About a week ago, Finnish rock band FLAT EARTH released a lyric video for the single “Draining by Your Flame” from their yet-untitled upcoming album, which is set to be released this autumn.
Starting off on a killer riff that actually becomes the backbone of the track, “Draining by Your Flame” continues on a very melodic path, with a hooky chorus that simply invites the listener to sing along with it. Linde Lindström’s guitar lines add layers of harmony to Gas Lipstick’s pounding drums and Niclas Etelävuori’s bass licks, while the vocals sound angry but determined and confident. The guitar solo is simply delicious and makes the song feel heavier and more robust. Despite its apparent simplicity, the track’s subject matter is a serious one, as it deals with overcoming addiction and its side-effects.
In the words of vocalist Anthony Pikkarainen the single is about “waking up to the situation where the never-ending party has turned a bit sour, and the toll of self-indulgence is getting way too costly. I feel like the actions of surprisingly many of my close friends have taken a turn into a lot worse in recent years and this has forced me to harshly reconsider my relationship with intoxicating substances, my way of taking responsibility, and setting an example. In the lyrics of the song, the final decision towards recovery is being made thanks to that one person who against all odds has stood by your side through the sickest times of your life. It’s never too late to get better, but it takes humility, a lot of courage and absolute commitment.”
Written by Andrea Crow
Anthony Pikkarainen – Vocals
Linde Lindström – Guitar
Gas Lipstick – Drums
Niclas Etelävuori – Bass