FXRRVST (pronounced forest) is an Indie-Rock duo from Toronto with Matt Fuentes, and Holly Forrest (Australia) who just released a new single and video for The Story Doesn’t End At Chapter 14.
After hearing the song, for the first time, I had an undeniable urge to check out the rest of their catalogue. That was a big mistake, as I got too near the vortex of their sound, and quickly got sucked in.
Help! I wandered into the FXRRVST and got lost in it! Songs are stuck on Spotify repeat and I don’t care if I ever find a way out.
There is this touch of quirkiness that is adorable in Holly’s voice, along with those catchy riffs from Matt that simply makes the songs surround you with happiness.
Oddly enough, the topics are not necessarily happy, such as this latest release which deals with mental health.
WARNING: Spoiler Alert…watch the video first, then keep reading.
Written before COVID-19, the song tells the story of our main character, who after a series of bad things happening in his life, sees no way out but to exit this life.
Bad things happen to us all, but for some, the accumulative effect of many small problems can compound into despair.
“One thing people don’t realize is that it’s not one incident that ignites mental health issues. Sometimes it’s a bunch of little things that just poke you enough times to send you off the edge.” says Matt Fuentes.
The band made the video in such a way as to “make a lot of the details, more of assumptions to the viewer.” In other words, there is a message behind it, but it allows the viewer to interpret the story in their own way.
My interpretation was that the person in colour is our main character, who is having one of the worst days of his life so far. The black and white version is his consciousness that is giving meaning to these events, writing them in his notepad.
At the end, the main character’s ending is rewritten by his consciousness, which saves him from himself.
Often, the events in our lives are distorted by our own narrative, and as such, we can sink deeper into despair.
Yet, maybe by sheer will, or by an external force, such as an empathetic friend, we can rewrite the next chapter of our lives.
It seems, I had it in reverse, according to the band.
“Essentially, the person writing is in the real world, where the character in colour is the persona in the story itself. Through subtle hints in clothing and some reoccurring props, the viewer might think that the two people are the same person. That said, at face value, the person in the story is a simple character in the novel being written by the black and white character.”
Now, we have to watch the video again, from that perspective.
“Basically, the video is meant to illustrate that through dark times, though difficult, you can change the ending of your story and keep going. This can be with the help of friends, loved ones or even yourself. With enough help and will, you can change your story for the better and make it to Chapter 15 and beyond.”
What is your interpretation?
What’s important, is the lesson that we are not alone. There is always someone, even our own consciousness, that can help us add yet another chapter to our lives. Maybe the next chapter will be a happier one?
“The story is yours to tell but please don’t write the ending by yourself.” – The Story Doesn’t End At Chapter 14
One thing for sure, FXRRVST is not afraid to use music to promote a positive message, one of hope within the irresistible package of their unique indie-rock sound.
Look out for the follow up to Dear Friend; Part 1 in April 2021 when the band release part 2.
It reminds me of the story of Ken Baldwin, who at 10AM walked calmly onto the Golden Gate Bridge and jumped right off the rail.
As soon as he let go of the railing, he immediately thought: “What am I doing? This is the wort thing I could do in my life.” Thoughts of his wife and daughter flashed before his eyes, in that 4 seconds of free fall, and he didn’t want to die!
He recalls realizing that everything he thought was unfixable was totally fixable – except for having just jumped.
He beat the 98% success rate odds.
Kevin Hines also beat those odds, who paced back and forth on the bridge sobbing for an hour, and no one approached him to ask what was wrong. He jumped, feeling nobody cared.
Instantly, he regretted his decisions, and fought to survive.
If we see someone clearly in distress, the most powerful thing you can do, in that moment, is simply ask: Are you OK?
More importantly, just listen. You don’t need to solve anything…you just need to listen, and let the other person unburden themselves.
“A pain shared, is a pain halved.” – Kevin Hines
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Writer: Randal Wark is a Professional Speaker and MasterMind Facilitator with a passion for live music. You can follow him on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. His Podcast RockStar Today helps musicians quit their days jobs with out of the box advice from Ted Talk Speakers, Best Selling Authors and other interesting Entrepreneurs and Creatives.Share this :