Crosshairs is the rousing first single from The Bollands forthcoming album, All of My Ghosts, to be released on January 27th 2017.
Always on the road, New Zealand folk duo, The Bollands, have been singing their infectious foot stomping folk songs since 2011. With their love of travel, music, good friends & fine wine, they have gained a reputation for their passion-filled live shows and heartfelt folk tunes. Their energetic music stems from their upbringing in the folk and roots music scenes in small towns and folk clubs throughout New Zealand.
Christian, a hairy folk singer, met Joyce, the not so hairy pianist, at a campfire jam on a remote beach in their home country, New Zealand. They clicked instantly. Since that fate-filled night, they have been playing their passion-filled songs throughout the world. For the past few years Joyce and Christian have been based in Hong Kong and touring constantly.
All of My Ghosts, The Bollands third album, is their most honest, personal and experimental recording to date.
"The first single Crosshairs grapples with loss and change," says Christian. "While we were touring in Taiwan, I was dealing with big changes with my family back in New Zealand and I was feeling isolated and helpless. It was difficult to have zero control. I wrote the song while riding a scooter in the Taiwan countryside as a super typhoon was coming. I wrote about trying to accept the changes and letting go. We decided the best place to shoot the video was Southern Taiwan. It is a country of such beauty and contrasts. Frantic construction, industry and growth within cities, while old abandoned houses, buildings and villages lie dotted around the countryside. As well as being a beautiful place to shoot, It felt like a perfect place for a landscape to communicate themes of birth, death, change and ultimately the fragility and impermanence of our lives and our problems."
The video is directed by Luke Cameron.
Kiss me and hold me and
tell me you won’t leave me,
tell me you won’t leave me tonight
I’ve got the world on my shoulders,
and I can’t seem to shake it,
I can’t seem to shake it tonight
And all of those dreams
we had in the beginning,
had in the beginning,
I was trying to be strong for you,
trying to belong with you,
trying to be good but I lied
So we just wait here,
We lie in the crosshairs,
lie in the crosshairs of life
Can’t believe that it’s over,
I’m trying to be bolder,
trying to be older but I lie
I’m scared of the change,
scared of the pain,
we’re dying and I’m trying to be strong
It’s not that I’m unthankful
of what we have been through
it’s just that nothing goes on