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East of the Wall premiere new song and video

Thursday, March 14, 2019 8:24 AM PT


East Of The Wall band
photo by Scott Kinkade

As you may have heard, New Jersey progressive rock/metal band East Of The Wall recently resurfaced and will drop a brand new album in two weeks. Today we're pleased to premiere their music video for new single "Non-Functional Harmony." You can check it out below.

The first new East of the Wall album in six years, the new outing is titled NP-Complete and will be released on March 29 through Translation Loss Records (pre-orders are available here).


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East of the Wall's Chris Alfano (bass, vocals, and synths) had this to say about the track and video:

"'Non-Functional Harmony' was a bit of an experiment from us, inspired by our cover of Nick Drake's 'River Man' that we released on our split with Cryptodira back in 2015. We were so happy with the way we were able to take this beautiful acoustic ballad and transmute it into a harrowing epic; so we said, 'hey, Greg, can we ruin one of your songs too?' Greg, our vocalist, isn't always the first one to bring in the riff that kicks off a writing session, since his solo material is pretty far removed from progressive metal. But he had the bones of the verse/chorus structure, and we all were into it, so fortunately he let us hack and tear it into something that is of disparate worlds but native to none. It has a jazzy breakdown replete with trumpets, a galloping bridge like Iron Maiden but in 9/4, and the best lead tone we've ever gotten out of an Earthquaker Devices Data Corrupter pedal. In short, we dig it.

"I knew straight away that this tune was on the short list for 'this one needs to have a video,' and the first person I wanted to ask was Michael Englisis. We loved his work on the video for 'Couldn't Be Saved', which my and Seth's other band NY in 64 released 2 years ago. He has this incredible, cinematic eye that matched the scope we were hoping to achieve. He pitched this idea for a haunted cowboy epic that we had no idea how he'd pull off, and we were floored by what he was able to accomplish on a shoestring budget. I was there for some of the filming, and he and the actors went seriously above and beyond – Jesse had the crap beat out of him while tied to a chair, Justin fractured a couple ribs, Michael put in serious hours to have the video ready in time for NP-Complete's March 29th release. Those dudes gave their all, and we owe them our souls (assuming the devil doesn't claim them first)."

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