Arms Race, the latest in a string of video releases from Halifax's Dali Van Gogh, has just broken the 100,000 view milestone on Facebook.
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It's been a busy year for Dali Van Gogh. The Halifax based rock band released a new album, Under Her Spell, to a sold out crowd at Garrison Brewing in March, and have hit the ground running since then. With a busy touring schedule across Atlantic Canada, a partnership with Canadian military charity Soldier On, and a number of high profile festival slots coming up, the band has still managed to release five music videos this year. The latest, Arms Race, has racked up over 100,000 views in the two weeks since it's release.
“Yeah, we don't get to have social lives anymore”, laughed Isaac Kent, guitarist and founder of the band, “but it's a good problem to have as a band. We've been working incredibly hard behind the scenes as well as on stage, so it's great to see the effort we've put in begin to pay off!”
Arms Race is Dali Van Gogh's most popular single release to date, having doubled the 50,000+ view count of East Coast Witches, which was released in April. Both videos were shot and produced by local film producer Andrew Hartlen.
“East Coast Witches was the first fully produced music video Andrew did for us. He's unbelievably talented both as a writer and behind the camera, and he knocked it out of the park with [Arms Race]” said Kent. “We're very much looking forward to working with him on many more videos to come.”
“This video was definitely fun to put together,” said Hartlen. “It's always a pleasure working with DVG even if it's in the woods of Enfield on the hottest day of the year."
The video for Arms Race features a gritty atmosphere, with [usual] lead vocalist John Scotto searching for his lost band through a slowly decaying environment. The band performs throughout, with bassist Cyrus RO fronting as lead vocalist on this song.
“Of my own songs, I've always had a soft spot for Arms Race,” said Cyrus, “so I'm honoured that people have been enjoying it so much. The song, while a work of fiction, is inspired by the strange and tumultuous times we live in. So, I suppose I have to thank neo-facism, international tensions, and right wing extremists for making this song possible,” he laughed. “On a more serious note, I want to thank Andrew Hartlen for putting together such an amazing video, as well as all our family, friends, and fans for their relentless support.”
You can check out the video at: www.facebook.com/dalivangogh/videos.
For more info on the band visit: www.dalivangoghmusic.com.