Map Change

by Every Time I Die

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4:56
Released:
Sep 23, 2016
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Lyrics for Map Change by Every Time I Die:

Am I the only one that saw the sun burn out?
The locusts keep their rhythm
My watch is broken down
I wake up and take on water
Sink to the peak of despair
What I need is a cigarette
No more prayers

The planets unaligned
We are saints without a shrine

A storm comes and the city's abandoned
The ship is going down with the captain
A storm comes and the city's abandoned
The ship is going down with the captain

I am the man that sank Atlantis
I am the man that sank Atlantis
I am the man that sank Atlantis
The bottom is not the lowest we get
Further down still the dark's absolute
Further down than that, it's only me and you

I assure you that hell is not a myth
We both vacation there
Hell is not a myth
We spend each winter there
No one can prepare

A storm comes and the city's abandoned
The ship is going down with the captain
A storm comes and the city's abandoned
The ship is going down with the captain

I am the man that sank Atlantis
I am the man that sank Atlantis
I am the man that sank Atlantis
The bottom is not the lowest we get
I thought I knew the best part of the secret
I thought I knew the best part of the secret
I thought I knew the best part of the secret
The truth is the thing we forget

The glory I had witnessed was just a sleight of hand
These hearts cannot be salvaged
These bones cannot withstand
I have either been forgotten or I was never seen
Now I'm in the negative space between

I've weighed down the earth
Through the stars to the pavement
I've weighed down the earth
No use trying to save it
I've weighed down the earth
Through the stars to the pavement
I've weighed down the earth
Not sure I can take it

I've fallen out of frame
A strangled, distant flame

Clenched in the jaws of anguish are only godless men
Chaos is drawn to silence like life is drawn to death
The dusk is so much clearer than the dawn had ever been
I'm a ghost, and yet I've weighed down the earth
Through the stars to the pavement
I've weighed down the earth
No use trying to save it

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Song Facts

When asked for a one word description of the song, ‘Hopeless’ is the word Keith Buckley chose before giving a more detailed description of the track a few days later in a Pilerats interview:

There are as many versions of reality as there are people to experience it. Do not expect anyone to suffer the horrors of yours with you no matter how far your grief extends. It is yours alone.

When describing the video to NPR, Buckley said:

This video is our love letter to Buffalo in all its bleak glory

Director Kyle Thrash has clearly taken inspiration from the song’s lyrics when creating the video. Buffalonians are also known for hating snow and Low Teens is a reference to the freezing temperatures in Buffalo so Thrash choosing to shoot during the winter is no coincidence at all.

‘Hell is not a myth, we spend each winter there.’ The song, ‘Map Change’ is about watching your life fall apart in front of you, blaming yourself for it and giving up on a way out. It is a cold perspective on the relatable issues of grief and regret. To capture the pain expressed in this song, we are using the cold snow and ice of Buffalo in the winter to represent the inescapable reality of existential depression. With quick views into the lives of different characters we aim to explore what it takes to push through and what it looks like to be swallowed up by this brutal season. This project is half documentary, half cast character study. In combining the two we hope to create a precise and visceral collage-like image of surviving despite the conditions.

Trash states in the production description for the video.

Keith told Revolver Magazine that he has never been tempted to move away from the cold:

I think the ice is in my blood. I like the winter, and I think it brings out a certain part of your personality that makes you a little more resilient and tougher-skinned. It kinda keeps you humble and reminds you that there are some difficult things you have to deal with on a daily basis, and when you face those things it makes you a better person.

Keith himself is very satisfied with the video and told Metalsucks that it was an easy song to write:

That specific song is one that, when I wrote I was like “I see this so clearly”. It was so easy for me to write because it was like I was just watching a movie and then just describing the movie. And then the video got made for it—it was so fucking perfect. It was like eerie that everything that he got on film was the stuff I was picturing and without even me telling him. That felt like, real like, kismet sort of a thing. It’s like “Alright, this is exactly what it’s supposed to be”.

The music video was well received and was screened and competing for ‘best music video’ at SXSW 2018.

Even though the video was generally well received, it was questioned by music magazine Immersive Atlanta’s for being too similar to another Trash directed video (Vomit by Microwave):

The grainy collage of delinquent ruckus and rural American grit appears to be suspiciously reminiscent of Microwave’s video for “Vomit.”

They go on comparing different frames of the two videos, which do share a lot of similarities.

The song has been talked about in two different episodes of the Metalsucks podcast (#178 at 43:09 and #241 at 42:39), where it is revealed that the working title for the song was “Chest Pat”.
In the first episode Will Putney was asked what it was like recording the song. Putney stated that ‘the whole record was a blast to make’ and that the song was ‘a little out of the box for Every Time I Die’.

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