We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Wearing Thin’s music video for their song “Blame” (watch it below). The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming album More Than Just A Frame, which is scheduled to be released on July 13, 2018 through Tragic Hero Records. You can pre-order the album here.
The band commented on the song & video:
‘Blame’ is about being in a toxic relationship, whether with a partner, friendship, substance, or even your own emotions. The song starts out basically attacking the other side of the relationship as if it’s their fault, moves into admitting dependence, realizing there’s a bigger issue, and ultimately (almost) admitting fault. When Dominic sent me his story idea for the video it immediately clicked. I think most people will have a toxic relationship on some level at some point, and for me personally this song is a musical approach to admitting my own fault.
About the band:
Sometimes, it’s healthier to look at the glass as half empty. Believing in more than what’s right in front of you can inspire hope and act as the catalyst for change; this is the idea behind Salt Lake City band, Wearing Thin. Through poetic lyrics and emotional performances, the band embodies the misery of living in a vicious world, while simultaneously exploring humanity’s potential to either reconcile or self destruct. Battles fought internally or externally lead to new perspectives that can make us question everything. Do the changes we implement actually improve our lives, or just make us feel better about ourselves as we dig deeper and deeper graves to comfortably rot in? These themes are most evident on their latest release, More Than Just A Frame.
Inspired by hardcore, emo, and ambient music like post-rock, Wearing Thin utilize heavy guitar progressions with plenty of open strings left ringing that create dense and moody chords, passionate vocals that miraculously remain intelligible as frontman, Tylor Blackburn screams his throat raw, and drums acting as the anchor that keeps the tracks from tearing themselves to pieces. On softer cuts such as the opening track “Demons”, the band really strips it back to the studs where solo acoustic guitar and vocals provide haunting contrast to the album’s turmoil. The band shed their DIY production to work with Underoath’s Aaron Gillespie who makes the songs snap with a neat, but certainly not sterile mix. Being their first solo LP, the group wanted to put out the best album possible.
The music may be heavy, but the lyrical content on More Than Just A Frame is absolutely crushing. Whether he touches upon the struggles of being in a relationship or his personal battle with muscular dystrophy, Tylor makes his pain your pain without revealing exactly what he’s talking about. This approach allows listeners to interpret their own meanings which helps more people connect with the words and collectively empathize; “It’s easier to be sad with someone than to here it’s just going to be ‘ok’. Being sad is better than feeling nothing”he says. The culmination of his existential frustration lies on the lead single for the album, “Anything At All”. On this track, Tylor wrestles with his faults and his faith, asking “Do I want to be redeemed Or is is sympathy I seek”. He describes the song as “a battle with my mind” where he wants to be forgiven, but fears that seeking it out makes him selfish and unworthy.
Ultimately though, More Than Just A Frame is about hope. Just because the glass is half empty doesn’t mean it can’t be refilled. Recognizing your own faults is to acknowledge that you’re just human, and to Wearing Thin, that means more than just being an individual; it means you have a conscience. Where does that come from? Nobody has a definitive answer, and it’s ok not knowing what lies beyond ourselves, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t frustrating. To Wearing Thin, believing that one day the cup will runneth over is better than nothing.