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Waking Aida release debut album Eschaton and a video for Glow Coin

Southampton based experimental rock band Waking Aida release their debut album Eschaton this week. We caught up with them to find out more about their new video Glow Coin.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Waking Aida, Glow Coin by Simon McLaren

Waking Aida, Glow Coin by Simon McLaren.

Waking Aida are an experimental rock band from Southampton who combine the soundscapes of Explosions In The Sky with the hooks of Minus the Bear. Their debut album Eschaton was released this week, with production by Jamie Ward of Maybeshewill, and is the perfect record for lovers of Tall Ships, Maybeshewill, 65days and Vessels. The new video for Glow Coin features a very small child running around an office in a suit and tie. I caught up with the band to find out more about the inspiration and making of the video, which you can watch below.


Glow Coin

When we first wrote the song it was called ‘hoedown‘ (grab your partner, doe see doe, etc) and we were going for a mathy square dance sound, but in the end the novelty wore off and the song evolved into something prettier.

When we were first thinking of music video ideas for Glow Coin we were sure it had to involve a fun fair and lots of sunshine. Tom (writer/director) helped bring everything together, and he wanted to keep it playful and fun to match the style and melodies in the music. Ultimately, who doesn’t love watching a baby in a suit going to work?

Waking Aida - Eschaton album cover

We were very lucky with Edward (the kid in the video) as he was Stu’s (the man in the video) nephew and godson. Edward was amazing at listening and taking direction from Tom. We wanted to make the shoot fun so in the end Edward had a great day out with ice cream and a fun fair and Tom got all the shots he needed. Obviously, Edward and Stu are already very close so this made the whole shoot a lot easier; their chemistry is genuine.

By pulling in favours from friends we managed to shoot the video on pretty much no budget.

Waking Aida

Waking Aida played at Handmade Festival earlier in May and join the line up for the Arctangent Festival in August. They will also be on tour throughout June.

Eschaton by Waking Aida was released this week on the Robot Needs Home label. You can order the album here and receive a free download of the track How To Build A Space Station.

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