London based alt-rockers THIS LIFE have released a new song and video which delivers a candid and very personal look at the effects of drug and alcohol abuse. The track titled, I’d Lie About Almost Anything is based on personal experiences. ‘The track and video are a candid and vulnerable plea to anyone suffering from mental health problems associated with drug and alcohol dependency to overcome the stigma of asking for professional help.’ Watch the video here:
Front man William Ellis says:
“Everybody needs help sometimes, and it’s time to ask for it. When I perform this song or look at the video it does make me sad, because it’s such a raw depiction of myself on display for all to see, but at the same time it’s a celebration to say ‘but I’m still here after everything’.”
Directed and produced by Zak Pinchin, the stark black and white video focuses on the feelings of isolation and frustration that can come from masking mental health problems with drug or alcohol addiction.
Ellis hopes that opening up about his own problems can be part of the larger ongoing conversation around destigmatising mental health, as he explains further:“This song is the most personal I’ve ever written. When I was 13 I experienced a traumatic event that sent me down a path of having panic attacks at school and then on to increasingly worse mental health impairments later in life.
“There’s a lot of frustration still in me about what happened and I know that’s the same for a lot of people, how a few moments can change the course of how you thought your life was going to turn out. The frustration builds and it inevitably turns inwards because you have nobody else to blame a decade of your problems on.
“I spent so long going to doctors and friends telling them ‘I’m okay’ and ‘it will get better just keep the drugs coming’, but the reality is that until you can face yourself honestly then you’re not okay and you won’t get better.”
Anyone struggling with drug and alcohol problems can visit the Talk To Frank website here to find local services who can help: https://www.talktofrank.com
Drawing influence from a range of acts such as Taking Back Sunday, Thursday and Funeral For A Friend to name a few, the new single is another intriguing string to the band’s bow. With a propensity for combining the extremely personal and heartfelt messages contained within vocalist William Ellis’s lyrics with anthemic chorus lines, THIS LIFE are fast proving themselves to be an often emotional and intense listen.
The band are also pleased to announce that they will play their debut live performance supporting US alt-pop quartet Emarosa at The Craufurd Arms in Milton Keynes in January 2019, with further live dates TBA.
THIS LIFE are:
William Ellis – Vocals
Kc Currington – Guitar
David Saville – Bass
Donny Pearson – Drums
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