Toronto-based alternative rock band Selfish Things have today premiered a brand new song, ‘Rust Cohle Never Sleeps’ from the stunning debut EP, Vertical Love, out 16th March.
“Before the band even had a name, I fell into an emotional hole between the end of 2014 and the summer of 2015. I’d left my old band knowing very well that they had a number of deals on the table and was contemplating whether or not I even wanted to continue with music. It was at that time that I found (get ready for some cliche shit) True Detective on HBO. I’d moved back from LA to my parents basement, had no money, and spent day after day watching and eventually emulating the ideological values Rust Cohle portrayed throughout the series. His nihilism, egoistic sense of identity and viewpoint on people of lesser “intellect” fed my shadow self. My father had always played “Rust Never Sleeps” by Neil Young on vinyl, so after writing the song, I came up with the title to pay homage to both my dad’s influence on my musicality, but as a way of capturing everything that was happening at that time in my life.”- Alex Biro (vocals)
Co-produced by James Paul Wisner (Paramore, Dashboard Confessional) and lead singer-songwriter, Alex Biro, Vertical Love serves as Biro’s full transition from singer-songwriter to an all-out alternative rock band with Selfish Things.
“‘Vertical Love’ came into being after what was one of the most tumultuous periods of my life,” explains Biro. “It’s a body of work that’s representative of a time when I was struggling to eliminate my nihilistic outlook and replace it with something that was innately more sustainable and emotionally fruitful. I’ve always had a tendency to contemplate whether or not we choose the path we walk, or whether god/the universe/deity has placed us on a path that we have no control over. Looking back on it now, I think all of these songs are indicative of my struggle for control over the things I can’t understand or make sense of. The pain and suffering that come with sentience are necessary as a means of quantifying the depth of our experiences as living beings.”
Vertical Love features 6 tracks that will be released Worldwide via A Wolf At Your Door Records 16th March (Deaf Havana, Lower Than Atlantis, Mallory Knox) Fans can pre-order the EP here.
Watch the previous video for “1435” now.
Vertical Love is out Worldwide on 16th March via A Wolf At Your Door Records.