Breakout alt rockers The Haunt
have issued a mesmerizing Jordan Asher (aka Boots
) remix of their anti-bullying anthem, “All Went Black
.” First releasing on Record Store Day on limited edition 7” vinyl to 300 locations, the single hit streaming platforms on April 16.
Known for his work with Beyoncé on her smash hit “Drunk in Love (feat. Jay-Z),” Asher is an in-demand producer, having also worked with FKA twigs and Run the Jewels while scoring music for the film Fifty Shades of Grey and the forthcoming Addams Family movie starring Charlize Theron and Chloë Grace Moretz.
Fronted by 16-year old, Anastasia Grace, who’s beguiling presence adds an air of mystery to the proceedings, she’s flanked by her 19-year old brother, Maxamillion, who shares vocal duties while shaping the sonic direction of the band. Leading the charge of their self-titled debut EP, which has eclipsed 2 million streams with 135,000 monthly listeners, is the searing gothic mysticism of “All Went Black.” It’s a revelatory musical moment that speaks to prescient cultural concerns.
Max recalls, “Since Anastasia was bullied in middle school, one of our passions has always been standing up for people in situations who might not be the most popular or easily accepted. All Went Black stood with that passion.” The sentiment is echoed by Anastasia, “Originally, we began to make and share music for us to escape our own lives. But when we saw the effect it had on people, it became a channel to connect.”
Penned by Ana at age 12, its hypnotic refrain, “Where did you go, Are you coming back, Where did you go when it all went black,” is a stunning outcry against abandonment and the resulting darkness of being left behind by those we love. It doesn’t just leave a mark. It deposits a scar, but don’t be afraid of the dark because even in the depth of the night, there is light. A singular voice, brimming with soul, subconsciously encourages you to never let go, that strength built from moments of weakness will help build a bridge to a cogent future.
The corresponding visual, directed by Chris Hill, known for his groundbreaking video for Cut Copy’s “Free Your Mind,” which starred True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard, crystalized their vision as a school bus overrun by a frenetic monster-mask masquerade epitomizes the cataclysm.
In conjunction with the video release, which quickly went viral, the group partnered with the Stop Bullying Now Foundation to help contribute to putting an end to the epidemic of bullying among today’s youth, empowering them through counseling, life skills training, open communication, and creative outlets.
Xune Magazine christened Anastasia’s powerful range as “a young Florence Welch with far more attitude” while Rock Sound Magazine christened the band as a ‘Breakout’ Artist for 2019. Industry heavyweight HITS Daily Double chimed in, dubbing The Haunt “a fast-moving train with one destination: emancipation.”
On the concert front, the band toured throughout North America and Europe, doing 70 shows in fall 2018/winter 2019, supporting fashion art-rockers Palaye Royale, including to nearly 2000 people at Electric Brixton in London. Channeling the likes of Karen O, Cat Power, Shirley Manson, Amy Lee (of Evanescence), Lorde and the ghost of Nina Simone, Anastasia is an indisputable talent, her powerful voice able to command your undivided attention.
With a telepathic counterbalance from Maxamillion, and the propulsive rhythm section of bassist Natalie Smallish and drummer Nick Lewert, the quartet embodies the essence of spontaneous combustion. With their fast-growing notoriety, the band was tapped by Abercrombie & Fitch lifestyle brand, Hollister, to join Plain White T’s on select dates of the High School Nation Tour
which runs through May 3.
Apr 15 – Phoenix, AZ @ High School Nation (w/ Plain White T’s)
Apr 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Viper Room
Apr 29 – Houston, TX @ High School Nation (w/ Plain White T’s)
June 1 – Lake Worth, FL @ Propaganda-TLA (w/ Jonny Brenns, American Idol)