Auckland, New Zealand natives Openside have only been around for a few years, but they have been making waves in Australia and New Zealand. Known for their infectious live shows full of energy and charisma, they have already opened for acts like Fall Out Boy, Twenty One Pilots, Melanie Martinez, and Ellie Goulding.
Today, Openside released a new song called “No Going Back.” The music video, which serves as a nod to classic teen films like Donnie Darko and Heathers, can be found at the top of this post. The song itself serves as a triumphant reminder for everyone to avoid looking back or dwelling on the past, with lead vocalist Possum Plows proclaiming “All I really want is you to say what you mean,and admit that we gotta move on” in the song’s chorus.
“We wanted [the song] to feel both mournful and triumphant, the way that you do when you’re closing one chapter of your life and starting another, so we were inspired by lots of epic 80s and 90s power ballads,” Possum states.
“We spoke with video director Shae Sterling about creating a visual story that expressed the song’s main theme but twisted it into at ale of being haunted by the memories of that past relationship,” Possum continues, “The video is a nod to suburban teen films like Donnie Darko and Heathers and features the deer mask from Goodnight Nurse’s Keep Me on Your Side album art, which was a super influential album for all of us in our pop-punk youth.”
If you like what you hear from Openside on “No Going Back,” then we have some good news for you. They have been recording with producer Josh Fountain – a member of New Zealand group Leisure – at Golden Age Studio, which of course served as home to Lorde for her debut album Pure Heroine.
Once again, make sure to check out “No Going Back” at the top of this post. We will certainly keep you updated on this growing band, so make sure to keep up with us on Twitter and Facebook for additional updates!