Thought provoking new video by California goth band Ashes Fallen from their new album “A Fleeting Melody out of a Fading Dream”. The opening guitar riff is classic traditional goth. James vocals take on a seriousness and edge that show the introspection on the growing apathy of a homelessness problem that confronts America. I think it is important in this stark black and white video that shines a light on the troubles of the displaced on the streets, not showing faces or invading the privacy of those enduring the struggle. A powerful track which is accentuated by the visuals of the parts of California streets not shown in TV and movies. It’s a grim shocking picture that the dark hook of the music keeps playing in your mind.
James: “When I started writing this song, I was thinking about the San Francisco Bay Area, where Jason and I grew up. We along with so many childhood friends have been pushed out by the crazy cost of living, it’s just not the place it used to be anymore. There used to be an idealism in Silicon Valley but now there’s just so much greed. But as the song developed, I got to thinking about the people who don’t have the means to escape from gentrification, and how poor and marginalized people are being forced out of their communities everywhere, sometimes with no options and nowhere to go. And the more time goes on, the more relevant the song feels in so many different ways.”
Michelle: “I never cease to be shocked and grieved to see the poverty in this country. I just really wanted to show what we see through our eyes just driving around the streets. People pushed out of the city limits into the outskirts like they don’t exist. These are the faceless and voiceless people. I didn’t want to show their faces, so we showed ours instead.”
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Oklahoma City born David Goed, communicates through many aspects. Though of particular note, echoing vicariously through artifices of audible dialect. Casting spells using waveforms are his magic trick, and these sonic evocations stir a bubbling cauldron of emotions. Immolate with Kali Ra, and enter the realm of fusion inspirations. Stamped together like a blacksmith forging a scimitar for an upcoming pillage. Blending styles together in a orchestral way, he encapsulates the vision emerging in his art from worlds apart.
Imagine Kali Ra is a Pirate Ship, where the Main vessel sails around gathering various other aptly seasoned comrades aboard its deck to continue doing what it does best, helping to renew the never-ending cycle of entropy. Making a career out of traveling with a small community of like-minded liaisons to fulfill their encompassing directional fortes. The audible gems of his molding are of the adaptation of his methods, where he explains in a recent interview I had with him, “I take kind of a zen approach, perhaps it seems kind of corny or whatever, but it works for me. I do it for the process itself and not even for the end result. The end result is tenuous at best.”
Other than swashbuckling songs and serving swigs of spiced rum to his shipmates, Kali Ra would love to continue touring. When asked if plans were in works to do once it was safe again, David Goad replied with, “Yes, when it is safe, and by safe I define that as, people have pulled their heads out of their asses and gotten the vaccine.” If you pleased the Goddesses enough you may be lucky enough to catch Kali Ra live some day near you. However, until then you may check out Kali Ra on kalira.Bandcamp.com, Facebook, Most if not all streaming services including Spotify, and Youtube hosts some great videos of theirs as well.