Kiwi rock juggernauts Black Smoke Trigger have unleashed a hard-hitting new single The Way Down.
PJ talks with with guitarist Charlie Wallace about the accompanying death-defying music video that sees Black Smoke Trigger go to extreme lengths in pursuit of rock n’ roll glory.
Blackout Music says “filmed atop Auckland’s Sky Tower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, the video features the band performing on the rooftop – 630 feet up, with Charlie Wallace, jumping off the building whilst shredding a guitar solo.
“Standing on the outside edge of the tower, 630ft up, at night time with a helicopter whirling around us filming was surreal,” he says. “I’ve always liked the idea of making a music video for a song, a literal definition of the title. Like when we filmed a music video underwater for our track Caught In The Undertow. So for The Way Down I closed my eyes and thought… What’s the highest place we could perform this song, then jump off to have a literal definition of The Way Down?
Produced by the legendary Nick Raskulinecz (Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters, Rush) and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge (Green Day, Muse, Prince), The Way Down is an arena-ready rock anthem that combines a gigantic, toe-tapping riff from Wallace, with soaring vocals from frontman Baldrick, and pummelling rhythm of bassist Dan Fulton and drummer Josh Te Maro.