Far From Who We Are
releases epic new single and music video “Rise”
HopePunk Records is excited to announce the release of RISE, the hard-hitting new single from
melodic hard rockers Far From Who We Are, a 3-piece hailing from Johannesburg, South Africa.
Far From Who We Are bring the HEAVY and the HEART – they continue to push the boundaries of
traditional hard rock, fusing a mix of rock, metal and electro sounds to create their unique blend of
melodic alternative rock that is big on emotion and haunting, yet super catchy, melodies,
underpinned by hard-hitting riffs and beats. “Rise” is another perfect example of this magic recipe.
The band consists of brothers Johan Heyns (Guitar, Vocals, Synths), Maarten Heyns (Bass) and
Kyle Williams (Drums).
Formed back in 2015, the band released their self-titled debut in 2017, and have since continued to
shape their signature sound through a number of well-received single releases (including “This is
War” (2018), “Hollow”, ”Monster in Me” and “Chaos” (2019), “Hurricane” and “Living a Lie” (2020)).
They’re well known for their energetic and immersive live shows, and the band have shared the
stage with the big names in the SA rock scene (incl.The Narrow, Facing The Gallows, Red Helen,
Truth And Its Burden, Man As Machine to name a few).
They write, record, mix and master everything themselves in their own studio (The Laundry Room),
and the result is a recording quality that is truly world-class, which is just what their songs deserve.
Recently nominated for a 2020 South African Metal Music Award (Best Alternative Band), the
band is set for big things in the year to come, with a new album in the works for early 2021.
About the song:
“Rise” is a dark yet uplifting song with a positive
message – it’s about escaping a dark place or
difficult situation and finding the strength to get
back up and rise above it.
About the video:
Says Johan – “In terms of video concept – we felt
that an energetic band performance approach
would fit the songs energy well and allow us to
keep the focus on the song itself.
Visually, we aimed at expressing the songs core message (of rising above a dark place or difficult
situation) – contrasting the video’s dark setting and colour-scheme with the bands lighter (“white”)
presence and performance that visualises this “fight” and ultimate uprising. Also, we’re a live performance band at our core, and of course we’ve been missing playing live during this Covid crisis, so the video was also great opportunity for us to get together and perform again as band :)”
Rise will be available on all digital streaming platforms on Friday 20 November – check out the
rest of their catalogue now – https://songwhip.com/farfromwhoweare
Download MP3 of “Rise” here
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