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Sometimes, there’s no greater enemy than yourself. Denver alt-rock band Viretta knows this well. After all, they spent over two years recording, and re-recording their massive new full length album “The Fear” (5/18) by themselves. “It got dark,” laughs frontman and engineer Michael Moroni.
He can laugh about it now, but the band still recognizes the creative struggle they endured to bring “The Fear” into reality.
Take the new music video for the album’s second track “Cordyceps.” The band immediately explodes with confident energy. To those who know the band best, the track’s heavy, head-banging guitar riffs, and viciously precise percussion are classic Viretta; easily making “Cordyceps,” one of the standout barn burners off the new record. But as it is, something isn’t quite right. Before the band can get through the first chorus, each member finds themselves held back—literally—by a swarm of black-painted arms and hands. The aggressively creepy visual looks like something out of a Guillermo Del Toro movie, but as each member fights against the arms, snatching at them, and holding them back, their meaning becomes immediately clear.
“We’re not much for extended metaphors,” says guitarist and twin brother Rob Moroni, “But there was something so perfect about the image. Everyone has something holding them back.” Good thing Viretta still has a little fight in them. The track is killer, and the video is eerie, frenetic, and everything you could want out of a contemporary rock song in 2018.
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"CORDYCEPS" CAST & CREW
Directed by: Daniel Rachlitz @denzelreckless
& Demi Barrela-Deherrera @demidearest
Guitar & Vocals: Michael Moroni @mjmoroni11
Guitar: Robert Moroni @robertmoroni
Drums: Jon Cales
Bass: Bryan Cahill @buhbuhbry
Arms by: Stephen Roth
Katha Pajavaara: @pajavaarak https://bit.ly/2GHABbP
Tatum Russo: @preprallymusic https://bit.ly/2GFmWSF
Filmed at: Seventh Circle Music Collective