In their new video for "Always," Saliva touch upon the age-old concept of loss with much broader strokes than most of their heart-wrenching contemporaries. While the protagonist feels abandoned by his significant other, she's not the only one who's left him alone to brood.
"We didn't want to make it a girl/guy cliché video," singer Josey Scott explained. "We wanted to make something deeper. The whole world is gone, not just his love, but everybody on Earth was gone with her."
To capture the "last person on Earth" feel of the clip, directed by Charles Infante (Kurupt, Trina), Saliva and crew cordoned off eight city blocks in Los Angeles when filming took place in the first week of October, according to the band's publicist. After the protagonist goes through most of the video searching in vain for his love, the script gets flipped and it's clear that his exile is entirely self-imposed.
"He's going crazy throughout the video, trying to find anybody, any sign of life," Scott continued. "He thinks he sees his girlfriend and he chases her through the town. He's trying to grab onto something, have something to grasp onto because he feels as if he's falling off the world. At the end of the video, it ends up that the people were there all along. So he's just trippin'."
"Always," the lyrics of which deal with a less-than-idyllic home life (see "Saliva Shoot Down Domestic Abuse on New Single 'Always' "), is the first single off the band's second album, Back Into Your System, due November 12. When the clip surfaces next week, Saliva will be four dates into their headlining tour, so there won't be much time for them to sit and proudly watch the clip over and over again on the tube. Instead, they'll be revisiting some of the concert trappings that helped plant the rock star seed into their heads at a young age. Unlike their formative forays into the metal realm, this time Saliva are coming from the other side of the stage.
"When I used to see bands when I was a kid, like AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Mötley Crüe or Kiss, I was baptized in the whole experience," Scott said. "When I left, I was walking 10 feet off the ground and that's what we try to do.
"We call our live show our secret weapon, because we're going for your neck, we're going for your head — never a dull moment. We don't play."
Saliva/ Theory of a Dead Man/ Audiovent tour dates, according to Island Records:
- 10/24 - Lubbock, TX @ The Pavillion
- 10/25 - Amarillo, TX @ Southbeach
- 10/26 - San Angelo, TX @ Santa Fe Junction
- 10/27 - The Woodlands, TX @ C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
- 10/29 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
- 10/30 - Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
- 10/31 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre
- 11/1 - Dallas, TX @ Canyon Club
- 11/2 - Selma, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
- 11/4 - Tallahassee, FL @ Floyd's Music Store
- 11/5 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
- 11/6 - Tampa, FL @ The Masquerade
- 11/7 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
- 11/8 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
- 11/10 - N. Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
- 11/11 - Norfolk, VA @ The Boathouse
- 11/12 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
- 11/13 - New York, NY @ The World
- 11/15 - Boston, MA @ Axis
- 11/16 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
- 11/19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Metropol
- 11/20 - Cleveland, OH @ Odeon Concert Club
- 11/22 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
- 11/23 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
- 11/24 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's
- 11/25 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
- 11/27 - Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club
- 11/29 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
- 11/30 - Salt Lake City, UT @ X-Scape (Formerly DV8)
- 12/2 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
- 12/3 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
- 12/4 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Cajun House
- 12/6 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
- 12/7 - Houston, TX @ Numbers
- 12/8 - Austin, TX @ The Backroom
- 12/13 - Cleveland, OH @ CSU Arena
— Joe D'Angelo, with additional reporting by Iann Robinson