North Dakota groove-metallers Shotgun Facelift have revealed a new music video for their new single and metal ballad entitled “Suicide Eyes“. Watch the new ‘Suicide Eyes’ music video via YouTube, and stream the single on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, and Amazon Music right now!
The music video was directed by Kevin Ackley from Chamber Six Media. “Suicide Eyes” is the second single from the band’s second full-length album Dakota Blood Stampede which was produced by Tyler Pilot (Over You, Body By Torture, Anomic) at Red Dot Recording. The album is scheduled for a worldwide release on December 17, 2021 via Eclipse Records. Pre-order or pre-save the album here.
“Everyone in this band struggles with mental illness, depression and addiction. It’s dark inside, and we don’t back away from ourselves,” says guitarist Damian Goulet. “With our Suicide eyes music video, we simply wanted a space to purge our minds. If anyone can relate to the song, the lyrics, or any piece of the video, you’re not alone. Know that life is indeed worth living!” Drummer Jody Smith adds, “That poor guy with the makeup… he was entirely blind with that makeup on. He couldn’t see anything at all. It took almost five hours for the makeup specialist to put on his face, and then he couldn’t see for the entire day. Our director Kevin had to shout the movements at him, and he just followed it from listening. It was eerie to watch because that actor lost himself in that role so completely.”
Dakota Blood Stampede by Shotgun Facelift is an exhilarating album. It was recorded with the band’s live energy in mind, and sought to capture it. As a result, this album is as real as it gets. The band tracked every song playing together, all at once. When someone messed up, everyone had to sit in on a do-over. It was exhausting for the band and their producer Tyler Pilot, but the proof comes through in the recording. The energy there is unmistakable, but more important is the deep and personal nature of the songs on the album… With the first single “Bury Me” the band fires back at the conservative culture in their home state of North Dakota. With so many in the local scene praying for the band’s demise and even wishing actual harm upon the band members for being in a heavy metal band, the song shows their resistance in being able to stand up against them, embrace their hatred, and use it to become stronger. “Suicide Eyes“, is about the eyes of addiction, abuse, and despair. The band takes mental illness very seriously, and they write about it a lot in a non-exploitative manner because every band member suffers from some form of it deeply. “5 Dollar Bastard” is another song which is deeply personal to the band, especially vocalist John Huber. Many years ago, he had a loved one hand him a check for what he thought John was worth, valuing him at just five dollars. He never forgot that moment, how it made him feel to realize what this person really thought of him, and he wrote the lyrics for this song as a statement of conviction to make that individual choke upon that five dollar debt. If there ever was an album where a band “lets it all hang out” while confronting their demons, Dakota Blood Stampede is it!
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Shotgun Facelift lineup
John Huber (vocals), Damian Goulet (guitar), Matt Person (guitar), Jody Smith (drums), Curt DeCamp (bass)