Post / progressive rock band from the UK, FINAL COIL release a new lyric video for Empty Handed, a single taken from their second full length album, The World We Left Behind For Others, released in 2019 via Wormholedeath Records. The album is available on the usual platforms: Wormholedeath | Spotify | iTunes | Bandcamp.
Lead singer / guitarist and songwriter, Phil Stiles tells the story of the track:
Empty Handed is taken from our second album, The World We Left Behind For Others, which, mixing biography, history and literature, is a concept album detailing the social pressures that emerged in the wake of World War II. Told in flashback from the point of view of an elderly woman upon her deathbed, the album is related via snapshots of her life. The songs detail a turbulent relationship with a husband altered beyond recognition by the horrors of the Second World War; his descent into alcoholism and his sense of isolation as the society, in whose name he fought, embraced an internationalism he could not understand. In ‘Empty Handed’ their relationship broken, she is shunned by a conservative society for abandoning a perceived hero, and left to fend for herself. It seems remarkable to me that it’s possible to reach out to, and be denied by, a charitable organization on the basis of social or cultural differences, but that sort of thing happened (and still happens) all the time. If a person needs help, it should not matter what race, colour or creed they are; but far from society becoming more open and more tolerant, it seems more isolationist than ever and it breaks my heart to see people retreat to familiar groupings rather than support those in need. It’s a universal problem, as applicable to the plight of refugees and migrants as it is to that of an individual, and I think a lot of the rage in the song comes from seeing how certain groups, who should be seeking to do good, are so blinkered to the needs of those whom they perceive to be ‘others’. It’s an angry song, much more straight forward than many of the tracks on the album, and it’s a blast to play.
FINAL COIL ARE:
PHIL STILES – Vocals / guitar / synths & programming
RICHARD AWDRY – Vocals / guitar & programming
JOLA STILES – Bass & flute
BARRY FRENCH – Drums (Album)
For the full biography and complete information on Final Coil, visit their management page at IMPERATIVE PR‘s official website or their media links listed below.