A collective voice, a proof of being alive… this is “I Just Want You to Know”.
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A collective voice, a proof of being alive… this is “I Just Want You to Know”.
The song “I Just Want You To Know”, first single off “Between Illness And Migration” in Canada, has been reviewed by Martyr Magazine
“Needless to say it makes for an extremely visually appealing and interesting video, but such powerful visuals are important for such a powerful song.”
Discover an exclusive picture that represents the soul and sprit of the song “I Just Want You To Know”.
I Just Want You To Know… About the noisy sounds storming in our heads and the raging silence that comes with it
It’s been a month already since the release of the video clip for the song I Just Want You To Know. From the conception of it, to recording it, to watching it from the very first time, the band members went through different emotions… Here are their impressions of the video!
From a song that initially seemed to be an intimate call-up for me to let go and a personal stand point for me to take another chance at life, to a song that’s now defined by its communal redemptive shout out and its collective celebration of freedom… Here are my images to such a wonderful journey of absolution and mercy…
You are all invited to define and add colors through your own ascent home… yes, we’re all so much more than noise… and freedom is so much more than any type of resolution to define gravity, as letting go allows us to fly…
The first time I watched the I Just Want You To Know video, it reminded me how every thing really is possible… That we have to redefine this powerful word living deep inside of us called impossible. That we, as individuals, have the capability to create, to love, to shine, and to always push our own limitations regarding failures, commitment and faith in who we are, and who we can become as well as what we want to achieve!
After watching the video of I Just Want You To Know, the first words that come to my mind are “the emergency to live”. You see the band getting their guts out, the skateboarders jumping all around but keeping this cohesion between each other, the fire raging around the dancers but always with this grace that supports all of their movements. It’s breathing life, passion. It’s the privilege I had to witness during the filming of the video on the top of the building. Meeting the producer, the video crew, the skateboarders, some brothers and sisters who came was so refreshing! The desire of excellence, while always always keeping this simplicity and this joy of sharing all together.
And for sure Jeff, found a good friend in the producer who was taking a bite every time he had a little break! I was also really touched by the story of the three skateboarders; the oldest guys were taking under their wings the younger one, who’s a real prodigy according to them. They invest everything in him without this fear of being outshone! Love is beyond the selfishness of being ambitious, but it inspires to be in communion with the people and live, through this communion, something eternal! I believe this was the spirit living during this special day!!!!
In each and every one of the filming locations, I was really impressed by the beauty of the art that was being performed, be it from the fire dancers or from the skateboarders who perform a corporal art that is so vivid and complex. I was however wondering how those 2 type of arts, so different from one another, would combine together and represent the song. When I watched the video clip for the very first time, I have not only understood, but I have felt the power behind the meaning of each and every image that gives the song a new depth for me. The skateboarders’ jumps defying gravity, taking risks every time, pushing their limits, not fearing the fall… “Don’t you wish for wings to fly”… And the artists dancing with such an ardent fire, images of this illusory world where shadows seems more alive, but also images of a dimension where everything is possible.
I also remember having a pure, child-like pleasure during the shootings, amazed in front of the fire, impressed in front of the skateboarders’ jumps. And just like every child, I have also wanted to play with fire (I have actually tried with light balls for my first time… less risks for myself… and for the others… lol). And I have also wanted to try skateboarding (Well, I did try it… yes… as long as moving on a few meters in a straight line on a skateboard can be called skateboarding)
Going back to the video…
The black and white surprised me at the beginning. Strangely, I quickly forgot that there was no color. I really like the intimacy of the scenes where Alex is walking, where we can almost touch a fragility of his that surrounds a determined desire to make one more step forward.
This video makes me very proud, because each and every one of us needed to dare and invest the best of ourselves into it. And the result is breathtaking.
It’s hard to describe all the emotions that this video made me go through. It’s such a powerful song to me and it’s a scream that I long wanted to let out. It reminded me when I wrote the first draft of that song, how miserable I felt, how isolated I was, going through depression and loneliness cycles. I was thinking about all the times when I trampled my integrity for just a little cheap love. When Alex wrote those amazing lyrics, I was so touched because it could then become a voice that so many needed to hear. It was gathering… ”yes, we are all f**ked up… and we all need that hand on our shoulder sometimes.”
