Today, we’re happy to be hosting the video premiere for ‘Keep it Low’, the second single from Ode To Lucius, taken from upcoming concept album, 12 Photos 12 Tracks – the soundtrack to the multi-media project of the same name.
12 Photos 12 Tracks has an underlying message of global unity and communication through shared stories. Created alongside 12 global participants, 12 Polaroid photos and their stories and three years of love and craft, it is about being part of something far greater than just ourselves.
The image that sparked ‘Keep It Low’ was taken by Julieta in Buenos Aires, Argentina, who wrote, “Reflection time in the park where all the ideas and conclusions get clear,” on the Polaroid. It is of a plaza or town square – a place where people of all ages and backgrounds congregate for family gatherings and protests alike.
The song was written to reflect the idea of community coming together in protest, and more specifically by the Parkland mass shooting protests of 2018.
The song was written to reflect the idea of community coming together in protest, and more specifically by the Parkland mass shooting protests of 2018. The nationwide outcry from teenagers that followed in parks and public spaces was powerful and important – a call to arms for young people who were not willing to live in fear from guns within their places of education. It was an uprising against an authority who consistently tries to suppress the collective voice of the people and refuses to acknowledge the harm on younger generations that lax gun control has.
“It’s beautiful to see how this whole project started three years ago just as a thought and it kept growing slowly into something collaborative and positive,” says founder, Vinzenz Stergin (guitar, vocals, clarinet), who also handles sound design and production. Once all the photos and camera were returned, he was joined by Amy Kelly (drums, vocals) and Marianne Canning (bass, backing vocals), who he met at London’s Cutty Sark, one ‘lush late summer day.’ “We chatted for some hours talking about how London sometimes wears you out, always keeping the eyes on the big prize and forgetting about letting something grow naturally. I then proposed to write the music to the photos together as a band. We met for a play and then formed the band.
“We had lots of ups and downs in making this happen but always kept believing in it, working hard as a band and we’re grateful for all the support we received so far. No one knows what the next years will bring but we have lots of things planned and hopefully we’ll be able to tour 12 Photos 12 Tracks very soon. We’re looking forward to the next chapter which we will write as we go.”
To find out more about the journey visit 12photos12tracks.com.
‘Keep It Low’ is out now. Support the project HERE.
Main Photo: Nora Jenewein