Foundry Town Survivors return with their latest single, ‘Blue Sky’. The track is the latest release from the band’s self-titled EP, and features a music video that’s an homage to the very first music video: Bob Dylan’s ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’.
And just like the Dylan classic, which drew attention to the burgeoning war in Vietnam, as well as the civil rights movement, this latest track serves as a protest song, simply putting forward by way of hand drawn lyric cards the consequences of what happens when society is left to remain ignorant. “No information” which leads to “No expectation”, leading in turn to “No conversation”, and “No transformation”. Furthermore, “No education” leads to “No inspiration”, and “No exploration”, and “No innovation”. Ignorance leaves us vulnerable and open to exploitation by unscrupulous hucksters; it’s a sobering thought, and could well be applied to a number of situations over the past few years, where the ignorant and under-educated left themselves open to the ideas of those who had only their own interests at heart.
Shot in black and white, on location in Pasadena in front of the loading dock of Mission Tile West, the video is as simple as the song itself, and of course, it doesn’t need to be complicated: it’s a message that can be put across with without too much elaboration.
The clip shows band members Tommy Johnsmiller and Mark Tomorsky alternately showing the lyric placards, while standing front of a tall roller door which serves as a green screen for images such as the band’s logo, and photos of the pair themselves. We’re also treated to images of Foundry Town Survivors’ performances, and, preceded by a card reading, “guitar solo”, a clip of the band playing at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Speaking of ‘Blue Sky’, the band said,
“Here are the warning signs of things going to hell on a sled and how you can fight to make it a better place.”
It’s a simple warning, but it packs a hard punch, and we’d better take heed, if we want our blue skies to stay blue.
Watch the video for ‘Blue Sky’ below, and check out more about Foundry Town Survivors online on their official website, where you can also read about the making of the video for ‘Blue Sky‘. You can also find them online on Spotify, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.