EXCLUSIVE: Heartless Breakers (ex-Daytrader) wrestle with everyday explosions in “Carbon Copy” music video

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While Heartless Breakers hail from Salt Lake City, the band have a sound that is positively East Coast. It’s easy to identify the influence of ex-Daytrader guitarist Matt Mascarenas, but comparisons to Virginia’s Fairweather or New Jersey’s Thursday wouldn’t be out of question, either. And that goes for more than just their music—on “Carbon Copy,” the band’s lyrics are a cut above the rest, tackling issues of depression and emotional struggle, and the Everett Fitch-directed music video perfectly conveys that. Fitch explains:

“There’s this old flour mill left over from the Battle of Stalingrad during WWII. It survived months of air raids and gunfights while most every other building in the city collapsed. Relentless attacks did damage but not enough to make it fall. Massive windows and doors make up the building so when the bombs hit, the blasts were able to escape, to go somewhere instead of being trapped inside to do more damage.

What’s so beautiful about this is how true it is to human nature. I think we all tend to keep explosions inside of us. We’re afraid to let them out because they’re painful. But just like that still-standing building in Russia, we need to embrace every last explosion. We need to build windows and doors within ourselves and let the pain pass through. Otherwise, we become shadows of ourselves. Where who we want to be isn’t who we choose to be. Where we become unsuspecting victims and heirs of pain passed down. This music video is about that waking-life and unconscious-life dichotomy. It’s about pain dividing you in two if you let it. It’s about living a life within a life where self-medication takes the place of self-awareness. It’s about finally learning to embrace, not neglect, those deep-seated and everyday explosions.”

“Carbon Copy” can be found on Heartless Breakers’ new album, The Great Give Back, out now on Animal Style Records.

Heartless Breakers begin their spring tour with Sundressed later this week:

April 16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
April 17 – Denver, CO @ Seventh Circle
April 18 – Albuquerque, NM @ Duke City Sound
April 19 – El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
April 20 – Tucson, AZ @ Gary’s Place
April 21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Secret Venue
April 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ White Oak Music
April 23 – Pomona, CA @ DBA 256
April 24 – Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry’s Pizza
April 25 – San Francisco, CA @ Milk Bar
April 26 – Eugene, OR @ The Boreal
April 27 – Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe
April 28 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder
April 29 – Logan, UT @ Why Sound