NYC indie-rock trio VHS Collection is starting off the new year charging full steam ahead with the release of their new single “Survive” and an inspiring, thought-provoking, and moving video. “Survive” is the final release from the band ahead of their forthcoming album, Night Drive (Tiger Tone / [PIAS]), due out on February 25th.
VHS Collection have become known for their distinct sound that marries ambient synths, alt-pop, and indie-rock with a hint of nostalgia woven throughout. New single “Survive” is nothing short of that— featuring sonic undercurrents of electronic and pop, unwavering energy complimented by towering production, and a cathartic chorus that dwells on the complexity of life and the universal experience of survival.
On the meaning of the song, the band shared, “Survive is a song about persistence and resilience in the face of adversity. Or just everyday living– what we do to manage and cope. What makes us show up and keep grinding. It’s a celebration of the process of pain, obstacle, healing, recovery and victory. No matter how big or small, this is the human condition. The song references regret, both in the actions taken and not taken and is a pause and reflection on those actions. The climax of the track happens at the end and is a sing-all, in that we all share the commonality of pain and hardship at some point. Even the good life is a tough pill to swallow sometimes.”
The video is a powerful component of the release— highlighting the day to day experiences of everyday people across the U.S. and illustrating what survival looks like to them. “Survive” is a representation of the past few years we’ve all endured and serves as a reminder that survival is our shared experience.