Keeping up with our premiere week, we are teaming up with Jason Heath and The Greedy Souls for the release of their new music video for “Nowhere To Go,” a summation of the album and it’s a shotgun blast, uptempo rager that suggests that this broken-down locomotive of a country has run out of track and we need to get busy repairing it.
“We’re now nationally and globally at the place where we need to, as Abraham Lincoln so eloquently stated, reach for and be touched by the better angels of our nature,” says Heath. “To give up the ghost of what we think this country is or used to be, and begin again – better. To rise. There is hope in surrender. It’s all possible, but only if we’re honest with ourselves about our past, and willing to come together to unite as one for the common good.”
“As far as the video goes, it’s a bit mysterious actually. I received an encrypted email from a fellow by the name of Frank Future. He said he had heard our song “Nowhere to Go” and that he really enjoyed it and thought the message of the song was something he would like to adapt a short digital film to. He sent me a link to his site: http://hencethegreyskies.com/. I thought his other animated films were amazing, and I told him I’d definitely be interested in seeing what he came up with. We never spoke directly, I paid him in crypto currency, and a few weeks later, he delivered the film. I was BLOWN AWAY! He had captured the vibe and intent of the song perfectly with incredibly precise imagery. He placed QR codes at different places in the video that you can scan with a QR reader from your phone, and it will take you to other films to help you better educate and understand the current state of the social structures within the U.S. and abroad.
I’ve asked around about the identity of Frank Future, and no one really knows for sure who he is… some people say he’s an animator/hacker from St Petersburg, Russia, and others say they heard he was actually an animator who became an executive at one of the big corporate studios and keeps his identity hidden. I guess we’ll never know…
Originally the album was gonna be titled “Broken Promised Land,” but as we were working on it, I began to see that there were other artists who had used that title for songs and albums, so I was beginning to consider alternative titles for the record. The cover art was a picture I took of a large wall near my mechanic’s shop in Los Angeles that had the “Dead End” sign on it. An unknown street artist had put up a bill that said “But There’s Nowhere To Go” with an arrow pointing toward the sign. I posted the cover art with the album title “Broken Promised Land” and my friend Tom Morello (yes, that Tom Morello) commented that “But There’s Nowhere To Go” was a pretty good name for an album as well. So I tried it on for size but wasn’t totally convinced. The album was pretty much done, and one day I was messing with this riff in one of the songwriting classes I teach in a prison for Jail Guitar Doors (jailguitardoors.org). I started singing, “There’s nowhere to go…” over the progression and one of the inmates said, “Man, that’s tight,” and he came over to put a beat to it. We rocked it for a few minutes, and he told me I needed to record it and put it on the record. I wasn’t sure, because it felt like more of a punk tune, but it felt good when the band started in on it, and then Justin added that guitar line and it pretty much put it over the top for me. We recorded it that weekend, so the entire tune was conceived, written, and recorded in about a week.”