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.
Siren Call gets reviewed by Music Connection Magazine as part of their “New Music Critique” section in the latest issue of the iconic magazine.
Putting the emerging band’s music under the microscope, Music Connection gives their take on Siren Call’s “crafty songs such as the moody “Rose Ashes,” the lurching mid-tempo rocker “Just A Man” and the driving, no nonsense “Harness””.
“Published since 1977, Music Connection magazine is a monthly music trade publication catering to musicians, industry professionals, and support services. Commonly referred to as “the musicians bible,” Music Connection exists to serve artists and music people, to offer connections to the unconnected and to provide exclusive information that can help our readers take their music to the next level.” – http://www.musicconnection.com/about/
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.
Siren Call is a band with a deep connection to Southern California. It was only a matter of time for the siren to join the Westside Rebellion of freedom through punk and its boundless incarnations of self-expression.
WestSide Rebellion Magazine is a “multimedia magazine about music, and literature”, dedicated to covering California’s rich “counter-culture” – a culture which has inspired generations around the world to be themselves. From the hippies of 60s San Francisco, to the punk rock movement, with bands like The Descendants, Sublime and Black Flag – the Westside has been a source of an undying freedom movement.
Punk in California is different than anywhere else in the world. Instead of defining “hardcore” as a staple of loudness and aggression, California has embraced a wide range of styles as “punk”, all marked by authenticy and a penchant for non-comformity. People of different color, gender, cultural background and ethnicity were embraced by punk in a land built on multiculturalism and fearless experimentation.
Siren Call has always been an unusual band unable to fit a certain category. Based in Vienna, Austria Siren Call’s sound is a mixure of grunge, punk and classic rock guitar solos with a Bulgarian bassist frontwoman and an LA native for a guitarist. In 2015 Siren Call once again sailed across the Atlantic to the Westside where they met with Diondre Flemming, the magazine founder, and Oscar Elizondo, the magazine’s photographer at the legendary Whisky a Go Go.
This summer Siren Call was back in Los Angeles and they have teamed with the magazine for an exclusive video interview, discussing music, inspiration and cultural differences between Europe and the US among other themes. Stay tuned for the interview, which will be posted on www.sirencallofficial.com in the upcoming weeks. Also keep up with the Westside Rebellion at: http://www.westsiderebellion.com/