Behind the Video Part 2 – “Rose Ashes”

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.

Behind the Video Part 1 – “Just a Man”

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.