The video was able to get all those element so right. The first time I watched the final version, I was like “what just happened……?” It’s filled with so much passion, from the band’s intensity, the intimacy, the mystery and blurriness with Alex, the raging and intense fire. I really felt it was speaking to my heart so much, and for the first time I had a hard time trying to explain what I felt, and I didn’t want to ruin it all by trying to analyze and humanize everything I felt. But the message was even clearer in my heart… and it made the song speak even louder to me.
Starting with the fact that we had the opportunity and the privilege to shoot a music video in different parts of the world was already a mind blowing reality and a vivid testimony of what this family can do together. So I was floored and I had faith in what would come out of the different elements that came up to express the explosive and introspective character of “I Just Want You To Know”. The fire dancers, the skateboarders, the band performing and the closeness with Alex leading in a more personal journey. What I couldn’t figure is how it finally came together to really translate what’s in this 5:37 min. burst of life.
The video could have probably evolved only around the band performing, only the fire artists or only Alex but since the song is personal yet gathering at the same time, I was glad we could integrate different angles to it. What touches me is that the video brings the personal quest and the out reach side of the song together in some kind of a scream that I often wanted to express but didn’t really knew how or simply let it out in all sorts of clumsy ways. I feel great when I look at the video, I get sucked in and I feel like breathing, it brings me back to the core of what music have always been to me. Those wings to fly… “Don’t you wish for wings to fly…” I have countless memories of when music have been those wings for me, moments where I dreamed or felt like I could suddenly just be myself, where I was free…
As they were recording the song “I Just Want You To Know” for the album “Between Illness And Migration”, Your Favortie Enemies kept referring to a poster they had received as a gift as the image for what they wanted to express through the song.
Music is powerful in that way that it evokes souvenirs and memories, times spent and moments shared every time you listen to a song. And when I think of “I Just Want You To Know”, I can’t help but think of this poster we used to image what the song was all about as the band was writing it and giving it life, playing it all together in what we call the upper room, the middle of the church, looking for the subtleties that would make the song what it is today. This poster is a gift we have received from a friend.
Alex never fully explained what he meant when he showed us the poster and said “THIS is what I Just Want You To Know” is all about. I guess we all have a different explanation for it, too. This image, as much as this song, means something different for us, that will grow and evolve as we will.
“The old things have passed away. All things have become new”
Somehow, I guess this is what it’s all about. A blind faith in being born again. No matter what circumstances surround you…
“I Just Want You To Know” is Your Favorite Enemies’ uplifting and empowering 2nd single from their awaited UK debut album, “Between Illness And Migration”, set to be released on February 26th 2014 on Hopeful Tragedy Records.
“One of the top 5 new songs melting our ears” according to Kerrang! Magazine, the video for “I Just Want You To Know” has been self-produced, accordingly to the band’s devoted “Do It Yourself” ethos, during Your Favorite Enemies’ Australian and Japanese segments of their extended “More Than Noise And Make-Believes” 2013 tour.
The video features the professional skateboarders Naohiro Abe, Ryo Sejiri & Hirotoshi Kawabuchi and the international fire artist Adam Lobbestael and the renowned avant-garde Japanese “FireBandits” troop members.
“It might be about the freedom that comes from the personal decision to let go of everything we kept on holding on… about the emotional implication of blending in if not affectively belonging… about the inner wounds of rejection as much as the invisible scars of indifference. It’s about the noisy sounds storming in our heads and the raging silence that comes with it. It’s about breaking the cycle of our deceiving self-preservation bounds and about the hopeful upraise of light that overcomes the illusionary make-believes shadowing our faith in better tomorrows. It’s about freedom and shortcoming promises. And ultimately about the resoluteness of “being”, regardless of our shameful losses and regretful disbeliefs… about taking a chance, another one…” – Alex Foster, when asked about the meaning and the context in which he wrote the song.
The term “direct approach” must be taken with a serious degree of perspective when describing one of Your Favorite Enemies song, yet “I Just Want You To Know” could be seen as such. If you are ready to consider the blend of driven, shoegaze, post rock and explorative juxtaposition of guitars, the distorted and cranky bass line, the complex display of drum insanity, the baffling keys drones and the confessing appropriation of a raging singer looking for absolution, faith and personal renaissance, then we can say direct approach… or at least a Your Favorite Enemies perverted approach to the term direct. Think Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Grinderman and Mars Volta if they were writing songs with The Pixies… that pervert way of direct approach.
Here it is! Official video clip for the song “I Just Want You To Know”, from the album “Between Illness And Migration”. Make sure you leave your comments!