The Haunt Release New Single ‘Wish You Stayed’

Anastasia recalls the session vividly, “Written and recorded in Phoenix, there were moments where I was beating myself up about my music. Flipping through a notebook, I came across lyrics I wrote a year prior about going on tour and leaving a relationship paused. The song is really about my 15 year old self thinking the person would be there or that they would care enough to wait for me; however, that didn’t happen.”

“As soon as I looked at the lyrics I felt peaceful again. It was the last song we recorded and was a defining moment because the experience wasn’t easy but I grew a lot from it and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I felt very proud of what we created.”

For the visual companion, the band linked with Chris Hill/Digital Cypher, once again, this time taking on the pandemic like a gale force storm, crafting a green screen fever dream that recreates life on the road, the ups, the downs, the van shenanigans and convenience store bathrooms. 

Accompanying newly shot material, the music video includes concert footage, meet ’n greets and merch table hangs with fans in Prague, Paris, London, Manchester, Amsterdam, Pittsburgh, and Munich, while on tour with Palaye Royale. 

The video is set for a YouTube premiere ( on Friday, January 29, at 12:00pm EST, with the band joining the chat room before and after the premiere to answer questions.

The S. Florida quartet, which also includes Anastasia’s older brother Max (guitar/vox), bassist Natalie Smallish, and drummer Nick Lewert, continue to fill-in their non-touring regimen with a just-for-fun performance series of their favorite songs, recently adding an electrifying punk/goth rock resurrection of Billie Eilish’s “You Should See Me In A Crown.” The clip, which is archived on their IGTV, follows spirited takes on Paramore’s “Misery Business,” Royal Blood’s “Lights Out,” and Young The Giant’s “Mind Over Matter.” 

With each successive chapter of Social Intercourse, the kingdom fortifies stronger, stands taller, for the continued assault on the pomposity of societal norms and the supposed death of rock n’ roll. It’s been away for a while, but its heart is always home. Brick by brick, The Haunt are primed to ascend the throne.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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