Daniel Monte abduct you in classic fashion with the darkly cinematic video for their orch-rock track S.O.S. And Send — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The Toronto group are known for taking special care to incorporate classical music elements into their songs — and S.O.S. And Send, the newest single from their debut LP Familiar, is true to form. “There’s a little nod to Bach in the violin solo section,” lead singer Daniel Monte reveals. “I played a G minor arpeggio figure going down the range of the violin, which was also famously used by Bach at the beginning of the Presto in G minor.”
Along with classical music, Monte has “always been fascinated with the division between good and evil,” leading to the exploration of a gangster’s mindset. Overtaken by the suspicious violence happening around his home in Woodbridge, Ont., he pounded out the lyrics for S.O.S. And Send, which he believed “was always supposed to be a song about the mob.”
S.O.S. And Send was “a long process of back-and-forth melody shaping and arrangement,” Monte shares. “I must have gone through three or four different chorus ideas before finally landing on this rhythm and melody that seemed to work. I was genuinely considering giving up on this tune at some point. It was just sitting for months — with chords and a crap melody scratched out with no words — until I finally found the inspiration to write the lyrics. From there, everything just found its place.”
Monte isn’t the only seasoned musician in this eponymous group; in fact, it’s fair to say that each of these musicians have earned their stripes. Lead guitarist Antonio Cocuzzo’s experience as a composer and session musician, coupled with his wide range of musical styles, allows him to contribute dynamic guitar parts to songs. One could argue that a composition of this sort would be incomplete without excellent percussion, and drummer Jordan “Jojo Boom Boom” Mason is fit for the task, incorporating orchestral percussion instruments into his hard-hitting style. The keyboardist is left to put a bow on the whole thing, and Flavio Silva doesn’t disappoint; ranging from ethereal soundscapes to rich orchestral elements, he uses his synthesizers and abilities to take the band’s sound to new sonic heights.