Future alternative metal greats Defences present their stunning new single/video ‘Gold In The Dark’ via Long Branch Records.

Watch the video for ‘Gold In The Dark’ here:

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Previous single ‘The Curse‘ struck the blueprint for Defences new direction, and ‘Gold In The Dark’ is where it was solidified. Serving as a direct continuation of the story told in its predecessor, ‘Gold In The Dark’ recounts the first steps in self-acceptance. Being at peace with your inner darkness first requires you to embrace it, to really shine a light into the parts of you that you choose to hide. 

“I started reading, researching and practising the concept of shadow work during the lockdown years,” comments singer Cherry Duesbury. “I realised there were parts of myself I was actively ignoring and pushing down, and it was contributing to why I was feeling so stunted, unhappy in myself and who I was in various ways. Coming across this concept and reading about the psychology behind it – which I’ve always been fascinated by and studied in school for a while – was really eye-opening and inspiring for me. These are some of my favourite lyrics I’ve ever written! And the ideas in this song sparked so much inspiration for this era of our band and the themes we explored, lyrically, musically and visually.”

On the video, the band comment: “This is one of our favourite video shoots to date! We found an amazing derelict school out in Hereford where they run ghost tours. Once we got there and realised just how beautiful the building was, we decided it would be better to shoot each member in a different room rather than all bunch up in a room. This resulted in a huge amount of negative space in all of these shots, with huge rooms stretching behind as we’re performing, ending up this amazing eerie vibe. It felt a little bit like being in The Shining or The Haunting of Hill House!

“We also wanted to tie the newly established ‘Shadow Cherry’ to this location, so we showed her room from where she influences the world, resulting in the puppet strings effect seen in the video. This was great, but a lot of hard work to achieve! We had 2 metre-long metal poles with the other end of the ropes attached to them, so just know that any time you see one of us on screen with these ropes around us, all of the other members are just off-camera sweating buckets trying to keep them up!”

A proven hit on the live circuit, Defences have numerous U.K. tours with multiple sell-out headline shows under their belts, as well as festival appearances including DownloadTakedownTurbulence and Burn It Down. With soon-to-be-announced new material, live shows and the support of their strong fan community cultivated in their #TheHeart fan page, 2024 promises to be a big year for the quintet.

Defenses are:

Cherry Duesbury – Vocals
William Young – Keys, Vocals
Calum Wilmot – Guitar
Owen Hughes-Holland – Bass
Kyle Parke – Drums

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