Gearing up for the release of their comeback album, ‘Wild Gods’, New Jersey mathcore outfit The Number Twelve Looks Like You have shared a video for its second single, ‘Raised And Erased’
The video maintains the band’s reputation of keeping things odd with a post-apocalyptic world, and it also features a guest vocal spot from Eric Nally of Foxy Shazam.
Frontman Jesse Korman issued an extensive statement about the song’s message, in which he commented the following.
“Our days are numbered.
For our next single I wanted to revisit that time tested message, about time itself, and how we use it. It’s a story we’ve all heard before, and most likely ignored. For many of us, no matter how much we see the signs, we remain in denial, and continue to waste our lives repeating the same patterns time and time again until we’ve been emotionally or physically… erased. I wanted to touch on the aspirational aspect of that, and the fact that anyone has the ability to get out of a cycle of mediocrity and waste.
When writing the song I drew inspiration from countless places, including many historic figures. Larger than life icons who became immortal in our imaginations, Martin Luther King, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, so many others. People who came from nothing and changed the world. Of course, we’ve all heard these names and struggle to see a part of ourselves in them. But we are in them. We all have to start somewhere. I grew up quite poor in Jersey City, NJ, my mother an immigrant and my father dying young. We came from almost nothing. I was bullied and bitter and knew I didn’t want the same life as everyone else. The expectations taken for granted were suffocating and uninspiring, ‘do well in school, do what everyone else does, get a job.’ I just didn’t want it. I dropped out of high school when I was 16 and started a band at 17. That journey has taken me across the world and changed my life in ways I never could have imagined. I met SO many friends along the way, people that mirrored those long dead icons of the past but were living and breathing, pushing forward right now.
The song features vocals by my friend of 15 years, Eric Nally. The lyrics written in the verse that he performs on were written by his son Julian. Fatherhood and raising a child is another signifier of time I haven’t even wrapped by head around yet. We grew up in the world of music together, meeting when I was 20. He was just a singer from a small town in Ohio who would go absolutely wild during their show. He wanted to make it big, and he sure did. Traveling the world over, working with everyone from Macklemore to Meatloaf. It was so important to me for him to be on this song. We all find ourselves at times watching the days go by, wondering why we’re just sitting there not doing what it takes to make our life better, or make others lives better. It’s a harsh reality we all like to avoid. Hearing hell, hearing the people around you tell you things you don’t want to hear, ‘just stay in line, you’ll be fine.’ We’re all split into these two people, the one that is comfortable and the one that wants to do more, but is subdued. We all have it in us at one point or another. I want to speak to people who want to get more out of life, but are scared, people who feel like they might have the safety of security and support, but are so depressed and unfulfilled that they never take the risks. We have to dream big, no matter what, and we have to make those dreams a reality, not just wait for them to deteriorate, picked apart by the hands of the clock and discarded by all the excuses we make along the way.
I am lucky enough to be a film producer and a filmmaker now, a DREAM gig, so I wanted to quote something from this field. I thought it was summed up beautifully in this quote about saving mankind, from itself and what we’ve done to the planet… a message of hope that couldn’t come at more relevant times:
“We’ve always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. But we lost all that. Or perhaps we’ve just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we’ve barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us.” –
Christopher Nolan’s 2014 inspiring drama of space and time, ‘Interstellar’.”
You can check out the video for ‘Raised And Erased’ below.
The band’s fifth album, ‘Wild Gods’, is scheduled for release on September 20th 2019 through Overlord Music.