SWAZÖND | Japan
Though Japanese blackened crust band SWAZÖND claims no spiritual or religious allegiances, the track ‘Our Heresies’ we’re premiering today was inspired by “the destruction of indigenous pagan spiritual beliefs as the Catholic and Christian churches extended their long reach across Europe and other continents in centuries past. Though it is hard to say how the world would be different today had Christianity not become so dominant, the song itself yearns for a romanticized spirituality that respects the natural world as a vital and embedded part of the human experience. All the while resisting the oppressive nature of empty religious dogma.”
“Once we walked in the sun, now we dwell beneath the stars.”
The music video, made by Matt Ketchum of Kaala Japan, was inspired by his recent experience of living in the more rural and natural areas of Japan. Though many of us dwell beneath the shadows of the skyscrapers of urban megalopolises, we long to escape into the light of greener environments free from the various pollution and anxieties that accompany city life. This video will take the viewer and listener on a journey as they leave the city and delve deeper into the green.
Go blast the jam below and spread the word! The full album drops April 2nd on Zero Dimensional Records.