On November 18, Floridian band Mayday Parade released a music video for “I Can Only Hope,” off their latest EP Out Of Here, released on October 16. Regarding the EP, guitarist Brooks Betts stated that “it has a lot to do with what we are dealing with in our current world… Everything is a little bit crazy right now with so many different issues.”
The Guadalupe Bustos-directed music video starts with a quote by horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, which sets the tone for the entire video: “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” Then, we see the band running away from something, well, unknown. However, each member soon realizes that their only choice is to face their fear, so they come to a standstill.
Moreover, the inspiration for the track comes from drummer Jake Bundrick’s personal experience. The musician said that “I Can Only Hope” is about his father. “He recently had some medical issues in Georgia and being that I live in California, I felt so far away. The song is about being terrified. It’s about that uncertainty whether someone will pull through something so difficult. It’s about the unknown that follows all of it and never forgetting the sounds or senses of the moment when you received the news.”
As usual in Mayday Parade’s songs, “I Can Only Hope” also has traces of optimism. The lyric “this rope we used to hold, no I won’t let it go” offers listeners a glimpse of hope in the face of adversity. Undoubtedly, Mayday Parade’s music is timeless, and they prove it every time they release new tunes.
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