Convey Address Mental Health and Gun Violence in Video for “City of Skin and Bone”

Alternative rock band, Convey have released their new video for “City of Skin and Bone”. The video, starring and choreographed by Merrick Hanna of America’s Got Talent fame, draws from the central theme of isolation in the song and applies it to the epidemic of mass shootings that is escalating in the United States.

“The video captures the consequences of isolation in this environment,” elaborates the band. “While we support common sense gun laws, we wanted to focus on mental health as one of the root causes of this growing issue.” To help raise awareness, Convey are donating a portion of the video’s proceeds to HeartSupport, an organization created by Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red to “create a legacy of life-transformation, freeing them from suicide, addiction, abuse, and mental health issues while empowering them with the realization they are loved unconditionally and supported by a community that believes in them.”

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Many years and miles separate where Convey stands now from when guitarist Jahan Rajabi and singer Ben Cohen met in high school and carved out their first tunes in a Boston basement. They joined up with resident Rush disciple Cory Massing at Berklee College of Music before moving westward to Los Angeles to cast the final mold for what Convey would be. It was there that they rounded out the ranks with bassist Luke Dennis and linked up with Jim Kaufman, who took a keen interest in their sleek sound.

Over the past few years, the band has become a staple of the resurgent rock scene in LA, regularly playing Bootleg Theater, Moroccan Lounge, Viper Room and The Hi Hat with acts like COUNTERFEIT, The Parlor Mob and The Blue Stones. They were also named a Top 10 artist on LA’s KROQ and played the first ever KROQ Locals Only festival with The Wrecks and Dear Boy.

The tape eventually began to roll on the band’s debut album, City of Skin and Bone, in the summer of 2017, following the release of their eponymous EP and viral video hit “Speed Dial” in the fall of 2016. From the Zeppelin swagger of album opener “Devour” to the feral post-punk wail of “Terror,” each song found new teeth and venom. Even songs such as blues stomp “Crayon” to the aqueous title track lumbered to life from their distant back catalog. The ten songs that made the final track list represent not just a cathartic release of years of writing and refining but a daring stab at the future of rock. City of Skin and Bone is available everywhere now, here: