Extract from a press release:
Today metal band Scranton Motionless In White released âTimebomb,â a new single to light the fuse ahead of their upcoming nationwide tour which already has several sold-out dates.
âWe’re really excited to release a new piece of music to bridge the gap between all COVID downtime and our next record coming in 2022. ‘Timebomb’ seemed like a great standalone track to hit the heaviest side of the world. band and to give the fans something to headband when we return on tour in September, âsaid frontman Chrisâ Motionless âCerulli.
“It’s so good to get back to work, and ‘Timebomb’ is the perfect way to celebrate the ‘next normal’.”
Released via Roadrunner Records, the heavy track debuted as an animated sci-fi “visualizer” directed by Logan Beaver with editing and coloring by MIW guitarist Ricky Olson.
Ahead of fall, their East Coast tour with Light the Torch, Silent Planet and Dying Wish will begin on September 5 and include major music festivals like Rocklahoma, Inkcarceration, Rebel Rock and Blue Ridge Rock Festival along with other natives of the northeastern Pennsylvania Breaking Benjamin. The stops closest to their hometown are at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey on September 11 and at the Westcott Theater in Syracuse, New York on September 15.
Although they were unable to tour due to the pandemic, MIW performed live “deadstreams” – one to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album, “Creatures,” and, most recently, one to the ‘historic Pennhurst Asylum in Spring City which currently serves as a haunted attraction.
They also made a few recordings, such as an unexpected cover of the Killers’ hit song “Somebody Told Me”.
âDuring quarantine, we wanted to continue to see what new projects we could push ourselves to create. We’ve always wanted to try to cover an iconic alternate song, and âSomebody Told Meâ has always been one of those tracks that exudes pure energy and has some good crazy hooks that we thought we could turn into a great rock version, âCerulli explained.
“We are very happy to present this cover as one of the projects born out of the COVID downtime and hope it is fun for all fans to check out and stomp their feet.”
This followed the 2020 release of the “Motion Picture Collection”, an EP produced by Justin Deblieck and mixed by Steve Sopchak where the band rebuilt, reimagined and reinvigorated two fan favorite singles, “Another Life” and “Eternally Yours. “. Plus, they’ve included brand new cinematic instrumental tracks for both.
For this big-screen take on “Another Life”, they recruited Estonian dark pop artist Kerli to contribute an emotionally charged voice. On a bed of orchestral strings and sparse piano, Cerulli locks herself into a haunting and hypnotic duet with her, and the official music video also offers a ghostly counterpoint and alternate view of the original.
Meanwhile, Motionless In White has hired Australian singer Crystal Joilena to join this nighttime take of âEternally Yoursâ. The classically inspired piano cuts through swells of strings as the voice soars to heavenly heights on a solemn promise. Punctuated with lasers and galactic vignettes, the accompanying visual complements the otherworldly energy of song.
A highlight of the band’s latest album, “Disguise”, on Roadrunner Records, the original “Another Life” made it into the Top 15 on Active Rock Radio, becoming their highest-ranked single to date. In particular, it garnered 9.5 million views on the official music video, and Beartooth frontman Caleb Shomo then remixed “Another Life”.
Marking their fifth studio album, “Disguise” made an explosive chart debut upon release, debuting at No. 4 on Billboard’s Best Selling Albums chart while also claiming No. 2 on the Hard Rock Albums chart. and No. 27 on the SoundScan / Billboard 200, MIW’s third consecutive entry into the Overall Top 30.
The record is highlighted by a series of stellar singles, including “Brand New Numb”, “Undead Ahead 2: The Tale of the Midnight Ride” and “Disguise”, the latter joined by a haunting backing video directed by de frequent collaborators Jeremy Danger and Travis Shinn. In addition, “Another Life” has been joined by an official visual produced by Max Moore.
Their next album, which will surely be accompanied by its own unique videos, is due out in 2022.
Photo by Bryce Hall