There's A Darkerside To Everything: AMISTAD Is Your Next Fave Band And You Don't Even Know It Yet
When you stumble upon gold, you feel it right away.
This is what happened when I discovered AMISTAD, a band based out of a small town in British Columbia. I kind of wish I had heard of them sooner, but glad that it was the video for their single "Darkerside" which got on my radar. The 5-piece band just recently dropped the music video for their 3rd single "Darkerside" off their debut EP Talk Peace To A Wolf which is currently available on all digital platforms.
The music video, which you can watch above, was a DIY project directed by their very own bassist Nolan Bassett. They took upon themselves to put together this video as a team, showcasing all of their skills without putting on too much and letting the song speak for itself. Simple, yet effective, the video follows lead single Aidan Andrews as he performs the song with tons of charisma, evoking both confidence and vulnerability in ways that are not easy to mimic.
Darkerside seemed to be the only song on the EP that was entirely in the dark. It was my bad side, that alter-ego fully in control. So for me, it's always been this song that I feel is very confessional in the way it blatantly states exactly what I'm thinking when I'm in that state of mind. -Aidan Andrews
After searching for more content online, I stumbled upon videos of them performing live and immediately got mad FOMO. The thing is, with a band like this, you definitely want to catch them play small venues so you can be as intimate as possible when it comes to the energy evoked through the music. It won't be the same when they blow up and open for bigger acts in bigger venues.
I took the time to chat with the boys to get to know them a bit better and they delivered. Scroll through the questions and answers below.
How would you describe Amistad in under 140 characters?
We use music as a way to let go of things. It’s what keeps us moving, creating, staying alive. We hope it does the same for you.
You guys started playing shows back in grade six. Did you all know each other back then?
We had a slightly different lineup back then but we actually all knew of each other, even before some of us joined the band. Eli (guitar/violin) joined in 2014, and I remember we had been trying to help him find others to play music with for a couple years, then eventually there came a time when we were like “do you want to just play with us?”.
What has influenced a lot of the music you make today?
Each other. Even more than what we listen to, playing music with each other has been more influential than anything. We also tend to treat music as a type of journal, so recently there have been a few entries about the world and what’s going on around us besides our interactions with one another, but there are few things more inspiring than a human being.
You released your debut EP titled Talk Peace To A Wolf in 2016. How has the reaction been so far?
Very positive. Crazy actually. It’s hard to recall exactly what we thought we could do with just these five songs but it’s just kept building since we released it and so far it's exceeding expectations.
If you could describe the vibe of the EP with a gif you found on tumblr, which one would it be?
Your latest music video for "Darkerside" seems to be your strongest visual work yet. Who came up with the concept?
Well first of all, thanks! The video pretty much shares the concept of the EP, with the good/bad or light/dark sides in a struggle for control. Nolan (bass) and Aidan (vocals) primarily wrote the treatment for the video, with Nolan taking the role of directing/shooting the video and Aidan in charge in editing/production. Though when Darkerside was shot, the whole band was very involved in different on-site roles and production, it was 100% DIY and stayed within our team.
Your live shows seem spectacular. Are there any places in Canada you are most excited to visit/play at?
Toronto and Montréal. Especially with being from a small town in BC, playing in those bigger music scenes would be a big change and probably eye-opening in one way or another. Any opportunity where we can get in front of people who have no idea who we are and show them how we do things, that’s what we’re excited for.
What was the last text message you sent to each other?
What can we expect from Amistad in 2017?
More. We’ve been creating something new or making progress creatively every single day. Not all of it is musical content, we’ve been starting to wonder how far we can branch out and we’ve been finding some interesting outlets for creativity recently. So just expect more, a lot more.
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