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|GAB DE LA VEGA releases new video “I Still Believe,” an acoustic open letter|
|“…introspective and personal…”- New Noise Magazine|
“…captures feelings of longing and displacement in an increasingly hurried life, not so much about a stranger in a strange land as a familiar in a world that grows increasingly strange.”- Pop Matters
Photo: Jaden D.
|Gab De La Vega presents “I Still Believe,” his third video from his latest album “Beyond Space And Time,” released earlier this year.|
The Italian-born musician grew up in the punk and hardcore scenes, but he found a way to express himself through softer sounds in the last decade. His third full-length sees the definitive opening to a collaboration with a supporting band, with which he was able to play some shows to promote his new album before the COVID emergency, in addition to the debut full band show as an opening act to Frank Turner last year.
But “I Still Believe” rediscovers the essentiality of the most direct and personal communication of a songwriter who is not afraid to step on stage alone.
|Gab De La Vega comments:|
““I Still Believe” is probably the most intimate song on ‘Beyond Space And Time.’ It comes at the end of a full band album and it takes it all back to the core: vocals and acoustic guitar. That’s it.
The video was shot way before the album came out. I filmed this with Bradley James Allen in May 2019 and it was meant to come out in the Spring of 2020 as a third single off the new album, following ‘Perfect Texture’ and ‘YYZ.’ The plan was to launch this single to promote the solo, acoustic tours in between the full band ones. When everything went south due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I decided to wait and release it when I felt it was a better time.
It’s a song of hope, a song about the faith in the future, the need to keep making the world a bit better day by day and the trust in the power of the young to rise to the occasion when it comes to do the right thing and take back their own future, not only ours.
As a kid, I remember growing up feeling disheartened by the lack of trust the older generations had in us. Every generation struggles between right and wrong, good and bad.
In the times we’re living in, it’s clear that important changes must happen. Whether it is for social justice, equality, human rights, climate crisis or animal rights, I think that we’re facing so many questions that need proper answers. It’s up to us to do what is right and it’s up to who will follow to carry the torch.”
‘I Still Believe’ is a powerful phrase, it captivates the song’s message. That’s why I thought it was a good idea for the video to write an open letter and deliver it to the people of my hometown Brescia, in Italy.
That’s the city you see in the video and those are some of the places that mean something to me, for a reason or another. People from Brescia will definitely recognize them.
Being ‘I Still Believe’ a song about hope, I think it has even a deeper meaning now that the worst phase of the Covid-19 emergency has passed. Brescia, along with Bergamo, was one of the cities that suffered the most in the early stages of the pandemic.
I couldn’t know back in 2019 when we shot the video, but now that I watch it again and see those familiar places and I remember the way we all felt here during the crisis, I feel like a part of me now is singing this song for my city, wounded, but not defeated.”
The record was released by Epidemic Records and Backbite Records and it’s available on all digital platforms, vinyl and CD at this link: www.smarturl.com/GabDeLaVegaBSAT.
In the summer, Gab De La Vega got the chance to promote his new album as a solo performer, with 11 shows across Italy, Germany and Czech Republic.
INFO, VIDEOS AND OTHER LINKS:
Other videos from Videos from ‘Beyond Space And Time’:
“Perfect Texture” (feat. Nicola Manzan): https://youtu.be/WtbMXeWrJ2U