Behind The Scenes: Nucleust On Their Single Faith By The Sword


Nucleust have recently released a video for their track Faith By The Sword. We caught up with them to ask them a few questions about it.

What is the story behind Faith By The Sword?
This song is written to express the deep personal emotions of the band towards the abusive use of power in hands of those who meant to protect us using their authority, however they choose to oppress the people with fear, idiocracy and manipulation tactics.

Can you describe the writing and recording process for the song?
Max (the guitarist) came up with the riffs, melodies and the whole aspects of the song. Then Shannon (vocals) and Max worked on the lyrics and the vocal lines together and then brought the song to Shay (drummer) and Josh (bass) for the bass and drums parts.

The recording and editing of this track has been done by Matthew Templeman, also known from being the bass player of the band STATUES. We have recorded the guitar, bass and vocals in Forensic studio and then recorded the drums in Sumo studio having Fraser Cringle as the drum technician. The song was mastered by Simon Struthers from Forensic Studio.

What made you choose to release a video for Faith By The Sword?
We felt it was the next logical step as a band to release a video and we were writing the song at that point, it wasn’t planned that that would be the one but once it was written and the ideas stared flowing it just felt like the right song.

This song has many social, political and personal aspects. Plus, we have been always pictured a video while we were writing, recording and playing the song. We believe this is the song that can represent us in the best possible way so far.

What’s the story behind the video?
The use of colours in the video symbolises the masks put on people by the mainstream beliefs and factions from a young age, although there are many underlying meanings and messages in the video, which have been left to each individual’s interpretation.

Society consists of individuals and it’s up to them to make their personal decisions in a free world. One person can change the world. One idea can destroy it. We need more free thinking intelligent individuals to lead the next generation to have a better understanding about how to avoid being a social puppet.

Where did the idea come from?
The idea for the song came from looking around us at the problems we face everyday as a society and wanting to inspire people to make a change not to let themselves be oppressed and mistreated, “one bullet can only kill one person, one idea, it can kill a million”

Max and Shannon have worked closely to create what the band believe reflect on our life in our society. The concept has to do a lot with the band members’ experiences in their own personal lives. Society can put colours on us but at the end of the day it’s up to individuals to create their own mind sets.

Are there any interesting anecdotes from filming it?
The whole day was a blast really but there was definitely a few stand out parts, most involving grown men in face paint but also exploding dolls eyes, early morning beach shenanigans, eyes and the general banter that comes with enjoying what you do. It was such a hard work but we have motives and would like to fight for it. Rod the director has done a superb job on filming, directing and editing the video. The face paint was an absolute killer fun for all of us, except the drummer. He got tortured through the whole day of shooting the video as he hated having face paint, plus we gave him yellow which is not his favourite.

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