Unleash The Archers release music video for new single “Northwest Passage”

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Having just announced the release of their upcoming EP “Explorers”, Unleash The Archers top up this week’s news by dropping their new single “Northwest Passage”. The original song was written and performed by Canadian musician Stan Rogers, but even though the song has been covered by several bands in the past, there is no one who does it like Unleash The Archers. Clear vocal passages, beautiful harmonies and heavy riffs complete giving “Northwest Passage” the Unleash The Archers stamp.
At first glance, the video seems to show the difficulties of life in a band: the rigours of touring, missing your family, the endless hours in the studio, sometimes it might even feel as if you’re slowly losing your mind, but in the end, the part of you that wants to keep making music, keep touring, keep making your fans happy, is always the part that prevails. Watch the beautifully shot video for “Northwest Passage” below!

Unleash The Archers on the video for “Northwest Passage”:
“This song is about touring across Canada, and equating it with being on those early expeditions that sought the Northwest Passage hundreds of years ago. Stan Rogers, who wrote and recorded the original, imagined that in another life he himself may have been an explorer, braving the unknown to satisfy a deep-seated need for danger and excitement. We took his words and put a bit of a sci-fi spin on them… What if in another life UTA had never existed? What if the band had different members? What would change if we were just friends and never bandmates? What if those timelines converged?... What follows is a video of infinite possibilities, infinite universes smashing into one another and battling for prominence. Which timeline is true? Which UTA will win? Is it the UTA you know and love, or perhaps something a bit more sinister? You’ll have to watch and find out!”...

The artwork for “Explorers” was created by Dusty Peterson and Unleash The Archers are very happy with it: “We feel it captures the essence of seeking the "Northwest Passage" perfectly. If you have ever read "The Terror" by Dan Simmons or watched the show you’ll know exactly what we were going for. This EP has darkness written all over it, but the songs themselves have a slightly uplifting undertone as well. One can only imagine how exciting it must have been to explore this unknown continent back in the day, but also, how terrifying”.

“Explorers” will be available in the following formats:
• 7" Vinyl Single Black – strictly limited to 300 issues
• 7" Vinyl Single Silver – strictly limited to 100 issues
• 7" Vinyl Single White – strictly limited to 100 issues
• Digital EP

1. Northwest Passage
2. Heartless World

The second track on “Explorers”, “Heartless World”, was originally written by Canadian hair metal band Teaze. Unleash The Archers say they gravitated towards this band, because they are rather unknown: “The song "Heartless World" has a really interesting arrangement and can’t seem to decide if it’s a ballad or a rock opera. Unlike "Northwest Passage", where we played around with it quite a bit, we left "Heartless World" almost completely as is, and only changed a few small things like solos and vocal melodies. We thought it would be a great companion piece to "Northwest Passage" and really round out the moody "Explorers" vibe”.

In addition, it was just announced that Unleash The Archers will take part in the Full Metal Cruise 2020, which starts in Kiel, Germany, on 23rd September 2020, alongside Sonata Arctica and label colleagues Legion Of The Damned – don’t miss it!

Brittney Slayes – Clean vocals
Scott Buchanan – Drums
Grant Truesdell – Guitar, unclean vocals
Andrew Kingsley – Guitar, unclean vocals