The video for Perth rockers Sky Cave‘s single ‘Fall’ is, to make no bones about it, confronting. Dealing with the sensitive issue of mental health challenges, it has, however, an important message about resilience and strength that is empowering and euphoric as the track itself: promoting positivity and compassion in an era that seems often to lacking in both.
The lead singer Oli lost two close friends in the last year, and as a result he wanted to do his bit in raising awareness. . He says:
This song is about being there for each other through chaotic times. It was based around the theme of the feeling individuals can experience when the world and their surroundings become too much for them to handle. Sometimes all it can take is one person’s support to change your whole mindset.
Sky Cave transports this message on a bed of thundering heavy, anthemic rock that is stirring and powerful. In a week we saw the return of eighties legends Noiseworks, Sky Cave represent the contemporary version of an antipodean force: guitar-based sold and impassioned rock that sets the pulse racing.
The lyrics distills a message of hope in the midst of mental anguish:
Can you hold on
When the world is burning up too much to handle
Tell me will you stand strong
The video, as mentioned, is confronting, with the cinematic skills and talents of Joseph Varley (DarkSpiritPhotography) and the theatrical prowess of Imogen Rose Flint a powerful contribution:
You can find a link to download and stream the single here.
Perth has always been a place of endless fascination for me – one of the most isolated cities in the world has been a sonic petri dish for musical innovation and creativity stemming way back to the eighties where the scene introduced such innovators as Scientists, The Triffids and The Hoodoo Gurus through to the current explosion of bands such as Tame Impala, Methyl Ethel, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and Pond to name but a few.
Sky Cave list their favourite things about the music scene there:
- There is such a rich, almost underground culture in WA for young local bands to swim through when they start out. The young acts of this state are already showing signs of what it’s going to take to shine a global light on WA music.
- Our favourite venue to play at is the Indian Ocean Hotel in Scarborough. Rene the sound guy is awesome, and they are always so accommodating. There’s never a bad time to be at the Indi bar.
- We’ve met so many good people in the Perth Music scene. Everyone is like minded and likes to see each other succeed – it’s a community, not a competition
- The variety of musical genres you can be exposed to in Perth from one venue to the next
- The high standard of musicianship given the opportunities available for quality musical training in Perth.
Feature Photograph: Kyle Bromley