars and having her illusions shattered – she decides to be the rockstar herself. Shattering the stereotypes of the testosterone-fuelled over-sexed macho male, this new Penny Lane (literally) takes matters into her own hands as she becomes both the singer and bassist of the fictional rockband she once admired.
“Just a Man”‘s feminist message is presented with humor and self-deprecation, through the characters of the “classic male frontman” (hilariously portrayed by the band’s drummer Gabor Szabo) and Penny Lane’s dreamy looks and naive infatuation in the beginning of the story.
In a sense, “Just a Man” is not simply a debut music video for Siren Call. It also establishes the band’s story as a twist on the classic “siren” myth: here, the siren doesn’t just wait for wayfarers to come her way and lure them to their doom – she attacks and takes over their ship.
This post goes out to Siren Call’s fans – the beautiful sirens and sailors who have supported our music and brought love and inspiration to our band. This is to express our gratitude and to invite more and more of you to join our movement towards bringing the alt-rock/grunge aesthetic back! And what better day to express our love to you than today, Sept. 24th: the 25th anniversary of the classic Nirvana album “Nevermind”, which brought alternative music to the masses and changed the trajectory of what popular music can be.
What does that mean to us? Well, as a band inspired by the early 90s we value authenticity, poetic lyrics and uninhibited self-expression. And there is nothing more meaningful than finding like-minded music lovers who also happen to dig our music – so THANK YOU for being YOU!
This is a collage of some of our most loyal and devoted fans and we excited to make an even larger collage, so if you have Siren Call T-shirt or any other SC-related merch, send us your pics! Or better yet, make a post with the pic and be part of the #sirencalllove.
To those of you who are new to this website and to Siren Call, don’t hesitate to contact us….we’d love to hear from you. If you like the Siren Call T-shirts, but don’t have one, have no fear – soon we will have an online merch shop for you right here on this website. Furthermore, we have CDs about to be available for sale both here and through other channels!
Anyway…let this be a love note to you, our fans – the current and future ones. Thank you for being there, for inspiring our music and fueling our passion. There is nothing more precious than sharing our dream with you.Together, we are unstoppable.
International Vienna-based altrock band Siren Call goes to SoCal for a night of music at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim. So how does a European band fit the sun-soaked world, surf cool Orange County world?
For starters, Siren Call is not your typical “local” band. Unafraid to cross continents and oceans for their music, Siren Call is a mixture of the classic and modern. Inspired by the ancient Greek myth of the sirens, with music largerly influenced by the SoCal sound, Siren Call has been known to be break boundaries as musical ambassadors of modern myths.
“With our music, we create a bridge between the old and the new, creating our own sort of mythology through our music,” explains Siren Call singer and bassist Yvonne Lace. “The reason why Southern California is so important to Siren Call, is because it is the land where modern myths are created. Just think of Hollywood, Disneyland and the rock’n’roll revolution of the 20th century. There is no better place in the modern world for sirens to flourish than Southern California.”
If you are still not convinced about Siren Call’s SoCal connection, just listen to Yvonne Lace’s voice and you will think that Gwen Stefani is back with No Doubt during the Tragic Kindgom days.
Therefore it is only fitting that Siren Call has set ashore to play at one of Orange County’s cultural gems, The Doll Hut. According to the venue’s website, this “O.C. institution is more than a 100- year-old wooden bar room originally built in the early 1900’s as a private residence it became a truck stop cafe in 1930’s. In 1957 The Doll Hut became a live music venue, made world famous when purchased by promoter Linda Jemison in the late 1980’s.”
Come and experience the siren call for yourself at The Doll Hut in Anaheim this Thursday 8/11/16 at 7pm.