Arizona trio Rad Stacey are unveiling their latest single and music video, “Night Traffic,” a gruff track reminding listeners they are not alone in times of tragedy.
Frontman Ian Heirs has battled his own share of tragedy, leading him into a severe bout of depression that prompted him to write the song, hopefully inspiring people to survive.
“I also didn’t want to just tell this story from my own point of view,” Heirs says. “I knew my mental state had taken a toll on those around me, too, which is where the line ‘Late night, you come home, he’s passed out, and you’re alone, don’t let his life take yours away, you’re no cross to bear,’ comes from. It’s dedicated to my best friend and significant other who I watched bear the brunt of my depression.”
The track’s name came from a short story Heirs wrote as an undergrad at ASU while studying creative writing, written during a period of frustration and anger. The name “Night Traffic” nods to how busy the mind can get at night and keep us from where we want to go.
Watch the video for “Night Traffic” here:
Photo courtesy of Rad Stacey and John Hasemeier