Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada based progressive Metalcore outfit THE WANING LIGHT have unveiled the first single/video from their yet as untitled 2nd ep. Eyeball the sagacious new video for the bands’ recent single “Eight” below. Founding member/guitarist Sage Davies assumed the reigns in directing and editing the clip. This new single follows 2015’s well-aimed ep One Plague Shy of Utopia. The band’s following expanded dramatically upon the ep’s release and resulted in countless shows supporting the likes of AMORPHIS, SWALLOW THE SUN, NUMENOREAN, and RINGWORM.
This new single is bolstered by the addition of new vocalist Joel Parent (also of NINJASPY fame) and sees the band expand and subsequently refine their previous formula of DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN dynamics, SOUNDGARDEN grooves, and NORTHLANE wallop. The band really seems to have come into their own with this advanced version of their emerging self.
Revisit One Plague Shy of Utopic:
SVB: I was subjectively floored by the quality of your new single “Eight.” What songwriting measures did you take, if any, that would contribute to the overall maturation of the Waning Light sound?
Sage Davies: I’m glad you liked it. The short answer is, “time.” Our first EP was written in well under a year. We spent a long time recording it, but the bones of the songs stayed as they were throughout. For this EP, we have been playing Six and Seven in our regular set since 2015, but both songs underwent serious renovations. Six was actually scrapped for a while before it was completely re-tooled with about half of the parts jettisoned in favour of different riffs. Seven remained more intact, but still saw last minute changes right up to the recording. Mike and Mac end up doing the bulk of the riff writing and they spent a lot of time generating and polishing parts. I get involved more in the arrangement phase, figuring out how things fit together and adding thematic melodies over some structures. The addition of Joel on vocals has also caused a significant change in the direction of the lyrics. My lyrical content for the first EP, while somewhat personal, is largely a mess of over-wrought metaphors and social commentary dealing with outward issues. Joel’s style is considerably more straightforward and largely addresses personal growth and overcoming self-defeating obstacles. The fact that he manages to pull that off without it being a Peterson-esque exercise in navel-gazing is a credit to his dedication to the craft. I’m still howling away about some political bullshit in the background on a few songs. Luke entered the process after all the songs had been written and the drums had been recorded, but his bass playing style and note choices really make certain passages stand out in a way that they wouldn’t otherwise and we’re really excited to see what sort of songs we can put together as a team moving forward.
SVB The video for “Eight” features some drone camera work that put’s the similar treatment used at times in the Blair Witch Project reboot to shame. What challenges did you face making the video?
Those Blair Witch guys had been properly trained on drone safety. We had not. On the one hand, we got some really cool looking shots. On the other hand, there was a point when I was simultaneously controlling the drone and trying to run away from it. We were all quite blissfully unaware of the machine’s capacity for causing bodily harm, so we weren’t shy about getting some shots that we probably shouldn’t have attempted. The biggest challenge was editing the damned thing. We had set out with the notion of doing a single drone pass of each member and two GoPro close-up passes. That quickly doubled, giving us well over thirty film streams to attempt to edit into one somewhat cohesive piece. Some choices were easy: 29 moments where the subject was making a derp face or the camera was doing something stupid and one moment where, magically, one of us looked cool. Others were harder. None of us has any training, skill, or experience with this stuff, so we’re just happy that we managed to cobble over an hour of footage into a two-and-a-half minute clip.