Storm The Sky Address Haters Of New “Lilac” Video: “We All Feel Love”
A little over a week ago Melbourne band Storm The Sky released a powerful new video for their latest single, “Lilac”. As much as we’d like to think our society in 2016 is a progressive one, the band quickly found that this isn’t the case with a number of “fans” taking to the comment sections of YouTube and social media to deliver such gems as “Faggots”, “Ok the song was bad enough u lost me as soon as the two guys started kissing”, “Wtf is this shit Fuck this shit” and “What the ass is this gay shit a dude biting another guy lmfao storm the sky is a walking fag fest. let the hate roll in”.
Being a known entity in the post-hardcore scene, a clip featuring the twists and turns of a homosexual relationship was always going to turn some heads, and last night drummer Alex Trail addressed the abuse the band has copped in an incredibly eloquent Facebook status. “Where once subjects of sexuality, drug-use and mental health were taboo to our society they are becoming increasingly understood and accepted,” he wrote. “How is it then, that in this day and age so many still feel that love between two people can be ‘sinful’ because of a person’s gender when the feeling it brings is the same?”
Read the full post from Trail and the band below:
Sin Will Find You is about re-evaluating the moral paradigms in which we view the world through our own collective experience. A new understanding of the concept of ‘Sin’, not according to the rules we were handed by previous generations but through inter-personal experience. Where once subjects of sexuality, drug-use and mental health were taboo to our society they are becoming increasingly understood and accepted. How is it then, that in this day and age so many still feel that love between two people can be ‘sinful’ because of a person’s gender when the feeling it brings is the same? We all feel love, not just romantically, but for our families, for our friends, even when we display empathy for a stranger in suffering. We all feel pain and we all seek comfort in some way, be it in a friend, in a song, a substance or the arms of another.
As human beings we all share a common experience. Pain, love and lust are universal truths, not restricted to the paradigm of the heterosexual romantic relationship.
In the video for our song ‘Lilac’, the character Shane’s only sin is his betrayal to himself and to the former partner that he still holds in his heart and the infliction of pain upon another person. Nothing more.
We have seen a lot of hateful things said online about the two men in the video (one of which being my partner’s brother)
and it’s extremely disappointing to see how alive and well homophobia still is in 2016. That said we feel it is SO important to show the world that it is, in hopes that like-minded people will continue to stand up and reject it. So share in a protest, share your own art or just share a conversation with somebody and together we can cover the world in images of love, of all shapes and forms. Remembering that hate is bred from fear and fear is only cured by understanding and ultimately love ❤️ Alex & STS xx
Keep fighting the good fight, boys.
Watch Storm The Sky’s controversial video for “Lilac” below.
Sin Will Find You is out August 5 via UNFD/Rise Records.
Pierce The Veil / Silverstein / Beartooth / Storm The Sky
Tue Aug 16th – Eatons Hill, Brisbane (AA)
Wed Aug 17th – Big Top @ Luna Park, Sydney (AA)
Thu Aug 18th – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide (AA)
Sat Aug 20th – 170 Russell, Melbourne (U18)
Sun Aug 21st – 170 Russell, Melbourne (18+)
Mon Aug 22nd – 170 Russell, Melbourne (18+)
Tue Aug 23rd – Astor Theatre, Perth (AA)