By Zach Collier
Yesterday, Salt Lake City-based rockers [Native/Tongue] released the official music video for their latest single, “Samaritan.” Made up of vocalist Cody Taylor, guitarist Keaton Stewart, bassist Travis McKell, and drummer Donny West, the four used to play together in the hardcore band I Capture Castle. As I Capture Castle, they opened for Black Veil Brides, played Coachella Valley Music Festival, and performed on the Ernie Ball Stage at Vans Warped Tour.
Seeking a more mainstream sound after some lineup changes, the band regrouped in December 2015. [Native/Tongue] is a radio friendly alternative band reminiscent of 30 Seconds to Mars, Breaking Benjamin, and Minutes To Midnight-era Linkin Park. “Samaritan” is one of three singles from their upcoming full length album, set to be released at the end of this year.
“The song as a whole is something we have never done before,” Stewart says of the new single. “We decided to let go of the reins and see where the feeling of the song could take us.”
With regards to the video, the band says it’s intentionally symbolic and esoteric. “I wanted to leave people guessing this time,” says Taylor. The video flashes a series of shots in claustrophobic corridors, where a bloodied and bandaged Taylor appears to gradually lose his sanity alongside a ram-horned woman who eventually steals him away.
“As for the song itself,” Taylor continues. “It served as a good way to express an observation I’ve had about what inspires action. It typically takes something dramatic, or at least from what I’ve observed, before we as a people will be forthcoming with kindness. At the same time, I have seen a great deal of people very quick to tear down other people they don’t agree with intellectually or morally as if that makes them more virtuous themselves. Really though, I just hope everyone is able to find their own reason to love this song because it’s become dear to me.”
Make sure to like [Native/Tongue] on Facebook, and watch the video for “Samaritan” below!