Chase Your Words are no strangers to the scene. Following their inception in 2013, the group have worked alongside and toured with several notable names in alternative music, including Sleeping With Sirens, I See Stars and the Wonder Years. After their signing to Lost Music Collective owned by Vinnie Fiorello of Less Than Jake, the group underwent a massive lineup change. Saying farewell to James Songalia and Alex Johrden, Chase Your Words welcomed three new faces to the group, Dylan Elkin, Justin Mattock and Lucas Bayley.
Chase Your Words have teamed up with AltPress to give you an exclusive first look at their new video, “Sayonara.”
“The original written demo and the final recording of ‘Sayonara’ are two completely different sounds,” vocalist Chris Siglos says. “When we hit the studio to work with Seth Henderson and Derek DiScanio [State Champs], we showed them the original demo, which was what we initially thought of as a massive fast-paced pop-punk banger. Seth and Derek heard it differently, and [we] wound up switching things up structurally along with changing the speed and overall vibe. It was still the same song, but it felt different in a good way. Together, we all created a song that felt more developed and grown. It was the title track and final song of the EP, and with the song before it [“Safe And Sound”] being written the way it was, it really makes the EP feel more balanced and complete.”
Despite the adjustments made to the structure of the song, “Sayonara” came quickly and effortlessly to the group.
“The writing process for the overall song felt natural,” Siglos says. “My former bandmate James and I were sitting at a park on a summer evening with my acoustic guitar, and we started jamming while I was writing lyrics to what he was playing. That evening we wrote the demo of ‘Sayonara.’ In retrospect, the song still lyrically hits home for me and still has a significant meaning. At the time, I was dealing with a lot. I was letting go of any toxicity in my life that was holding me back. The song is really about saying goodbye to people who did me wrong or consistently let me down with no apologies or signs of change. Old friends, past romantic partners, people in the local or large scale part of the music industry. There have been a lot of people and scenarios [that] this song is about. It was written out of anger and frustration but became something much more elegant than that.”
You can watch Chase Your Words’ video for “Sayonara” below.