Cheyenne, Wyoming modern rock band Antisaint came over to the UK to play this year’s Download, one of the world’s most prestigious hard rock and heavy metal festivals, and released a new single, ‘Paradise’, at the same time.
‘Paradise’ is the first page in the next chapter for the band. The song satires the reality of living too vicariously in the world of the internet… specifically social media.
With the chorus’ main tagline of “our lives are all perfect and everything is fine,” frontman Matthew Whiteman openly plays into the ignorance most people take browsing across social media influencer’s accounts in a very “fake it til you make it” atmosphere online.
The song tackles the idea that too much influence creates insecurity.
As with their debut album, VATICINATE, the song was recorded at the Keep Studio in Denver, Colorado with producer, engineer and mixer Shane Stanton (Glower Studios) at the helm.
Ahead of playing the UK festival, Antisaint frontman Matthew Whiteman had said, “We’re beyond excited and grateful for the opportunity. This is the kind of show you dream about and to be a part of it is a huge honour.”
“It’s crazy to see Antisaint’s name on the same poster with so many legendary bands that we grew up listening to and drawing influence from. To be included in the 20th anniversary celebration of such a widely respected festival makes it that much better. It’s a privilege to be included this year!” remarked guitarist and co-founder, Andrew Whiteman.
Download came after an extremely busy year for the band, that included the release of the new Vaticinate deluxe album, and a Christmas tour with friends Drowning Pool and Otherwise. As 2023 continues Antisaint is looking at more shows and festivals throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and North America, alongside writing new material.
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It was last summer when the band released two singles from their then imminent Vaticinate album, in ‘Incomplete’ and ‘Feed the Crows’.
“‘Incomplete’ is about being looked down upon and judged by others for pursuing a purpose in life that they do not understand themselves,” said Whiteman.“It is a common occurrence to have when pursuing a creative lifestyle. People constantly criticise and belittle artists’ creations without even thinking about what it takes to have the courage to make something original and put it out into the world. The end of the song is a rally to other people in our position to not give into the doubt and pressure, take the half that they can’t see and make it whole.”
Discussing ‘Feed the Crows’, he noted that it was written during a low point of making the album.
“The song is pure frustration and the message behind it is to say f*ck it, and compromise morals to match those who have none. It’s less meaningful compared to the other songs on the album. Having said that it serves a major purpose in the to digest part of the album in which it represents the pure chaos and emotion of not being able to achieve what you wanted.”
You can stream ‘Incomplete’ on Spotify and purchase it on iTunes. While ‘Feed the Crows’ can be streamed here on Spotify and purchased here on iTunes.
The idea behind the release of Vaticinate was to release it as three separate EPs and tour each one, giving fans a different show related to each release. With covid that was unable to happen, of course, so along with a full sixteen song version of the album, they also created the 3 Disc Deluxe Edition. Whiteman explained, “This was to separate the record into the three chapters and showcase all the artwork we had created for the individual EPs. We amped it up even more by creating holographic discs and special UV packaging.”
Vaticinate was produced by Jeff Kanan at The Keep Studios in Denver, Colorado, as was new single, ‘Paradise’.