The track premiered alongside an energetic music video, directed by Jarrett Barnes. “REALWORLD” was recorded with Drew Bender (Oceans Ate Alaska, UNWELL) with mastering done by Josh Schroder (Lorna Shore, Varials, King 810).
Of the song, the band said, “Connor chose to write about straying away from the norms of society, “common rule” and expectations that most humans face (going to college, working a 9-5, ect…) . The real world is not what we have created with technology, but what is here in nature.
The second part of REALWORLD speaks about accountability. There is no room for abusers of any kind in this world, and those who have chosen to do so must be held accountable. One in six have had their innocence stripped from them, and we must come together to change that at all costs.”
The themes touched on in “REALWORLD” are the heart of Common Rule’s values, as the band stands for ultimate freedom, equal rights, and anti-oppression. Originally started as the solo project of vocalist Connor McLaughlin during the Covid-19 pandemic, Common Rule made their debut with their 2020 EP, Drown. Since then, Connor has rounded out the ban with Riley Davis-Mcdougal on drums, Zeke Trujillo on bass, James Acosta and Kris Ellis on guitar.