Come the Spring – 24

Come The Spring

Imagery is key in music. Whenever I listen to a song, I close my eyes and create scenes in my head. Sometimes, I’ll put myself on stage with the band, jamming out on the guitar or vocals. If the song’s lyrics depict a story, I’ll make myself one of the characters, involving myself in whatever scenario the artist is singing about. However, it’s different when a song includes a music video. Music videos allow the artists a chance to depict their own scenes and stories. How does the song make the artist feel? What do they imagine when they listen to it? These questions are answered through the power of music videos. I can still imagine a story, but it is interesting to see how any artist chooses to put their video together.

This week, I experienced this with Brighton-based, alternative rock band Come The Spring and their new music video, created for their latest single, “24.” Come The Spring is built with the talents of vocalist Sam Craddock, guitarists David Gamage and Simon Goodrick, bassist Mark Wilkinson, and drum player Jamie Donbroski. They formed in late 2012 and have played on the same night as other rock bands such as Green Day. They recently came out with their EP “Revive” through UK label Engineer Records, which is where “24” comes from. 

Looking at the song alone, it is clearly a powerful one, evident from beginning to end. This guitar-driven track depicts the struggles of being twenty-four years old, with the world changing in ways the narrator doesn’t want it to. The song begins with the lyrics, “Back to the islands I go/The place I learned to grow/A sense of self/A sense of worth.” However, his happy place has changed. He doesn’t want to grow up, dealing with responsibility and the unknown. He’s scared of what might happen because of this change. It’s a strong story many young people like myself can relate to, as can many older adults who dealt with this in the past. Even so, he continues to work, trying to overcome the despair this change wants him to experience. There are many incredible lyrics like, “It’s easy to just give in/I won’t let the sadness win.” These lyrics are made much stronger through the raw power of Craddock’s vocals. You can feel his passion towards some of these lyrics as he yells, “I’m too scared of growing up!” This is a story he cares about. It’s not clear if he has experienced this himself, but he makes it sound like he has. The intensity of the instrumentals creates this energy that conveys the passion even more so.

The band does a great job of forming anger and empathy within their listeners, but how does it match up with the video? Actually, rather well. Much of the video contains footage from their tours, showing Come The Spring singing this song for a crowd. However, there are many transitions to other scenes like ocean waves splashing against the beach. These images work well with lyrics like, “The waves crash into me.” As well, we see subways and cars driving around, which seem to be symbols for life’s journey. A car can go in reverse, but when you’re driving down the highway, you must continue moving forward. On one hand, imagery like this ties into the lyrics and emphasizes what they are singing. What I really loved was the scenes where the band is playing in concert. One problem with a number of music videos is that we don’t get to see the band performing. It is all done through recording. By showing us scenes of their concerts, we know they can play and they play well. It drives the point this song is trying to make: this story is reality. These changes are a part of life. Regardless of whether the band has experienced it, many other people have and showing their touring moments makes this song feel much more realistic and powerful.

Come The Spring did an excellent job, not just with their song, but with their video as well. I encourage you all to check both of them out, as well as the band in general. Spring has come, so you must enjoy it while you can.

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