Full disclosure: I was contacted by a music press company that has sent me information about this band and requested that I write a post about them. However, I have not received any compensation for it and it is still my decision to talk about them.
I have a few different thoughts when it comes to music being released during this time of lockdown. On the one hand, if there was ever a time were the commentary of music was needed–and the ingenuity of musicians to reinvent how the create and share–it is in this kind of world.
However, on the other hand, I find myself craving songs that are more than just DIY efforts. Songs that have something to say about this new world and what their personal experiences are with it.
What Major Moment has here is a melodramatic attempt at doing this. Oddly, I find that the music video has more commentary in it then the song itself.
Background from the Band
Major Moment delivers a message of strength and unity with their explosive new anthem, “The Flood”. Spearheaded by two Russian-born vocalists, award-winning Major Moment has developed an intense and unique cinematic rock sound mixed with contemporary electronic elements, and is on a mission to inspire others to pursue their dreams and live a life of purpose. On their new single “The Flood”, the soaring melodies and heartfelt lyrics were inspired by a French proverb” Aprèsnous, le déluge”which translates as “After us, the flood.” This story is important because it signifies that after those in power leave, there is no concern for the rest left behind. When people choose to leave others high and dry, they believe that the ones they abandon will never recover. In Major Moment’s case, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Andrey and Sasha (Vocals /Songwriting / Synths) went back into the studio days after losing 4 band members in one day and made the decision to push forward stronger than ever. They realized that the new music they were creating was just the catalyst they needed.
At first, the lyrics were about the band’s issues but as the concept developed, Major Moment saw a bigger scope for the track. Right now, the world’s people have been left high and dry as the powers that be have no concern for the people they govern. In this light, all people of the world are perceived as the flood. This realization was the band’s “a-ha” moment and became the focus of the track. In a time when so many people are only concerned for themselves, Major Moment’s “The Flood” is here to remind us that we are all connected. We are here to support each other, lift each other up, and despite our differences, we all bleed just the same.
What’s in a Flood?
I find it interesting that the band describes the song as being somewhat uplifting because that was not my reaction to the song on first listen. I wanted to listen to it before I read what the band had to say about it–a “clean” listen through with which to form my own opinions–and I found the track to feel more defeated than uniting.
I understand that they were trying to create a picture of “The Flood” being this collective of people, maybe even a collective that would change the world. When I hear “flood” I think of the Biblical kind. A restarting of the world. But that flood wasn’t started because the people of the earth wanted things to change. The big Him in power wanted to restart. It was the ending of many lives because one person decided it should be so.
Not exactly the uplifting angle I assume they were going for.
To Feel So Strongly and Yet Say Nothing
I mentioned above that I find this song melodramatic. Maybe that is part of Major Moment’s sound–and with a band name like that I wouldn’t be surprised–but when paired with the intense images of the music video it feels like a bit much. I did first listen to this song just on it’s own as to not be influenced by the video but it still felt over the top to me.
Those synths lift the backing track. In fact, the instrumentation is so intense that occasionally overcomes the vocals–which is a shame because they are really good.
I guess my opinions on this song are lukewarm at best. It’s well composed and the vocals are fantastic but I can’t get over the feeling that it really wants to say something–or at least be seen as saying something–and I just don’t get anything out of it.
It doesn’t have any of the punch that ‘Parasite Eve’ by Bring Me The Horizon has or any of the bounce while commenting on anxiety that ‘Level of Concern’ by Twenty One Pilots has–both songs released during the lock down which tried to critique what was happening in the world.
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