Islander recently released a new single ‘What Do You Gotta Lose?’, and now they have a video to go with it, directed by Nathan Mowery of Kid Punk.
The track has been released in partnership with the mental health awareness non-profit organisation To Write Love On Her Arms, for which the band and their label, Better Noise Music, are holding a fundraiser.
Vocalist Mikey Carvajal had this to say of putting the video for the track together.
“Filming the music video for ‘What Do You Gotta Lose?’ was an exhausting experience – physically and emotionally. We filmed it in a small church building in Georgia. The air conditioners weren’t working, so every few shots we all had to walk outside to get some air.
In the video, I play a version of myself where I come back to life at my own funeral. I’m there to remind everyone to “seize the day” (yes, that’s a Dead Poets Society reference). It was really important for us to approach the concept of death in a way that was relatable, while also finding a bit of joy in the celebration of life. I believe this world isn’t our ‘forever home’. However, while we are here we need to do the next thing that is in front of us.
This song is a plea for anyone thinking about suicide to hold on. It’s not always easy being alive, but it’s worth it. Joy comes in the morning.”
You can check out ‘What Do You Gotta Lose?’ and its video below.
You can find out more about To Write Love On Her Arms and the work that they do here.