The Band Explains: First Breath After Coma - 'Umbrae' (feat. Noiserv) (Video)

Portuguese five-piece First Breath After Coma create songs with a post-rock influence. As the name First Breath After Coma (as a tribute to Explosions In The Sky) can prove. W speak to Telmo Soares & Rui Gaspar - guitar and bass players of the band and the directors of the video to learn more about the slightly creepy visuals. 

About The Track: 'Umbrae' (feat Noiserv) is taken from the band's second LP 'Drifter', out now via Omnichord Records. 'Umbrae'  is beautifully haunting post rock with slow building, poignant arrangements, that reaches crescendo in the spaces between brooding vocals and harmonies.

The Band Explains:
Where was the video filmed?
It was really hard to find the perfect scenario, but we were lucky enough to find a really old house at the downtown of Leiria, our birthplace.

How does the video compliment the song?
The song has a deep and obscure meaning and the melodies are a bit dark. With this video we were able to show not only this dark side of the song, but also an even more crazy and macabre scenery.

Any behind the scenes stories?
We met Rui Paixão on Youtube, he has some videos of his performances, and we loved his character and immediately invited him to participate in the video. We didn’t know what to expect, but after 3 minutes of shooting, we were overwhelmed by his performance, he is amazingly talented.

Tell us about the ideas/ themes/ imagery used?
The clown mask is perfect to depict our everyday effort to hide our most dark thoughts and anguishes. We are always trying to fight it and mask it. In the end he gets mad and rips off that veil and embraces what was behind it. We wanted to shoot in an old house that showed a lot of traces of its history. That house represents his own mind, with all the rooms and compartments, the walls and floors already old and scarred from the experiences.

What is the message the video is trying to convey?
After watching some of Rui Paixão performances, we loved the way he represents the clown in a very peculiar way. It’s not the usual happy or sad clown, it’s a clown that embraces darkness and delusion as part of him. Despite our attempt to hide it, we all have an obscure place inside of us that we don’t like to visit. This clown is not afraid of doing it, and we shouldn’t be as well.

Interview feature by Karla Harris