Because the music “Keep On” — from The Metal Wheels’ upcoming seventh album Over the Timber — grew to become what the group’s Trent Wagler calls “very anthemic in a fun, poppy sort of way,” the Virginia troupe needed the video to observe swimsuit. So the clip, premiering solely beneath, focuses on the band spending a day performing and hanging out in Fayetteville, Ark.
“We wanted a sort of raw, let-the-seams-show video for this one,” Wagler tells Billboard. “We have some great friends that run a festival, Fayetteville Roots, and they let us have their headquarters and whatever we needed to shoot a video.” The group additionally shot scenes in certainly one of Fayetteville’s historic bars, however Wagler hopes that piece conveys a little bit of the extra critical tone of the music, which is a few younger man heading off to conflict and “this sense of what you’re leaving behind in hopes that you’re doing the right thing, but also a sort of word of encouragement to the people you’re leaving behind.” Wagler provides that, “There’s this sense of feeling a little bit like people are talking past you as you’re thinking and hoping and wishing about someone who’s not there — the disconnection we sometimes feel in these times.”
The “talking past” facet is illustrated in one of many video’s scenes exhibiting The Metal Wheels in a sales space, with the opposite band members chatting amongst themselves whereas Wagler is singing the lyrics to the digicam. “It was all band talk, like a business meeting, while I’m trying to sing,” he says. “On stage or on camera, they do as much as they can to trip me up. Part of the way you stay together as a band is you have to have a good sense of humor, I think.”
“Keep On” is Wagler’s solely co-write on Over the Timber, with good buddy Justin Jones. The album, which comes out July 12, is The Metal Wheels’ second with producer Sam Kassirer (Lake Avenue Dive, Josh Ritter) and continues from 2017’s Wild as We Got here Right here in increasing the group’s specific model of Americana, bluegrass and different roots music. It is also bolstered by contributions from percussionist Kevin Garcia, who grew to become an official member after the final album’s launch. The brand new album options extra textures and flavors, together with African, Center Jap and Indian influences, extra keyboards and a wider array of instrument akin to calabash, gourd banjo, four-mallet marimba, bowed vibraphone and extra.
“I hope we do push some buttons and make some people uncomfortable with parts of this record,” Wagler says. “Which means we’re doing one thing proper. I felt like with Wild as We Got here Right here, we stretched some folks, and I thought we would get extra pushback than we did. I would not say I was disenchanted however I needed it to really feel like an enormous leap and that we had been taking some probabilities. So with this file, once more, we pushed that envelope even additional, however with a objective. It isn’t like we’re making bizarre sounds simply to make bizarre sounds.”
The Metal Wheels are supporting Over the Timber‘ launch with a wide range of competition appearances in the course of the summer season, together with its personal Crimson Wing Roots Competition July 12-14 in Mount Solon, Va. And after the acceptance for Wild as We Got here Right here he is assured the brand new materials can be will-received at these dates. “I feel like within the realm of general Americana you have a lot of people who have come to other music to get to that,” Wagler explains. “They need to see how you are going to flex and stretch and alter. We have been a band for awhile; We have to change. You may simply get caught enjoying the identical setlist or rewriting the identical songs, and that is of no use to us or to the viewers.”